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'll 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'll 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.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

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.

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'll 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'll 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.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

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

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 both
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-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial 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 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-383

Modern Brazil*

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 orwith an asterisk above.*

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 View

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-260

Introduction to Political Economy

3

POE-263

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

POE-350

Topics in Political Philosophy

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-110

Social Problems

3

SOC-302

Gender and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-323

Socialization and the Life Course

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)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Note: Students pursuing a major in history are strongly advised to study at least one foreign language. Knowledge of at least two languages-including French, Spanish, German 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 Capstone

1

Complete 1 course from 2 of the separate distribution categories- Asia,Europe, Latin American or United States- below:

Asia

HIS-210

Introduction to the History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern China

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial 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

Medieval 19th Century Europe

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3

HIS-346

Reformation of 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-383

Modern Brazil

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

Complete 6 credits from the following:

HIS ELEC

History - upper division (300 or 400-Level) Coursework

6

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Associated Minors

Asian Studies Minor
Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study*

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Asian Studies Minor
Social Science & History PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Social Science & History PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study *

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia Through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

PHI-367

Buddhist Philosophy

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute
a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

British Studies Minor
Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

15-16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 1 starred paper *

Complete 9 credits from the following (200-level Intro. to Literary Studies must taken before enrolling in 300-level course in British Literature):

ENG-210

Shakespearean Comedy

3

ENG-211

Weird Shakespeare

3

ENG-212

Introduction to Shakespeare

3

ENG-218

World War I and Modern Literature

3

ENG-219

Thief making and Thief taking

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature *

3

ENG-308

Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson*

3

ENG-315

Ghosties and Ghoulies*

3

ENG-316

The Brontes*

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Fiction*

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salmon Rushdie*

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain*

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

HIS-311

To Kill a King: The English Civil War*

3

HIS-350

The British Empire 1759-1960*

3

HIS-352

England to 1688*

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain*

3

HIS-399T.2

Tudor England

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

IND-320

Scotland and the Lake District

3

Complete 3 credits of Fine Arts coursework through the following:

IND-307

London

3

IND-320

Scotland and the Lake District

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain

3

ART

Art Elective

3

MUS

Music Elective

3

THE

Theatre Elective

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate an understanding of how historical and cultural contexts of the British Isles inform and influence specific events or creative expressions.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Demonstrate an understanding of what areas and forms of inquiry are considered meaningful in British Studies through framing relevant research questions. Interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources through the lenses of British Studies
  • Problem Solving: independently locate and apply pertinent scholarship on British history, literature, or music to meaningful research questions in British Studies
  • Written Communication: Present an original argument in a thesis-driven, well-organized, and clearly written essay with clear results supported by relevant scholarship.

* Note: For a "starred paper" students must expand a paper they have written for one of their ENG or MUS British Studies courses. These will graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor

British Studies Minor
Social Science & History PEAK

15 - 18 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 1 starred paper**

Complete 9 credits from the following (200-level Intro. to Literary Studies must taken before enrolling in 300-level course in British Literature):

HIS-311

To Kill a King: The English Civil War*

3

HIS-350

The British Empire 1756-1960*

3

HIS-352

England to 1688*

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain*

3

HIS-399T.2

Tudor England

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-210

Shakespeare Comedy

3

ENG-212

Introduction of Shakespeare

3

ENG-218

World War I and Modern Literature

3

ENG-219

Thief making and Thief taking

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature*

3

ENG-308

Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson

3

ENG-315

Ghosties and Ghoulies*

3

ENG-316

The Brontes*

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction*

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salmon Rushdie*

3

IND-307

London ( 7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

IND-320

Scotland & The Lake District

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate an understanding of how historical and cultural contexts of the British Isles inform and influence specific events or creative expressions.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Demonstrate an understanding of what areas and forms of inquiry are considered meaningful in British Studies through framing relevant research questions. Interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources through the lenses of British Studies
  • Problem Solving: independently locate and apply pertinent scholarship on British history, literature, or music to meaningful research questions in British Studies
  • Written Communication: Present an original argument in a thesis-driven, well-organized, and clearly written essay with clear results supported by relevant scholarship. 

* Note: For a "starred paper" students must expand a paper they have written for one of their HIS British Studies related courses. These will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Classics Minor

15 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

Complete 6 credits of either Greek or Latin.

Complete 3 additional credits dealing with the ancient world, including but notlimited to:

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ENG-371

The Epic Tradition

3

HIS-322

Latin Readings

1

HIS-327

Greek Readings

1

HIS-363

The Rise of Christianity

3

PHI-310

Ancient Philosophy

3

REL-112

Introduction to the New Testament

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication 

Latin American Studies Minor

16 credits minimum*

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

LAS-494

Portfolio and Evaluation of Program

1

Complete at least 2 courses from the 2 different departments following:

ATH-249

Natives of South America

3

HIS-230

Introduction to the History of Modern Latin American

3

MFL-232 or

Spanish Language & Culture III or

3

MFL-233 or

Spanish Language & Culture IV or

3

MFL-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

Complete 9 credits of electives of which 6 must be 300-400 level from the following:

ATH-128

Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-302

Ritual Myth and World View

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-309

Cross Culture Approaches of Environment

3

HIS-377

Women in the Americas

3

HIS-378

Liberation Theology

3

HIS-380

Colonial Latin America

3

HIS-381

Military & Society in Latin America

3

HIS-382

Modern Mexico

3

HIS-386

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

3

HIS-387

Modern Cuba

3

HIS-388

Comparative Slavery in the Americas

3

HIS-389

Latin American-U.S. Relations

3

SPA-333

Literature of Latin America

3

SPA-339T.2

Latin American Today

3

MFL-339T.4

Human Rights for the First Generation

3

SPA-437

Spanish Literature and Society (Narrative and/or Film)

3

SPA-438

Spanish Literature and Society (Poetry, Drama and/or Song)

3

Complete a Portfolio and Evaluation of Program**

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Additionally, students completing the Latin American Studies Minor will:

  • Develop broad knowledge of the diverse cultures and history of Latin America
  • Explore contemporary and historical social, cultural, economic and political trends of Latin America
  • Familiarize themselves with basic anthropological and historical approaches and methods regarding the study of Latin America

*Note: At least 9 credits must be from Anthropology and/or History

** Six weeks before graduation, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers. In 1000 to 1500 words, students will complete an assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the LAS PEAK. The portfolio will not be graded but it is required for completion of the minor.