Department Learning Objectives and Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students should:
* Be able to express their insights and ideas clearly in writing and produce a research paper (at least 12 pages long) that uses multiple sources and contains proper source citations.
* Be able to read scholarly books and articles, and analyze those works critically in conversations with faculty and their peers.
* Be able to find and utilize relevant sources/resources to answer questions in their discipline.
* Be able to understand different interpretations and theoretical perspectives in their discipline, and, further, understand how differing interpretations arise and evolve in an ongoing dialog.
* Be able to understand and comment upon the complex relationship between contemporary issues and historical events.
Program Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the program, students should:
* Be familiar with the outlines of the history of the modern world, i.e., since 1500.
* Be familiar in some depth with the history of one geographic area or historical epoch.
* Be able to make historical arguments using concrete illustrations and examples
* 42 required credit hours
* 27 general education credit hours
* 59 elective credit hours
Students are required to complete at least 42 credit hours within the department, 30 of which must be in history, including INTL 1500, HIST 2600, a research requirement (completed by placing on file with the department a substantial research paper from an upper-level course or a senior thesis), and senior overview. History students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours of political science and/or international relations. History majors must take at least 12 credit hours of upper-level coursework in the department (3000 or above), of which a minimum of 6 credit hours must be HIST. At least 18 of the 42 credit hours must be taken at Webster University.
History majors must complete at least 30 credit hours in history, including:
INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 3 hours
American history 3 hours
European history 3 hours
Non-Western history (e.g., Asia, African, Latin American) 3 hours
HIST 2600 The Craft of History 3 hours
HIST 4000 Research Requirement (to be taken in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level) 0 hours
Senior overview 0 hours
Political science/international relations 6 hours
Departmental electives (can include courses in HIST, POLT, INTL)
History Course Listings
HIST 1010 Topics in History (3)
Introductory courses of a survey nature covering various topics. Recent topics have included the American West, American history through folk song and story, historians and the American experience, and religion in America. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 2220 Modern Europe (3)
Overview of the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the Reformation to the present. Chronological periods or themes vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 2400 Modern Asia (3)
Studies the cultures and the political-social development of major Asian nations, with an emphasis on the period since the impact of Western civilizations on ancient cultures. Content varies: e.g., Japan, China, Far East, Pacific World. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 2420 History of Africa (3)
Introduces students to the history of politics, culture, and society in Africa. Chronological periods of themes may vary. Topics include traditional heritage, slavery and its consequences, colonial experience, nationalism, and independence. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 2450 Third World (3)
Series of courses that focuses on the history of developing areas of the world: e.g Southeast Asia, India. May be re-peated for credit if content differs.
HIST 2600 The Craft of History (3)
Introduces students to the methods of historical research and the nature of historical thinking. It is the aim of the course to help students: analyze and interpret books, articles, and primary sources; write substantive, organized, well-documented essays and papers; and become familiar with the most important library resources and search techniques in history and the social sciences.
HIST 3050 Economic History (3)
Studies the genesis and development of economic institutions within societies, with attention to economic theories, productivity factors, and wealth distribution. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 3100 Diplomatic History (3)
Studies the foreign affairs of the major developed areas of the world: e.g., Europe, the United States, Japan. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of pertinent history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 3150 International Affairs (3)
Employs regional or topical approach to selected international periods and issues, with attention given to knowledge of historical events preceding and influencing the topic under analysis. Content varies. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of pertinent social studies or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 4000 Research Requirement (0)
Required of all history majors in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level course. Recognizes successful completion of the departmental research requirement.
HIST 4100 Advanced Studies in International Affairs (3)
Allows students to pursue advanced studies in a wide variety of subfields in international affairs. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
HIST 4620 Overview (0-1)
Designed to improve students' skills in analysis and oral communication within the disciplines of history and political science. Consists of a series of informal discussions with department faculty, culminating in a formal oral examination. Subject matter varies yearly. Prerequisites: senior standing and major in history, political science, or international relations.
HIST 4700 Senior Thesis (4)
Allows senior students to pursue significant independent research/ writing projects in history. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the department chair.
International Relations Course Listings
INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3)
Examines the origin and evolution of the current world system. The course explores the political, cultural, technological, social, and economic forces that have shaped world history from 1500 until the present.
INTL 3330 International Economic Integration (3)
Examines customs unions, common markets and free trade, capital and labor movement, international economic aid, and development programs. Explores conflict, cooperation, and unification of world economic policies. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Political Science Course Listings
POLT 1050 Introduction to International Relations (3)
Examines the nature and uses of power. Covers development of the nation-state system in history, international relations and diplomatic usage, international law and organization, and specific problems in international relations in the world today.
POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
Examines the way other peoples and nations of the world are ruled. Focuses on political institutions, ideologies, revolutionary movements, types of political parties, and the relationship between state and society.
POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World (3)
Examines the politics of those countries customarily considered part of the affluent north. Topics may include evolution of political party systems, the evolution of communist systems, environmental and peace movements, economic integration of countries, planning and market mechanisms, trade policies, ethnic conflicts, governmental influence in collective bargaining systems, the welfare state, and tax revolts. May be repeated for credit if content differs.