HIST-101-A: Intro to U.S. History for Elementary Education
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)
HIST-111-A: Survey of US History to 1877
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)
HIST-126-A: Human Geography
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)
HIST-135-A: African-American History
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)
HIST-149-A: Europe to 1648
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)
HIST-171-A: History of Africa to 1880
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)
HIST 226/256: Scandinavian Immigration History and Material Culture
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 290: Gender and Women's History: A New World of Gender Relations, 1600-1820
When the three “Old Worlds” of Europe, Africa and Native America collided in the centuries after 1492, a New World came into being. A portion of this included a new world of gender relations. Our preconceptions about this history lead us to believe that Europeans used their fixed ideas about sexual stereotypes to label various Native American and African attitudes and practices as barbaric and uncivilized. While partially true, a closer examination of this history reveals a much more interesting, complex and volatile mix; curiosity combined with fear, amazement with contempt, suspicion with attraction. Sexuality, conflicts over gender roles, issues of power and control were very much a part of seventeenth and eighteenth-century life. (Same as WGST 290) (HBSSM, Hist)
History 339: Criminal Justice in the US, 1740-2000
From public shaming to mass incarceration, criminal justice has changed dramatically throughout the last three hundred years of American history. Throughout these dramatic changes, people in power developed laws and institutions that considered race an important factor in deciding who deserved to be protected from violent crime, what was a crime, who was a criminal and what their punishment would be. This consideration of race in criminality started with the unequal punishments for black and white murderers under the 1740 South Carolina Slave Code and has continued into the present War on Drugs fueled system of mass incarceration. This course will analyze how the American criminal justice system has been defined by racial inequality throughout American History. Students will do their own research into one aspect or event within this history using primary sources gathered, in part, during a field trip to a prison in the region. (Same as AFST 339) (HBSSM, Intcl, Hist) Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent.
History 351: The Middle Ages in Film
Unfortunate though it may be, film is the most common means by which modern people encounter the historical past. This course takes the medium of film, and examines the various ways in which the medieval and early modern world has been represented in it. The course is divided into a series of units, each concerned with a different aspect of medieval and early modern life (e.g. warfare, religiosity, philosophy and learning, romance, etc.) For each unit, students analyze a selection of scholarly background material, as well as a number of primary sources, written and visual. Students will use the knowledge amassed through these sources to assess the choices made by screenwriters and directors as they portray scenes from the past. Our task is therefore two-fold: to better understand the historical reality of the Middle Ages, and to assess the choices made by modern screenwriters as they construct their own portrayals of that historical reality for modern audiences. (HB, Hist) Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent.
History 362: Making India Hindu
This course examines the modernist project of Hindutva, or Hindu nationalism, from its colonial origins up to the present. We will examine key texts both in the production of Hindutva ideology and in its rebuttal. We will also consider key moments revealing cultural and political tension over Hindutva, such as the assassination of M. K. Gandhi, the Emergency, the Ramjanambhoomi campaign, Godhra, and the 2014 parliamentary elections. The course will conclude with an assessment of the role of Hindus living outside India in the promotion of Hindutva, including an evaluation of the attacks on scholars based inside and outside India. (HBSSM, Hist) Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent.
HIST 485-A: Jr/Sr Sem: History of the Family in Modern Europe
This semester's seminar will explore the history of the family in modern Europe. During the first part of the course students will read some of the most important scholarship that has defined this area of historical investigation, including examples of childhood history, social history, and gender history. Students will discover the variety of approaches to the topic of the history of the family, while developing a research project in a case of their choice. This study will result in a journal-length article and an oral presentation of their research. (R, W)
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.