Special Classes

Spring 2016-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A, Civil Religion & the American Presidency, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Alan Bearman, Instructor
A research seminar in which the instructor will spend two weeks introducing students to the history of Civil Religion and the American Presidency. After which, students will spend the semester studying and preparing an essay, minimum 20-pages, upon the impact of the Civil Religion of a U.S. President of their choosing (subject to instructor approval). Attendance is required. Weekly group critiques of written work and oral presentations are required. Enrollment permitted only for degree-seeking students..

HI 300B, History of the American South, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Ginette Aley, Instructor
This course covers the history of the American South from the colonial period until more recent times. The course will emphasize such topics as slavery and the emergence of a segregated, bi-racial society, Southern class and gender relations, the rise of the secessionist movement and Confederate failure, Reconstruction, sharecropping and the post-Reconstruction southern economy, Southern literature, the Civil Rights Revolution, the rise of the "Sunbelt," and the role of memory in preserving Southern distinctiveness. We will trace how race and racism structured the South's history from the origins of slavery, through Reconstruction, into the age of "separate but equal" and one-party politics, and up to more recent times. Grades will be based upon a series of quizzes, exams, a short paper, and a research paper.

HI 300C / HI 600GA, History of American Childhood, 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
This course will survey the wide range of historical literature on children and youth in American culture, and will consider evolving notions of childhood from America's colonial period to the present. This is a seminar-style, discussion-oriented course, complemented with lectures, films and students' research presentations. Readings will include historical monographs, autobiographies, and primary sources. Grading criteria will be based on students' research and essay-writing, class participation, and a final exam. Graduate component: Research paper incorporating primary sources.

HI 300D, The Adventurers' Library, 2:30-3:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
This course immerses students in the ideas and culture of the 19th century as they complete original research projects using historical sources. Students will explore the Mead Collection, Mabee Library's newly-acquired collection of books from the library of James R. Mead, a gounder of Wichita. Mead, a trader, legislator, and keen observer of life around him, built a library that demonstrates the breadth of the intellectual interests in early Kansas. Students will use the collection and additional archival resources to examine the relationship between ideas and actions, the historical trajectory of life on the plains, the insights that books can provide for understanding a time and place, and much more. The course will be organized as a seminar, in which students meet in class for approximately 6 weeks, and then work independently on the research paper that will constitute the majority of the grade.

HI 300F, Exploring Civil Rights, TRAVEL COURSE, Dr. Bruce Mactavish and Dr. Connie Gibbons, Instructors
"Exploring Civil Rights" is a team taught travel course designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the American Civil Rights Movement and to consider racial progress and transformation over the last half century. We will visit Memphis, Tennessee; Oxford, Indianola, and Jackson, Mississippi; Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama. Experience southern cultures, art, footways, and music. Motor coach travel during Spring Break. The trip is partially supported by WTE funding with the cost for students tuition plus approximately $400. For more information contract instructors:connie.gibbons@washburn.edu or bruce.mactavish@washburn.edu (TRAVEL COURSE - Meets 5 times from 4:00-5:30 pm on 1-20, 2-03, 2-24, 3-02, 3-09. Travel is 3-12 thru 3-19 during spring break.

HI 315A, Women in U. S. History, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
This course will examine the birth and development of the women's rights movement in America, focusing on its roots in abolitionism in the nineteenth century. Our examination will put women of color, too often overlooked in women's history, front and center. We will also look closely at efforts of collaboration between women of different race, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to exert control over their own herstories. From our inquiry into the past, we will develop conceptual frameworks with which to understand the role and significance of gender in culture and society and the possibilities of a multicultural women's movement today.

HI 322A/ HI 622GA, Kansas History, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor
A comprehensive survey beginning with the land itself and its earliest inhabitants and ending with an overview of the state today. Political and economic aspects of the state's development are covered, but there is also an emphasis on social and cultural history. Analysis of the evolutionary and dramatic changes in agriculture, education, transportation, manufacturing, and the social fabric lead to a better understanding of the state's history. Several papers and essay exams.

HI 334A, Civilization of Ancient Rome, 2:30-3:45 Monday/Wednesday , Dr. Charles Anthony (Tony) Silvestri, Instructor
This course covers the history of Roman civilization from the founding of the city in 753 BC to the collapse of the Empire in 476 AD. We will focus on themes such as the creation and erosion of the Republic, the stable administration of imperial territory, the development of Roman religions (including Christianity) and lessons from Rome valuable to the United States. Also included in the course is an extended historical simulation of the Roman Senate based on primary readings. Grades will be based on two essay exams, short papers providing close analysis of primary sources from the period, and a longer historiographic analysis.

HI 354A, History of the Middle East, 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday , Dr. Joel Gillaspie, Instructor
Survey of the Middle East from the 7th century to 1914. We will pay particular attention to the context in which Islam was born and the life of its founder Muhammed; the "golden age" of the life of the Prophet and his immediate successors, which continue to inform current debates such as the Shi'i/Sunni divide; the rapid establishment of a united Muslim empire ranging from Spain to India and its ultimate disintegration; and the interaction between Islam and the Christian world with rise and fall of various empires throughout the medieval, early modern, and modern eras. This course will follow a chronological approach to the main events in the history of the Middle East while, in parallel, exploring a number of key themes in the social, intellectual, and artistic history of the region. Themes discussed will include Islam as a religion and social phenomenon, Islamic law, Sufism, identity and ethnicity, literature, philosophy, and science.

HI 358VA, History of Modern China, ONLINE, Dr. Sara Tucker, Instructor
Online format. Origins, historical development and interplay of major forces, events, and characteristics of Chinese Civilization. Covers c.1800 to the present. Online course is divided into 3 sections, each with open-book, unlimited time, map, text, chapter reading, exercises, and essays. Also one short research paper. Prerequisite: 3 hrs. of History or consent.

HI 363A/HI 663GA, Borderlands and Beyond, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
What is a border? Where are borders? This course explores the concept of borders and borderlands from a variety of perspectives. Using the history of the space that joins the United States and Mexico as a starting point, the course assesses the evolution of the borderlands region, key developments in U.S./Latin American relations, the significance of the Spanish-American-Cuban War, as well as factors that shape immigration from Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout the course we will use primary sources, literature, music, film , and perhaps even food, to enhance our understanding of the diversity and complexity of the Latino experience in the U.S., borderlands, and beyond. Requirements include two critical essay exams and a semester paper. Graduate students will be expected to write two five-page review essays in addition to completion of the other course requirements

HI 395A, History Forum, 8:00-8:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
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 (historiography), and finally enable students in preparation for the capstone projects. Emphasis is on the development of research skills, organizing the results in a coherent form, and developing an effective writing style. In four drafts, students will produce a historiography of the topic they intend to research in HI 399.  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 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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