History Department
Courses for Spring 2015

HIST 258 Pennsylvania Survey (3): Zbiek, Tue 6-8:30 pm
An overview of the geography, history, politics, economics, and culture of Pennsylvania.  In addition, contemporary issues within the Commonwealth will be examined.  The course is required for a Citizenship Education Secondary Education certificate.   (Counts for American Elective).

HIST 338 The American Civil War  (3): Mackaman, TT 2-3:15
This course examines the roots of the Civil War (1861-1865) in the sectional crisis between North and South over slavery, and the war's impact on society, politics, culture, and everyday life.  (Counts for American Elective).

HIST 368 Cold War Cultures (3): Scarboro, MWF 10
This course explores the cold war as a global phenomenon.  Special attention will be paid to the predicament of post war Europe which emerged from the rubble of the war with its old institutions discredited, economies shattered and found itself caught between the competing interests of two new superpowers.  We will trace the Cold Wars development through movies, architecture, visual art and novels and through competing visions of the good life manifested in consumer culture and leisure: vacations, housing, washing machines, automobiles and televisions. (Counts as European or American Elective).

HIST 448 Seminar: Victorian Culture & Customs (3):  Mares, MW 2-3:15
As we in the twenty-first century increasingly hear discussions of morality and cultural values, this course will reflect back, examining a society that might be considered the apotheosis of prudish civilization. This course examines the stereotype of nineteenth-century Britons as morally and sexually repressed individuals. As a class, we will examine how the myth of the Victorians as prudish came about; how generations imagined, crafted, developed, and challenged their ancestors, and the various voices that contributed to those imaginings. We will study how historians have reframed notions of "Victorian" and "prudish" in order to challenge the established stereotypes of the British nineteenth century as stuffy and repressed. Indeed, our ultimate goal is to come to our own understanding of who the Victorians were and what beliefs, attitudes, and institutions guided their lives and how authority and power were wielded in this society to prescribe morality and propriety. Furthermore, we will ask how different our own culture is from that of the Victorians as we, ourselves, face a new era of morality and standards of acceptability. (Counts for European or American Elective and the Seminar requirement).

HIST 4474 World War I (Special Topics) (3): Clasby, MWF 11
This capstone course integrates discipline-specific knowledge into a culminating senior experience. Students must analyze and discuss all facets f historical presentations, including scholarly works and public history. Each class member will make an in-depth public presentation demonstrating some aspect of historical research, study, or professional involvement.  This course is normally taken in the first semester of the senior year and is required of all History majors. Prerequisite: HIST 261 Research & Methods.

HIST 499 Internship (3)
A one-semester, supervised experience. Past student placements have included federal, state and local government agencies, political staffs, law offices, historical societies, social service organizations, and other local and international businesses.  Registration requires approval of the Office of Experiential Learning.

Also available, upon consultation with faculty or the Department Chair: 

HIST 495 Independent Study (3)
Study of a specific historical topic in cooperation with a History faculty member.

HIST 497 Independent Research (3)
An advanced research project in a specialized area of History under supervision of a History Faculty Member. Registration requires approval of the department chairperson.

Courses taught in the recent past.


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