A broad perspective of the colonization and statehood within the United States, epochs and crucial events in America, with a look at how liberty was crafted in founding documents and related studies. (Required, all programs.)
This course traces the timeline of world events, empires and national development, including the key players that helped write human progress. This course begins with the Bible, Herodotus (and other Great Books authors), covering the Kush, Assyrian, Medo-Persian and related early empires. These earliest epochs of history begin a program of History required in virtually all our programs.
This course may be taken as an elective for History Majors or as a required part of the Classic Bachelor’s program, wherein are read in their totality books 1-5 of the works of Roman historian Titus Livius Patavinus (59 BC – AD 17).
HI-112 leaves off at the empire of Greece, and this (HI-211) course covers the start of the Roman Empire in its assorted forms. Such understanding is essential to many of our programs, as Rome continues to influence all corners of the globe. Principally working with Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (Great Books), this look at that history reveals why many things in America and elsewhere are as they are. (Elective for Associate students, required for Bachelor candidates, all majors.)
This look at primarily the 20th Century concludes the three main World History components for most of our program students. In this short (historically) time frame, the world has changed dramatically, in both technological and political ways. (Elective for Associate students, required for Bachelor candidates, all majors.) Straying outside the Great Books, this course works from “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time” by Quigley.
For our program in Education, this course focuses on how to build syllabi and teach History (World and American) related courses to children grades K-12.
This elective course is a continuation of the HI-211 course, filling in many additional gaps in the world picture pertaining to the Roman (post Pagan) empire in its expansion and westward development through Europe. For History majors, or those wanting the most insight on some of the biblical pictures of history (Theology and/or Historicist students) during the post-Pagan empire times, this is the course to enhance your understanding with Theology intertwined with secular History.
This trio of courses studies the American Epoch from 1776-1790, with an emphasis on the later three years (87-90) wherein was held the Constitutional Convention (1787), the writing of the Federalist & Anti-Federalist Papers (arguing pro and con on ratification), and state conventions were held considering adoption of the federal Constitution. Part one spends premium time on Madison’s Notes of this convention, looking at how, and why, the constitution was drafted as it was.
A continuation of HI-215, this course focuses on the ratification of the constitution, beginning with the Anti Federalist and Federalist Papers, leading into the state ratification conventions in the original states of the Union.