Dr. Ryan MacPherson, History Department professor

History Courses

This is a listing of History (HIST) classes available at Bethany. These courses are included in the requirements for the Broad Field Social Studies Major, History Major, Liberal Arts Major, and other programs. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 28 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
HIST111Ancient Medieval Europe 3 credits
An introduction to and survey of Western Civilization from its ancient origins in Mesopotamia and Egypt through the Middle Ages.
HIST122Modern World Civilizations 3 credits
An introduction to and survey of the history of the world from the Renaissance and Reformation to the 21st century.
HIST207History of USA I 3 credits
This course surveys the history of the United States from its Native American and European colonial roots through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, and the Sectional Crisis.
HIST208History of USA II 3 credits
This course surveys the history of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. Topics include the Indian Wars, Immigration, Progressive Era Reform, the Great Depression and New Deal, the World Wars, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the War on Terrorism.
HIST333Medieval Europe 3 credits
The political, military, social, economic, and religious developments of Europe from late antiquity to the early Renaissance. Topics include the rise of Christianity, Germanic invasions and the fall of the Rome Empire, Charlemagne, the rise of Islam, castles, Romanesque, Gothic and early Renaissance art and architecture, the Crusades, the Black Death, and the Hundred Years War.
HIST340Renaissance and Reformation Eras 3 credits
The study of the life and institutions of Europe from the mid-14th century to 1648 during the transition from medieval to modern times, emphasizing changing cultural, political, military and religious practices and beliefs, especially as contrasted from the south to the north.
HIST350French Revolution through Napoleon 3 credits
An examination of revolutionary France from its root causes under Louis XIV through the Reign of Terror and the Conquest of Europe by Napoleon. Relationships between the revolution and the Enlightenment will be explored as well as the lasting impact of the revolution.
HIST355Britain, 1688-1901 3 credits
A narrative of British history from the Glorious Revolution until the end of Queen Victoria's reign. The course explores key social, economic, cultural, gender, intellectual, political and religious developments through a close study of primary documents and secondary scholarship.
HIST356Britain, 1901-Present 3 credits
A narrative of British history from the Edwardian years to the present. The course explores key social, economic, cultural, gender, intellectual, political and religious developments through a close study of primary documents and secondary scholarship. Recommended: HIST355 - Britain, 1688-1901.
HIST360Early and Imperial Russian History 3 credits
A survey of Russian history from the ancient Slavic peoples, the Kievan Rus Empire (Ukraine), the Mongolian invasion, the rise of Moscovy and the Empire of Peter the Great to the freeing of the serfs in 1861.
HIST370Imperialism and Globalization 3 credits
This course examines how empires have shaped the course of world history from the age of exploration to the present. Chief focus is placed on the origins, practice, and decline of European empires, as well as on the lived experience of colonized peoples in Africa, India, and Asia. Topics include the economic, cultural, and social ramifications of empire, the rise of "scientific" racism; class and gender in colonial settings; the growth of nationalism; decolonization and post-colonial theory; and the emergence globalization. Course materials include historical narratives, biographical accounts and commentaries, scholarly analyses, and film. Recommended: HIST122 - Modern World Civilizations.
HIST380Topics in World History 3 credits
An in-depth study of a particular people, culture, era or area outside the United States such as the Middle East, China, Africa, pre-Columbian America, Renaissance Italy, or Medieval Japan.
HIST385Western Legal Traditions 3 credits
This course surveys the history of law and justice from Hammurabi's Code to the U.S. Constitution by tracing the development of the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman legal and political traditions through medieval and early modern Europe. Comparisons also will be made to Indian, Chinese, and Native American judicial systems.
HIST403Native American Culture and Government 1 credit
A seminar for gaining insight into the culture and tribal government of Native Americans by exploring specific historical events and contemporary challenges. This course includes broad exposure to North America as well as focused attention on the Native populations of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prerequisites: HIST207 - History of USA I. Preference given to Education majors.
HIST405Native American History 3 credits
A survery of Native American history from the indigenous era to the present, with a critical evaluation of competing historiographies and applications of scholarly debates to issues concerning the cultural integrity of Native tribes in relation government policies and mainstream American society. Includes a case-study analysis of the U.S.-Dakato War of 1862, with a focus on local history (Mankato, Minn.).
HIST410The Era of the American Revolution 3 credits
An in-depth exploration into the background, causes, war, and consequences of the American Revolution. Critical assessment of the historical interpretations of the era.
HIST420Constitution and Early Republic 3 credits
This course explores the development, ratification, and legacy of the U.S. Constitution from 1787 through the 1820s. In both primary and secondary documents, students will explore American life under the Constitution with special attention to questions of religion, race, gender, and individual rights. (Cross-listed with PLSC420 - Constitution and Early Republic.)
HIST430The American Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits
A study of the causes, conduct, and implications of the American Civil War, and an examination of the major developments in the Era of Reconstruction.
HIST443Methods in Teaching 5-12 Social Studies 3 credits
This course is required for students who seek state licensure (grades K-12) for teaching of Social Studies within the Broad Field Social Studies Department's Minnesota Teaching Licensure track. The course includes a field experience and must precede EDUC495 - Student Teaching I "Student Teaching I" and EDUC497 - Student Teaching II "Student Teaching II". Prerequisites: Acceptance to Broad Field Social Studies major's Minnesota Teaching Licensure track and acceptance to education major.
HIST450Civil Rights Movement 3 credits
This course examines the American Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1973. Topics include the Brown decision, the Montgomery bus boycotts, the student movement, the northern urban housing crisis, differing strategies within and between the black and white communities, the transformation of national political parties, the woman's liberation movement, affirmative action, and the relationship between religion and politics.
HIST460Religion in American History 3 credits
This course explores the role of religion, with particular emphasis on Christian denominations, in major developments of American history. Students will grapple with enduring questions concerning the relationship between church and state, the role of personal faith in civic activism, and the viability of theological commitment amid religious pluralism.
HIST470The Supreme Court and the American People 3 credits
This course analyzes the relations between the Supreme Court and the American people from the Constitutional era to the present day. Students will explore competing theories of jurisprudence as these have applied to the contested meanings of "equal protection of the laws" in regard to religion, race, gender, and individual rights.
HIST480Topics in American History 3 credits
An in-depth study of a particular aspect of American history such as women's history, African history, the American West, Progressivism, McCarthyism, or the Cold War.
HIST489International Study Tour 3 credits
Course allows the student to travel to a specific country, selected by the professor, and covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area.
HIST490Introduction to Historical Research and Writing 3 credits
An examination of the nature of history together with the aims, problems and techniques of historical writing including practice in critical reading, the use of research tools and procedures, and experience in the writing of history.
HIST493Senior Seminar I 1.50 credit
This is the first semester of a year-long capstone for students majoring in History, Broad Field Social Studies, American Studies, Liberal Arts, and Religion. Students will identify a topic for the BA thesis, create a historiographical review that outlines and engages with past and current debates, and finally produce a research proposal in preparation for HIST494 - Senior Seminar II. Prerequisite: HIST490 - Introduction to Historical Research and Writing or consent of instructor.
HIST494Senior Seminar II 1.50 credit
This is the second semester of a year-long capstone for students majoring in History, Broad Field Social Studies, American Studies, Liberal Arts, and Religion. Based on the proposal prepared in HIST493 - Senior Seminar I, students will bring their knowledge of historical topics and research together in order to write and publicly present an original historiographical work. Prerequisites: HIST490 - Introduction to Historical Research and Writing and HIST493 - Senior Seminar I or consent of instructor.
HIST499History Internship 3 credits
History-related field experience with an approved agency fulfilling an individual learning contract negotiated between student, faculty advisor, and worksite. Open only to History and Broad Field Social Studies majors. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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