History at Aquinas College

History Courses

HY101 American History (3) HP

A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction

HY102 American History (3) HP

A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

HY130/GY130 Geography and History of Michigan

An examination of the history and geography of Michigan from its beginnings through contemporary times, emphasizing the political, economic and social developments as they occurred across the changing physical and cultural landscape of the state. Special Note: Not open to students who have HY235 credit.

HY161 World History (3) HP

Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC–AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world’s great religious traditions.

HY162 World History (3) HP, GP

Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.

HY211 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3) HP

Development of the American colonies from the 16th century through the American Revolution. Special topics include the relationship of the colonies to the British colonial system, relationships among the diverse peoples of America, the causes, events, ideas, main developments of the American Revolution from 1763-1789.

HY212 The Early American Republic, 1789-1850 (3) HP

Development of the United States from the end of the American Revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century. Special topics include the emergence of political parties, the Second Great Awakening, the expansion of slavery and opposition to it, the Mexican War and the growing divide between North and South.

HY213 The Civil War and Reconstruction 1850-1877 (3) HP

Military, social and political history of the United States in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HY214 Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3) HP

Survey of United States social and political history from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to 1920. Special topics include Gilded Age politics, gender relations during the Victorian era, the Woman Suffrage movement, the social and political movements of the Progressive era, and challenges to free speech during World War I.

HY215 The Modern United States: 1920-1960 (3) HP

Comprehensive history of the United States covering the social and cultural changes of the Roaring twenties, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the U.S. in World War II, its emergence as a world power in the postwar era, and the coming of the Cold War.

HY216 United States since 1960 (3) HP

Special topics include the Civil Rights Movement and the social changes of the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the Watergate crisis and the cultural liberalism of the 1970s, the conservative resurgence of the 1980s, the ending of the Cold War and post-Cold War America of the 1990s and the challenges of the new millennium.

HY218 African American History (3) HP

A survey of the history of African Americans in the United States with an emphasis on African contributions to American culture, the nature and effects of slavery, and leaders in the struggle for justice and equality.

HY221 History of Asia (3) HP

This course examines the cultural, economic, political, and religious development of East Asian civilizations from ancient times until today, with an emphasis on China, Korea, and Japan.  Throughout the semester we will examine the ways in which patterns of East Asian political systems, cultural values, religions and social structures developed during the modern era. We will also explore each country’s distinct identity, the modernization process, and the fate of traditional institutions, systems, and customs.

HY230 Latin American History (3) HP

A study of the history and culture of Latin America from the first European contact to the present. Special emphasis is placed on Latin American relations with the United States. 

HY250 Russian History (3) HP

A general overview of Russian history, beginning with its origins in 9th century Kiev. Other topics include Russia under the Mongols, the rise of Muscovy, the expansion and expansion of the Russian Empire, the establishment and collapse of the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia.

HY260 Ancient History (3) HP

An investigation of the political, social, and cultural history of Greece and Rome from the Late Bronze Age until the fall of the Roman Empire. Topics covered include the emergence of city-states, the golden age of the fifth century, the Peloponnesian Wars, Alexander the Great, evolution of Roman government, the Punic Wars, the Civil Wars, the Pax Romana, the rise of Christianity, and the decline of the Western Empire

HY263 The Middle Ages (3) HP

A survey of European political, social, and intellectual history from ca. 450 to 1450 Major themes covered include the relationship of church and state, scholasticism, gender roles, feudalism, and the religious and intellectual diversity of the Middle Ages. 

HY267 Early Modern Europe (3) HP

A survey of European history from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Major topics covered include the Reformation, early modern social life, the Scientific Revolution, the English Civil War, Absolutism, and the Enlightenment.

HY270 Modern Europe (3) HP

A survey of European history from the French Revolution 1789 to the present. Major themes include the revolutionary and Napoleonic era, nineteenth-century ideologies, industrialization, imperialism, modernism, the women’s movement, World War I, totalitarianism, World War II, the Cold War, the European Union,  Decolonization, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc

HY277 History of Christianity (3) HP

An investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the first century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

HY280 History of Science and Medicine (3) HP

This class offers a contextual survey of the history of science and medicine in the west from classical antiquity into the mid twentieth century. Major topics covered include origins of science in antiquity, the Thomistic synthesis, the Scientific Revolution, the Chemical Revolution, the birth of modern medicine, Natural History and the theory of evolution, and modern physics & astronomy. The course is a vehicle for the integration of science and humanities, especially the question of the historical interaction of the scientific and philosophical/religious mentalities. 

HY303 The History of China (3)

A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations

HY304 History of Japan (3)

A study of the cultural and political development of Japan from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Buddhism, Shinto, the Samurai code, the Shogunate, the modernization of Japan, and U.S. - Japan relations

HY309/WS309 Women in American History (3)

A social historical introduction to history from a feminist perspective focusing on women’s lived experience in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Topics include American Colonial women, Native American women, the impact of slavery on all American women, nineteenth and twentieth century social movements (Suffrage, Temperance, Social Reform, Women’s Liberation, Equal Rights Amendment, etc.) and women’s legal issues.

HY240 Environmental History

An introductory historical survey of the interaction of humans with the environment focusing primarily on the post-Columbian period. The class will engage the influence of the natural environment on history (including climate, plants, animals, and microorganisms) as well as the impact of humans on the natural world. Topics will include pre- and post-Columbian ecological impacts, increasing environmental challenges of industrial and agricultural modernization, and the origins of the contemporary environmental crisis. (Note: Some semesters the course will focus on US environmental history while others will offer a global approach. Credits may be earned under different titles.)

HY310 Special Topics in History (3)

Special topics in history offered on an occasional basis.

HY311 American Catholic History (3)

Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society. 

HY312 Special Topics in World History (3)

Special topics in world history offered on an occasional basis. Historical Literature and Methodology

HY316 History of War (3)

This is a variable topics course that will explore the history of different wars. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the history of the Mexican-American War, the Boer War, WWI, and WWII.

HY317 The United States in Vietnam (3)

United States involvement in the Vietnam War through successive applications of the containment policy from Truman to Nixon.

HY318 History of American Sports (3) (WI)

Starting with early, pre-industrial America, this course will explore the history of sports through the early 21st century. A major focus will be on the cultural origins of sports in America, their professionalization, the rise of sports to a major cultural, social and economic force in the modern United States. The course will also examine the role of sports as a vehicle of social change throughout American history. A wide range of sports, and a diverse group of American participants in them, will also be explored, including the international aspect, especially U.S. participation in the Olympic movement.

HY322 Modern Germany (3)

Survey of German History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the end of the old regime, German unification, the German Empire, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, World War II, postwar Germany, and reunification.

HY357 Historiography (3)

An introduction to the history of historical writing with emphasis on major schools of interpretation in history. 

HY371 Europe Since 1945 (3)

Special topics include consolidation of the eastern bloc, the Cold War, the Marshall Plan and economic recovery of Europe, the trauma of de-colonization, collapse of the Soviet system, and movements toward a European union

HY381 British History I (3)

Survey of British history from the Stone Age until the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. This course emphasizes the medieval and early-modern periods. Topics covered include the relationships among the three nations of England, 
Scotland, and Ireland, the development of English constitutionalism, religious conflict and Reformation(s), the origins of the British Empire overseas, and the foundations of British economic and political dominance in the 19th century.

HY382 British History II (3) WI

Survey of British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 until the present day. This course emphasizes the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the strengthening and devolution of political ties among England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, the development of Parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom, Victorian social and intellectual life, the rise of fall of the British Empire, the historiographical problem of secularization, the development of a socialist Labour Party and the invention of New Labour, and Britain’s role in two World Wars.

HY384 Irish History (4)

A study of the Celtic, Christian, continental, and British influences in the development of Ireland. Semester-in-Ireland participants only.

HY397 Field Experience in History (Variable)

Up to three semester hours of credit may be earned through an internship or experience in a field directly related to history. Terms of the internship will be negotiated between the major advisor and the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

HY399 Independent Study and/or Readings (Variable)

Individually negotiated research project of defined nature established by contract between the instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

HY401 Senior Research Seminar (3) SC

Senior-level research seminar on selected problems in American, European or world history. The seminar is designed with the intention of cultivating and demonstrating skills in historical research, critical analysis, communication, and presentations. The chief product of the class will be a major research paper based on primary sources that displays awareness of the tradition of historical interpretation in its subject.  This course is the history major capstone and therefore all students are required to complete it prior to graduation.  Students may take the seminar more than once as long as the topic varies. Prerequisites: At least two history courses (including one from the 200 or 300 level) or the approval of the instructor. All non-majors must seek instructor approval before enrolling.