History

In the Department of History, Political Science, and Geography

Eugene Thompson, Department Chair
Gary L. Marshall, Dean, Division of Behavioral and Social Science
Lawrence G. Coates, Michael Lenhart, David Peck, J. David Pulsipher, Eric Walz
Staff Departmental Office (208) 356-1472

History classes taught in the Department of History, Political Science and Geography encourage students to (1) have a solid understanding of and interest in U.S. and World history, and a sense of the complexities of human experience; (2) read and write well; (3) communicate publicly and participate in small teams; (4) have some knowledge of doing research in a university library; and (5) discuss history on a general political, social and moral level. In addition, History Education majors should develop a sizeable repertoire of lessons, pedagogies and approaches to history which are appropriate for teaching at the secondary level.

Career Opportunities

History degrees, consisting of exemplary basic liberal arts courses, have traditionally provided employment in business, government, law and other out-of-history careers. This is particularly the case in graduate programs, like law, that have no specific pre-professional curricula. There are also many para-historical fields which draw on history--archivists, librarians, curators, museum administrators, national park curators. History majors are also valued in private sector jobs which are heavily information-based like journalism. More academically oriented students who major in history often pursue graduate education in English, foreign languages and the humanities, to name a few. And then there are, of course, teaching opportunities at the secondary and higher education levels.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Bachelor of Science with a Major in History (620)

Requirements for a major (36 hours)

1.  Complete all General Education requirements.  
Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for
complete details. You must fill the following GE requirements 
with the classes shown:
American Institutions: AmHer 170
Advanced Writing:      Hist 300

Note: If a student has taken both Hist 120 and 121 
(or their equivalent from another institution), that will 
substitute for AmHer 170.

2.  Complete the following courses:
Hist 201 World Civilization to 1500
Hist 202 World Civilization since 1500

3.  Complete 8 classes (24 hours) from the following list 
of advanced courses as indicated:

Complete at least 2 of the following  European history classes:
Hist 304 Ancient Greece &  Rome
Hist 306 Medieval History
Hist 308 Renaissance & Reformation
Hist 310 Modern European History

Complete at least 2 of the following  history classes 
for specific world  regions:
Hist 325 The Middle East
Hist 330 The Far East
Hist 335 Africa since 1400
Hist 340 Latin America

Complete at least 3 American history classes:
Hist 360 Idaho & the Northwest
Hist 363 The American West
Hist 370 Early American History
Hist 372 Civil War & Reconstruction
Hist 376 US Industrial Age
Hist 378 US History since 1945
Hist 380 US Constitutional Hist & Law

Choose one more 300-level class from any area.

4.  Complete both of the following:
Hist 480 Senior Colloquium
Hist 490 Senior Seminar 

Bachelor of Science History-Education

Requirements for major (30 hours)

1.  Complete all General Education requirements.  
Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for
complete details. You must fill the following GE requirements 
with the classes shown:
American Institutions:  AmHer 170
Advanced Writing:       History 300
Social Science:         PolSc 110

Note: If a student has taken both Hist 120 and 121 
(or their equivalent from another institution), that will 
substitute for AmHer 170. 

2.  Complete the following courses:
Hist 201 World Civilization to 1500
Hist 202 World Civilization since 1500

3.  Complete 6 classes (18 hours) from the following 
list of advanced courses as indicated:       

Complete at least 1 of the following  European history classes:
Hist 304 Ancient Greece & Rome
Hist 306 Medieval History
Hist 308 Renaissance & Reformation
Hist 310 Modern European History

Complete at least 1 of the following history classes 
for specific world  regions:
Hist 325 The Middle East
Hist 330 The Far East
Hist 335 Africa since 1400
Hist 340 Latin America

Complete at least 2 American history classes:
Hist 360 Idaho & the Northwest
Hist 363 The American West
Hist 370 Early American History
Hist 372 Civil War & Reconstruction
Hist 376 US Industrial Age
Hist 378 US History since 1945
Hist 380 US Constitutional Hist & Law

Choose two more 300-level class from any area.

4.  Complete one class (3 hours) from the two listed below:
Hist 480 Senior Colloquium
Hist 490 Senior Seminar 
Minor History

Requirements for a minor (21 hours)

1.  Complete all General Education requirements.  
Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for
complete details. You must fill the following GE requirements 
with the classes shown:

Students who minor in History should take AmHer 170 to 
fill the American Institutions GE Requirement. 

Note: If a student has taken both Hist 120 and 121 
(or their equivalent from another institution) that will 
substitute for AmHer 170.

2.  Complete the following courses:
Hist 201 World Civilization to 1500
Hist 202 World Civilization since 1500.

3.  Complete 4 classes (12 hours) from the following list 
of advanced courses as indicated:

Complete at least 1 of the following European history classes:
Hist 304 Ancient Greece & Rome
Hist 306 Medieval History
Hist 308 Renaissance & Reformation
Hist 310 Modern European History

Complete at least 1 of the following  history classes 
for specific world  regions:
Hist 325 The Middle East
Hist 330 The Far East
Hist 335 Africa since 1400
Hist 340 Latin America

Complete at least 1 of the following American history classes:
Hist 360 Idaho & the Northwest
Hist 363 The American West
Hist 370 Early American History
Hist 372 Civil War & Reconstruction
Hist 376 US Industrial Age
Hist 378 US History since 1945
Hist 380 US Constitutional Hist & Law

Choose two more 300-level class from any area.
Minor History Teaching

Requirements for a minor (21 hours)

1.Complete all General Education requirements as required by your major. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for complete details.

Students who minor in History should take AmHer 170 to fill 
the American Institutions GE requirement.

Note: If a student has taken both Hist 120 and 121 
(or their equivalent from another institution) that will 
substitute for AmHer 170. 

2.  Complete the following:
AmHer 170 American Heritage & Civ
Hist 201 World Civilization to 1500
Hist 202 World Civilization since 1500
PolSc 110 American Government

3.  Complete at least one (3 hours) of the following:
Hist 304 Ancient Greece & Rome
Hist 306 Medieval History
Hist 308 Renaissance & Reformation
Hist 310 Modern European History
Hist 325 The Middle East
Hist 330 The Far East
Hist 335 Africa since 1400
Hist 340 Latin America

4.  Complete at least two (6 hours) of the following:
Hist 360 Idaho & the Northwest
Hist 363 The American West
Hist 370 Early American History 
Hist 372 Civil War & Reconstruction
Hist 376 US Industrial Age 
Hist 378 US History since 1945
Hist 380 US Const Hist & Law 

5.  (Optional) If you filled the GE American 
Institutions requirement by taking AmHer 170, 
choose one more 300-level history class.
BYU-Idaho Requirements for Social Science Education Major
(49 Credit Hours beyond GE requirements)

1.  Complete the following as part of your 
General Education requirements:
American Institutions: AmHer 170
Social Science: Sociology 111 or Psych 111
Advanced Writing: Hist 300

2. Complete the following foundation courses in 
World History (6 credits):
Hist 201, 202

3.  Complete two of the following American History survey courses 
(6 credits):
Hist 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

4.  Complete one additional World or Regional History course 
(3 credits):
Hist 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340

5.  Complete the following Political Science courses (6 credits):
PolSci 110 PolSci 150 or 311
6.  Complete the following Geography courses (7 credits):
Geog 101, 101L, 120

7.  Complete the following Economics courses (6 credits):
Econ 111, 112

Complete any five additional courses 
(representing at least two disciplines) 
from the following list (15 credits): 
(Note: Only two history course may be taken to fill this requirement.)
Soc 111, 112, 311, 323, 331, 350
Psych 111
Geog 230, 240, 320, 321, 350
PolSci 150, 170, 311, 314, 415, 320
Econ 341, 358, 380, 430
Any 300-level History course not taken to complete 
requirements 3 or 4 above Anth 101 or any 300-level 
Anthropology course

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*Fills the American Institutions requirement in General Education.

**Fills the social science requirement in General Education.

AmHer 170*American Heritage & Civilization Hon 100H* (3:3:0)
A one semester survey presenting the fundamental principles of the American constitution and the system strengths of the American free market economy, and the historical events that have shaped America’s political and economic heritage.

Hist 120*US History to 1877 (3:3:0)
This is a broad survey course covering Discovery, Colonization, War for Independence, the Constitution, Foreign Affairs, Westward Expansion, Sectionalism and the Civil War.

Hist 121*US History Since 1877 (3:3:0)
This is a broad survey course covering all the major topics of the post-Civil War period in U.S. History with emphasis on the events and movements of the 20th century.

Hist 201**World Civilization to 1500 (3:3:0)
Beginnings of major civilizations and their development to approximately 1500 A.D., with emphasis on Europe.

Hist 202**World Civilization Since 1500 (3:3:0)
Development of major civilizations since 1500 A.D., with emphasis on Europe.

Hist 300 Writing and Research in History (3:3:0)
Introduction to the nature and philosophy of history with emphasis on developing the research and writing skills needed in historical study.

Hist 304 Ancient Greece & Rome (3:3:0)
A survey of either Greek or Roman History with one or two topics covered in more detail.

Hist 306 Medieval History (3:3:0)
A survey of the history of the Middle Ages with more focused study of selected topic or topics.

Hist 308 Renaissance & Reformation (3:3:0)
A survey of the history Renaissance and Renaissance with more focused study of some selected topic or topics.

Hist 310 Modern European History (3:3:0)
Europe from 1750 to the present with a particular emphasis on its intellectual and industrial leadership in the world as well as the perils of nationalism and the promise of European integration.

Hist 325 The Middle East (3:3:0)
A study of religious, political and economic developments of the Middle East with emphasis on Israel.

Hist 330 The Far East (3:3:0)
An introduction to the history of China, Japan, India and neighboring countries, stressing the period since European colonial expansion.

Hist 335 Africa Since 1400 (3:3:0)
A survey of African history from European contact and exploration to modern nation states. Topics include the slave trade, European conquest, liberation struggles, and their affect on traditional African culture, politics and economics.

Hist 340 Latin America (3:3:0)
A brief survey of the pre and post Columbian cultures up to the present day with three or four countries covered in more detail.

Hist 360 Idaho & the Northwest (3:3:0)
Examines Idaho within context of the Pacific Northwest, discusses the Native American groups, traces the settlement patterns, explores the politics and economics of the territory and state, and follows this region through the twentieth century.

Hist 363 The American West (3:3:0)
The exploration and development of the western United States from 1800 to the present, with emphasis on cultural interaction and the mythic imagery of the west.

Hist 370 Early American History to 1800 (3:3:0)
The establishment and growth of the American colonies, the period of revolution and confederation, the framing of the Constitution, and the early period of government under the Constitution.

Hist 372 Civil War & Reconstruction (3:3:0)
Explores the origins of the American Civil War, examines the major campaigns, investigates reconstruction, and evaluates the legacy of this era.

Hist 376 US Industrial Age 1870-1945 (3:3:0)
Investigation of the rise of modern political, social, and economic structures and values in America from 1877-1918. Topics include the rise of big business, populism, progressivism, and WW I.

Hist 378 US History Since 1945 (3:3:0)
United States as a superpower from the Cold War to the present with a particular emphasis on social, political, economic and cultural changes preceding and succeeding Vietnam War.

Hist 380 U.S. Constitutional History & Law (3:3:0)
Foundations of constitutionalism, the development of the federal system, the principles of judicial review, nationalism and sectionalism, commerce, due process, equal protection and civil rights.

Hist 480 Senior Colloquium (3:3:0)
A methodological approach to studying history, with students applying the method to historical subject or subjects of their choice.

Hist 490 Senior Seminar (3:3:0)
A concentrated study of a specific historical subject, guided by the instructor.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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