Academic Departments and Programs

History

On the walls of the ancient Temple of Apollo at Delphi was inscribed the Greek maxim, "know yourself." As the Greeks understood, there is no better way to "know yourself" than through the study of history. Students of history not only study people and cultures that have long since passed away, but they also put history to the question by evaluating evidence and analyzing the interrelationships among people, ideas, and events. To study history is to reflect upon the human condition in all its dimensions, from the highest glories of human achievement to the tragedy of humanity's darkest nights. History, therefore, serves as an essential foundation for a liberal arts education that is truly liberating. As Cicero put it, "to be ignorant of history is always to remain a child."

Why study History at The College of Idaho?

You will find history isn't contained simply in the pages of a textbook at The College of Idaho. Our engaging faculty breathe life into the events that have shaped human history, and you will find plenty of opportunities to interact with history first-hand - from visiting historically significant sites overseas to performing in-depth historical research.

C of I history majors graduate with a knowledge of historical methodology and research, as well as a foundation in the histories of at least four regions of the world. History minors also graduate with a background in historical methodology and research, while studying the histories of at least two regions of the world. Related minors offered at The College of Idaho are Asian Studies, Classics, and Latin American Studies.

Career Opportunities for C of I History Students

College of Idaho history graduates have gone on to have distinguished public and private school teaching careers, publish books, and achieve success in a number of the best graduate schools in the U.S. Others have used their history education to launch successful careers in business, law, government, and non-governmental organization careers.

The study of history is rewarding for students with any program of study but is particularly suited to students pursuing careers in business, law, teaching, health sciences, media, or the arts and humanities where an understanding of human experience is particularly valuable. Employers have increasingly come to realize that the problem-solving and communication skills as well as the understanding of human behavior and systems acquired by history majors or minors are useful in any occupation.

Majors

History Major

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

HIS-280

Historical Research: Historiography and Methods

3

HIS-400 or 
HIS-480 and
HIS-481

Seminar in Historical Methods or both
Senior Thesis: Historiography and
Senior Honors Thesis: Monograph

3
2
4

Asia

Complete 1 course from the following:

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern China *

3

HIS-345

Modern China*

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia*

3

HIS-358

The People's Republic of China*

3

HIS-359

Pre-Modern Japan*

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan*

3

Europe

Complete 1 course from the following:

HIS-314

Tudor and Stuart England*

3

HIS-328

Mythology: Classical History and Archeology*

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece*

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome*

3

HIS-334

19th Century Europe*

3

HIS-346

Reformation of the 16th Century*

3

HIS-347

18th Century Europe*

3

HIS-348

20th Century Europe*

3

HIS-349

Modern European Intellectual History*

3

HIS-352

England to 1688*

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain*

3

HIS-363

The Rise of Christianity*

3

HIS-364

The Life of Jesus: History and Archeology*

3

Latin America

Complete 1 course from the following:

HIS-380

Colonial Latin America*

3

HIS-382

Modern Mexico*

3

HIS-385

Cuba*

3

HIS-386

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica*

3

HIS-388

Comparative Slavery in the Americas*

3

HIS-389

Latin American-U.S. Relations*

3

United States

Complete 1 course from the following:

HIS-300

The United States Since 1945

3

HIS-301

History of American Ideas

3

HIS-302

History of U.S. Foreign Policy

3

HIS-304

The American Westward Movement

3

HIS-306

The American South Since 1865

3

Complete 2 courses designated "research intensive" in the course catalog or with an asterisk (*) above including successful completion of the research project.

Social Science

Complete 1 theory-based course outside the History Department from thefollowing:

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

ATH-202

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-302

Ritual, Myth and World View

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-308

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

3

POE-120

International Politics

3

POE-205

Social Order and Disorder

3

POE-250

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

POE-263

Introduction to Political Economy

3

POE-350

Topics in Political Philosophy

3

POE-360

Comparative Politics

3

POE-380

International Political Economy

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

PSY-301

Development of Personality

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC-302

Gender and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Complete 15 credits in the following:

HIS ELEC

History Elective Courses according to Student Interest

15

(12 additional HIS credits for those accepted for Senior Honors)

Notes

Students pursuing a major in history are strongly advised to study at least one foreign language. Knowledge of at least two languages-including French or Spanish and area-specific languages depending on region of interest are especially important for students who plan to attend graduate school in history.

History majors intending to apply for teaching certification in history as a first teaching field in the State of Idaho must include HIS-200 Introduction to US History and one other 300-level US History course in their major coursework. They may also want to include POE-100 Essentials of American Government or an equivalent POE course dealing with American Government in their overall college curriculum. For more specific detail on the courses necessary to achieve certification in history as a first teaching field students should consult the Education Department.

Minors

History Minor

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

HIS-470

History Portfolio**

1

Complete 15 credits of HIS to include:

  • 6 credits of upper-division (300- or 400-level) coursework
  • 1 course from each of 2 of the distribution categories below (Asia, Europe, Latin America, or United States)

15

Asia

HIS-210

Introduction to the History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-221

Chinese Religions

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-358

The People's Republic of China

3

HIS-359

Pre-Modern Japan

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

Europe

HIS-220

Introduction to the History of Modern Europe

3

HIS-242

The History of Christianity

3

HIS-314

Tudor and Stuart England

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

HIS-334

19th Century Europe

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3

HIS-346

Reformation of the 16th Century

3

HIS-347

18th Century Europe

3

HIS-348

20th Century Europe

3

HIS-349

Modern European Intellectual History

3

HIS-352

England to 1688

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain

3

HIS-363

The Rise of Christianity

3

Latin America

HIS-230

Introduction to the History of Modern Latin America

3

HIS-380

Colonial Latin America

3

HIS-382

Modern Mexico

3

HIS-385

Cuba

3

HIS-386

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

3

HIS-388

Comparative Slavery in the Americas

3

HIS-389

Latin American- U.S. Relations

3

United States

HIS-200

Introduction to the History of the United States

3

HIS-300

The United States Since 1945

3

HIS-301

History of American Ideas

3

HIS-302

History of U.S. Foreign Policy

3

HIS-304

The American Westward Movement

3

HIS-306

The American South Since 1865

3

Notes

** Students will enroll in HIS-470 in their final semester before graduation and six weeks before the end of the term will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers, also to contain an assessment of the program. This assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study will be 1000 to 1500 words in length. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Social Sciences & History PEAK. The portfolio will be graded Pass/Fail.

Associated Minors