Undergraduate Course Catalog

History

A. Alves, Chairperson 

Studying the past exposes people to the diversity of human cultures, helps them comprehend change and continuity over time, enhances their ability to discern patterns of comparison and contrast amid the complexities and similarities of human experience, and sharpens their communication skills.

Students with degrees in History can pursue graduate degrees or careers in fields inside and outside the humanities because the skills and habits of mind described above are valuable to every employer. Examples include: law, teaching, government, business, industry, libraries and archives, museums and art galleries, research, writing, and editing. 

See College of Sciences and Humanities for information about the teacher education programs in social studies. 

See the Interdepartmental Programs listing for information about minors in ancient studies and Asian studies.


MAJOR IN HISTORY (BA/BS), 39-42 credits

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Complete one concentration
Concentration 1: Major, 39 credits
Core requirements, 18 credits

HIST
 
 
 

151 
152
200
201
202
470

World Civilization 1  
World Civilization 2  
Intro History Methods
American History, 1492-1876
US History, 1877 to Present
Senior Seminar

3
3
3
3
3
3





18 crs
21 additional credits in HIST other than HIST 150:

3 additional credits in World history outside Europe (Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America)

3

3 additional credits in European history

3

3 additional credits in United States history

3

3 credits from Topics courses
3

9 credits from electives in history

9





21 crs

At least 15 of these 21 additional credits must be in courses numbered HIST 301 and above.

Students must register for HIST 200 before completing 15 credits in the major. Students are strongly encouraged to complete HIST 151, 152, 200, 201, and 202 before taking courses at HIST 301 or above.

Students who intend to go to graduate or professional school are strongly encouraged to pursue a BA in concentration 1.

Each individual course section can only be used to fulfill one of the requirements in World, European, United States, or Topics.

Concentration 2: Public history, 39-42 credits
Public history core requirements, 18 credits

HIST
  
 
 
    
    

151 
152
200
201
202
240

World Civilization 1  
World Civilization 2  
Intro History Methods
American History, 1492-1876
US History, 1877 to Present 
Introduction to Public History 

3
3
3
3
3
3





18 crs
21-24 additional credits in HIST other than HIST 150:

HIST

369

Public History Internship (3-12)

9-12

3 additional credits in European or World history

3

6 additional credits from United States history

6

3 credits from electives in HIST

3





21-24 crs

At least 9 of these 12 credits must be in courses numbered HIST 301 and above.

Students must register for HIST 200 before completing 15 credits in the major. Students are strongly encouraged to complete HIST 151, 152, 200, 201, and 202 before taking courses at HIST 301 or above.

Admission and retention standards for concentration 2:

  • Students must earn grades of at least C in all completed history courses with a combined history grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  • Candidates for internships must fill out applications with the program coordinator at least five months in advance of the time of the intended internships.
  • To qualify for the internship (HIST 369), students must have taken the required history courses and completed 30 credits in HIST.
  • An overall grade-point average of 2.75 is required before enrolling in the internship.
  • A written project approved by the coordinator and related to the internship is required.
  • Credit received by students serving as assistants in departmental courses is not applicable to internship credit in this concentration.
  • Students who do not meet the above requirements may appeal to the program coordinator for a waiver, first by written request and then by making an oral presentation. 

MINOR IN HISTORY, 18 credits

9 credits from World history (Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America)

9

9 credits from United States history  

9



18 crs
At least 6 of these 18 credits must be in courses numbered HIST 301 and above.

TEACHER EDUCATION

TEACHING MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES (BA/BS), 99 credits

(See Teaching Major in Social Studies, College of Sciences and Humanities, for total requirements for this area.) 

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Categories of history courses:
Category 1: U.S. History

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210
215
318
400
401
405
407
409
411
413
415
416
417
430  
432

Introduction to Black History (3)
Women in American History (3)
History of the American West (3)
Colonial America 1492-1756 (3)
Revolutionary America to 1800 (3)
Pre-Civil War America, 1800-48 (3)
US Civil War and Reconstruct (3)
Age of Reform (3)
Prosperity, Depression, War (3)
Post-World War II America (3)
History of Indiana (3)
Pre-Civil War South, 1776-1861 (3)
History of the New South (3)
US Diplomatic History to 1914 (3)
US Diplomacy Since 1914 (3)


Category 2: European History

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454
455
456
461
462
463
464
467
471
475
476
481
482
483
486
487

Era of World War I, 1870-1918 (3) 
Era of World War II, 1918-1945 (3) 
Europe Since 1945 (3) 
Development Greek Civilization (3) 
Development Roman Civilization (3) 
Medieval Civilization (3) 
Byzantine Civilization (3) 
Renaissance and Reformation (3) 
France Since 1789 (3) 
Britain, 1485-1714 (3) 
Britain, 1760 to the Present (3)
Modern Germany (3)
Celtic Peoples Cultural Hist (3)
Irish History (3)
Russian Civilization to 1917 (3)
Soviet and Post-Soviet History (3)


Category 3: World History
 

HIST
  

 
  

             
 
 

370
371
372
373
441
484
493
495
496

Foundations Asian Civilization (3) 
Tradition and Chng Modern Asia (3) 
Africa Since 1500 (3) 
History of the Middle East (3) 
Comparative Slavery (3) 
Southern Africa (3) 
History Pre-modern East Asia (3) 
Modern China, 1600 to Present (3) 
Modern Japan, 1600 to Present (3)


Category 4: Topics in History
 
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235
301
303
310
324
338
360
421
422
423
424
425
426
427
446
452
491
497
499
Historical Topics in Film (3)
The US and the Vietnam War (3)
Oral History Workshop (3)
Intro History of US Business (3)
Selected Topics Latin Am Hist (3)
United States Urban History (3)
Topics in Military History (3)
Am Indians in Colonial and US (3)
Topics History Popular Culture (3)
Topics in Religious History (3)
Topics Race, Ethnic, Immigrant (3)
Topics US Western History (3)
Topics in African History (3)
Topics in Asian History (3)
History in the Digital Age (3)
Women Modern European History (3)
Topics in Middle East History (3)
Selected Topics European Hist (3-6)
Selected Topics American Hist (3-6)
 

Please consult the department chairperson for more information.


Historical perspectives area, 30 credits

HIST




151
152
200
201
202

World Civilization 1  
World Civilization 2  
Intro History Methods
American History, 1492-1876
US History, 1877 to Present

3
3
3
3
3

Two courses from category 1
One course from category 2  
One course from category 3  
One course from category 4

6
3
3
3





30 crs
   
Second licensure area

15

And one course (3 credits each) from each of four remaining areas (economics, geography, government, psychology, and sociology)

12



57 crs
Students must register for HIST 200 before completing 15 credits in history. The department strongly encourages students to consider taking HIST 470 and two other courses required to complete an additional departmental major in history.

HISTORY (HIST)

100 Introduction to American History (3)
Overview of the major themes in the American historical experience from its origins to the present, with emphasis on turning points and recurring issues. Especially recommended for students pursuing a major in elementary education. 
    Not open to students majoring in history. 

150 The West in the World (3)
A survey of the development of Western Civilization since its origins emphasizing problems, turning points, and recurring themes, especially since circa 1500. Focuses also on the way global interactions helped shape Western Civilization.

151 World Civilization 1 (3)
A survey of the development of world civilization from the dawn of civilization in Southwestern Asia and North Africa to the early modern world. 

152 World Civilization 2 (3)
A survey of the development of world civilization from the early modern world to the present. 

198 Studies in Non-Western Civilizations (3)
Examination of a broad range of patterns and problems found in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America with emphasis on recent and contemporary development. Topics vary among political, economic, and social issues of major importance. 

200 Introduction to History and Historical Methods (3)
Introduction to the different fields of history, significant concepts in historical analysis, research methods and sources, and trends in historical interpretation. Students must register for HIST 200 before completing 15 credits in the major.
    
Open only to history (concentrations 1 and 2) and social studies teaching majors.

201 American History, 1492-1876 (3)
Survey of the political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and sociological forces and adjustments that have affected the history of the United States to 1876. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1010) 

202 American History, 1877 to the Present (3)
Survey of the political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and gender issues and key related events that have affected the history of the United States since 1877. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1011)

204 American Environmental History (3)
Designed to give students knowledge of resource use in the United States. Government policies and private enterprise practices of exploitation and conservation from settlement to the present are treated in historical perspective. Emphasizes the way resource use has shaped society. 
    Not open to students who have credit in NREM 204. 

205 Introduction to Sport in American Life (3)
A thorough examination of the various historical, sociological, and psychological features of sports in our society. Not sport-appreciation oriented, but rather an examination of what occurs to both competitors and spectators as they become involved with a sport activity.
    Not open to students who have credit in PEP 205.

210 Introduction to Black History (3)
Explores the history of black people in the United States from the slave trade to the present, with particular emphases on the ways that black Americans' aspirations for freedom and equality have been articulated, realized, and challenged. 

215 Women in American History (3)
An introduction to the study of women in American history; considers the social and economic status of women at various times, changing conceptions of their roles, attitudes toward women, women’s ideas about themselves, and the women’s rights movement. 

235 (435) Historical Topics in Film (3)
Examines depictions of the past in film and the influence of historical perspectives and evidence on filmmakers and audiences.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

240 Introduction to Public History (3)
An overview of opportunities for nonteaching history-related careers in preservation, archival work, records management, museology, historical editing, living history and public parks programs, corporate history, and others. Students make a concentrated study of at least one field of public history and have contact with working professionals. 
    Open to all students. 

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester.
     A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

301 The United States and the Vietnam War (3)
Historical analysis of American involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975, with discussions of the military, political, diplomatic, and social effects of the war. Includes background information on Vietnamese history as well as its continuing legacy. 

303 Oral History Workshop (3)
Teaches oral history research methods, focusing on procedures for conducting long-form interviews with eye-witnesses to or contemporaries of past events, preparing verbatim transcripts of these formal conversations, and preserving the audiovisual recordings.

310 Introduction to the History of Business in the United States (3)
Examines events in American business history from colonial times to the present, with emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries.

318 History of the American West (3)
Survey of the history of the U.S. West, a region of Native North America that has been the object of Spanish, French, English, and American expansionism, and finally a distinct region with a unique relationship to the U.S. federal government. Explores the U.S. West as both a shifting geographic region, and as a frontier process involving migration, political and social expansion, and cultural change.

320 A Laboratory Course in American History (3)
Uses documents and manuscripts to teach the nature of history and historical research. Students learn through their own research how the historian defines topics of research; selects sources, both primary and secondary; evaluates materials; and describes the findings. 

324 Topics in Latin American History (3) 
Examines in depth a particular aspect of the interaction of Amerindian, African, and Iberian cultures with their natural environment, and with each other, in the Western Hemisphere.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 

338 United States Urban History (3)
Examines the inner dynamics of American cities and their place in the history of the United States. Gives students an historical perspective and acquaints them with historical methods of examining cities. 

360 Selected Topics in Military History (3)
Survey and investigation of a particular period, topic, or issue in military history with emphasis on materials not covered in established courses. Exact content will be announced in advance of each offering.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

369 Public History Internship (3-12)
The public history internship provides a for-credit, supervised, on-the-job experience in a public history field that closely aligns with the student's professional career goals.
    
A total of 12 credits may be earned.

370 Foundations of Asian Civilization (3)
Survey of South, Southeast, and East Asian history from earliest times to roughly a.d. 1600, with special focus on the development of Asian societies and cultures before any significant European presence. 

371 Tradition, Conflict, and Change in Modern Asia (3)
Survey of South, Southeast, and East Asian history from roughly a.d. 1600 to the present, with concentration on the problems, leaders, and issues that resulted from Western presence, nationalism, independence, and modernization as well as contemporary issues. 

372 Africa Since 1500 (3)
Stresses the emergence of modern African civilization from roughly 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on regions south of the Sahara. 

373 History of the Middle East (3)
Provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Middle East—today’s Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and other states—since Muhammed. Stresses indigenous societies and how they have dealt with Islam, imperialism, nationalism, development, and wars. 

390 Honors Colloquium in History (1-3)
Exploration of selected issues, themes, problems, or interpretations with emphasis on individualized study and reporting.
    Restricted to honors students; others may enroll by permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 credits may be earned. 

400 Colonial America, 1492-1763 (3)
Explores the history of colonization in North America from the late fifteenth through the mid-eighteenth centuries, focusing on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English/British colonial experience.

401 Revolutionary America, 1763-1800 (3)
Explores the history of the American Revolutionary era and the creation and development of the early United States, from 1763-1800.

405 Pre-Civil War America, 1800-1848 (3)               
Examines key social, cultural, economic, and political developments that shaped U.S. history between 1800 and 1848.

407 American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877 (3)
Survey, analysis, and discussion of events, leaders, and movements, with special emphasis on causes, interpretation, and historiography of the period of national crisis and war followed by national reconstruction.

409 An Age of Reform: The United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)
Examines key developments in U.S. history during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (circa 1877-1919), with special attention to reform efforts.

411 The American People in Prosperity, Depression, and War (3)
Explores the history of the United States and its people from the closing days of World War I through the culmination of World War II. Particular attention is paid to the era's profound shifts in the political, economic, and cultural lives of Americans, and to the nation's changing relationships with its citizens and the world.

413 Post-World War II America (3)
Explores the history of the United States and its people since the end of the Second World War. Particular attention is paid to the various (and sometimes competing) visions of rights and freedoms that diverse sets of Americans expressed, internal changes to the country's politics, cultures, and economy, and external challenges in the ways the nation engaged with the wider world.

414 Seminar in Middletown Studies (3)
Focuses on two works by the Lynds, Middletown and Middletown in Transition, and more recent studies about Muncie, Indiana.

415 History of Indiana (3)
Exploration, colonization, and development of the state from the earliest time to the present. 

416 Pre-Civil War South, 1776-1861 (3)
Examines key social, cultural, economic, and political developments that shaped the American South prior to 1865, with an emphasis on 1815-1861.

417 History of the New South (3)
Reconstruction, industrial and agricultural progress, social life, and the new leadership after 1865. 

421 American Indians in Colonial and U.S. History (3)
Survey of Indian and white relations from 1492 to the present, focusing on the Indian wars, treaty making, various types of Indian and white interaction, and the development of federal and state Indian policy. 

422 Topics in the History of Popular Culture (3)
Examines topics related to the growth and historical importance of popular culture, and the influence of popular culture on the study of history. As a topical course, it may cover any society, geographical area, or chronological period. Instructors will define their topics and the elements of popular culture to be studies in their individual syllabi.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

423 Topics in Religious History (3)
Examines selected topics in religious history, with an emphasis on comparative and thematic approaches to the historical study of religion.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

424 Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (3)
Examines the history of immigration, the experiences of minority groups, and changing conceptions of race and ethnicity. Different sections of the class may examine different countries, groups, regions, and/or the interplay among them.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

425 Topics in the History of the American West (3)
Examines in depth a particular aspect of the history of the American West, such as the region's Native peoples, frontier colonial experiences, exploration and expansion, environmental history, global connections, comparative frontiers, religious history, legacy of violence, the development of the mythic West, and public memory and commemoration in the West.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

426 Topics in African History (3)
Survey and investigation of a particular topic or problem in African history with emphasis on issues, specialties, and materials not covered in other courses.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

427 Topics in Asian History (3)
Survey and investigation of a particular topic, problem, or issue in Asian history with emphasis on topics, specialties, and materials not covered in other courses. Exact content will be announced before each offering.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

430 United States Diplomatic History to 1914 (3)
History of United States diplomacy from the late colonial period to the eve of World War I. 

432 United States Diplomatic History Since 1914 (3)
Survey of the foreign relations of the United States since the outbreak of World War I. 

440 Senior Research Project (1)
An historical inquiry culminating in a capstone project that demonstrates command of historical research methods, prepared under faculty supervision.  
    Prerequisite: senior standing; permission of the department chairperson and instructor. 
    Open only to history majors. 

441 Comparative Slavery (3)
Explores the types of bondage, unfree labor systems, and slavery and the slave trade throughout African history as well as in a number of geographical regions for comparison. Includes Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 
    Prerequisite: HIST 150 or permission of the department chairperson. 

445 History and Historians (3)
Historiography: the major historians and the writing of history from Thucydides to the present. 

446 History in the Digital Age (3)
Prepares students to employ and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies used in history and the humanities. Students will study the development of the relationship between the discipline of history and computing tools over time through a combination of theoretical and hands-on activities that explore the key ideas and events leading to the recent digital turn in the humanities. No digital experience is assumed.

447 Public History Practicum (3)
Locate, access, analyze, organize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply information about selected public issues - identification, description, and evaluation of multiple points of view as explored by museums.

449 American Culture Field Studies (3 or 6)
American culture, its art, economic life, educational systems, geography, history, industry, languages, music, and society. Students travel through designated areas in North America. Requires considerable reading before the trip and papers at the conclusion. With departmental approval, secondary social studies teacher-education students may apply 3 credits to the appropriate category.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned

450 Reading and Special Study (1-3)
Topics for independent study and research to be chosen and investigated in consultation with an instructor possessing special competence in the area involved. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 credits may be earned. 

452 Women in Modern European History (3)
Survey of women’s experiences in modern European history. Examines the impact of major socio-cultural, political, and economic developments upon their lives; attitudes toward women’s social roles; and their diverse attempts to change their social, political, economic, and sexual status. 

454 The Era of World War I, 1870-1918 (3)
Survey of the background, immediate causes, and the course of the First World War with stress on nationalism, the alliance system, imperialism, militarism, national aspirations, power rivalries, wartime operations, and peace plans. 

455 The Era of World War II, 1918-1945 (3)
The origins, immediate causes, and the course of World War II with emphasis on the peace settlement of 1919, revisionism, appeasement, diplomatic conflicts, military campaigns, and the foundations of the postwar world. 

456 Europe Since 1945 (3)
An examination of the major political, diplomatic, military, economic, and social developments that have shaped European history since the end of World War II. 

461 Development of Greek Civilization (3)
Examination of Greek political institutions, society, religion, and intellectual life in the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods. Emphasizes the study of Greek forms of democracy and other contributions to Western civilization and culture. 

462 Development of Roman Civilization (3)
Political, social, and intellectual development of Rome from the beginning of the republic to approximately a.d. 500. Emphasizes the development of the characteristics of the Romans during the republic and the effect on them of Greek ideas and world domination. 

463 Medieval Civilization (3)
Political, social, and cultural developments of Europe from the late Roman Empire through the thirteenth century, with special emphasis on the history of medieval thought and art. Material covered in this course is basic for any further work in medieval history. 

464 Development of Byzantine Civilization (3)
Survey of the political, socioeconomic, and intellectual development of the Byzantine Empire from its beginnings to 1453, with special emphasis on Byzantine religious and cultural contributions and relations with the European and Muslim worlds. 

467 The Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1600 (3)
Specialized study of the crises, changes, and cultural achievements of Europe in an age of transition. Emphasizes such major topics as the late medieval crises, Italian and northern Renaissance thought and art, the religious crisis of the sixteenth century, and political, social, and economic problems of Renaissance Europe. 

469 World Civilizations—Field Studies (3 or 6)
Studies in world civilizations--their history, art, economic life, educational systems, geography, industry, languages, music, and society—through varied travel programs. Advance reading and a summary paper complement each year's travel program and are required. With departmental approval, secondary social studies teacher-education students may apply 3 credits to the appropriate category.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned.

470 Senior Seminar (3)
An investigation in some depth of a historical topic, culminating in an individual capstone project that demonstrates command of 1) historical research methods; 2) the relevant scholarly literature; 3) historical interpretations and analysis; and 4) historical writing. Topics will vary by section and will be announced in advance by the instructor. Required of all concentration 1 majors.
    
Prerequisite: completion of HIST 200; and senior standing or permission of the department chairperson.
    Open only to history concentration 1 majors.

471 France Since 1789 (3)
An examination of the major political, diplomatic, military, economic, and social developments that have shaped French history since the French Revolution of 1789.

475 Britain, 1485-1714 (3)
A survey of the political, social, and economic history of England in the Tudor and Stuart periods. Emphasizes the rise of the national state, religious conflicts, the development of the power of Parliament, and overseas exploration and colonization. 

476 Britain, 1760 to the Present (3)
Examines key social, cultural, economic, and political developments in British history from 1760 to the present.

481 Modern Germany (3)
Experiences of the German people during the critical periods of national unification under Bismarck, the First World War, changing cultural and intellectual life, the Hitler and Nazi era, World War II, and the recent division of West and East. 

482 Cultural History of the Celtic Peoples from Prehistory to the Present (3)
Surveys the cultural history of the six modern Celtic countries (Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales) and their ancient continental forebears, including major political events, literature, social organization, and traditional oral culture. 

483 Irish History (3)
Covers all of Irish history from pre-Christian Celtic times to the present, including political events, literature (both oral and written), the role of language, music, folklore, and other elements of Irish cultural history. 

484 Southern Africa (3)
Explores the arrival of the Europeans in the southern tip of Africa from 1652 and focuses on the subsequent four centuries of colonial domination of much of the southern African continent. Also investigates Black, Indian, and colored resistance. 

486 Russian Civilization before 1917: From Kievan Rus to Imperial Russia (3)
Surveys the political, social, and cultural history of Russian civilization from its origins in the ninth century under the first political organization of the East Slavic tribes, known as Kievan Rus, to the collapse of the Russian Empire in March 1917. 

487 Soviet and Post-Soviet History (3)
Surveys the political, social, and cultural history of the Soviet Union within the broader context of events before and after the breakup of the USSR to the present. 

491 Topics in Middle Eastern History (3)
Selected issues and problems in the Middle Eastern world since Muhammed. Topics may include the expansion of Islam, slavery in the Middle East, the economic and social history and the Ottoman empire, the Arab/Israeli dispute, and recent national and international crises. 

493 History of Pre-modern East Asia (3)
Examines pre-modern East Asian politics, cultures, and social issues from earliest times to approximately 1800 through inter-regional and comparative frameworks.

495 Modern China, 1600 to the Present (3)
Descriptive and analytical survey with emphasis on China’s changing role as a member of the world community, its response to increased Western contacts, disintegration of traditional order, revolutionary changes through the Republic of China and the People’s Republic, and significant elements of contemporary Chinese society and culture. 

496 Modern Japan, 1600 to the Present (3)
Descriptive and analytical survey of political and economic developments, foreign policy, and social and cultural change in modern Japan with emphasis on conditions contributing to its rapid modernization, nationalist and expansionist movements, and dynamic postwar recovery. 

497 Selected Topics in European History (3-6)
Survey and investigation of a particular topic, problem, or issue in European history with emphasis on topics, specialties, and materials not covered in other courses. Exact content will be announced before each offering.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned.

499 Selected Topics in American History (3-6)
Survey and investigation of a particular topic, problem, or issue in American history with emphasis on topics, specialties, and materials not covered in other courses. Exact content will be announced before each offering.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned.

SOCIAL STUDIES (SS)

150 Introduction to Social Studies Education at the Secondary Level (3)
Introduction to teaching careers in social studies at the secondary level. Professionalism, teaching philosophy, job requirements, employment opportunities, state and national standards, beginning preparation for teacher licensure including initial steps in digital portfolio preparation, secondary school curricula, and the role of secondary education in the educational process are discussed. 
    Not open to students who have credit in EDSE 150. 
    Open only to social studies teaching majors. 

350 Teaching History/Social Studies in Junior High/Middle School (3)
Emphasizes disciplinary literacy, civic education, and methods of planning, instruction, and assessment in junior high/middle school history/social studies classrooms.
    
Prerequisite: junior status and completion of HIST 200 with a C or better, admission to the teaching curriculum.
    Open only to social studies teaching majors.

392 Teaching State/World Connections (3)
Methods and materials for helping students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for teaching state/world connections. Uses content from the other courses in the concentration area. 
    Prerequisite: SS 397. 

395 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (3)
Theory and practice of teaching secondary school social studies. Emphasizes methodology, materials, and specific application in the secondary classroom. Includes introductory involvement in the teaching of social studies with a focus on rationale, planning, teaching, and evaluation. 
    Prerequisite: SS 350; 18 credits in social science content courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: may be taken with or after (but not before) EDJH 385; EDSE 380. 
    Open only to social studies teaching majors. 

397 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3)
Materials and methods for teaching social studies, grades 1-6. Emphasizes social science concepts, behavioral objectives, teaching strategies, learning resources, attitudes and values, skill development, and program assessment. 

398 Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood/Kindergarten–Grade 3 (3)
Materials and procedures for teaching social studies from early childhood through grade three. Emphasizes concepts, behavioral objectives, inquiry techniques, learning resources, individualizing instruction, value clarification, skill development, and program evaluation. Required for early childhood (birth-grade 3) program. 

450 Independent Study (1-3)
Directed study of special problems or research in social science education by individuals or groups of students. Topics to be investigated are chosen after consultation with an instructor with special competence in the area involved. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 credits may be earned.

460 Student Teaching in History and the Social Sciences (3)
Provides an opportunity for student teachers in history and the social sciences to integrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed in their prior content course work, course work in history/social science education, and other course work in the professional education sequence. 
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. 
    Parallel: EDSE 460, 465.
    Open only to social studies teaching majors.