- HIS101 - Western Civilization to 1789
(4 credits) (IGE option under Historical Perspectives) This course acquaints students with the major periods and contours of Western Civilization from its roots in the ancient Near East through its development in the 18th century Enlightenment. Among the topics treated are the medieval centuries and the eras of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
- HIS102 - Issues in Western Civilization from 1789
(2 credits) This course provides students with thematic investigations of issues prominent in Western Civilization since the 18th century (e.g., political, intellectual, popular culture, technological, military, colonial/imperial, racial/ethnic, gender, environmental, etc.).
- HIS120HP - Historical Perspectives
(Fulfills IGE Historical Perspectives requirement) HIS120HP offers students an
introduction to the study of history. The topics of individual sections vary by
instructor and semester. After completing this writing-intensive course,
students will be able to describe how historical context shapes events and our
understanding of events; evaluate the nature and reliability of historical
evidence; develop a thesis-based argument using properly cited evidence;
demonstrate familiarity with a body of historical knowledge; articulate how
faith obliges Christians to pursue historical truth while and after.
Following Jesus in America: This course is a historical exploration of beliefs
and practices of Americans concerning Jesus. Within an overview of major
developments, important institutions, and key events, the course will focus on
several individuals as case studies. Key themes in the course will include
religion as a major thread in American history, Christianity as both a set of
social institutions and structures and also as lived religion, and the varied
appropriations of Jesus throughout America's historical experience.
The Search for a Useful Past: Students in this course will learn to ask and
answer basic questions about the past creation of "useful pasts". The course's
main question, "Why do people make and hand on histories?", organizes our
discussion, reading and writing. We will read primary sources from medieval
through modern European history where an author has recalled a past significant
to (mostly) his people and revised it to answer questions facing them in their
age. We will evaluate how Europeans sought a past which interpreted properly
would provide them with moral guidance (understood broadly) for the crises of
our own generation.
War and the American Experience: This course aims to provide students with a
broad survey of American history by looking at the military conflicts that have
been an all too frequent part of the nation's narrative. The American
Revolution, Civil War, World War II and the Cold War (including the Vietnam
conflict) will be studied in depth but other American wars will be examined as
well. The course will look at the causes, course and consequences of these
conflicts. Beyond the battlefield, the course will examine war's roots in
politics and diplomacy and will emphasize the profound effects that war has on
the nations and people who wage it. The course will examine the "American way
of war" and test the assertion that the country was made by war. (4 credits)
- HIS150 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
(2 credits) (American history) An introduction to the principles and techniques involved in the study of history. This course will include both reflection and practice, consideration of ideas and actual application, through exercises drawing on primary and secondary materials. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS201 - History of the United States to 1865
(4 credits) (American history) This is a study of the early history of our national existence, from colonial beginnings through the Civil War. The emphasis is on those influences which have been most formative in shaping American society.
- HIS202 - History of the United States from 1865
(4 credits) (American history) This surveys developments from 1865 to the present with the focus being upon the transformation of the U.S. into a modern urban-industrial society and its emergence as a 20th century world power.
- HIS224 - History of Greece
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) A survey of the major events, characters and ideas of the history of Greece from the rise of the Minoans and Mycenaeans through the Roman conquest. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS225 - History of Rome
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) A survey of the major events, characters and ideas of the history of Rome from the origins of the city itself to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS226 - Renaissance Europe
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) A survey of the major events, characters and ideas of the European Renaissance, focusing on the political, social, economic, philosophical, literary and artistic themes of the period. Special attention will be given to Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Machiavelli, Erasmus and more. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS227 - Reformation Europe
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) A survey of the major events, characters and ideas of the Reformation, with special attention to Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, the Anabaptists, the English Reformation and the Catholic Reformation. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS230 - Issues in Cross-Cultural History
(Chinese Civilization, Islamic Civilization and Latin America-General Education
options under Integrative General Education Cross-Cultural
requirement)(European/world history) Study of a selected topic in a field of
history other than Europe, Canada and the United States. Each offering will
have as a major goal to identify prominent contemporary features of the
civilization/culture(s) under study and consider how these features have
historically developed. May be taken more than once provided a different topic
is studied. Prerequisite: HIS120HP. (4 credits; alternate years, consult
- HIS240 - Issues in American History
(2 credits) (American history) A topical and selective study in American history providing the opportunity to focus on a particular era or issue important to the understanding of the American past. Topics will vary according to professor and student interest. Sample topics have included Cold War America, The Sixties, and History of American Women. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS241 - Tribes, Trolleys and Tractors: Themes in Iowa's History
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) Through a study of the historical development of the varied peoples who have lived in Iowa, and through consideration of the impact the people of Iowa have had on each other (social and cultural environment) and on the land (natural environment), this course seeks to engage in place-based education. In light of a postmodern world in which place matters little, a historical understanding of Iowa--social, cultural and environmental--will contribute to providing connections to a place.
- HIS250 - Issues in European/World History
(2 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (European/world history) A study of selected, issue-oriented topics in both European and world history more generally. Sample topics have included: The Early Middle Ages, The Scottish Highlands and The Millennium in Historic Perspective. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS317 - American Indian Societies and Cultures
This course surveys the historical development of American Indian peoples, particularly during the period of contact and conquest by Euro-Americans and particularly in the trans-Mississippi West region of what became the U.S. Topics include pre-contact life, oral literature, Indian accommodation and selective adaptation to Euro-American societies, Spanish, French and U.S. Indian policies, Native American religion, Christian mission work among American Indians, activism by and on behalf of American Indians, and reservation life. Prerequisite: General education writing requirement. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- HIS320 - Topics in European/World History
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) A reading and research seminar focusing on selected topics in European history. The time period and the topic under consideration will vary. Prerequisites: HIS120HP or permission of instructor.
- HIS325 - American Political Thought
A survey of the historical development of American political thought with attention to significant American political thinkers from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the uneasy relationship between liberalism and democracy and the interaction between American political institutions and culture. (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (American history)
- HIS326 - Modern Europe
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) This course focuses on the history of Europe from 1848 to the present. Special attention is given to the cultural and intellectual developments of the modern era. In particular, key themes include nationalism, imperialism, the World Wars, the Holocaust, the rise and fall of Marxism, and the various challenges facing Europe today. Prerequisites: HIS120HP or permission of instructor.
- HIS327 - Nazi Germany and the Shoah
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) This course takes up German history on the eve of the Great War, and follows the effect of the war on Imperial German society. Special attention will be paid to the historiographic debates surrounding Hitler's role in the Nazi party, the reasons for the party's electoral success, the nature of Nazi government and rule, and the gradual marginalization of Jews and political opponents from the center of civil society. Roughly the last half of the course takes up the Final Solution or Shoah in the context of Germany's war in Europe. Attention is given to the Jewish experience in the ghettos and camps, the question of resistance, theology and moral issues after genocide, and the effect of the Shoah on contemporary theology, art and fiction. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS328 - History of Medieval Europe
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (European/world history) Beginning with late antiquity, this course will focus on the development of new social and political realities as imperial Rome declined in western Europe. Among the issues to be covered are the advent and domination of Christianity, the ascendancy of Constantinople and the East, and the establishment of Germanic politics in the West. The course will focus in its latter half on the civilization of the Latin West, with special attention on the Church's efforts to shape that society through reform, anathemas and support for a Christian knighthood. Concurrently, the dynamics of secular society will readily appear in such issues as economic revival, urban growth, dynastic politics and related developments. The course will conclude by following such issues and developments through the 14th century. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.
- HIS351 - Topics in American History
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American history) A topical and selective study of issues and/or people or trends in American history of special significance to our national development. Prerequisites: HIS120HP and HIS202, or permission of instructor.
- HIS357 - Civil War and Reconstruction
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American history) This course examines the nature of the antebellum North and South, slavery in the Old South, the growth of sectional tension, the nature and course of the war, the process of reconstructing the Union, and the impact of this era on the course of American history. Prerequisites: HIS120HP, HIS201 or HIS202 is recommended, or permission of instructor.
- HIS358 - The American West
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American history) The course focuses on the historical development of that portion of the continental United States west of the Mississippi River. Themes considered will include the frontier thesis, regionalism, Indian and white relations, social and economic patterns of western development, women, ethnic and racial minorities, religion and the West as cultural myth. Prerequisites: HIS120HP and HIS150, or permission of instructor.
- HIS398 - Directed Study
No description available
- HIS417 - Internship
(2 or 4 credits may apply toward the major)
- HIS418 - Archival Management
(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This course provides an introduction to the field of archives and their management. It is available only as a part of the Gerald and Jeanne De Jong Internship at the Reformed Church Archives in New Brunswick, NJ.
- HIS419 - RCA History
(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This course provides guided reading, research and writing in the history of the Reformed Church in America. It is available only as a part of the Gerald and Jeanne De Jong Internship at the Reformed Church Archives in New Brunswick, NJ.
- HIS435 - Philosophy of History and Historiography
(4 credits) (European/world history) A study of problems relevant to history as a scientific and humanistic discipline. Among the questions considered are the following: What sorts of meaning have philosophers of history ascribed to the overall process of history? What approaches have historians taken to questions of objectivity, causation, and moral values in the study of history? How does philosophy of history relate to the Christian faith? Prerequisite: HIS120HP or an IGE Belief and Reason (BR) course.
- HIS499 - Honors Research
No description available