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Spring 2019 Course Descriptions: 200-400 Level

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE! Always check the University online schedule for the latest changes.


HIS 101 - The Contemporary World

10005 MWF 10:00-10:50
Jeff Jones

This course explores the historical background behind major issues of the contemporary world, including: colonialism/decolonization; the Cold War and other global conflicts; genocide; religious fundamentalism; and the role of women.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN


HIS 204 - History of Africa from 1870

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10006 MW 3:30-4:45
Colleen Kriger

When, how, and why did European nations colonize the African continent? And, an equally important question, What is the legacy of European colonialism in Africa today? This course examines major themes in recent African history, and discusses theoretical debates in the history of Africa during the colonial period and since. Topics to be covered include: the imposition of colonial rule and wars of resistance; styles of colonial rule; theories of underdevelopment and the effects of colonial policies; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and independence movements; the creation of apartheid; decolonization; and issues facing independent Africa such as neo-colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. These themes will be studied with reference to the regions of west, east, central, and southern Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Global Developments to 1500"

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206-01 through -04 MW 10-10:50 and F 10-10:50 or 11-11:50 Stephen Ruzicka

This course surveys premodern history (through about 1500) on a global basis. While looking at the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere, it pays particular attention to developments of world historical scope - population movements, economic activities, trade, and cultural exchange - which constitute the common premodern human experience. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the major social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern age.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.

10007 206-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10008 206-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
10009 206-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10010 206-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50


HIS 207-01 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "North and East Africa through the Middle Ages"

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10011 MWF 9:00-9:50
Ian Michie

This course will examine the cultural, religious, and political developments of a world region that underwent significant changes from the origin of human history through the fourteenth century. Influenced by dynamic exchange networks spanning the Sahara Desert, the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Nile River, and the Indian Ocean, several prevailing civilizations arose in North and East Africa. The course will examine these civilizations as well as the impact of outside influences such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. The class will also study the influence of religions, most notably Islam and Christianity, on the political and cultural transitions of North and East Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 207-02 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Empires in Africa, Asia and the Americas

10012 ONLINE
Brian Suttell

This course addresses various pre-modern empires in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Students will analyze the cultural, political, and economic forces that shaped society in select empires. Emphasis will be placed upon examining factors that made certain empires unique and comparing common traits. We will also discuss how different empires adapted to historical change and cultural contact. Students will examine two empires in each region, interpret sources, and make historical arguments rooted in evidence. Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS.


HIS 208 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Revolutions in Modern World History"

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208-01 and -02 Mark Moser

This course will be a comparative overview of major "revolutions" in modern world history. Topics covered will include the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Technological Revolution of the late 20th century, as well as important political and cultural revolutions that have taken place globally in the modern era. Major emphasis will be placed on the impact of these revolutions on the individual.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

10013 208-01 - TR 11:00-12:15
10014 208-02 - ONLINE


HIS 209-01 and -02: Topics in Modern World History II: "Introduction to Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E. - present"

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MW 1-1:50 and F 12-12:50 or 1-1:50
Asa Eger

Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

By the tenth and eleventh centuries, Islamic civilization from Spain to Central Asia had reached its peak with a system of elaborate cities, expansive trade networks, and profound achievements in arts and architecture, science, literature, law, political and religious thought. However, by the twelfth century, contact with western European world with the onset of the Crusades and with the eastern world with the advent of Turkic nomads fundamentally transformed the course of Islamic civilization. In this course we will examine how these changes reverberated through medieval and modern Islamic history in two parts. The first part will familiarize students with the dynamic history and changes in Islamic cultural process from time of the Crusaders through the legacy of the Mongols. The second part will explore the transition of the medieval to modern Islamic world, focusing on the formation of the "gunpowder" Ottoman, Safavid, and Moghul Indian empires and the effects of nationalism in shaping the modern Middle East. Throughout the course we will focus on themes of tradition and change in Islamic society with the assimilation, influence, and conflict of non-Arab and non-Muslim cultures. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

10047 207-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
10048 207-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50


HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Sections -01 through -06 are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

211-01 through -04 Warren Milteer

The lecture portion of HIS 211-01 through -06 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.

10049 211-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10050 211-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10051 211-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10052 211-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10053 211-05 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10054 211-06 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive


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HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.

10055 212-01 TR 9:30-10:45 David Wight
10056 212-02 TR 6:30-7:45 pm Ethan Roy 
10057 212-03 MW 3:30-4:45 Andy Bedingfield
10058 212-04 TR 8:00-9:15 Tim Reagin
10059 212-05 ONLINE Matthew Larson


HIS 213 - Topics in American History: "The Quest for African American Citizenship throughout American History"

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10060 TR 11:00-12:15 Torren Gatson

American history is too vast a topic to cover every aspect of it from the creation of the colonies to the present. For this reason, we will focus upon several major themes relevant to African American history throughout the semester. Each theme easily weaves into the conversation of citizenship. They are as follows:

  • Traditional history and its counter arguments
  • Historic conflicts: ethnicity, gender, race, class, and religion
  • Slavery
  • Emancipation
  • Causes and consequences of the Civil War
  • Emancipation
  • Reconstruction

Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO


HIS 216 - Civilizations of Asia

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10061 ONLINE Joseph Ross

How is Modern East Asia "modern"? What do we mean by this term? Can we understand the recent history of the region, if we focus exclusively on the Asian response to the arrival of Western powers in the region? This course will examine political change, specifically the emergence of anti-colonial nationalist and communist movements, as well as related intellectual and social developments in East Asia since ca. 1800.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 217 - The World in the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

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10062 MW 6:30-7:45 pm Rich Smith

Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 218 - The World since 1945

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10063 TR 12:30-1:45 Kimberly Cheek

This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS.


HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

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10102 TR 9:30-10:45 Caitlin Saraphis

Survey of Western European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century exploring such varied aspects of the medieval experience as pilgrimage, crusade, peasant life, the emergence of national states, and the rise of the university.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GPM.


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HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

10103 ONLINE Sarah McCartney

Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GPM


HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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10105 TR 5:00-6:15 Chris Davis

A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the fall of the Berlin wall. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism) as well as how the borders and boundaries of Europe have changed over the last two hundred years with respect to class, race, gender and the nation state.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GMO.IGS


HIS 240 - (Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810

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10104 MWF 9:00-9:50
Kelsey Walker

This course introduces the the political, social, and cultural history of Latin America since independence. The survey addresses such themes as dictatorship and democracy; sovereignty and imperialism; revolution and social transformation; race relations; and the evolution of export economics, and explores the historical roots of the region's perennial struggles with inequality and foreign exploitation.Field: Wider World. Markers:.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 302 - Race and Segregation

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10106 MW 2:00-3:15
Clinton Williams

Race and segregation in the United States since the Civil War, including the origins of the Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, black urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and the African American experience in America.
Field: United States. Markers: .ADS.GMO


HIS 312 - The Crusades

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10107 TR 12:30-1:45
Richard Barton

This course offers an introduction to the social, political, intellectual, military and religious movement that is known as the crusades. It focuses on the "classic era" of crusading, namely the century and a half between the call to the first crusade at Clermont (1095) and the failure of the last serious crusade in Egypt (1250). Although close attention will be paid to the actions and achievements of the European crusaders in carving out European states in the Middle East, the course it not limited to, nor even particularly oriented around, military history. Rather, it attempts to place the crusading movement and its outcomes into a proper historical and cultural context. As a result, the class will focus intensely on the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the crusades, on the motives and ideologies of the crusaders, and on the structure of the society that they attempted to construct in the East. The course also assumes that any understanding of the crusading movement must also begin with an understanding of Islam; we will spend some time looking at Muslim society in the Near East, at Islamic notions of Jihad, at the reactions of Muslims to the crusades, and at the impact of the crusades on Muslim political, social and religious affairs. While recent events of the 21 st century lend the crusading period a natural interest, and while we will be concerned to address some of the modern concerns raised by crusading ideologies, the course will insist that analysis and interpretation of motives, causes, and impacts of the crusades respect the historical and cultural uniqueness of the Christian and Islamic civilizations of the Middle Ages.
Field: Europe.


image used for decoration onlyHIS 315 - Witchcraft and Magic in European History

10108 TR 3:30-4:45
Jodi Bilinkoff

You may have heard about the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. But, did you realize that by that time tens of thousands of people, mostly women, had been tried and executed as witches throughout western Europe? In this course we will examine the intellectual, religious, legal, and social factors that led to a "Witch Craze" in the period between 1480 and 1700. Field: Europe. Marker: .WGS


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HIS 322 - American Indian History: 1840 to the Present

10109 MWF 11:00-11:50 Arlen Hanson

Explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States from 1840 to the present.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN


HIS 326 - Using Photographs as Historical Evidence

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10221 TR 2:00-3:15 Lisa Tolbert Writing Intensive.

This course takes a case study approach to evaluating the content and history of photographs as historical evidence. We will explore the history of photography by focusing on different types of photographs in particular social contexts from the evolution of portrait photography, to compelling images of the American Civil War, one of the earliest wars ever to be photographed, to the history of social documentary from the turn of the twentieth century through the Great Depression. Overall, we will strive to go beyond the use of photographs as mere illustrations to understand the richer meanings of their visual content as primary source evidence that must be critically evaluated in historical context. For example, Sojourner Truth financed her speaking tours in the 1860s by selling portraits of herself like this one. How has she chosen to present herself? What does this photograph tell us about race, gender, and class? Who would have bought this picture in the 1860s? You will select several different photographs to practice historical and visual analysis as the semester unfolds.
Field: United States. Marker: .WI .GMO


HIS 329 - US Women's History since 1865

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10110 MWF 10:00-10:50 Virginia Summey

This course explores the dramatic changes in women's experiences in the U.S. from 1865 to the present. We will explore these transformations from multiple perspectives. Questions that we will address include: How did women's experiences differ along race and class lines? How did ideologies of gender, race, and sexuality change over time? To what extent did women shape their own history? How does women's history change our understanding of United States history?
Field: United States.


HIS 339 - War, Society, and Reform: America, 1896-1945

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10111 TR 9:30-10:45 Travis Byrd

Three wars, Populists and Progressives, the Jazz Age, and the Depression: the years 1896-1945 were among the most intensely formative in American history. In the period, the South was "the Nation's No. 1 economic problem," as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, but was also a bellwether of changes transpiring across the country. While national in scope, this course will use the South as one specific lens through which to analyze larger trends and issues in the period. We will examine labor, class, race, and gender in the region and beyond, and will study war, reform, and reaction in broad strokes and in microcosm through historiographical literature and an extensive use of primary sources.
Field: United States.


HIS 340 - The United States since World War II: "Tumultuous Decade: The 1960s, 1957-1973"

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10112 TR 3:30-4:45 Tom Jackson

In the years of the 1960s that concern us here, the word "revolution" was on more lips in the United States than perhaps at any time since the, well, Revolution. These are arguably the first years of our time. With an immediacy and intensity amped up by the new technology of television, the United States seemed to be propelled from crisis to crisis, at home and abroad. Many groups were inspired by the struggles of African Americans against segregation and police violence to assert their equal participation in democracy – women, gays and lesbians, Latinos, and Native Americans. Movements pressured, Presidents proposed, and Congress passed the most far reaching legislation in race relations since Reconstruction. Student freedom riders escaped burning busses in Alabama, and then fanned out across the South to make a voting rights revolution. The Congress and President Johnson overhauled an archaic system of immigration restriction, and initiated a multi-pronged "Unconditional War on Poverty." A conservative popular revolt against the Establishment within the Republican Party ended in humiliation for the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. But in the context of escalating political and cultural conflict, conservatives mobilized in defense of "family values," patriotic anti-communism, and (implicitly, at least) a defense of racial segregation. Military intervention against Vietnamese communists escalated in ways that cramped reform at home, even as the war radicalized students and civil rights activists. Triggered by violent confrontations between police and citizens in big-city neighborhoods, 200 racial uprisings challenged American to provide opportunity and to reform police practices, in order ultimately to forestall the coming of a widely-feared "race war." In the nest of the Great Society lay the eggs of our contemporary dilemmas of mass incarceration and mass immigration, and eternally festering debates about affirmative action and abortion, civil liberties and public order, identity politics and a fraying national consensus.
Field: United States.


HIS 341 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story

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10113 TR 11:00-12:15 Linda Rupert

Few historical actors have been so thoroughly romanticized - or so completely decontextualized - as Caribbean pirates. This course introduces students to the fascinating, complex, and changing role of corsairs, buccaneers, pirates, and privateers in shaping the emerging colonial economies, societies, and cultures of the early modern Caribbean. From the daring exploits of the French corsairs and the Elizabethan privateers in the 1500s, to the independent buccaneer communities of the 1600s, to the gruesome trials and hangings of pirate outlaws in the early 1700s, piracy was intricately woven into the history of the region.
Field: Wider World.


HIS 344 - The New South

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10114 MW 5:00-6:15 Anderson Rouse

This course examines the history of the American South from 1865 to 1941. After the Civil War, southerners struggled to redefine their place in their families, their communities, their region, and the nation. Beginning with Reconstruction and ending with the beginning of WWII, this course explores political, social, and economic developments in the South, including industrialization and labor movements, the Lost Cause and commemoration of the Civil War, the mechanization of agriculture, the influence of evangelicalism in the South, urbanization, the rise of Jim Crow, early civil rights struggles, and Southern popular culture.
Field: United States.


HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

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This is a survey course. It spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:

  • when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
  • How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
  • How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.

Field: United States


10115 347-01 MW 2:00-3:15 Warren Milteer

10116 347-02 W 6:00-8:50 Speaking Intensive Section. Marker: .SI Christine Flood


HIS 349 - The World at War, 1939-1945

10117 TR 3:30-4:45 Mark Moser

Emphasis on the political systems responsible for the Second World War; military establishments that fought it, the populations that suffered it, and sociopolitical and cultural changes it brought about.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL


HIS 381 - The Near and Middle East since World War I

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10118 TR 12:30-1:45 David Wight

Out of the ashes of World War I, the modern Middle East was born. This course will follow the trajectory of key topics in Middle East societies from the early 20th century to the present, including religion and secularism, imperialism and anti-colonialism, women’s rights, nation building, modernity, competing economic systems, oil, and regional conflicts. Primary sources that provide insights into the varied perspectives and experiences of individuals in the region will be a focus of the course.
Field: Wider World. Marker: .GMO


HIS 390 - History Internship

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Anne Parsons

Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Public History. Written permission needed to register. Contact Anne Parsons for information.


HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

Writing and Research Intensive. Prerequisites: History major or minor and completion of all 200-level requirements for the major.

This is a required course for all history majors (except social studies concentration candidates who complete HIS 430 for research methods). It serves as a prerequisite for the capstone course in the major. Students in the course address a variety of research problems in history using different sources and methods in preparation for HIS 411. Formal goals include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; learning citation methods; understanding how historiography can guide us to significant questions and methods.
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10119 391-01 MW 2:00-3:15 
Richard Barton 

Europe in the Twelfth Century: Doing history is an exciting process of discovery, analysis, and presentation. In this course we will develop the skills necessary for identifying research topics, locating appropriate sources, evaluating those sources, and organizing materials into a presentable format. Our canvas will be Europe in the long twelfth century (c. 1050-1215), a period that witnessed tremendous change in every aspect of society and a huge outpouring of written and visual material documenting those changes. This means that as we think about the process of doing history, most of our examples will be drawn from the classes of sources produced by medieval people during this period. Still, since not all history is medieval history, we will also spend some time learning to locate and evaluate other types of source material, including digital resources, websites, and films.

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10120 391-02 TR 2:00-3:15 
Jodi Bilinkoff 

The Age of Reformations, 1500-1700: When a German monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses against the sale of indulgences in 1517 he set off a chain of events that would shatter a unified Christendom. Over the next one hundred and fifty years, Europeans would struggle with a dizzying array of issues related to faith, political power, education, gender roles, work, artistic expression, and individual and collective identities in a multi-confessional society. In this course we will first briefly trace the history of the Protestant Reformation and the manifold Catholic responses. Then each student will research a figure from early modern Europe and its colonies, closely examining his or her historical context and significance. The course emphasizes research skills and strategies for composing clear, correct, and compelling prose.


HIS 411A - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The Making of Modern America: US 1877-1920"

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10177 W 4:00-6:50
Susan Thomas

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: United States

This course focuses on the tremendous social, political, and economic changes that occurred nationwide during the fifty plus years on either side of 1900 in America, decades marked by dizzying heights and devastating lows. We will cover the distinctive regional changes that occurred during these years, looking at the social, political, and economic developments that marked the period. Readings for this course will trace the arc of these changes and assess their historical significance as well as their relevance to today’s America.


HIS 411B - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The World of St. Paul"

10178 T 4:00-6:50
Stephen Ruzicka

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: Europe

This course examines a critical moment in the history of western civilization and indeed in world history: the beginning of the spread of the Jesus message beyond the confines of 1st century Judaism. It does so by looking at the ideas and activities of a primary agent in this process, Paul of Tarsus. Since this moment involves not only Paul’s delivery of his Jesus message but also the responses to the message, we examine the whole world—the thought world, the social world, the religious world--through which Paul moved and try to gain an understanding of how and why Christianity took shape and spread in the world of the Roman Empire. This was a very large and multi-faced world, embracing the whole of the Mediterranean world and more. Students will choose and pursue research topics connected with almost any aspect of the Roman/Mediterranean world in the 1st and 2nd centuries.


HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers

10179 MW 2:00-3:15 
Lisa Tolbert

Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, HIS 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h.. or permission of instructor.

HIS 430 is an introduction to historical thinking and the research process designed to address these historical methods content standards for all social studies licensure candidates. The state of North Carolina requires that teacher candidates must demonstrate depth of content knowledge in "the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives," including: identifying and framing a problem, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. The ultimate goal of the course is to understand the creative process of research within the discipline of history.

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