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Following is a complete listing of courses taught by the History Department. Not all courses are available at all times.

HI 100 Introduction to the Modern World (Dr. Keagle)

A survey of economic, intellectual, political and social developments in Europe since 1700 as well as patterns of influence and reaction in America, Asia and Latin America. Topics include: Capitalism as a revolutionary system, Marxism, imperialism, fascism, socialism, national revolutions, and the dynamics of an evolving Third World. Open to freshmen.

HI 201 Rise of Modern Europe (Middle Ages to 1715) (Dr. Kovalcik)
The history of Europe tracing political, economic, religious, social and cultural institutions and customs from the Middle Ages to 1715. Emphasis on developments, which have helped to shape the modern world. Preference in registration given to history majors. Open to freshmen.

HI 202 Rise of Modern Europe (1715 to the Present) (Dr. Kovalcik)
The Rise of Modern Europe is an introductory course designed to have students explore the historical development of European society and culture.  We will see how European “traditional” society was radically transformed by the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Then we will trace the development of modern Europe through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, highlighting nationalism, revolutions, unification movements, consumer culture, imperialism, the World Wars, welfare state, Cold War, De-colonization and the European Union. Open to freshmen.

HI 203/IN 250 U.S. History to 1865 (Dr. Monroe, Dr. Mullgardt, Dr. Sampson)

This course examines the European background to the settlement of North America, the colonial period, the American Revolution and early national period, the opening of American society during the age of Jackson, the sectional crisis and the Civil War. Fulfills MPSL U.S. Studies requirement.

HI 204/IN 250 U.S. History, 1865 to the Present (Dr. Monroe, Dr. Mullgardt, Dr. Sampson)

This course focuses on the reconstruction era, the frontier west, industrialization and the Populist movement, the nation’s rise to world power, the “Progressive” and New Deal periods, American involvement in the world wars, and post-1945 social, political and economic developments. Fulfills MPSL U.S. Studies requirement.

HI 210/IN 250 Violence in America (Dr. Monroe)

Violence has been a fact of American life since the beginning of the United States. From vigilantism to lynching, from agrarian violence to urban riots and industrial conflict, the course examines the causes of the mayhem including ethnic and religious hatred as well as racial and gender prejudice.

HI 210/IN 250 The U.S in the 1920s (Dr. Mullgardt)

Some call it "The Jazz Age," a decade of gin, sin, and crime.  Others say it was an era of modernity, while some claim it was one of tradition.  Students explore all aspects of this thrilling time, including the Palmer Raids, the Sacco and Vanzetti Trial, the Harlem Renaissance and the Lost Generation, Mass Culture, Prohibition and Organized Crime.

HI 210/IN 250 World War II (Dr. Mullgardt)

This course begins with the aftermath of WWI and traces the rise of the Axis powers, then traces the military course of the war.  Students follow the war through Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific, with emphasis not only on military tactics, but on day-to-day life for combatants and civilians.

HI 210/IN 250 Women in America (Prof. Podeschi)

With the use of primary and secondary sources, the class will better understand the crucial role women played in this country’s history. From Traditional America (1600-1820) to Modern America (1920-1990), students will investigate lesser known historical figures in order to gain a more personal experience and understanding of their past.  By studying personal letters, diaries, and contemporary works, students shall realize that women have not only shaped American history, they have established a path that affects everyone in today’s society. Fulfills MPSL U.S. Studies requirement.

HI 210/IN 250 World Religions in America (Dr. Keagle)

This course examines all of the world's major religions as they are practiced in the United States.

HI 310 America in the Age of Jackson (Dr. Monroe)

Is the Second coming imminent? Can avoidance of hot food, strong drink, and sex extend one's life? Is that friendly bank down the street really a "monster." And how did Andrew Jackson manage to defeat all those British troops at New Orleans? These are all questions that engaged Americans in the Age of Jackson and the answers can be found in this class. This course examines the beginnings of America's romantic era, the central personality of Andrew Jackson, the literature and arts of the time, the causes and crazes that preoccupied the population, and the men and women--famous and unknown--who lived it. Women's rights, the "water cure," spiritualism, anti-slavery, utopian communities, and various health fads are examined along with the careers and writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, and the best-selling author of the day, George Lippard whose novels are filled with melodrama and suggestive scenes. Students are required to master a number of readings from the era as well as a fictional work by one of the age's authors. Open to upperclassmen, counts toward 300 level course requirement for history majors.

HI 310 The American Civil War (Dr. Monroe)

While making reference to military matters, this course emphasizes the social, economic, political and intellectual aspects of the American Civil War. Themes examined include the nature and complexity of the sectional crisis, the role of Abraham Lincoln and other leaders, and the response of the northern and southern home fronts. Open to upperclassmen, counts toward 300 level course requirement for history majors.

HI 310/IN 350 The U.S. and the Twentieth Century World (Dr. Monroe)

In the 20th Century, Americans abandoned a long tradition of isolationism that dated from George Washington’s Farewell Address and his warning against entangling alliances.  One hundred years after Washington died, the nation embraced an internationalist and interventionist foreign policy.  The course explains the changing character of American foreign policy through a chronological treatment of diplomatic challenges and crises in the last century. Fulfills MPSL Global Studies requirement.

HI 310/IN 250 U.S. Popular Culture in the 20th Century (Dr. Mullgardt)

This course explores the growth of popular culture in the United States from as early as the Gilded Age through the 1980s.  Students read primary sources and essays by cultural historians to analyze the importance of circuses, Wild West shows, movies, the radio, TV, music, sports, material culture and more as they chart the growth of pop culture in the United States and assess its impact on each decade of the 20th century.

HI 310/IN 250 The U.S. in the Cold War (Dr. Mullgardt)

This course addresses the role of the United States in the Cold War and its impact on the nation.  It examines the Cold War's origins, key moments in foreign policy (both overt and covert), and domestic developments in the United States including the Civil Rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam and the antiwar movement, the Counterculture, the 1970s, and the Reagan administration. 

HI 340/IN 350 Introduction to Latin America (Dr. Monroe)

This is a survey course intended to introduce students to the historical experiences of individuals and groups in modern Latin American society.  The course begins with colonial Latin America and proceeds through independence in the early 19th century, and concludes with an examination of issues concerning modern Latin America in the 1990s.  Geographically, this class will cover Latin America as a whole, but will draw heavily from the specific histories of Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and Central America.  Some of the themes, processes, and events we will examine include the emergence of the modern nation state, gender and race relations, industrialization and agrarian reform, populism and civil authoritarianism, military dictatorships, revolution and civil war, drug trafficking, the debt crisis, and immigration. Fulfills MPSL Global Studies requirement.

HI 320 Hitler and the Third Reich (Dr. Kovalcik)

A study of the evolution and operation of the Nazi state under Adolph Hitler. Attention directed to the personality of the German Fuhrer, the practices of the system in peace and war, and the critical questions raised by Hitler’s Germany. Readings include contemporary source material, biographies, novels, and interpretive essays. Open to upperclassmen, counts toward 300 level course requirement for history majors.

HI 310/IN250 Hemingway and the American Century (Dr. Monroe)

The most important American writer of the 20th century was Ernest Hemingway. As a young, expatriate newspaper reporter in Europe, Hemingway wrote experimental fiction that was characterized by simple declarative sentences and scant use of adjectives and adverbs. The course considers Hemingway's stylistic innovation through reading representative works while also investigating and discussing the historical context of his greatest novels and short stories as a window into the last century.

HI 320/IN 350 Europe and 19th Century World (Dr. Kovalcik)

This course is a study of 19th century Europe and its impact on the non-western world. Special attention is given to Asia and Africa.  This means that the primary focus will be on the history of Imperialism.  The course will explore this issue in three sections: a general overview of Imperialism in the nineteenth century, a case study of Great Britain and its impact on the 19th century world and a case study of the Congo in the late 19th century. Fulfills MPSL Global Studies requirement.

HI 360/IN 350 History, Genocide and Film (Dr. Kovalcik)

This course is an exercise in critical thought, a study of how history is shaped by culture and memory. The content of this study is the genocide of the twentieth century including the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, Uganda, Cambodia, Rwanda and the Serb-Croat conflict. These genocides are examined through their representation in film and documentaries. The examination of these cultural artifacts will raise critical questions surrounding the issue of humanity’s brutality, the modern emergence of genocide and common apathy in relation to mass murder. Fulfills MPSL global studies requirement.

HI 320 The Holocaust in Film (Dr. Kovalcik)

This course, offered only in the immersion format, is an introduction to the Holocaust in the media of film.  We will cover such thematic issues as the portrayal of the Holocaust, art and the Holocaust, historical accuracy and film, the impact of Holocaust images, and the future of Holocaust studies.  Along with these themes we will also address many of the critical issues involved in the study of the Holocaust.  By the end of the course each student will be able to discuss these themes in written and oral form.  They will also be able to explain the filmography of the Holocaust and its major components.  Versed in these areas, each student will be equipped to critically analyze past and future portrayals of the Holocaust. Open to upperclassmen, counts toward 300 level requirement for history majors.

HI 340/IN 350 Introduction to Modern Africa (Dr. Kovalcik)

This course is an introduction to the historical and cultural themes of Modern Africa, 1850-present. The critical issues addressed include the legacy of colonialism, the initial period of independence and the current social crisis. We will explore each of these by utilizing film, African novels, key primary sources and documentary evidence. By the end of the course each student will be required to demonstrate in written form their knowledge of these themes. They will also be able to identify major figures and events that have shaped modern Africa. Fulfills MPSL Global Studies requirement.

HI 360/IN 350 The Islamic World (Dr. Monroe)

Television coverage of terrorist bombings, war, and sectarian violence prompts the question:  what are the origins of the continuing crisis in the Middle East?  The course examines the intersection between Islam and politics, specifically arguments within the Islamic world over the nature of the Islamic faith.  Should Islam evolve as a religion with modernist trends or does the very nature of reform threaten the integrity of the faith?  The struggle, often violent, between those conflicting perspectives is the main theme of our lectures and discussions. Fulfills MPSL Global Studies requirement.

HI 360 Jesus of History, Christ of Faith (Dr. Keagle)

Who is Jesus?  What can we say about the historical Jesus who walked the earth?  What can we say about the Jesus of Faith - the Christ?  The course will deal with the tension between these two, the convergences and divergences, in the different historical/ culture settings since the first century.  The course should enable students to decide for themselves the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus for me?” Open to upperclassmen, counts toward 300 level requirement for history majors.

HI 360 Comparative Religions (Dr. Keagle)

This course is a survey of the tenets and cultures associated with the world's major religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Shinto.

HI 425 Methods of Teaching History (Dr. Mullgardt)

The purpose of this course is to give students not only a broad overview of the history of Social Studies education, but to discuss and implement various teaching techniques in the High School Social Studies classroom. Students are required to complete various class projects that include the creation of lesson plans and presentations, which are designed to align the Social Science and Education courses at Millikin University with Common Core standards. 

HI 400 Seminar in History (Dr. Monroe, Dr. Kovalcik, Dr. Mullgardt)

Seminars in the history department are rigorous exercises in critical reading and writing. The burden is on the students to sustain thoughtful discussion of the material throughout the course. A substantial research paper, usually defended orally at the end of the course, is required. Subject matter of this course varies from semester to semester. Recent topics have been the American Civil War, The Holocaust, and The Cold War. One seminar required for history majors.

HI 480 Historiography (Various Professors)

This is a reading intensive seminar that surveys the development of historical thought and practice and deals extensively with the questions associated with the purpose of history. When taught by Dr. Monroe or Dr. Mullgardt, the course deals with U.S. history from the Puritans through contemporary thought; when taught by Dr. Kovalcik, it deals more broadly with western history from ancient times through the modern period. Students are required to write a long historiographical or content paper and defend it orally at the end of the course. Required for history majors.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL