Special Classes

Fall 2015-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A / HI 500GA, Anabaptism: Radical Reformation, 1:00-2:15 pm Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
This course focuses on major events, people, literature, and practices of Anabaptist-related groups from the sixteenth-century Reformation to the present, including Mennonites, the Amish, and Hutterites. Students will trace the evolution of this religious movement from its European origins to diverse contemporary practices on five continents. Class components include lectures, guest speakers, films, book reviews, class discussions, writing assignments, and one exam. This course can be taken to fill either European or American degree requirements.

HI 300B, John Brown, 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
This class explores one of the most controversial figures in U.S. history, abolitionist John Brown.  Born in 1800, Brown came of age during a period of profound social, cultural, economic, and religious upheaval. We will seek to understand Brown in the context of the rapidly changing world in which he lived. We will treat Brown as neither lunatic nor martyr, but as a son, businessman, father, and political activist whose stance on abolitionism gradually evolved to a point where he saw the use of violence as the only means through which to stop the evil of slavery. We will further explore popular reactions to Brown, both during his lifetime and after his execution. Readings, discussions, guest-speaker presentations, exams, films, and assignments seek to bring out and sharpen critical thinking about past and present American society, culture, and politics. This course can be taken to fill American degree requirements.

HI 300C, Pirates, 5:30-8:00 Monday, Dr. Charles Anthony (Tony) Silvestri, Instructor
Yo ho! curse the King and all the higher powers! this course explores the history of the Atlantic region in general, and the Caribbean Sea in particular, during the Golden Age of pirates, c. 1680-1725. We will explore the geopolitical situation in the New World in the 16th and 17th c. which gave rise to the conditions in which piracy grew and thrived. We will discover the many reasons why men (and some women) became pirates; the various types of pirates; pirate methods; life aboard the sailing ships of that era; pirate culture and traditions; and the islands and ports which they called home. We will meet infamous pirates such as Captain Morgan, Charles Vane, Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham, Bartholomew Roberts, Anne Bonney, and many others. We will study the development of the modern fascination with pirates in literature and film, the ways in which the modern image of pirates was crafted, and how this fanciful image differs from the reality of pirate life on the high seas during this period. Finally, a series of creative and re-enactive projects will round out students' appreciation for and understand of the period. Student work will include Midterm and Final Exams, a research project, extensive reading and analytical writing on primary and secondary sources, and participation in various class activites. 'Tis not an easy mark, this class, and ye can lay to that. So be ye warned!  This course can be taken to fill European or American degree requirements.

HI 300D, Reflections on Water, 2:30-3:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Thomas Prasch (History) and Marguerite Perret (Art), Instructors
Water is everywhere in our lives: the majority of both the earth's surface and our bodies' contents, it cleans us and ritually cleanses us, irrigates our gardens and floats our ships, falls on us when it rains, drowns us, inspires our art and riddles our literature with its symbolic power. And we in turn reroute and bottle our water, dam it and drain it, waste it and pollute it, and then worry about our future without it. "Reflections on Water" offers students a wide-ranging interdisciplinary examination of water and water issues in history, art, literature, law, and contemporary politics. The course will also provide students the opportunity to develop their own research or creative project on the themes raised in the class. In thinking through their own research or creative work, students can take their cue from Washburn faculty from a range of disciplines; the fall interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquium will be incorporated into the schedule, and students will witness faculty developing their own research projects and creative work in the context of the weekly colloquium meetings. Course requirements: Required readings and weekly response (2-3 pages) due each Thursday, students will also develop their own research projects around any of the issues raised in class to be presented at the close of the semester and turned in to the professors.  This course can be taken to fill European or American degree requirements.  Cross-listed with AR 399A / LS 501 / LS 502 / HN 301 / HN 302

HI 300E, Hitler, WWII, and the Holocaust, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Sam Newland, Instructor
This course can be taken to fill European degree requirements.  Cross-listed with MS-390A

HI 320A, The American West, Theresa Young, Instructor
This course will examine the American West as a physical region that is and has constantly undergone changes; it will highlight the environmental, economic, political, and multicultural history of the West. As an upper level course, we will survey the U.S. West as a place and as an idea in popular American culture and compare the two critically. Using primary and secondary sources, along with movies and films, this course will evaluate the distinct image of the American West and how that image is characterized. Beginning with European colonization in the 17th century, but focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this course will examine the historical processes that have come to define the region. This course will require intensive reading and writing. There will be short daily lectures combined with active learning participation, which will require students to read assigned texts and be prepared to discuss them. Throughout the course, students will be assigned weekly and monthly short essays covering the readings, two major exams covering the textbook material, and a research project in lieu of a traditional final. Classroom participation will be a critical percentage of the students overall grade and a portion of that score will include a wardrobe requirement of head coverings. The wardrobe portion will be discussed at length in class and of course, economic situations will be considered and overcome.

HI 328A/ HI 528GA, African American History, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor
This course will analyze the story of Africans in America from the 16th century to the present. A variety of readings will include autobiographies, documents, and historical monographs. Written assignments will include several book essays.

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 intrusion 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 362A, History of Latin America, 8:00-9:15 Tuesday/Thursday , Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
What do Irish Mexicans have to do with Cuban prostitutes have to do with Brazilian Christians and cannibals have to do with Nicaraguan revolutionary poets have to do with chilean copper magnates and Argentine dictators? HI-362 Modern Latin America explores the evolving debate about modern and modernity in Latin America since 1824. Students in this discussion driven readings seminar will evaluate interrelated questions through the analysis of monographs, scholarly articles, primary sources, and film. Students will write two short (5-7 page) historiographies on the modernity related question of their choice, in addition a take home mid-term and final.

HI 397A, 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/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.  (Arranged)

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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