History Department

Fall 2011 Courses

We will be offering the following History courses this Fall semester. For each, we've noted the instructor, if it meets any of Bethel's general education categories, and how it fits in the History major.

HIS200L American Civilization

Instructors: AnneMarie Kooistra (online), Amy Poppinga (face-to-face)
General Education Category: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory history course

Description: A survey of American history from early Native American communities to the present. Examination of major social, cultural, economic, political, and religious change over time in the American experience. Prerequisite: GES130, or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS204U African Civilizations

Instructor: Remy Tshihamba
General Education Category: World Cultures
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory or Global History course

Description: The peoples and cultures of Africa. African social structures, religions, government, warfare,  technology, and the arts. Traditional African societies, the impact of Western colonialism, the rise of nationalism, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: GES130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS206U History of India and Its Neighbors

Instructor: Jim Lewis (Religious Studies)
General Education Category: World Cultures
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory or Global History course

Description: History of cultures and societies of South Asia. Religion, economic development and trade, and family, social, and political organization of India and its neighbors. Prerequisite: GES130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS207U Latin American Civilizations

Instructor: Ruben Rivera
General Education Category: World Cultures
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory or Global History course

Description: History of cultures and societies of Latin America. Social, religious, geographic, economic,  and political history. The Americas before European contact (with emphasis on Mexico and Central and South America), impact of European conquest and colonization, struggles for independence and national and regional identity, relations with the United States, and Latin America’s place in the global economy. Prerequisite: GES130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS210U Minorities in America

Instructor: Ruben Rivera
General Education Category: World Cultures
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory or American History course

Description: History of Multicultural America from the colonial period to the present through a case approach. Focuses on one of the following cultures: Native American, African American, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish American, or Muslim. Examination of themes such as family, society, arts, education, work, slavery, discrimination, immigration-assimilation, democracy, social justice, the role of religion, and women's concerns as they are experienced by various minority groups. Prerequisite: GES130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS221L Making of Minnesota

Instructor: Steve Keillor
General Education Category: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
For History Major: can be used as an elective

Description: Examination of the historical development of Minnesota up to the present with a social and economic focus: immigration, use and abuse of natural resources, populist politics, intergroup relations, and Minnesota's impact on the nation. Prerequisite: GES130, or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS242L The Modern World

Instructor: G.W. Carlson
General Education Category: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory History course

Description: Modern world from the age of Enlightenment to the present, focusing on America and Europe. Major themes of modern life, including revolutions, nationalism, scientific transformations, the Industrial Revolution, capitalism, socialism, changing family patterns, racial strife, total war, international migrations, totalitarian government, religious revivals, and bourgeois culture. Prerequisite: GES130, or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS245L History of Women in America

Instructor: Diana Magnuson
General Education Category: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
For History Major: can be used for an Introductory or American History course

Description: Discussion of “What does it mean to be an American woman?” Historical experiences of  American women cutting across race, class, and ethnicity are used to examine gender, citizenship, and the meaning of political, social, and cultural history for women and men. Prerequisite: GES130, or GES244 (may be taken concurrently).

HIS300 American Beginnings

Instructor: Diana Magnuson
For History Major: can be used for an American History course

Description: A survey of early American history from Native-American communities through the American  Revolution. Investigation of the origins and character of American beginnings  through the  interactions of Native Americans, African Americans, and Euro-Americans. Topics covered include: Native-American responses to European invasion, colonial expansion, slavery, family structure, early industrialism, and the formation of the Constitution.

HIS312 Medieval Europe

Instructor: Kevin Cragg
For History Major: can be used for an Ancient/Medieval History course

Description: Historical developments in Western Europe from the reign of Constantine to the era of Petrarch (A.D. 325-1350). Broad cultural, economic, political, social, and religious patterns, with emphasis on the development of the church in its social context.

HIS320K History and the Human Environment

Instructor: Amy Poppinga
General Education Category: Science, Technology, and Society
For History Major: can be used for an elective

Description: Environmental and geographical background of human history. Agriculture, climate, energy resources, transportation, and diseases, especially as they have influenced the historical development of Western Europe and North America. Implications for current and future environmental concerns. Prerequisites: Laboratory Science (D) course; Mathematics (M) course. (carries cross-credit in Geography)

HIS335G The Reformations

Instructor: Christian Collins Winn (Theology)
General Education Category: Comparative Systems
For History Major: can be used for a Modern European History course

Description: Christian worldviews in the 16th century, including the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Reformation, and Radical Reformation. Prerequisites: [GES130; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES246; World Cultures (U) course].

HIS354 Modern Europe

Instructor: Chris Gehrz
For History Major: can be used for a Modern European History or Foundational course

Description: Political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual history of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisites: GES130 or GES246; HIS200L, HIS201U, HIS204U, HIS207U, or HIS242L.

+ Click here to listen to Radio Modern Europe, a series of eleven podcasts produced by Dr. Gehrz in 2008 for this course.

HIS499 Senior Seminar

Instructor: AnneMarie Kooistra
For History Major: capstone course

Description: Historiography, historical methodology, and the philosophy of history. Emphasis on synthesis, integration, and writing of a research paper. Prerequisites: major in History; senior standing or consent of instructor.