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Fall 2021 Courses

  • History 101A-950 - History of World Civilization I (Dr. Najar, TR 11-11:50 || Salazar HIST 101A-940/101A-950, online) The History of World Civilization I-To Industrialization. (University Core Curriculum) A survey of various civilizations in the world from prehistory to the present with particular attention to non-western cultures.
  • History 101B - History of World Civilization II (Kirillova, Kemp, online || HIST 101B-7, Kemp, online || HIST 101B-8, Dr. Li, online as scheduled, R 2-2:50) The History of World Civilization II-Since the Age of Encounter. (University Core Curriculum) A survey of various civilizations in the world from prehistory to the present with particular attention to non-western cultures.
  • History 110-950 - 20th Century America (Dr. Bean, online) The history of the United States since 1900. Surveys cultural, social, economic and political development, with special emphasis on domestic pluralism and changing international roles.
  • History 112-950 - 20th Century World (Dr. Benti, online) The history of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America since 1900. Emphasis on political conflict, economic development, social change and cultural transformation in an increasingly integrated world.
  • History 207-950 - World History (Dr. Weeks, online || HIST 207-943/207-953 (Yattani, online class 10/18 – 12/12/21) || HIST 207-980 (Dr. Sramek, TR 11-12:15 HYBRID.) (University Core Curriculum course) An investigation of select issues in societies of the world from pre-history through the 20th century, with a focus on primary source interpretation. Some sections of this course may be limited to History majors. Please consult with advisor and/or instructor. 
  • History 212-950 - American Studies (Same as ENGL 212) (Dr. Anthony, online) Offers interdisciplinary approach to the study of America and American selfhood, and thus to the central question, "What is an American?". Texts range from novels and films to museums and shopping malls. Issues range from multiculturalism to abstract notions such as citizenship and authenticity. 
  • History 300 - Origins of Modern America, 1492-1877 (Dr. Whaley, TR 11-12:15) A general survey of political, social, and economic development of the United States from 1492 to 1877. 
  • History 301-940/301-950 - Modern America from 1877 to the Present (Carter, online) A general survey of the political, social and economic development of the United States from 1877 to the present.
  • History 337 - Modern Russia (Dr. Weeks, MW 1-2:15) Russia from Peter the Great with main emphasis on 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis on political history.
  • History 361-3 - Race & History in U.S. (Dr. Cohen, MWF 11-11:50) (Same as AFR 360) This account of racial attitudes and race relations begins with the 16th century European racial experience and covers subsequent developments in the U.S. to the present time. The problem of race is treated in its several dimensions, but principal emphasis falls upon the historical consequences of Caucasian confrontations with blacks, Hispanics, and native Americans.
  • History 362A-3 - Black American History to 1865 (Dr. Cohen, MWF 1-1:50) (Same as AFR 311A) The role of blacks and contribution in the building of America and their ongoing fight for equality.
  • History 364-940/364-980 - The Great Depression in the U.S. (Dr. Bean, TR 12:35-1:50/online) HYBRID The Great Depression in the United States. Causes and effects of the Great Depression and of governmental measures for relief, recovery, and reform during the years 1929-1942.
  • History 366 – American Indian History (Dr. Whaley, TR 1-2:15) A survey of American Indian history from the Paleolithic age to the present. Emphasis upon interactions and relationships among cultural groups during pre-colonial, colonial and modern era.
  • History 367 - History of Illinois (Dr. Smoot, MWF 1-1:50) The history of the state from 1818 to the present.
  • History 392 – Historical Research and Writing (Dr. Yilmaz, TR 11-12:15) Methods of historical investigation, criticism and composition. Restricted to undergraduate majors in history. May not be taken more than twice without completion. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement. Restricted to history majors and social science majors.
  • History 408 - History of Mexico (Dr. Najar, MW 11-12:15) This course surveys the history of Mexico from the earliest human inhabitation to the present. It will present different interpretations of the major themes and developments in Mexican history. A goal is to understand Mexico from the perspective of the Mexicans rather than from the point of view of the United States. Themes to be included in the course include the diversity of pre-Columbian indigenous societies; Spanish conquest; colonialism and anti-colonialism; Mexican independence; the historiography of the Mexican Revolution; and the place of Mexico within the world-economic system.
  • History 473-940/473-950 - Comparative Slavery (Dr. Benti, online) (Same as AFR 473) A comparative study of slavery from antiquity to its abolition in the 19th century with the differing socio-cultural, political and economic contexts; organized chronologically, regionally and thematically.
  • History 485-940/485-950 - Revolutions Middle East (Dr. Yilmaz, online) (Same as HIST 485) This class examines aspects of revolutions and revolutionary attempts in the history of the modern Middle East. Recognizing revolution as a global phenomenon, it begins by considering a variety of historical and theoretical approaches to understanding revolutions. It asks questions such as what constitutes a revolution, what contexts and causes lead to revolutions, and what effects revolutions engender. It then examines revolutions in the modern Middle East more closely by focusing on several specific cases such as the Ottoman and Iranian constitutional revolutions, the secular revolutionary experiment in early twentieth-century Turkey, attempts at a socialist revolution in the Arab world, the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and the Arab Spring. Honors students will complete an extra project for the course. Not open to freshmen.

Major Requirements

A major in history consists of thirty-six semester hours of history courses. Normally course selection should represent three areas of history (United States history, European history, and either Asian, African or Latin American history) and be distributed chronologically as well as geographically. A minor in history is eighteen hours.

Students must also complete a minimum of four courses at the 400 level and they must write a research paper in history. The paper is completed in History 392. A grade of "C" or better is required in History 392. HIST 392 papers meet the College of Liberal Arts Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.