Historical Inquiry (formerly Understanding the Past)

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Courses in the Historical Inquiry domain study human life in past societies (primarily pre-1945) as a process of continuity and change over time. Many of the documents that mediate the past to us have considerable aesthetic or intellectual value in and of themselves. However, courses in this learning domain examine texts, art works, and other forms of evidence less for their aesthetic or intellectual value than for their usefulness as tools for reconstructing aspects of the past and building sensible, defensible, and well-informed historical interpretations about the past and about causation in the past. Students generally take two courses in the HI Domain Area.

Learning Outcomes

​​Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth and breadth of historical knowledge of specified content by:
    • Explaining historical developments in terms of continuity and change.
    • Describing the relevant political, economic, social, and/or cultural contexts of historical events and developments.
    • Explaining how people have lived, acted, and thought in one or more particular historical periods.
  • Demonstrate historical skills by:
    • Analyzing and evaluating primary and secondary sources.
    • Differentiating between historical facts and historical interpretations.
    • Articulating a historical argument.
    • Supporting an interpretation with evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • Demonstrate historical thinking by:
    • Articulating how geography and regional differences affect the past.
    • Interpreting the complexity and diversity among issues, events, and ideas of the past.
    • Distinguishing among multiple perspectives that shape interpretations of the past.
    • Using the categories of race, gender, class, ethnicity, region, and religion to analyze historical events and developments.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for Historical Inquiry domain credit. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

Course Title Quarter Hours
African and Black Diaspora Studies
ABD 259MOVIN' UP: BLACK MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, 1877 - 19414
American Studies
AMS 200AMERICAN SOCIAL HISTORY AND CULTURE4
AMS 230ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORIES4
AMS 261AMERICAN ETHNICITIES 1800-19454
AMS 276HISTORY OF SEX IN AMERICA 2: LATE VICTORIANS TO THE PRESENT4
AMS 395ADVANCED TOPICS IN AMERICAN STUDIES4
Anthropology
ANT 103ARCHAEOLOGY4
Asian American Studies
AAS 200ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY4
Catholic Studies
CTH 220CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE I: EARLY CHURCH - 12004
CTH 221CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE II: 1200 - FRENCH REVOLUTION4
CTH 222CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE III: FRENCH REVOLUTION - PRESENT4
CTH 228MEDIEVAL MYSTICS IN EUROPE: 1000-1600 A.D.4
CTH 273HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE U.S.4
CTH 275MEDIEVAL PEOPLE: 400 TO 1400 A.D.4
CTH 280RELIGION AND EDUCATION IN WESTERN CULTURE4
CTH 288IRELAND, 1450-1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION4
CTH 289IRELAND, 1800 - 20004
Communication Studies
CMNS 328HISTORY OF RHETORIC AND COMMUNICATION4
Comparative Literature
CPL 210GREAT IDEAS,THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY I4
Economics
ECO 316EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY4
ECO 317AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY4
ECO 340DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT4
Environmental Science
ENV 160IDEAS OF NATURE4
ENV 165NATIONAL PARKS HISTORY4
Geography
GEO 218SPAIN AND PORTUGAL4
GEO 233COMPARATIVE URBANISM4
German
GER 277COFFEEHOUSES AND CULTURE IN TURN OF THE CENTURY VIENNA4
History
HST 111THE WORLD TO C.15004
HST 112THE WORLD, C.1500-19144
HST 113THE WORLD, 1900-PRESENT4
HST 121LATIN AMERICA TO 1765: LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER COLUMBUS4
HST 122LATIN AMERICA, 1765-19144
HST 123LATIN AMERICA, 1914-20104
HST 131AFRICA TO 18004
HST 132AFRICA, 1750-19004
HST 133AFRICA, 1900-PRESENT4
HST 141THE MUSLIM WORLD, C. 600 CE TO 11004
HST 142THE MUSLIM WORLD, 1000-15004
HST 143THE MUSLIM WORLD, 1400-19204
HST 151INDIA TO 900 - FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE GOLDEN AGE4
HST 152INDIA FROM 900-1750 - SULTANS, MUGHALS, AND ISLAMIC EMPIRES4
HST 153INDIA FROM 1700-1950 - RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH RAJ4
HST 161EAST ASIA TO C. 12004
HST 162EAST ASIA c. 1200 TO 18004
HST 163EAST ASIA , c.1800-PRESENT4
HST 171EUROPE, 400-14004
HST 172EUROPE, 1348-17894
HST 173EUROPE, 1789-PRESENT4
HST 181UNITED STATES TO 18004
HST 182UNITED STATES, 1800-19004
HST 183UNITED STATES, 1900-PRESENT4
HST 200MEXICO AFTER INDEPENDENCE4
HST 202JEWISH EXPERIENCES IN THE AMERICAS4
HST 204FILM AND LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY4
HST 206MEXICO: FROM THE OLMECS TO INDEPENDENCE4
HST 208IMPERIAL RUSSIA4
HST 209THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION4
HST 213MEDIEVAL MYSTICS IN EUROPE: 1000-1600 AD4
HST 214EASTERN EUROPE TO 16994
HST 215EASTERN EUROPE: 1699 TO 19144
HST 216EASTERN EUROPE: 1914-PRESENT4
HST 217THE VIKINGS: MEDIEVAL AMBASSADORS OF TERROR, TRADE AND MULTICULTURALISM4
HST 221EARLY RUSSIA4
HST 222MODERN GERMANY, 1870-PRESENT4
HST 226ISLAM AND THE WEST: A SURVEY OF ORIENTALISM4
HST 233THE RISE OF MODERN CHINA4
HST 236A WORLD OF EMPIRES: 1400-20004
HST 238WITCHCRAFT IN THE WESTERN WORLD: GENDER, CULTURE, AND THE LAW4
HST 239WOMEN IN MODERN EUROPE, 1800-PRESENT4
HST 240HISTORY OF CHICAGO4
HST 242HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN EUROPE4
HST 243HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE U.S.4
HST 246AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TO 18004
HST 247AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1800-19004
HST 248AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1900 TO PRESENT4
HST 249ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1871-19174
HST 250ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1914 - 19414
HST 251ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, 1917 - 19534
HST 253HISTORY OF THE MODERN OLYMPICS4
HST 255THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR4
HST 256AXIS AND ALLIES: THE SECOND WORLD WAR4
HST 259HISTORY OF WESTERN SCIENCE4
HST 260LESBIAN AND GAY AMERICAN HISTORY, COLONIAL TO 19704
HST 263JAPAN TO C. 12004
HST 264JAPAN c.1200 - 18004
HST 266IRELAND, 1450 - 1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION4
HST 268IRELAND, 1800-PRESENT4
HST 269MUSEUMS, MATERIAL CULTURE AND MEMORY: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY4
HST 272FASCISM AND COUNTER REVOLUTION4
HST 273HISTORY OF SEXUALITY IN EUROPE4
HST 274INTELLIGENCE IN 20TH CENTURY4
HST 275SEX IN AMERICA, PURITANS TO VICTORIANS4
HST 276SEX IN AMERICA, LATE VICTORIANS TO PRESENT4
HST 277WAR AND PEACE IN THE MODERN AGE4
HST 279WESTWARD EXPANSION IN U.S.4
HST 283ASIAN-AMERICAN IMMIGRATION AND HISTORY, 1840-19654
HST 284HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES4
HST 285ANCIENT ROME: AUGUSTUS TO CONSTANTINE4
HST 288WOMEN IN UNITED STATES HISTORY4
HST 290ANCIENT EGYPT4
HST 291ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY: MESOPOTAMIA AND THE FERTILE CRESCENT4
HST 292KINGS, CASTLES AND CATHEDRALS: THE WORLD OF MEDIEVAL ENGLAND4
HST 293ISLAND AND EMPIRE: MODERN BRITAIN SINCE 16884
HST 294ANCIENT GREECE4
HST 295AMERICAN HISTORY AND FILM/TV4
HST 296ANCIENT ROME: ORIGINS TO THE END OF THE REPUBLIC4
HST 297IMPERIAL SPAIN, 1469-18084
History of Art and Architecture
HAA 233THE ART OF CRUSADING4
Journalism
JOUR 343JOURNALISM AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE4
Latin American and Latino Studies
LST 200FOUNDING MYTHS AND CULTURAL CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA4
Media and Cinema Studies
MCS 342HISTORY OF TELEVISION & RADIO4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 190AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES IN CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE4
SNC 205RESISTANCE DURING THE HOLOCAUST AND WORLD WAR II4
Sociology
SOC 253SLAVERY AND RACIALIZATION4
SOC 254ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME4
SOC 256SOCIAL CHANGE4