Skip Navigation

Fall Semester Course Offerings

Images

Fall 2014 Courses

History 101-A: Intro to U.S. History for Elementary Education
Mark Rhodes
This course provides a basic survey of the social, economic, political, and diplomatic history of the United States for the students with little background in U.S. history. Answering the questions: What is America and what does it mean to be American? What is the nature of U.S.democracy? How do the lives of ordinary people intersect with the great events of our past? The course will emphasize content that will be of greatest use for students preparing to teach social studies in the upper elementary grades. (HB, Hist, Intcl)

History 111-A: Survey of US History to 1877
Edward Tebbenhoff

This course surveys American history from the early colonial period to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Topics are wide-ranging and include society, politics and culture but the overall theme emphasizes the evolution of the New England colonies, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake,and the Lower South into coherent regions with different economies, social structures and cultural attributes. The course then explores how these various regions successfully cooperated with one another long enough to engage in an independence movement that separated them from Great Britain and created the United States. These regional differences lived on into the nineteenth century, however, and became the basis for the sectional conflict which erupted into Civil War in 1861. The course closes with the successes and failures of Reconstruction policy as a bridge to later American history. (HBSSM, Hist)

History 126 Human Geography
Mark Rhodes
A survey of world geography combining the regional and topical approaches, the natural factors that shape the environment, such as climate, landforms and resources, will be considered, along with their impact on people, as studied in the fields of political, economic, and cultural geography. The primary focus of the course will be on basic concepts in cultural geography that will be of greatest use for students preparing to teach middle school and high school social studies. (HBSSM, Intcl)

History 135-A: African-American History
Lauren Anderson
A survey of African-American history from the 17th century to the present. Highlights the issues and struggles of black people in their rural and urban context and places the African experience in America in the larger world considering, for example, the impact of events outside of America, such as the Haitian Revolution, British Emancipation of slavery, and European nationalism. (Same as AFRS 135) (HB, Hist, Intcl)

History 149-A: Europe to 1648
Robert Christman
An introductory survey of European history from ancient Greece to the end of the "Religious Wars" (and the Peace of Westphalia) in 1648. Topics will include: Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Empires, Ancient Rome (Republic and Empire), Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, and the Reformation and the Age of Religious Wars. (HBSSM, Hist)

History 171-A: History of Africa to 1880
Richard Mtisi

Survey of African history from the earliest times to roughly about 1880. The course begins with the historical development of Africa's still-vital cultural, linguistic, social, and economic systems and moves on to examine the Islamic and Christian impact on these systems through the era of the Atlantic slave trade. The course concludes by discussing the ways in which early European colonialism affected the African past. (Same as AFRS 171) (HB, Hist)

History 242: Medieval History
Victoria Christman
An introduction to medieval European history from the dissolution of the Roman Empire to the end of the Great Schism. The class focuses on western Europe, but pays close attention to its encounters with the Muslim east and the Viking north. Special emphasis is given to the flowering of medieval culture (monasteries, mystics, villages, and universities) as well as the crises of the period (crusades, heresy and inquisition, Hundred Years' War, and the Black Death). Offered alternate years. (HBSSM, Hist)

History 256 Scandinavian Immigration History
Anna Peterson
A study of the history of immigrants to the United States from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, and their descendants. Drawing on the rich ethnic resources of Luther College and Vesterheim museums, this course examines the nature of the immigration experience and the development within immigrant communities of a sense of old world ethnicity combined with a rising U.S. nationalism. Offered alternate years. (HB, Hist, Intcl)

History 271: African Diaspora
Richard Mtisi

This course explores the global experiences of people of African descent. Students will study the human experiences of Africans in the Indian Ocean world, the trans-Saharan trade, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Geographical areas include Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Particular attention will be given to the web of interrelated histories, social dynamics, political, and economic processes affecting and reflecting world cultures and histories. (Same as AFRS 271) (HBSSM, Hist, Intcl)

History 290: Gender and Women’s History (East Asian topic)
Xiaolin Duan

Faculty teaching this course will focus on the history of gender within their own period of expertise. The course will examine such gender questions as: Why and how should we study the history of gender? What do gender roles from the past tell us about our own gender experience? How do the histories of men and women as gendered persons intersect? The course will focus on these questions as they are related to the history of work, family, politics, and social behavior for the particular period and nation the instructor selects. (Same as WGST 290) (HBSSM, Hist)

History 321-A: Top US Hist: Civil War and Reconstruction
Edward Tebbenhoff

In-depth study of a selected topic in U.S. history. Instruction in this course will require students to read and assess monographs written by prominent historians related to the topic. Students will write an eight-to-10-page research paper on a subject linked to the selected topic. Topics may include but are not limited to: Revolutionary America, disease in the American past, history of the American family, U.S. immigration history, the Vietnam War. Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent. (HBSSM, Hist)

HIST 361: Topics in East Asian History
T
hings Matter: Material Culture and Everyday Life in East Asia
Xiaolin Duan
This course explores the everyday material culture in the history of China and Japan. Starting with a general discussion of material culture, this course covers a wide range of physical objects (e.g. clothes, tea, architecture, religious objects, book printing, and artifacts). How they functioned in everyday life and contributed to the mentality of East Asian people will be the main topic. Both textual and visual sources will be analyzed in class in order to recreate a comprehensive picture of everyday life through objects. We will also examine how the material culture of different time periods evolved in response to various historical forces. Within the context of material culture and the nature of consumption, this course also explores overarching themes such as urbanization, transnational communication, and modernization. Students will be exposed to and encouraged to apply ideas from other fields, such as art history, anthropology, and religious studies, to their research projects. (HBSSM, Hist)

HIST 485-A: Jr/Sr Sem: Age of Revolution
Edward Tebbenhoff
History 485 aims at contributing to your knowledge of this period of American history but also serves as the history department’s writing intensive course (which are part of the Luther’s all-college requirements).  A critically important aspect of this course aims at increasing your analytical and writing skills by producing an extensive research paper.  So we will be looking in some detail at the historiographic debates but also discussing your research topics and the how the research and writing of your papers is proceeding.

HIST-490-A: Senior Project
Projects build upon students' previous experience with scholarly research and include both a substantial piece of writing as well as an oral presentation of the findings. Senior projects will be written under the direction of the faculty member most appropriate to the research topic. Each student will make individual arrangements with that professor.