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History

Knowledge of the past is both intrinsically worthwhile and a key component of good citizenship. On a more practical level, knowledge of history can help open up diverse career opportunities. The History Support Area works primarily with the general education program to help ensure that each student at Calumet College of St. Joseph has knowledge of key dates and developments in history, as well as a basic grasp of historical methods.

Support Area Director: Valerie Pennanen, Ph.D.

Faculty: Tina Ebenger, Ph.D., Jeannine Pellettiere, M.P.A.; Valerie Pennanen, Ph.D.

Program Details


Minor in History (12 hours)

The following courses are required:

  • Two of the following:
    • HIST 305 Advanced Studies in Western Civilization
    • HIST 310 Advanced Studies in American Civilization
    • HIST 320 Advanced Studies in World Civilizations
    • HIST 330 History of Christianity (cross-listed as THEO 390)

  • One of the following:
    • HIST 324 The Immigrant Experience
    • HIST 390 History of Latin America
    • HIST 431 American Urban History

  • The following required course:
    • HIST 496 Topics in History

Knowledge of the past is both intrinsically worthwhile and a key component of good citizenship. On a more practical level, knowledge of history can help open up diverse career opportunities. The History Support Area works primarily with the general education program to help ensure that each student at Calumet College of St. Joseph has knowledge of key dates and developments in history, as well as a basic grasp of historical methods.

The History Minor gives interested students a solid foundation in world history, thorough knowledge of Western history, and indepth knowledge and appreciation of American history from a variety of different perspectives. History faculty at Calumet College of St. Joseph strive to impart to all students Lamartine’s classic insight: “History teaches everything, including the future.”

HIST 110. American Civilization
3 hours
This course surveys American civilizations form colonial times to the present. It reviews the basic chronology of American civilizations while focusing on the major events and problems of American history, including political, social, cultural, and economic developments. The course also emphasizes geography as it relates to American history and some interpretive issues regarding major events and problems in American civilizations.
(This course is a CCSJ General Education option in Social Sciences.)

HIST 115. Western Civilization
3 hours
This course surveys Western civilizations from Greco-Roman times to the present. It reviews the basic chronology of Western civilizations while focusing on the major events and problems of Western history, including political, social, cultural, and economic developments. The course also emphasizes geography as it relates to Western history and some interpretive issues regarding major events and problems Western civilizations.
(This course is a CCSJ General Education option in Social Sciences.)

HIST 120. World Civilizations
3 hours
This course develops a basic understanding of the history of major world cultures. It imparts a general chronology of world history and an overview of world geography. It also examines important themes that affect more than one world civilization. The course provides a crucial overview of cultures and meetings between cultures that accelerating movement toward an ever more integrated globe requires.
(This course is a CCSJ General Education option in Social Sciences.)

HIST 305. Advanced Studies in Western Civilization
3 hours
This course imparts a thorough knowledge of Western civilizations from Greco-Roman times to the present. Students will master chronologies and key events, address interpretive issues and problems, and trace political, social, and cultural developments in the history of the Western world. They also will explore the impact of geography and climate (including climate change) on the history of the West. Students enrolled in HIST 305 will attend the same lectures and take the same tests as students in HIST 115, but they will be required to complete additional reading and writing projects, including a research paper, and to lead either one full session or two halfsessions of HIST 115. HIST 305 is designed primarily for students who plan to minor in History; however, it may be taken as an elective by other students who meet the prerequisites.
Prerequisites: EWPC 103, HIST 110 or HIST 120, and permission of instructor.

HIST 310. Advanced Studies in American Civilization
3 hours
This course imparts a thorough knowledge of American civilization from colonial times to the present. Students will master chronologies and key events in American history, address interpretive issues and problems, including the impact of geography and climate, and trace important political, social, cultural, and economic developments in the history of the United States. Students enrolled in HIST 310 will attend the same lectures and take the same tests as students in HIST 110, but they will be required to complete additional reading and writing projects, including a research paper, and to lead either one full session or two half-sessions of HIST 110. HIST 310 is designed primarily for students who plan to minor in History; however, it may be taken as an elective by other students who meet the prerequisites.
Prerequisites: EWPC 103, HIST 115 or HIST 120, and permission of instructor.

HIST 320. Advanced Studies in World Civilizations
3 hours
This course imparts a thorough knowledge of major world civilizations from antiquity to the present. Students will master chronologies and key events, explore cultural legacies, and address interpretive issues and problems, including the impact of geography and climate on the history of major world civilizations. They also will trace the development of worldwide socioeconomic and political trends. Students enrolled in HIST 320 will attend the same lectures and take the same tests as students in HIST 120, but they will be required to complete additional reading and writing projects, including a research paper, and to lead either one full session or two halfsessions of HIST 120. HIST 320 is designed primarily for students who plan to minor in History; however, it may be taken as an elective by other students who meet the prerequisites.
Prerequisites: EWPC 103, HIST 110 or HIST 115, and permission of instructor.

HIST 324. The Immigrant Experience
3 hours
This course traces international immigration to the United States from all regions of the world. This course will describe the causes of immigration, immigrant occupations, immigrant social institutions, and immigrant adjustment to American life.
Prerequisites: EWPC 103

HIST 330. History of Christianity
3 hours
In this course, students will survey the two-thousand-year history of the Church, focusing primarily on key events in the life of the Church and society, and development in the Church’s structure and theological self-understanding. The modern period, from the close of the Middle Ages through Vatican II, will be emphasized, including such historical and ecclesiastical events as colonization, Reformation, the Enlightenment and its effects on religion, the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of modern Catholic Social Teaching, the ecumenical movement, and the present expansion of the Church to a diverse global community concentrated in Africa and Latin America, reflected in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.
Prerequisite: THEO 131
Cross-listed with THEO 390

HIST 390. History of Latin America
3 hours
The main trends in the development of Latin American civilization from the Age of Discovery to recent times are the focus of this course.
Prerequisite: EWPC 103

HIST 431. American Urban History
3 hours
This course surveys the history of urban America from colonial times to the present. It emphasizes urban political, economic, social and cultural factors and their impact on the historical development of American cities.
Prerequisite: EWPC 103

HIST 496. Topics in History
3 hours
Topics in History courses will investigate, analyze and discuss significant and contemporary topics in the field of history. Topics courses (but not specific courses) may be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Prerequisites: EWPC 103; HIST 110 or HIST 115 or HIST 120.

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