Department of History

http://www.wku.edu/history

Eric Reed, Department Head
Cherry Hall 200
(270) 745-3842
history@wku.edu

Degree(s)

Faculty

Professor

Carol E. Crowe, PhD (History, 18th Century England), University of Georgia, 1971

John A. Hardin, PhD (History), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1989

Glenn W. LaFantasie, PhD (History), Brown University, 2005

David D. Lee, PhD (History), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 1975

Francis A. McMichael, PhD (History), Vanderbilt University, 2002

Patricia H. Minter, PhD (History), University of Virginia, 1994

Associate Professor

Dorothea Browder, PhD (History, Distributed), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

Robert L. Dietle, PhD (History), Yale University, 1991

Chunmei Du, PhD (East Asian Studies), Princeton University, 2009

Marc V. Eagle, PhD (History), Tulane University, 2005

Anthony A. Harkins, PhD (History), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999

Eric Kondratieff, PhD (Ancient History), University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Juan L. Romero, PhD (History), University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Selena R. Sanderfer, PhD (History), Vanderbilt University, 2010

Tamara Van Dyken, PhD (History), University of Notre Dame, 2009

Assistant Professor

Marko Dumancic, PhD (History), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2010

Jeffrey D. Miner, PhD (History), Stanford University, 2011

Pedagogical Associate Professor

Jennifer A. Hanley, PhD (History), University of Kentucky, 2009


History Courses

HIST 404G   History of Ancient Egypt    3 Hours

A study of ancient Egyptian civilization with attention to the rediscovery of ancient Egypt by modern scholars and the development of the disciplines of Egyptology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 407G   The Crusades: East Meets West    3 Hours

A study of the idea of holy war and political, social, and cultural interaction in the Mediterranean World from 1000 to 1300.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

HIST 419G   Tudor-Stuart England    3 Hours

A study of the principal political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments in British history from the beginning of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 to the end of the Stuart dynasty in 1714.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

HIST 422G   The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era    3 Hours

A survey of the period 1789 to 1815 with special emphasis on the political, economic, and social events leading to the birth of modern France.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

HIST 425G   Modern Germany    3 Hours

A survey of German history from the early nineteenth century to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

HIST 426G   Hitler and Nazi Germany    3 Hours

A detailed study of German history between 1933 and 1945, emphasizing the political, economic, social, diplomatic, and military aspects.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 428G   England Since 1914    3 Hours

A detailed study of the political, intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic developments that transformed England into a welfare state and her empire into a commonwealth of nations.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 440G   Colonial History of America to 1776    3 Hours

The founding and development of the colonies, emphasizing political, social, cultural, and economic institutions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 442G   The Age of Jackson, 1815-1850    3 Hours

A detailed study of social, political, and economic events from the War of 1812 through the War with Mexico.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

HIST 448G   American Biographies    3 Hours

The lives of famous Americans, the times in which they lived, and the skills of their biographers.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 449G   Korea and Vietnam    3 Hours

A detailed study of both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and how they related to the overall foreign policy of the U.S.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 450G   Diplomatic History of the US to 1898    3 Hours

An analysis of American diplomacy from the colonial period through the Spanish-American War.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 451G   Diplomatic History of the US since 1898    3 Hours

An analysis of American diplomacy from the Spanish-American War to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 460G   Traditional East Asia    3 Hours

A study of the political, socioeconomic, intellectual, and cultural history of China and Japan to 1600.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 462G   History of the Middle East    3 Hours

A study of the history, religion, and culture of the Middle East from the rise of Islam until the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

HIST 464G   Latin America and the United States    3 Hours

An intensive study of the relations between Latin America and the United States.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 465G   The Mexican Republic    3 Hours

A study of Mexico from 1824 to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 471G   Modern China    3 Hours

Detailed study of rise of modern China since the 17th century.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

HIST 472G   Modern Japan    3 Hours

Analysis of modern Japanese history since 1600 with special emphasis on Japan's transformation from a feudal to a modern state.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 479G   Topics in the Third World    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Intensive study of a selected Third World topic.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 480G   History of Science    3 Hours

A study of the cultural and intellectual impact that science has had on the West with an emphasis on the period since the seventeenth century.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 490G   Topics in History I    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Detailed study of selected topics in history.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017

HIST 491G   Topics in History II    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Detailed study of selected topics in history, using the lecture and discussion approach.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

HIST 492G   The History of Canada    3 Hours

A survey of Canada's history and heritage, with special emphasis on Canadian-American relations and interdependency.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 501   European History/Secondary Teachers    3 Hours

Emphasis on bibliography, documents, historical interpretations and materials useful for secondary teachers of history.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 502   US History/Secondary Teachers    3 Hours

Emphasis on bibliography, documents, historical interpretations and materials for secondary teachers of history.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; summer 2017

HIST 505   Cultural Diversity in American History    3 Hours

A topical study of cultural diversity in American history and its influence on the society's social, political, and economic institutions. Designed to assist teachers in incorporating into their classes knowledge about cultural diversity.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

HIST 507   The Crusades    3 Hours

The history and scholarship of the Crusades. It will cover major scholarly works on the Crusades and crusading as well as the expansion of Crusade studies into new geographic contexts (the Baltic, the Americas, et al.) and into time periods from the Late Middle Ages to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered:

HIST 515   19th Century Britain    3 Hours

An intensive study of the political, economic, social, and intellectual developments within Britain and her empire from 1815 to 1914.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 518   Topics in Reformation Europe    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of the religious, political, and social history of Europe from the late Middle Ages to the end of the religious wars in 1648, focusing on differing themes related to the Protestant and Catholic reform movements.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

HIST 521   US 1900-1945    3 Hours

A study of American social, political, economic, and cultural developments in the period that included two world wars and the Great Depression.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 522   United States Since 1945    3 Hours

A study of all phases of United States history since 1945.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

HIST 525   Social/Intellectual 19th Century US    3 Hours

A study of nineteenth century American thought and its relation to our social, economic, and political institutions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 526   Social/Intellectual 20th Century US    3 Hours

A study of twentieth century American thought and its relation to our social, economic, and political institutions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015

HIST 527   Social/Intellectual 19th Century Europe    3 Hours

An examination of political, social, economic, and religious thought of nineteenth century Europe and its relation to the society of the period.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 530   History of the Civil Rights Movement in America    3 Hours

Introduction to graduate-level survey of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in 20th century America.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 531   A Cultural History of Alcohol    3 Hours

An examination of the role that alcohol plays in historical development among various world cultures over time. Instructor may choose to focus on a specific region and/or time period.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 535   Historiography    3 Hours

A survey of historical writing from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on European and American historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

HIST 540   Colonial North America to 1763    3 Hours

The background, founding, and development of the North American colonies, emphasizing political, social, cultural, and economic institutions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HIST 541   The American Revolution and Early Republic 1763-1815    3 Hours

A study of the origins, progress, and immediate aftereffects of the American Revolution from the Crisis of the 1760s through the War of 1812, including local, regional, and global contexts.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016

HIST 543   Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877    3 Hours

A study of the origins of the war, including an analysis of the military, social, cultural, and diplomatic events, as well as the significant developments of Reconstruction. Occasional field trips to Civil War sites.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016

HIST 544   Gilded Age America    3 Hours

A study of American history and culture from the end of the Reconstruction to the early twentieth century, emphasizing social, political, cultural, and regional development.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 545   American Legal History to 1865    3 Hours

A survey of the development of American law and its relationship to political, economic, and social trends in antebellum American society.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2017

HIST 546   American Legal History Since 1865    3 Hours

A survey of the development of American law and its relationship to political, economic, and social trends in modern American society.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

HIST 547   History of American Popular Culture    3 Hours

Introduction to the central role popular culture has played in the United States history and consciousness from the nineteenth century to the present.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate student status.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

HIST 552   American Urban History    3 Hours

The rise of the city from colonial times to the present, focusing on the economic base of urban expansion, the social and cultural scene, the pattern of urban politics, urban services, municipal administration, and the image of the city in popular thought.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 553   American Women's History    3 Hours

Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

HIST 554   Discovery and Interpretation of Local History    3 Hours

Materials, methodology and techniques employed in local history research and its integration with other fields.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 556   Kentucky History    3 Hours

A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the state from pioneer days. Local development is also stressed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HIST 557   The Old South    3 Hours

This course analyzes intellectual, cultural, political, economic, and racial ideologies of the American south, focusing on the period between 1800 and 1860.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017; fall 2017

HIST 558   The New South    3 Hours

This course analyzes intellectual, cultural, political, economic, and racial ideologies of the American south from the civil war until the end of the twentieth century.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 559   Immigrants in American History    3 Hours

No course description is available
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 563   The Atlantic World    3 Hours

A study of the areas touched by the Atlantic Ocean in the period from the 1300's through the early 1900's, focusing on the intersections of African, Native American, and European cultures.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016

HIST 569   Cooperative Education in History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practical experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating library, museum, archives, or other appropriate historical organization.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

HIST 574   History of Religion in America    3 Hours

Survey of the development of religion in America. Among topics: separation of church and state and American civil religion.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

HIST 581   The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy    3 Hours

An overview of the Confederate States of America. Topics covered will include nationalism, race, politics, religion, and leadership.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 590   Advanced Individual Study    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A research problem or intensive readings directed by a faculty member.
Prerequisite(s): 3.0 average in at least 9 hours at the graduate level.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HIST 599   Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016

HIST 600   Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HIST 605   Seminar in Ancient History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A seminar that focuses on the historical developments in and cultural achievements of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

HIST 606   Seminar in European History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and Nazi Germany.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; spring 2017

HIST 609   Seminar in Early Modern Europe, 1350-1750    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Selected thematic and geographically focused topics on political, social and cultural developments of Early Modern Europe.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 611   Seminar in Urban History    3 Hours

Rotating-topic seminar explores major themes, theoretical approaches, and scholarly literature in urban history.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 612   Seminar in Modern Europe, 1750-Present    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Selected thematic and geographically focused topics on political, social, and cultural developments in Modern Europe.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016

HIST 615   Seminar in Non-Western History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Seminar on a selected topic or area of the non-Western world, including China, Japan, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015

HIST 619   Seminar in US Diplomatic Relations    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of issues, problems, and accomplishments in American foreign relations during the twentieth century.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 622   Seminar in American Borderlands and the West    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of American borderlands and/or the regional West with a concentration on social, cultural, and political developments.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 630   Seminar in US History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as Colonial America, the Federalist era, the Slavery Controversy, the U.S. since 1945.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016

HIST 631   Seminar in Kentucky History    3 Hours

A study of political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Kentucky from pioneer days to the present.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIST 641   Readings in American History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A broad survey of readings designed to acquaint students with current historiographical trends, and place those trends in the context of the field. May cover various time periods.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

HIST 644   Readings in European History    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A broad survey of readings designed to acquaint students with current trends in European historiography. May cover various time periods.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017