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Programs and Requirements

History courses cover the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and other regions in the modern and premodern eras.  They employ thematic, comparative, transnational, and chronological approaches and address such topics as popular culture, the nature of ideology, social and political change, economic systems, conquest, migration and settlement, and the evolving roles of race, gender, religion, and ethnicity.

The department stresses the use of primary sources, the honing of research methods, clear writing, and thoughtful analysis. Students are expected to grow in their breadth of knowledge, skills in finding and evaluating information, and the ability to think clearly as they discuss and interpret past events.

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History

The Major Program

The department curriculum focuses on three primary geographical fields: the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the introductory sequences as a foundation for more advanced study in these concentrations. History majors are required to complete some work in each of the three fields in order to obtain a breadth of historical understanding. Most introductory sequences are offered at the 100 level. The entry-level U.S. sequence (HIST 134 and HIST 135) is offered at the 100 level and is open to first-year students.

The department counsels students to take courses in related fields of language, literature, fine arts, social sciences, and international affairs to deepen their understanding of their area of concentration.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 40 semester credits (10 courses), distributed as follows:

  • HIST 300 Historical Materials

  • HIST 400 Reading Colloquium

  • HIST 450 History Seminar

  • Seven other history courses. At least one must be in Asian history, one in European history, and one in the history of the Americas. At least one of the seven courses must be in premodern Asian, European, or Latin American history, or in religious studies. 

    At least two of the seven courses must be at the 300 level, excluding HIST 300 Historical Materials.

Students may apply a maximum of 4 semester credits from HIST 244/HIST 444 toward the major.

The following courses may be used as electives for the major in the primary geographical and premodern areas as specified:

Primary Geographical Fields

 

The Americas

HIST 134 United States: Revolution to Empire  
HIST 135 United States: Empire to Superpower  
HIST 141 Colonial Latin American History  
HIST 142 Modern Latin American History  
HIST 218 Perspectives on the Vietnam War  
HIST 231A U.S. Women’s History, 1600 to 1980  
HIST 233 History of New York  
HIST 235 History of the Pacific Northwest  
HIST 239 Constructing the American Landscape  
HIST 240 Race and Ethnicity in the United States  
HIST 242 Borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present  
HIST 243 African American History Since 1863  
HIST 331 American Culture and Society: 1880 to 1980  
HIST 335 History and Culture of American Indians  
HIST 336 Wilderness and the American West  
HIST 338 Crime and Punishment in the United States  
HIST 345 Race and Nation in Latin America  
HIST 347 Modern Mexico: Culture, Politics, and Economic Crisis  
HIST 348 Modern Cuba  
ECON 256 The Industrial Revolution  
LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies  
RELS 253 Religion in American History to the Civil War  
RELS 254 Religion in Modern America, 1865 to Present  
RELS 340 Gender in American Religious History  

 

Asia

HIST 110 Early East Asian History  
HIST 111 Chinese Empire and the Making of Modern China  
HIST 112 Making Modern Japan  
HIST 209 Japan at War  
HIST 211 Reform, Rebellion, and Revolution in Modern China  
HIST 213 Personal Narratives in Chinese History  
HIST 217 The Emergence of Modern South Asia  
HIST 218 Perspectives on the Vietnam War  
HIST 259 India in the Age of Empire  
HIST 288 China in the News: Socio-Anthropological and Historical Perspective on Modern China  
HIST 310 China in the World  
HIST 311 History of Family, Gender, and Sexuality in China  
HIST 313 Religion, Society, and the State in Japanese History  
HIST 316 Popular Culture and Everyday Life in Japanese History  

 

Europe

HIST 120 Early European History  
HIST 121 Modern European History  
HIST 216 Ancient Greece  
HIST 219 Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire  
HIST 221 Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485 to 1688  
HIST 222 Britain in the Age of Revolution, 1688 to 1815  
HIST 223 War and Society in Premodern Europe  
HIST 224 The Making of Modern Britain, 1815 to Present  
HIST 226 20th-Century Germany  
HIST 227 Medieval Europe, 800 to 1400  
HIST 229 The Holocaust in Comparative Perspective  
HIST 230 Eastern Europe: Borderlands and Bloodlands  
HIST 320 Humanism in Renaissance Europe  
HIST 323 Modern European Intellectual History  
HIST 324 Saints and Bureaucrats  
HIST 325 History of Islam in Europe  
HIST 326 History of Soviet Russia  
HIST 328 The British Empire  
CLAS 324 Roman Women  
ECON 255 Technology, Institutions, and Economic Growth  
ECON 256 The Industrial Revolution  
RELS 251 Medieval Christianity  
RELS 373 Reformations of the 16th Century  

 

Premodern

HIST 110 Early East Asian History  
HIST 120 Early European History  
HIST 141 Colonial Latin American History  
HIST 216 Ancient Greece  
HIST 219 Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire  
HIST 221 Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485 to 1688  
HIST 223 War and Society in Premodern Europe  
HIST 227 Medieval Europe, 800 to 1400  
HIST 259 India in the Age of Empire  
HIST 320 Humanism in Renaissance Europe  
HIST 324 Saints and Bureaucrats  
CLAS 324 Roman Women  
RELS 251 Medieval Christianity  
RELS 373 Reformations of the 16th Century  

 

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 semester credits (six courses), which must include:

  • HIST 300 Historical Materials
  • HIST 400 Reading Colloquium or HIST 450 History Seminar
  • At least one course at the 300 level, excluding HIST 300 Historical Materials
  • Two additional history courses, each one from a different geographical field: Asian history, European history, or history of the Americas. Courses from other departments do not apply.


 

For more information see:
Lewis & Clark College Catalog: History

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