The Department of History and Political Science offers a major and a minor in history. Among the department’s objectives are the understanding of historiography; an appreciation of the roles of race, class, and gender in transforming politics and culture; and the development of personal skills in research, writing, analysis, and criticism.

 

Overview

 

The History Major and Minor

Whether you major or minor, your program will focus on American history and the history of Western Civilization, and also select from a wide variety of elective courses dealing with the histories of: Europe, East Asia, and Africa; American and European women; American Indians and African Americans; colonialism, race, and empire; and particular events that have shaped social, political, and economic systems. As a major and/or minor the program invites you to explore historical narratives through the lens of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and place. Majors study the theory and empirical methods of the history discipline and master the techniques of historical research and writing. The history degree emphasizes critical thinking, equipping students with knowledge and skills that prepare them for field work or graduate study.

Your Experience

As a major and/or minor in history, you will undertake a rigorous analysis and criticism of historic documents and scholarship. You will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom, through original research projects, January Term travel courses, and participation in the activities carried out and sponsored both by the department as well as Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, debates, lectures, and discussions. You may also choose to participate in our Model United Nations program held in New York during the spring of each year. In addition, you and other students will have opportunities to present original research at national undergraduate student conferences.

Your Faculty

Our faculty members are both teachers and scholars who conduct their own research and publish and present in scholarly journals and academic conferences. They will encourage you to challenge yourself academically and personally. Small class sizes and a faculty dedicated to teaching create strong student-teacher relationships in the Department of History and Political Science. Our faculty act as mentors who use both their professional expertise and experience to guide their students through the program while also preparing them for their professional lives afterwards.

Your Results

As a history major or minor, you will graduate with exemplary skills in research, critical thinking, and communication, while being versed in your discipline(s). Degrees in history, international relations, and political science will prepare you for law school and other graduate programs.

With a major and/or minor in history, you will join other Salem graduates who are now working as professional historians, preservationists, and museum workers; in local, state, and national governments; in not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations; and in primary, secondary, and higher education.

Major/Minor

History Major (BA)

The major in history requires the completion of eleven courses (at least five must be taken at Salem):

  • HIST 103. World History I (3 hrs)
  • HIST 104. World History II (3 hrs)
  • HIST 105. United States History to 1877 (3 hrs)
  • HIST 106. United States History since 1877 (3 hrs)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in U.S. history (3 hrs min.)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in European history (3 hrs min.)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in non-Western history (3 hrs min.)
  • HIST 310. The Clio Colloquium (3 hrs)

In calculating the completion of major requirements, each 200-level (or above) course may be counted toward only one regional grouping. Up to three political science courses may be substituted upon approval by the department.


History Minor

The minor in history requires the completion of five history courses for a minimum of fifteen semester hours and must include Survey of World History (HIST 103 and 104) or United States History (HIST 105 and 106), plus three history electives at the 200-level or above, excluding the internship in history (HIST 275).

All courses at the 200-level or above must be taken at Salem College or Wake Forest University. Students may transfer the equivalent of HIST 103 and 104 or HIST 105 and 106 for credit toward the minor. 

 

Courses

HIST 103. World History I (3 hrs)

A survey of the ancient, medieval and early modern societies of African, Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East with a focus on economic, political, and cultural developments and crosscultural contacts and exchanges. (HM), (GA)

HIST 104. World History II (3 hrs)

An examination of the economic, political, and cultural forces that shaped world realities from early modern times to the present day, with a focus on the cause and ramifications of the increasing interconnectivity of Africa, Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East. (HM), (GA)

HIST 105. United States History to 1877 (3 hrs)

This course introduces the history of the United States from the fifteenth century through Reconstruction. It emphasizes contact and collision between diverse racial and ethnic cultures; the changing experiences and status of diverse men and women; political, economic and social transformations; and the struggle over freedom and independence. (HM)

HIST 106. United States History Since 1877 —(3 hrs)

Surveying the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present, this course integrates an array of perspectives concerning the evolution of modern America. In particular, it investigates historical struggles over issues that continue to shape our world, including gender roles, conceptions of race, civil rights, war, economic inequality, citizenship, and the power of government in American society. (HM)

HIST 200. Independent Study in History (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average and permission of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Students are expected to develop their independent study proposal with their faculty advisor prior to the term in which the independent study would take place. Independent study may be taken for a total of three courses. Prerequisite: Previous study in history or permission of instructor.

HIST 205. History of the American South (3 hrs)

This course examines the history of the American South from the colonial through the twentieth century. Course topics include slavery, the Civil War, lynching, segregation, the growth of industry, and the civil rights movement. Additional topics include American Indians’ racial status; African American women and men in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century politics.

HIST 207. Native American History (3 hrs)

This course examines the history of Native American peoples of North America from the precolonial period through the present. This course highlights the cultural and historical diversity among native peoples; cultural, religious, and economic exchange between Native Americans and African and European newcomers to North America; and patterns of Native American cultural conquest, adaptation, and survival.

HIST 208. American Frontier History (3 hrs)

This course explores frontiers from treks West to Star Trek, in relation to key events and trends in American history from sixteenth-century Spanish explorations to nineteenth-century westward migrations, and from early twentieth-century U.S. global expansion to contemporary sci-fi images. It examines how diverse European-descended, Native American, and African American men and women have shaped and been influenced by frontier experiences.

HIST 209. African American History (3 hrs)

This course offers a topic-based chronological survey of African American history from the 1600s through the late twentieth century. Woven into the course are the experiences and perspectives of women and men occupying different places in the spectrum between slavery and freedom. Key themes include African Americans’ work, political leadership, migration, role in shaping communities, and experience of and resistance against slavery, violence, segregation, and other forms of injustice.

HIST 210. The Atlantic World (3 hrs)

This course explores the history of African, European, and Native American peoples who inhabited lands that bordered the Atlantic Ocean between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World was a frontier zone for encounter, connection, and conquest between peoples of diverse races, classes, and genders.

HIST 211. Public History (4 hrs)

This course provides students with knowledge of best practices in the field of public history. Students will learn basic archival theory and methodology including how documents and artifacts are preserved. The course teaches students to analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical evidence; apply historical perspective to contemporary issues; and include diverse cultural values. Students will explore issues of ethics, politics, interpretation, and access. The course also provides students with an introduction to fields of inquiry which support preservation and historic interpretation including: museum studies, special collections, historic preservation, and historical archaeology. Students of public history will gain historical and specialized knowledge and skills through internships and interactive activities with the goal of conveying historical understanding to the general public. Prerequisite: Either HIST 103 and 104 or HIST 105 and 106. Cross-listed with PRSV 250. (SL)

HIST 212. The Great Depression in History and Memory (3 hrs)

The Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s brought profound change to American society. This course examines the Depression through sources that reflect its diversity of experiences, including film, oral histories, photography, drama, literature, music, political oratory, and historical studies. Particular attention is paid to the importance of gender and race in the history of the Depression era.

HIST 213. Vietnam War (3 hrs)

This course begins with an overview of Vietnamese history and then situates the war within the broader context of global anti-imperialist movements of the past century. Students will examine a comprehensive variety of historical sources that reflect the global nature of the conflict, with authors from Vietnam, the United States, and other areas of the world.

HIST 214. The Global Cold War (3 hrs)

Rather than viewing the Cold War solely as a struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, this course seeks to reconceptualize the Cold War as a truly global conflict, shaped also by the peoples of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Cross-listed with POLI 214.

HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of race and ethnicity, with a focus on comprehending theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity prevalent in the United States and throughout the world. Cross-listed with REST 210. (GA)

HIST 219. The United States and the World (3 hrs)

This course explores how competing conceptions of power—based upon changing narratives of race, gender, fear, economic interest, and national purpose—have shaped the history of U.S. foreign policy. Spanning from the era of colonial conquest to current conflicts throughout the world, it also examines broad patterns of continuity and change in arguments concerning the use of military force.

HIST 221. American Women’s History (3 hrs)

This course offers a topics-based chronological survey of U.S. women’s history from the 1790s through the 1990s. Woven into this course are the experiences and perspectives of women of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, classes, and sexual orientations. Key themes include women’s paid employment, place in politics, role within families and communities, relationship to popular culture, and experience of slavery and social and economic upheaval. (WS, HM)

HIST 222. The Greco-Roman World (3 hrs)

An upper-division survey course of the Greco-Roman world (1150 BCE-400 CE). Offers students an opportunity to become culturally literate in the ideas, institutions, and individuals of classical antiquity and their contribution to both western and Islamic civilizations. (HM)

HIST 223. Medieval Europe (3 hrs)

An upper-division survey course of Medieval Europe (350-1450 CE). It offers students an opportunity to become culturally literate in the ideas, institutions, and individuals of medieval Europe. It also addresses the interactions between the Christian West and the Islamic East.

HIST 229. History of the British Isles (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of the British Isles from the Middle Ages to the present, including the impact of the British Empire on world history.

HIST 231. Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350-1650 (3 hrs)

A study of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from 1350-1650. Prominent themes will be the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and the Age of Exploration.

HIST 235. Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1650-1815 (3 hrs)

This course will examine the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the Scientific Revolution to the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. All of these themes will be examined in the broader context of the Enlightenment and its relationship to other revolutions, including the Revolution of 1688 in England and the American and Haitian revolutions.

HIST 237. Europe’s Radical Century, 1815-1914 (3 hrs)

This course explores the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, socialism, communism, liberalism, feminism, imperialism, Social Darwinism, and many other “isms” as well as their impact on Europe and the world.

HIST 245. History of Germany (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of Germany from the Middle Ages to the present.

HIST 247. History of Russia (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of Russia from the Middle Ages to the present. (HM)

HIST 250. Special Topics in History (1-4 hrs)

A special period, issue, or theme in history will be studied intensively. The specific content and methods of study will be announced prior to the beginning of the course. 

HIST 257. Modern Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hrs)

An examination of European history from the origins of World War I to the present. Themes will include World Wars I and II, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, decolonization, the Cold War, the Revolutions of 1989, Balkan crises, and contemporary issues from environmentalism to globalization.

HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)

Studying the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, and other legal documents from throughout the nation’s history, students consider how the law has functioned to change, resist, and promote certain interests within society over time. Particular attention is devoted to legal constructions of race, gender roles and sexuality, the changing status of women within the legal system, and women’s activism concerning specific cases, policies, and legislation. Cross-listed with POLI 265. (WS)

HIST 269. America in Our Time: 1945 to Present (3 hrs)

American domestic politics, social change and foreign policy since World War II. Emphasis on topics such as the Cold War, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the Vietnam War, and the post-New Deal welfare state. (WS)

HIST 275. Internship in History (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting; the apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Application to and permission of the department is required. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average. Maximum credit per term is one course. PRSV 270 may substitute for HIST 275.

HIST 280. History of Economic Thought (3 hrs)

A study of the major economists and schools of economic thought from the classical through the contemporary period, with special emphasis on their contributions to economic theory. Crosslisted as ECON 280. Prerequisite: ECON 100.

HIST 281. Ottoman Empire (3 hrs)

An upper-division course examining the political, social, and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1921). The Ottoman Empire was an Islamic empire with significant Christian and Jewish minorities. The Ottoman legacy has had a profound impact on the Middle East and Europe.

HIST 285. Modern East Asia (3 hrs)

This course provides an overview of East Asia since 1800, focusing on the interconnected histories of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Students examine how diverse peoples from this region shaped ideas, processes, and events of global significance, including anti-colonialism, nationalism, feminism, modernity, communism, capitalism, militarism, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship between East Asia, Europe, and the United States throughout this period.

HIST 286. Modern Japan (3 hrs)

This course examines the revolutionary changes that have characterized Japanese society since the mid-nineteenth century. Analyzing literature, film, and other original works, we will study social and cultural critiques of Japanese identity that challenge popular conceptions of national mission, gender roles, economic development, and militarism. (WS), (GA)

HIST 290. Honors Independent Study in History (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 major average in history, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours.

HIST 310. The Clio Colloquium (3 hrs)

Advanced study of problems in modern historical scholarship involving new interpretations and conceptual models. Required of majors in their senior year. Juniors may take the seminar with permission of instructor.

Internships
Success Stories
At Salem, you can truly explore your interests with the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable faculty and staff. This institution is a space to foster the female voice, experience, and perspective and seeks to propel students toward their educational and professional goals. Salem women represent a myriad of different interests, personalities, and backgrounds, and Salem provides you with the means to discover who you are and who you want to become.
Lauren Poole

Class Year: 2013

Major: History, certificate in historic preservation

Internships: Two internships/research projects in historic preservation, including one with Preservation Chapel Hill

Honors Independent Study: Neo-imperialism in American foreign policy

Graduate Studies: Masters in historic preservation, University of Kentucky

 

The History Major and Minor

Whether you major or minor, your program will focus on American history and the history of Western Civilization, and also select from a wide variety of elective courses dealing with the histories of: Europe, East Asia, and Africa; American and European women; American Indians and African Americans; colonialism, race, and empire; and particular events that have shaped social, political, and economic systems. As a major and/or minor the program invites you to explore historical narratives through the lens of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and place. Majors study the theory and empirical methods of the history discipline and master the techniques of historical research and writing. The history degree emphasizes critical thinking, equipping students with knowledge and skills that prepare them for field work or graduate study.

Your Experience

As a major and/or minor in history, you will undertake a rigorous analysis and criticism of historic documents and scholarship. You will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom, through original research projects, January Term travel courses, and participation in the activities carried out and sponsored both by the department as well as Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, debates, lectures, and discussions. You may also choose to participate in our Model United Nations program held in New York during the spring of each year. In addition, you and other students will have opportunities to present original research at national undergraduate student conferences.

Your Faculty

Our faculty members are both teachers and scholars who conduct their own research and publish and present in scholarly journals and academic conferences. They will encourage you to challenge yourself academically and personally. Small class sizes and a faculty dedicated to teaching create strong student-teacher relationships in the Department of History and Political Science. Our faculty act as mentors who use both their professional expertise and experience to guide their students through the program while also preparing them for their professional lives afterwards.

Your Results

As a history major or minor, you will graduate with exemplary skills in research, critical thinking, and communication, while being versed in your discipline(s). Degrees in history, international relations, and political science will prepare you for law school and other graduate programs.

With a major and/or minor in history, you will join other Salem graduates who are now working as professional historians, preservationists, and museum workers; in local, state, and national governments; in not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations; and in primary, secondary, and higher education.

History Major (BA)

The major in history requires the completion of eleven courses (at least five must be taken at Salem):

  • HIST 103. World History I (3 hrs)
  • HIST 104. World History II (3 hrs)
  • HIST 105. United States History to 1877 (3 hrs)
  • HIST 106. United States History since 1877 (3 hrs)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in U.S. history (3 hrs min.)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in European history (3 hrs min.)
  • Two HIST courses at the 200-level or above in non-Western history (3 hrs min.)
  • HIST 310. The Clio Colloquium (3 hrs)

In calculating the completion of major requirements, each 200-level (or above) course may be counted toward only one regional grouping. Up to three political science courses may be substituted upon approval by the department.


History Minor

The minor in history requires the completion of five history courses for a minimum of fifteen semester hours and must include Survey of World History (HIST 103 and 104) or United States History (HIST 105 and 106), plus three history electives at the 200-level or above, excluding the internship in history (HIST 275).

All courses at the 200-level or above must be taken at Salem College or Wake Forest University. Students may transfer the equivalent of HIST 103 and 104 or HIST 105 and 106 for credit toward the minor. 

 

HIST 103. World History I (3 hrs)

A survey of the ancient, medieval and early modern societies of African, Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East with a focus on economic, political, and cultural developments and crosscultural contacts and exchanges. (HM), (GA)

HIST 104. World History II (3 hrs)

An examination of the economic, political, and cultural forces that shaped world realities from early modern times to the present day, with a focus on the cause and ramifications of the increasing interconnectivity of Africa, Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East. (HM), (GA)

HIST 105. United States History to 1877 (3 hrs)

This course introduces the history of the United States from the fifteenth century through Reconstruction. It emphasizes contact and collision between diverse racial and ethnic cultures; the changing experiences and status of diverse men and women; political, economic and social transformations; and the struggle over freedom and independence. (HM)

HIST 106. United States History Since 1877 —(3 hrs)

Surveying the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present, this course integrates an array of perspectives concerning the evolution of modern America. In particular, it investigates historical struggles over issues that continue to shape our world, including gender roles, conceptions of race, civil rights, war, economic inequality, citizenship, and the power of government in American society. (HM)

HIST 200. Independent Study in History (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average and permission of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Students are expected to develop their independent study proposal with their faculty advisor prior to the term in which the independent study would take place. Independent study may be taken for a total of three courses. Prerequisite: Previous study in history or permission of instructor.

HIST 205. History of the American South (3 hrs)

This course examines the history of the American South from the colonial through the twentieth century. Course topics include slavery, the Civil War, lynching, segregation, the growth of industry, and the civil rights movement. Additional topics include American Indians’ racial status; African American women and men in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century politics.

HIST 207. Native American History (3 hrs)

This course examines the history of Native American peoples of North America from the precolonial period through the present. This course highlights the cultural and historical diversity among native peoples; cultural, religious, and economic exchange between Native Americans and African and European newcomers to North America; and patterns of Native American cultural conquest, adaptation, and survival.

HIST 208. American Frontier History (3 hrs)

This course explores frontiers from treks West to Star Trek, in relation to key events and trends in American history from sixteenth-century Spanish explorations to nineteenth-century westward migrations, and from early twentieth-century U.S. global expansion to contemporary sci-fi images. It examines how diverse European-descended, Native American, and African American men and women have shaped and been influenced by frontier experiences.

HIST 209. African American History (3 hrs)

This course offers a topic-based chronological survey of African American history from the 1600s through the late twentieth century. Woven into the course are the experiences and perspectives of women and men occupying different places in the spectrum between slavery and freedom. Key themes include African Americans’ work, political leadership, migration, role in shaping communities, and experience of and resistance against slavery, violence, segregation, and other forms of injustice.

HIST 210. The Atlantic World (3 hrs)

This course explores the history of African, European, and Native American peoples who inhabited lands that bordered the Atlantic Ocean between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World was a frontier zone for encounter, connection, and conquest between peoples of diverse races, classes, and genders.

HIST 211. Public History (4 hrs)

This course provides students with knowledge of best practices in the field of public history. Students will learn basic archival theory and methodology including how documents and artifacts are preserved. The course teaches students to analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical evidence; apply historical perspective to contemporary issues; and include diverse cultural values. Students will explore issues of ethics, politics, interpretation, and access. The course also provides students with an introduction to fields of inquiry which support preservation and historic interpretation including: museum studies, special collections, historic preservation, and historical archaeology. Students of public history will gain historical and specialized knowledge and skills through internships and interactive activities with the goal of conveying historical understanding to the general public. Prerequisite: Either HIST 103 and 104 or HIST 105 and 106. Cross-listed with PRSV 250. (SL)

HIST 212. The Great Depression in History and Memory (3 hrs)

The Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s brought profound change to American society. This course examines the Depression through sources that reflect its diversity of experiences, including film, oral histories, photography, drama, literature, music, political oratory, and historical studies. Particular attention is paid to the importance of gender and race in the history of the Depression era.

HIST 213. Vietnam War (3 hrs)

This course begins with an overview of Vietnamese history and then situates the war within the broader context of global anti-imperialist movements of the past century. Students will examine a comprehensive variety of historical sources that reflect the global nature of the conflict, with authors from Vietnam, the United States, and other areas of the world.

HIST 214. The Global Cold War (3 hrs)

Rather than viewing the Cold War solely as a struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, this course seeks to reconceptualize the Cold War as a truly global conflict, shaped also by the peoples of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Cross-listed with POLI 214.

HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of race and ethnicity, with a focus on comprehending theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity prevalent in the United States and throughout the world. Cross-listed with REST 210. (GA)

HIST 219. The United States and the World (3 hrs)

This course explores how competing conceptions of power—based upon changing narratives of race, gender, fear, economic interest, and national purpose—have shaped the history of U.S. foreign policy. Spanning from the era of colonial conquest to current conflicts throughout the world, it also examines broad patterns of continuity and change in arguments concerning the use of military force.

HIST 221. American Women’s History (3 hrs)

This course offers a topics-based chronological survey of U.S. women’s history from the 1790s through the 1990s. Woven into this course are the experiences and perspectives of women of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, classes, and sexual orientations. Key themes include women’s paid employment, place in politics, role within families and communities, relationship to popular culture, and experience of slavery and social and economic upheaval. (WS, HM)

HIST 222. The Greco-Roman World (3 hrs)

An upper-division survey course of the Greco-Roman world (1150 BCE-400 CE). Offers students an opportunity to become culturally literate in the ideas, institutions, and individuals of classical antiquity and their contribution to both western and Islamic civilizations. (HM)

HIST 223. Medieval Europe (3 hrs)

An upper-division survey course of Medieval Europe (350-1450 CE). It offers students an opportunity to become culturally literate in the ideas, institutions, and individuals of medieval Europe. It also addresses the interactions between the Christian West and the Islamic East.

HIST 229. History of the British Isles (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of the British Isles from the Middle Ages to the present, including the impact of the British Empire on world history.

HIST 231. Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350-1650 (3 hrs)

A study of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from 1350-1650. Prominent themes will be the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and the Age of Exploration.

HIST 235. Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1650-1815 (3 hrs)

This course will examine the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the Scientific Revolution to the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. All of these themes will be examined in the broader context of the Enlightenment and its relationship to other revolutions, including the Revolution of 1688 in England and the American and Haitian revolutions.

HIST 237. Europe’s Radical Century, 1815-1914 (3 hrs)

This course explores the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, socialism, communism, liberalism, feminism, imperialism, Social Darwinism, and many other “isms” as well as their impact on Europe and the world.

HIST 245. History of Germany (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of Germany from the Middle Ages to the present.

HIST 247. History of Russia (3 hrs)

A political, social, and cultural study of Russia from the Middle Ages to the present. (HM)

HIST 250. Special Topics in History (1-4 hrs)

A special period, issue, or theme in history will be studied intensively. The specific content and methods of study will be announced prior to the beginning of the course. 

HIST 257. Modern Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hrs)

An examination of European history from the origins of World War I to the present. Themes will include World Wars I and II, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, decolonization, the Cold War, the Revolutions of 1989, Balkan crises, and contemporary issues from environmentalism to globalization.

HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)

Studying the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, and other legal documents from throughout the nation’s history, students consider how the law has functioned to change, resist, and promote certain interests within society over time. Particular attention is devoted to legal constructions of race, gender roles and sexuality, the changing status of women within the legal system, and women’s activism concerning specific cases, policies, and legislation. Cross-listed with POLI 265. (WS)

HIST 269. America in Our Time: 1945 to Present (3 hrs)

American domestic politics, social change and foreign policy since World War II. Emphasis on topics such as the Cold War, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the Vietnam War, and the post-New Deal welfare state. (WS)

HIST 275. Internship in History (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting; the apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Application to and permission of the department is required. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average. Maximum credit per term is one course. PRSV 270 may substitute for HIST 275.

HIST 280. History of Economic Thought (3 hrs)

A study of the major economists and schools of economic thought from the classical through the contemporary period, with special emphasis on their contributions to economic theory. Crosslisted as ECON 280. Prerequisite: ECON 100.

HIST 281. Ottoman Empire (3 hrs)

An upper-division course examining the political, social, and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1921). The Ottoman Empire was an Islamic empire with significant Christian and Jewish minorities. The Ottoman legacy has had a profound impact on the Middle East and Europe.

HIST 285. Modern East Asia (3 hrs)

This course provides an overview of East Asia since 1800, focusing on the interconnected histories of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Students examine how diverse peoples from this region shaped ideas, processes, and events of global significance, including anti-colonialism, nationalism, feminism, modernity, communism, capitalism, militarism, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship between East Asia, Europe, and the United States throughout this period.

HIST 286. Modern Japan (3 hrs)

This course examines the revolutionary changes that have characterized Japanese society since the mid-nineteenth century. Analyzing literature, film, and other original works, we will study social and cultural critiques of Japanese identity that challenge popular conceptions of national mission, gender roles, economic development, and militarism. (WS), (GA)

HIST 290. Honors Independent Study in History (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 major average in history, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours.

HIST 310. The Clio Colloquium (3 hrs)

Advanced study of problems in modern historical scholarship involving new interpretations and conceptual models. Required of majors in their senior year. Juniors may take the seminar with permission of instructor.

At Salem, you can truly explore your interests with the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable faculty and staff. This institution is a space to foster the female voice, experience, and perspective and seeks to propel students toward their educational and professional goals. Salem women represent a myriad of different interests, personalities, and backgrounds, and Salem provides you with the means to discover who you are and who you want to become.
Lauren Poole

Class Year: 2013

Major: History, certificate in historic preservation

Internships: Two internships/research projects in historic preservation, including one with Preservation Chapel Hill

Honors Independent Study: Neo-imperialism in American foreign policy

Graduate Studies: Masters in historic preservation, University of Kentucky