History

Special Classes

Fall 2016-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A (31188), Ancient Greece, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Tony Silvestri, Instructor
In this course students will explore the history and culture of ancient Greek civilization from the Minoans and Mycenaeans to late antiquity.  We will read important works by ancient Greek authors covering those genres of intellectual history pioneered by the Greeks-epic poetry, history, drama, politics and philosophy.  Also included in the course is a complex and extended historical stimulation game which will place students as members of the Athenian Assembly in 403 BCE. In addition to Midterm and Final exams, students will be required to write analysis essays on their choice of the primary source readings, as well as speeches and other documents for the Athens simulation.

HI 300B (30631), Dining Out-History, Literature and Film, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Kelly Erby and Dr. Tom Averill, Instructors
From the eating houses that dished up hash at mid-day for hungry Irish laborers in the 19th century, to the elite French dining rooms at the turn of the 20th, to your favorite burrito place today, restaurants have long joined Americans in a shared experience: the act of purchasing and eating a meal.  Restaurants have also served as markers of class, race, ethnic, and gender distinction.  This course examines the restaurant in history, literature, and film to illuminate the American appetite.  We'll also spend some time considering the restaurant in a broader world perspective.  Readings will include menus, memoirs, novels, cookbooks, restaurant reviews, films, and advertisements.  This course is cross-listed with EN 192C, EN 399F, and HN 202I.

HI 300C (30588), Hitler, WWII and the Holocaust, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Sam Newland, Instructor

HI 300D (31615), America at War, 5:30-8:00 Tuesday, Jeremy Byer, Instructor

HI 303A (32587), Colonial America to 1763, 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday 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 307A (32588), American Civil War: 1848-1877, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, 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, interpretive essays from assigned readings, and a research project.

HI 312A (32589) / HI 612GA (32592), War's Impact on America, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
Students will read a wide range of historical literature dealing with the WWI 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 and films..

HI 319A (32590), American Indian History, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
This course examines the history of American Indian societies, concentrating mainly on the period from the seventeenth century to the present.  It emphasizes topics related to sovereignty, intercultural relations, political and economic trends, and the diversity of American Indian cultures.  Students will read extensively in primary and secondary sources and will produce research papers on topics they select.  There will be two exams and student participation in class discussion will also be assessed.

HI 331A (32585), Early Modern Europe, 1300-1750, 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Joel Gillaspie, Instructor
Covering the Italian Renaissance and its diffusion to the north, the Reformation as a social and political as well as religious movement, the conditions that fueled the European Age of Exploration, the consolidation of nation-states, and the formation of a trans-Atlantic trade network grounded on slavery.

HI 361A (32586), 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 papers, and class participation.

HI 370A (32591) / HI 670GA (32593), Modern Africa, c. 1700-Present, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
Beginning with the intensification of slave trading and missionary activity in the 18th century, continues with the New Imperialist conquest of Africa by European powers, and closes with the formation of independent states in Africa since mid-century.  Three tests, divided between in-class portions focused on text and lecture and take-home portions dealing with primary sources, and one paper (7-10 pp), a short research paper which will be presented in class.  Each of the three tests and the paper will count 25% of the grade.

HI 395A (30587), History Forum, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor  -  HI 395B (31013), History Forum, 2:30-3:45 Tuesday/Thursday Dr. Kerry Wynn
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 (30769), 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 (30248) / HI 698 GA (32429), 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 (30487), 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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