HI 101 United States History to 1877 (4)
A survey of the social, economic, political, and constitutional development of the United States through the Reconstruction period.
HI 102 United States History since 1877 (4)
A continuation of 101 looking at developments since Reconstruction.
HI 111 World Civilization I (4)
A survey of the development of world civilizations from antiquity to approximately 1500 A.D. Readings will include many historical documents. Offered fall semesters.
HI 112 World Civilization II (4)
A general survey of the development of world civilizations since approximately 1500 A.D., emphasizing the rise of Europe and the “West” to world power. Readings will include many historical documents. Offered spring semesters.
HI 200 History as High Adventure (1)
This proseminar introduces new and prospective History majors to the art of doing history, asking historical questions, and employing research methods. Readings and discussions will better equip students to succeed in 200- and 300-level history courses, and will provide a strong foundation on which to prepare for their work on the capstone essay. The course is open to all interested students, but declared majors will have priority for registration and minors are encouraged to participate. HI 200 is required for all History majors. Offered fall semesters.
HI 206 United States History since 1945 (4)
A study of ‘Cold War America’ and since. Attention is paid to McCarthyism, civil rights, Vietnam, and ‘the Sixties.’ Prerequisite: prior completion of HI 102 or junior standing recommended.
HI 208 Progressivism and Popular Culture (4)
During the period covered by this course Americans not only went through an uneven period of prosperity, the Great Depression, and two world wars, they also alternately embraced isolationism and internationalism. This course will look at the ways that the major crises and events of the time served simultaneously as disasters and opportunities. It will also examine the evolving connections between domestic and international events during the years in question. The class will have a particular focus on the roles of the American National Myths of inclusion, equality, and prosperity, and how different groups of Americans participated, coped, resisted, benefited, or suffered as a result of various developments.
HI 211 The African American Experience I (4)
This course examines the experiences of African Americans from 1619 to 1877/Reconstruction Era. This course presents African American history both as an integral part of American history, and as a unique subject of historical investigation.
HI 212 The African American Experience II (4)
This course examines the experiences of African Americans since the Reconstruction Era. This course presents African American history both as an integral part of American history, and as a unique subject of historical investigation.
HI 220 Stormfront of Modernity, 1300-1650 (4)
(See RE 220.)
HI 223 Japan: History and Religion (4)
(See RE 223.)
HI 224 China: History and Religion (4)
(See RE 222.)
HI 231 Women in U.S. History (4)
From Pocahontas to Hillary Clinton, this broad survey provides an overview of women’s intellectual, political, literary, and material contributions to American society, from the colonial period to the present. This course also offers an introduction to theories of race, class, and gender in historical inquiry.
HI 234 Sex, Science and the Female Body (4)
This course investigates intimate representations of women’s bodies and social constructions of gender throughout American history, in fields such as education, entertainment, and medicine. Students will gain an understanding of how gendered identities and images evolve over time and play a significant role in ordering our society. Embedded within this course are overviews of theories related to gender, science and technology, embodiment, and cultural identities.
HI 240 The Sixties (4)
The 1960s represent a period of tremendous social, political, economic, and cultural transitions in U.S. History. We will study the historical events that unfolded during this decade, as well as their precedents and lasting effects on the modern United States. We will discuss the contentious issues Americans argued about during the 1960s, and perhaps argue about them again: Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam War, women’s liberation, student movements, drugs. Through course readings, lectures, films, music, and web exhibits, students will learn to critically evaluate historical sources and arguments. Our assignments will help build the skills students need to write historical essays, including the term paper at the end of the course.
HI 245 History of Sub-Saharan Africa (4)
In this course, we will examine the continent of Africa and its vital place in world history. This class will examine the social, cultural, intellectual, political, and economic happenings that aided in forming the vibrant, diverse, and real history of Africa. Utilizing a variety of sources (written texts, films, art, etc.), you will learn to analyze the material and form supported arguments in class discussions and your writings.
HI 248 Prostitutes to Midwives (4)
This course introduces students to early modern voices asserting centuries ago that women had contributions to make in the world, and that they, too, should be taken seriously in education, politics, religion, science, daily life. Students will gain an overview of the position of women in early modern Europe and examine texts from the 1400s to the 1700s, written by women such as courtesans, princesses, nuns, midwives, and commoners. All readings are in English. On the one hand, students will encounter a world very different from their own, and on the other, come across many of the same questions we ask today. (See IS 248.)
HI 254 Modern Germany: 1900 to Present (4)
A survey of German history from 1900 to the present. Particular emphasis on the Third Reich, post-World War II Germany, the collapse of East Germany, and the reunification of Germany.
HI 262 Food and the Environment in US History (4)
In 1782, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God,” and declared that democracy could only thrive though the influence of farmers and small town folks. At that time, 90 percent of Americans lived on farms. Today that number stands as less than 2 percent. Yet Jefferson’s ideas, and others like them, have had a tremendous influence on the history of the United States, even as it became an increasingly urban, industrial nation. This course explores the social and political aspects of rural America from the colonial period to the present, covering such topics as daily life in colonial America, the institution of slavery, Westward expansion, and the current decline of small-towns across the country.
HI 272 Civil War in the United States (4)
This course is designed to introduce students to the history of the American Civil War and its profound impact on the United States. It focuses on the period from the nullification crisis of 1830 through the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and takes as its central theme, an in-depth exploration of the concept of freedom for nineteenth-century Americans. To that end, we will discuss national debates concerning slavery, the politics of the 1850s, and the creation of Southern
nationalism, paying particular attention to concepts of freedom and nationality. It also examines the military, economic, and social aspects of the war, the process of emancipation, and the role of African Americans in these events. Finally, this course concludes with an exploration into the Reconstruction era and its legacy for race and gender issues, as well as politics and economics.
HI 277 Public History (4)
How is the past remembered? How do we get our ideas about history outside the traditional classroom? How do venues like museums shape how we understand past? Public history, or applied history, refers to history that you find in public spaces outside of the pages of academic journals and beyond college walls. We encounter examples of public history every day through exhibits, performances, walking tours, visits to historic sites, books, film, etc. This introductory course familiarizes students with examples of public history, with a focus on community engagement, unique hands-on experiences, and service hours with community partners. Through course readings, activities, guest speakers, and site visits, students learn how the study of history may be applied in public fields. Potential community partners include the Findley Congressional Office Museum, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College, the Prairie Land Heritage Center, the Governor Duncan Mansion, the Heritage Cultural Center Museum, etc.
HI 279 Archival Methods (4)
This course takes students into the archives to explore both practical archival methodologies, as well as the ethical, political, and historical aspects of creating and maintaining archives in public and private institutions. In addition to completing course readings and discussions, students will work in the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois Colleges, gaining hands on experience in accessions and assessment of archival materials, processing collections, appraising rare books, and providing patron access.
HI 280 Method to the Madness: Strategies for Political Inquiry (4)
(See PO 280.)
HI 292 Modern Europe since 1789
Survey of modern European history from the French Revolution to the present, focusing especially on the theme of the tension between the rise of democracy and the development of repressive and totalitarian governments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Special attention will be given to the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of movements seeking political, social, and legal equality for workers, minorities, and women, the rise and decline of Imperialism, and the rise of and resistance to Fascism, Nazism, and Soviet Communism. The readings and assignments will emphasize how cultural products (art, music, and literature) express the experiences of individual men and women in these turbulent centuries.
HI 300 Making History (4)
What do historians do? This course offers students an introduction to historiography — the history of historical writings and methods. Students will learn the major approaches to writing history since 1700, concentrating especially on the period since 1900, and students will apply their knowledge by developing a personal historical research project. Offered spring semesters.
HI 306 United States: 1877 - 1920 (4)
A study of modernization in post-Civil War America, protest, and reform. Attention is paid to race and gender issues, populism, and ‘progressivism.’ Prior completion of HI 102 or junior standing recommended.
HI 313 American Slavery (4)
Covers the history and development of slavery and the process of emancipation in the United States. Examines the economic, social, legal, political, and cultural characteristics of American slavery, how these evolved, and how the institution grew in the Atlantic world. The South became the primary location for the development of slavery in the U.S., although other states and colonies actively shaped the institution as well, and the history of slavery in the South followed a different trajectory from other societies in the Americas. Also explores the development of emancipation from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War, including self liberation, slave resistance, compensated emancipation, the anti-slavery and abolition movement, and colonization projects.
HI 315 Race, Class & Gender in Gilded Age (4)
This course will explore the last decades of the 19th century coined by Mark Twain as the Gilded Age. Rather than an age of prosperity and positive growth, Twain believed the period was besmirched with corruption and inequality—particularly enormous wealth for the few, and massive poverty for the vast majority of the American population. This class examines the social inequalities of this period by focusing on race, class, and gender.
HI 325 Ancient Greece and Rome (4)
Concentrating especially on 5th century Athens and the late Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire, this course covers Greek and Roman understandings of politics, war, gender roles, and culture. Authors include Homer, Thucydides, Plato, Aristophanes, and Virgil. Offered fall semesters.
HI 333 Muslims and Moonscapes (4)
(See RE 333)
HI 341 Social Movements in U.S. History (4)
An exploration of social movements throughout U.S. history. This course explores the roots of varied movements in economic, social, and political conditions, and the effects of reform efforts. Consult instructor for specific topic. Prior completion of HI 101 or 102, or junior standing recommended.
HI 344 History of the Rural Midwest (4)
Typically defined as a twelve-state region in the middle of America, the Midwest evokes images of small towns, farms, and slow, simple living. This course seeks to break through those stereotypes by examining the rural Midwest as a dynamic region characterized by rapid economic, political, social, and cultural transitions that have unfolded in national and global contexts. Readings will emphasize the history of agriculture and farm life, the rise and decline of small towns, state and federal policy as it relates to rural residents, and the intersections of race, class, and gender in middle America.
HI 350 Twentieth Century World (4)
An examination of major events and developments of the twentieth century, both Western and non-western, with emphasis on ideological movement, major wars and revolutions, decolonization, and “globalization.” Offered spring semesters.
HI 356 Problems in German History
Selected topics in the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Germany between 1870 and the present. Please see instructor for specific topic.
HI 358 The Holocaust (4)
An introduction to Nazi Germany’s systematic attempt to murder the Jews of Europe. Special focus on the mentality of the killers and issues of moral responsibility. Readings will include many documents from the period Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Offered spring semesters. (See IN 358).
HI 379 Digital History (4)
This course explores the applications of digital tools to public history. Students will consider the ethical and methodological challenges of digital history, as well as the various tools of the trade, including databases, websites, crowdsourcing, text analysis, GIS, and digitization hardware. Integrated with the existing resources in Schewe Library, including the Digital Learning Center, the GIS Lab, and the Kahlaf Al Habtoor Archives, students will complete hands-on projects that may include digitization projects, the creation of a website or mobile app, managing a collection on SharedShelf, or completing a research project using the GIS Lab.
HI 391 Reason and Terror: The Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Politics (4)
In the 1700s, writers and philosophers in Europe championed a new movement called the Enlightenment, dedicated to religious tolerance, individual liberty, and human rights. But the 1700s ended with the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, and wars of unprecedented destructiveness. How did that happen? Is there a connection between Enlightenment and violence, reason and terror? History 391 seeks an answer by reading major Enlightenment writers and French Revolution documents to search for connections between the Enlightenment and the Revolution.
HI 420, 421 Seminar in History (4, 4)
Seminar devoted to special topic or theme, with individual research by participants. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered on demand.
HI 461, 462 Independent Study in History (1 - 4)
Independent reading or study in an area of particular interest to the student. Prerequisites: B average and consent of the instructor. Offered as needed.
HI 463, 464 Internship in History (1 - 4)
Students serve as interns in such institutions as the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois, for approximately 120 hours and keep a journal of their work.
HI 465, 466 Independent Research in History (1 - 4)
HI 485 Senior Seminar (4)
A capstone seminar bringing together all Senior majors to write senior essays on topics of their own choosing, advised by a member of the History faculty. This is a required senior experience and is open only to history majors. Offered fall semesters.