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History Course Requirements

Students who choose to major in History must complete 33 credit hours in the subject over and above the requirements in the Holy Cross College core curriculum. They must declare their intention to major in History by the end of their second year of studies, and will be expected to have completed HIST 101 or HIST 102, and both HIST 201 and 202. Following acceptance into the program, students will begin taking 300- and 400-level courses.

Required Courses, Must take all of the following:  

HIST 151  U.S. Civilization I
HIST 152  U.S. Civilization II
HIST 401  History Sources and Methods
HIST 421  Senior Seminar in History

Required American History Options, Must take 6 of the following:

HIST 351  Colonial America
HIST 352  Revolutionary America
HIST 353  Republican America
HIST 354  Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 355  Gilded Age and Progressive America
HIST 356  Modern America
HIST 357  America Since 1945
HIST 358  Latin America
HIST 359/ THEO 359  Catholic Church in America

Required Non-American Options, Must take 2 of the following:

HIST 234/SPAN 234  Latin American Culture and Civilization
HIST 323  Greek Civilization
HIST 324  Roman Civilization
HIST 325/ THEO 325/ ARTS 325  Rome: Art, Culture, and History
HIST 326  Medieval Europe I
HIST 327  Medieval Europe II
HIST 331  Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 332  Early Modern Europe
HIST 333  Nineteenth Century Europe
HIST 334  Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 335/ THEO 335  Church History


HIST 101 (3) Western Civilization I
A survey of the people, events, and major movements responsible for the evolution of the civilization of our western world. The first semester involves a study of the origins of civilization in the Middle East and traces its development through the ancient and medieval world to approximately 1550.

HIST 102 (3) Western Civilization II
History from approximately 1550 to the present day. The political, religious, economic and intellectual forces that have shaped the modern world are emphasized. May be taken as a continuation of HIST 101 or independently.

HIST 151 (3) United States History I
A general survey of the development of the American nation from colonial beginnings to 1865. Analyzes the patterns and trends in American history up to the end of the Civil War.

HIST 152 (3) United States History II
A continuation of HIST 151 which carries forward the history of the nation from the Civil War to the latter part of the twentieth century. May be taken as a continuation of HIST 151 or independently.

HIST 234 (3) Latin American Culture & Civilization
Latin American Culture and Civilization is a three-credit course introducing the geography, history, customs and identity of the peoples of Latin America, including early civilizations, the conquest and colonization, and the political and economic problems of the area, incorporating readings, discussions, guest speakers, films and local excursions. Objectives: to develop a basic knowledge of the past and an awareness of present conditions in Latin America. Course given in English.

HIST 323 (3) Greek Civilization
Beginning with the Minoan age, this course will survey the development of Greece to the Hellenistic era.

Topics include the Mycenaean Invasions, the development of the polis, growth of Athens and Sparta, the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian Wars, and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Particular attention will be paid to Greek culture.

HIST 324 (3) Roman Civilization
A survey of the history of Rome beginning with the Etruscans and ending with the imperial era. Topics

include royal Rome, early wars for conquest, the struggle of the orders, the Punic Wars, Roman imperialism, the development of Roman culture, and the crisis of the Republic.

HIST 325 (3) Rome: The Art, Culture, and History of the Eternal City
RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 115, a course in art or Theology. Consent of instructor

This course explores the several aspects of Rome's ancient, medieval, and modern culture, with specific

attention to the city's secular and religious history, and its artistic tradition and heritage. The course includes a study trip to Rome. Cross-listed with ARTS 325 and THEO 325.

HIST 326 (3) Medieval Europe I
The history of the Christian West from the fall of Rome to the end of the 11th century. Topics include the

decline of Rome, Germanic successors to Rome, the rise of Byzantium and Islam, the development of the Papacy, the Carolingian empire, the Ottonian age, and the investiture controversy.

HIST 327 (3) Medieval Europe II
Covers the intellectual, political, and cultural flowering of Europe from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.

Topics include the twelfth-century renaissance, the development of the papacy, the emergence of the friars movement, and the transition to the modern nation-state.

HIST 330 (3) Specialty Topics in History
This class, to be taught on an irregular basis, will cover special topics in the field of history that are specialties of the individual professor. It can also provide a classification for students who transfer into Holy Cross College with credits in history courses from other institutions that to do not match courses in the Holy Cross Catalog.

HIST 331 (3) Renaissance and Reformation
This course covers the cultural flowering of Europe in the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Events covered include the Black Death, the Hundred Years' War, the Babylonian Captivity of the papacy, the French invasions of Italy, pre-Lutheran reformers, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and other reformers. Topics covered include the rise of humanism, nominalism, and Protestantism, and their effects on contemporary institutions.

HIST 332 (3) Early Modern Europe
This course is a study of the history of the West from the Reformation to the fall of Napoleon. Particular

attention will be paid to the series of Revolutions of this era: Scientific, Agricultural, Industrial, American, and French, as well as the Napoleonic Wars.

HIST 333 (3) Nineteenth-Century Europe
History from Napoleon to the dawn of the 20th century, with special attention paid to the Britain, viewed

against the rise of revolutionary political and social thought.

HIST 334 (3) Twentieth-Century Europe
History from the end of the Victorian era to the end of the Cold War, with special attention paid to the United States, viewed against the military actions of the 20th century and the rise of totalitarian thought.

HIST 335 (3) Church History
The development of the Church from the time of the apostles to the present. This course is meant to be of

special interest to non-history majors, and act as an elective course for those interested in deepening their knowledge of the historical background of their faith.

HIST 351 (3) Colonial America
The development of early America, from native Indian cultures, to the early Spanish and French explorers, to the growth of British North America.

HIST 352 (3) Revolutionary America
The emergence of the American nation, from the events leading up to the American War of Independence, to the War itself, and to its aftermath. Particular attention will be paid to governmental structures such as the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

HIST 353 (3) Republican America
The development of American from 1781 to 1848, covering events such as the Louisiana Purchase, westward expansion, Jacksonian democracy, Manifest Destiny, and the beginnings of the controversy over slavery.

HIST 354 (3) Civil War and Reconstruction
Covers events leading up to the Civil War and ending during Reconstruction circa 1877. Topics will include the industrial character of the North and agrarian character of the South, the slavery debates, secession, the battles of the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIST 355 (3) Gilded Age and Progressive America
Deals with the era between 1877 and the turn of the century, focusing attention on the transformation of

America from an agricultural nation into an industrial giant and a world power.

HIST 356 (3) Modern America
Covers America from the turn of the Twentieth century through the end of World War II, focusing on the

transformation of America from an isolationist nation to a world superpower.

HIST 357 (3) America Since 1945
Examines the role of America as world leader, with special attention to the Cold War, the social revolution of the 1960's and 1970's, the information era, and the country's current position as the world's sole superpower.

HIST 358 (3) Latin America
Examines the development of particular countries in Central and South America, from colonial times to the present.

HIST 359 (3) Catholic Church in America
Traces the development of the Catholic faith in the United States from colonial times, through the development of immigrant churches, to the post-Vatican II era.

HIST 401 (3) History Sources and Methods
Study in the philosophy of history and the methods of various sample historians. Methods and instruments of research will also be stressed. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation with a major in history.

HIST 421 (3) Senior Seminar in History
This course is meant to give students an occasion for detailed study in a particular topic in history in a seminar format, with a view towards potential preparation for graduate study. Students will be expected to a substantial research project as part of the course. Students must satisfactorily pass the senior seminar before they are able to graduate.