Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

History

Contact Info
ChairSecretaryLocationDepartment Phone
Dr. William BergmannTBA303 Spotts World Culture Building724-738-2053

Department Web Site URL

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Paula Rieder

Faculty

William Bergmann
Associate Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Aaron Cowan
Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
M.A., Kings College
B.A., Kings College

Melissa Ford
Assistant Professor
History
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
M.A., Saint Louis University
B.A., Wellesley College

Alan Levy
Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison
B.A., Washington and Jefferson College

Lia Paradis
Professor
History
Ph.D., State University of New Jersey-Rutgers
B.S., Hunter College of the City-University of New York

Thomas Pearcy
Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Miami
M.A., Purdue University
B.A., Purdue University

Paula Rieder
Associate Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana
B.A., Our Lady of Cincinnati College

Eric Tuten
Assistant Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Utah
M.A., University of Utah
B.A., Brigham Young University

Carlis White
Associate Professor
History
Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois
M.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Johnson Bible College

Courses

HIST 511 -  Renaissance and Reformation  

Institutional and cultural developments in Europe from 1400 to 1600, including intellectual and artistic contributions of the Renaissance and theological and social developments of the Reformation.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 512 -  Enlightenment and Revolution, 1715-1815  

The consolidation of nation-states in Europe and the cultural, intellectual, and economic developments of the Enlightenment, culminating in the French Revolution and Napoleonic era.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 530 -  Hispanic American History to 1815  

The political and social institutions of the colonial period which form a basis for modern Hispanic American culture and the rise of nationalism in Latin America.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 540 -  The United States in the Twentieth Century  

Evolution of the United States during the twentieth century with an emphasis on economic, social, and political conflicts and debates.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 550 -  Public History: Theory and Practice  

Concept and practice of public history in the US, including memory and commemoration, material culture, representation of the past, and institutional authority.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 561 -  The Ancient Near East  

Numerous cultures that arose in the eastern Mediterranean world from c. 3200 BCE to 323 BCE and their enduring influences.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 575 -  Material Culture and Historical Interpretation  

The value of material culture as historical evidence, the social and cultural forces influencing production and use of material objects, and how to interpret material culture for public audiences.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 585 -  The Modern Middle East  

Islamic and Ottoman heritages, influences of the West, developments in modern Turkey, Iran, the Arab states, and Israel since 1800.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 590 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate.

HIST 595 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 598 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate or Post Baccalaureate.

HIST 604 -  Historiography  

This course explores how societies have approached history from the ancient world to the modern, including historiographic schools of thought, philosophies of history, historical methodologies and theory and challenges posed by modern technology and politicization of the past.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 605 -  Historical Method  

The critical method of historical research is emphasized, and the materials employed by historical writers are identified and analyzed. Using bibliographies, checklists, and other research aids develops research skills.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 609 -  Ancient Roman History and Legacy  

Ancient Rome from 753 BCE to 476 CE with observations on its influences on western cultures since.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.
Enrollment limited to students in a Master of Arts degree.

HIST 612 -  Ancient Greece  

Archaic, Classical period, and the Hellenistic World (c. 800-146 BCE) with an emphasis on cultural contributions that have influenced western culture.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 614 -  Tudor-Stuart England  

Early modern history of England, including important political, military, and religious developments from the reign of Henry VII through James II.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 616 -  Modern Britian  

Key events, trends, and debates in British history since the Act of Union in 1707.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 617 -  Modern Germany  

Events resulting in the creation of the German nation in 1871 and political, cultural, and economic conditions in Germany through the partition following World War II.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 618 -  Russia in the Twentieth Century  

Forces producing the Communist Revolution in 1917, domestic and foreign policies of Soviet Russia, and struggles for economic and political stability after the fall of the Soviet system.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 625 -  Women in History  

The roles and contributions of common and elite women from the ancient world to the 20th century.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 626 -  History of Medicine  

Global history of medicine from prehistory to the present, using archeological, primary, and secondary sources to differentiate among approaches to disease, human suffering, and life expectancy.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment limited to students in the MA 9A44 program.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 631 -  Political Violence in Latin America  

Dirty wars, death squads, formal and informal violence as political capital, and the role of foreign interests from the Gun Boat era to the new imperialism of the 21st century.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 633 -  Colonial America, 1607-1763  

The invasions and colonization of North America, the development of empires, transformations in social, economic, and cultural patterns, and collision of diverse ethnic groups.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 634 -  The American Revolution  

The causes and consequences of the American Revolution from 1763 through the search for a constitutional settlement.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 635 -  The Civil War and Reconstruction  

Causes of the conflict, political and military developments of the war, and challenges of reconstructing the nation.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 636 -  The American West  

Themes in U.S. western expansion, including topics such as frontiers and borderlands, resistance of indigenous peoples, natural resources, legacies of conquest, U.S. government and policy.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 637 -  Native Americans  

Histories of North American Indigenous peoples.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 638 -  American Constitutional History Through 1865  

This course will explore the significant constitutional issues and Supreme Court cases that permeate the history of the American colonies and later the United States through 1865.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 639 -  American Constitutional History Since 1865  

This course will explore the significant constitutional issues and Supreme Court cases that permeate the history of the United States since 1865.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 641 -  The Early National Era  

Examines political, economic, social, and cultural challenges to founding the United States and preserving the union with particular attention given to the period 1781 to 1815.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 643 -  The Spanish Borderlands in North America  

Encounter and settlement along New Spain's northern borderlands from precontact to the 19th century.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 644 -  Mexico and the Southern Cone  

The social, economic, and political development of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico since independence. Coverage will be from 1830 with special emphasis on the 20th century.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 662 -  The Arabs and Israel  

Imperialism and nationalism in the Middle East since 1800 with an emphasis on historical factors contributing to contemporary revolutions and conflicts in the region.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 666 -  Twentieth-Century Africa  

A study of the struggle for independence from imperialism with special emphasis on the social, economic, and political conflicts. (1948 to present).

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 686 -  Contemporary China  

Issues and culture of China with an emphasis on historical and cultural factors contributing to contemporary events.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 690 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 695 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 698 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 700 -  Independent Study  

Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings. Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 710 -  Medieval Europe  

Medieval Europe with a focus on church, gender and sexuality, urban and rural society, political and cultural institutions.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 733 -  US Industrialism and Reform, 1887-1914  

Effects of industrialization on social, political, and economic life with an emphasis on the Populist and Progressive movements.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 734 -  US Foreign Policy  

US diplomatic, policy, and intelligence efforts from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offerings Vary

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 735 -  Pennsylvania History  

Emphasis on the frontier role in western Pennsylvania, population movements and composition, natural resources, and unique economic, political, and social developments.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 750 -  History Internship  

Supervised placement and research in selected public and private agencies at appropriate institutions.

Credits: 1-9

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 790 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Graduate.

HIST 795 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 798 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

HIST 800 -  Thesis  

To be selected by those students desiring to do a project or thesis in history or to satisfy the requirements for a seminar. Students pursuing a thesis program should contact their academic advisor concerning research after completing about one-half of their degree coursework. The advisor will assist the student with the necessary steps (such as preliminary selection of a topic and arranging for the appointment of a committee) to proceed.

Credits: 3-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.