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HIST 394 The History of Late Antiquity
An examination of one of the most dynamic and transformative periods in world history. Topics include the Christianization of the Mediterranean world, the disappearance of Roman imperial rule in the West and the emergence of post-Roman kingdoms, Byzantine politics and society, the rise and spread of Islam, and the return of imperial rule in Western Europe under Charlemagne.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 398 Modern China and Japan
An introduction to the philosophical, societal, political, economic, and cultural facets of modern China and Japan. The main emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Special attention is given to the rise of Communism in China and the economic regulating of Japan since 1945.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 399 The Viking Age
An examination of the political, cultural, and social history of the Scandinavian peoples
of Europe circa 750 – 1100 C.E. Topics include the political impact of the Viking raids
on the polities of Western and Eastern Europe, the conversion of the Scandinavians to
Christianity, and the Viking settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and North America.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or
European or World history; or permission of instructor.



HIST 450 Seminar in History
A course in which a small group of students engages in advanced study and original research under the direction of a member of the faculty. In addition to their individual research projects, the students may be expected to produce and to discuss such assignments as book reviews and bibliographic essays. The course is open only to students who are junior, senior, or post-graduate history majors. No transfer course can fulfill this seminar requirement. Topics vary with the instructor, and will be announced for a two-year period. Students may take the Seminar multiple times for 300-level credit. However, in no case may a student take two seminars on the same topic.
Prerequisites: HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing, and three (3) 300-level history courses; or permission of instructor.

HIST 490 Independent Study in History
A History major who has taken no fewer than six courses in history and whose QPA in history is at least 3.0 may take an Independent Study under the supervision of a member of the History Department. The following conditions must be met: 1) The topic must be determined in consultation with the faculty member under whose supervision the project is to be accomplished. 2) The topic must be specified, in writing, by the student and must be approved by both the faculty supervisor and the department chair in the semester preceding the initiation of the project. 3) The independent study project counts as one course. 4) No History major may take more than two independent study courses as part of the required six intermediate-division courses.

HIST 495 Internship in History
Especially recommended and counts as one (1) to four (4) courses depending on the nature of the internship experience. Only two (2) course credits are allowed toward the fulfillment of intermediate-division courses required for the History major. Any remaining course credits are designated as free electives. The internship is limited to junior and senior History majors who have a QPA of no less than 2.5 in their major and related required subjects and who have been approved by the History Internship Committee, said committee to include the Chair of the History Department as well as the faculty coordinators for the internships. As a supervised field-study experience, the internship is offered in cooperation with participating institutions or individuals who agree to provide professional guidance for student-interns. Most interns are assigned to an eight-to sixteen-week internship which is conventionally a full-time commitment, that is, five days a week and eight hours a day. In that context, students are requested not to be employed outside the internship during the school week (Monday to Friday) and not to take additional courses. A part-time internship may be coordinated with one or two courses during a semester; in no case shall the student earn more than four credits during that semester. The letter grade received for the internship is based on: (1) visitations (usually two, one near the beginning and the other toward the end of the internship) by the faculty coordinator; (2) an evaluation form completed by the supervisor in the field and sent to the Chair of the History Department at the end of the internship; and (3) a written project submitted to the faculty coordinator by the student at the end of the internship. The specific nature of the project is to be determined by the faculty coordinator, the field supervisor, and the student-intern no later than the end of the third week of the internship. Students interested in an internship should consult with their advisor and the Chair of the History Department. Registration must be completed in the semester prior to the beginning of the internship.

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