2016-2017 History Courses

WCFAH 102 Alien Encounters in History (4)
People often make the judgment that since the past has influenced our own world, the people of the past must somehow be “like us” in fundamental ways. This course will seek to undermine that judgment by arguing that we are fundamentally different from people in the past and that in understanding these differences, we can more freely choose our futures. Our field of inquiry will be European History in the centuries that include the Ancient World through the Renaissance. In particular, we will examine the ways in which Europeans (a definition that evolves over time) define themselves through encountering and interacting with “alien” cultures. Examples: What’s the difference between civilized people and barbarians? How do the people on both sides of the Crusades misunderstand each other? How do the Khan and the Pope try to negotiate their communication? These are a few of the “alien” encounters that we will study.
WCFAH 110 Models of History  (4)
Students will explore questions of why civilizations developed where and when they do.  Do civilizations require patriarchy?  What makes some civilizations successful where others fail?  How did ancient cultures view love, sex, gender, and marriage?  How did ancient views about the afterlife impact their cultures and actions?  During this course students will construct five historical models to examine how different factors in history might affect the outcomes of critical events and trends. Our context will be world civilizations before the Columbian Exchange and we will include examples from civilizations across the globe.
WCFAH 112 Patterns of Global Immigration (4)
This course looks at the recent history of global immigration patterns in the context of modern world history, paying particular attention to the last century, or so, of migration. The course focuses on immigrant experiences in the US and Europe but it also closely examines global circumstances that affect who becomes an immigrant and why. Students will explore immigration through a variety of writing assignments that focus on the historical and contemporary influences shaping the immigration experience in many parts of the world.
WCFAH 120 The Story of America  (4)
This class will serve as an introduction to American history from the colonial period to the present day.  We will seek to answer some fundamental questions: How did we get here?  How did we go from a handful of small, not very important British colonies to the richest and most powerful nation on earth?   How free have Americans been, who has wielded power, and how has that changed over time? How do historians construct their versions of the past?
WCFAH 123 Citizenship & Voting in Europe (4)
This course examines the struggle for citizenship and its attendant benefits in European History.  The course will follow this focus by selectively looking at European history from the Renaissance through WWII. Approximately two weeks of the course will be developed to a service learning project related to individuals seeking citizenship and/or voter registration here in Salt Lake City. We will look at how the current local issues relating to obtaining citizen rights affect our understanding of the issues that have aided and impeded citizenship in history.
WCFAH 206 Homelands & Contested Spaces (4)
Focusing on the methods, processes and outcomes of empire in what are usually referred to as “settler states,” this course explores the United States, Australia, and South Africa (among others) from circa 1600 to the present. It compels students to grapple with the complex origins, realities and legacies of what we commonly know today as reservations and homelands. Questions of primary concern in this course are: How and why did these spaces come to be? How and why were they maintained (or not maintained)? Why did certain populations accept or reject the creations of these spaces (and why do these responses change over time)? How do the ancestors of settlers and indigenous populations see and experience these spaces today? The courses places a heavy emphasis on critical reading, film interpretation, and research.
HIST 200/300   Special Topics (1–4)
Special topics focusing on shifting regional and thematic studies, e.g., History of England, History of the Crusades, Popular Culture, The Nineteenth Century, and Film as History. Courses classified under the HIST 200/300 designation are taught on a rotating basis. Prerequisites will vary with course content.
HIST 240 Making History (2)
This course is an introduction to skills and methods for history students through practical exercises. Students will learn how to frame appropriate historical research questions, find sources in archives, interpret historical works, and craft their own historical essays. The skills learned in this course will be fundamental to the research and writing expected in upper-division history classes, especially the two-semester thesis sequence (390/490).
HIST 242 Fielding History (2)
This course gives students real-world field experience in historical research. The course will be a companion to History 240, Making History. It will include an on-campus classroom component of 2 hours and a combination of weekend-long field trips to historical research libraries and sites (e.g., the Topaz internment camp, Mountain Meadows, Utah Historical Society, Bear River Massacre site, Family Research Library). The skills learned in this course will be fundamental to the research and writing expected in upper-division history classes, especially the two-semester thesis sequence (390/490).
HIST 301 Early Modern Europe (4)
Explores the history of Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment, with special emphasis on how the world view of Europeans changed leading up to the age of revolutions and the advent of the “modern” world. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 302 Modern Europe: Revolution and Reaction in Modern Europe (4)
A survey of European History in the 19th and 20th centuries that focuses on the development of radical social theories and political ideologies, Western domination of the globe, and the growth of modern secular society. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 306 The French Revolution (4)
 The French Revolution has been seen as the turning point in modern history, historiography, philosophy, and politics.  No serious thinker of the 19th century could ignore its overwhelming impact.  While the American Revolution showed the potential of ideas in carving out a new response to the 18th century, the French Revolution overturned and then rewrote centuries of tradition in the one of the oldest monarchies in Europe.  This course is designed for students to explore a variety of historical problems related to the French Revolution.  You will not only be able to identify, date, and describe some of the major developments of the period, but also you will be reading some of the primary sources on which we base these historical interpretations of the Revolution.  You will develop your own historical arguments about the period and critique the approaches that historians have taken to this event. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220/WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 311 The Ancient World (4)
Surveys Greek and Roman history from the dawning of Western Civilization in Homeric literature through the spectacular successes – and equally colossal failures – of Athens, Sparta, the Roman Republic, through the disintegration of the Roman Empire. Explores both the history of the Ancient World and how the idea of history itself developed during this period. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 312 The Medieval World (4)
Explores the origins and history of the medieval world from the Fall of Rome to the beginning of the Renaissance. Medieval Europe was the crucible in which many of Europe’s later achievements and disasters were forged. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 313 United States History Since 1945 (4)
Focuses on the emergence of the United States as a global power, the domestic repercussions of that status, and the social issues that have captivated Americans since 1945. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 314 Exploration through Early Republic (4)
Focuses on the history of North America from European exploration through the Jeffersonian era. Subjects of emphasis include the establishment of colonial settlements; interactions among Europeans, Native Americans and the environment; the establishment and growth of slavery; the War for Independence; the creation of a new nation; and the political and economic growth pangs of the new republic. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 112, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 315 The Age of Jackson (4)
Explores American history from 1787 through 1848. Concentrates on the emergence of paradoxical dialectics through conflict, synthesis, and violence, including: North and South; Reformism and Conservatism; Immigrant and Nativist; Romantics and Scientists; do-gooders and exploiters; men and women. The course stresses the chaos, change, creativity, morality and mendacity of Jacksonian America. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 316 The Civil War through 1890 (4)
Examines U.S. history in its most violent and divisive period. Emphases include the experience of enslaved African Americans; the growth of the anti-slavery movement; the division of the nation; the military course of the Civil War; the results of the war; the failed experiment of Reconstruction; and economics, politics and society in the Gilded Age. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 317 The U.S. as a World Power, 1890–1945 (4)
Explores the metamorphosis of the United States from a provincial, continental power to an industrialized and urbanized world power. Emphases include the Industrial Revolution and its impact on international policy; the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of empire; the growing power of the executive branch; the Progressive Era; the 1920s; the Depression; and U.S. participation in two world wars. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 319 American Women’s History (4)
An overview of the economic, social, and political roles women have played in American history, from the colonial period to today. Investigates women’s work in the household and market economies, women and the family, and women’s legal and civil rights and liabilities across time. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 320 Environmental History of the United States (4)
An exploration of how men and women have thought about and acted upon the land in what is now the United States from before the European exploration to the present day, including how the land and its resources shaped how people live, how the ways that people view the land changed over time, and how people have changed the earth and some of the consequences of those changes. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 326 African History Since 1500 (4)
Analyzes changes in Africa from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the present day. This course is especially concerned with the forces that propelled the Trans-Oceanic slave trade, European colonialism and Independence movements in Africa; it also looks at African issues since independence. The thematic tentacles of this course are economics, politics, gender, and genocide. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 330 Middle Eastern History (4)
An inquiry into Middle Eastern history from the early civilizations to our own day. The course deals with conflicts as well as quests that have created peace; developments in the three monotheistic religions and their cultures (with an emphasis on Islam); late 20th-Century issues. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123.
HIST 335 Environmental History of Africa (4)
Explores human ideas of and debates over the physical and imagined (or mythologized) environment in Africa from circa 1700 to the present. A survey of the pre-colonial environment will be used to establish the core of the course that examines contested ideas about the African environment during the colonial and post-independence periods. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 340 Latin American History: Discovery of the Americas (4)
Surveys the Latin American experience from pre-Columbian society through independence, and emphasizes the recurring themes of authoritarianism and exploitation. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 341 Latin American History: Revolution in the Americas (4)
Surveys Latin American history from Independence (1810) to the contemporary period, focusing on revolution as a solution to the chronic instability, poverty, and dependency that plagues the Latin American nations. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 343 History of Mexico: The Quest for Stability (4)
A chronicle of Mexican history, beginning in the pre-Columbian period and continuing through the present, examining the conquest and subsequent colonial legacy as the foundation of political and economic instability. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 351 Seminar on Imperialism (4)
A survey of European imperial tendencies and trends on the world stage from 1600 to the present. The course begins with debates over definition concerning imperialism and other forms of global/regional power structures; thereafter, it surveys the process and outcomes of imperialism through the lenses of environment, economy, politics and society to understand present-day trends throughout the world. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 365 Utah and the West (4)
A survey of the history of Utah and its place in the region. Includes the native inhabitants, the early explorers, the arrival of the Mormons and non-Mormons, the relationship to the federal government, statehood, and the development of Utah in the 20th century. Requires one of the following prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, 213, 220 / WCFAH 102, 110, 112, 120, 123. Offered alternate years.
HIST 390 Research Seminar in History (3)
A required capstone course for senior history majors, which combines historiography and research, resulting in the production of a senior thesis based on original research. Prerequisite: History major or minor or consent of instructor.
HIST 401 Directed Studies in History (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the History Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
HIST 440 Internship (1–8)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
HIST 490 Research Seminar in History (3)
A required seminar for history majors, continuing the work begun in HIST 390. Prerequisite: HIST 390.
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