History

Historical Perspectives Courses – Hst. 101, 102, 103, 203

The study of history enables societies to share memories of where they have been, what their core values are, and what decisions in the past account for present circumstances. It helps to create an informed, discriminating citizenry educated in democratic processes of governance, appreciative of their fragility and rarity, and capable of employing them productively. In addition, the study of history nurtures the individual by providing one of the keys to self-identity within the context of shared communities. Finally, history allows one to see both the differences among cultures and the universality of the human subject.

Content Goals:

All courses in the Historical Perspectives category include the following content:

  1. An understanding of how historical knowledge is created, including chronological thinking, a comprehension of primary sources, and historical analysis and interpretation.
  2. An analysis of different cultures and ways of life, including those of the United States, or a consideration of the common problems and shared humanity among different peoples of the world.
  3. An evaluation of historical understanding through the examination of various human endeavors, such as social, political, scientific/technological, economic, or philosophical/ religious/aesthetic activities.

Skill Goals:

All courses in a Foundation use teaching methods that help students become more proficient in the following skills:

  1. To engage in articulate expression through effective speaking or writing.
  2. To think critically and creatively.
  3. To locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.

Foundation History Courses:

HST 101 – Introduction to World Civilizations
Designed to support general education goals and develop historical perspectives, this course emphasizes the comparison of selected African, American, Asian, and European civilizations from ancient times to the present, exploring the variety of activities that divide and unite human beings across cultures, time, and space.

HST 102 – Introduction to European Civilizations
Designed to support general education goals and develop historical capabilities, HST 102 examines the history of Europe from the later Middle Ages to the present, emphasizing the interaction of political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural factors to produce historical change and alter Europe’s relationship to the rest of the world.

HST 103 – Introduction to American Civilizations
Designed to support general education goals and develop historical capabilities, HST 103 examines American history from European contact with the Native Americans to the present, emphasizing the interaction of political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural factors that shaped the United States and the nation’s interaction with the world.

HST 203 – World History to 1500
Basic content and methods of history through an introductory study of world cultures before 1500. The course focuses on specific societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere, analyzing and comparing the ways in which political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic factors influenced the development of these various cultures. Required for majors.

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