History (HIST)

HISTORY (HIST)

In a world increasingly characterized by the ten-second soundbite, our understanding of world events is often limited to the superficial. Despite the speed and intensity of these events, the conflicts and achievements of our times emerge from long established influences and sequences of events. The study of history adds both breadth and depth to an individual’s understanding of our fast-changing world. History provides the means to discover how the past shapes and affects the present and how seemingly unrelated events and forces connect to frame human endeavors. There is something profoundly enduring about the study of history, as it allows us to realize the complexity of human affairs from a multitude of perspectives. It is both an intellectually satisfying and eminently practical pursuit. History majors at Western acquire and sharpen skills that enrich educational experiences and increase employment opportunities in a number of fields. Such skills include: cause and effect analysis, critical evaluation and organization of evidence, document and data base research, development and understanding of analytical frameworks, and organization and synthesis of information—all skills essential to solving problems and presenting results.

The History League student club and the Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history Honor Society, are active on campus.

FACULTY

Professors Heather Thiessen-Reily and Duane L. Vandenbusche. Lecturer Kym MacEwan.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

History Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 39 credits is required including the following:

Two of the following 100 level courses:

 

HIST 101  World History to 1500

3 cr

HIST 102  World History Since 1500

3 cr

HIST 126  U.S. History to 1865

3 cr

HIST 127  U.S. History Since 1865

3 cr

Two of the following courses in regional history:             

 

HIST 250  History of the Middle East

3 cr

HIST 254  History of Africa

3 cr

HIST 260  History of Latin America

3 cr

and the following:

 

HIST 402  Seminar in History

3 cr

History electives numbered 300 or above

24 cr

No more than six credits in independent study or correspondence courses can be counted toward any History Major.

 
History Major: Comprehensive Program

The comprehensive program in History is the Secondary Licensure Emphasis. This Emphasis does not require a separate minor, and it allows the student to pursue a course of study in which History is integrated with other disciplines within the social sciences.

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE EMPHASIS

This emphasis qualifies students for the State of Colorado License in Social Science Education.  A minimum of 66 credits is required, including:

HIST 101  World History To 1500

3 cr

HIST 102  World History from 1500

3 cr

HIST 126  US History to 1865

3 cr

HIST 127  US History from 1865

3 cr

HIST 327  Colorado History

3 cr

Three upper division History electives

3 cr

HIST 402  Seminar in History

3 cr

Three of the following:

 

HIST 330  Colonial American History

3 cr

HIST 333  The Revolutionary Era and Early National Period

3 cr

HIST 336  Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1830-1877

3 cr

HIST 340  Reform and Reorganization in American Society

3 cr

HIST 343  Depression and World War II

3 cr

HIST 346  Recent American History

3 cr

HIST 348  History of the Trans-Mississippi West 

3 cr

HIST 349  History of the Hispanic Southwest

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

HIST 311  Medieval History

3 cr

HIST 312  Renaissance and Reformation Era, 1350-1600

3 cr

HIST 315  The Old Regime and the French Revolution

3 cr

HIST 316  19th Century Europe

3 cr

HIST 318  20th Century Europe

3 cr

HIST 354  Conflict in Africa

3 cr

HIST 360  Mexico

3 cr

HIST 364  Women in Latin American History

3 cr

HIST 365  Latin American Revolutions

3 cr

One of the following:

 

HIST 250  History of  the Middle East

3 cr

HIST 254  History of Africa

3 cr

HIST 260  History of Latin America

3 cr

In addition, the student must fulfill the requirements of the Secondary Licensure Program (see description under Education), and the following:

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

ECON 202  Microeconomics 

3 cr

ECON 303  International Economics and Globalization .

3 cr

GEOG 110  World Regional Geography

3 cr

GEOG 120  Introduction to Human Geography

3 cr

GEOG 250  Geography of North America

3 cr

POLS 180  Introduction to American Government

3 cr

POLS 282  Issues in State and Local Government

3 cr

POLS 255  Comparative Government

3 cr

No more than six credits of independent study or correspondence can be counted toward any History Major.

 
History Minor

A minimum of 21 credits is required including 12 credits of upper-division History electives, and the following:

One of the following:

 

HIST 101  World History to 1500

3 cr

HIST 102  World History Since 1500

3 cr

One of the following:

 

HIST 126  U.S. History to 1865

3 cr

HIST 127  U.S. History Since 1865

3 cr

One of the following:

 

HIST 250  History of  the Middle East

3 cr

HIST 254  History of Africa

3 cr

HIST 260  History of Latin America

3 cr

No more than three credits of HIST 492 Independent Study may be used to satisfy the upper-division electives.

 

Capstone Course Requirement: The following course in the History Major fulfills the Capstone Course Requirement: HIST 402 Seminar in History.