Minor inHistory

Minoring in History involves the study of how to interpret objects and written documents from the past. How can studying the past help us make sense of the present? How has child rearing changed across cultures throughout time? How is archival research conducted? You’ll learn to think critically, understand differing interpretations and viewpoints and become a better citizen as you take 24 credit hours toward a history minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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History Curriculum Overview

You’ll learn to think critically, understand differing interpretations and viewpoints and become a better citizen as you take 24 credit hours toward a history minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Required: 8 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
HIS - 212 Introduction to History 4
HIS - 401 Research & Writing in History 2
HIS - 487 Readings Seminar:Tpcs in Hist. 2

Students familiarize themselves with methods of inquiry in history and compare these with the methodologies of other disciplines. The course asks participants to raise relevant questions about the data, sources, and conclusions of the material they examine and to conduct their own inquiry through the completion of a self-designed project.

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This serves as the research and writing capstone course for History majors and minors. After reading other scholars' ideas and interpretations in various classes, students will now have the opportunity to research, analyze, and write their own original work of scholarship. Students will do original research projects using primary source materials (newspapers, oral history interviews, government documents, letters, diaries, etc.), rather than scholarly articles or books. Student can select their own topic, but must coordinate with an instructor. Assessment goals include sound research, adequate content and coverage of the subject, strong critical analysis of sources, and writing style.

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Readings/Research Seminar in History covering various, selected topics. This course will emphasize the use of scholarly and primary source materials; historiography and interpretation, archival research, and student participation. Recent readings-seminar topics include: America in the 1960s; the French Revolution and Napoleon, Minnesota History, and the Russian Revolution.

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Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
HIS - 231 USA to 1877 4
HIS - 233 USA since 1877 4
HIS - 267 Introduction to Latin America 4
HIS - 285 European History Since 1789 4

This survey course traces American history from colonial times through Reconstruction. The course emphasizes a broad range of topics including: colonial settlement patterns, the growth of slavery, the Revolution, the development of nationalism, the Age of Jackson, Westward expansion, sectionalism, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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This survey course traces American history from Reconstruction to the present time. The course will begin by focusing on the nation's emergence as a world power and its failure to keep the promises it made in the 13th & 15th amendments. Students will also examine: America's various reform movements, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, the 1960s counterculture, Watergate, the oil and Iran hostage crises, the Reagan revolution, the Gulf War, the Clinton years, the 2000 election and the 9/11 attacks.

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An introduction to modern Latin America, with emphasis on the post-colonial era. Beginning with a discussion of the colonial heritage, the course traces the development of Latin America, its struggle with political instability and economic dependence and the role of the United States in hemispheric development. Primary focus is on Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

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This comprehensive survey focuses on events and forces that have shaped European history since the French Revolution. The course will examine industrialization, the revolutions of 1848, socialism, the unification of Germany, European imperialism, the devastating world wars of the 20th century, as well as the Russian Revolution, National Socialism and the Holocaust, the Cold War standoff, and the birth and expansion of the European Community.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Paul Hillmer Professor of History and Political Science, Faculty Senate Chairperson

Dr. Hillmer's research areas have been Southeast Asia, especially the Hmong hill tribes of Laos who became refugees and settled in America, and the history of the YMCA.

Dr. Thomas Saylor Professor of History

Dr. Saylor enjoys working with students in the departmental senior research and writing course, as it provides the opportunity to work hands on and individually with students.

Dr. David Woodard Department of History and Political Science Chairperson, Term Faculty in History

David's drive to teach was derived from the knowledge that good citizenship requires a basic understanding of history and current events.

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