Special Classes

Fall 2014-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A, Medieval Experience, 5:30-8:00 pm Monday, Dr. Charles Anthony (Tony) Silvestri, Instructor
This course covers the history and intellectual culture of the European Middle Ages (c. AD 500-1300) but with a significant twist: the course will be conducted as if it were being taught at a university in the 13th century.  Each class meeting will be a combination of the monastic lecture and scholastic debate methods of medieval education.  Several guest speakers will illustrate medieval professions, crafts and culture.  Students and instructor will wear proper academic regalia at all times.  Readings consist of primary and select secondary sources presented in a medieval format-a single manuscript codex on reserve in the library.  Students will demonstrate their mastery in debates, and through in-class exams and prepared essays.

HI 300B/EN-399E/LS-501GA/LS-502GA, The Great War:  World War I and Its Legacy, 5:30-8:30 Wednesday, Dr. Thomas Prasch and Dr. Kara Kendall-Morwick, Instructors
The Great War-as it was known until an even greater one came along-was a true watershed in world history, a rupturing of the existing order that, if remembered mostly for the dire conditions of trench warfare on the Western Front, was fought from Asian shores to Middle eastern deserts to African colonies to the high seas.  The war introduced new technologies of warfare, from chemical weaponry to air power, it left large swaths of Western Europe in ruins and, by undermining the Great Powers, set the stage for decolonization; the Russian Revolution, that sprang from the war's Eastern Front, established the first Soviet state; the war's conclusion established the United States and Japan as new world powers.  In literature and art as well, the war had a dramatic impact, with wartime artistic production seeking to find visual and literary production seeking to find visual and literary expression for the horrors of a new kind of conflict, and postwar artistic work deeply reflecting the scars of war on the lives of the "lost generation" (whose very name reflects the war's huge human cost).  This team-taught course, commemorating the centennial of the beginning of the conflict, will reflect on the impact of the war and its legacy.

HI 300C, Hitler, World War II and the Holocaust, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursdayday, Sam Newland, Instructor

HI 303A, Colonial America to 1763, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Jennifer Wiard, Instructor
Study of the age of exploration and establishment of the original thirteen North American colonies.  Emphasis will be given to the British colonies of the western hemisphere, but the course will also include those colonies of other nations as they affect American growth and development.  It will include a broad treatment of social, political, economic, religious and intellectual forces to 1763.  Class will be both lecture and discussion in nature, and evaluation will be by two written assignments and one comprehensive final exam.

HI 304A, American Revolutionary Period 1763-1789, 10:00-10:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
This class examines major themes relating to the American Revolution.  Questions to be considered include 1)Why did American colonies rebel against the British Empire? 2)Did American revolutionaries simply want "home rule" or did they seek to fundamentally alter their society? 3)How did Americans define and, then, constantly redefine the meaning(s) of equality and freedom as they carried out their revolution and later, sought to create a lasting nation?  Students will be expected to participate meaningfully in regular class discussions based on readings.  Lectures, discussions, exams, and short writing assignments will seek to sharpen critical thinking about past and present American society.

HI 307A/ HI 507GA, American Civil War 1848-1877, 12:00-12:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor
Survey of the sectional crisis beginning with the conclusion of the Mexican war in 1848 to the resolution of the crisis by 1877.  Themes include the nature of the Northern and Southern societies, including slavery; the political crisis of the 1850s; relative military strengths of each side; the role African Americans played in their own liberation; and the social, economic and political transformations known as Reconstruction.  Exams are a combination of identification terms and essay questions.  Evaluation consists of midterm final, interpretative essays from assigned readings, and a research project..

HI 309VA, America in the 1920's and 1930's, ONLINE, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
ONLINE FORMAT.  This course covers the history of the U.S. from the end of World Ward I through the New Deal.  We will explore such topics as twenties youth culture, the growth of advertising, cultural clashes over multiple topics, the hardship of the great Depression, and the restructuring of the American state through the New Deal.  Course grades will be based on online discussion, two exams, and writing assignments.

HI 312A/ HI 512GA, War's Impact on America, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Rachel Goossen, Instructor
Students will read a wide range of historical literature dealing with the World War I era through the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  The class will reflect on the legacies of war on political, economic, social and cultural areas of America's life and thought.  The course will include reading and writing assignments, lectures, discussion, guest presentations, films and students' research presentations.

HI 354VA, History Of The Middle East, ONLINE, Dr. Sara Tucker, Instructor
ONLINE FORMAT.  Background coverage of Islam and Islamic Civilization to the 18th century, then more focused study of the Middle east in the 19th century era of Western intrudion and industrialization, struggles for independence, and independence in the Cold War era and after.  Course is divided into 3 sections, each with open-book, unlimited time, map and text chapter reading exercises plus section essay.  Also, one short research paper.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of History or consent.

HI 361A, Colonial Latin America, 8:00-9:15 Tuesday/Thursday , Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
This course surveys Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to 1820.  Through the exploration of the fundamental events of colonial Latin American history using primary documents we identify key political, economic, religious, and social institutions of Spanish colonial rule, evaluate the role of the Church and religion in society, examine intersections of race, class, and gender in colonial Latin America, and discuss the causes of the wars for independence and the manifestations of colonial social, political, and economic realities in the wars and their resolutions.  Grade based on two exams, a 10-page research paper, and class participation..

HI 398A/HI 598 GA, 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.  

HI 399A, 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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