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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Social Studies (SED 224)

Lesson planning for the teacher of elementary social studies based on Pennsylvania Core Standards and NCSS Standards is stressed. Instructional techniques for the teaching of history, geography, civics, and economics to diverse learners receive major focus. Focus is on professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and inclusion strategies for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED202. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Social Studies in Secondary Ed (SED 323)

Lesson planning for the teaching of citizenship education, based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards, is stressed in this class. Instructional techniques for the teaching of history, geography, civics, and economics to diverse learners receive major focus. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Corequisite: SED304. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Introduction to American History (SHY 103)

This course introduces students to major themes in American history such as cultural diversity, democracy, and economic growth. Also covers historical analysis, research methods, and a variety of social studies disciplines as they are used in history. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Historical & Political Geography (SHY 106)

An introduction to geographic thought with emphasis on the importance of geographical factors in history and politics. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Ancient World (SHY 120)

Introduction to critical thinking and research skills related to historical inquiry through the lens of the study of the ancient past. Study of ancient societies in the Near East and Europe and the major themes and questions related to them, emphasizing the development of social groups, gender expectations and perceptions, early economies, political organization, and all aspects of developing culture. In combination with SHY226, counts toward ancient Western Cultures requirement (SLA200) of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

Era of Civil War & Reconstruction (SHY 206)

Examines the causes of the Civil War and the war itself, and concludes with the Reconstruction era. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

World War II (SHY 225)

World War II transformed all world relationships in just over a decade. This course traces the rise of prewar tensions and of expansionistic pressures, followed by in-depth discussion of the political, social, and military consequences of war. The course gives particular attention to state violence against civilians, especially the Holocaust or German-instigated murder of European Jews. Fall semester. Offered online. 3 credits.

Medieval Europe (SHY 226)

Survey of the history and culture of the West beginning with the fall of the western Roman empire to the Renaissance (c. 400-1400). Explores the development of society, economics, and culture with additional emphasis on issues related to gender and religious life. Students develop their research, writing, and critical thinking skills through materials and student/teacher interaction. In combination with SHY120, counts toward ancient Western Cultures requirement (SLA200) of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

African History and Culture (SHY 307)

An overview of the cultural, political, and economic history of the African continent. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Russian and Soviet History (SHY 311)

Survey begins with Peter the Great and continues through the break-up of the Soviet Union. Emphasis on research and writing. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

Mexican Civilization & Culture (SHY 312)

Traces the development of Mexican society and culture from pre-Colombian times to the present. Presents both a chronological and a thematic approach, dealing especially with the clash of cultures in Mexican history. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. J-term. 3 credits. Fee.

Early Modern Europe (SHY 325)

After the disaster of the Black Death, Europe recovered but also reformed itself. The major developments of this period included the recovery of ancient learning and new artistic expression, division in Western Christianity, the growing power of the state, and the expansion of Europe as part of a new world system. This course examines the lives of ordinary Europeans as well as rulers. In combination with SHY327, counts toward modern Western Cultures requirement (SLA201) of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisite: SHY106. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Modern Europe (SHY 327)

Explores the major themes and questions in Europe from the French Revolutionary period to the twenty-first century. The roles of gender and class and the relationship of evolving culture to society are key connections. In combination with SHY325, counts toward modern Western Cultures requirement (SLA201) of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SHY325. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

The New Nation (SHY 335)

Covers American and early United States history from the Revolutionary era through the Era of Good Feelings (1763 to 1820). The course explores the formation of and challenges to constitutional government, including the growth of republicanism, federalism, and Jeffersonian democracy. Regional and cultural conflicts are central themes of this course. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL106, SEL107, or SHY103. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Gilded Age & Progress Era 1877-1920 (SHY 336)

During the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras (1877-1920) the United States recovered from the sectional strife of civil war only to face the demands of rapid industrialization and class division. Robber barons, populists, reformers, labor radicals, and street urchins all make appearances in this period. Course approaches the era topically, with short assignments designed to encourage historical thinking and information fluency. Prerequisite: SHY103 or SLA201. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, ADP session 3. 3 credits.

The U.S. Civil Rights Movement (SHY 337)

A survey of the politics, events, and individuals involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, focusing on the post-World War II era. May be taken as political science elective. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Upper level students only. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

The Middle East (SHY 340)

This course focuses on the multifaceted dimensions of the modern Middle East, beginning with an historical overview of the ancient and medieval periods preceding it. The course examines the complex religious, cultural, and economic characteristics of the three major regions of the Middle East, and researches the roots of Middle Eastern tensions today. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

Modern Latin America (SHY 345)

Surveys the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Latin America from the beginning of the independence period to the present. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics in 20th Century US History (SHY 391)

This course explores a variety of selected topics in American history, from the era of Progressivism to the present day. Students explore topics or time periods in depth, master interpretations of the topic or era, and use primary sources and historical works to carry out guided research. Prerequisite: SHY103 or SLA201. Offered as needed. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Topics in Global History (SHY 394)

Focuses on an area of global history that extends beyond the cultural “western world.” This may include regional histories, comparative history, or global history. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Research Seminar (SHY 405)

Students read historical works related to the course theme and go through the steps of developing and carrying out a research project in a topic related to the course theme. Prerequisite: 6 credits upper-level history coursework. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Internship (SHY 430)

By arrangement. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

1 Credit.

Politics of the Sixties (SPS 338)

The enduring legacy of the 1960’s; the sixties as an historic period of culmination in U.S. politics; movements, ideologies, and pressures of the social and political movements of that era. Satisfies the U. S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

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