Thiel College

Course Offerings


HIST 101: United States History to 1877
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course consists of a survey of the history of the United States from the age of exploration to the end of post-Civil War reconstruction era, emphasizing major political, social, economic and cultural issues and traditions. Topics to be considered include colonial origins, national development, sectional antagonisms, social patterns, civil war and reconstruction.

HIST 102: United States History since 1877
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This course consists of a survey of the history of the United States from the end of the reconstruction period to the present, emphasizing major political, social, economic and cultural traditions. Topics to be considered include the growth of a predominantly urban-industrial society, the expanded role of government, increased involvement in world affairs and contemporary society and culture.

HIST 180: Modern World History
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

A history of the principal peoples whose societies and cultures were molded outside the Western tradition, but who were and are impacted by Western influences. The focus on the course will be from 1600 to present.

HIST 201: Military History of the United States until 1900
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A survey of the military aspects of U.S. history by examining its role in the development of doctrine and in the evolution of military practice through a study of the following wars: American Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars and Spanish American War. Also covered will be the principal interwar military developments, military administration, personnel matters, weapons technology and public attitudes about and influences on the armed services.

HIST 202: Military History of the United States since 1900
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of the military aspects of U.S. history by examining its role in the development of doctrine and in the evolution of military practice through a study of the following wars: First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Also covered will be the principal interwar military developments, military administration, personnel matters, weapons technology and public attitudes about and influences on the military services.

HIST 210: Indian History of the United States
3 CH   /  WIC

A study of the Indian civilizations of the United States from prehistoric to modern times with emphasis on the period since 1600. The study will include an examination of Native American cultures and their contributions historically, the impact upon those cultures of the development and expansion of the United States, and the contemporary Indian experience.

HIST 230: The Middle Ages
3 CH

Representative coverage of the principal ideas and institutions.

HIST 239: Introduction to European Women's History I
3 CH   /  WIC

This course surveys European women's history from ancient times to the French Revolution. Organizing themes include work, the law, family and marriage, gender and sexuality, political activism, popular culture, resistance and "The Woman Question."

HIST 240: Introduction to European Women's History II
3 CH

This course surveys European women's history from the French Revolution to modern times. Organizing themes include political revolution, industrial capitalism, feminism and politics, imperialism, the Russian Revolution, women in war and the "New Europe."

HIST 259: Art and Conflict in the Modern Era
3 CH   /  WIC

Art and Conflict in the Modern Era will examine the relationship between war and art of the 20th century. While we will explore the innovations that changed both warfare and art in the 20th century, the goal of this course is to consider these areas together and investigate how modern warfare inspired and necessitated new forms of artistic expression. (P: INDS 115 and 125)

HIST 260: East Asian History
3 CH   /  WIC

This course focuses on China, Japan and Korea. A consideration of important problems facing each nation today together with the cultural and historical developments which help explain contemporary affairs in East Asia.

HIST 262/REL 160: Religion in the United States
3 CH   /  WIC

A topical study of the historical phenomena of religions in the United States with primary emphasis on Christianity and some attention to other U.S religions, especially Judaism. The study includes general background of each religion with subsequent U.S. developments presented through such phenomena as revivalism, immigration, liberal theories and social emphases. (P: REL 120)

HIST 290: Introduction to Historical Methods
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills of historical research. Students will work with primary and secondary courses, learn to distinguish between the two, understand the problems that sources pose to interpretation and identify the questions particular sources can answer. They will learn how to use appropriate citation and style tools for history. Students will be introduced to historiography. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 295: Introduction to Applied History
3 CH

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of public history. These public history subfields will include editing, historic preservation, museum studies, oral history and other related areas (P: INDS 125)

HIST 296: Selected Topics in the History of Warfare
3 CH   /  WIC

This course will focus on specific wars or theaters of wars. It will focus on analyzing the historical context of the war. Examples could include, but are not limited to the Civil War, World War I, World War II or the Vietnam War. The course focus will vary from offering to offering and can be taken up to two times for credit.

HIST 297: Selected Topics in History and Film
3 CH   /  WIC

Through a study of film, this course will examine the interpretation of history and film and contrast film's representation of history with printed sources. Students will critically evaluate a set of issues regarding film and history such as: What light do films shed on the past? How reliable are films as the grounds for making inferences about the past: What are the similarities and differences in the criteria for the critical evaluation of historical films and the historian's accounts of the past? This course will vary from offering to offering. This course can be taken up to two times for credit.

HIST 300: United States Colonial History
3 CH   /  WIC

The background, establishment and growth of American civilization from the age of exploration to the winning of independence. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 305: The Middle Period in American History
3 CH   /  WIC

A detailed topical study of one of the most critical periods in the history of the United States. Topics to be considered include Jacksonian Democracy, nullification, slavery and abolition, westward expansion, reform currents, the Civil War and reconstruction. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 331: 19th-Century Europe 1815-1890
3 CH   /  WIC

Continues History 431 demonstrating how the principles of the French Revolution worked themselves out in practice to create the characteristics of the 19th century. The mechanics for this cultural transformation are analyzed and explained and the degree of this influence is measured. Subjects included are liberalism, nationalism, industrialism, socialism, Italian and German unifications, the alliance systems, the "new imperialism" and the predominance of the middle class. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 332: 20th-Century Europe 1890-1990
3 CH   /  WIC

Continues HIST 331. This course includes the First World War and its consequences; the formation of mass political movements and the Depression; the rise of totalitarianism, appeasement and the Second World War; post-war agony, the permanent division of Europe and the Cold War, and the subsequent collapse of communism. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 362: Japanese History: Tokugawa to Present
3 CH   /  WIC

This course assesses the impact of the development of the Tokugawa Shogunate on how Japan reacted to the contact with the West, Imperialism, Industrialization and "The Economic Miracle" of 19th and 20th Centuries. Topics may include the structure of Japanese culture, politics, diplomacy, economics and society.

HIST 370: Latin America: Culture, Conquest, Colonization
3 CH   /  WIC

History of the formative period of Latin America, emphasizing the social and economic interaction between Indians, Europeans and blacks from the conquest to the wars for independence in the early 19th century. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 371: Latin America: Reform and Revolution
3 CH   /  WIC

History of modern Latin America, concentrating on the durability of 16th- century social, economic and political institutions, and the 20th-century reformist and revolutionary attempts to change those institutions. (P: INDS 125)

HIST 392: Special Projects
1-3 CH   /  WIC

HIST 401: American Historical Biography
3 CH   /  WIC

A consideration of distinctive periods and major historical traditions in American history as revealed by a study of the lives and contributions of prominent historical personalities. (P: INDS 125 and HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 410: United States Social and Intellectual History
3 CH   /  WIC

This course concentrates on special topics that have influenced American social and intellectual development. Topics will include, among others, the structure of society, literature, education, religion, reform movements and intellectual trends. (P: INDS 125 and HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 411: The American Frontier
3 CH   /  WIC

Topical treatment of various aspects of frontier history (historiography, geographic regions, problems, features, types) and an assessment of the overall impact of the frontier experience upon the United States. (P: INDS 125 and HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 430: History of Modern Russia
3 CH   /  WIC

Russian history from 1800 to the present. Topics include imperial Russia in the 19th century, Marxism-Leninism, the Bolshevik revolution, establishment of the Soviet state, the Soviet Union in world affairs and contemporary changes. (P: INDS 125 and HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 431: The French Revolution and Napoleon
3 CH   /  WIC

The French and industrial revolutions will be assessed for their European as well as their indigenous influences. This will be prefaced by an analysis of the Ancient Regime and the Enlightenment. (P: INDS 125 and HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 440: History of Modern France
3 CH   /  WIC

This course analyzes French political, cultural and social history from the Old Regime through the Fifth Republic. It examines the origins and outcomes of the French Revolution; modernization and industrialization; French Colonialism; the Great War; Vichy France and the Occupation; immigration, race and national identity; gender transformations; and France in the EU. (P: HIST 290 or Instructor's Permission.) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

HIST 441: History of Modern Britain
3 CH   /  WIC

This course surveys the history of the British Isles from the Glorious Revolution to the present day. The class examines how politics, diplomacy, warfare, commerce, science, industry, technology, art, literature, music, migration, sexuality and gender expectations all interacted to help shape modern British society into the 21st century. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission.) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

HIST 450: Gender and Sexuality in 19th Century Europe
3 CH   /  WIC

This course examines the history of 19th-century Europe through the lenses of gender and sexuality. The course focuses on various themes in gendered society including work, education, culture, the family, rebellion, national liberation, feminist movements, male and female sexuality, manhood and honor, and relations between Third World and "Western" women. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission.) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

HIST 461: History of Modern China
3 CH   /  WIC

This course assesses the impact of contact with the West, industrialization and communism on the development of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century China. Topics will include the structure of Chinese culture, politics, diplomacy, economics and society. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 462: History of Modern Japan
3 CH   /  WIC

This course assesses the impact of contact with the West, imperialism, industrialization and "The Economic Miracle" the development of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Japan. Topics will include the structure of Japanese culture, politics, diplomacy, economics and society. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 490: Advanced Topics in History
3 CH   /  WIC

As needed, a selected topics course focuses on either a specific time period or theme in history and focuses on analyzing the historical context of the period or theme. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission)

HIST 491: Study Abroad: Selected Topics in History
3 CH

A study abroad selected topics course focuses on either a specific time period or theme in history and focuses on analyzing the historical context of the period or theme in the country or region. International travel is required.

HIST 493: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary

HIST 495: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary   /  WIC

HIST 496: Research Capstone in United States History
3 CH   /  WIC

This course provides students an opportunity to focus on specialized historiography and research in United States history. Students will be expected to produce a major research paper centered on a selected theme in U.S. history. The focus of this course will vary at the discretion of the instructor. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission) Offered every third fall semester in rotation with HIST 497 and HIST 498.

HIST 497: Research Capstone in European History
3 CH   /  WIC

This course provides students an opportunity to focus on specialized historiography and research in European history. Students will be expected to produce a major research paper centered on a selected theme in European history. The focus of this course will vary at the discretion of the instructor. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission) Offered every third fall semester in rotation with HIST 496 and HIST 498.

HIST 498: Research Capstone in World History
3 CH   /  WIC

This course provides students an opportunity to focus on specialized historiography and research in world history. Students will be expected to produce a major research paper centered on a selected theme in world history. The focus of this course will vary at the discretion of the instructor. (P: HIST 290 or instructor's permission) Offered every third fall semester in rotation with HIST 496 and HIST 497.

SOC 261/INDS 261: American Women's Experience: A Multicultural Perspective
3 CH   /  WIC

This course invites students at Thiel to consider themselves in relationship to American women's experience in contemporary culture. The course provides windows into the life experiences of women in the dominant culture and women whose lives are shaped by Hispanic, Native American, African American and Asian communities. The contributions of these women in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and business will be considered as well as factors that inhibit women's full participation as bearers and shapers of culture. (P: SOC 121 or 141 or permission of instructor)