History

Chairperson: Kevin O'Connor
Professors: R. DeAragon, E. Downey (Emerita), E. CunninghamA. GoldmanK. O’Connor, J.R. Stackelberg (Emeritus), A. Via, S.J. (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: L. Arnold, S. Balzarini (Emeritus), K. Chambers, R. Donnelly, R. Goodrich, T. Nitz (Emeritus), A. OstendorfV. Schlimgen
Assistant Professors: C. De Barra, R. Rast, J. Weiskopf

Teaching Fellow (2019-20): Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica

The department offers one major and four minors:

Bachelor of Arts, History major
Minor in History
Minor in Asian History
Minor in Latin American History
Minor in History of Race & Ethnic Communities

The Department of History offers a variety of courses that enable students to fulfill University Core requirements as well as to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with either a major or a minor in History. The goals of the department curriculum are to engender an informed, critical, and articulate sense of the past, an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and an awareness of the role of tradition in shaping the present. The major develops a variety of practical research and communication skills and provides a foundation for graduate work, the study of law, public service, teaching, archival and library sciences, public history, and many careers in business and the professions. The department sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History honor society, and coordinates internships with community partners, Gonzaga University Archives, and Special Collections.

Majors are required to complete HIST 301 (Historical Methods), which is normally taken as the student begins the upper division courses. Majors are also required to take HIST 401 (Senior Seminar). In exceptional cases, students with an honors level grade point average and with approval of the department may elect to take HIST 499 (Senior Thesis) in lieu of HIST 401. Upper-division electives must include one course from four topic areas. Majors who wish to obtain teacher certification are urged to confer with the School of Education as well as their departmental adviser.


B.A. Major in History: 33 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 101 Survey of Western Civilization I 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
3 credits
HIST 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500 - Present
HIST 201 History of U.S.A. I 3 credits
HIST 202 History of U.S.A. II 3 credits
Upper Division
HIST 301 Historical Methods
3 credits
HIST Electives
   (a maximum of six credits from HIST 210-299 may be used to satisfy this requirement)
15 credits
One of the following two courses:
HIST 401 Research Seminar
3 credits
HIST 499 Honors Thesis
0 credit

HIST electives must include one course in each of the following areas:

1) Non-Western or Developing Areas:  3 credits
HIST 211 Intro to Native American History
HIST 274 China Past and Present
HIST 275 Japan Past and Present
HIST 343 Colonial Africa
HIST 344 African Health and Healing
HIST 345 African Environmental History
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity & the Counterculture
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America
HIST 381 Modern Latin America
HIST 382 Revolutions in Modern Latin America 
HIST 383 Mexico
HIST 384 Women in Colonial Latin America
HIST 393 Topics: Non-Western
 
2) Pre-Modern Europe:  3 credits
HIST 302 The Ancient City
HIST 303 Athens in the 5th Century B.C.
HIST 304 Alexander the Great & the Hellenistic World 
HIST 305 The Roman Republic
HIST 306 The Roman Empire
HIST 307 Archaeology of Ancient Greece
HIST 308 Archaeology of Ancient Rome
HIST 309 Italy: Homeland of the Romans
HIST 311 Medieval Europe
HIST 312 Renaissance Europe
HIST 313 The Reformation
HIST 315 Medieval Britain
HIST 316 Tudor and Stuart Britain
HIST 391 Topics: Pre-Modern Europe
 
3) Modern European:  3 credits
HIST 321 Age of the French Revolution 
HIST 325 World War I 1914-1918
HIST 326 Europe 1918-1939
HIST 329 Hitler’s Germany
HIST 330 The Holocaust
HIST 331 World War II
HIST 332 Modern Britain
HIST 334 Russia and the U.S.S.R. Since 1945
HIST 335 Eastern Europe Since 1863
HIST 337 The Stalin Era
HIST 338 Fascist Italy
HIST 340 The Cold War
HIST 392 Topics: Modern Europe
 
4) U.S. History:  3 credits
HIST 210 Indians of the Columbia Plateau
HIST 211 Intro to Native American History
HIST 340 The Cold War 
HIST 350 The City in American History
HIST 351 Coming to America
HIST 352 The Early American Republic
HIST 353 U.S. Civil War Era & Reconstruction 
HIST 354 North American Exploration
HIST 355 The American West
HIST 358 African-American History
HIST 359 America: Invasion to Rebellion
HIST 360 Pacific Northwest History
HIST 361 Post-World War II Presidency
HIST 362 U.S. Since 1945
HIST 363 Women in United States History
HIST 364 Public History
HIST 365 Environmental History 
HIST 366 America Culture and Ideas
HIST 367 Civil Rights, Social Justice, & U.S. Citizenship
HIST 368 The U.S. in the World 
HIST 369 A History of Race in America 
HIST 394 Topics: U.S. History
 

Minor in History: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 101 Survey of Western Civilization I 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
3 credits
HIST 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division                                                                                     12 credits
HIST 405 General History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
HIST Electives
(a maximum of six credits from HIST 210-299 may be used to satisfy this requirement)


Asian History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present 3 credits
One of the following two courses:* 3 credits
HIST 274 China Past & Present
HIST 275 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 402 Asian History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following elective courses: 12 credits
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization 
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity, & Counterculture
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements:
SOCI 326 East Asian Society
RELI 353 Buddhism 
*HIST 274 or HIST 275 may satisfy 3 upper-division elective credits if not satisfying the lower-division requirement.  

 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Asian History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present 3 credits
One of the following two courses:* 3 credits
HIST 274 China Past & Present
HIST 275 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 402 Asian History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following electives: 12 credits
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization 
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity, & Counterculture
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill credit requirements:
SOCI 326 East Asian Society
RELI 353 Buddhism 
*HIST 274 or HIST 275 may satisfy 3 upper-division elective credits if not satisfying the lower-division requirement.  

Asian History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present 3 credits
One of the following two courses:* 3 credits
HIST 274 China Past & Present
HIST 275 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 402 Asian History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following electives: 12 credits
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization 
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity, & Counterculture
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill credit requirements:
SOCI 326 East Asian Society
RELI 353 Buddhism 
*HIST 274 or HIST 275 may satisfy 3 upper-division elective credits if not satisfying the lower-division requirement.  

Asian History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present 3 credits
One of the following two courses:* 3 credits
HIST 274 China Past & Present
HIST 275 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 402 Asian History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following electives: 12 credits
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization 
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity, & Counterculture
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill credit requirements:
SOCI 326 East Asian Society
RELI 353 Buddhism 
*HIST 274 or HIST 275 may satisfy 3 upper-division elective credits if not satisfying the lower-division requirement.  

Latin American History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 101 Survey of Western Civilization I 3 credits
One of the following two courses:* 3 credits
HIST 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIST 275 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 402 Asian History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following electives: 12 credits
HIST 370 Foundations of East Asian Civilization 
HIST 374 Maoist China
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization 
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
HIST 378 Zen, Modernity, & Counterculture
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill credit requirements:
SOCI 326 East Asian Society
RELI 353 Buddhism 
*HIST 274 or HIST 275 may satisfy 3 upper-division elective credits if not satisfying the lower-division requirement.  

Latin American History Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
HIST 101 Survey of Western Civilization I 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
3 credits
HIST 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present
Upper Division
HIST 403 Latin American History Minor Summation Project 0 credits
Choose four of the following elective courses: 12 credits
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America
HIST 381 Modern Latin America
 
HIST 382 Revolutions in Modern Latin America
 
HIST 383 Mexico
 
HIST 384 Women in Colonial Latin America
 
HIST 390 Latino History
 
A maximum of 3 credits from the following courses may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements:  
SOCI 322 Latin American Society
 
POLS 352 Latin American Politics 
 
SPAN 307 Survey Latin American Literature I 
 
SPAN 308 Survey Latin American Literature II 
 
SPAN 410 Intro to Latin American Civilization & Cultures 
 
SPAN 416 Latin American Cinema 
 

History of Race & Ethnic Communities Minor: 18 Credits

Lower Division
Two of the following four courses:
6 credits
HIST 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
 
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Present
 
HIST 201 History of the U.S. I
 
HIST 202 History of the U.S. II 
 
Upper Division
 
HIST 404 History of Race & Ethnic Communities Minor Summation Project 0 credits 
Two of the following Western elective courses:
6 credits
HIST 301 Historical Methods: American Slaveries 
HIST 329 Hitler's Germany
HIST 330 The Holocaust 
 
HIST 352 Early American Republic 
 
HIST 358 African American History 
 
HIST 359 America: Invasion to Rebellion
 
HIST 366 American Culture and Ideas 
 
HIST 367 Civil Rights, Social Justice, & U.S. Citizenship
 
HIST 369 History of Race in America 
 
HIST 391 Disunited Kingdom 
 
HIST 392 Northern Ireland 
 
Two of the following Non-Western elective courses: 6 credits
HIST 210 Indians of the Columbia Plateau
 
HIST 211 Introduction to Native American History 
 
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America 
 
HIST 390 The Pacific World 
 
HIST 390 Latino History
 
Lower Division
HIST 101 Survey of Westrn Civilizatn I
3.00 credits
A survey of the origins of western civilization in the Near East; classical Greek and Roman civilizations; and developments in Europe to 1648.
HIST 101H Survy Westrn Civilztn I Honors
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. A survey of the origins of western civilization in the Near East; Greek and Roman civilizations; and developments in Europe to 1648.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 102 Survey of Westrn Civilizatn II
3.00 credits
A survey of European history from the seventeenth century to the present with emphasis on ideas, politics, and social changes.
HIST 102H Srvy Westrn Civilztn II Honors
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. A survey of European history from the seventeenth century to the present with emphasis on ideas, politics, and social changes.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 112 World Civilization 1500-Pres
3.00 credits
A survey of world civilization from the 16th century to the present with an emphasis on the different civilizations of the world and their interactions.
HIST 190 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
HIST 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
HIST 201 History of the US I
3.00 credits
This is a survey of the United States from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Topics include the development of the colonies, their interaction with Native Americans, the revolution of the colonies, the establishment of the Constitution, westward expansion, cultural development, early reform movements, slavery and the Civil War.
HIST 201H History of US I Honors
3.00 credits
For Honors students, see HIST 201 course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 202 History of the US II
3.00 credits
This is a survey of events after the Civil War that have shaped the present United States and its world roles. Emphasis is on the Reconstruction period, the Gilded Age, the rise of industry, and American overseas expansion. Moving into the 20th century, the course focuses on Progressive Era reform, the Great Depression, the World Wars, and domestic and foreign policy after 1945, particularly civil rights, social policies, and the Cold War.
HIST 202H History of the US II Honors
3.00 credits
For Honors students, see HIST 202.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 206 Washington History
1.00 credit
This course is intended for students working toward teacher certification.
HIST 210 Indians of Columbia Plateau
3.00 credits
This course will explore Native American groups on the Columbia Plateau, including their traditional lifestyles, traditional and colonial religions, the Salish language, and responses to settlement and government policies. We will also examine the traditions of cooperation and collaboration among these groups. We must understand the geography of the Plateau, in order to fully contextualize the importance of homeland and traditional practices, so this course represents place-based study of Native American history. Spring.
Equivalent:
ENVS 360 - OK if taken since Fall 2019
HIST 211 Intro Native American History
3.00 credits
Hundreds of Indigenous groups made their home in North America for centuries before European colonial expansion reached these shores. Native communities might describe this occupancy as ‘since time immemorial.’ This class will begin with an exploration of those earlier eras and will acknowledge that each Native community was/is distinct from other communities. Thus, while we can observe commonalities in Native experiences and histories, we will also conclude that there is no ‘single’ Native perspective. To develop this conclusion, we will assess processes of change over time across what we now know as the United States. This course will consider social and cultural approaches to preserving and passing down Native American histories as well as U.S. history interpretations of Native Americans’ societies, cultures, economies, and spiritualties. “Texts” in this course will include history books, literature, images, and film, and we will create and respond to research questions using primary and secondary sources.
HIST 274 China Past and Present
3.00 credits
This course is a focused survey of Chinese history from the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 B.C.) up to the present. Using the standard interpretive categories of politics, economics, society, and culture, the course will explore such topics as pre-imperial China; the Qin-Han consolidations and breakdowns; pre-modern Imperial China (Jin, Sui, Tang, Song, including inter-dynasty kingdoms); the Mongol (Yuan) dynasty; early modern and modern imperial China (Ming and Qing); and the Revolutionary periods of the twentieth century, including the Guomindang era, Maoism, and Post-Mao modernizations. Students who take this course for International Studies credit will be required to do an extra writing assignment that integrates the material of this course with their International Studies focus. It is desired but not required that students will have taken History 112 (World Civilizations Since 1500) prior to taking this course. Students who take this class as a History course may not use or substitute the credits for International Studies.
HIST 275 Japan Past and Present
3.00 credits
This course is a focused survey of Japanese history from the Jomon Period (c. 14,000 B.C) up to the present. Using the standard interpretive categories of politics, economics, society, and culture, the course will explore such topics as the Jomon and Yayoi classical ages; the Yamato, Nara, and Heian aristocratic ages; the Kamakura, Ashikaga, and Tokugawa warrior ages, and the modern period from the Meiji Restoration through the twentieth century. Students who take this course for International Studies credit will be required to do an extra writing assignment that integrates the material of this course with their International Studies focus. It is desired but not required that students will have taken History 112 (World Civilizations Since 1500) prior to taking this course. Students who take this class as History course may not use or substitute the credits for International Studies.
Upper Division
HIST 301 Historical Methods
3.00 credits
An in-depth introduction to the discipline of History. While subject matter may vary by professor and semester, all sections will have in common the following topics: the history and philosophies of History; varieties of historical evidence (oral, archaeological, documentary); mechanics of historical writing; introduction to various interpretive frameworks and theories, with an emphasis on contemporary methods and issues. Students will complete library research and writing projects, demonstrate understanding of historical prose, citation, analysis and interpretation. It is highly recommended that this course be taken in the sophomore year in preparation for upper-division coursework.
HIST 302 Ancient City
3.00 credits
This course is a survey of the development of the city in the ancient world. Students will explore urban forms and processes as they are shaped by - and as they shape - their social, cultural, economic and physical contexts. The course will focus on representative urban centers of the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world, tracing the evolution of ancient urbanism from the Near East to the classical worlds of Greece and Rome.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
VART 403 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 303 Athens in the 5th Century BC
3.00 credits
The history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the end of the fifth century BC, with special emphasis on the city of Athens and its political, social, and economic landscape during Classical Greece.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
HIST 304 Alexander Grt and Hellen Wrld
3.00 credits
The political, social, and cultural history of Greece and the Hellenistic World from 399 to 30 BC, from the death of Socrates to the death of Cleopatra. The course will focus particularly on the rise of Macedon as a Mediterranean power, the achievements of Alexander the Great, and the transformation of the eastern Mediterranean under the monarchies of the Hellenistic Period.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
HIST 305 The Roman Republic
3.00 credits
The political, social and cultural history of Republican Rome from its legendary origins to the Battle of Actium and its de facto end in 31 BC. The course will focus closely on the factors leading to the Republic's successful rise as uncontested Mediterranean ruler as well as the internal political and social conflicts that brought the Republic crashing down to its ultimate fall. (Also offered through Gonzaga in Florence on an intermittent basis.)
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
ITAL 363 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 306 The Roman Empire
3.00 credits
The political, social and cultural history of Rome during the age of the Emperors, from Augustus' creation of the Principate in 27 BC to the decline of the Roman Empire in the west by the 5th century AD. Special focus in this course will be given to the workings of the Imperial system, daily life in Rome and the provinces, the rise of Christianity and the ultimate transformation of the empire.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
ITAL 364 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 307 Archaeology of Ancient Greece
3.00 credits
This course examines the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of the major monuments and artifacts of Ancient Greece and its neighbors. Architecture, sculpture, vase and fresco painting, and the minor arts are all examined, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. We consider the nature of this archaeological evidence, and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as history, art history, and the classical languages.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
VART 404 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 308 Archaeology of Ancient Rome
3.00 credits
This course examines the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of the major monuments and artifacts of ancient Rome and its neighbors. Architecture, sculpture, vase and fresco painting, and the minor arts are all examined, from the Early Iron Age through the Late Roman period. We consider the nature of this archaeological evidence, and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as history, art history, and the classical languages.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
VART 405 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 309 Italy: Homeland of the Romans
3.00 credits
This course focuses on history, culture, society, religion, art, architecture, literature and daily life of the Romans, from Rome's beginnings in myth and legend through its rise to the domination of the Mediterranean world, its violent conversion from a Republic to an Empire and the long success of that Empire until its collapse in the fifth century A.D. Gonzaga in Florence only.
HIST 311 Medieval Europe
3.00 credits
Developments in the first flowering of Western European civilization, C.A.D. 500-1350, including feudalism, the rise of representative assemblies, the commercial revolution and the papal monarchy. Gonzaga in Florence only.
Equivalent:
ITAL 366 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 312 Renaissance Europe
3.00 credits
A history of western Europe circa 1350-1550, examining the political, religious, social, and economic context for the cultural achievements of the humanists, artists, dramatists, scientists, architects, and educators of the age of Joan of Arc, Michelangelo, the Tudors, and the Medici.
Equivalent:
ITAL 367 - Successful completion
HIST 313 The Reformation
3.00 credits
The figures, ideas, and events that produced the religious upheaval and disruption of medieval Christendom in the sixteenth century.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
HIST 315 Medieval Britain
3.00 credits
A survey of the political, religious, social, and cultural history of the British Isles, circa 100-1485, examining Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman, and Plantagenet interactions. Topics will include Christianization, the Viking and Norman invasions, Magna Carta and Parliament; relations of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
HIST 316 Tudor & Stuart Britain
3.00 credits
British religious, political, social, cultural, and economic developments from the late 1400s to 1689, including the War of the Roses, the English Renaissance and Reformation, the Civil War and Restoration, and the Revolution of 1688.
HIST 321 Age of the French Revolution
3.00 credits
The political, social, intellectual, and religious history of Europe from the eighteenth century to 1815, including the Enlightenment, the fall of the ancient regime, the French Revolution, and Napoleon.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
FREN 347 - OK if taken since Fall 2011
INST 383 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 325 World War I 1914-1918
3.00 credits
A history of Europe and the world's involvement in the Great War from 1914-1918. The course will discuss the origins, conduct and consequences of World War I. Arguably the pivotal event of the modern age, World War I set the stage for the "century of violence." The nature of war and Western civilization changed on the battlefields of the First World War. These themes will be explored in the course.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 326 Europe 1918-1939
3.00 credits
A history of Europe from the end of the Great War to the beginning of the Second World War. This course will include the impact of World War I, the postwar peace settlements, the social, political, intellectual and economic disruption of the war, the rise of fascism, the Great Depression, Hitler and National Socialism, and the origins of World War II
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 387 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 329 Hitler's Germany
3.00 credits
German history from 1918 to 1945. The causes, characteristics, and consequences of Nazi rule.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 397 - Successful completion
HIST 330 The Holocaust
3.00 credits
A history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews in World War II, including its origins and historical context, the methods used by the Nazis to identify and exterminate victims, a study of the perpetrators, the reaction of the international community, and post-war historiography, interpretation and commemoration.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112H Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112H Minimum Grade: D
HIST 331 World War II
3.00 credits
The causes, conduct and consequences of the Second World War.
HIST 332 Modern Britain
3.00 credits
British history from 1688 to the present, emphasizing the reign of Victoria, industrialization and reform, imperialism, constitutional and colonial development, the conflict with Napoleon, the Irish Home Rule, the decline of liberalism and the rise of labor, the two world wars, and the postwar welfare state.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 398 - Successful completion
HIST 334 Russia & USSR Since 1945
3.00 credits
This course may be considered an autopsy on the Soviet empire. Its themes include: "developed" socialism under Stalin's successors; the rise and decline of the Soviet economy; the Cold War; the Soviet Union's nationalities issues; the impact of Gorbachev's reforms; and the collapse of the USSR. The course will also consider the domestic and foreign policy challenges faced by Yeltsin and Putin after 1991.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 376 - Successful completion
HIST 335 Eastern Europe Since 1863
3.00 credits
This course surveys the major political developments in central, eastern, and southeastern Europe from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Its major themes include the collapse of the region's multinational empires, the creation of nation-states, World War II and the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the political challenges posed by democracy, nationalism, communism, and foreign domination.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 336 History of Food
3.00 credits
What historical processes have determined how Italians (and others) eat today? What role does food production and consumption play in history? This course is an investigation of humans in the Mediterranean and the food they eat and cultivate, and it will help us understand that the food we eat is the product of a historical process. Gonzaga in Florence only.
HIST 337 The Stalin Era
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the dictatorship of Josef Stalin from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. Its main topics include: Stalin's consolidation of personal rule; the impact of crash industrialization and agricultural collectivization; Stalinist terror; the Soviet experience in World War II; the worldwide influence of the Soviet model after the war; and the legacy of Stalinism in Russia.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 338 Fascist Italy
3.00 credits
Italian history from 1918 to 1945, including an examination of social and economic conditions in post-World War Italy, rise of the Fascist Party, the role of Benito Mussolini, the nature of Fascist government in Italy, Italian imperialism under Mussolini, and the part played by Italy as an ally with Hitler's Germany. Offered through Gonzaga in Florence on an intermittent basis.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 391 - Successful completion
HIST 340 The Cold War
3.00 credits
The focus of this course is the ideological and geopolitical confrontation between the superpowers that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. The course analyzes the origins of the Cold War, its global manifestations in Europe and the "Third World," as well as the effects of the Cold War on American and Soviet societies and cultures.
Prerequisite:
HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 202 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 343 Colonial Africa
3.00 credits
This course examines the colonial period through the lived realities of Africans themselves. In particular, it considers the ways in which African and colonial systems of economics, politics, gender, and community were brought into dynamic tension during the decades of colonial rule.
HIST 344 African Health and Healing
3.00 credits
This class interrogates how African understandings of health and practices of healing transformed from the precolonial through the post-independence periods. In particular, we will study the interrelationship between health and politics in African thought, the integration of western biomedicine into African systems of healing, and the changing disease landscape of capitalism, colonialism, and globalization.
HIST 345 African Environmental History
3.00 credits
This course explores the long-term history of Africans' dynamic interactions with their environments by interrogating how African environmental realities and Africans' conceptions of the environment shaped broader political, social and economic histories. Beginning in the precolonial period, we will trace how climatic variation, political and economic changes in the colonial period, and post-independence priorities transformed Africans' relationships with their environments.
HIST 350 The City in American History
3.00 credits
How, when, and why did cities in America develop where they did? How do physical form and institutions vary from city to city and how are these differences significant? This course will explore these and other questions while emphasizing twentieth-century American cities. We will examine urban populations, city culture, crime, municipal politics, and sustainability.
HIST 351 Coming to America
3.00 credits
Immigration, race, and ethnicity in American History. We will discuss the factors that impelled our ancestors to leave the "Old Country" and the "New World" features that made it attractive. Where did they settle? How were they received? While considering ethnic identity, religion, assimilation, community, citizenship, work, gender, class, nativism, and exclusion, we will discover why it is important that we study not only our own roots, but also the background of others in this polyethnic nation.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 347 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 352 The Early American Republic
3.00 credits
This course examines the critical period in the early American republic from the American Revolution until approximately 1850. Topics covered in this course include immigration, expansion, nationalism, conceptions of race and ethnicity, labor, slavery, gender, reform movements, industrializations, Native American issues, and popular democracy and religion. All of these will be considered in light of the processes by which the United States began to cohere as a nation both politically and culturally.
HIST 353 US Civil War & Reconstruction
3.00 credits
Although this class will center around the American Civil War (1861-1865), it will even more so be a history of the United States from approximately 1820 through 1880, in order to effectively place the war in its appropriate historical contexts of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the mid-nineteenth century. This course will examine the nature and creation of regional distinctiveness in the United States, the centrality of race and slavery to the nation, the causes of disunion, the nature and character of the Civil War which followed, the war's diverse effects on the whole American populous, the nation's attempt at reconstruction, and the war's legacies that still inform our nation today.
HIST 355 The American West
3.00 credits
An introduction to the history of the region. The course offers an overview of regional settlement, cultural diversity, social relations, economic development, urban growth, and politics. The course also explores the meaning of the West to the nation through the work of writers and filmmakers.
HIST 358 African-American History
3.00 credits
A study of the experiences of African-Americans from the 1600s to the present, which will include the development of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-Americans on the frontier, and the African-American experience in the 20th century.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 326 - OK if taken since Fall 2017
HIST 359 America: Invasion to Rebellion
3.00 credits
This course will examine the process of colonization on the North American continent. Issues which will be considered include: the world views of the people who eventually lived together in North America, the retentions, borrowings and changes in cultures during colonization, the varied Native American responses to the diverse incoming Europeans and Africans the increasing commitment to racial slavery and the enslaveds' responses to this, the wide array of assumptions European empires held toward this continent and colonization, and the relationship between the colonies and the empire.
HIST 360 Pacific Northwest History
3.00 credits
The social, economic, political, and cultural development of the Pacific Northwest from the late eighteenth century to the present. The primary geographical focus is on Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The course focuses on three overarching themes: the region’s social and cultural diversity, competition over the region’s natural resources, and the development of regional identity.
HIST 361 Post-WWII Presidency
3.00 credits
The post-1945 presidency evolved and changed drastically as consequence of domestic and foreign events and ideology. We will examine the powers and limitations of the post-1945 U.S. presidents in both foreign and domestic affairs. We will assess their relationships with Congress, the American people, the press, and other nations, and we will explore presidential power, agenda, persuasion, secrecy, and character.
HIST 362 U.S. Since 1945
3.00 credits
The political ideologies, social movements, and cultural revolutions that emerged after World War II, as reactions to the Cold War, social injustice, and changes in ideals, have influenced our contemporary politics, society, and culture. By examining this period in U.S. History, we will be able to better understand some of the issues that are most important to us today. This course will survey the international conflict, great social movements, and popular culture of the decades since 1945.
HIST 363 Women in United States History
3.00 credits
Explores the history of American women from the colonial era to the present and investigates women’s economic and political lives and social contributions through suffrage, reform, civil rights, feminism, and more. The class also explores gender roles and the ways that race, class, politics, national origin, and the passage of time alter those expectations.
Equivalent:
WGST 330 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
HIST 364 Public History
3.00 credits
Why are people drawn to the past? When they go searching for it, where do they go, and what do they find? What should they find? This course examines the practice and politics of “public history.” As we will see, public historians work as museum curators, historic preservationists, historic site interpreters, archivists, film consultants, writers, and editors. In these and other roles, public historians help individuals and organizations recognize, contend with, and learn from the complexities of the past. Through weekly readings, site visits, guest speakers, and hands-on project experience, this course will introduce students to the challenges and rewards that accompany engagement with - and employment within - the field of Public History.
HIST 365 Environmental History
3.00 credits
In examining the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment over time, this course explores how nature affects cultural responses and how humans, in turn, have shaped the world around them. Employing a multidisciplinary approach this course draws upon ecological, historical, economic, or political analysis to illuminate the varied relationships between people and place.
Equivalent:
ENVS 353 - OK if taken since Fall 2018
HIST 366 American Cultures and Ideas
3.00 credits
This course will examine American history through an exploration of its culture. Throughout this course we will work towards defining what culture is, how it shapes expectations and assumption, how it motivates human actions and interactions, and how it is bound by time and place. Each student’s ability to critically read cultural sources from an appropriately historical frame of reference will be tested in a variety of assignments, including weekly readings, writing assignments, and active class participation.
Equivalent:
VART 406 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 367 Rights Justice & US Citizenshp
3.00 credits
This course explores the history of citizenship in the United States from its founding in the Revolutionary era to the present. We will examine how and why the rights and obligations of citizenship have changed over time. We will also consider philosophical and theoretical frameworks involved in building and in understanding citizenship. And, significantly, we will explore the ways that Americans worked to democratize institutions that treated citizens differently because of race, ethnicity, class, national origin, or gender. This course is geared towards students interested in history, law, politics, ethnic studies, women’s studies, and social movements.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 341 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
HIST 368 The U.S. in the World
3.00 credits
This course will introduce you to the history of the United States in its global context. In order to situate the United States within its world, this course explores the interconnections between domestic beliefs, national policy, and international events.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 102 Minimum Grade: D or HIST 112 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
INST 356 - OK if taken since Fall 2014
HIST 369 A History of Race in America
3.00 credits
Why is there race? This course will examine the history of the inventions, transformations and expressions of the idea of race as a category of difference in American thought and experience from pre-contact to the present. The course will consider intellectual, cultural, legal, social, economic, and political manifestations of this idea, with special attention given to how the idea has been applied and experienced in diverse ways across North America over time.
HIST 370 Fnd of East Asian Civilization
3.00 credits
This course seeks to give students an understanding of the history and culture of pre-modern China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. After exploring the historical roots of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism in China, students will examine the ways in which these foundational philosophies helped form social, cultural, and political institutions in China and its neighbors. Students will also focus attention on the historical emergence of the Chinese imperial system, and its greatest pre-modern exemplars, the Qin, Han and T'ang dynasties. Not limiting the focus to China alone, students will also explore how the concept of China as the "middle kingdom" influenced the language, religion and political developments in Japan and Korea, leading to an authentic "macro-culture" in East Asia. The course will finish with a discussion of samurai culture and an analysis of how the Mongol conquests of Central and East Asia transformed the region, taking students to the threshold of the early modern period in Asia. It is desired, but not required, that students take HIST 112 prior to this course.
HIST 374 Maoist China
3.00 credits
This course is an in-depth study of China during the revolutionary twentieth century, focused upon the career of People's Republic of China Chairman Mao Zedong. In addition to analyzing the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of post-imperial China, the course takes a look at the theory of revolution, and examines China's historical development in the context of imperialism, post colonialism, and international Marxist revolution. It is desired, but not required, that students take HIST 112 prior to this course.
HIST 375 Modern East Asian Civilization
3.00 credits
This course is a focused integrated survey of East Asian civilization since the Late Ming period of China (c. 1600 A.D.). Using the standard interpretive categories of politics, economics, society, and culture, the course will explore the historical inter-relationships between the rise of the Manchu (Qing) Dynasty and the unification of Japan; the historical inter-relationships between East Asian societies and western commercial expansion, including overseas missions to China and Japan; the explosion of western imperialism in the nineteenth century, including the Opium War and Taiping Rebellion; Japanese imperialism in China and Korea; the historical inter-relationships between Chinese communism and Japanese militarism; East Asia in the Cold War, and the pop-cultural influence on East Asia on the modern west. Students who take this course for International Studies credit will be required to do an extra writing assignment that integrates the material of this course with their International Studies focus. It is desired but not required that students will have taken History 112 (World Civilizations 1500 - Present) prior to taking this course.
Equivalent:
INST 373 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
HIST 376 Tokugawa Japan
3.00 credits
This course is an in-depth study of Japan's "early modern" period, covering the years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868). In addition to analyzing the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of Japan's centralized feudal period, the course takes a look at the theory of modernity and examines Japan's historical development in the context of modernization.
HIST 378 Zen Modernity & Counterculture
3.00 credits
This course is an in-depth study of the historical relationship between modern Japanese Zen Buddhism and the American counter-culture of the post WWII period. Through readings and discussions of a number of religious, literary and historical works, the course explores the degree to which the modern "reinvention" of an ancient Japanese religious tradition has influenced, and continues to influence western popular culture.
HIST 379 Technology & Human World
3.00 credits
This course will provide a comprehensive survey of the development of science and technology in the context of world history and will invite students to take part in a critical engagement of the mutually productive qualities of history and technology in a context of modernization. Fall, odd years.
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America
3.00 credits
A survey of colonial Latin America that examines the contact, conflict, and accommodation among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans that shaped colonial Latin America.
Equivalent:
INST 372 - Successful completion
NTAS 341 - OK if taken since Fall 2017
HIST 381 Modern Latin America
3.00 credits
A general introduction to the history of the former colonies of Spain and Portugal in the Western Hemisphere. Topics include the rise of caudillos, rural developments, the emergence of liberal economic development, populism, banana republics, dictatorships, dirty wars, Marxist revolution, and contemporary predicaments.
Equivalent:
INST 394 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 382 Revolutions in Mod Latin Amer
3.00 credits
This course examines the origins, emergence, process, and consequences of major Latin American social and political revolutions in the twentieth century. It will investigate a variety of types of revolutions including different urban and rural movements, as well as groups that sought radical change from high politics to the grass roots level.
Equivalent:
INST 369 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 383 Mexico
3.00 credits
A survey of Mexican history from the Aztec wars to the present.
Equivalent:
INST 377 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
HIST 384 Women in Colonial Latin Amer
3.00 credits
This course will investigate the lives of women in both the pre-contact and post-conquest societies. The first part of the course concentrates on the activities of women, and their role in society, among the Aztecs, Inca, and Pueblo civilizations. The course will follow with the study of their experiences after the Spanish Conquest. The final section of the course will cover the variety of women, ranging from wealthy Spanish women, established nuns, marginal mystics, Indian leaders, and African women, and their experiences in the Spanish colonies. In class, students will learn about and discuss the various gender systems which operated in different periods, and how these systems shaped women's lives as women shaped the systems themselves.
Equivalent:
WGST 331 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
HIST 390 Topics in History
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 391 Topics: Pre-Modern Europe
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 392 Topics: Modern Europe
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 393 Topics: Non-Western
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 394 Topics: U.S. History
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 395 Topics: History (Study Abroad)
1.00- 5.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 396 Topics in History
1.00- 9.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 398 Topics in History
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 399 Topics in History
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected historical topics of current and special interest.
HIST 401 Senior Thesis/Seminar
3.00 credits
The History capstone course, designed as a discussion seminar for majors. General discussion topics and assignments vary by instructor and term, but all will develop student understanding of the methods, historiography, and skills of contemporary historical practice. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the discipline in course discussion, assignments, peer review, and research of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor to produce a thesis project using relevant primary and secondary sources.
Prerequisite:
HIST 301 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 402 Asian History SummationProject
.00 credits
Students seeking to earn a minor in Asian History must complete a minor summation project and submit the project to the professor on record. The project can be, but is not limited to, a revised research paper or presentation from a course taken to fulfill minor requirements.
HIST 403 Latin Amer Hist Summat Project
.00 credits
Students seeking to earn a minor in Latin American History must complete a minor summation project and submit the project to the professor on record. The project can be, but is not limited to, a revised research paper or presentation from a course taken to fulfill minor requirements.
HIST 404 Race&EthnicCommunitiesSumPrjct
.00 credits
Students seeking to earn a minor in the History of Race and Ethnic Communities must complete a minor summation project and submit the project to the professor on record. The project can be, but is not limited to, a revised research paper or presentation from a course taken to fulfill minor requirements.
HIST 405 General Hist Summation Project
.00 credits
Students seeking to earn a minor in History must complete a minor summation project and submit the project to the professor on record. The project can be, but is not limited to, a revised research paper or presentation from a course taken to fulfill minor requirements.
HIST 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world"? by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
HIST 490 Directed Reading and Research
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
HIST 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
Students will apply historical methods and analytical skills at a non-profit or for-profit site such as a museum, archive, preservation office, government office, or other research or historical site. Instructor permission required to register.
HIST 498 Advanced Historical Writing
1.00 credit
This course is designed for students who have taken HIST 301 and who wish to improve their historical and writing skills by continuing work on their research papers.
Prerequisite:
HIST 301 Minimum Grade: D
HIST 499 Thesis
.00 credits
In exceptional cases, this course may be taken in lieu of HIST 401 by students with honor-level grade point averages, course work, and the permission of the Department of History.
 
Second Language Competency

Competency in a second language (classical or modern) at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) is required for students continuing in the study of a language. Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101-102). Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement.

Additional information on this requirement can be found at

Language Requirement Information

 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.