Department of History
Department Chair: Eugene Thompson
Department Secretary: Kay Berry (208) 496-3060
Department Faculty: Lawrence CoatesShawn JohansenMichael LenhartGary MarshallDavid PeckDavid PigottDavid PulsipherEugene ThompsonEric Walz

 
Introduction
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 educations levels.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in History (620)   
No double counting of Major courses
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take this Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 300
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 201, 202
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 325, 330, 335, 340

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take 6 Credits    Min Grade: C-
HIST 487R, 497R
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380


 
B.S.  in History Education (820)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.

No double counting of Major courses
 
Minor Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
HIST 300

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 201, 202, 405
POLSC 110
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 325, 330, 335, 340

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 487R, 497R

 
AND
Requirement 4:

Take these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492


 
B.S.  in Social Studies Education Composite (880)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.

No double counting of Major courses

General Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
GEOG 101, 101L
HIST 300

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
ANTH 101
ECON 111, 112
GEOG 120
HIST 201, 202, 405
POLSC 110
SOC 111

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Choose 3 of these from at least 2 disciplines (only 2 may be from History)
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
ECON 358, 380, 381, 430
GEOG 230, 240, 320, 321, 350
HIST 120, 121, 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380
POLSC 150, 170, 311, 314, 315, 320
PSYCH 111
SOC 112, 323, 347, 350
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
POLSC 150, 311

 
AND
Requirement 4:

Take these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492


 
B.A.  in History (625)   
No double counting of Major courses
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take this Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 300
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 201, 202
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 325, 330, 335, 340

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take 6 Credits    Min Grade: C-
HIST 487R, 497R
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380


 
B.A.  in History Education (815)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.

No double counting of Major courses
 
Minor Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
HIST 300

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 201, 202, 405
POLSC 110
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 325, 330, 335, 340

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 487R, 497R

 
AND
Requirement 4:

Take these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492


 
B.A.  in Social Studies Education Composite (885)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.

No double counting of Major courses

General Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
GEOG 101, 101L
HIST 300

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
ANTH 101
ECON 111, 112
GEOG 120
HIST 201, 202, 405
POLSC 110
SOC 111

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Choose 3 of these from at least 2 disciplines (only 2 may be from History)
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
ECON 358, 380, 381, 430
GEOG 230, 240, 320, 321, 350
HIST 120, 121, 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380
POLSC 150, 170, 311, 314, 315, 320
PSYCH 111
SOC 112, 323, 347, 350
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
POLSC 150, 311

 
AND
Requirement 4:

Take these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492



Minor in  History (113)   
No double counting of Minor courses
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
HIST 201, 202

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 325, 330, 335, 340

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380



Minor in  History Education (114)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.


Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
HIST 201, 202
POLSC 110

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 304, 306, 308, 310, 325, 330, 335, 340

AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378, 380
 
Course Descriptions

AMHER 170 American Heritage & Civilization (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
A one semester survey presenting the fundamental principles of the American constitution and the strengths of the American free market economy, and the historical events that have shaped America's political and economic heritage.
 
HIST 101  (2-8:0:0)
AP Placement Test
 
HIST 102  (2-3:0:0)
AP Placement Test
 
HIST 120 U.S. History to 1877 (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
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)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
This course covers 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)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Prerequisite: None
Beginnings of major civilizations and their development to approximately 1500 A.D., both Europe and non-Europe.
 
HIST 202 World Civilization Since 1500 (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Development of major civilizations since 1500 A.D., both Europe and non-Europe.
 
HIST 300 Writing and Research in History (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Reading & Writing requirement.
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)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but we recommend that you have the 201-202 and the History 300, Research and Writing Course.
A survey of either Greek or Roman History with one or two cultural or literary topics covered in more detail.
 
HIST 306 Medieval Hisory (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are strongly encouraged to have already completed Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
Survey of Western Europe in the Middle Ages beginning with the collapse of the Roman Empire/Germanic invasions, and continuing through the 15th century. Special topics include Gothic architecture, literature (such as the epic of Parzival, or Dante's Divine Comedy) and biography of important persons (St. Augustine, for example).
 
HIST 308 Renaissance and Reformation (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
This course will survey the major influences and accomplishments of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Special emphasis will be made on the evolution of thought (and "thinkers") in both politics and religion from the late Middle Ages through the Scientific Revolution.
 
HIST 310 Modern European History (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
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)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are strongly encouraged to have completed Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
A study of religious, political and economic developments of the Middle East since about 600 AD. Topics include: Islamic civilization, Muslim empires, European colonialism, Political Zionism, the State of Israel and the socio-economic basis of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will have the opportunity to debate topics of current interest, such as Islamic fundamentalism, women and Islam, the role of the USA in the Middle East, etc.
 
HIST 330 The Far East (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to resarch, write and document a basic historical essay.
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)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to resarch, write and document a basic historical essay.
This course will explore the major trends in African history from the advent of Europeans in Africa in the mid 1400s to the post-colonial era. Special emphasis will be placed on the impacts of colonization on African societies, the era of decolonization, and the challenges Africa faces in the new millenium.
 
HIST 340 Latin America (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
A survey of Hispanic History from the conquest to the Present day; selected cultural topics. Several basic political and economic issues covered as well.
 
HIST 360 Idaho & The Northwest (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
Studies the exploration, settlement, and development of Idaho within the Pacific Northwest as well as the nation.
 
HIST 363 The American West (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, wirte, and document a basic historical essay.
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 and Reconstruction (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
Investigation of the rise of modern political, social, and economic sructures and values in America from 1877-1918.
 
HIST 378 US History Since 1945 (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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 the Vietnam War.
 
HIST 380 U.S. Constitutional History & Law (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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 405 Secondary Methods for Social Science (3:3:0)
Methods of effective teaching for secondary education majors.
 
HIST 487 Senior Colloquium (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Must have completed Hist 300 with a C- or better.
A methodological approach to studying history, with students applying the method to historical subject or subjects of their choice.
 
HIST 497 Senior Seminar (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Must have completed Hist 300 with a C- or better.
A concentrated study of a specific historical subject, guided by the instructor.