The following is a selection of courses you might take as an History major.
HIS101 World Civilizations I
This course examines varied aspects of world history from the beginnings of civilization to approximately A.D. 1500. 3 credits.
HIS102 World Civilizations II
This course examines varied aspects of world history from approximately 1500 to the present. A student can enroll in HIS102 without taking HIS101. 3 credits.
HIS103 United States History I
This course presents a survey of the history of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Students will be introduced to the major social, political, cultural and economic developments that occurred within the U.S. during this period. 3 credits.
HIS104 United States History II
This course continues the study of United States history from the Post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. A student can enroll in HIS104 without HIS103. 3 credits.
HIS201 The World Since 1945
This course emphasizes events in the recent past that have shaped the contemporary world. Students will have the opportunity to explore significant issues and events including the Cold War, the rise of post World War II nationalism, the emergence of new nations in Africa and Asia, the Middle East, Communist China, the rise of global terrorism and the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism in Eastern Europe. 3 credits.
HIS202 United States History Since 1945
Surveys those important issues that have faced the American people in the atomic age.Such issues as the Cold War, the Soviet-American rivalry, the upheavals of the 1960’s, racial equality and other fundamental changes which have taken place in American politics, the economy and society will be included in this study. 3 credits.
HIS204 Multicultural America
An examination of significant cultural groups who have shaped America through history and literature. This survey course examines the role, history, and literature of Native Americans, Afro-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans in helping to shape contemporary America. 3 credits.
HIS205 Historical Inquiry
Acquaints the student with the theory and practice of historical study. Topics will include an analysis of the purpose of history, an explanation of procedures and methods used by historians in explaining the past, a survey of recent developments in historical study, and the mechanics of historical research. 3 credits.
HIS206 History of Vermont
Vermont is a state of mind and a state of place. This course is an examination of the topography, history, literature, and people of Vermont from its beginnings to the present. 3 credits.
HIS311 The Sixties in U.S. History
An analysis of the pivotal decade of the 1960’s from Camelot to Watergate. Topics include the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Counter Culture. 3 credits.
HIS320-329 Practicum in History
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for supervised application of skills developed in the study of history in an approved setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in a host agency and of the college faculty. This course for juniors or seniors requires a minimum of 120 hours and frequent consultation with the faculty supervisor. Students will reach an agreement with a faculty supervisor regarding specific academic requirements of the practicum. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HIS332 Colonial and Revolutionary America
Survey of the Colonial and Revolutionary period of United States history from the earliest settlements through the establishment of the Constitution. 3 credits.
HIS335 The American Civil War
Focuses on the central place the Civil War occupies in the history of the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the causes and results of the conflict, the political and military leadership for the North and South, and the involvement of various elements of American society. 3 credits.
HIS336 The Holocaust
This course offers a wide-ranging examination of the Jewish Holocaust, from its roots in the evolution of anti-semitism in medieval and modern Europe through its post-World War II legacy. 3 credits.
HIS337 The Islamic World
This course will examine the rich history, culture, and varied traditions of the Islamic world from the origins of the faith to the present day. Topics will include the nature of the Islamic faith; cultural traditions and contributions including art, literature, philosophy, medicine, and science; division and conflicts within the Islamic world; and relations between the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds with particular emphasis upon recent issues and problems. Satisfies a religion or social science requirement. 3 credits.
HIS339 The Reformation
This course will examine the religious transformation of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, including the important political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of the Reformation. 3 credits
HIS420-429 Internship in History
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for supervised application of skills developed in the study of history in an approved setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in a host agency and of the college faculty. This course for juniors or seniors requires a minimum of 240 hours and frequent consultation with the faculty supervisor. Intern supervision fee is required. Students will reach an agreement with a faculty supervisor regarding specific academic requirements of the internship. Junior standing. 6 credits.
HIS430 Seminar in History
A capstone course for History majors designed to provide an in-depth study of the skills and techniques required for historical research. Students will be expected to produce a major research paper. Also included in the course will be an introduction to the study of historiography and the history of ideas. Students in a popular culture concentration must choose a research paper topic appropriate to that concentration, subject to approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 3 credits.
HIS160-460 Special Topics in History
HIS190-490 Independent Study in History