History

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 quarter credits
Bachelor of Science Degree: 182.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The history program reflects the strengths of Drexel University, including an extensive offering of courses in the history of science and technology and an expanding array in global history. Required courses emphasize depth in research and an introduction to historical interpretations specific to time and place. But the program also gives students the flexibility to shape curriculum that meets their needs. Our history graduates go to graduate school in history, to professional schools in law, medicine, and business, and to work in business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

We apply Drexel's experiential, research-intensive approach to the discipline of history. Using the extensive historical resources of Philadelphia and the digital world, students will develop a more profound understanding of history and the ways it is made. We encourage students to enrich their education through co-op, study abroad, and summer research projects.

Degrees Offered

The department offers both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history. Students may choose the program that best fits their needs and future goals.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) provides a framework for those students who prefer specific course requirements, including sequences in mathematics and the natural sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides a more flexible course of study, which includes foreign language and allows for options in the fulfillment of humanities, social science, math, and science requirements.

In addition to the minor in history, the department also offers minors in American studies, European studies, politics, world history and politics, as well as a minor in science, technology and human affairs.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the Department of History & Politics website or contact:

Melissa Mansfield
Department Administrator
History + Politics
mmm462@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements (BA)

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Math courses6.0-8.0
Two Science courses *6.0-8.0
Foundation Requirements
Two Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language courses (must complete level 201)8.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts electives12.0
Four Social Science electives12.0
Two International Studies electives6.0
Core History Requirements
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III3.0
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History **3.0
HIST 301The Study of History **3.0
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I **3.0
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II **3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
or PSCI 150 International Politics
Any 200-level European History course3.0
Any History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia course3.0
History Electives ***30.0
Free Electives36.0
Total Credits182.0

*

Any Biology (BIO), Chemisitry (CHEM), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS), Geoscience (GEO) or Environmental Science (ENVS) course.

**

These courses must be taken in sequence.

***

Only 200-level and above HIST courses will fulfill this this requirement.



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study (BA)

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign language course (103-level or higher) 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
Foreign language course (201-level or higher) 4.0
Mathematics course 3.0-4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III3.0
PSCI 150
or 140
International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Mathematics course 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 4
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History3.0
Science elective*3.0-4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia 3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 5
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
Diversity studies elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3.0
Science elective*3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 6
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
International studies elective 3.0
Diversity studies elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History elective (200-level and above HIST course) 3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
International studies elective 3.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
History of Europe course (200-level or higher) 3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I3.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 182.0-186.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.


Degree Requirements (BS)

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Any 8-credit Math sequence8.0
Any 8-credit Science sequence8.0
Sample Math Sequences *
Introduction to Analysis I
   and Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus I
   and Calculus II
Sample Science Sequences *
Biology sequence sample:
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Chemistry Sequence Samples:
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
Literature
Nonwestern Literature Requirement
Select one of the following:3.0
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
Western Literature Requirement
Select one of the following:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
American Literature I
American Literature II
African American Literature
British Literature I
British Literature II
Additional General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
or ANTH 110 Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Any 4-credit Statistics Course4.0
Core History Requirements
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III3.0
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History **3.0
HIST 301The Study of History **3.0
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I **3.0
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II **3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
or PSCI 150 International Politics
Any 200-level European History course3.0
Any History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia course3.0
History Electives ***30.0
Free Electives40.0
Total Credits182.0

*

Additional math and science sequence options are available. Students should check with the the Department.

**

These courses must be taken in sequence.

***

Only 200-level and above HIST courses will fulfill this this requirement.



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study (BS)

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History3.0
Western Literature Survey course*3.0
History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia 3.0
Science sequence course 1*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
ENGL 203 [WI]
or 204
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
3.0
PSCI 140
or 150
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
International Politics
4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Science sequence course 2*4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
ANTH 110
or 101
Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
Statistics elective4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History3.0
History of Europe course (200-level or higher) 3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I3.0
Free electives 6.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 182.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Co-Op Experiences

History majors have a wide variety of co-op experiences from which to choose. Business and public utilities offer many possibilities, and local, state, and federal governments; museums and archives; and law firms present many additional interesting co-op placements. Pre-law students, for example, are especially eager to see the inside of a law office, whether the co-op job they receive is clerical or a more challenging paralegal assignment. These practical experiences in the “real” world can reinforce the lessons of the classroom, sharpen skills, and establish important contacts. Sample co-op positions include:

  • Law clerk/paralegal, Joe Davidson, Attorney-at-Law, Philadelphia
  • Research analyst, Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Harrisburg, PA
  • Legislative intern, Corporate Public Affairs Division, Philadelphia Electric Company
  • Assistant lobbyist, Government Relations Office, Drexel University
  • Education intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant, Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA

Career Opportunities

The flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for the business world, graduate school in history or political science, the Department's MS in Science, Technology, and Society program, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Accelerated/Dual Degrees

About the Programs

Two accelerated/dual degrees are available:

  • BS/BA in History and MS in Science, Technology & Society program
  • BS/BA in History and the MS(LIS) program

Drexel University permits undergraduate students in 5-year programs to apply for graduate programs while completing their undergraduate programs, allowing students to complete their master's degrees in a shorter amount of time.

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA or BS degree and an MS degree in Science, Technology & Society (two diplomas are awarded) in the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone.

Students entering the program must:

  • have and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average throughout the program
  • have no fewer than 90.0 earned credits
  • have no more than 120.0 registered credits
  • complete only 2 co-ops if in a BS/MS program.

The Department of History and Politics would especially like to encourage its own majors to consider the accelerated Science, Technology & Society program.

Additional Information

For more information about the accelerated BA-BS/MS program, contact:

STS Program Director
3025 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2463 

Recommended Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisors in the Science, Technology & Society program to schedule an individualized plan of study for their accelerated degree completion.

The following is a sample plan of study for a student starting in pre-junior year, with 108.0 credit hours completed (based on a 5-year program in which the last co-op was dropped):

Dual Bachelor's Degree & MSTS Degree

222.0 minimum credits (quarter)

Term 7Credits
Undergraduate courses13.0
Two Science, Technology & Society courses6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 8
Undergraduate courses13.0
Two Science, Technology & Society courses6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 9
Undergraduate courses10.0
Two Science, Technology & Society courses6.0
One graduate elective*3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 10
HIST 696Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society3.0
Undergraduate courses10.0
Two Science, Technology & Society courses6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 11
HIST 697Practicum: Science and Technology in Action3.0
Undergraduate courses13.0
One graduate elective*3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 12
HIST 698Master's Thesis6.0
Undergraduate courses10.0
One graduate elective3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Total Credit: 114.0

 

*

 Graduate electives may be taken as graduate-level courses in History-Politics, or from other departments or colleges within the University.


BS/BA in History and the MS(LIS) Accelerated Degree

This program pairs the undergraduate History major with the school's MS in Library and Information Science in an accelerated time-frame. Students have the opportunity to earn both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. For students completing this program, the undergraduate background in history provides a natural fit with areas of library specialization, such as archival studies.

About the Program

Applicants will be provisionally admitted into the program as incoming freshmen. Participants have the option of choosing either a one or a two co-op history program. The non-co-op option is not available for students choosing this accelerated degree option.

Students complete 180.0 credits toward the BA in History or the BS in History degree, with five fewer free elective credits than the non-accelerated program. Students complete 45.0 credits for the MS in Library and Information Science degree, starting to complete some graduate requirements during the last years of the BS or BA portion of their program.

While completing the BS or BA portion of the program, students must complete one of the following undergraduate information science courses:

INFO 101Introduction to Information Technology3.0
INFO 105Introduction to Informatics3.0
INFO 108Foundations of Software3.0
INFO 110Human-Computer Interaction I3.0
INFO 215Social Aspects of Information Systems3.0

When BS/BA students have accumulated 90.0 credits, but have not yet registered for 120.0 credits, they can apply to formally enter the graduate program. The student must have at least a 3.2 GPA, and they must maintain this 3.2 GPA for the graduate portion of the program.

Advising/Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisors to schedule and maintain a plan of study throughout the accelerated program.

Additional Information

For more information on the undergraduate history portion of the program, contact:

Melissa Mansfield, Department Administrator
History & Politics
MacAlister Hall 3025
mmm462@drexel.edu

For more information on the graduate portion of the program, contact:

Lynne Hickle
Program Coordinator
College of Computing and Informatics
leh25@drexel.edu

Minor in History 

Students select one of the following sequences:9.0
Sequence A
Themes in World Civilization I
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
Sequence B
United States History to 1815
United States History, 1815-1900
United States History since 1900
History Elective
Additional 200-level or higher HIST courses15.0
Total Credits24.0


Courses

HIST 140 Europe and the Modern World I 4.0 Credits

Provides an introduction to the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Age of Enlightenment, the American Revolution, the French Revolution and Napoleonic era, transatlantic industrialization, liberalism and nationalism, the revolutions of 1848, the American Civil War, and the unifications of Italy and Germany.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 141 Europe and the Modern World II 4.0 Credits

Examines imperialism; the rise of the United States and Japan as world powers; the spread of industrialization, democracy, and socialism; world wars; communism and fascism; and the rise of the non-West.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HIST 140 [Min Grade: D]

HIST 161 Themes in World Civilization I 3.0 Credits

Examines development of civilizations from antiquity to the 12th century. Views patterns of historical change through key themes and interpretive debates, including political structures; land tenure and social systems; commercial and trade relations; the development of cities, science, and technology; and religions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 162 Themes in World Civilization II 3.0 Credits

Provides an analysis of civilizations from the 12th century to 1815 viewed through key themes and interpretive debates, including the development of the nation-state, interaction between civilizations, the concept of cultural unity, religious upheaval, disease and science, the relationship between culture and politics, and the nature of revolutions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 163 Themes in World Civilization III 3.0 Credits

Explores the emergence of modern civilization through key themes and interpretive debates, including industrialization, imperialism, science and technology, ideological debate, the nature of modern warfare, the relationship between nationalism and the state, and the emergence of state-sponsored racism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 201 United States History to 1815 3.0 Credits

Examines the political, economic, and social forces that shaped America in the era of its founding.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 202 United States History, 1815-1900 3.0 Credits

Examines the emergence of modern America to the close of the Spanish-American War.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 203 United States History since 1900 3.0 Credits

Examines America as economic giant, world political power, and scene of social change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 209 The United States & Central America: From Monroe Doctrine to Cold War 3.0 Credits

Covers the history of relations between the United States and the nations of Central America.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 212 Themes in African-American History 3.0 Credits

Explores the major issues in the development of Afro-American history through the 19th century, beginning with an overview of West and Central African societies in the 15th and 16th centuries and including the family, religion, forms of resistance, aesthetics, and patterns of white-black relationships.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 214 United States Civil Rights Movement 3.0 Credits

Examines the origins, objectives, successes and failures of the Civil Rights movement in the United States between 1954 and 1972.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 215 American Slavery 3.0 Credits

This course if a rigorous examination of slavery and its representation in the United States. Using primary and secondary resources, art, literature and film clips; the relationship between history and memory and the impact of the social, political, and gendered imagination are investigated.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 216 Freedom in America 3.0 Credits

This course examines African-American history, 1865 to the present, and explores the impact of gender and sexuality in history. Specifically, comparing primary and secondary sources in order to critique how history itself is manufactured and to investigate the role that sexuality and gender play on that process.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 218 Race and Film in United States History 3.0 Credits

This course examines the interplay between history, film and African American? pursuit of social justice and equality. Specifically, the use of films as cultural artifacts or prisms through which better understanding of the dynamics of race and racial inscription in America.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 220 History of American Business 3.0 Credits

Examines the development of business in the United States from the 1870s to the present. Emphasizes the evolving structure of business enterprise, business/government relations, business in an international context, and business and American culture.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 222 History of Work & Workers in America 3.0 Credits

Examines the changing nature of work and the lives of American workers, from the origins of wage labor in the 19th century to the transformation of the workplace in the 20th.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 223 Women and Work in America 3.0 Credits

Examines the historical roots of women's work in the U.S. from the Colonial period to the present, including women and unions, occupational segregation, race and ethnicity, industrialization, depression, war, and the rise of a consumer economy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 224 Women in American History 3.0 Credits

Covers the history of American women from the 1890s to the present, with emphasis on women's rights, women and technology, women's role in war, and women in the labor force in the 20th century.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 230 United States Military History I (before 1900) 3.0 Credits

Covers the origins and development of military institutions, traditions, and practices in the United States from the Revolution to the Spanish-American War, and the operational, intellectual, diplomatic, and social aspects of military history.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 231 US Military History II (since 1900) 3.0 Credits

Examines the emergence of the United States as a major military power, including military/civil relationships; the impact of technological change; and the world, Korean, and Vietnam wars.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 232 The American Revolution 3.0 Credits

Investigates why Americans rebelled against Great Britain, how they gained their independence against staggering odds, and the new problems created by independence. Looks at the Revolution as a model of the first successful struggle of colonial subjects against their European overlords.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 234 The United States Civil War 3.0 Credits

Examines the causes, course, and results of the American Civil War.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 235 The Great War, 1914-1918 3.0 Credits

Examines the global causes, conduct, and consequences of World War I, which fundamentally altered our century's political, social, economic, and cultural institutions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 236 World War II 3.0 Credits

Provides an in-depth study of World War II, with emphasis on Europe but also including the war in North Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Discusses major military events in a broad political framework, with lectures on economic, social, and scientific developments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 237 Topics in the Cold War 3.0 Credits

Investigates various aspects of the History of the Cold War from 1947 to 1991. Topics will vary from U.S. domestic politics, the politics of the nuclear age, to other foreign policy aspects of the Cold War in its different stages.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

HIST 238 The Vietnam War 3.0 Credits

Covers Southeast Asia before the French, the French imperium, the First Indochina War, entry of the United States, the Second Indochina War, and withdrawal of the United States.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 241 Modern France 3.0 Credits

Discusses France since the Revolution, with emphasis on the Third and Fourth Republics. Seeks to reconcile the appearance of extreme political instability and intellectual ferment with evidence of strong economic and social conservatism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 242 Modern Italy 3.0 Credits

Covers Italy from Napoleon to the present, including risorgimento, unification, trasformismo, fascism, and the post-World War II period.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 243 Germany & World of Hitler 3.0 Credits

Examines German history since 1815. Emphasizes the roots of national socialism, the world wars, and Hitler the man. Ends with the fall of East Germany, the reunification of 1990, and recent trends.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 244 Twentieth Century Russia & the USSR 3.0 Credits

Examines the last years of imperial Russia, showing the background to the revolutions of 1917, followed by a study of the institutions and personalities of the USSR.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 245 England to Elizabeth, to 1558 3.0 Credits

A survey of the formation of the English people and their growth to national independence and maturity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 246 England from Elizabeth to Waterloo, 1558-1815 3.0 Credits

Covers the crisis of the English constitution, the beginnings of modern society and the Industrial Revolution, and the formation of the British Empire.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 247 Modern England, 1815 - present 3.0 Credits

Examines Victorian England as the first industrial society, the course of empire through two world wars, and the challenge of the present.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 249 Modern Jewish History 3.0 Credits

Explores the social, cultural, political and religious forces that have shaped world Jewry from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 250 European Revolutionary Movements and Ideology, 1815-1914 3.0 Credits

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the development and influence of the principal revolutionary movements and ideologies that challenged the European status quo from 1815 to 1914.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 251 Fascism 3.0 Credits

Provides a chronological/topical study of fascist movements and regimes in Europe between 1919 and 1945, with emphasis on Italian Fascism and German Nazism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 252 Europe between Wars, 1919-1939 3.0 Credits

Examines Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, with emphasis on totalitarianism and the causes of World War II. Analyzes the search for peace and stability following World War I; totalitarianism in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union; the decline of Great Britain and France and their appeasement policies; and Nazi fascist aggression and the crises leading to World War II.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 253 Jewish Life and Culture in the Middle Ages 3.0 Credits

This course is an introductory survey of the history of the Jewish people, their civilization, religion, and contacts with other cultures in medieval times. Topics will include the rise of Christianity and Islam, the Talmud, Jewish mysticism, and the growth of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 254 Russian History Before 1900 3.0 Credits

Survey of Russian History from its origins to the end of the Tsarist period. This course covers both Russia's role in Western European history, and its interactions with Eastern Eurasian civilizations. Fulfills a non-Western distribution requirement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 258 History of Europe in the 19th Century 3.0 Credits

Analysis of the forces and events that define European civilization in the 19th century, from the Congress of Vienna to the origins of WW1.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 259 History of Europe in the 20th Century 3.0 Credits

Analysis of the forces and events that define European civilization in the 20th century, from the outbreak of WW1 to the present.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 263 The World and China 3.0 Credits

Examines China from its origins to the present day, with emphasis on social, political, and economic institutions. Describes the influences Chinese civilization has had on other societies of the world and the influences other societies have had on China.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 264 East Asia in Modern Times 3.0 Credits

Deals primarily with China and Japan, including a description of their traditional societies and the changes they have undergone during the 20th century.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 267 Twentieth Century World I 3.0 Credits

Examines movements, institutions, and personalities in the major regions of the world, from 1890 through 1939.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 268 Twentieth Century World II 3.0 Credits

Studies events in the major regions of the world since 1945 in historical perspective.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 270 [WI] Introduction to Latin American History 3.0 Credits

Takes a thematic approach to Latin American history, examining modernization and tradition, sex roles and family honor, love and lust, dictatorship and human rights abuses, poverty and crime, terrorism and revolutionary violence. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 271 History of Mexico 3.0 Credits

Surveys themes in Mexican history from the ancient civilizations of the Mayans and Aztecs to the present, including Spanish conquest, Hapsburg and Bourbon colonial systems, independence wars, social conflict and political protest, the Reform, Maximilian's empire, economic expansion, the revolution of 1910, and revolutionary Mexico.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 272 Ancient and Colonial Mexico 3.0 Credits

Surveys Mexico from the ancient Aztecs; their conquest by the spanish; and three hundred years of colonialism under the Habsburg and Bourban dynasties to the 1810s. Covers role of race, class, gender and family (marriage and food).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 273 Modern Mexico 3.0 Credits

Surveys Mexico from the Wars of Independence (1810's) to the present. Pays attention to changing values evident in rituals, celebrations and food.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 274 Conquest of Mexico 3.0 Credits

Students will analyze interpretations of "the conquest" and compare the roles of technology and culture. They will also examine carefully the variety of primary courses (including the letters written by Cortes, recollections by other conquistadors, and records of the Aztecs) that historians have used to support their contrasting conclusions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 276 The History of Philadelphia 3.0 Credits

This course surveys the history of Philadelphia through pre-colonial, colonial, and industrial eras to the present day. Philadelphia is investigated as an economic, social, cultural, and political center. Students read primary and secondary sources, and conduct original research into Philadelphia's history. Lectures and discussions are complemented by on-site historical investigations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 280 History of Science: Ancient to Medieval 3.0 Credits

Explores the history of Western science from the Ancient to Medieval period. Surveys the intellectual content of natural philosophy (science) especially Babylonian, Greek, Roman sciences and medicine, in their broader political, economic, social, cultural contexts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 281 History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity 3.0 Credits

Explores the history of science in the Modern period from Newton to late 20th century. Surveys the major developments in the history of science including: Newtonianism, Chemical Revolution, Darwinian Evolution, Laboratory Revolution, Modern Genetics, Ecology, and Environmentalism in their broader historical contexts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 282 History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment 3.0 Credits

Explores the history of Western science (broadly understood) from the end of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Connects the changes in the content, methodology, and meaning of natural knowledge to the broader political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends of the time.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 285 Technology in Historical Perspective 3.0 Credits

Examines the causal interrelations between technological progress and developments in economic, social, intellectual, and political aspects of Western civilization from the 18th century to the present.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 286 Exploration in Technology and Gender 3.0 Credits

Examines how, when, and why science and technology have become masculinized since the 12th century, producing a world without women.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 290 Technology and the World Community 3.0 Credits

Examines the effect on international relations of rapid technological change in the modern era, and technology as a tool of modernization, political integration, and national security among advanced and developing states.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 292 Technology in American Life 3.0 Credits

Examines the role of technology as means of production, social force, and ideology in modern U.S. history.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 296 Research Methods in History 3.0 Credits

Designed for history majors, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of historical research. The course focuses on methods, particularly in teaching students to locate and analyze evidence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 298 Special Studies in History 12.0 Credits

Provides supervised individual study of subjects in history. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 299 Historical Background of Current Issues 3.0 Credits

Examines a current policy issue in its historical context. See departmental brochure for topic scheduled for a particular term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 301 The Study of History 3.0 Credits

Introduces the discipline of history and historical research. Examines philosophies of history, great historical debates, and the nature of historical evidence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HIST 296 [Min Grade: D]

HIST 310 Women, Crime, and History 3.0 Credits

This class will examine gender, race and crime in US history. Specifically, we will explore the experience of female criminals from the colonial period to the present. We will conduct primary research into this subject at the Philadelphia City Archive (PCA), located at 3101 Market Street. Students will be responsible for a final research paper based on their research findings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HIST 332 [WI] Junior Seminar 3.0 Credits

A research seminar directed by a historian. Requires students to write an extended paper on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I 3.0 Credits

Requires an in-depth research project supervised by a historian. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HIST 301 [Min Grade: D]

HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II 3.0 Credits

Requires completion of the project begun in HIST 490. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HIST 490 [Min Grade: D]

HIST 492 Senior Seminar 3.0 Credits

The senior capstone course in history. Students complete an in-depth research project supervised by an historian.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is HIST and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: HIST 301 [Min Grade: D]

History + Politics Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. Russian science, history of biology, ecology.
Scott Barclay, PhD (Northwestern University) Department Head, History + Politics. Professor. Judicial systems, civil rights, public policy and administration.
Eric Dorn Brose, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. German and European history.
Zoltan Buzas, PhD (Ohio State University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. International relations theory, international security, race and politics, diplomatic history.
George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Colonialism, social movements, political theory.
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University) Director of Women's Studies Program. Associate Professor. Women, public law, American politics and policy.
Richardson Dilworth, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, Center for Public Policy. Associate Professor. American political development, urban politics, public policy.
Daniel V. Friedheim, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Teaching Professor. International relations, comparative politics, democratization.
Erin R. Graham, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International institutions, international relations theory, global environmental politics.
Amelia Hoover Green, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental policy and comparative politics.
Kelly Joyce, PhD (Boston College) Director, Master's Program in Science Technology & Society. Professor. Science, medicine and technology; aging and technology; qualitative social science methods, social theory.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Associate Dean and Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Pennoni Honors College. Associate Professor. Urban history, history of technology, modern history.
Jonson Miller, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Teaching Professor. Science and technology, American history, military history.
Julie Mostov, PhD (New York University) Associate Vice Provost for International Programs. Professor. Modern political thought, democratic theory, nationalism, gender studies, South Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of International Area Studies. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
William L. Rosenberg, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Behavioral politics, public opinion, and political communication.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Assistant Professor. Science and fascism, environment in contemporary history, global circulation of science, industrialized organisms and food, model organisms and genetics research.
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Director of Undergraduate Studies for History + Politics. Associate Teaching Professor. History of religion, science, medicine, witchcraft, early modern Europe, Italy.
Amy Slaton, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. History of science and technology; race, labor.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative history.
Donald F. Stevens, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Modern Latin American history.
Robert Zaller, PhD (Washington University). Professor. English history and early modern European history.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard L. Rosen, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Professor Emeritus. History of science, appropriate technology, and world history.
Michael J. Sullivan, PhD (University of Virginia). Professor Emeritus. Comparative politics and developing nations.
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