European History

HIST 1300: Western Traditions Before 1500

Course Description:
Three credits. An analysis of the traditions and changes which have shaped Western political institutions, economic systems, social structures and culture in ancient and medieval times.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


HIST 1400: Modern Western Traditions

Course Description:
Three credits. History of political institutions, economic systems, social structures, and cultures in the modern Western world.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


Student Eligibility Guidelines for HIST 1300 & 1400:

Successful completion of at least one year of a high school history/social studies course recommended.

Instructor Certification Requirements:

The minimum degree requirement for instructors wishing to teach ECE History courses is a B.A. in History with at least four graduate courses (12 credits, half the number required for a Master’s degree) in European history.

Teachers interested in obtaining History certification are asked to submit the following materials in addition to the certification application:

  1. A detailed syllabus for the course being taught: this should include a 'statement of purpose' for the course, a list of the texts being used, and a schedule of the lectures and readings for each class meeting. Be sure to indicate the 'title' of the lecture (e.g., "Heresy and Dissent in the 13th Century"). Discussion topics, films, etc. should also be noted in the schedule, as well as notice of any websites that students are required to use.
  2. The syllabus must include a full listing of all primary source texts assigned for the course, along with an indication of how they will be used, e.g., as a basis for a careful in-class close reading, as a focus for class lecture and/or discussion, as material for written assignments, etc. The single most important feature that distinguishes an ECE History course from regular high school courses in an emphasis on reading, discussing and interpreting primary sources.

Instructor Resources:

HIST 1300 Sample Syllabus
HIST 1400 Sample Syllabus
History Handbook