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History Minor

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

World History Survey Course (3 credits)

An examination of the multiple global narrativesthat comprise human development and interactionprior to 1500 with primary focus on early humanactivity the development of complex societiesclassical and post-classical ages and expansionof post-classical cross-cultural involvement.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education history

Unit(s): 3

An examination of the multiple global narrativesthat comprise human development and interactionsince 1500 with primary focus on the origins ofglobal interdependence the ages of revolutionindustry and empire and the twentieth century.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education history

Unit(s): 3

United States History Survey Course (3 credits)

The United States from settlement toReconstruction. Major themes include thedevelopment of a new society evolution ofdemocratic behavior and the growth ofsectionalism. Includes both social and politicalapproaches.

Unit(s): 3

The United States from Reconstruction until thepresent. Major themes include industrializationand modernization the increased role ofgovernment greater U. S. involvement ininternational affairs and the impact of thesechanges on society. A continuation of HIST 201.

Unit(s): 3

United States History (at least 3 credits)

Examines the history of American Indians frompre-contact civilizations and cultures to thepresent. It demonstrates the diversity ofindividual tribal national and pan-Indianexperiences in the context of culture societyreligion economics politics and law. Studentsinvestigate a variety of sources includingscholarly and popular non-fictional and fictionalwritings images songs and films.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of American religious history with afocus on origins and diversity. Major topicsinclude Puritanism Revivalism MormonismMethodism African-American religionfundamentalism Catholicism and Judaism andreligion during the cold war.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the cultural political and diplomaticcontext and events of the Cold War from 1945 to1991 with an emphasis on life in the UnitedStates. Students explore a variety of scholarlyand primary sources from the period. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

An intellectual and cultural history of theUnited States in global context between 1880 and1920. It traces the development of Americanculture ideas economics and politics as partof a larger reform movement in the industrializedworld between the beginning of the SecondIndustrial Revolution and World War I.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the American Civil Warprimarily through great books supplemented bylectures films and a field trip. Topics includecauses of the conflict gender nationalismreligion Reconstruction memory militaryhistory and especially race all asinterpreted by modern scholarship. Prerequisite HIST 201Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the former slaveholding states. Focuseson slavery and slavery politics race relationsand distinctive characteristics of SouthernSociety.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

European History (at least 3 credits)

Surveys developments in European history from thediscovery of the New World to the eve of theFrench Revolution. Major topics includeEuropeansinteractions with peoples and cultures outsideEurope the Reformation the development of bothlimited and absolutist governments theScientificRevolution and the Enlightenment.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys developments in European history fromthe French Revolution to the present day. Majortopics include the French Revolution andNapoleonic Europe industrialization the rise ofnew ideologies and systems of thought the newImperialism the World Wars and the Holocaustrise and fall of communism and the place ofEurope in the world in the early 21st century.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education world culturesAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trendsin British history from the Glorious Revolutionof 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain standsas one of the cornerstones of the contemporaryworld and its politics and culture influencedglobal society in countless way ranging fromsoccer to modern environmentalism toconstitutional law. The course focuses on severalmajor themes including the role of religionfinance and industry the royal family sportand most important of all social class inbuilding British society. Students will acquire abasic understanding of the major driving forcesof modern British history and the ways that theycompare and interrelate with Europe the UnitedState and the world.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General education world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This courses explores the history of genocide.Examines origins of and paths to genocideincluding dynamics tied to imperialism race andnationalism also investigates the conception ofthe word genocide and the development ofcritical genocide studies as a field of inquiry.Specific case studies that occurred in modernhistory as well as broader themes give studentsthe opportunity to wrestle with and comparehistorical dynamics historiographicaldiscussions and theoretical conceptions.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events andproblems in European history chosen by theinstructor. The course will include theexamination of primary documents andor artifactsand explore the implications of the theme on thecultures economics and social systems of theregion. Examples include the Greeks and theRomans the Crusades the Renaissance theProtestant Reformation and others.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Covers key topics in the modern history of Francesince 1871. Survey of the modern period of Frenchhistory through the lens of a special topic.Topics may include France at war in the 20thcentury French intellectuals and the worldmulticultural France or social transformation inmodern France.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

This course is a survey and examination of modernGerman history and its empires from 1871 untilthe present. Explores major issues and broaderdynamics tied to Imperial Germany WeimarGermany Nazi Germany and a divided post-WWIIGermany as well as current conversations.Discusses more specific dynamics including theGerman colonial empire WWI WWII and theHolocaust and the East German dictatorship.

Unit(s): 3

Non-Western History (at least 3 credits)

Explores womens histories in Asia. Stresses theconstruction of gender norms and their evolutionover time and encourages comparison of womenslives and experiences across various culturalcontexts in Asia. Topics include womenspolitical rights and participation womenseducation and literacy womens sexuality andreproduction and womens work.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medievalcrusading movement and modern Middle Easternterrorism by analyzing the historical context forclaims used to justify violent Islamic extremism.Students work to build a balanced historicalperspective and engage their socialresponsibility to present reasoned opinions inthe public discourse over modern terrorism.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamicsAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western interventionimperialism and nation building in CentralAsia and Afghanistan from the initial periods ofRussian and British expansion into the region inthe early eighteenth century to the American andNATO intervention in Afghanistan in thetwenty-first century. Major themes includecultural and political interaction between localsocieties and the British Russians Soviets andAmericans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800tothe present. Emphasis is upon the differentpathstowards modernity taken by each society theconflicts involved in the attainment ofmodernityand the impact of the West during the period.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the eraof the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the presentand places special emphasis on sub-SaharanAfrica.It approaches the history of the continentthroughconsideration of the nature and impact ofEuropeanintrusion into African societies and Africanresponses to European imperialism. Moreover thecourse examines how independent African nationshave addressed the legacies of their history andthe challenges independence has posed for Africannations. Special topics include Apartheid thestruggle against segregation African womenfeminism development and the difficulty increating viable democracies and stable economiesin the late twentieth-century.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events andproblems in non-western history chosen by theinstructor. The course can be either global inperspective or specific to a region.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of India and Pakistan fromthe beginning of British rule in the early 1700sto the present. A region of the world that is bythe day becoming more important to the UnitesStates and the West this class explores themajorissues of modern South Asian history includingthe rise of British dominion the Indian revoltof1857-58 the escalation of religious communalismgrowth of nationalism Indias partition andindependence and the current nuclear standoffbetween India and Pakistan by focusing on thecomplex interplay between nationalismimperialism and the three major religions of theregion - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over thelast 300 years.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modernand modern times. While chronologically surveyingpolitical economic social and culturalchanges the course explores key themes includingprojects of building a modern nation-state andempire and of rebuilding the society after WorldWar II and the roles played by gender familyand nationalism in those projects.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of theworld from the origins of modern European empiresin the 19th-century to the process ofdecolonization in the 20th-century to currentdebates about neo-imperialism andneo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empireon both the colonizers and the colonized.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

The remaining 6 credits must be selected from HIST courses numbered 300 or above. This minor may not be taken in conjunction with either a major in history and political science or a major in global studies.

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Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
540-828-5657
bmarsh@bridgewater.edu