History at Aquinas College

History Teaching at the Secondary level (6-12 certification) Major

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History Major - Secondary
Certification/Endorsement Code: CC
Michigan Subject Areas Test Code: 009
Programs: Secondary – Major

At least 18 credits of the History major must be taken at Aquinas College.

  • A grade C or higher is required for all courses required for Teacher Certification.

History Secondary courses (47 credit hours)

  • HY101 American History (pre-Civil War) (3) HP
  • HY102 American History (post-Civil War) (3) HP
  • HY161 World History (before 1500 AD) (3) HP
  • HY162 World History (after 1500 AD) (3) HP, GP
  • 1 Non Western History Course (3), from the following
    • HY221, 230, 271, 303, 304, or 312
  • 1 European History Course (3), from the following
    • HY250, 260, 263, 267, 270, 277, 280, 316, 322, 371, 381, 382, or 384
  • HY357 Historiography (3)
  • HY401 History Senior Research Seminar (3) SC
  • HY/GY 130 Geography and History of Michigan (3)
  • History Elective (3)
  • History Elective (3)

Required courses outside of the History department, for teacher certification

  • ES212 Macroeconomics Principles (3) SS1
  • GY101 Earth Environments (4) NL
  • GY120 Human Geography (4) SS1/SS2, GP
  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2
  • EN 450/550 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3)

History majors who pass CLEP exams in American History may apply such credit toward the thirty-three (33) hours required for the major. Students who do so, however, should not register for the equivalent courses (HY101–102), but should instead elect 200 level courses or above. In no case will both the CLEP exam credit and equivalent course credit be counted as part of the history major. All courses are open to first year students unless otherwise noted in the registration schedule.

No more than six (6) hours of CLEP and/or AP credit can be applied to the history major or minor. NOTE: All History Majors must submit a portfolio of their best work to the History Department prior to graduation. Please see the department website for details.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • HY271 The Middle East (3) HP

    Political, cultural, and economic development from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Islam, the Ottoman Empire, Zionism, the Arab-Israeli dispute, the Palestinians, and oil.

  • 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

  • HY312 Special Topics in World History (3)

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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HY357 Historiography (3)

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

  • 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.

  • HY/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.

  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • GY101 Earth Environments (4) NL

    Natural elements of environment and effects on humans: seasons, radiation, wind, moisture, climate, as well as landforms resulting from running water, ice, gravity, marine activities, and tectonic processes. Three (3) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab (GY101L).

  • GY120 Human Geography (4) PGC, GP

    The geographic subfield of Human Geography discusses and interprets the role of human beings as they are distributed across the surface of the earth. This is a far-ranging field of inquiry that incorporates information from the traditional social scientific realms of economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology into a spatial analysis of the world around us. Given the nature of the topic, this course will be introductory in nature and examine the breadth of cultural geographic thought.

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the power, structures and functions of the American Government and Political System. Fundamental is a critical examination of the institutions and players who interact in the processes of American politics.