The History major is designed to familiarize students with the basic facts of both American and world history. In addition, the curriculum is designed to foster and develop critical thinking skills, research proficiency, and oral and written communications skills. By the end of the senior year, students will be well-prepared for both teaching and research at the professional or graduate school level. As historians primarily evaluate and present evidence connected with the past, History has always been an attractive pre-law major. However, the skills associated with a History degree are widely sought-after in a wide variety of different fields and disciplines, including business, academia, and other professions.
CMU has two pre-law chapters: Phi Alpha Delta is the national pre-law fraternity, and the Pre-Law Club is for upperclassmen who plan to enter the law profession (advisor: Dr. John Carter).
CMU also has a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society (advisor: Dr. Kristin Cherry).
Programmatic Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate the ability to write clearly and objectively
- Students will demonstrate the ability to explain a research question and results in an oral presentation
- Students will demonstrate a mastery of historical methodology and critical analysis
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, theories and general knowledge in American history
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, theories and general knowledge in world history
History Minor - 18 hrs.
At least 18 hours in History courses other than those counted toward the major. These must include at least six hours of 300-level courses.
Minor in Social science - 18 hrs.
HI117 Development of the US I (3) OR HI118 Development of the U.S. II (3)
HI205 World Geography (3)
PS101 Introduction to American Government (3)
One (1) from the following:
EC122 Economics for Educators (3)
EC201 Macroeconomics (3)
EC202 Microeconomics (3)
One (1) from the following:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SO102 Social Problems (3)
SO150 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
One (1) From the following:
PY101 General Psychology (3)
PY210 Educational Psychology (3)
HI101 World History I. 3 hours. A survey from early Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations to the 17th century. Topics include: Classical Greece and Rome; Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the feudal age in Europe, Asia and Africa; the commercial revolution; the Renaissance; and the Protestant Revolt. Fall.
HI102 World History II. 3 hours. A survey from the 17th century (century of genius) to the present. Topics include: the liberal revolutions in England, America and France; the impact of science and Social Darwinism; the industrial revolution; democratization; World Wars I - II; the communist revolutions in Russia and China; the post-colonial Third World; and modern thought and expression. Spring.
HI103 Introduction to Missouri Civics. 1 hour. An introduction to the Missouri Constitution, state political institutions, and processes. This course will fulfill the Missouri State Civics requirement for transfer students who have completed coursework from a non-Missouri institution in American Government or a survey of American History I or an equivalent course which covers the U.S. Constitution. Cross-listed with PS103. Prerequisite: American Government or American History I at an out-of-state institution. Online only.
HI117 Development of the United States I. 3 hours. A survey from settlement to the end of Reconstruction (1877). Topics include: basic institutions (family, religion, education, politics and economics); the causes of the American Revolution; democratization; the U.S. Constitution; development of political parties; the causes of the Civil War; and the changing status of African-Americans. Fulfills the state civics requirement. Fall and Spring.
HI118 Development of the United States II. 3 hours. A survey from Reconstruction to the present. Topics include: basic institutions (family, religion, education, politics, and economics); the transition from an isolationistic regional power to an inter-nationalistic world power; the decline of laissez-faire; democratization; recent constitutional interpretation; and the changing status of African-Americans. Fulfills the state civics requirement. Fall and Spring.
HI190 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
HI204 World Cultures. 3 hours. A survey of western and non-western world cultures using anthropological and historical perspectives. Special emphasis on sample groups in Africa, India and Asia. Cross-listed with SO204. Odd-numbered Falls.
HI205 World Geography. 3 hours. An examination of major traditions: physical geography, historical-cultural geography and location geography. Fall.
HI260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
HI268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours.
HI290 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
HI303 The African-American Experience. 3 hours. An examination of the achievements of African Americans from slavery to the present, with attention to their changing legal and social status.
HI306 The Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 hours. A study of the forces and events that transformed nineteenth-century America in the period between 1840 and 1870. The course examines the conduct and impact of the war and its political, economic and social aftermath. Fall.
HI307 The History and Politics of Missouri. 3 hours. A survey of the social, economic, intellectual, and political history of Missouri from prehistory to the twentieth century. Fulfills the state civics requirement. Cross-listed with PS307. Even-numbered Springs.
HI312 U.S. Foreign Affairs. 3 hours. An analysis of the principles and goals of American foreign policy from the Revolution to the present. Full examination of the policy-making process. Cross-listed with PS312. Prerequisites: HI117 and HI118 or consent of instructor. Even-numbered Springs
HI314 The History and Politics of Russia. 3 hours. This course chronicles the tremendous changes in Russia from pagan Kiev to twentieth-century superpower. Special attention is given to the succession of governments, Muscovite, Imperial, and Soviet, that ruled this diverse land and the calamities, wars, and often cruel leaders that shaped its destiny. Cross-listed with PS314. Even-numbered Falls.
HI315 The History and Politics of England. 3 hours. A survey of the British tradition from Stonehenge to the present, providing background for students of British literature, American government and law. An interdisciplinary analysis of domestic change, plus examination of international relations and colonialism. Cross-listed with PS315. Odd-numbered Springs.
HI316 U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History to 1865. 3 hours. A study of the cultural achievements of America from the colonial period to the end of the civil war. Writers, events and themes examined include Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allen Poe, utopian societies, and the history of the Baptist and Mormon churches. Beginning with Puritanism and ranging through figures as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Abraham Lincoln, the class will cover the philosophical and literary developments that helped to form a distinctive American culture. At the same time, the class will place these American developments within a larger world context. Even-numbered Falls.
HI318 U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History Since 1859. 3 hours. A study of the cultural achievements of America from 1859 to the present. Writers, events and themes examined include jazz music, Mark Twain, Hollywood filmmaking, the Scopes "Monkey" trial, Hemingway, William and Henry James, and the counterculture of the 1960s. From environmentalism to pragmatism, from fundamentalism to postmodernism, the student will receive a guided tour through the major contours of modern thought. At the same time, the class will place these developments within a larger world context.
HI319 The American Presidency, Past and Present. 3 hours. An analysis of the evolution and contemporary operation of the office of the presidency with special emphasis on the administrations of selected presidents. Cross-listed with PS319. Prerequisite: PS101 or instructor's permission. Even-numbered Falls.
HI320 The American Way of War. 3 hours. A survey of the American military during peace and war from Colonial times to the present. Major American and world political leaders and their top military commanders are examined in their social and historical contexts. Cross-listed with PS320. Even-numbered Springs.
HI322 Comparative Political Systems. 3 hours. An introduction to the comparative study of national political systems. Attention is focused on the role of political culture and historical evolution as determinants of political development. Cross-listed with PS322. Odd-numbered Springs.
HI331 Research Design and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences. 3 hours. An introduction to research design, social measurement, analytic strategies and applied statistical techniques relevant to the interpretation of social phenomena. Cross-listed with CJ/PS/PY/SO331. Fall and Spring.
HI340 Teaching with Historic Places. 3 hours. A multi-dimensional study of historic places for use in the social studies classroom to understand history, historical change, and cultural continuity. Cross-listed with SO340. Even-numbered Springs,
HI352 Contemporary U.S. History. 3 hours. An in-depth look at contemporary events in American history. Topics covered include the Kennedy assassination, Bill Clinton's impeachment, the sexual revolution, the environmental movement, and the rise of rock and roll. A special emphasis will be placed on the events of the 1960s. Prerequisite: HI118 or instructor's permission. Odd-numbered Springs.
HI354 The Vietnam War: an International History. 3 hours. Vietnam was America's longest war. This class examines that war and all of its ramifications. Covering the early history of Vietnam, to the years after the Vietnam War, the class places America's Southeast Asian conflict within a larger global framework. Odd-numbered Falls.
HI360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
HI368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours.
HI390 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
HI480 Senior Thesis. 3 hours. (Capstone) Open only to Junior and Seniors concentrating in history, political science, or public administration. This course is a Senior thesis seminar. To receive credit in this course, all students must complete a directed research paper and successfully defend it before the faculty of the Division of Social Sciences. Fall.