History

HS 101 - Western Civilization to 1500

This course covers topics in European History from its foundations in ancient Mesopotamia through 1500 CE. The course is designed to examine the origins, development, and influence of (and influences on) Western Civilization from its foundations in ancient Greece and Rome through circa 1500 CE. This was an exciting period of European history; we explore the first empires, the emergence of world religions, the foundations of the class systems, the invention of the state, the commercial revolution, the destruction wrought by the Black Death and the discovery of the New World, as well as the influences of these contexts and shifts on politics, culture and society. In this course, students are the historian; you investigate primary sources, historical context and theories in order to better understand the events and transformations that occurred during these formative years of European history.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 102 - Western Civilization Since 1500

The course is designed to examine the development and influence of (and influences on) Western Civilization from the 1500s CE to the present. This is a rich period of European history; we will explore the Renaissance and reformations of Christianity and the sciences, the emergence of global trade networks and the responding shift in European worldview, the shifts in and responses to new ideas about gender, race and class, the development of new and competing political, economic, cultural and social ideologies and theories, the destruction and legacies wrought by ideologies and massive worldwide wars and conflicts, as well as the influences of these contexts and shifts in politics, culture and society. In this course, students are the historian; they will investigate primary sources, historical context and theories in order to better understand the events and transformations that occurred during these formative years of European history.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 120 - World History to 1500 CE

The purpose of this course is to provide basic content and methods of history through an introductory study of world cultures before 1500. The course has a special focus on Non-Western societies including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This course analyzes and compare the ways in which political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and demographic factors influenced the development of world societies. The course examines the ways in which these societies interacted with one another and with the Western World. Themes of study will include: migration, war, empire, technological development, and religious and cultural diffusion.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 121 - World History Since 1500 CE

The purpose of this course is to provide basic content and methods of history through an introductory study of world cultures since 1500 CE. The course has a special focus on Non-Western societies including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Students in this course analyze and compare the ways in which political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and demographic factors influenced the development of world societies. The course examines the ways in which these societies interacted with one another and with the Western World. Themes of study include: migration, war, empire, technological development, and religious and cultural diffusion.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 215 - The Modern World

This course exists to provide knowledge of the major patterns of world history in the first half of the 20th century. In many ways, the world we live in emerged during these decades, an era of mass politics, public health reforms, technological revolution, mass entertainment, and total war. Through multicultural perspectives and interviews with ordinary citizens, students learn how the major developments of the century have affected, and been affected by, the lives of the individuals, families, and communities.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 220 - Plagues, Spells, and Pills: The History of Medicine and Disease

This course explores the history of and historical developments around science, medicine, and disease from ancient civilizations through the modern day. This course offers students the opportunity to study the history of science, medicine, and disease; the historical and changing social constructions of science, medicine, disease and the body; and historical approaches to public health and policy. In addition, students develop their understanding of history and science in general and the methodologies and theories around traditional, medical, and scientific history; become familiar with the methods of historical analysis; strengthen their research and writing skills; and develop a capacity to weigh various debates surrounding historical problems as well as to judge their relevance to the present.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 225 - History of Gender and Sexuality

This course explores the development of concepts of gender and sexuality in the West, with some discussions of world cultures and societies, from the most ancient civilizations through the present. The course focuses on how and why gender and sexuality was constructed while examining the general historical context and legacies that informs that narrative. Students will learn about the construction of masculinity and femininity and its implication to a variety of disciplines, as well as the interplay between politics, race, class, sexuality, and gender in history.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 230 - The History of Latin America

The course on Latin American history will cover the period from roughly 1300 to the present, leading students to understand the complex historical systems and events that have driven the past, produced the present, and guide the future of Latin America. This survey course will impart an understanding of Latin American political, economic, diplomatic, social, and cultural history. Students will study cultures different from their own and learn to appreciate the validity of diverse cultural traditions. Rather than focus on independent histories of dozens of nations, this class will examine broad themes that have shaped the historical experience of all Latin America: conquest, imperialism, liberalism, neocolonialism, nationalism, revolution, and neoliberalism.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 239 - The History of Ulster

A general survey of the history of Ulster, emphasizing political, economic, and social developments contributing to religious, intellectual and cultural diversity which has characterized this northern area of Ireland from pre-history to the present. This course is offered as an integral component of the Irish Foreign Studies Program and is only offered in conjunction with the travel program in Ireland.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 240 - The Course of Irish History

A general survey of Irish history emphasizing political, economic and social developments, and religious, intellectual and cultural aspects of Ireland and the Irish from prehistory to the present.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 241 - History of England from 55 BC to 1783

Survey of English history. HS 241 begins with prehistory and ends with the Restoration. Political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural themes will be covered.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 242 - History of England II (Post 1783)

Survey of English History; HS 242 begins with the Restoration and finishes with the end of the twentieth century. Political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic themes are covered.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 249 - U.S. History Through Reconstruction

This course covers topics in American History from pre-contact through the era of Reconstruction. The course is intended to be a general survey of the social, cultural, economic, and political currents that have shaped early American history. The course presentations pay special attention to the issues of cultural diversity, race and race relations, the growth and development of American History in a global context, warfare, and political evolution. This course attempts to expose students to the agency of the common man.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 250 - U.S. History From Reconstruction to the Present

This course covers topics in American History from the era of Reconstruction to the present. The course is intended to be a general survey of the social, cultural, economic, and political currents that have shaped American history since the Civil War. The course presentations pay special attention to the issues of cultural diversity, race and race relations, American Imperialism, and political growth and development and attempts to expose students to the agency of the common man.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 251 - African-American History and Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to the major themes and issues in African-American History from pre-contact through the modern era. Special attention is paid to the centrality of the African-American experience in American history, specifically to slavery, the creation of modern racism, civil rights, and segregation. Students engage in robust study of both cultural and historical evidence to demonstrate the agency of the common man and woman.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 260 - History of Michigan

History of Michigan from pre-historic Native American times to the present. The era of the French, the British, Michigan as a territory, early statehood, the lumbering and mining eras, industrial age and the state after World War II will also be emphasized.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 276 - History of Grand Rapids

History of the greater Grand Rapids area from prehistoric times to the present. The course will show how past events have shaped current events in our community. Course presentations will be in chronological order, emphasizing Native Americans, early European-American settlement, nineteenth century industrialization and urbanization, immigration and ethnic diversity, and Grand Rapids\' twentieth-century evolution from furniture center to an economically and socially diversified metropolitan center. Also receiving attention will be the relationship between Grand Rapids history and state, national, and international events.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 281 - Immigration & Ethnicity in America

Through popular films, documentaries, literature, and lecture, immigration and ethnicity in the United States will be examined from historical and geographical perspectives. Case studies of various ethnic groups will be discussed in detail.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 285 - History of American Foreign Relations

This course helps students to understand the U.S. foreign policy-making process from a historical perspective. In addition, students develop an understanding of American interactions with other nations and regions of the world, become familiar with the methods of historical analysis, strengthen their research and writing skills, and develop a capacity to weigh various debates surrounding historical problems as well as to judge their relevance to the past. Focusing on complex ideologies and goals, as well as the historical systems and events, that have driven the past, produced the present, and guide the future of American foreign relations, this seminar is designed to focus on the 20th century, encouraging students to make connections between past and present U.S. foreign policy.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

HS 290 - History of Russia and East Europe

This course covers topics in the history of Russia and East Europe from 1750 through the present. This course is intended to be a survey of the social, cultural, intellectual, economic and political currents that shaped the history of East Europe and Russia in the modern period as well as the impact of these currents on West Europe and the world. In this course, students are the historian; they investigate primary sources, historical context and theories in order to better understand the events and transformations that occurred during these formative years of Russian and East European history.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)