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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences

Stroud Hall, Room 409

570-422-3286......www.esu.edu/hist

About the History Department

We pride ourselves on being a teaching-focused institution with scholars who also contribute publications in their specific field of history. Our faculty offers a diverse range in courses.

The department's most popular track is the Social Studies Secondary Education concentration. The program is highly valued because of its balanced combination of content, pedagogy, and high job placement level.

We are also proud to be among a small list of history departments throughout the country to have a Public History concentration for undergraduate students.

About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in History program affords students the unique experience of working closely with professors in a small setting, while allowing them to pursue a degree that meets their personal needs so they will be prepared for a fulfilling career.

We offer three concentrations: American and World History, Public History and Latin America and Latino History.

Students may also choose a dual major in History and Education (Social Studies certification).

Are you interested in...

  • How the past affects the future America's place in the world

Choose History at ESU

  • Small advanced class sizes
  • Local history internships
  • Qualified, experienced faculty

Is History a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Writer
  • Preservationist

Career Settings

  • Museums
  • Library
  • Government
  • Law office

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Arts in History - Concentration: American and World

Bachelor of Arts in History - Concentration: Public History

Bachelor of Arts in History - Concentration: Latin America and Latino

Program Curriculum Plan

  • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

    Freshman Year

    Fall

    HIST 141: Foundations of United States or

    HIST 142: U.S. as a Developing Nation or

    HIST 143: 20th Century Untied States History

     

    3

    ENGL 103: English Composition

    3

    General Education – Arts and Letters

    3

    General Education – Natural Science

    3

    General Education – Social Science

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    HIST 111: World Civilization to 1300 or

    HIST 112: Modern World Civilization 1300-1914 or

    HIST 113: 20th Century World Since 1914

    3

    HIST Elective

    3

    General Education – Arts and Letters

    3

    General Education – Natural Science

    3

    General Education – Social Science

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    HIST European Requirement

    3

    HIST Elective

    3

    General Education – Arts and Letters

    3

    General Education – Natural Sciences

    3

    General Education – Social Science

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    HIST Elective

    3

    General Education – Arts and Letters

    3

    General Education – Natural Sciences

    3

    General Education – Social Science

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Junior Year

    Fall

    HIST 390: Seminar I

    3

    HIST Elective (Non Western)

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    General Education – Arts and Letters

    3

    General Education – Natural Sciences

    3

    General Education – Social Science

    3

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    HIST Elective

    3

    HIST Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Senior Year

    Fall

    HIST Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    HIST 495: Seminar: Historical Research and Presentation

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    13

    Total Credits

    120

    Department of History 570-422-3286 or visit www.esu.edu/hist

Bachelor of Arts in History - Concentration: Secondary Education Social Studies

History Minor

    • Required courses: At least one course in each of three areas: United States History, European History, and Area Studies/World History; nine additional semester hours of History.
    • Note: Nine credits of this coursework must be at the 300-400 level.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • HIST 111 GE: World Civilization to 1300 (3)

    • This course traces the development of civilization through the rise and fall of cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas to 1300 A.D.

  • HIST 112 GE: Modern World Civilization, 1300-1914 (3)

    • This course acquaints students with the history of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

  • HIST 113 GE: Twentieth Century World, Since 1914 (3)

    • This course examines political and social developments since World War I and their relationship to the wars of the century, materialism, imperialism, industrialism, socialism, communism and democracy. Selected events and problems may be examined to illustrate basic trends and concepts.

  • HIST 115 GE: History of the Non-Western World, Since 1800 (3)

    • This course traces developments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from the colonial era to independence. Special emphasis is given to the diverse cultures in the non-western world and their interaction with the west.

  • HIST 141 GE: Foundations of the United States (3)

    • This course deals with European colonization of the New World, the social, economic and political development of the colonies, the growth of revolutionary movements, and the political and social consequences of independence.

  • HIST 142 GE: The United States as a Developing Nation in the Nineteenth Century (3)

    • This course is a study of continued growth of the federal republic from the age of Jackson to the end of the century with particular attention to political problems, economic development, social changes, the Civil War and growing industrialization, culminating with the emergence of the United States as a world power.

  • HIST 143 GE: Twentieth Century United States History (3)

    • This course is a study of the United States during the twentieth century. The course has strong emphasis on the Progressive movement, World War I, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary social, political and cultural changes and their origins.

  • HIST 211 GE: The Ancient World (3)

    • This course studies the origins of western cultural traditions in the Middle East and the rise and fall of the Greco-Roman world with special emphasis on political institutions, intellectual, religious, artistic, and literary achievements. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, or 113.

  • HIST 241 GE: American Colonial History (3)

    • This course is an in-depth study of the colonial period. It stresses developments that later contributed to the growth of the United States. Prerequisite: HIST 112 or 141.

  • HIST 253 GE: Women in American History (3)

    • This course is a study of the role of women in American history from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 270 GE: Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (3)

    • This course explores the development of Europe between the Reformation and the French Revolution, focusing on the religious revolution of the sixteenth century, the rise of absolute rulers, mercantilism and the European state system, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.

  • HIST 271 GE: Foundations of Modern Europe, 1789-1914 (3)

    • The course presents the history of Europe from the French Revolution to World War I: the fall of the Old Regime in France and its effect upon European political developments in the 19th century; the Napoleonic episode and the conservative reaction; romanticism, nationalism, socialism, democracy; and imperialism, and international relations.

  • HIST 272 GE: Modern European History, 1914-1990 (3)

    • This course presents Europe since 1914: World War I, Paris Peace Conference, The League of Nations and Collective Security, rise of Bolshevism and Fascism, World War II, the Cold War, NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the political and economic search for a new Europe in the 1980's.

  • HIST 278 GE: History of Everyday Life, Since 1800 (3)

    • This course explores changes in the everyday activities of common people. It deals with leisure, entertainment, sports, health, urban and suburban life, non-elite mass media, the social effects of modern transportation, and other selected topics.

  • HIST 281 GE: The Third Reich - from Hitler to Holocaust (3)

    • This is an interpretive survey of Europe during the Hitler era centered on the history of Nazi Germany. Topics covered include the origins of National Socialism, Adolf Hitler, Nazi political and social revolutions, the S.S. terror system, the Nazi "new order" in Europe, the Holocaust, and the Nuremberg Trials. Prerequisite: One of HIST 112, 113, or 144.

  • HIST 282 GE: Women in European History (3)

    • This course is a study of the role of women in European history up to the present. Emphasis is placed on the changing social and political position of women in European society since the Industrial Revolution. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, 113, 141, 142, or 143.

  • HIST 288 GE: Social History of Victorian and Twentieth Century England (3)

    • Using the new social history the course will explore the character of upper, middle, and working class society in England from the Victorian era to the present. It will study the social changes and continuity of English society since 1832. Prerequisite: HIST 112 or 113.

  • HIST 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged.)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of students or are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and the value of introducing them as a part of the university curriculum.

  • HIST 313 China: History and Politics (3)

    • This is a study of China since traditional times examining political, cultural, and economic aspects of her society up to the present and its influence on East Asia and the world. A companion to HIST 314. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, 113, or 115.

  • HIST 314 Japan and the Rimland of East Asia (3)

    • This course presents the historical and cultural evolution of Japan, Korea, and the nations of Southeast Asia and their contemporary government and politics. This is a companion course to HIST 313. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, 113, or 115.

  • HIST 320 Introduction to Public History (3)

    • The focus of this area of study is to promote the subject of public history as a way of offering a new dimension to the study of history. Public history will be examined through the exploration of the role of museums and historic sites, and by studying their purposes, practices and relationships to the scholar and classroom educator. Prerequisite: Any two of the following: HIST 141 or 142 or 143 or 144; any one of the following: HIST 111 or 112 or 113.

  • HIST 321 African-American History to 1865 (3)

    • This course covers African-American history from colonization of the Americas to the end of the Civil War. Topics covered in this course include the following: Africans and the slave trade, origins of American slavery and racism, origins of African-American culture, the slave family, roots of resistance, abolitionism, and African Americans in the Civil War. Prerequisite: HIST 141 or 142.

  • HIST 322 African-American History since 1865 (3)

    • This course examines the African-American narrative from the Reconstruction era through the Modern Civil Rights movement to the present day. Emphasis is placed on black social and political thought and action. Topics covered include the role of black intellectuals, black working-class politics, the Great Migration, Pan-Africanism, black radicalism, black feminism, and the various issues confronting the black community in the 21st Century. Prerequisite: HIST 143.

  • HIST 323 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)

    • This course explores the major themes and issues in American history from the end of Reconstruction to the United States entry into World War I (1877 to 1917). Some of the topics covered in this course will be industrialization and its impact on the United States, the populace and progressive movements, how the United States became an imperial power and how questions of race and ethnicity shape American culture and politics. Prerequisite: HIST 142 or 143.

  • HIST 324 United States History, 1914-1945 (3)

    • This course examines the tumultuous history of the United States between 1914 and 1945. Topics will includee the profound economic upheaval of the period; the rise of consumerism and mass culture, racial, ethnic, and religious conflict; the women's suffrage movement and changing gender roles; the Great Depression; the labor movement; the New Deal and the development of the welfare state; and the ascendancy of the U.S. to global superpower. Chronologically framed by two global conflicts, the course will explore the impact of both wars on American culture, political development, and social relations. In studying these topics, we will continually return to four fundamental questions that confronted Americans then, and continue to face Americans today: (1) What is the proper role of the federal government in American Society?; (2) What role should the United States play in world affairs?; (3) How do Americans confront the challenges that arise from living together in a complex society marked by differences of class, race, ethnicity, and gender?; (4) What is the impact of war on American culture, society and political institutions?. Prerequisite: HIST 142 or 143.

  • HIST 326 History of the Civil Rights Movement in America (3)

    • This course examines, in depth, the modern black struggle for equality in the United States. Attention will be devoted to the legislative, social, economic, and political aspects of the movement from the perspective of those at the grassroots as well as the national levels. Prerequisite: HIST 143.

  • HIST 330 South Asia (3)

    • This course examines the social, political, and cultural history of the South Asian subcontinent in the modern period. Topics discussed will include the establishment and consequences of foreign rule, the rise of nationalism and the partition of the subcontinent. Prerequisite: one of HIST 111 or 112 or 113 or 115.

  • HIST 333 Africa (3)

    • Substantial attention is given to the African experiences before 1800, emphasizing the roots of modern Africa. The course traces the development of European empires in the 19th century, the emergence of African nationalism in the 20th Century, and the interaction of Western and African cultures. This course is also listed as POLS 333. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 60 credits.

  • HIST 335 History of Modern Italy (3)

    • This course traces the development of Italy from the Napoleonic Era to the present. Among topics covered are unification, the Liberal Period, Fascism, and the postwar years. Emphasis is on social, political, and economic trends. Prerequisite: HIST 112 or 113.

  • HIST 340 Origins of American Republic (3)

    • This course is an intensive study of the origins of the United States Constitution, beginning with the 1750s. The struggle over ratification of the Constitution and the creation of the Bill of Rights also receive their due. This course will further include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist papers. Prerequisite: HIST 141.

  • HIST 341 GE: U.S. Military History (3)

    • This course is a study of the development of American military institutions, policies, and traditions from colonial times to the present. Emphasis is on the strategic and tactical deployment of our armed forces in war and peace. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 342 Civil War and Reconstruction (3)

    • This course examines the major events, battles, and leaders of the Civil War, Union and Confederate, and the outcome of the conflict. The Reconstruction period is studied with emphasis on the political, social, and economic conflicts of the era and the reasons for the failure of Reconstruction. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141 or 142.

  • HIST 343 The Middle East (3)

    • This is an introductory survey of ancient civilization and an intensive study of growth and effects of colonialism and imperialism. Emphasis is placed on cultural backgrounds and the revolutionary nationalism of the modern period, and discussion of contemporary events. This course is also listed as POLS 343. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, 113, or 115.

  • HIST 344 Frontier History (3)

    • This course is a study of the movement of the American Frontier from colonial times to 1890. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the changing frontier on Native Americans, westward expansion, the development of the various forms of transportation, and the environmental factors which contributed to the rise of the conservation movement. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 346 GE: History of Urban America (3)

    • This course provides an examination of the growth and transformation of the American city from the colonial period to the present. Attention is focused on the evolution of political and economic institutions, social change, technological innovations, planning theories, and reactions of sensitive observers to the process of urbanization as expressed in imaginative literature and scholarly studies. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 347 GE: American Business History (3)

    • This course traces the growth and development of American business from the late 18th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the transportation revolution, labor, technology, the impact of the Civil War, modern industrialization, trusts and antitrust movements, unionization, the Great Depression, World War II, and the problems of contemporary business. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 350 Economic History of Modern Europe (3)

    • This course traces the economic development of Europe from industrialization to the creation of the European Union. Emphasis is placed on the industrial revolution, patterns of development, strategic sectors, the role of the state, the economic consequences of war, planning for the postwar economy, and the origins and evolution of the European Union. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 352 History of Pennsylvania (3)

    • This course will cover the development of Pennsylvania from the period of exploration and colonization to the present and its inter-relationships with the rest of the country. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 354 African-Americans and the Courts (3)

    • This course places African-American History within the broader context of United States History via the lens of the United States judiciary. Major precedent will be the primary focus, beginning with the legal state of those of African descent in colonial America through the different roles taken by African-Americans in the 1990s. Prerequisites: one of the following: HIST 141, 142 or 143

  • HIST 355 United States Constitutional History and Law (3)

    • This course investigates distinguishing aspects of the American constitutional system; judicial processes and decisions of major cases of the United States Supreme Court; interpretation of the fourteenth and other amendments; and evaluation of the contemporary court from a topic perspective. Prerequisite: HIST 141 and POLS 211.

  • HIST 357 History of the Supreme Court: 1789-1914 (3:3:0)

    • This course will examine the history of the Supreme Court beginning with the Court under John Jay to that of Melville W. Fuller. Relevant topics included are the lives and contributions of some of the more influential U.S. Supreme Court justices and how the institution has changed over time. Prerequisite: HIST 141 and HIST 142.

  • HIST 359 Labor History and Industrial Relations (3)

    • This course examines the roles of labor and management in industrial relations with special references to labor history, wage-rate determination, collective bargaining, and government intervention into labor relations. The implications of the changing structure of the American economy are analyzed. Prerequisite: One of HIST 141, 142, 143, or 144.

  • HIST 360 Latinos in Modern America (3)

    • This course explores the historical experiences of the peoples from Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and those of their descendents, in the modern United States. The focus of the course will be to compare and contrast the twentieth-century experiences of the four largest Latino populations: those who can trace their heritage to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Prerequisite: HIST 143 or 144.

  • HIST 362 GE: Colonial Latin America (3)

    • This course examines the history of Latin America during the colonial era. It traces the Iberian conquest and colonialization, the emergence of colonial societies, and the end of colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. The course focuses on such key themes as religious, slavery, racial and gender relations, reform, and revolution. Pre-requisite(s): HIST 111 or HIST 112 or HIST 113 or HIST 141

  • HIST 363 Modern Latin America (3)

    • This course provides an examination of modern Latin America. It focuses on the process of nation-building during the nineteenth century and the rise of the reformist, revolutionary and military movements in the twentieth century. The course places emphasis on selected themes such as gender and racial relations, populism, liberalism, revolution, and democracy. This course is also listed as POLS 363. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111 HIST 112, 113, or 115.

  • HIST 371 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 500-1500 (3)

    • This course traces the history of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation. Topics covered include origins of the European States, the feudal system, Church-State relations, international relations, origins of the universities, scholasticism, literature and arts, the Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries. Prerequisite: HIST 111 or 112.

  • HIST 381 GE: The Rise of England to 1760 (3)

    • This course is a survey from the Anglo-Saxon Conquest to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, centering on the development of the common law and Parliament as well as the growth of England as a national state. Particular emphasis is placed on economic, social, and political developments in the Tudor, Stuart, and early Georgian periods. Prerequisite: One of HIST 111, 112, 113, or 141.

  • HIST 382 GE: Modern Britain (3)

    • This course stresses the growth of modern industrial Britain from 1760 with emphasis on social and economic factors of growth, the position of Britain as a world power, the development of the cabinet system, and the emergence of modern social and political reform, including the welfare state. Britain's role in world affairs is analyzed along with her changing status in contemporary Europe. Prerequisite: One of HIST 112, 113, 141, 142, or 144.

  • HIST 390 Seminar I: Introduction to Historical Methodology (3)

    • This course is required of History majors who have completed 12 credits in history. It is writing intensive and introduces basic research techniques in primary and secondary sources. The course also surveys historical literature and examines conflicting historical interpretations and approaches. For History majors only. Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 30 credits, at least 12 credits of which must be in history.

  • HIST 395 Scapegoats and Witchhunts (3)

    • This course is an interdisciplinary seminar that explores the phenomena of cultural scapegoating and witchhunting. The primary perspectives will be rhetorical, historical, and psychological. By focusing on various targeted individuals and groups, past and present, the seminar will culminate in a synthesized view based on the instructor's various disciplines. Prerequisite: Honors program or permission of instructor.

  • HIST 424 Russia and Eurasia (3)

    • This course focuses on the emerging political units created as a result of the break up of the Soviet Union. Students will examine the causes, nature, and course of the Soviet collapse, the challenges of the successor states, and the consequences of this major historical development for the post-cold war world. This course is also listed as POLS 424. Prerequisites: Advanced standing of 90 credits; one of POLS 101, 111, 211, or 222.

  • HIST 442 Diplomatic History of the United States, Since 1900 (3)

    • This course emphasizes the United States' emergence from a tradition of isolationism into a position of international responsibility by examining its progressively deeper involvement in the world's diplomatic and military confrontations. This course is also listed as POLS 442. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • HIST 471 History of Russia, to 1917 (3)

    • This is a study of the political, social, and cultural evolution of Russia from the 9th century to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 with special emphasis on the development of institutions, social classes, reform and revolutionary movements, foreign policy objectives and achievements, and the growth of Russia as a world power. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • HIST 472 The Soviet Union (3)

    • This course is a study of the origins of the development of the U.S.S.R., the social, economic and political transformation of old Russia into a socialist state under Lenin and Stalin, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the civil war, the struggle for power and the great purges, Soviet foreign policy before and after World War II, the cold war, and the post-Stalin era of Khrushchev, the Brezhnev-Kosygin regime, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • HIST 473 Modern Germany (3)

    • This course studies the Napoleonic impact, the Prussian reform movement, romanticism, liberalism, and nationalism in Germany, the Revolutions of 1848, the age of Bismarck, the Wilhelmian period, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi revolution, World War II, and the post war era. Emphasis is on political, cultural, and economic changes, 1789 to the present. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • HIST 474 History of Modern France, 1789-1990 (3)

    • This course acquaints students with a basic knowledge of France's political, social, economic, and diplomatic history since 1789 and provides a firm grasp of French institutions. Prerequisites: HIST 112 or 113 or advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • HIST 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • Independent study is designed to provide in-depth coverage of subject matter not covered in courses offered by the Department and must be justified to meet a specific need. A student wishing to take independent study should discuss the plan first with his/her adviser and then with a member of the Department. If a faculty member agrees to supervise the study, the proposal will be submitted to the chair of the Department. The chair, after acting on the proposal, shall present it to the Department for action. It will then be transmitted to the dean of the college.

  • HIST 486 Field Experiences and Internships (Semester hours arranged)

  • HIST 495 Seminar: Historical Research and Presentation (3)

    • This course is required of seniors majoring or minoring in history. Students must write and defend a research paper that shows a grasp of historical logic and exposition. The course also covers historiography and the major schools of historical thought. Prerequisites: 90 Credits and over.

  • HIST 499 Student Teaching Internship (1)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to work with a faculty member in the student's primary Arts and Sciences discipline during the student teaching experience. The course will enhance the student's ability to understand and maximize the relationship between disciplinary subject matter and pedagogy.