History at Aquinas College

History Teaching at the Secondary level (6-12 certification) Minor

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Minor Requirements: Thirty-eight (38) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours of History must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This minor must be combined with the Secondary Professional Preparation courses required for teacher certification.
  • EN450-Methods of Teaching Social Studies must be taken but does not count towards credits for the minor.
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better will count toward the minor.
HY101 American History to 1877 3.0
HY102 American History since 1877 3.0
HY161 World History to 1500 3.0
HY162 World History since 1500 (GP) 3.0
HY357 Historiography 3.0
Three (3) semester hours of Non-Western History:
HY221 History of Asia 3.0
HY230 Latin American History 3.0
HY271 The Middle East 3.0
HY303 The History of China 3.0
HY304 History of Japan 3.0
HY305 History of India 3.0
HY312 Special topics in World History 3.0
Six (6) semester hours of History electives (HY/GY130-Geography and History of Michigan is strongly encouraged):
Additional Courses required for the Minor:
ES212 Macroeconomic Principles 3.0
GY101 Earth Environments 4.0
GY120 Human Geography (GP) 4.0
PS101 American Government & Politics 3.0


  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) SS1

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • GY101 Earth Environments (4) NL

    Natural elements of environment and effects on humans: seasons, radiation, wind, moisture, climate, as well as landforms resulting from running water, ice, gravity, marine activities, and tectonic processes. Three (3) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab (GY101L).

  • GY120 Human Geography (4) (SS1/SS2) (GP)

    The geographic subfield of Human Geography discusses and interprets the role of human beings as they are distributed across the surface of the earth. This is a far-ranging field of inquiry that incorporates information from the traditional social scientific realms of economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology into a spatial analysis of the world around us. Given the nature of the topic, this course will be introductory in nature and examine the breadth of cultural geographic thought.

  • HY101 American History to 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction.

  • HY102 American History since 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

  • HY130/GY130 Geography and History of Michigan (3)

    An examination of the history and geography of Michigan from its beginnings through contemporary times, emphasizing the political, economic and social developments as they occurred across the changing physical and cultural landscape of the state. Special Note: Not open to students who have HY235 credit. 

  • HY161 World History to 1500 (3) HP

    Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC–AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world’s great religious traditions.

  • HY162 World History since 1500 (3) HP, (GP)

    Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.

  • HY221 History of Asia (3) HP

    This course examines the cultural, economic, political, and religious development of East Asian civilizations from ancient times until today, with an emphasis on China, Korea, and Japan. Throughout the semester we will examine the ways in which patterns of East Asian political systems, cultural values, religions and social structures developed during the modern era. We will also explore each country’s distinct identity, the modernization process, and the fate of traditional institutions, systems, and customs.

  • HY230 Latin American History (3) HP

    A study of the history and culture of Latin America from the first European contact to the present. Special emphasis is placed on Latin American relations with the United States.

  • HY271 The Middle East (3) HP

    Political, cultural, and economic development from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Islam, the Ottoman Empire, Zionism, the Arab-Israeli dispute, the Palestinians, and oil.

  • HY303 The History of China (3)

    A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations.

  • HY304 History of Japan (3)

    A study of the cultural and political development of Japan from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Buddhism, Shinto, the Samurai code, the Shogunate, the modernization of Japan, and U.S. - Japan relations.

  • HY305 History of India (3) HP

    This course survey's the history of the Indian subcontinent from the first Agricultural Revolution until the present day.

  • HY357 Historiography (3)

    An introduction to the history of historical writing with emphasis on major schools of interpretation in history. This course is not accepted for the General Education Humanities requirement.

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the power, structures and functions of the American Government and Political System. Fundamental is a critical examination of the institutions and players who interact in the processes of American politics.