History

Special Classes

Spring 2014-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A/ EN-398B/ LS-501GA/ LS-502GA, Sherlock Holmes, 5:30-8:00 pm Wednesday, Dr. Thomas Prasch and Dr. Erin Chamberlain, Instructors
Historians love Sherlock Holmes because Arthur Conan Doyle's tales so deeply imbed us in the material culture of the late Victorian era.  Scholars of literature love Sherlock Holmes because the tales do so much to crystallize the detective genre.  We all love him because he's our favorite eccentric detective, bringing his array of arcane knowledge and his deductive method (and his quirky habits) to bear solving mysteries.  The course will explore both the canonical stories and novels of Arthur Conan Doyle and his detective's long afterlife, all the way to current variations like the BBC's "Sherlock" and CBS's "Elementary" (and yes, we'll even glance at the Robert Downey Jr. version).  Students will be required to do regular response papers reacting to course materials and each will develop and present a research topic on the material.

HI 300B, Dining Out in America, 1:00-3:40 Thursday, Dr. Kelly Erby and Dr. Thomas 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 12th, to your favorite burrito place today, restaurants have long joined Americans in 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.

HI 300C, Civilization of Ancient Rome, 1:00-2:15 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 fall 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.  Grades will be based on two essay exams, and papers providing close analysis of primary sources from the period.

HI 300D/ HI 500GA, History of American Childhood, 11:00-12:15 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 308VA, Making Modern America , ONLINE, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
Online Format.  From the conquest of the American West to the patriotic fervor of World War I, the period between 1880 and 1920 transformed the United States.  As Americans battled to reshape their country in response to industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, the recreated the U. S. as a modern nation.  We will discuss topics such as westward expansion, populism, segregation, imperialism, political machines, and labor conflict.  Requirements include discussion and two exams as well as a combination of brief writing assignments and a longer research project.

HI 322A/ HI 522GA, 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 evolutionary and dramatic changes in africulture, education, transportation, manufacturing, and the social fabric leading to a better understanding of the state's history.  Several papers and essay exams.

HI 325A/ HI 525GA, American Religious History, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Alan Bearman, Instructor
An introduction to the general flow of the history of Christianity in American history and to the key persons, groups and ideas that are essential to an understanding of that history.  Further, this course will encourage students to think, talk, and write intelligently about the history of Christianity and about the key issues involved in a study of that history.

HI 342A/ HI 542GA, History of Germany, 2:30-3:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Brendan Fay, Instructor
This course will examine critical developments in the history of American women and the construction of gender from the colonial period to the present. This is a survey of German history from the period 1500-present.  Among the topics covered will be: Witchcraft and Magic, the German Reformation, The Enlightenment, Nationalism, Imperialism, Nazism, The Holocaust, and the Cold War in Germany.  We will read a range of classic primary sources in German history, including select writings from Luther, Marz, Zweig, Remarque and Schneider.  Grades will be assessed based on student performance in three areas: short essays, in-class exams and class participation.

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 hours of History or consent.

HI 363A/HI 563GA, Borderlands and Beyond, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday , Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor
This course surveys Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to 1820. What is a border?  Where are borders?  Borderlands and Beyond 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 United States, 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 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.  

HI 399A, Historical Methods and Research, 11:00-11:50 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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