HIST 477 Special Topics (1-5)
Group investigation of a specific era or topic, with individual research work, papers, and/or examinations as the instructor may require. May be repeated for different course content.
HIST 481 History of Southern Africa (5)
This course examines the political, economic, and social changes that occurred throughout southern Africa during this period, with particular attention to life before colonialism, slavery and the slave trade, the rise of African states, the impact of colonialism, resistance to colonialism, nationalism and independence, and the problems and prospects facing independent African states.
HIST 489 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units)
Evaluation and assessment of learning, which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to post-graduate students. Interested students should contact the department office.
HIST 490 Senior Seminar (6)
One of two options majors may select as the culminating course for the history degree, Senior Seminar explores the nature of the discipline, its many subfields, historiography, and methodology. Whereas Senior Seminar’s theme may vary with the instructor, the course regularly considers such topics as objectivity, types of historical writing, and the state of the discipline. Senior Seminar students undertake a lengthy research project that demonstrates their developed skills in gathering and analyzing evidence, incorporating the views of other historians, and communicating their findings in a clear and well-organized paper. Prerequisite: a “C” or better in HIST 300 or its equivalent and senior standing.
HIST 492 Seminar in Public History (6)
One of two options majors may select as the culminating course for the history degree, this course explore the application of historical research beyond the traditional academic setting. Topics include museums and historic sites, archives, historical organizations, government agencies, and business. The course will have a special focus on historic preservation and community history projects, and will include field trips and guest speakers from the public history field. Prerequisite: a “C” or better in HIST 300 or its equivalent and senior standing.
HIST 497 Cooperative Education (5)
The Cooperative Education program offers a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience is contracted by the Cooperative Education office on an individual basis, subject to approval by the department. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and the faculty liaison (or course instructor), working with the field supervisor. Students are expected to enroll in the course for at least two quarters. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading are the responsibility of the departmental faculty. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Department will determine application of credit.
HIST 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Admission with consent of department chair.