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Minor in History
Add depth and breadth to your education with a minor in history. Grow your understanding of ancient and modern histories and see its increasing relevance in our world today. No matter what major you’re pursuing, a minor in history can add to your success, both as a professional and as a citizen.
At William Woods University, your history minor will include study of Western Civilization and United States history with customizable elective options in the areas of history that interest you most — from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance and Reformation and up to today.
You will find small classes with abundant opportunities for interaction and discussion with your professors. Survey history courses, which might enroll 300 students at other universities, will have fewer than 30 students at William Woods. The history faculty are scholars with diverse areas of expertise.
The minor in history at William Woods University includes 12 required course credits and 6 required elective credits.
Courses you may take:
Dawn and Rebirth: A History of the World to 1500
History is not imposed on the world. It is the result of the consequences of an individual’s decisions, and the study of history involves analyzing the reasons behind these choices. People are influenced by not only their own beliefs, but also by their society. Despite the vast differences of time and space, common themes continue to emerge throughout the world. This course will trace recurrent historical themes of culture, religion, war, economics, and government. Students will follow the development of the world from the dawn of man into the Renaissance. Topics in this course will include ancient Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, the dynasties of China, the Crusades and the Middle Ages. By using a global focus to examine diverse cultures and societies, students will learn that though history may not repeat itself, it certainly rhymes.
Industry, Ideology, and War: A History of the World since 1500
From the Protestant Reformation to space exploration, the modern world offered changing glimpses and understandings of heaven and earth. Sparked by the Renaissance, this course will trace global advancement from Martin Luther and the Age of Exploration through the World Wars and into the modern day. Framed around the concept of globalization, students will inquire into the changing nature of the world from its new ideas to new nations to new technologies. Topics in this course will include the French Revolution, the Cold War, the Meiji Restoration, the rise of Arab nationalism, and imperialism.
Early America and the United States: Colonization, Revolution, and Civil War
This survey inquiries into the development of American history from the pre-Columbian era through the Civil War and its aftermath. It will explore the major social, cultural, political, and economic themes that dominated early American society. The class will illustrate how America was forged by a combination of cultures and beliefs. The goal of the class is to show the progression of America from a collection of European colonies to an independent nation to two countries divided by war and finally its restoration. Students will be introduced to topics such as: exploration, colonization, Native Americans, slavery, the American Revolution, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, African American rights, and Reconstruction. Continuing themes will include: individual rights, government control, ethics, leadership, nationalism, state’s rights, frontier expansion, race, and gender.
Modern US History: From Reconstruction to Superpower
This survey inquiries into the development of American history from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era through the modern day. It will explore the major social, cultural, political, and economic themes that dominated American society. The class will illustrate how America was forged by a combination of cultures and beliefs. The goal of the class is to show the progression of America from two countries divided by war through its emergence as a world superpower. Students will be introduced to topics such as: immigration, industrialization, technology, the Civil Rights Movement, World Wars, the Cold War, foreign relations, peacekeeping and the war on terror. Continuing themes will include: individual rights, government control, ethics, leadership, nationalism, international status, race, and gender.