Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in History provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Students learn about the complex forces that have shaped and continue to shape the world around us. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skillsâ€”communication, writing, analytical thinking, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in History prepares students for careers in government, journalism, archival work, and education.
A four-year major will give the added advantage of at least 6 more courses in the area of History and the opportunity to take more upper â€“level courses. More general elective space means that the students can readily include a minor in a second field of interest. Furthermore, the four-year major in History can provide the basis from which to apply for admission to M.A. programs in History. The four-year degree is becoming the standard undergraduate expectation across North America.
This interdisciplinary major in Humanities gives students grounding in the core humanities disciplines of History, Philosophy, and English Literature. It will provide for a flexible combination of these and other humanities interests across disciplinary lines. This degree is ideal for students interested in careers in government, education, journalism, and Law.
A minor in History gives the student a grounding in western history and the freedom to choose 12 credit hours of history electives. This minor requires 18 credit hours of History and is an attractive complement to any major, from Communications and Media to political studies to Peace and Conflict Transformation studies.
HIST-1000 History of the West in Global Context I: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces students to the development of western civilization to 1500 CE, paying particular attention to the interrelationships of social, intellectual, political, and economic developments. Through the analysis of selected ideas, issues, texts, and events in different global locations, the course critically examines common understandings of the values and institutions of western civilization.
HIST-1010 History of the West in Global Context II: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces students to the continuing development of western civilization since 1500 CE, paying particular attention to how the relationships of social, intellectual, political, and economic developments among various civilizations have become increasingly enmeshed. Through the analysis of selected ideas, issues, texts, and events in different global locations, the course critically examines common understandings of the values and institutions of western civilization.
HIST/GEOG/POLS-1120 French Africa – History, Religion, Culture, and Hope: (3.0 credit hours). This course explores a diverse set of perspectives on the history, religion, and culture of West Africa. Beginning with the stories of those who have adopted Canada as their new home, this course will travel to Paris, France, and Burkina Faso to situate these narratives within the context of colonial history and the issues of power, control, and independence that are faced today. Lectures, study and personal experiences with the people in Burkina Faso will round out the story and provide reasons for hope. Evaluation in this course will be pass/fail. This course is available only through CMU’s Outtatown Program.
HIST-2000 History of Science: (6.0 credit hours) A survey of the development of science from ancient to modern times with emphasis on the concepts of the physical sciences. Not recommended for first year students.
HIST-2020 History of Colonial Canada: (3.0 credit hours) A study of the development of Canada from its colonial origins to the completion of national and transcontinental unification. Emphasis is on French Canada, Indian-European cultural contact, regional life and social organization, impact of colonialism, and the creation of a national state.
HIST-2030 History of the Canadian Nation since 1867: (3.0 credit hours) A study of the national development of Canada to the present. Emphasis is placed on French Canada, the regional life and social organization of the country, the impact of continentalism, the development of the economy, and the rise of a national sentiment.
HIST/INDS-2040 History of Indigenous Peoples of Canada: (3.0 credit hours) The contemporary cultural resurgence and political organizing of indigenous peoples invokes new perspectives on Canadian history. This historical survey will explore pre-contact social organization, colonialism and resistance, treaties and land claims, reserves and residential schools as structures of social control, evolving public policy (e.g. Indian Act), Native identities, struggles for self-determination, and the rights of revolution.
HIST-2060 Religion and Conflict in Historical Perspective: (3.0 credit hours) This course attends to a range of perspectives that world religions have had toward peace and conflict throughout the ages in various social environments. Students will be introduced to theories and practices related to conflict and nonviolence in such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
HIST/IDS-2070 History of the Developing World: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines the historical roots of development and underdevelopment, processes that have led to the emergence of the contemporary developing world or Third World as a distinctive, though diverse region. It surveys trends such as colonization, industrialization, militarization and trade in the South from the 15th to the 20th century. It investigates the ways in which both external pressures and internal dynamics have contributed to continuity and change in these regions. Prerequisite: IDS-1020 or 6 credit hours of 1000 or 2000-level History. Offered primarily at Menno Simons College.
HIST-2080 Mennonites in Europe: (3.0 credit hours) A study of Mennonite social history in Europe from the end of the sixteenth-century Anabaptist reformations to the present. Included in the study are the communities in Western Europe, Poland, Prussia, and Russia.
HIST-2090 Mennonites in Canada and the United States: (3.0 credit hours) A study of Mennonite social history in Canada and the United States from the first immigrations in the seventeenth century to the present, with special emphasis on Canada.
HIST/POLS-2100 History of the United States from 1607: (3.0 credit hours) A study of the development of the United States of America from its colonial origins to its emergence, four centuries later, as a global superpower. Attention will be given to political, economic, social, and intellectual developments from Jamestown to 9/11.
HIST/POLS-2110 The Fifties and Sixties—North America Cold, Cool and Radical: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of the post-World War II decades of North America in its political, economic, social, and intellectual contexts. Individuals that may be studied include Elvis Presley, Lester Pearson, Ronald Reagan, Tommy Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan, Marshall McLuhan, Rachel Carson, Charles Manson, and Pierre Trudeau. Topics may include social revolutions (Quiet Revolution, Civil Rights), politics (Cold War, Great Society, Medicare), body and technology (‘The Pill’, vaccines, organ transplants), youth protest (Beat, Berkeley), and consumer culture.
HIST-2510 History of Art and Culture I – Classical to Late Medieval: (3.0 credit hours) A survey of art history from the Classical era in Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the Late Middle Ages (15th century) in Western Europe. The course will give attention to the relationship of art and architecture to other facets of social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history. Formerly TFA-2020
HIST-2520 History of Art and Culture II – Renaissance to the Present: (3.0 credit hours) A survey of art history from the Renaissance to present day. The course will give attention to the relationship of art and architecture to other facets of social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history. Students may not hold credit for this course and the former TFA-2000. Formerly TFA-2030
HIST-2950 Topics in History: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors.
HIST-3000 Renaissance and Reformation: (3.0 credit hours) This course traces the cultural, political, and religious developments of the renaissance and reformation period that transformed Europe from a medieval to a modern society. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level History.
HIST-3010 Topics in Canadian History: (3.0 credit hours) An in-depth lecture/seminar course examining selected topics in Canadian History. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level History.
HIST-3030 Topics in Global History: (3.0 credit hours) The topic selected may be regionally oriented (e.g., African, Asian, or Latin American) or thematically oriented to include various global regions (e.g., the Atlantic Slave Trade, Globalization, or the Twentieth-Century World). Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including six credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level history.
HIST-3100 Religion in Canadian History: (3.0 credit hours) A lecture/seminar course surveying religious thought and practice from the fifteenth century to the present. Topics include the Canadian religious context at European Contact, spread and institutionalization of Canadian Christianity, and the rise and implications of religious pluralism. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level History.
HIST-3200 Theory and Methods of History I: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces a variety of historians and their approaches to writing history. It focuses on theories of history and it traces how historians’ questions, methods, and narrative strategies have changed over time. It engages the debates about the definition of history, and provides a context for practicing the analysis of historical sources. Prerequisites: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level history.
HIST-3210 Theory and Methods of History II: (3.0 credit hours) This course explores the various methodologies used by historians to investigate and interpret the past. Prerequisite: HIST-3200.
HIST-3950 Topics in History: (3.0 credit hours) The context of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level history.
HIST-4940 Independent Study in History: (3.0 credit hours) A study in a specific area of History under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of 1000-level History, an additional 9 credit hours in History, and a minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.
HIST-4950 Topics in History: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including 6 credit hours of 1000- or 2000-level history.
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