Special Classes

Spring 2017-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A (10575), Ancient Near East, 2:30-3:45 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Tony Silvestri, Instructor
This lecture/discussion course surveys the history and culture of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Phoenicia, and Persia from earliest times to the Hellenistic period. The course will explore the political, military, cultural, religious, intellectual, and social development of these major civilizations. Students should expect midterm and final exams, intensive analysis of primary source material, essay writing, research, and a creative project.

HI 300B (10762), Remembering Vietnam, 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
Four decades have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, which Americans continue to memorialize via historical works, films, novels, art, and popular culture. How significantly do those U.S.-based representations differ from the ways in which the Vietnamese view the war's legacies on their society, culture, politics, developing economy, and changing demographics? This course focuses on ways in which the war continues to be memorialized, both in Southeast Asia and in western societies. Course components include guest presentations, lectures, fiction and non-fiction, visual arts, class discussions, and research projects.

HI 300C (10912), Alexander Hamiliton, 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
Who would have guessed that a Broadway musical-a rap musical no less-about America's "Founding Fathers" would prove to be so wildly popular? After all the Tonys, the Grammy, and the Pulitzer, What comes next? A history course of course! Work! This course will use Hamiliton the musical as a diving board into exploring the revolutionary and early national periods in American history. We will also consider the musical itself and the way if frames the story of America's founding to weigh in on twenty-first century debates on race relations, immigration, and the political process. Shout it to the rooftops.

HI 300D (10913), Digital Storytelling-Kansas History and Literature, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kerry Wynn and Dr. Thomas Averill, Instructors
Use digital tools to explore Kansas history and literature! Using the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library, students will conduct primary source research to produce an original project. The course will teach students digital tools appropriate to their own storytelling strategy. This may include tools/software for publishing, crafting a digital repository, data and geo-spatial mapping, photo manipulation, and audio editing. Students will exhibit their projects as websites.  (This course is cross-listed with EN 183B, EN 399D, HN 201B, HN 202B, and IL 398A)

HI 322A (10481) / HI 622GA (11947), Kansas History, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor
A comprehensive survey beginning with the land itself and its earliest inhabitants and ending with an overview of the state today. Political and economic aspects of the state's development are covered, but there is also an emphasis on evolutionary and dramatic changes in agriculture, education, transportation, manufacturing, and the social fabric lead to a better understanding of the state's history. Several papers and essay exams.

HI 336A (12474), History of England, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Thomas Prasch, Instructor
This course will survey the full chronology of British history, from Celtic settlement and Roman conquest through Brexit, with stops along the way at popular destinations like the Angevin Empire and its loss, Henry VIII and the English Reformation, the wild opening up of British society during the Civil Wars of the seventeenth century, the Victorian age and imperial expansions, and twentieth-century loss of empire and declining power (but with some pop stars to make everyone feel better about it). Course requirements will include three tests on lecture and text materials, three short papers on primary sources, and one research paper and presentation at the end of the semester.

HI 343A (12509), The European Reformation, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Alan Bearman, Instructor
A survey of the history and theology of the Magisterial, Radical, and Roman Catholic Reformation movements of the early sixteenth century, with particular emphasis on the religious ideas and practices of leading reformers such as Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Ignatius Loyola. Reformation ideas will be examined within the context of the experiences of these principal figures and of the public they addressed and by whom they were interpreted. The reformation will be considered in relation to the cultural, social, economic, and political changes of the early modern period.

HI 383A (12501), Film and History, 1:00-3:00 Monday, Dr. Kim Morse and Dr. Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas, Instructors
This course focuses on the relationship between history and film in modern Latin America. Through the study of film, the course examines how filmmakers used this medium to reflect and interpret the meaning of history and society. The course will also assess moments in history when film became part of the historical process, and historical moments that produced significant shifts in Latin American film. In addition to viewing and analyzing film in class, students will be required to view at least two additional films to produce their own short analyses, and also a more substantive research paper centered on a film, a filmmaker or someone else associated with the film industry, or another topic pertinent to course content with the approval of course instructors. (This course is cross-listed with SP 380A)

HI 395A (10482), History Forum, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
A seminar exploring history as a discipline and vocation, this course will combine research experiences with in-class discussions that introduce students to the craft of history, particularly the dialogue among historians, and finally enable students in preparation for their capstone projects.  Emphasis is on the development of research skills, organizing the results in a coherent form, and developing an effective writing style.  Required of all majors as prerequisite for HI 399, and recommended for anyone interested in developing research and writing skills or in discovering what historians do.

HI 397XA (10217), Internship in Historical Agencies, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
A program designed for Junior/Senior level undergraduates in cooperation with the Kansas State Historical Society and other agencies in northeastern Kansas, primarily in museum interpretation, archival, and records management.  Interns complete 124 clock hours of work under the supervision of professionals in the field, and are evaluated both by their supervisor and by a History Department member.  Prerequisite: prior approval at least a semester beforehand.  (Arranged)  

HI 398A (10218), Directed Readings, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
Students select a topic and work with the professor in whose area of expertise the topic falls. Evaluation is generally through written reports on books read or oral discussions.  (Arranged)

HI 399A (10219), Historical Methods and Research, 12:00-12:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
A seminar designed to draw together the techniques of historical research in a capstone course where students will develop a topic in consultation with a faculty member and write a research paper based upon primary sources.

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