History

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The undergraduate history program at Villanova is designed to develop our students' knowledge, academic and intellectual skills.

We are especially proud of the independent and collective research projects our students carry out inside and outside the classroom. See, for example, the digital history research project that our undergraduates have done on the suburbanization of Ardmore in the early twentieth century. 


Students must register their concentration by completing the Concentration Registration Form and submitting it to the History Department Chairperson no later than the second semester of their junior year. The History Department offers concentrations in:

Ancient and Medieval Europe

Christianity in History

Early Modern Europe

History of Gender

History of War and Peace

Modern Europe

Modern US History

Modern World History

Public History

Race and Ethnicity in History

Science and Nature

Self-Designed Concentration

US to 1877

 

The history major provides a solid liberal arts education with courses that span from Antiquity to the Modern World and traverse every region of the globe.

One feature of the Villanova History program that our students frequently commend is the department's large and varied menu of courses.

You search for courses by checking the Course Search.

 

 

HIS 1002 - The United States to 1877

For AP and transfer credit only. Does not fulfill Arts and Sciences core history requirement. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1003 - The United States Since 1877

For AP and transfer credit only. Does not fulfill Arts and Sciences core history requirement. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1020 - History of Western Civilization I

For AP and transfer credit only. Does not fulfill Arts and Sciences core history requirements. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1021 - History of Western Civilization II

For AP and transfer credit only. Does not fulfill Arts and Sciences core history requirements. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1040 - Themes Pre Modern World History

Comparative exploration of at least three different pre-modern civilizations (pre-1750). Cultural contact and exchange; pre-modern economies, state formation; political institutions; and social structures; religion and culture; art, architecture and literature. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1050 - Themes in Modern World History

Investigation of history of diverse nations and regions since 1500. Political, technological, and economic revolutions; modern state formation; cross-cultural conflict and exchange; social movements; environmental transformation; rise of global economy. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1060 - Topics in Religion & Society

Selected core courses exploring religion in different eras with emphasis on cross cultural interaction. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Core History, History

 

HIS 1065 - Topics Nature, Environment & Tech

Selected core courses exploring relationship between enviornmental and technological change in different eras and societies. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Core History, History

 

HIS 1070 - Topics Empire and Imperialism

Selected core courses on empire and practice of imperialism in different eras. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Core History, History

 

HIS 1075 - Topics in Race & Gender

Selected core courses exploring issues of race and/or gender in different eras. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1150 - Topics in Atlantic World

Selected core courses on political, social, and cultural interaction in the Atlantic basin beginning in the 15th century. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1155 - Topics in America & the World

Selected core courses offering transnational perspectives on the development of American society. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1160 - Topics in Asia & Pacific

Selected core courses on political, social, and cultural interaction among different societies in Asia and Pacific basin. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1165 - Topics Global Perspectives

Selected core courses that take a global or comparative approach to major issues. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1250 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations

Selected core courses on different aspects of ancient societies. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1903 - Internship Elective

Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1906 - Internship Elective

Credit Hours: 6 Attributes: History

 

HIS 1909 - Internship Elective

Credit Hours: 9 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2000 - Investigating US History I

In-depth study of American history from the pre-Columbian period to the Civil War and Reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on engaging historical problems as a process of inquiry and interpretation. Designed especially for history majors and future teachers, but open to all students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2001 - Investigating US History II

In-depth study of American history from the end of Reconstruction to the present, with a particular emphasis on engaging historical problems as a process of inquiry and interpretation. Designed especially for history majors and future teachers, but open to all students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2151 - Colonial America

The political, economic, social, and intellectual life of the American colonies and the clash of racial and ethnic groups in America to 1763. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2161 - Revolutionary & Federal America

The colonial resistance to Great Britain, the making of the Constitution, and the continuing struggle, to 1810, to define the meaning of the Revolution. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2171 - Building a New Nation 1800 - 1850

The development of the Republic from the presidency of Jefferson through the Mexican War, revolutions in transportation and commerce, struggles of nationalism and sectionalism, issues of race and gender and the ferment of reform. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2181 - Civil War & Reconstruction

A study of the causes of a war in which Americans fought Americans; the war's evolving nature and eventual outcome; the fight over the meaning and the extent of reconstruction; and the long term political, economic, and social consequences of the war and the end of slavery. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Peace & Justice

 

HIS 2191 - Pursuits of Power, 1876 - 1920

Causes and results of industrialization and urbanization; responses to economic and social change, including popular protest movements; nationalism following the Civil War; U.S. imperial ambitions. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2201 - United States 1914 - 1945

Major problems and domestic developments in the United States in World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and World War II. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2202 - United States since 1945

Major problems and domestic developments in the United States since 1945: reconversion, Cold War, the "Good Society" of the 1950s, turmoil of the 1960s, Vietnam War and its aftermath, contemporary challenges and problems. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2251 - US Foreign Relations 1776 - 1914

The completion of independence, hemispheric diplomacy, expansion, Civil War, and imperialism. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2252 - US Foreign Relations 1914 - Present

Diplomatic history from World War I to the present, including involvement in European and Asian struggles, cooperation in international organizations. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2261 - Frontiers in American History

The frontier as a place, as a process, and as an idea animating and explaining American expansion since the revolutionary era, including the cultural, social, political, economic dimensions of this expansion, both in the American West and abroad. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2265 - American Military History

The wars of America from their European antecedents to 1900; relations between the military and society; role of the military in national development. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2272 - History of American Capitalism

American economic growth from the colonial era to the present and its impact on political, social present and cultural life, including American industrialization; rise of the corporation; military-industrial complex; capital-labor relations; globalization of American capitalism. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2274 - History of American Medicine

The evolution of American Medicine from the colonial period to the present day. Topics include the rise and fall of heroic medicine, the demise of scientific medicine, the growth of modern surgery, the evolution of medical practice. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2276 - American Environmental History

Social, cultural and economic forces that reshaped the American landscape from the colonial era to the present; the place of nature in American thought and society; and the evolution of environmental politics in the 20th century. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2278 - Native American History

Study of American Indians from pre-Columbian times to the present, including land use practices, social customs, gender relations, U.S. government removal and assimilation policies, post-colonial political economy, and contemporary issues of cultural identity and sovereignty. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2280 - Catholic Church in America

Development and shaping of the Roman Catholic Church by diverse cultures of Catholicism from 1500 to the present. The first contact of Europeans and Native Americans; growth through European immigration; challenges facing the modern, multicultural Church of the present day. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2281 - Immigration in American History

Population factors in the development of the American nation; the processes of migration, assimilation and intergroup relations and their effects in society and politics; intensive study of selected ethnic groups. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2286 - Irish-American Saga

Pre-famine Irish emigration to North America; the famine; post-famine movement; Irish-American labor, politics, urban and suburban developments. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Diversity Req 1, History, Irish Studies

 

HIS 2291 - African American History during Slavery

The forced migrations of Africans to the New World, the institution of slavery, and the struggle of Afro-Americans to gain equality in American society. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2292 - African American History since Emancipation

Themes of resistance and creativity with the development of the African-American communities in the era following the Civil War. Reconstruction, Northern migration, Jim Crow and segregation, and protest thought and Civil Rights. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2294 - History of Childhood in US

The experience of childhood in America, including topics such as the invention of adolescence; child abuse and protection; child labor; compulsory schooling and immigrant assimilation; juvenile delinquency; age of consent; dating; children in the movies; children as consumers; and youth culture and rebellion. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2296 - History of American Women

The study of the influence of region, race, and ethnicity on gender definitions in America; and the impact of those ideas in shaping women's lives, sexuality, housework and wage labor, and access to power and politics, from the colonial period to the present. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Gender and Women's Studies, History

 

HIS 2303 - History of Philadelphia

An investigation of the city's past and present through reading historical accounts and exploring today's city. Changes and continuity in politics, economy, and social composition from 1682 to today, with particular attention to social structures and the changing physical environment of the city. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2309 - Artifacts in History

Cultural history as revealed through artificats, including everyday objects, decorative arts, and architecture; issues and controversies related to museum exhibits; the role of the Internet in material culture studies. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2993 - History Internship

An internship in a local historical archive, museum, park, or library. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2996 - History Internship

A more extensive internship in a local historical archive, museum, park, or library. Credit Hours: 6 Attributes: History

 

HIS 2998 - Topics in American History

Selected topics in American history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Cultural Studies, History

 

HIS 3006 - Medieval Europe 500 - 1500

The evolution of the European West from its classical origins. The influence of Christianity upon the development of European institutions and culture. Relations and mutual influences of the European West with its neighbors, the new world of Islam in the Near East and North Africa, and the Christian Byzantine East of Europe and Russia. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3007 - Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1750

The rise of Protestantism; the emergence of national monarchies; the growth of science and technology; colonial expansionism and the impact of the New World on the West; the clash of cultures with Islam and other civilizations on the peripheries. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3011 - Greek Civilization

The rise of Greek civilization from Mycenaean times to the Macedonian conquest of Greece by the father of Alexander the Great: Homer, the emergence of the polis, the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, and the flowering of Greek culture at Athens during the 5th and 4th centuries. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3014 - Mediterranean World Alexander to Caesar

The interaction of cultural forces between the conquests of Alexander the Great and the consolidation of Roman rule under Caesar; Hellenistic civilization, the rise of Rome in Italy, Rome and the Greek world, and the fall of the Roman Republic. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3017 - The Roman Empire

The achievement of the Pax Romana from the reforms of Augustus to the break-up of the western Empire in the fifth century A.D. Topics treated include life in the provinces, the romanization of indigenous peoples, the legions and society, culture and decadence in the capital, and the rise of Christianity. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3018 - Pagans, Jews, and Christians

Society and religion between Alexander the Great and the coming of Islam. The classical pantheon, domestic religion, magic, the imperial cult; the variety of Judaism in Palestine and the Diaspora, Judaism and the state; the rise of Christianity, the persecutions, Constantine and the conversion of the empire. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3019 - The Fall of Rome

The end of the ancient world -- ancient sources and modern theories. A multi-faceted analysis of Mediterranean society from AD 200 - 750: politics, economy, religion, urban life, art, social relations, literature. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3095 - Topics in Ancient History

Selected topics in Ancient history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3101 - Early Medieval History

Europe from the fall of Rome to the end of the Viking Age. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3108 - The Crusades

The medieval conflict between the rival cultures and religions of Christendom and Islam. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3115 - The High Middle Ages

The major western European institutions that took form during the classical period of medieval civilization and were bequeathed to modern European society. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3118 - Religious Poverty in Middle Ages

The emergence of the mendicant orders (Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans, and Poor Clares), their mission and influence on medieval Christianity; popular piety, heresy, and the papacy; attempts at converting Jews, Muslims, and pagans. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3121 - The Renaissance

The decline of society in the Late Middle Ages and the emergence of commercial capitalism; the disintegration of the Holy Roman Empire and the evolution of city-states and new monarchies in the fifteenth century; the crisis of the Papacy and the emergence of humanism; the Italian universities in the Late Middle Ages and the development of new tastes in literature, art, and architecture. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3126 - History of Italian Cities

Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3131 - The Reformation

Catholic, Protestant, and popular reform theories and religious upheaval, and the revolution of the common people in the 16th century, with emphasis on the material "structures of everyday life" and the economic, social, and political background of the "crisis of feudalism" and critique of the church and early modern state. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3142 - The Enlightenment

The cultural transition of traditional Western Christendom to modernity in the 18th Century, including its clash with religion; emphasis on scepticism and empiricism; rehabilitation of natural desires and emotion; efforts to re-engineer human society; new perceptions of economics, crime and punishment, and aesthetics; creation of a reading public; role in the American founding; impact upon issues of gender and race. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3151 - European Nationalism 1800 - present

Constructing nations and nationalism in Europe from the Napoleonic wars to post-Yugoslavia; competing conceptions of nationality (on the basis of race, gender, politics, culture, etc.) and resulting conflicts. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3161 - 20th Century Europe

Social, political, and cultural history of Europe from the fin de siecle to European unification; world wars and revolution, East-West divide, consumer society and popular protest. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3171 - Europe since 1945

Europe from the end of World War II to the European Union; postwar reconstruction; Cold War; the growth of consumer society; the collapse of the Soviet Empire; changing conceptions of European identity. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3200 - Medieval Britain and Ireland

The debts England owes to the Celtic, particularly the Irish, world; changed relations, from fruitful cultural exchange to antagonism, after the Norman Conquest of England. Irish missionary and educational importance; relations between Celtic peoples; why monarchy developed in England and Scotland, but not in Wales and Ireland. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Irish Studies, History

 

HIS 3202 - Britain 1660 - 1815

Emergence of Britain as the preeminent global capitalist economy and political power from the glittering court of Charles II to Britain's loss of its American colonies and its victory over revolutionary France. Connections between political-economic developments and social and cultural change including industrialization; war, economic growth and state formation; smuggling, gin, and criminality; empire; domesticity, women and the novel, high and low art in London. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3203 - Great Britain since 1815

British politics, society and culture from the triumph of Waterloo to youth culture in the post-industrial world of the Beatles. Topics include Liberalism; industrial conflict, urban poverty and radical politics; Anglo-Irish relations; degeneration and fin-de-siecle sexual anarchy; rise of Labour and Women's movements; imperialism and decolonization; race and ethnicity; film and social change. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3214 - Eighteenth Century Ireland

Ireland from the Reformation to the Act of Union with particular emphasis on the rise and impact of the Protestant Ascendancy. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3216 - Ireland since 1800

The social and political history of the Irish state in the 19th and 20th centuries. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Irish Studies

 

HIS 3218 - Topics in Irish History

Exploration of emerging topics in field of Irish History, including but not limited to the Act of Union, the impact of the Protestant Ascendancy, and the cultural, social and political history of the modern Irish state. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Irish Studies

 

HIS 3221 - French Revolution and Napoleon

Causes, nature and course of the French Revolution, including a study of its historical interpretation, and the Napoleonic aftermath of the Revolution. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3222 - History of Modern France

Major developments, problems, and policies connected with the evolution of the French nation and its empire from 1815 to the present. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3230 - Modern Germany

The German lands from 1800 to the present, changing conceptions of Germany and dilemmas of German history. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3233 - Hitler and Nazi Germany

Germany from the rise of Hitler to the end of the Second World War. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Writing Enriched Requirement

 

HIS 3240 - Russian History to 1861

The development of Russia from the "rude and barbarous kingdom" of Ivan the Terrible to the great European power ruled by Catherine the Great. The political, economic and social systems of Muscovite and eighteenth-century Russia; civil wars, peasant rebellions, and foreign invasions; the reforms of Peter the Great; female monarchs in the 18th century; enlightened absolutism under Catherine the Great. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Russian Area Studies Req

 

HIS 3241 - Revolutionary Russia 1861 - 1939

Major political, economic and social changes in the Russian Empire from the war against Napoleon to World War I; reform from above and revolution from below; Russia's industrial revolution; social and cultural modernization; the institution of monarchy under the last Romanov tsars; Russia's expansion in the East. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Russian Area Studies Req

 

HIS 3242 - Russia from Stalin to Putin

Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present; the radical transformation of a state, economy and society in revolution and civil war, the Stalin dictatorship, the trial of World War II, and the patterns of reform and continuity in the post-Stalin and post-Soviet eras. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Russian Area Studies Req

 

HIS 3351 - 19th C European Culture & Society

Social and cultural impact of industrialization, the evolution of mass society, changing conceptions of elite and popular culture; social conflict, revolution, and imperialism. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3352 - 20th C European Culture & Society

Cultural modernism and the impact of modern technology, experience and representation of war, violence, and genocide; post-World War II social transformations; Americanization and Sovietization; post-industrial society and post-modern culture. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 3360 - Women in the Pre-Modern West

Roles of women from ancient world to revolutionary France, including analysis of the status of women in Biblical, Greek, Roman, medieval, early modern and Enlightenment cultures and times. Themes of motherhood, women's work, women in literature and women's ways of exerting control over their lives. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Gender and Women's Studies, History

 

HIS 3361 - Women in Modern European Society

The changing roles of women in society and politics in Europe from the 18th to 20th centuries. Topics include women and the household economy; women and revolution; feminism and feminist movements; the rise of female professions; women's literature and feminist critical theory. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Gender and Women's Studies, History

 

HIS 3995 - Topics in European History

Selected topics in European history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4031 - Islamic Civilization to 1800

The Islamic World from the seventh century through the eighteenth century with special emphasis on its cultural, social, and political history and contributions. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, History

 

HIS 4041 - History Modern Middle East

The political, economic and social history of the Middle East with emphasis on the passing of imperial institutions and emergence of republics, trade and commerce, colonialism, and revolutionary movements. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, History

 

HIS 4076 - Jewish History

The relation of the Jews to the historical process; the Jews in relation to the larger civilizations in which they have lived; Jewish intellectual and moral contributions; Jewish history in the Christian world; the Holocaust; formation of a Jewish homeland, Israel. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4090 - Women in the Middle East

Roles of Middle Eastern women from the seventh century to the present era. Women's lives and experiences, with emphasis on their influence and contribution to the economy, politics, literature and the arts. Attention to the effects of regional, ethnic, class, and religious differences on women's status and activities. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History

 

HIS 4095 - Topics Middle Eastern History

Selected topics in Middle Eastern history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, History

 

HIS 4115 - Roots of African Culture

Early African history and anthropology culminating in the emergence of Africa as an arena of European economic penetration, the rise of the African slave trade, and the impact of early European colonization. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4120 - Emergence Modern Africa

The impact of 19th century European colonialism on Africa; the division of Africa into European dependencies; change and continuity in African culture; the emergence of independent African nation states after World War II; their difficulties and opportunities. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4195 - Topics African History

Selected topics in African history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4210 - Byzantine Civilization

The history and culture of the eastern Roman Empire from the founding of Constantinople in 330 by Constantine to its capture by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The emperor and his court, Byzantine art and architecture, monasticism, Byzantine women, the rise of Islam, the Latin west and the Crusades. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4315 - Intro to History of Chinese Civilization

A broad and basic introduction to Chinese society, culture, and history from its inception some three thousand years ago to eve of first significant Western European presence in China proper. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4320 - Modern East Asia

The political, economic and social history of Modern East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) with an emphasis on the impact of the West, the Japanese Empire and the development of modern institutions. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Diversity Requirement 3, History

 

HIS 4325 - Late Imperial China

A survey of Chinese history from 1368 to 1911. The course will examine debates on what constitutes pre-modern and modern delineations in Chinese history, focusing on the Imperial period from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4330 - China in 20th Century

China during its republican and Communist periods. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Diversity Requirement 3, East Asian Studies, History

 

HIS 4335 - Modern Japan

The social and political history of modern Japan (1868 - Present); its dramatic rise to world power status, the long road to WW II, the impact of Allied Occupation; themes of cooperation and conflict in state-society relations. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4340 - Culture of East Asian Capitalism

This course is a thematic historical survey focusing on the relationship between economic and non-economic processes -- social, cultural, and intellectual -- around the world the last three centuries. Readings are global in scope but will emphasize the historical experiences of East Asia, and in particular modern China and Japan. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: NONE

 

HIS 4350 - Vietnam Colonialism / War 1940 - 1985

The War in Vietnam in historical perspective from colonialism to the Cold War and national liberation. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4360 - History of Modern South Asia

History of Indian subcontinent from late Mughal period through British Empire, culminating in independence and partition in 1947. Emphasis on knowledge, power and state formation; resistance, revolution, and nationalism; gender and the role of women; and post colonial legacies. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, History

 

HIS 4365 - Modern India and Pakistan

Modern history of the Indian subcontinent from late Mughal Empire to the present. Themes include: expansion of British power, anti-colonial nationalism, birth of India and Pakistan, and contemporary politics, economics, and culture in the region. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies, History

 

HIS 4395 - Topics in Asian History

Selected topics in Asian history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4405 - The Americas & Spanish Conquest

Incas, Mayas, Aztec and Mochica cultures in Ancient Latin America; indigenous cultural and military clashes with European invaders; the 16th-century political economy and subsequent theological debates regarding the humanity of Indians; social repercussions of an "incomplete" conquest. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4410 - Colonial Latin America

Establishment and maintenance of a Hapsburg colonial state; indigenous responses to religious and secular colonization; the creation of a multicultural society from African, indigenous, and Iberian peoples from the 1580s the 1780s. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4415 - Revolutionary Latin America

Latin America's revolutionary century from the beginnings of political revolt in the 1780s to the beginning of economic modernization in the 1880s. Social and economic impact of the Bourbon Reforms; indigenous revolts and slave rebellions; liberal revolutionary movements culminating in the political independence but economic dependence of Spanish America; slavery and abolition. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4420 - Contemporary Latin American History

20th century economic inequalities, U. S. intervention and military dictatorships, cultural imperialism and immigration Communism in Latin America, human rights within a multiracial society. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4495 - Topics Latin American History

Selected topics in Latin American history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4499 - Topics in World History

Selected topics in world or non-western history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4526 - Modern Science Art Invention

Interactions among science, technology and art that have shaped modern culture since the industrial revolution of the late 18th century. Special attention to the sources, styles, and contexts of creativity in various fields. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4527 - Frankenstein to Artificial Life

The origins of artificial life forms by modern science, the perspective of involved scientists, literary observers, politicians and businessmen, and society as a whole. Topics include cloning, transplantation, artificial organs, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Cultural Studies, History

 

HIS 4528 - Women in Modern Science & Tech

Women in the development of modern (since 1600) science and technology, including gender issues shaping theories and research, the impact of innovation on women's lives, and women as professionsals and as creative workers. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: Gender and Women's Studies, History

 

HIS 4620 - 20th Century Military History

The major wars of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Cold War, wars of liberation. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4660 - World at War, 1939-1945

Visions and experiences of a global war; Nazism and a culture of total war; war and civilians; racism and the Holocaust; the atomic bomb; historical commemoration and memory. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4701 - The Cold War

The origins, conduct, and outcomes of the Cold War, and analysis of evolving interpretations of this conflict and its significance. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Russian Area Studies Req

 

HIS 4995 - Topics Comparative History

Selected topics in non-Western and world history of interest to faculty and students. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4996 - Topics History of Gender

Selected themes in the history of gender examined in depth. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4997 - Topics in the History of Race

Selected themes in the history of race examined in depth. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 4998 - Topics in Public History

Selected themes in public history examined in depth. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

 

HIS 5001 - Junior Research Seminar

Student research and reports. Written permission of Chair requirement. Credit Hours: 3 Attribute: History, Writing Enriched

 

HIS 5501 - Seminars in Historical Methodology

Student research and reports. Seminar format. Written permission of chair required. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History, Writing Intensive Requirement

 

HIS 5515 - Independent Research

An intensive research project under individual direction. Written permission of chair required. Credit Hours: 3 Attributes: History

The History program helps to prepare students for their future by:

  • providing a broad range of courses and other educational opportunities that encourage students to develop their historical awareness, perspective and understanding;
  • instructing and guiding students to develop sound research skills;
  • training students to understand the standard forms of historical expression, to critique historical arguments made by others, and to produce historical arguments themselves;
  • developing students' ability to perceive how different aspects or types of human endeavor and experience may be connected;
  • leading students to identify the historical roots of contemporary issues and challenges, with attention to social values and the role of religion in the human experience;
  • assisting students to understand and evaluate the role of human choice in history;
  • providing information and opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to identify and pursue post-graduate opportunities for employment or further education; assisting students in identifying career options most suited to their skills, strengths, and interests.

 

Requirements for History Major:
For students entering Villanova Fall 2013 and after

information can be found here

Requirements for History Major:
Effective for students entering Villanova before Fall 2013

information can be found here

The Double Major

Nearly everything has a history, and history embodies interdisciplinary and comparative study. We encourage majors in related disciplines such as Economics, English, Education, Communication, Political Science, Philosophy Sociology, Psychology, and Art History, among others, to also major in History. Even many science majors have chosen History for a double major.

MINOR (18 Credits)

For students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 18 credit hours must include one specially designated core course. One of the following courses may also be taken for credit toward the History minor:

AAH 1101 - History of Art:  Beginnings to Renaissance
AAH 1102 - History of Art:  Renaissance to Contemporary World

In order to declare a minor, students are required to complete the necessary form and submit to the history department.
Click here to complete the Minor Declaration Form.

History Minors must earn at least half (9 credits/3 courses) at Villanova University.

Junior Research Seminar

In their junior year, history majors must take at least one designated topical research seminar. Restricted to majors only, the seminar introduces students to research methods, sources, and historiography – how historians have reconstructed, interpreted, and written about the past. By examining diverse interpretations and historical controversies, the seminars help students develop their abilities to critique historical arguments and develop their own. The department offers two or three seminars each semester on topics such as "American Colonial History," "Twentieth-Century Military History," "The Renaissance," "Making Sense of the Sixties," and "Artifacts and History."


Senior Research Seminar

The capstone experience for majors is History 5501, the Seminar in Historical Methodology, taken in the senior year or, in some cases, the second semester of the junior year. The seminar lets students to practice history themselves by conducting independent research and writing an original work of historical interpretation based on that research. The seminar is both an individual and a collaborative undertaking. With the guidance and assistance of the seminar instructor, each student chooses his or her own topic, develops a hypothesis or set of questions, identifies and tracks down relevant primary source materials, and writes a work of scholarship that presents the research findings and conclusions. Some students use the riches of such local archives as the Temple University Urban Archive, while others have conducted research as far away as the National Archives in Washington, or the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Students collaborate with each other by discussing their progress and reading drafts of the thesis as it evolves from outline to the final, polished product. The final paper is usually between 20 to 25 pages.