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Department of History

(College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

www.uni.edu/history

The Department of History offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs and program certificate. Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Department of History section in the following order:

Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)

Minors

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Program Certificate

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

History Major-Liberal Arts

The History-Liberal Arts major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes UNIFI/General Education requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required:
History Core
HIST 1010Introduction to Historical Skills3
HIST 1011Field Experience: Public History (this course must be taken immediately after major is declared) *1
HIST 1110United States History to the Civil War and Emancipation3
HIST 1120United States History since the Civil War and Emancipation3
HIST 1210Making the Modern World3
HIST 4000Senior Seminar in Advanced Historical Skills3
Electives in history 21
Electives must include at least one course in US History and one in World History. The remaining five courses can come from either category. One course must be in the pre-1600 category.
US History Electives (at least one class):
Introduction to Public History
American Colonial History
The Early Republic, 1785-1850
Civil War and Reconstruction
Foundations of Modern America: The United States, 1877-1929
U.S. History from 1929 to 1960
U.S. Environmental History
History on Film
Recent United States History
History of Iowa
Popular Culture in the United States
African-American History
Religion in America
United States Women's History
American Indian History
The American Radical Tradition
History of Outdoor Recreation
World History Electives (at least one class):
Conflict and Justice in History: (Topic)
Problems & Perspectives in Global History: (Topic)
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Life and Culture
Barbarians, Saints, and Pestilence: The Middle Ages
Rebirth, Reform, and Rebellion: The Beginnings of the Modern World
Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment
History of Ireland
Kings, Heretics, Witches, and Revolutionaries: England to 1688
The Ancient Near East
Europe from the French Revolution to World War I
Europe from World War I to the Present
English History since 1688
Modern Mediterranean Europe: History and Culture
Modern Central and Eastern Europe
History of Imperial Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Military History from Napoleon to the Present
Modern European Women's History
Modern Latin American History
African Kingdoms & Societies
Modern African History
Modern Middle East History
Sanskrit and Sovereigns; Sultans and Sufis: A History of South Asia to 1526 CE
Mughals and Marauders; Merchants and Mahatmas: A History of South Asia since 1526 CE
Pre-Modern Chinese History
Modern Chinese History
Courtiers, Warriors, and Merchants: Japan to 1800
The Legacy of the Samurai: Japan since 1800
Pre-1600 History (at least one class - this class can also count as a World History elective):
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Life and Culture
Barbarians, Saints, and Pestilence: The Middle Ages
Rebirth, Reform, and Rebellion: The Beginnings of the Modern World
History of Ireland
The Ancient Near East
African Kingdoms & Societies
Sanskrit and Sovereigns; Sultans and Sufis: A History of South Asia to 1526 CE
Pre-Modern Chinese History
Courtiers, Warriors, and Merchants: Japan to 1800
Total Hours37

Note: In order to graduate with a major in History-Liberal Arts, students must achieve a total major GPA of at least 2.50.  Only courses with an earned grade of at least a C- will count toward the major.

History Major-Teaching

The History-Teaching major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes UNIFI/General Education requirements, the Professional Education Requirements, and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

This major leads to endorsements #158: 5-12 American History and #166: 5-12 World History.

Required:
Social Science
SOCSCIED 2190Introduction to Teaching Social Studies1
SOCSCIED 4190Methods of Teaching Social Studies3
History Core
HIST 1010Introduction to Historical Skills (this course should be taken immediately after major is declared) *3
HIST 1011Field Experience: Public History (this course should be taken immediately after major is declared) *1
HIST 1110United States History to the Civil War and Emancipation3
HIST 1120United States History since the Civil War and Emancipation3
HIST 1210Making the Modern World3
HIST 4000Senior Seminar in Advanced Historical Skills3
Electives in history 21
Must include 9 credit hours in US History and 12 credit hours in World History. One course must be in the pre-1600 category.
United States History Electives (9 hours):
Introduction to Public History
American Colonial History
The Early Republic, 1785-1850
Civil War and Reconstruction
Foundations of Modern America: The United States, 1877-1929
U.S. History from 1929 to 1960
U.S. Environmental History
History on Film
Recent United States History
History of Iowa
History of the American West
Popular Culture in the United States
History of American Thought
African-American History
Religion in America
United States Women's History
American Indian History
United States Constitutional History
The American Radical Tradition
History of Outdoor Recreation
World History Electives (12 hours):
Conflict and Justice in History: (Topic)
Problems & Perspectives in Global History: (Topic)
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Life and Culture
Barbarians, Saints, and Pestilence: The Middle Ages
Rebirth, Reform, and Rebellion: The Beginnings of the Modern World
Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment
History of Ireland
Kings, Heretics, Witches, and Revolutionaries: England to 1688
The Ancient Near East
Europe from the French Revolution to World War I
Europe from World War I to the Present
English History since 1688
Modern Mediterranean Europe: History and Culture
Modern Central and Eastern Europe
History of Imperial Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Military History from Napoleon to the Present
Modern European Women's History
Modern Latin American History
African Kingdoms & Societies
Modern African History
Modern Middle East History
Sanskrit and Sovereigns; Sultans and Sufis: A History of South Asia to 1526 CE
Mughals and Marauders; Merchants and Mahatmas: A History of South Asia since 1526 CE
Pre-Modern Chinese History
Modern Chinese History
Courtiers, Warriors, and Merchants: Japan to 1800
The Legacy of the Samurai: Japan since 1800
Pre-1600 History Electives (at least one class - this class can also count as a World History elective):
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Life and Culture
Barbarians, Saints, and Pestilence: The Middle Ages
Rebirth, Reform, and Rebellion: The Beginnings of the Modern World
History of Ireland
Kings, Heretics, Witches, and Revolutionaries: England to 1688
The Ancient Near East
African Kingdoms & Societies
Sanskrit and Sovereigns; Sultans and Sufis: A History of South Asia to 1526 CE
Pre-Modern Chinese History
Courtiers, Warriors, and Merchants: Japan to 1800
Total Hours41

Note:  Only courses with an earned grade of at least a C- will count toward the major.  The History major may consider a minor in at least one other social science discipline.

Minors

History Minor

Electives in history18
Choose any History course (at least 12 hours must be 3000/4000-level)
Total Hours18

HIST 1120 and at least one of the following are recommended electives to complete the History Minor: 

HIST 4510/5510Europe from the French Revolution to World War I3
HIST 4520/5520Europe from World War I to the Present3
HIST 4610/5610English History since 16883
HIST 4640/5640Modern Mediterranean Europe: History and Culture3
HIST 4650/5650Modern Central and Eastern Europe3
HIST 4660/5660History of Imperial Russia3
HIST 4670/5670History of Soviet Russia3
HIST 4675/5675Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present3
HIST 4680/5680Military History from Napoleon to the Present3
HIST 4690/5690Modern European Women's History3

Public History Minor

Required:
History:
HIST 1010Introduction to Historical Skills3
HIST 4010/5010Introduction to Public History3
Two history or related courses at the 3000-level or above 6
Select 6 hours from one or both of the following 6
HIST 3179 Cooperative Education
Internship in Historical Studies
Total Hours18

Master of Arts Degree Program

Major in History

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of History for other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at https://admissions.uni.edu/application.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate program, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

The object of this program is to prepare students for either further graduate study (thesis option recommended), teaching at the secondary or community college level (non-thesis option recommended), or history-related careers in government, business or private research (public history emphasis recommended). As a general rule, students should have a GPA of 3.20 or better for admission to the program. This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options; a minimum of 30 semester hours is required for either option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 18 hours of 6000-level course work, including a total of 6 hours of HIST 6299 (students choosing the Public History emphasis may complete a Thesis Project in place of a written thesis). The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 15 hours of 6000-level course work and the completion of a research paper. Prospective majors must consult with the department head about further requirements prior to beginning their programs.

For the thesis option, students must present a proposal for the approval of their Faculty Committee; pass an oral defense of the thesis; and, depending on the research emphasis, may be required by the Committee to demonstrate competency in a second language. For the non-thesis option, students must pass a written comprehensive examination in the primary field and an oral comprehensive examination in both the primary field and a secondary field.

Thesis Option

Required

History
HIST 6030Seminar - Topics in U.S. History3-9
HIST 6050Historical Methods3
HIST 6288Seminar - Topics in World History3-9
HIST 6289Seminar in United States Historiography3
HIST 6299Research6
Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history)0-12
Total hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Required

History
HIST 6030Seminar - Topics in U.S. History3-9
HIST 6050Historical Methods3
HIST 6288Seminar - Topics in World History3-9
HIST 6289Seminar in United States Historiography3
History (HIST 6xxx)0-3
Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history)3-15
Total hours30

Public History Emphasis

This program is offered in conjunction with the thesis or non-thesis option. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required of which at least 9 hours comprise public history for either option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 18 hours of 6000-level course work, including a total of 6 hours of HIST 6299. Students may choose to complete a thesis project in place of a traditional thesis. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 15 hours of 6000-level course work and the completion of a research paper.  As a prerequisite for admission to this program, students must have a B.A. in history or at least nine credit hours of history. Successful defense of the thesis/thesis project on the thesis option or successful passage of the written and oral comprehensive examinations with public history as a thematic field on the non-thesis option is required.

THESIS/THESIS PROJECT OPTION:
Required:
HIST 4010/5010Introduction to Public History (5000-level course)3
HIST 6030Seminar - Topics in U.S. History3-6
HIST 6050Historical Methods3
HIST 6288Seminar - Topics in World History3-6
HIST 6289Seminar in United States Historiography3
Internship6
Internship in Historical Studies (5000-level)
Research6
Research
Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history0-3
Total hours30
NON-THESIS OPTION:
Required:
HIST 4010/5010Introduction to Public History3
HIST 6030Seminar - Topics in U.S. History3-6
HIST 6050Historical Methods3
HIST 6288Seminar - Topics in World History3-6
HIST 6289Seminar in United States Historiography3
Internship6
Internship in Historical Studies (5000-level)
Electives (may take one course, up to 3 hours, outside the field of history)3-9
Total hours30

Combined Degree Option

This program includes a combined-degree plan option (Undergraduate to Graduate Degree). It is available only to UNI History majors and allows such students to complete both degrees in five years (4+1) while sharing 12 graduate credit hours between both the undergraduate and graduate degree.

Requirements

To be considered for this program, students must have an accomplished academic record and apply to the program in 2 phases:

Phase 1:

  1. Internal preliminary departmental procedure. Consult with the Graduate Coordinator for requirements for preliminary consideration. Students may need to submit: a statement, formal faculty endorsement, writing samples, etc.
  2. Internal procedure deadline: Apply by October 15

Phase 2:

Formal online application to the Graduate College upon approval of Phase 1. Junior year or after completion of 75 credit hours.

GPA must be 3.0 or higher

Continuous Enrollment Requirement

  • Students in the combined degrees program must maintain continuous and consecutive enrollment at UNI. Students who miss more than two half-semester terms will be withdrawn from the program.

Admission and Acceptance

  • Students must submit an online application to the Graduate College during their junior  year or at the completion of 75 undergraduate hours (whichever comes first).
  • Students will receive formal notification of acceptance via email.

For further information: See UNI Graduate Catalog. Students enrolled in both graduate and undergraduate credit in the same term, Combined Degree Program.

Program Certificate

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university. For information on the following program certificate, contact the Department of History or the Office of the Registrar, which serves as the centralized registry.

Certificate in Museum Studies

The Museum Studies Certificate exposes students to the array of occupations in the museum industry and provides them opportunity to add an experiential component to their academic education. The certificate is available to upper division undergraduate and graduate students who have completed the introductory course, seminar, internship, and methods and elective courses in their field of study.

The Museum Studies Certificate complements the existing frameworks of department majors. Students will take two or three (depending on variable major requirements) classes (including HIST 4020/5020/ANTH 3440/5440 Introduction to Museum Studies (offered Spring) and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management (offered Fall) hosted by UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum), as well as an internship with a community partner. These internships and electives for the Museum Studies Certificate may be counted towards their major electives and/or university electives. For example, Textile and Apparel requires internships as part of the major; the internship requirements of the MSC will complement that major requirement. HIST 4020/5020/ANTH 3440/5440 Introduction to Museum Studies  and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management with UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum will be available every year.

The introductory course is taught by faculty in the History department, the seminar in collections care and management is conducted through the Art department by UNI Gallery of Art in conjunction with UNI Museum. Department faculty liaisons in students’ major departments define the methods and elective curricula and oversee their students’ museum internship.

HIST 4020/5020Introduction to Museum Studies3
or ANTH 3440/5440 Introduction to Museum Studies
HIST 4003/5003Collections Care and Management3
or ARTHIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management
Major Department - External Museums Internship (see internship options below)3-4
Major Department - Methods (see methods options below)3-4
Major Department - Electives (see elective options below)3-4
Total Hours15-18
Internship Options:
(Internships are specific to each department and are conducted at an institution that identifies as a museum.)
ANTH 4485Anthropology Internship3
ART 3179 Cooperative Internship3
ART 4186/5186 Studies in:3
BIOL 3179Cooperative Education3
EARTHSCI 3179 Cooperative Internship3
HIST 3179 Cooperative Internship3
HIST 4030/5030Internship in Historical Studies3
HIST 4186/5186 Studies in:3
TEXDSGN 4195Internship in Textile and Apparel4
RTNL 4510Internship in Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3-4
Methods Options:
ANTH 3450Archaeological Fieldwork3
ARTHIST 4000/5000Research Methods and Writing in Art History3
ART 4300/5300Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art3
BIOL 3106Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 3112Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3170Entomology3
BIOL 4164/5164Mammalogy4
BIOL 4166/5166Plant Systematics4
EARTHSCI 1100Astronomy3
EARTHSCI 3210/5210Meteorology4
EARTHSCI 3328Fossils and Evolution4
EARTHSCI 3325/5325Sedimentary Geology4
HIST 4010/5010Introduction to Public History3
RTNL 4552/5552Theory and Practice of Outdoor Education3
TEXDSGN 2004EuroAmerican Fashion Design History3
Elective Options:
ANTH 2018Food and Culture3
ANTH 2430Bioarchaeology3
ANTH 3202/5202Human Biological Variation3
ANTH 3501Research Experience in Anthropology3
ARTHIST: Any Art History 4000-level course3
BIOL 2051General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 3100Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science3
BIOL 3106Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 3112Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3118Marine Biology3
BIOL 3120Plant Diversity and Evolution4
BIOL 3160Field Zoology of Vertebrates4
BIOL 3170Entomology3
BIOL 4164/5164Mammalogy4
BIOL 4166/5166Plant Systematics4
BIOL 4167/5167Conservation Biology3
EARTHSCI 3110/5110Observational Astronomy2
EARTHSCI 3220/5220Weather Analysis and Forecasting3
EARTHSCI 3330/5330Geomorphology4
EARTHSCI 3340/5340Oceanography3
HIST: Any History 4000-level course3
TEXDSGN 1002Textile Science3
RTNL 2130Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector3
RTNL 3121Philosophical Foundations of Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3
RTNL 4320Financial Resource Management in Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3
TEXDSGN 2007Apparel Assembly and Technical Design3
 
 

Certificate in Public History

This certificate is available to history majors and non-history majors who have completed a prescribed course of study within public history. This program exposes students to the array of opportunities available in the fields of public history and an opportunity to add an experiential component to their academic education. Individual curricula will be defined in consultation with the program’s director.

Required

History
HIST 4010/5010Introduction to Public History3
Two history or related courses at the 3000-level or above6
Select 6 hours from one or both of the following:6
HIST 3179 Cooperative Education
Internship in Historical Studies
Total Hours15

History, B.A.

  1. Writing Skills (University Goal: Communication):

    1. Students will be able to use their research to create a cogent, well-organized and readable historical essay.

    2. Students will demonstrate evidence of revision in their written work.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate writing as a process of understanding complex issues rather than a simple summary of information.

  2. Analytical Skills (University Goal: Critical Thinking & Discipline-Specific Skills):

    1. Students will be able to identify levels of analysis in historical writing, from narrative to historicism.

    2. Students will be able to create an original approach to a topic by placing it within an analytical framework consisting of 1) possible historical contexts; 2) possible analytical lenses, including politics, class, race, gender, identity, and geography or place.

    3. Students will be able to develop a thesis in relationship to relevant scholarly literature.

  3. Historical Research Skills (University Goal: Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills):

    1. Students will be able to develop original research that uses both primary and secondary sources.

    2. Students will be able to navigate a library and / or an archive, using finder’s guides and databases for books, articles, and documents.

    3. Students will be able to create correctly formatted citations (footnotes or endnotes) and bibliographies using the “Chicago style” or “Turabian style” of citation.

  4. Historical Knowledge  (University Goal: Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills):

    1. Students will be able to identify historical contexts.

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate an adherence to historical accuracy.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate a recognition of diversity in people and perspective.

    4. Students will be able to avoid timeless, universal, or ahistorical explanations for past events.

History Teaching, B.A.

  1. Writing Skills (University Goal: Communication):

    1. Students will be able to use their research to create a cogent, well-organized and readable historical essay.

    2. Students will demonstrate evidence of revision in their written work.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate writing as a process of understanding complex issues rather than a simple summary of information.

  2. Analytical Skills (University Goal: Critical Thinking & Discipline-Specific Skills):

    1. Students will be able to identify levels of analysis in historical writing, from narrative to historicism.

    2. Students will be able to create an original approach to a topic by placing it within an analytical framework consisting of 1) possible historical contexts; 2) possible analytical lenses, including politics, class, race, gender, identity, and geography or place.

    3. Students will be able to develop a thesis in relationship to relevant scholarly literature.

  3. Historical Research Skills (University Goal: Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills):

    1. Students will be able to develop original research that uses both primary and secondary sources.

    2. Students will be able to navigate a library and / or an archive, using finder’s guides and databases for books, articles, and documents.

    3. Students will be able to create correctly formatted citations (footnotes or endnotes) and bibliographies using the “Chicago style” or “Turabian style” of citation.

  4. Historical Knowledge  (University Goal: Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills):

    1. Students will be able to identify historical contexts.

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate an adherence to historical accuracy.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate a recognition of diversity in people and perspective.

    4. Students will be able to avoid timeless, universal, or ahistorical explanations for past events.

  5. History Teaching Skills (University Goal: Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills):

1. Students will be able to design, implement, and assess their own instruction that actively engages secondary students in history that aligns with the recommendations of national and state standards

History, M.A.

GSLG 1 Critical Thinking: Graduates will create an original interpretation based on historical knowledge,

employing historiographical knowledge, and utilizing historical research methods and documentation.

GSLG 2 Communication: Graduates will employ the argumentative essay mode of writing, modify their

argument, and defend their original interpretation.

GSLG 3 Program Content Knowledge and Specific Skills: Graduates will evaluate their research, apply the

appropriate historical context(s), identify the appropriate historiography and determine its relationship

to their research, discover and analyze primary sources, utilize and document them accurately.

History Graduate Student Learning Goals and Outcomes:

SLG 1: Critical Thinking (Correlates to University SLG 1 Critical Thinking)

Student Learning Outcome 1: Interpretation

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to: Create an original

interpretation engaging primary and/or secondary source research. An original interpretation is defined

as one or a combination of several of the following:

1. A new historical narrative based on primary sources (telling a new story and making an

argument about its significance);

2. A new historical argument based on primary sources and secondary sources (making a

different argument than has been previously made by other scholars);

3. A new historiographic argument based on primary and secondary sources (making an

argument about what other scholars have said).

SLG 2: Communication (Correlates to University SLG 2 Communication)

Student Learning Outcome 2: Written and Oral Communication:

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to:

A. Employ the argumentative essay mode of writing to organize their research appropriately and

express their ideas clearly, logically, and in an engaging fashion;

B. Modify their argumentative essay in consultation with a research advisor;

C. Defend their original interpretation verbally in an oral examination.

SLG 3: Program Content Knowledge and Specific Skills (Correlates to University SLG 3 Knowledge and

Skills)

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 3: Historical Knowledge:

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to:

A. Evaluate their research relative to relevant historical events/issues;

B. Apply the appropriate historical context(s) to their research in their original interpretation

(historical contexts are determined by major historical fields, such as women’s and gender

history, environmental history, labor history, economic history, African American history, Latin

American history, etc.).

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 4: Historiographic Knowledge:

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to:

A. Identify the appropriate bodies of historiography for topics related to their research;

B. Determine the relationship between their interpretation and the interpretation of other historians.

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 5: Research Methods:

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to:

A. Discover appropriate numbers and ranges of primary sources through their research;

B. Analyze primary sources so that they illuminate the perspectives of people of the time, their

values and beliefs to support their interpretation.

Student Learning Outcome Dimension 6: Documentation

Students graduating from the Master of Arts in History program will be able to:

A. Utilize sources ethically and accurately to substantiate their interpretation;

B. Construct properly and accurately formatted citations for other historians’ verification.

 

History, B.A.

This is a sample plan of study with a suggested sequencing of classes for the major.  University electives may be applied to earn additional academic majors, minors, or certificates.  Students should regularly meet with their academic advisor to plan their specific semester schedule to include UNIFI/General Education program and/or university elective hours required.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
HIST 1110 United States History to the Civil War and Emancipation 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 1120 United States History since the Civil War and Emancipation 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 13
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
HIST 1210 Making the Modern World 3
HIST 1010 Introduction to Historical Skills 3
HIST 1011 Field Experience: Public History 1
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 7
 Hours14
Spring
History Electives 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 12
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
History Electives (include the "to 1600" requirement) 6
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring
History Electives 6
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 9
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
History Electives 6
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 4000 Senior Seminar in Advanced Historical Skills 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

 

 

History Teaching, B.A.

This is a sample plan of study with a suggested sequencing of classes for the major.  University electives may be applied to earn additional academic majors, minors, or certificates.  Students should regularly meet with their academic advisor to plan their specific semester schedule to include UNIFI/General Education program and/or university elective hours required.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
HIST 1110 United States History to the Civil War and Emancipation 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 1120 United States History since the Civil War and Emancipation 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 13
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
HIST 1210 Making the Modern World 3
HIST 1010 Introduction to Historical Skills 3
HIST 1011 Field Experience: Public History 1
TEACHING 2017 Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching 1
EDPSYCH 2030 Dynamics of Human Development 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 5
 Hours16
Spring
SPED 3150 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms 2
SOCSCIED 2190 Introduction to Teaching Social Studies 1
LRNTECH 1031 Educational Technology and Design 3
History Electives 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 6
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
TEACHING 3128 Level 2 Field Experience: Lesson Planning and Instruction 1
EDPSYCH 3148 Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 3
MEASRES 3150 Classroom Assessment 2
History Electives (include the "to 1600" requirement) 6
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOCFOUND 3119 Schools and American Society 3
HIST 4000 Senior Seminar in Advanced Historical Skills 3
History Electives 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 7
 Hours16
Senior
Fall
TEACHING 4170/5170 Human Relations: Awareness and Application 3
SOCSCIED 4190 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3
History Electives 3
UNIFI/General Education or University Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring
TEACHING 3138 Secondary School Teaching 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours120

Courses

HIST 1010. Introduction to Historical Skills — 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce students to methods and practices of historical research, analysis and writing. It is a discussion-based and collaborative seminar in which students work on and demonstrate the acquisition of historical skills by producing an original research paper using primary and secondary sources. History majors should take this class immediately after the major is declared. Corequisite(s): HIST 1011 required for History majors only. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 1011. Field Experience: Public History — 1 hr.

Students spend 15 hours working on a public history project in a local institution. This seminar provides opportunities for orientation, discussion, and introduction to professions related to the major. Corequisite(s): HIST 1010 required for History majors only. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 1023. History of the United States — 3 hrs.

Study of key individuals and major political, economic, social, and cultural events that have shaped U.S. history. This is a Liberal Arts Core course and will NOT fulfill History major requirements. (United States History course) (Variable)

HIST 1110. United States History to the Civil War and Emancipation — 3 hrs.

This course introduces students to major political, economic, social and cultural developments and conflicts in American history through the Civil War and the end of slavery. Particular attention will be paid to roles of women and men from diverse racial, ethnic and class backgrounds in shaping history. (United States History course) (Fall and Spring)

HIST 1120. United States History since the Civil War and Emancipation — 3 hrs.

This course introduces students to major political, economic, social and cultural developments and conflicts in American history from the end of slavery to the present. Particular attention will be paid to roles of women and men from diverse racial, ethnic and class backgrounds in shaping history. (United States History course) (Fall and Spring)

HIST 1210. Making the Modern World — 3 hrs.

A survey of global history from 1800 to the present, examining the events and processes that shaped the contemporary world. (World History course)

HIST 3010. Readings in History — 1-3 hrs.

Student will choose one of the following areas: (1) Ancient; (2) Medieval; (3) English; (4) French; (5) German; (6) Russian; (7) United States; (8) Latin American; or (9) Asian (India, China, and Japan). Prerequisite(s): consent of department head; for the field of U.S. History, 9 semester hours in U.S. History; for each of the other fields, 9 hours in history other than U.S., which must include 3 hours related to the particular field to be studied. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

HIST 3110. Conflict and Justice in History: (Topic) — 3 hrs.

Conflict and Justice in History courses explore how competing social, cultural, economic, and political interests or visions have shaped concepts such as justice, responsibility, ethics, and values in different historical contexts. May be repeated on different topics. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 3210. Problems & Perspectives in Global History: (Topic) — 3 hrs.

A thematic exploration of global history, emphasizing diversity and the comparative study of the human condition in historical perspective. May be repeated on different topics. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 4000. Senior Seminar in Advanced Historical Skills — 3 hrs.

History 4000 seminars are advanced-level seminars that focus on a specific historical topic/theme/area. They are designed to build on and refine the research, analytical and writing skills gained in HIST 1010: Introduction to Historical Skills. They are discussion-based seminars that provide an opportunity for students to focus in-depth on a specific historical topic and are organized around the production of an original historical research paper using primary and secondary sources. May be repeated on different topics. Prerequisite(s): for History majors: HIST 1010; senior standing. For non-History majors: consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 4003/5003. Collections Care and Management — 3 hrs.

This course will present topics in museums collections management ranging from object/artifact handling, storage, loaning and conservation to museum ethics, acquisitions, policy-making and research to donors, fundraising, marketing, and education. In addition, the course will cover discussions of what constitutes a museum and why museums collect. Museum professionals from both the UNI Museum and UNI Gallery of Art will present all topics, and classes will include an experiential component that will allow students a more personal involvement with historical artifacts and art objects. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a variety of museum professionals and will engage in real-world museum concerns. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.[Same as ARTHIST 4003/5003] (Fall)

HIST 4010/5010. Introduction to Public History — 3 hrs.

Exploration of the critical methodologies and practices of historians working in non-academic settings. Examination of the various issues that historians confront in working with public audiences and instruction in the skills required to pursue a career in public history. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4020/5020. Introduction to Museum Studies — 3 hrs.

Exploration of history, public mission, working environment, and ethical issues of museums. Discussion of practical skills and theoretical issues of museum studies, exposing students to broad range of museum types and career opportunities. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as ANTH 3440/5440) (Even Springs)

HIST 4030/5030. Internship in Historical Studies — 1-3 hrs.

Study and experience in public history settings. Coursework, either individual or collaborative, defined by instructor and/or site supervisor in conjunction with students. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of undergraduate credit and a maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 4110/5110. American Colonial History — 3 hrs.

17th- and 18th-century America; development of colonial societies in the New World and American Revolution era. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4130/5130. The Early Republic, 1785-1850 — 3 hrs.

Political, economic, and social development of United States in years between American Revolution and end of Jacksonian era. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4140/5140. Civil War and Reconstruction — 3 hrs.

Causes of the Civil War, nature of the conflict, and short- and long-range consequences of the war. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4150/5150. Foundations of Modern America: The United States, 1877-1929 — 3 hrs.

Description and analysis of dramatic social, cultural, economic, and political changes occurring in the U.S. between the close of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Great Depression. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HIST 4160/5160. U.S. History from 1929 to 1960 — 3 hrs.

U.S. history from the Great Crash through the Eisenhower Era, emphasizing the Great Depression and New Deal of 1930s, World War II at home and abroad in the 1940s, and postwar issues including the Cold War and economic prosperity. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4170/5170. U.S. Environmental History — 3 hrs.

Exploration of various concepts of nature within the contexts of U.S. History. Treats the history of nature as a thing in itself, as something that has acted on Americans and that Americans have acted upon. Also explores nature as an idea that has changed over time. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4175/5175. History on Film — 3 hrs.

History on Film explores the ways past events, peoples, and eras have been represented in movies. One of the course goals is to break down assumed and largely false boundaries between academic and popular history. Rather than simply debunk movies, the approach is to assess them in terms of the standards of professional history, to think about how these standards might make films better but also how the popularity of film might improve the practice of history. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4180/5180. Recent United States History — 3 hrs.

History of the American people since 1960 with emphasis on domestic affairs. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4198. Independent Study.

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

HIST 4200/5200. History of Iowa — 3 hrs.

Social, political, and economic developments in Iowa from prehistoric times to present. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4235/5235. Popular Culture in the United States — 3 hrs.

Exploration of relationships between expressions of popular culture and the development of American values, political ideologies, and unconscious yearnings. Includes popular music, celebrities, literature, art, design, film, and various forms of mass media. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4245/5245. African-American History — 3 hrs.

History of black Americans from African background into 1980s, with emphasis on period since end of slavery. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4250/5250. Religion in America — 3 hrs.

Investigation of religious movements and beliefs from colonial times to present, with attention to religion and the U.S. Constitution. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as RELS 4230/5230) (Fall)

HIST 4260/5260. United States Women's History — 3 hrs.

This class explores major themes in the history of U.S. women from the pre-Columbian Era to the present. Putting women at the center of the historical narrative, it examines how ideas about gender have shaped both the everyday lives of Americans and U.S. society more generally, past and present. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4270/5270. American Indian History — 3 hrs.

Survey of the North American Indian experience over four centuries, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Focus on Native response to European colonialism, removal, allotment, termination, revitalization, urbanization, Red Power, and pan-Indian movements. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4280/5280. The American Radical Tradition — 3 hrs.

A survey of American social activists working to achieve change, from the abolition of slavery to the present. It will pay particular attention to African-American, women's and working class history. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4310/5310. History of Ancient Greece — 3 hrs.

Archaeology of the Aegean and the Minoan-Mycenaean civilization; Homeric period, classical civilization of Greece to Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic Age; advent of the Romans. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Falls)

HIST 4320/5320. History of Ancient Rome — 3 hrs.

Roman Republic, expansion of Roman rule, Roman Empire, decline and fall of the empire in 5th century A.D. Comparison of the Romans as people with modern Americans. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Springs)

HIST 4330/5330. Greek and Roman Life and Culture — 3 hrs.

Cultural survey of the Greco-Roman world from the eighth century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Subject matter includes elite culture, such as literature, philosophy, and religion, as well as aspects of everyday life, such as clothing, food and drink, and entertainment. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HIST 4340/5340. Barbarians, Saints, and Pestilence: The Middle Ages — 3 hrs.

European social, economic, political, and cultural developments from the collapse of Roman authority to 15th century. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Springs)

HIST 4350/5350. Rebirth, Reform, and Rebellion: The Beginnings of the Modern World — 3 hrs.

A study of the intellectual, artistic, economic, social, and political developments of the Italian and Northern Renaissances and the sixteenth-century Reformations. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4360/5360. Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment — 3 hrs.

History of emerging nations of Europe with emphasis on Age of Absolutism, Louis XIV, and the Enlightenment. (World History course; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Falls)

HIST 4420/5420. History of Ireland — 3 hrs.

Survey of Irish history from the age of conquests (Celtic, Viking, Anglo-Norman, and English) to the present with an emphasis on the development of political and cultural nationalism in the nineteenth century. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4440/5440. Kings, Heretics, Witches, and Revolutionaries: England to 1688 — 3 hrs.

England and the British Isles from Celtic and Roman times to the Glorious Revolution of 1688; traces social, cultural, and political developments, with an emphasis on constitutional developments and the emergence of England as a European power. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Falls)

HIST 4480/5480. The Ancient Near East — 3 hrs.

The artistic, literary, political, religious, and social accomplishments of Near Eastern people of ancient times. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Europe to ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

HIST 4510/5510. Europe from the French Revolution to World War I — 3 hrs.

Emphasis on political unification, the economic, intellectual, and social impact of advances in science and technology, and the decline of the European concert leading to war in 1914. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4520/5520. Europe from World War I to the Present — 3 hrs.

Study of impact of World War I, rise of Communism and Fascism, impact of World War II, and European Renaissance since 1945. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4556/5556. History of Outdoor Recreation — 3 hrs.

Explores the history of outdoor recreation in the United States and its role in defining American identity by tracing its global roots, its production and management from the local to the federal level, and by examining controversies surrounding various recreational forms. (United States History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as RTNL 4556/5556) (Fall)

HIST 4610/5610. English History since 1688 — 3 hrs.

The political, social, and cultural history of England with emphasis on its evolution as a constitutional monarchy, industrial power, and global empire. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

HIST 4640/5640. Modern Mediterranean Europe: History and Culture — 3 hrs.

Exploration of the rich and vibrant histories, cultures, and societies of Spain, Italy, and Greece from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4650/5650. Modern Central and Eastern Europe — 3 hrs.

History of Central and Eastern Europe from the 18th to early 21st century in a country-specific, regional, and comparative perspective. Employs a social history approach to examine the long-term development of societies, nations, and states in the region. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4660/5660. History of Imperial Russia — 3 hrs.

Political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Russia with emphasis on 19th century. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HIST 4670/5670. History of Soviet Russia — 3 hrs.

Political, social, economic, and cultural developments of Russia in 20th century, emphasis on ideology. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Springs)

HIST 4675/5675. Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present — 3 hrs.

International diplomacy from 1815 with emphasis on 20th century. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HIST 4680/5680. Military History from Napoleon to the Present — 3 hrs.

Study of causes and conduct of war and impact of war on society, with emphasis on 20th century. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4690/5690. Modern European Women's History — 3 hrs.

Examination of the political, social, intellectual, and economic history of women and gender relations in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present. Attention to women's rights movements and the social construction of gender. (World History course; formerly, Europe since ca. 1700 course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4720/5720. Modern Latin American History — 3 hrs.

Modern development of Latin American states and their relations to the United States. (World History course; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4730/5730. African Kingdoms & Societies — 3 hrs.

Historical and cultural topics in Africa from earliest times to ca. 1800. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4740/5740. Modern African History — 3 hrs.

Economic and social developments in the African continent, emergence of modern nationalist movements, and character of the European contact and its interaction with traditional African societies, from the 19th century to the present. (World History course; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4820/5820. Modern Middle East History — 3 hrs.

Middle East history from 1789 to present including Islamic roots, the rise of nationalism in various states, Arab attempts at unity, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. (World History course; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HIST 4830/5830. Sanskrit and Sovereigns; Sultans and Sufis: A History of South Asia to 1526 CE — 3 hrs.

An analysis of the ideologies, cultures, and institutions within South Asia from the time of the oldest inhabitants, the Adivasis, through to the Indus Valley, Aryan, Indic, and Indo-Islamic periods up to the collapse of the Delhi Sultanate in 1526. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Non-western History) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4840/5840. Mughals and Marauders; Merchants and Mahatmas: A History of South Asia since 1526 CE — 3 hrs.

A survey of the ideologies, cultures, and institutions of the Indo-Timurid Mughals and their powerful collaborators and antagonists, European, Persian, Central Asian, and Indian (1526-mid 18th century) through to the Indo-Anglian period (1757-present); The influence of India on the expanding British empire; the movements and ideologies which culminated in the creation of the Republic of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; contemporary South Asia. (World History course; formerly, Non-Western History) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4850/5850. Pre-Modern Chinese History — 3 hrs.

Cultural and institutional developments in China from earliest times to ca. 1800 A.D. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4860/5860. Modern Chinese History — 3 hrs.

Political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in China with special emphasis on period from the Revolution of 1911 to present. (World History course; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 4870/5870. Courtiers, Warriors, and Merchants: Japan to 1800 — 3 hrs.

An analysis of the ideologies and institutions of Japan from the time of the adoption of Chinese Civilization to the end of the 18th century, paying special attention to the processes of decentralization and reunification, and their concomitant culture changes. (World History course, Pre-1600 History Elective; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HIST 4880/5880. The Legacy of the Samurai: Japan since 1800 — 3 hrs.

Description of first non-Western nation to become a modern economic superpower. Traces development in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects from 1800 to present. (World History course; formerly, Non-western History course) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HIST 6020. History and U.S. Public Policy — 3 hrs.

Use of history in policymaking; historical development of public policy in a specific area. (Spring)

HIST 6030. Seminar - Topics in U.S. History — 3 hrs.

Seminar on major schools of interpretation in a specific topic in U.S. History. May be repeated. (Variable)

HIST 6050. Historical Methods — 3 hrs.

Investigation of problems confronting the historian and analysis of methods and techniques employed. (Fall)

HIST 6285. Individual Readings — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): consent of department head. (Fall and Spring)

HIST 6288. Seminar - Topics in World History — 3 hrs.

Seminar on major schools of interpretation of the history of areas beyond the United States. Seminar will focus on a specific region or have a transnational focus. May be repeated. (Variable)

HIST 6289. Seminar in United States Historiography — 3 hrs.

Seminar on major schools of interpretation of the American past, and specific examination of historiographical development of selected topics in American history. (Spring)

HIST 6297. Practicum — 1-4 hrs.

May be repeated. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

HIST 6299. Research — 3-6 hrs.

Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours on the Thesis option. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)