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Bachelor of Arts in History Courses

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GOVT 196
Introduction to the Study of Government
Government Core, Social Science Elective
3

Explores some of the main fields within the discipline of government (e.g., comparative politics, political theory) as well as some of the main approaches to the study of government (e.g., interpretivism, behavioralism, institutionalism). Various theories of integration for the study and understanding of government are also introduced.

GOVT 220
Comparative Politics
Government Core, International Studies
3

Offers a systematic exploration and comparison of the world's political systems. Investigates key trends, patterns, and relationships that may offer explanations regarding the similarities and differences of those systems. As such, emphasis is placed on such topics as political economy, ethnic conflict, democratization, political corruption, and state and nation building.

GOVT 240
American Government and Politics I
Government Core
3

Provides an analysis of the founding of the United States through an investigation of the important philosophical, constitutional, and political questions surrounding the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the creation and development of the U.S. Constitution. Attention is given to federalism, and the Constitutional institutions of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court.

GOVT 245
American Government and Politics II
Government Core
3

Investigates such issues as political participation, public opinion and voting behavior, interest groups and political parties, and civil rights and liberties.

GOVT 290
Economic Development and Political Economy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Considers the economic and political behavior of states. Focuses on the relationship between political institutions, political culture, and economic arrangements and how the interaction of these fosters or inhibits the economic development and growth of states.

GOVT 300
The Legislative Process
American Government and Politics
3

Evaluates the internal processes of the House and Senate as well as the place of Congress in the American political system. Some of the topics studied include the Congressional functions of representation, law-making, and policy-making as well as Constitutional and historical responsibilities.

GOVT 301
The American Presidency
American Government and Politics
3

Examines the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the Presidency. Attention is given to the administrative, domestic, and diplomatic functions of the Presidency as well as to the growth of presidential power over time and the relationship of the Presidency to the other U.S. political institutions.

GOVT 302
The American Judicial System
American Government and Politics
3

Analyzes the U.S. judicial system with a concentrated emphasis on the internal processes of the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the U.S. Supreme Court.

GOVT 304
International Relations
Government Core, International Studies
3

Evaluates the conduct of foreign affairs, policy, and relationships between nation-states in the international political community. Students are introduced to the history of the international order as well as to the leading international relations' theories of realism, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, human rights, and Marxism.

GOVT 387
Research Methods
Government Core, International Studies
3

Examines major approaches to research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will explore the difference between historical case studies and statistical research, such as opinion polling. Emphasizes the skills necessary for differentiating between good and bad research and developing hypotheses.

Prerequisites: MATH 201

GOVT 330
Political Ideologies
Government Core
3

Considers the concepts of ideology (worldview or weltanschauung) and philosophy as applied to government and politics. Attention is given to such dominant political ideologies as communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism, and conservatism.

GOVT 340
Foreign Policy and Administration
International Relations and Foreign Policy
3

Examines the history of U.S. foreign policy up until the present era with special attention to topics such as U.S. military, economic, and human rights policy. Course also examines the changing concepts of power, the national interest, and grand strategy and learning in U.S. foreign policy as these relate to various world regions.

GOVT 345
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Provides a comparative analysis of foreign policy through the key concepts of power and national interest. Students analyze case studies of foreign policy making of various nation-states. Theories of war and international diplomacy are also addressed.

GOVT 493
Senior Seminar in Government
Government Core
3

Involves the research, writing and defense of an undergraduate thesis. Course emphasizes integration of faith and disciplinary interest.

Prerequisites: GOVT 387 and Senior Standing

HIST 101
Western Civilization I
History Core, History Survey
3

Study of the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that shaped Western Civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. Emphasis on the rise and fall of empires, the legacy those empires left and the impact of religion on the ancient, medieval and early modern western world. The multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups are explored. Students investigate historical accounts of civilization and engage in personal reflection and response.

HIST 102
Western Civilization II
History Core, History Survey
3

Study of the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that shaped Western Civilization from 1650 to the present. The multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups will be explored, including reference to the interaction among the peoples of the modern world. Students investigate historical accounts of western civilization and its interaction with non-western cultures and engage in personal reflection and response.

HIST 201
U.S. History I (to 1877)
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the political, social, and economic development of American society from about 1607 through the end of the Civil War era in 1877. Students consider native American perspectives and the interaction with Europeans. Topics include the formation and establishment of the new nation as well as the international impact of the birth of a nation.

HIST 202
U.S. History II (from 1877)
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the political, social and economic development of American society from the post Civil War era to the present. Students investigate the development of a party system of government, industrial development, labor issues, the impact of the reconstruction, American involvement internationally, and the present state of American society.

HIST 211
World History I
Cultural Perspective
3

Survey of the history of civilization from its beginnings in both the middle east and Asia to the growing dominance of the West over non-western civilizations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas that began in the 16th century age of exploration. Special attention given to the cultural exchanges, interactions, and adaptations that occurred among these civilizations.

HIST 212
World History II
Cultural Perspective
3

Survey of the growth and interactions of civilizations across the world from the 16th century to the present. Special attention given to their individual cultural vibrancy and to their responses to Western hegemony, modernization, and globalization in subsequent centuries.

HIST 301
Historiography and Research Methods of History
History Core
3

Examination of the study of history, historical methodology, and the philosophy of history. Emphasizes current epistemological and methodological issues related to the study of history and evaluates various Christian and non-Christian historiographical perspectives.

HIST 304
European Settlement of Colonial America, 1492-1763
American History
3

Traces the social, political, religious, and economic development of the European colonies in North America and the Caribbean from 1492 to 1763.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 308
Revolutionary and Constitutional History, 1763-1800
American History
3

Study of the roots of the colonists' revolt against the British Empire, their successful revolution, and their efforts to design a suitable framework of government for the new nation.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 312
Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America, 1800-1845
American History
3

Examines the history of the young republic from the election of Thomas Jefferson to the eve of the Mexican-American War. Topics will include the War of 1812, the Old South and slavery, expansion into the trans-Mississippi West, and conflicts with Native Americans.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 316
Civil War America, 1846-1877
American History
3

Study of the deep roots that led to the Civil War, the prosecution of the war, and the legacy of the failure of Reconstruction to heal the wounds of slavery and sectionalism.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 320
Industrial America, 1877-1929
American History
3

Investigation of the growing pains of America as an industrial power from the late nineteenth-century to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 324
America in Depression, War, and Recovery, 1929-1952
American History
3

Study of the descent of the nation into depression, the successful campaign against the Axis Powers in World War II, and the dramatic transformation of the nation in the post-war period.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 328
Modern America, 1952 through the Twenty-First Century
American History
3

Examination of the dramatic growth of the nation from the Eisenhower Administration to the present. Topics include the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, the Great Society, economic expansion and contraction, and the global struggle against terrorism.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 332
African-American History
American History
3

Traces the history of African-Americans from their arrival as slaves in Jamestown to the election of the first African-American as president. Prominent topics include the institution of slavery, the anti-slavery movement, the Black religious experience, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, Civil Rights, and the contemporary experiences of African-Americans.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 336
American Evangelicalism
American History
3

Explores the development of a distinctive American form of evangelical Christianity from its roots in New England Puritanism to the very different shape in the Emerging Church Movement.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 340
America in War and Peace
American History
3

Examination of the complex history of American military conflicts, from early battles with native Americans to the current war against terrorism.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 344
Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman Culture
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Traces the history of the Ancient Near East from its origins in the Fertile Crescent to the rise and decline of the Roman empire.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 348
European Middle Ages
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Examines the origins of Europe in the old Roman Empire, the prominent cultural role of Christianity, the development of feudalism, the emergence of universities, the development of strong monarchies, and the gradual breakup and transformation of Western Christendom.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 352
Renaissance and Reformation
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Explores the history of early modern Europe from the origins of the Renaissance in the 14th century down to the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Major topics include Renaissance Humanism, the fracturing of medieval Christianity and the growth of Protestantism, the emergence of capitalism, contacts with the non-western world, and the growth of the modern nation-state.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 356
Tudor-Stuart England, 1400-1700
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Study of the social, economic, political, and religious history of England from the late Middle Ages to the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 360
Industrial and Imperial Britain, 1815-1918
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Traces the spectacular industrial growth and imperial expansion of Britain from the Battle of Waterloo to the end of World War I.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 364
Modern Britain, 1918 through the Twenty-First Century
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

Examination of the complex transformation of the British empire from the end of World War I to the modern era. Topics include the growth and decline of the welfare state, World War II, and the challenges of nation building in the former empire.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 369
Modern European History, 1648-1914
Ancient, Medieval, and European History, International Studies
3

Study of the growth of European society from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 to the end of World War I. Topics include the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the age of revolutions, nationalism, romanticism, liberalism, capitalism, socialism, Marxism, the cult of progress, and imperialism.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 372
History of Global Christianity
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the growth of Christianity from its origins in the Apostle Paul's missionary journeys through its substantial role in preserving Western culture during the middle ages to its spectacular expansion throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America since the 16th century.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 376
History of Modern Asia
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the economic, social, intellectual, and political history of China from the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century to the present. Major topics include the civil war that ended with the triumph of the communists in 1949, the cold war, the cultural revolution, and China's emergence as a global power.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 382
History of Latin America
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Exploration of the tortuous history of South American countries from their wars of independence from Spanish rule in the early 19th century to their struggles to build stable democracies since independence.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 384
History of Modern Africa
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Study of the rocky terrain of Africa's modern history from its roots in European imperialism in the late 19th century to their struggles to gain their independence in the mid-20th century and subsequent efforts to build stable democracies in the present.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 389
History of Islamic Cultures
Non-Western History, International Studies
3

Traces the growth of Islamic culture from its origins under Muhammad in the 7th century to its spectacular expansion throughout Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe in subsequent centuries. Special attention given to the deeply rooted historical conflict that has existed between western culture and Christianity and Islamic cultures and Islam during those centuries.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 476
Topics in American History
American History
3

A research seminar on a topic in American history chosen by the department.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 477
Topics in Ancient, Medieval, and European History
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

A research seminar on a topic of ancient, medieval, or European history chosen by the department.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 478
Topics in Non-Western History
Non-Western History
3

A research seminar on a topic of non-western history chosen by the department.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 490
Advanced Independent Study in American History
American History
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student.

Prerequisites: HIST 201, HIST 202

HIST 492
Advanced Independent Study in Ancient, Medieval, and European History
Ancient, Medieval, and European History
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102

HIST 494
Advanced Independent Study in Non-Western History
Non-Western History
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212

HIST 497
Senior Seminar in History
History Core
3

Investigation of how rigorous historical study is conducted. Students examine bibliographical practices, schools of the philosophy of history (both Christian and secular), and historiographical traditions. They demonstrate their understanding of basic research methods, their ability to analyze and synthesize primary and secondary sources, and the relevance of a Christian perspective in a major research project.

Prerequisites: HIST 211, HIST 212, Senior standing

HIST 401
Historiography and Research Methods of History
Politics & History Core
3

Examination of the study of history, historical methodology, and the philosophy of history. Emphasizes current epistemological and methodological issues related to the study of history and evaluates various Christian and non-Christian historiographical perspectives.

GOVT 432
The American Political Tradition
Government
3

Studies the philosophical and theological ideas and the practical realities that informed the creation and development of the political system of the United States and considers some of the major contemporary challenges to the maintenance of American democracy in an increasingly globalized world.

Prerequisites: GOVT 196

HIST 358
History of the British Empire
History
3

Surveys the growth and decline of the British Empire between the late 1500s to mid-twentieth century. Investigates why the British Empire took different forms on different continents.

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