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History

Department Chairperson:

Faculty:Robert Bionaz, Hannah Jones, Lionel, Kimble, Rita C. Kucera, Ann Kuzdale,

Suzuko Morikawa, Mohamed S. N’Daou, Steven Rowe.

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in history for students majoring in other disciplines. All department majors must complete the assessment requirements specific to their major field, copies of which can be obtained from the departmental website.

The department’s Bachelor of Arts degree in History consists of two options: history and

secondary teaching. Students enrolled in the history option may prepare for such careers

as law, public service, government, or foreign relations, or for postgraduate study. Completion of the Secondary Teaching Option in History qualifies students for an Initial Type 09 Illinois High School Certificate with a high school endorsement in Social Science, a history designation for grades 9-12, and a middle grade endorsement in social science

for grades 6-8. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, History and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Secondary 6-12).

History Option

General Requirements

Admission to any of the department’s programs requires academic good standing, an interview with the undergraduate advisor, and formal acceptance by the department. A grade of C or above is required in all History courses counted in the History major or minor, either as transfer credit or completed at Chicago State University. Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 42 hours in general education consisting of 6 hours in composition, 9 hours in humanities, 6 hours of a single foreign language, 9 hours in Physical and Life Sciences, 3 hours in mathematics, and 9 hours in Social Sciences (embedded course hours consisting of 3 hours in Critical Thinking, 3 hours in Diversity, 3 hours in Fine Arts, and 3 hours in Interdisciplinary coursework should also be completed); 42 hours in history; 36 hours in electives, to include a minor, selected with the approval of an advisor in the department; and passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions.

Specific Requirements

Required Courses (21 credit hours)

HIST 1200/120, 1210/121, 1300/130, 1310/131, 2200/220, 2220/222, 2710/271.

Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

Select six hours in each of two fields of concentration: U.S., European, Africa, African American, and Latin American with approval of advisor.

History Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Nine hours of history electives with approval of advisor.

Elective Courses (36 credit hours)

A minor sequence of 18 credit hours chosen from any one discipline in the arts and sciences, approved by the department advisor. Free electives, consisting of 18 credit hours approved by the department advisor.

Secondary Teaching Option in History

General Requirements:

Students must:

  • Pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Complete 141 credit hours in: General Education 42 credit hours Area of Specialization 69 credit hours Professional Education 30 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education 42 credit hours

Composition 6 credit hours

ENG 1270/127 and 1280/128.

Humanities (6 credit hours)

CMAT 1130/113 and 3 credit hours of elective courses in English.

Foreign Language (6 credit hours)

At least 6 credit hours in a single foreign language.

Physical and Life Science (9 credit hours)

At least 3 credits from a physical science and at least 3 credits from a life science, with 3 hours in another physical or life science discipline. At least one course must be a laboratory course.

Mathematics (6 credit hours)

Math 1010/140 and 1020/141.

Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

PSYC 1100/141 and 2040/204.

Diversity: 3 hours

Area of Specialization (69 credit hours)

Required History Courses (24 credit hours)

HIST 1200/120, 1210/121, 1300/130, 1310/131, 2200/220**, 2220/222, 2470/247, and 3 hours selected from HIST 4030/303, 4100/310, 4270/327, 4280/328, 4290/329, 4430/343. Elective History Courses 21 credit hours 9 hours of elective courses in American history; 12 hours of elective courses in European or world history.

Required Supportive Courses (6 credit hours)

HIST 0920/092; ECON 1010/101; POL 1010/101 Required Geography Minor 18 credit hours GEOG 1000/101, 1400/131; plus 3 hours from GEOG 2210/202, 2230/204, or 4500/316; plus 3 hours from GEOG 2410/211, 2420/212, or 2430/213; plus 6 hours geography electives at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 levels. Professional Education 30 credit hours ELCF 1520/152 and 2000/200; ED 4312/312; PSYC 2020/206; S ED 4301/301 and 4303/303*; ELCF 4500/353*; READ 4100/306*; HIST 4630/363* and 4750/375*; CAS 2630/363.

The courses must be passed with at least a grade of C.

* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

** HIST 2200/220 completes the 15 credit hour requirement in Humanities for students majoring in the Secondary Teaching Option in History.

Honors Option in History

Requirements for Admittance in History Honors Option

  • Have a 3.5 GPA or higher in the major (After 12 credit hours).
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher overall.
  • Have a junior level status.
  • Identify a faculty member that will serve as a program mentor (both in assessing student progress at the end of each semester and completing the honors project/thesis.
  • Complete an application for admittance that is signed by the faculty mentor and approved by the department chair.
  • Present their honors thesis project in a public forum.

Program Requirements: (12 credits)

Honors Students must:

  • Complete an Honors Colloquium. Course (3000 level, 3 credit hours)
  • Complete two-subject-area 3000/4000 level course with honors option (6 credit hours).*
  • Complete one research/writing course (independent study at 3000/4000 level, 3 credit hours).
  • Earn a B or above in each honors course.
  • Maintain a major GPA or 3.25 or higher.

Honors Project Requirements

In order to complete the honors thesis requirement, a student must:

  • Develop a project (in conjunction with the faculty mentor) that contributes intellectually to the field of History.
  • Present the honors project before a committee consisting of the faculty mentor and 1-2 additional faculty members.
  • Submit a correctly-styled manuscript describing the project to the department.

*Any 2000 or 4000-level subject-area courses may include an honors section pending approval by the history honors committee. Such courses will be designated as “H” sections. For a course to be considered an honors course it must require a level of intellectual engagement over and above that of the traditional course. Honors sections may require additional reading, one of more additional projects, or other additional course material as outlined by history faculty. 

Minor in History (18 credit hours)

The requirements for minors must be completed prior to graduation in order for the minor to appear on the transcript. For more information about minors, see the chairperson of the department.

Completion of 18 credit hours in history electives to be selected with the approval of

the departmental academic advisor, including a minimum of six credit hours in American history and six credit hours in European history. Also, six hours at the 1000-level, six hours at the 2000-level, and six hours at the 4000-level. The department will accept only courses with a grade of C or better for the completion of the minor.

History (HIST) Course Offerings

1092/092 ILLINOIS HISTORY TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION REVIEW /3 (1)

Prerequisite: Co-requisite HIST 363.

Preparation and practice for the Illinois State Teacher Certification Examination in Social Science. Credit may not be counted toward graduation requirements.

1099 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN HISTORY (1)

Prerequisites: Freshmen and transfer students in history secondary education (HSST) and history (HIST) with fewer than 30 credit hours.

Introduction to the expectations of the university. Promotion of effective study skills, utilization of university resources including academic the library and computer laboratories.

1200/120 THE WEST AND THE WORLD TO 1715 (3)

Civilizations of the ancient, medieval, and early modern world. IAI: S2 902

1210/121 THE WEST AND THE WORLD SINCE 1715 (3)

The Western world and its relationships with societies of Africa, Asia and the Americas. IAI: S2 903

1300/130 UNITED STATES HISTORY, 1607-1876 (3)

Political, economic, social, and intellectual developments from 1607 through Reconstruction. IAI: S2 900 HST 911

1310/131 UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1876 (3)

Political, economic, social and intellectual developments since Reconstruction. (Enrichment core course.) IAI: S2 901, HST 912

1710/171 INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (3)

A survey of Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the present.

1840/184 AFRICAN CIVILIZATION (3)

Survey of African history from antiquity to modern times with emphasis on African traditional societies and their transition and transformation into the present century. (Credit may not be used for either a major or a minor in history, but may be used to satisfy the elective course requirements for the major or minor in African American Studies.)

2120/212 THE CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY (3)

Analysis of origins and development of cities. Social impact of the city on American life.

2160/216 MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (3)

The historical contributions and interactions of the wide spectrum of racial, ethnic, religious, and other minorities as a key element in the American experience. Writing emphasis course.

2200/220 KEY PROBLEMS IN WORLD HISTORY (3)

Significant political, social, and economic world problems related to Non-Western and Third World Cultures. (Enrichment core course.) IAI: S2 905N

2220/222 INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL THOUGHT AND METHODS (3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the university qualifying examination in English: HIST 1200/120 or 1210/121 and HIST 1300/130 or 1310/131. Intended for history majors and minors.

Introduction to the theories and methods historians use to research, write, and draw conclusions about the past. Seminar style format; topics vary each semester. Writing emphasis course.

2300/230 THE CARIBBEAN WORLD (3)

The Caribbean islands from colonization to the present and Central America since independence.

2320/232 SOUTH AMERICA (3)

South America from the movements for independence to the present.

2330/233 INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE AGES I (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 1200/120, 1210/121, or 2340/234.

The early medieval world 300-1000 C.E. including the formation of late antique Mediterranean civilization, Germanic invasions, the Christianization of the West, Byzantium, the rise of Islam, Carolingian cultural achievement to the last major invasions of the Magyars and Vikings. May be taken after HIST 234/2340.

2340/234 INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE AGES II (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 1200/120, 1210/121, or 2330/233.

Medieval civilization 1000-1500 including the formation of national and paper monarchies, “Feudal” society, the Crusades, rise of universities, vernacular literature, Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture, the Silk Road to the Hundred Years’ War. May be taken before HIST 2330/233.

2470/247 HISTORY OF ILLINOIS (3)

History of the State of Illinois from pre-Columbian times to the present with special emphasis on contemporary Illinois through field trips. May substitute Geography 315 to fulfill Illinois history program requirement in secondary teaching. Credit not given for both HIST 2470/247 and HIST 347.

2650/265 ORIGINS OF CIVILIZATION(3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English qualifying exam.

Origins and development of the great civilizations of the ancient world as revealed by archaeology. Credit not given for both HIST 2650/265 and ANTH 2220/265.  IAI: S1 903

2720 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1865 (3)

A survey of African American history from classical African past to 1865. Credit not given for both HIST 2720 and 2710. This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.

2730 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1865 (3)

A survey of African American history from 1865 to the present. Credit not given for both HIST 2730 and 2710. The course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.

2830/283 SLAVERY IN WORLD HISTORY (3)

Cross-cultural practices in Western and non-Western history, ancient and modern. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)

2840/284 AFRICA TO 1800 (3)

A survey of African history from the origins of human societies in Africa to the impact of the slave trade, ca. 1800. Key themes will be state and empire formation, the spread of Islam, the impact of long distance trade, and the material and cultural bases of African societies. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.) IAI: S2 906N

2850/285 AFRICA SINCE 1800 (3)

An overview of African history from the late pre-colonial period to the present. Main themes include the effects of the slave trade, state formation and Islamic revolutions, European colonialism, independence and nationalism, and contemporary Africa. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.) IAI: S2 907N

2930/293 WORKSHOP IN WORLD PEACE ORGANIZATIONS (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

Study of world peace-keeping organizations from the19th century through a workshop approach, based on the structure of the United Nations. Individual students will participate in Model UN conferences. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours, but may apply toward the major only once. Does not count as political science elective credit for Political Science majors, or in general education. Credit not given for both POL 2930/293 and HIST 2930/293 during the same semester.

2970/297 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY (3)

Analysis of special topics of history with emphasis on contemporary significance. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

3555 HONORS RESEARCH (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to Honors in the history major program; HIST 2220 and one 4000-level honors class at B or higher.

Preparation and research of an original history thesis/project based on primary sources under faculty supervision.

4301 THE ERA OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Background and development of the French Revolution.

4302 HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN (3)

History of women with African Descent from the enslavement period to the present. Emphasis on issues of racism and sexism in late 19 th century and 20 th century U.S. society with relation to the feminist, womanist, Civil Rights, and Black Power movements.

4303 RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Aspects of 15th and 16th century political and cultural history.

4305 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of Department.

The African American struggle for civil rights since 1900 with an emphasis on the period since World War II.

4307 THE EUROPEAN WORLD IN THE 20TH CENTURY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Europe from 1914 to the present.

4308 THE VIETNAM WAR .(3) 

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

The causes and effects of the Vietnam War with an emphasis on the United States and its role from World War II to 1975.

4310 WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Topical and chronological survey of women in the Mediterranean and European world, with emphasis on their social, cultural and intellectual accomplishments. Special emphasis on realities and perceptions of the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

4311 RACE AND LABOR IN THE UNITED STATES (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 1310/131 recommended or consent of the department.

Race and race relationships through labor struggle and the formation of the United States working-class. Central focus on working women and men of color from the mid-nineteenth to the twentieth century.

4312 THE NINETEENTH CENTURY IN EUROPE (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Europe during the 19th Century.

4313 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY (3)

Origin of Christianity, its spread, development of doctrines and practices, movements within the church, various denominations.

4314 THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION 1850-1876 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Events of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

4317 FORGING OF MODERN AMERICA, 1877-1932 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

The Gilded Age, Progressive Era, World War I, the 1920s and the Great Depression.

4319 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, 1763-1815 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Independence movement and the formation of a new nation.

4322 AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Culture and institutions of the American colonies.

4323THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 1310/131 recommended or consent of the department.

Immigration and migration as factors in the United States history.

4326 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Development ,impact, and interpretation of American foreign policy.

4327 THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND GREECE (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Civilizations in the ancient Near East and Greece.

4328 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 500 BC-1500 AD (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Competition for world domination among civilizations originating in Western Europe, the Middle East, China, and India.

4329 HISTORY OF ROMAN CIVILIZATION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Roman civilization under the Republic and Empire.

4331 TUDOR/STUART ENGLAND(3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

English history from 1485 to 1714.

4339 WOMEN IN POLITICS (3)

The role of women in the political arena with focus on grass roots and elite politics at the national and international level within historical context. Cross listed as POL 3370/337. Credit not given for both HIST 4390/339 and POL 3370/337.

4343 THE MEDIEVAL WORLD (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Advanced and specialized topics on the social, cultural, political, intellectual, and religious history of the Middle Ages. May be taken more than once for credit if topics are different.

4344 HISTORY OF EASTERN EUROPE (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Eastern Europe politics and culture from the seventh century to the present.

4348 HISTORY OF THE OCCULT (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department.

Occultist beliefs and practices from Greco-Roman Egypt through the 20th century. Historical interconnections with mythology, religion, theology, philosophy, and psychology in various cultures.

4352 THE CHICAGO EXPERIENCE (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

A variety of classroom activities and traditional learning resources are supplemented by direct investigation of key aspects of the city.

4353 HISTORY OF EAST AFRICA(3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

Analysis of major events caused by the migration of the Bantu, Arabs, Indians, Chinese, and peoples of the Pacific Ocean islands to East Africa and the creation of Swahili Civilization representing the first great melting pot culture in Africa.

4354 HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 284 and 285 recommended or consent of the department.

A survey of the Bantu civilizations of the African Sub-Continent, their contacts with European civilization in the 17th century and the creation of a multiracial society in the 20th century.

4355 MODERN AFRICA (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 2840/284 and 2850/285 recommended or consent of the department.

A detailed look at Africa since World War I, especially the impact of colonialism the rise of African nationalist movements and struggles for independence, and changes in Africa since independence.

4555 HONORS COLLOQUIUM (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to Honors in the history major program and HIST 3555 at B or higher.

Completion of research and writing of the honors thesis/project. Discussion on the writing process and problems in historical research and sharing of drafts and ideas with peers.

4356 SLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

The rise of slavery in the trans-Atlantic world. The triangle Trade, the role of slavery in the development of western capitalism, and the effect of racist justification for that institution.

4357 HISTORY OF HAITI . (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 1710/171 and 2300/230 recommended or consent of the department.

History of Hispaniola from 1492 to the present with a particular focus on the first successful slave insurrection.

4359 RUSSIA UNDER THE CZARS (3)

From the rise of the Romanovs in 1613 to their fall in the revolutions of 1917.

4360 HISTORY OF THE SOVIET UNION, 1917 – 1991 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

The Soviet Union since the 1917 Revolution with emphasis on Leninist-Stalinist policy.

4362 THE WORLD SINCE 1945 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Analysis of major social, political, economic, military, demographic, and cultural trends and events in the world since the end of World War II.

4363 METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL (GRADES 6-12) /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to College of Education; ELCF 5500/353 and READ 4100/306 (or concurrent enrollment in ELCF 5500/353 and READ 4100/306); and consent of the department. Co-requisite: HIST 0920/092 and CAS 2630/363 .

Methods of teaching geography, history, and other social studies in high school grades 9-12 and middle school grades 6-8. Thirty clock hours of field experience. Credit not given for both HIST 277 and 363.

4364 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

From the pre-Columbian Indian civilizations through the European discovery and conquest to the movements for independence.

4369 FIELD INTERNSHIP (3 - 12)

Prerequisite: Junior standing, 2.5 GPA., completion of 9 semester hours of history, and consent of the instructor.

Special assignment or research projects in museums, schools, libraries, or programs which would involve students in practical applications of historical knowledge or research. Must complete 25 clock hours per credit hour. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 semester hours.

4371 MEXICO SINCE INDEPENDENCE (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

Mexico from independence to the present with a major focus on U.S. Mexican relations.

4375 STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR /FIELD (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in all history courses, in all supportive courses, in professional education, and in all coursework required in the approved program; and a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years.

Off-campus placement in secondary level schools in two or more grade levels. University and cooperating school supervision. Five full days including seminar for 16 weeks. No other courses may be taken during the semester of student teaching. Credit not given for both HIST 270 and 375.

4379 SPAIN SINCE 1492 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

Spain from the completion of the Reconquista through the rise and fall of its New World empire to the present.

4381 HISTORY OF RELIGION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Historical study of world religions, their origins and development. Includes discussion of religions originating in India (Hinduism, Janinism, Buddhism, Sikhism); the Far East (ancestor worship, Chinese Taoism, Confucianism, Japanese Shinto); and Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). Native African, Native American and Syncretic Caribbean religions are also discussed. (This course counts as a non-western course for Teacher Certification.)

4384 WEST AFRICA (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 2840/284 and 2850/285 recommended, or consent of the department.

History of the West African sub region, with special emphasis on the Niger River Valley civilizations of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Ashanti, Yoruba, and Dahomey, the ancestral origins of African Americans, the impact of the desiccation of the Sahara Desert, and the origins and impact of the great Bantu migrations.

4386 ANCIENT AFRICA (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 2840/284 and 2850/285 recommended or consent of the department.

An understanding and appreciation of Africa before 1500 AD and the discovery of the new world, and on the eve of the breakdown of its civilizations under the impact of this discovery and Islam.

4387 KEY PROBLEMS IN AFRICAN HISTORY (3)

Prerequisites: HIST 284 & 285 recommended or the consent of the department. 

Africa from ancient to modern times with emphasis on the origins of human civilization, the Saharan factor in African history, the impact of Sudanese and Bantu migrations, and evaluation of foreign interventions and their legacies, state formation, and problems of development and governance. Emphasis on the theoretical and methodological issues of the debate on and in African history.

4390 COLONIALISM, NATIONALISM AND INDEPENDENCE IN THE THIRD WORLD (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Political, economic and cultural changes brought about in traditional society by the imposition of Western rule, leading to the rise of nationalism and successful independence movements. India, Indochina, Kenya, and Nigeria will be used as case studies.

4394 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HISTORY (1-3)

Prerequisite: History major, junior standing or above, and consent of the department.

Staff-directed study in special topics. May be repeated once under a different topic for one to three additional credit hours.

4399 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Analysis of particular historical problems that have a high degree of contemporary significance.

4510/351 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IN TWENTIETH CENTURY UNITED STATES (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Impact of the Afro-American on contemporary life.(This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)

4830 THE BLACK CHURCH IN AMERICA (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

History of the origins and development of the major religious movements among Black Americans. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)

4890 READINGS AND RESEARCH IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of the department.

Advanced readings and research in African American history. African American historiography, theory, research methods, and methodology, including examination of primary source materials, cultural analysis, interview skills, and archival research involving African background, enslavement, African American social and cultural experience in the United States. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)

4999 SENIOR THESIS: HISTORY

Prerequisite:  Senior status in history major

Directed research and writing guidance for preparation of required final senior thesis project.