History (HIST)

HIST 100 What is the Study of the Past

1 credit
This course introduces students to the basic study of the human past. Students will gain a broad overview of the historical discipline and learn about the diverse methods and means of studying peoples and cultures of the past. Note: this class is open for all interested students, not simply history majors.

HIST 101 History of Civilization 1

3 credits
Gen Ed: Social Science, International
Contributions to the modern world, to 1650.

HIST 102 History of Civilization 2

3 credit
Gen Ed: Social Science, International
Contributions to the modern world, 1650 to present.

HIST 111 Introduction to U.S. History

3 credits
Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity
Political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural history; earliest times to the present, to 1877.

HIST 112 Introduction to U.S. History

3 credits
Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity
Political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural history; earliest times to the present, 1877 to present.

HIST 180 Introduction to East Asian History

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Survey of traditional and modern Chinese and Japanese history.

HIST 200 (s) Seminar

Credit arranged.

HIST 204 (s) Special Topics

Credit arranged.

HIST 211 Food through the Ages

3 credits
The comparative survey and analysis of how the choice, preparation and eating of food not only shaped and formed cultures but also defined civilizations, from hunting and gathering to the present.

HIST 212 Sex and Gender through the Ages

3 credits
Comparative analysis of sex and gender in global historical setting. Focus upon changing sexual/gender behavior both inside and outside of marriage; shifts in sexual mentalities and moral values; and the efforts to regulate, repress, or encourage forms of sexual behavior and attitudes.

HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity through the Ages

3 credits
Comparative survey of race and ethnicity across region, culture, and time; factors that create social cohesion and/or conflict; political, sociocultural, and economic dimensions of racial and ethnic relations; the making of identity and cultural mentalities in international/global settings.

HIST 214 Warfare through the Ages

3 credits
Comparative survey of war and military history from ancient times to present; emphasis on interrelationship of war, society, and technology; impact of war and violence upon human culture, environment, and everyday life.

HIST 270 Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

3 credits
Gen Ed: Social Science
Cross-listed with FLEN 270.
Survey of the development of Greek and Roman Civilization, 2000 BC-500 AD.

HIST 290 The Historian's Craft

3 credits
Introduction to the discipline of history, basic skills for course work and research, and major schools of historical writing.

HIST 300 Digital History

3 credits
This course introduces the theory and practice of digital history. Students will use digital technologies to help research and present history and related interdisciplinary subjects. Note: no prior special computing skills are required.

HIST 315 Comparative African-American Cultures

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity, International
An overview of African American history in the U.S. from the late 19th century to the present; comparisons with the experience of African Americans in other parts of the Americas; study of important personalities and historical forces that have influenced African Americans and the societies in which they live.

HIST 318 Colonial America: A Collision of Peoples

3 credits
Surveys North American history from the era preceding contact through the American Revolution. Emphasizes encounters and conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans, major political and economic developments, cultural and intellectual transformations, and the formation of American societies.

HIST 319 19th-century America: Expanding America

3 credits
Surveys American history in the nineteenth century. Emphasizes contests over national expansion and inclusion, war and reconstruction, and cultural reform and invention.

HIST 320 20th-century America: The Colossus

3 credits
Surveys American history in the twentieth century. Emphasizes growth of the United States as a world military and economic power, rising nationalism, battles for civil rights and reforms, and rise and consequences of popular culture.

HIST 329 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Political, economic, social development; earliest times to the present.

HIST 340 Modern India, 1757-1947

3 credits
Examines three crucial centuries of the world’s largest democracy, focusing upon British rule, Indian reactions to imperialism, emergence of nationalism, science and technological advances, and socio-religious movements. Emphasis on what the categories of “tradition” and “modernity” have meant in the subcontinent and how these are associated with understandings of “knowledge,” “community,” “culture,” “caste,” and “science and technology.” .

HIST 350 The Age of Enlightenment: European Culture & Ideas, 1680-1800

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
History of thought, material culture, and mentalities in Enlightenment society; focus upon intersection between science and enlightenment values; new ideas about individualism, democracy, race, and gender.

HIST 357 Women in Pre-Modern European History

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
Survey of historical experience of women from the Greeks through the 17th century.

HIST 366 Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, 1880-1980

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities, International
Evolution of major cultural attitudes and values in modern European society; relation between modernity and cultural modernism; the impact of war and revolution; key ideas and intellectual movements associated with Nietzsche, Freudianism, the avant-garde, existentialism, structuralism, and postmodernism.

HIST 371 History of England

3 credits
Political, social, economic, and religious development of the British Isles, to 1688.

HIST 372 History of England

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Political, social, economic, and religious development of the British Isles.

HIST 378 History of Science I: Antiquity to 1700

3 credits
Examines the changing nature of scientific thought, institutions, and technological advance from Western antiquity until 1700. Emphasis on the Scientific Revolution and the interrelations between science, culture, and society.

HIST 379 History of Science II: 1700-Present

3 credits
Examines the changing nature of scientific thought, institutions, and technological advance from 1700 to the present. Emphasis upon the rapid acceleration of scientific knowledge and practice in the global setting – particularly the physical sciences – as well as the strong interconnections between states, institutions, and broader sociocultural factors in the making of scientific knowledge.

HIST 380 Disease and Culture:History of Western Medicine

3 credits
Gen Ed: Social Science
Survey of Western medicine from Antiquity to the present. Examination of changing theories of disease, the scientific study of the human body, evolution of medical practices and treatment, the institutionalization of medical practice, and the evolution of public health policy. (Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Junior standing or Permission.

HIST 382 History of Biology: Conflicts and Controversies

3 credits
Explores the social and intellectual development of the life sciences as a discipline in Europe and North America, with focus on biology in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Emphasis on evolutionary thought, heredity, development, social uses of biology, and women and gender. (Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Junior standing or Permission.

HIST 388 History of Mathematics

3 credits
Cross-listed with MATH 388.
History of the development of mathematical ideas from ancient cultures to the present, including the relationship of those ideas to the cultures that produced them as well as an understanding of the mathematics involved. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.
Prereq: MATH 175 or Permission .

HIST 395 (s) Themes and Issues in History

3 credits, max 6
Examines changing themes and issues in the historical discipline; emphasis on approaches and problems in historical research; key focus on research, reading, and writing in the historical field; content will vary according to instructor.
Prereq: HIST 290 or Instructor Permission .

HIST 401 (s) Seminar

Credit arranged
Gen Ed: Senior Experience
Joint-listed with HIST 501.
Research papers in U.S., Latin American, ancient, English, or European history.
Prereq: Permission of department .

HIST 403 (s) Workshop

Credit arranged.

HIST 404 (s) Special Topics

Credit arranged.

HIST 405 (s) Professional Development

Credit arranged
Joint-listed with HIST 505.

HIST 412 Revolutionary North America and Early National Period

3 credits
Era of the American War of Independence; Confederation; Early Nationhood.

HIST 414 (s) History and Film

3 credits, max 6
Gen Ed: Humanities, American Diversity, International
The course focuses on the history of the Americas since 1900. Through readings, discussion and film, historical events and individuals are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on themes related to culture, race, gender, and historical memory.

HIST 419 (s) Topics in the American West

3 credits
Special Topics in the American West.

HIST 420 History of Women in American Society

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Joint-listed with HIST 520.
Examination of the roles of women (social, economic, and political) in U.S. history from colonial times to the present.

HIST 424 American Environmental History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 524.
History of changing American attitudes and actions toward the environment over three centuries.

HIST 426 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Joint-listed with HIST 526. Cross-listed with AIST 426
Survey 1840 to present; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 430 U.S. Diplomatic History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 530.
World power through war and the quest for peace, 1898 to present.

HIST 431 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Joint-listed with HIST 531. Cross-listed with AIST 431
Survey 1400 to 1840; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 438 Modern Mexico and the Americas

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Cross-listed with LAS 438.
Survey and analysis of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects from independence to present; emphasis on Iberian and Amerindian legacies, economic development, relations with U.S., and social revolution of 1910-1920.

HIST 439 Modern Latin America

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 539. Cross-listed with LAS 439.
Political, economic, social, and cultural development; search for stability; growth of nationalism.

HIST 440 Social Revolution in Latin America

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Cross-listed with LAS 440.
Analysis and comparison of 20th-century social revolution in selected Latin American countries: Cuba and two others; emphasis on origins of movements for social change, economic development issues, impact of the revolutions, and relations between new governments and the U.S.

HIST 441 Slavery and Freedom in the Americas

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Cross-listed with LAS 441.
Analysis of the way in which African slavery became the predominant labor force in the Americas from 16th century to 19th century. Emphasis on slave resistance and the international abolitionist movement. (1760s to 1888).

HIST 442 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
Joint-listed with HIST 542, Cross-listed with RELS 442
Evolution of medieval Christian society from reign of Constantine (c. 300) to pontificate of Innocent III (1215), as expressed in monastic and mendicant orders, crusades, 12th-century Renaissance, and heresy.

HIST 443 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
Joint-listed with HIST 543, Cross-listed with RELS 443
Analysis of how the vitality of particular medieval princes, of the commercial revolution, and of such movements as development of common law was harnessed in the evolution of medieval government from feudalism to the modern state.

HIST 445 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 545.
The study of the origins and development of English law and the English constitution during the Middle Ages. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

HIST 447 The Renaissance

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
Cross-listed with RELS 447
Explores the transformative movement known as the European Renaissance. Examines how humanism not only shaped and formed art, music, literature and philosophy but also informed one's relationship to the state. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

HIST 448 The Reformation

3 credits
Gen Ed: Humanities
Joint-listed with HIST 548, Cross-listed with RELS 448
This course examines the social and economic as well as the theological dynamic of the Reformation. The course begins by examining the thought of Erasmus and More, continuing through that of Luther, Calvin, and Loyola, to the Anabaptists. Religious upheaval lead not only to the political and military upheaval of the Religious Wars, but also to religious debate, the echoes of which resound through to the present. Additional projects/assignments required for gradate credit.

HIST 449 Tudor-Stuart Britian 1485-1660

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 549.
This course examines the brilliance of the 1485-1660 period in British history. It is organized around three themes: the religious revolution and its consequences; the transformation of personal government of dynasties into Parliamentary government; and the cultural, social and economic ramifications that both drove and was driven by these movements. Recommended Preparation: HIST 371. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 452 Europe in the Age of the Revolution, 1770-1880

3 credits
The social, political, and cultural dimensions of revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, and 1870; impact of industrial revolution upon daily life; process of European nation-building; new ideologies of liberalism, socialism, conservatism, and romanticism.

HIST 453 Studying History in an International Setting

3-6 credits
Introduction to studying history in an international setting and history as expeditionary learning. Course covers on-site historical experience, including: museums, archives, libraries, historical monuments, daily life and culture, material culture, language, and cultural awareness and sensibility. Travel is a required part of course experience.

HIST 456 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
The roots and character of European anti-Semitism from the Roman Empire to the Nazis and beyond; special focus on the Third Reich and World War II.

HIST 457 History of the Middle East

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 557.
Survey of the Middle East from the beginning of the Islamic period to the present.

HIST 460 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 560.
The notion that human affairs are shaped by conspiratorial and occult forces bent on the achievement of secret agendas has attained wide currency. The idea that the world is governed by powerful, unseen forces has a long history that this course will explore. Additional work required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: HIST 101 and HIST 102. (Alt/yrs)

HIST 461 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Political, economic, social development; earliest times to the present.

HIST 462 History of the American West

3 credits
Gen Ed: American Diversity
Survey of major developments in the American West, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean and beyond, including racial and ethnic diversity, environment, gender, politics, and economics.

HIST 466 Eastern Europe Since 1774

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 566.
Nationality, nation-building, and dissolution; emphasis on Poland, the Habsburg Empire, and the Balkans.

HIST 467 Russia to 1894

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 567.
Russia from medieval origins to 1894; development of Tsarist autocracy and serfdom; reaction, reform, and rise of the revolutionary movements.

HIST 468 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 568.
The last years of Tsarism; revolutions of 1905 and 1917; development of the Soviet Union under Lenin, Stalin, and their successors.

HIST 482 Japan, 1600 to Present

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 582
Western impact on the political, cultural, and economic fabric of Japanese society.

HIST 484 Modern China, 1840s to Present

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 584.
Last century of Qing dynasty, 1911 Revolution and Republican experiment, Revolution of 1949, and People's Republic of China.

HIST 485 Chinese Social and Cultural History

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 585.
Survey of Chinese culture and traditions during the first millennium. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 495 History Senior Seminar

3 credits
Directed research in primary and secondary sources, culminating in substantial research paper. Course themes and instructor will vary semester to semester.
Prereq: HIST 290 or equivalent .

HIST 497 (s) Practicum

1-3 credits, max 6.

HIST 498 (s) Internship

Credit arranged.

HIST 499 (s) Directed Study

Credit arranged.

HIST 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Credit arranged.

HIST 501 (s) Seminar

Credit arranged
Gen Ed: Senior Experience
Joint-listed with HIST 401.
Research papers in U.S., Latin American, ancient, English, or European history.
Prereq: Permission of department .

HIST 502 (s) Directed Study

Credit arranged.

HIST 503 (s) Workshop

Credit arranged.

HIST 504 (s) Special Topics

Credit arranged.

HIST 505 (s) Professional Development

Credit arranged
Joint-listed with HIST 505.

HIST 514 Colloquium in American History

Hist 514 Colloquium in American History (3 cr)
Intense reading in the historical literature on American society, focusing upon questions of race, gender, class, and geographic region. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.
Prereq: Graduate Standing or Permission of the Instructor .

HIST 520 History of Women in American Society

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 420.
Examination of the roles of women (social, economic, and political) in U.S. history from colonial times to the present.

HIST 522 Colloquium in European History

3 credits
Intense reading in the historical literature on European society. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.
Prereq: Graduate Standing or Permission of the Instructor .

HIST 524 American Environmental History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 424.
History of changing American attitudes and actions toward the environment over three centuries.

HIST 526 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 426.
Survey 1840 to present; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 530 U.S. Diplomatic History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 430.
World power through war and the quest for peace, 1898 to present.

HIST 531 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 431.
Survey 1400 to 1840; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 539 Modern Latin America

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 439.
Political, economic, social, and cultural development; search for stability; growth of nationalism.

HIST 542 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 442
Evolution of medieval Christian society from reign of Constantine (c. 300) to pontificate of Innocent III (1215), as expressed in monastic and mendicant orders, crusades, 12th-century Renaissance, and heresy.

HIST 543 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 443
Analysis of how the vitality of particular medieval princes, of the commercial revolution, and of such movements as development of common law was harnessed in the evolution of medieval government from feudalism to the modern state.

HIST 544 Colloquium in Global History

3 credits, max 9
Intense reading in the historical literature on topics in global history. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.

HIST 545 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 445.
The study of the origins and development of English law and the English constitution during the Middle Ages. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

HIST 548 The Reformation

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 448
This course examines the social and economic as well as the theological dynamic of the Reformation. The course begins by examining the thought of Erasmus and More, continuing through that of Luther, Calvin, and Loyola, to the Anabaptists. Religious upheaval lead not only to the political and military upheaval of the Religious Wars, but also to religious debate, the echoes of which resound through to the present. Additional projects/assignments required for gradate credit.

HIST 549 Tudor-Stuart Britian 1485-1660

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 449
This course examines the brilliance of the 1485-1660 period in British history. It is organized around three themes: the religious revolution and its consequences; the transformation of personal government of dynasties into Parliamentary government; and the cultural, social and economic ramifications that both drove and was driven by these movements. Recommended Preparation: HIST 371. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 557 History of the Middle East

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 457.
Survey of the Middle East from the beginning of the Islamic period to the present.

HIST 560 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 460.
The notion that human affairs are shaped by conspiratorial and occult forces bent on the achievement of secret agendas has attained wide currency. The idea that the world is governed by powerful, unseen forces has a long history that this course will explore. Additional work required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: HIST 101 and HIST 102. (Alt/yrs)

HIST 566 Eastern Europe Since 1774

3 credits
Gen Ed: International
Joint-listed with HIST 466.
Nationality, nation-building, and dissolution; emphasis on Poland, the Habsburg Empire, and the Balkans.

HIST 567 Russia to 1894

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 467.
Russia from medieval origins to 1894; development of Tsarist autocracy and serfdom; reaction, reform, and rise of the revolutionary movements.

HIST 568 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 468.
The last years of Tsarism; revolutions of 1905 and 1917; development of the Soviet Union under Lenin, Stalin, and their successors.

HIST 582 Japan, 1600 to Present

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 482
Western impact on the political, cultural, and economic fabric of Japanese society.

HIST 584 Modern China, 1840s to Present

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 484.
Last century of Qing dynasty, 1911 Revolution and Republican experiment, Revolution of 1949, and People's Republic of China.

HIST 585 Chinese Social and Cultural History

3 credits
Joint-listed with HIST 485.
Survey of Chinese culture and traditions during the first millennium. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 590 Issues and Methods in History

3 credits
This course introduces graduate students to key methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary standards of history; and the significance of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding historical developments.

HIST 598 (s) Internship

Credit arranged.

HIST 599 (s) Research

Credit arranged
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Prereq: Permission.

HIST 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Credit arranged.