Course Catalog: History Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Women, Work, and Family in Modern Europe
Explores how women from 1789 to the present have sought to construct their identity as equals in family, work, and nation amidst the forces of revolution, industrialization, scientific, and cultural change. Examines the way in which European women, along with their Asian and African sisters, have individually and collectively dismantled the legacy that biology determines destiny. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121) and Historical Perspectives. Introductory.
America Through the Civil War
Surveys American history from colonial period to end of Reconstruction (1607-1877). Topics include European presence in America, settlement patterns, Revolution, westward expansion, Industrial Revolution, and Civil War. Studies political events in relation to social history. Work with documents to examine how history is constructed, not simply consumed. General Education: Historical Perspectives and Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Introductory.
America since the Civil War
Surveys modern American history while introducing uses (and abuses) of historical evidence and reasoning. Topics include: Industrial Revolution, immigrants, workers, growth of cities, America as world power, Progressivism, Great Depression, Cold War, Vietnam, and Sixties. Emphasizes blacks, women, farmers, rural migrants, and radicals as well as presidents. Includes speeches, autobiography, oral history, fiction, and texts. General Education: Historical Perspectives AND Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Introductory.
Europe in the Age of Discovery
Explores early modern European era, 1450 to 1750. Historical sources focus on five themes: 1) everyday life in the peasant world 2) renaissance 3) religious reformations, 4) overseas discovery, expansion, global commerce, 5) scientific revolution. Includes primary and secondary historical sources in texts and visual sources, with trips to the MFA or Gardner Museums. Integrated Humanities course. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121) and Historical Perspectives. Introductory.
Twentieth Century European History
Explores how Europeans from 1914 to 1992 engaged changes in work and leisure, family, childbirth, laws, government, new ideas, conflict, and renewal. Historical sources illuminate the importance of world wars, Great Depression, Communism, Cold War, technology and science, feminist and youth revolutions. Designed to develop historical perspective and critical thinking. Integrated Humanities course. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121) Introductory.
Africa and its Global Encounters
Explores Africa’s triple heritage; its roots, Islamic conquest, colonial era; and emergence of independent African nations. Uses historical sources to illuminate evolution of Africa’s peoples in their various socio-cultural contexts. Interprets African history from perspective of Africans in context of challenges to their integrity and survival. Global Perspectives Humanities course. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity AND Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121) and Historical Perspectives. Introductory.
Studies the Nazi policies that led to the Holocaust. Explores the meaning of the Holocaust, and the ways in which historical treatments of it have evolved since 1945. Examines diverse government, organization, and individual responses, including silence, complicity, collaboration, and resistance. Integrated Humanities course. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121), Historical Perspectives or Self and Society. Intermediate.
Women in America
Explores women’s lives in America from pre-colonial times to the present. Uses primary sources and secondary sources including essays, biographies, and films to consider expectations for women and how women actually lived. Includes Native American cultures, considers women’s experiences in slavery, war, industrialization, and women’s social and political activism. General Education: Historical Perspectives. Intermediate.
Postwar-Europe and the World, 1945-Present
Explores Europe’s journey from war and genocide to Postwar union through a wide range of historical sources. Students probe evidence and historical complexity about topics including: rebuilding to unity and human rights protection, rise and collapse of Cold War and empires, problems of gender, race, and class in multicultural Europe. General Education: Upper Level Writing and Historical Perspectives. Intermediate.
The Idea of the Witch in History
Explores the role of the witch in cultures around the world. Examines evolution of attitudes toward witchcraft and magic, locating their meaning within historical forces that transformed society. Compares primary and secondary sources as well as representations of the witch in history. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity, Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121), Historical Perspectives or Self and Society. Intermediate.
Places “The Sixties” in context of 1930s to 1970s. Covers the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, civil rights movement, New Left, Vietnam War and antiwar movement, Black Power, the counterculture, and women’s liberation movement. Materials include texts and writings from the era, biography, and autobiography, films, and music. General Education: Historical Perspectives AND Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Intermediate.
Human Rights as World History
Flashes back to 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Explores genocide and cases of mass violations of human rights since 1945. Considers international justice tools to prosecute Nazi war crimes applied at the International Criminal Court. Engages students in projects to conduct human rights campaigns. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121)), Historical Perspectives OR Ethics and Social Justice. Intermediate
Advanced Studies in History
Provides students the opportunity to do individual research projects that result in substantial papers and public presentations. Open to junior and senior Humanities majors, with preference to those with a focus in History, and to other juniors and seniors by permission of instructor. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Advanced.