The History Capstone Seminar (HIST 492) is required for both the AUCC and the History major. In order for the capstone seminar to count toward completion of requirements for the History major, students must earn a minimum grade of C in the class. Sections of HIST 492 are offered in both fall and spring semesters during the academic year.
Spring 2017 Capstone Descriptions:
"Food and Drink: Global Environmental Histories," by Dr. Adrian Howkins
This capstone seminar will use the subject of food and drink to explore histories of the global environment. After a short introduction to the fields of food history and environmental history, students will write an extended research paper on a food or drink related subject of their choosing from any historical time period. The research papers will use food and drink to explore the interactions of human actions, human culture, and the material environment over time.
"Saints, Sinners, and Society: Religion in Western Europe, 1450-1800," by Dr. Diane Margolf
In this seminar, students will explore the place of religious beliefs, practices, and institutions in early modern Europe, from the Renaissance through the revolutions of the eighteenth century. Course themes will include popular piety; gender and sexuality; sacred places and objects; religious violence; and debates about religious toleration.
"Citizenship in American History," by Dr. Doug Sheflin
This seminar will delve into the complex history of citizenship – debates about who could achieve it, what it meant in terms of individual rights and identity, and the role of the state in conferring citizenship and protecting its citizens. It will begin with the American War for Independence and move chronologically forward, concluding with discussions of in contemporary America.
"World War II in Africa," by Dr. Thaddeus Sunseri
This seminar will examine multi-faceted aspects of World War II in Africa, including African prisoners of war in German POW camps, African veterans and nationalism, resource extraction, sex work, environmental change, and African American soldiers and volunteers.
Here is more detailed information about the courses: SP17 HIST 492 Topics Description
Seminar - Approaches to History Courses
The Approaches to History (HIST 201) is designed for students who are interested in learning more about history, its methods, and its value in a liberal arts education. It is a new course that satisfies the AUCC 3D requirements of Historical Perspectives.
Spring 2017 Approaches to History Descriptions:
"Mad Men Modern: Exploring Postwar America through Modern Design," by Dr. Adam Thomas
Students will explore the history of the United States in the latter two-thirds of the twentieth century through material culture (fashion, furniture, architecture, etc.) and primary evidence from a variety of media, including film, television, and popular music.
"'Remember, I was a man': The History and Significance of the African American Athlete," by Dr. Mike Mansfield
From Jack Johnson to Colin Kaepernick, this course will explore the history and significance of African American athletes in American society. Other topics include the role that Jim Crow played in American sports, how racial stereotypes shaped the perception of the black athlete, and the debate over athletes as role models within the African American community.
Here is more detailed information about the courses: HIST201-topics