History at Waynesburg University

At Waynesburg, the history department is multi-dimensional and globally oriented. You will benefit from learning to think analytically, read critically, research accurately and write professionally.

As a student in the history program, you can choose to major in history or major in history with a secondary education option.

Recent history graduates enjoy successful careers as pastors in various Christian denominations, professional journalism, library and museum research and administration, teachers in secondary and higher educational settings, professionals in law and the criminal justice system, and corporate management and administrative positions. A history degree from Waynesburg University provides vocational flexibility and success.

Programs Offered

The History Department at Waynesburg is multi-dimensional and globally oriented. The History program is designed to inspire you to think analytically, to read critically, to research accurately, and to write professionally. Our faculty and staff prepare History students to be productive citizens and successful graduate students.

You may choose from an array of classes that are region specific (Russian and African History), period based (Colonial and Vietnam Way History), and thematic (Women’s History and the History of Minorities). Many students tailor their education to their social interests by selecting an exciting and challenging independent study course.

Waynesburg University offers you the flexibility of a History degree with Pennsylvania teacher’s certification. You can enroll as a history major while obtaining Pennsylvania social studies certification through our Secondary Education Option in History.

As a member of this exciting and versatile program, you can specialize in History while preparing for a career as a high school teacher. With the advice and guidance of two advisors (History and Education), you will observe high school classes (sophomore year), complete a practicum (junior year), and complete a student teaching assignment (senior year). The Waynesburg University experience enables students to develop the knowledge, experience, and a professional teaching style necessary to be a successful teacher.

Academic Curriculum

HIS 101. The United States to 1865 3 credits

A historical survey of the main forces in American life from the colonial period through the Civil War. Reference will be made to Pennsylvania history. Fall

HIS 102. The United States Since 1865 3 credits

A historical survey of the main forces in American life since the Civil War. Reference will be made to Pennsylvania history. HIS 101 and HIS 102 are especially designed and recommended for first-year students. Spring

HIS 111. Western Civilization to 1500 3 credits

An introductory study of the beginnings of Western Civilization. A brief treatment of the ancient period to 300 A.D. emphasizes the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman origins. More intensive examination of the period from 300 to 1500 concerns economic, social, and cultural developments against a background of political history. Fall

HIS 112. Western Civilization Since 1500 3 credits

A continuation of the study of political, social, and economic developments with stress on the nations of Western Europe and their empires. Broad trends are treated in chronological order from 1500 to the present time. HIS 111 and HIS 112 are especially designed and recommended for first-year students. Spring

HIS 115. U.S. Constitution – Values and Principles 3 credits

(Cross-listed as POL 115)
The United States is a creedal nation defined by the Constitution. This course examines the basic values and principles of the Constitution that determine our form of government, outline our rights and responsibilities as citizens, and shape the parameters of our civic discourse and life. Fall

HIS 201. Macroeconomic History 3 credits

(Cross-listed as ECO 201)
Analyses of the determinants of the level of economic activity, employment, price fluctuations, and economic growth are followed by discussions of the nature of current fiscal and monetary policies, and the problems concerning international trade. Open only to history majors and secondary education option-citizenship education majors.

HIS 202. Microeconomic History 3 credits

(Cross-listed as ECO 202)
Analyses of consumer behavior, production costs, and price determination in different market structures are followed by discussions of general equilibrium and selected economic problems. Open only to history majors and secondary education optioncitizenship education majors.

HIS 205. World Civilizations 3 credits

An introduction to world civilizations from the earliest times to the present. Special emphasis is placed on an analysis of the development of unique structural patterns in human affairs within the framework of a global perspective, taking into account the impact of historic civilizations upon both traditional and non-traditional societies. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

HIS 206. Twentieth-Century World History and Culture 3 credits

An examination of world developments in the years from 1900 to 2000. Themes of intra- and inter-national conflict; global interdependency; growth and ethics of technology; population sustainability; comparative cultures, religions, governments, and evolving structures of power will be addressed. HIS 287. Sophomore History Seminar 1 creditA one-credit seminar to engage the Honors Program student in advanced research. A course in history would be completed concurrently or before the student enrolls in this seminar.

HIS 301. History of Russia to 1881 3credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Russia from the earliest times to the reign of Alexander III. (Fall 2011 and alternate years)

HIS 302. History of Russia from 1881 to the Present 3 credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural development of Russia examining the last days of the Empire, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the subsequent development of the Soviet Union, and changes since 1990. (Spring 2012 and alternate years)

HIS 315. Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Europe 3 credits

An investigation of major developments in Europe from 1815 to 1900 with emphasis on a topic such as imperialism, socialism, and industrial development. (Spring 2011 and alternate years)

HIS 318. American Colonial History 3 credits

American history from the age of exploration and colonization through the American Revolution and the early Republic. (Fall 2010 and alternate years) HIS 325. American Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits An analysis of the Civil War era from the Compromise of 1850 through the disputed election of 1876. (Fall 2010 and alternate years) HIS 328. Women's History 3 credits A presentation and discussion of the basic facts and problems in the history of women from ancient times to the present-day liberation movement. (Spring 2011 and alternate years)

HIS 335. The Gilded Age and Progressive Era 3 credits

A study of the transformation of American society at the turn of the century. Emphasis is given to the growth of industry, immigration, the labor movement, urbanization, consumerism and reform. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

HIS 336. The United States Since 1945 3 credits

A close examination of American society in the years that followed World War II.(Spring 2012 and alternate years.)

HIS 338. History of American Minority Experience 3 credits

(Cross-listed with SOC 307)
An examination of five distinct minority populations in United States history:African-, Asian-, Hispanic-, and Native-Americans, as well as white ethnic Americans, in particular Jews and Italians. Emphasis is on experiential case studies. (Fall 2010 and alternate years)

HIS 465. History Internship 3-6 credits

Supervised experience in, or associated with a historical society, museum, library, or institutional archive. Internships are designed to serve two major purposes: first, to provide an opportunity for study and experience outside the traditional classroom setting, yet within the framework of disciplined inquiry; and second, to provide a special opportunity for participants to refine their emerging professional interests. Students may earn three or six credits in one or two semesters, but no more than a total of six credits. May not be used to satisfy the major requirements of 33 hours. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Graded credit. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

HIS 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration 3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 117 for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum gpa. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

HIS 487. Honors Course 3-3 credits

Each semester course will cover a special topic in some field of history and will include training in historical methods. Open to senior history majors with a B average in history. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

HIS 495. Special Topics 3 credits

Subject matter to be arranged between the students and the professor. In addition,special topics will be offered regularly each year. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)


Karen Younger

Chairperson for the Humanities Department - Assistant Professor of History

Biblical and Ministry Studies History Humanities
Rea Redd

Director of the Eberly Library - Librarian IV - Professor

Administration History
William Batchelder

Assistant Professor of History-Director of the Honors Program


Testimonials The History Department at Waynesburg has allowed me to gain deeper understanding of American and World History alike. The faculty challenge students to search deeper and think harder about the past and how it affects our future.
Zachary Mason, 2013 history alumnus