History Program

History at Western is not simply about dates or memorizing names and events.

All around us the past is evident and we interact and struggle with it constantly through memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics. The past tells us who we are, what we value and where we may be going. The study of history brings meaning out of time and helps us to realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives.

Our History faculty members share a passion for the past and seek to instill in students not just a love of the discipline but also an understanding of its importance in the world, today and tomorrow.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

All things result from what has come before. Those who study history better understand the past and are prepared for the challenges the present raises both for themselves and their communities. We cannot know what the future holds, but understanding history can increase the number of tools we have to meet whatever may arise.

Such tools include opportunities to grasp the importance of context and complexity, and how cause and effect play out in human affairs. Our many courses create opportunities for heightened cultural awareness and understanding of world affairs.

In Western's History program, students can explore not only the development of the United States and Europe, but also of Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. We offer a wide variety of upper-division electives so students have a lot of flexibility in constructing their major. Our faculty is committed to undergraduate education. We value student engagement in and out of the classroom, and incorporate historical thinking in all our students’ learning experiences.

Beyond the Classroom

Students step outside the classroom to engage with the past and how history represents past events.

Seniors travel to key historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and Bent’s Old Fort to study the role of commemoration and memory, as well as historical reenactment.

Students can join one of Western’s oldest academic honors societies, Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. We have also developed a History internship option, most recently with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. We seek to help students develop historical mindedness, which opens students’ eyes to how much they interact with the past on a day-to-day basis, so the lessons and ideas of the classroom are integrated with their daily lives.

After Graduation

What do you do with a History degree? One option is to each high school and coach football right? In reality, while a history degree from Western prepares you to be an excellent teacher and coach, it also can help you in almost any career.

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 HIST 101 - WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 (3 credits)

A survey of the cultural, political, religious, artistic, technological and philosophical journeys of human beings, from the prehistoric age, the birth of civilization and emergence of agriculture to the establishment of great empires and the impact of the great religious and philosophical revolutions of the ancient and medieval world.

 HIST 102 - WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 (3 credits)

A continuation of HIST 101 and a survey of the transformation of human development as a result of modernization. Students consider the rise and fall of empires and shifting regional influences as a result of the emergence of the transatlantic region. Europeans' revolutionary transformation and its impact on the world; the rise of global interaction and conflict; the colonial and post-colonial eras and the resulting tensions and achievements of these events are examined within the context of modernity.

 HIST 126 - US HISTORY TO 1865 (3 credits)

A survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the historical development of politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced these developments.

 HIST 127 - US HISTORY SINCE 1865 (3 credits)

A survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times, providing description and analysis of the major developments and trends in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced and shaped the American experience.

 HIST 250 - HIST OF THE MIDDLE EAST (3 credits)

Students are introduced to some of the major historical events and patterns of the region which are then related to the politics of the modern Middle East (mainly the 20th and 21st centuries). Specific topics include the rise and nature of Islam, the achievements of Medieval Islamic civilization, the significance of the Ottoman Empire, rivalries with the West, the establishment of Israel and the nature of the Modern Middle East crisis.

 HIST 254 - HISTORY OF AFRICA (3 credits)

A survey of sub-Saharan African history from earliest times to the present, with particular emphasis on social, cultural, economic, and political responses to imperialist or other outside influences.

 HIST 260 - HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA (3 credits)

A survey of the major events, issues and themes of Latin American History from pre-Columbian times through the modern era. Tracing the development of political, cultural, social and economic institutions resulting from the interaction of New and Old World cultures, students reflect upon the diverse responses of peoples in the region to the impact of change. Through the study of the complexities of indigenous cultures, colonialism, nation-building and identity politics, and the impact of modernity and globalization, students learn how larger human processes impact this particular region of the world and how the challenges and achievements of Latin America today are reflected in the region's historical experiences.

 HIST 309 - THE HISTORY OF MODERN GERMANY: 1871-1945 (3 credits)

Examines the cultural and political forces which led to the creation of Germany and then shaped its behavior through two world wars. Topics include the role of nationalism, the failure of liberalism, the causes of racism, and the nature of the Nazi regime. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 311 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of Europeans' history and political and religious institutions from the beginning of the reign of Diocletian to the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 312 - RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION ERA, 1350-1600 (3 credits)

A course which covers the Babylonian Captivity of the Roman Catholic Church; the artistic, literary, and political developments of Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe; the subsequent emergence of the Protestant Reformation; and the religious wars which engulfed Europe. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 315 - THE OLD REGIME AND FRENCH REVOLUTION (3 credits)

A study of the origins, character, and significance of the French Revolution. This course begins with an examination of the relation of the Old Regime to the failure of absolutism and concludes with a discussion of the general nature of revolution and social change. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 316 - 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 318 - 20TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of World War I and the search for peace, the rise of totalitarian democracy, social and economic tensions, Europe in the era of the Cold War, and the Semblance of peace. A Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 327 - COLORADO HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of the history of Colorado from prehistoric times to the modern era, emphasizing the Native American and Spaniard, mining, cattle, transportation and farming frontiers, and problems of the 20th century involving water, energy, and growth. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 330 - COLONIAL AMERICAN HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of the colonial origins of American institutions with an emphasis on government and society. Topics include the singular developments which occurred in the Chesapeake Bay area and New England, the first westward movements, women and the family, and intellectual endeavors from 1607 to the French and Indian War. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 333 - THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA AND EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD (3 credits)

An examination of the causes of the American Revolution and the development of politics and society during the early Republic. Major topics include the development of political parties, the shift from Jeffersonian to Jacksonian democracy, the burgeoning reform movements, and the status of the yeoman farmer and his family in both northern and southern societies. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 336 - ANTEBELLUM, CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION: 1830-1877 (3 credits)

A study of the history of the United States during the 19th century, with special attention given to the Civil War, its causes, conflicts, and aftermath. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 340 - REFORM AND REORGANIZATION IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (3 credits)

American history in the Gilded Age and the eras of agrarian and progressive reform between the end of Reconstruction and the election of Herbert Hoover. Emphasis is placed upon the social, political, economic, and cultural changes that occurred in response to rapid industrialization. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 343 - DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II (3 credits)

An exploration of the ramifications that the economic collapse had on America's social, economic, cultural, and political life. The United States' entrance into the World War II is also discussed, with major focus on the changes that took place, both internally and abroad, because of the conflict. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 346 - RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY (3 credits)

A history of the United States since 1945 with emphasis on the Cold War, the Eisenhower years, the turbulent decade of the 1960s, and the transformations of the 1970s and 1980s. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 348 - HISTORY OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST (3 credits)

A history of the Trans-Mississippi West from 1800 to the present time, emphasizing the Native Americans, Spanish settlement, and Westward Expansion. Manifest Destiny, mining and cattle frontiers, settlement of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, closing of the western frontier, and the "New West" of today. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 349 - HISTORY OF THE HISPANIC SOUTHWEST (3 credits)

Students examine the historical development of Hispanic settlement and culture in the American Southwest from its inception to the present day. Students study the interaction of Hispanic communities with nomadic and settled indigenous peoples and with Anglo ranchers, settler and commercial interests. From the 16th century settlements to the Mexican-American War and the territory's incorporation into the United States to the development of the Chicano identity in the 20th century, students analyze the American Southwest, as a patria chica of success and failure, achievement and potential. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 350 - ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE BORDERLANDS (3 credits)

Students examine the process of historical development of the Borderlands region between Mexico and the United States and consider its implications for the region's environment. Settlement patterns, a blending of cultural and ethnic identities, economic development and integration and emerging social tensions have resulted in an environmental transformation of the region with far-reaching implications for both nations north and south of the Rio Grande/Bravo. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 351 - HISTORY OF RUSSIA AND THE SOVIET UNION (3 credits)

A study of the roots of modern Russia in the Imperial period to the present era, emphasizing the ideas and events which contributed to the 1917 Revolution and to the development of the Soviet Union. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 354 - CONFLICT IN AFRICA (3 credits)

Students explore the historical, political, social and economic forces at play in Africa which have resulted in the high level of conflict the continent has and is experiencing. Using a case study approach, the students explore the historical context for current and on-going African conflicts to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the challenges and achievements of the continent. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 360 - MEXICO (3 credits)

A broad survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present, with particular emphasis on social, cultural, political and economic issues. This course also examines Mexico's relations with Europe during the colonial and early national periods and with the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 364 - WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (3 credits)

A survey of the roles of women in Latin American history. This course examines indigenous, Hispanic and mestizo women in economic, cultural, social and political roles from the pre-Columbian era to the modern period. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission; HIST 260 is recommended.

 HIST 365 - LATIN AMERICAN REVOLUTION (3 credits)

Beginning with an examination of theories of revolution, students explore how the theoretical relates to events in Latin American history. Students examine the development of revolutionary consciousness and the role of women, indigenous peoples and the rural and urban masses in revolutionary movements throughout the region. Students consider the influence of revolution on Latin American artistic expression. Finally, students investigate specific historical case studies of Latin American revolutions. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS, HISTORY ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics (1-6 credit hours, to be determined by faculty, department and student)

 HIST 399 - INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY (1 credits)

History majors and minors obtain archival and museum experience through direct, supervised contact with archivists, curators and professionals from related areas. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor permission. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 HIST 402 - SEMINAR IN HISTORY (3 credits)

A research seminar required for History majors. Focusing on a specified topic within the subject area, participants discuss issues and methods of historical writing and research and apply scholarship skills by writing a research paper or completing an approved appropriate project. History majors should take this course during or after their second semester of the junior year. Students in the Secondary Licensure program must complete a comparative history topic for completion of this course. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and instructor permission.

 HIST 492 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 credits)

A special study in areas of student interest. May be taken for a maximum of four credits.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Livermore, Charles H. Memorial Scholarship

Livermore, Charles H. Memorial History Scholarship is Available to:

History majors; must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA; must be a full-time junior or senior student having completed 30 credit hours at Western State Colorado University. Scholarship and intellectual inquisitiveness are major considerations.

History Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends of Dr. Charles Livermore, who was an extraordinary teacher, scholar, and administrator, was a professor of history and chairman of the Social Studies Department at Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Donor Scholarship Committee (T.L. Livermore) in cooperation with the Western State Colorado University Foundation.

Application: Contact the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-7011 - Kelley Hall 240

Find out more about Western's History Program at www.western.edu/history-program.

 Wilson, Robert Glenn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Wilson, Robert Glenn, Jr. Memorial History Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students who are Colorado residents; must be a sophomore or higher; History major; must have completed 24 credit hours at Western State Colorado University. Financial need will be considered.

History Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends to memorialize Robert Glenn Wilson, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship, and student growth at Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University History Department.

Application: Contact the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-7011 - Kelley Hall 240

Find out more about Western's History Program at www.western.edu/history-program.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Professor of History
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Phone: (970) 943-2161
Office Location: Kelley Hall 206
Professor of History
B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2076
Office Location: Kelley Hall 224
Professor of History
B.A., University of Saskatchewan; M.A., Flinders University of South Australia; Ph.D., Tulane University.
Phone: (970) 943-7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
Professor of History
B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.A., Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2068
Office Location: Kelley Hall 227