The History Department cultivates in our students a passion for and a critical understanding of the past while developing intellectual, analytical, rhetorical and writing abilities that will help them to lead lives of significance in global communities.
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Dr. Schneid appears on the Napoleonic Quarterly, a History podcast. He is featured in five episodes this year that cover 1796-1797. The podcast follows the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era in three-month increments. 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In addition to US History surveys, he teaches on the Civil War and American legal history. His book, Commercializing Childhood: The Children's Magazine Industry and American Gentility, 1823-1918 is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press. Recently, he presented "The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Boston's Royal Rooters: A Study in Public Memory, Fandom, and Masculinity."   Curriculum Vitae [post_title] => Paul Ringel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => paul-ringel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-21 15:13:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-21 19:13:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=98037 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 98271 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-03 16:07:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-03 20:07:10 [post_content] => Academic Professional Employment:   2019-Present– High Point University– Instructor, Department of History 2019, 2015– High Point University– Adjunct Instructor, Department of History 2011-2014– High Point University– Supplemental Instructor & Tutor, Department of History & Academic Services   Academic Professional Posts:   2018: University of Oxford– Graduate Teaching Assistant, History Faculty 2018: Ordnance Society– Journal Editor, Journal of the O.S. 2016-2017: University of Oxford– Editorial Board, The New Collection (New College graduate journal) 2015-2016: US Holocaust Memorial Museum– Assistant to the Editor, Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 2015-2016: History & Uniforms (web magazine)– Assistant to the Editor   Academic Publications:   “Cosimo’s Crusades 1559-1563: Tuscany, the Military Order of Santo Stefano, and the Nature of Early Modern Crusades,” in Magnus Ressel, ed. Crusading Ideas and Fear of the Turks in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Toulouse: PUM Presses, 2021, pp. 165-180.   Conference Papers:   “Süleyman’s ‘Magnificent’ Navy During the Later Italian Wars (mid-sixteenth century” Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa annual conference, Washington DC, November 2021   “From Concept to Combat: The First Decade of the Medici Ducal Fleet, 1548-1558” International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) annual conference, St. Etienne, France, July 2018   “Tuscan Crusades in the 16th Century” Crusading ideology and fear of the Turk in Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era, Frankfurt, Germany, June 2018   “The Galley Fleet of the Order of Santo Stefano” History of War Seminar (University of Oxford), Oxford, UK, November 2016   Professional Associations Society for Military History Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa [post_title] => Andrew Tzavaras [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => andrew-tzavaras [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-08 12:38:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-08 17:38:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=98271 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
Chair and Herman and Louise Smith Professor of History
Assistant Professor of History

The history program at High Point University prepares students for a changing world by helping them understand their place in the broader human experience. Our students apply the skills they learn in the major — research, analysis, writing and communication — to any path they choose in life, whether it is in academia or a professional or business career. Students of history learn to think critically, analyze complex issues, make sagacious inferences, and contribute meaningful insights.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in History
Minor in History
Bachelor of Arts in History
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 40
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 38
Total 128
Minor in History
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in History
Requirements for Minor in History
Requirements for B.A. in History
Course Course Title Credits
HST 2901 Historiography 4
HST 4001 Senior Seminar 4
One 2000-level history course in any thematic pathway (4)

Six 3000- or 4000-level history courses, four of which must be selected from the same thematic pathway (24)*

One history elective (4)

War and Revolution Pathway
*Excludes HST 4001.
HST 2103 The Second World War: A Global History 4
HST 2104 History of the Holocaust 4
HST 2202 American Moments 4
HST 2220 Revolutionary America 4
HST 2230 Cilivil War & Reconstruction 4
HST 2236 America's Vietnam War 4
HST 2401 Athens & Sparta 4
HST 2602 Revolutionaries and Dictators: Modern Latin America 4
HST 3010 Homer and the Trojan War 4
HST 3040 The Roman Near East 4
HST 3105 Empires, Soldier-Kings, and Philosophers 4
HST 3106 The French Revolution and Napoleon 4
HST 3107 The Age of Revolutions and the Birth of Modern Europe, 1815-1914 4
HST 3108 Europe in Crisis: 1914 to 1945 4
HST 3121 Modern Russia 4
HST 3242 War, Gender, and the Military in U.S. History 4
HST 3501 United States and East Asia 4
HST 3511 Revolutionary China 4
HST 3702 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 4
Empire and Nation Pathway
HST 2111 Britain, Pre-Roman to 1660 4
HST 2112 Britain, 1660-1990 4
HST 2202 American Moments 4
HST 2212 Native Americans & Europeans: Encounters in Early America 4
HST 2220 Revolutionary America 4
HST 2235 U.S. in the World: American Foreign Relations 4
HST 2405 Roman Emperors 4
HST 2406 The Christian Roman Empire 4
HST 2511 The Mandate of Heaven: A History of China 4
HST 2521 Japanese History 4
HST 2601 Gold, God, and Glory: Colonial Latin America 4
HST 2701 Modern Middle East, 1798-1945 4
HST 3040 The Roman Near East 4
HST 3105 Empires, Soldier-Kings, and Philosophers 4
HST 3106 The French Revolution and Napoleon 4
HST 3107 The Age of Revolutions and the Birth of Modern Europe, 1815-1914 4
HST 3121 Modern Russia 4
HST 3221 The Atlantic World in Transition 4
HST 3521 The Rise of Modern Japan 4
HST 3601 Aztecs, Incas, Mayas, and Pre-Columbian Civilizations 4
HST 3611 From Quetzalcoatl to Kahlo: A History of Mexico 4
HST 3701 United States and the Middle East since 1945 4
Society, Culture, and Thought Pathway
HST 2201 American Identities 4
HST 2202 American Moments 4
HST 2212 Native Americans and Europeans: Encounters in Early America 4
HST 2215 Comparative Slavery and Bound labor Systems 4
HST 2236 America's Vietnam ar 4
HST 2240 U.S. Women's History 4
HST 2251 Hollywood and American History 4
HST 2401 Athens and Sparta 4
HST 2405 Roman Emperors 4
HST 2406 The Christian Roman Empire 4
HST 2511 The Mandate of Heaven: A History of China 4
HST 2521 Japanese History 4
HST 3010 Homer and the Trojan War 4
HST 3104 Renaissance and Reformation 4
HST 3212 American Thought and Culture 4
HST 3214 Place and Space in American History 4
HST 3218 Asian America 4
HST 3222 Enlightenment and Revelation: Rational and Irrational in America 4
HST 3231 Creating the American Consumer, 1850-1929 4
HST 3241 Sex and the City: American Women and the Urban Landscape 4
HST 3262 America Consumed: Mall Rats & Made in the U.S.A. 4
HST 3511 Revolutionary CHina 4
HST3601 Aztecs, Incas, Mayas and Pre-Columbian Civilizations 4
HST 3611 From Quetzalcoatl to Kahlo: A History of Mexico 4
Global Encounters Pathway
HST 2212 Native Americans and Europeans: Encounters in Early America 4
HST 2215 Comparative Slavery and Bound Labor Systems 4
HST 2235 U.S. in the World: American Foreign Relations 4
HST 2511 The Mandate of Heaven: A History of China 4
HST 2521 Japanese History 4
HST 2601 God, Gold, and Glory: Colonial Latin America 4
HST 2602 Revolutionaries and Dictators: Modern Latin America 4
HST 2701 Modern Middle East 4
HST 3040 Roman Near East 4
HST 3107 The Age of Revolutions and the Birth of Modern Europe 4
HST 3108 Europe in Crisis, 1914-1945 4
HST 3121 Modern Russia 4
HST 3221 The Atlantic World in Transition 4
HST 3262 America Consumed: Mall Rats & Made in the U.S.A. 4
HST 3501 United States and East Asia 4
HST 3521 Rise of Modern Japan 4
HST 3701 The U.S. and the Middle East since 1945 4
HST 3702 Arab-Israeli Conflict 4
Course Descriptions
Note: History majors who matriculated prior to fall, 2020, may continue to follow the Regional Pathways curriculum reflected in their Bulletin of record.
Requirements for Minor in History
Course Course Title Credits
HST 1101 Foundations in Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Enlightenment 4
HST 1102 Foundation in Western Civilization since the Enlightenment 4
HST 1103 Topics in Western Civilizations 4
HST 1104 War in the West from Rome to the Present 4
HST 1105 The Marketplace in Historical Change 4
HST 1201 American Beginnings [to 1800] 4
HST 1202 American Expansions [1800-1918] 4
HST 1203 American Aspirations [1914 to present] 4
HST 1401 Foundations of African History 4
HST 1501 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations 4
HST 1601 Foundations of Latin American Civilizations 4
HST 1701 Foundations of Middle Eastern History 4
HST 2103 The Second World War: A Global History 4
HST 2104 History of Holocaust 4
HST 2111 Britain, Pre-Roman to 1660 4
HST 2112 Britain, 1660-1990 4
HST 2201 American Identities 4
HST 2202 American Moments 4
HST 2205 North Carolina: Perspectives on a State's History 4
HST 2212 Native Americans and Europeans: Encounters in Early America 4
HST 2215 Comparative Slavery and Bound Labor Systems 4
HST 2217 Slavery and Freedom in America 4
HST 2220 Revolutionary America 4
HST 2227 The Struggle for Control: A History of American Business and Labor 4
HST 2230 Civil War and Reconstruction 4
HST 2235 U.S. in the World: American Foreign Relations 4
HST 2236 America's Vietnam War 4
HST/WGS 2240 U.S. Women's History 4
HST 2247 The Long Civil Rights Movement in the United States 4
HST 2251 Hollywood and American History 4
HST 2301 The Canadian Experiment 4
HST 2401 Athens and Sparta 4
HST 2405 Roman Emperors 4
HST 2406 The Christian Roman Empire 4
HST 2511 The Mandate of Heaven: A History of China 4
HST 2521 Japanese History 4
HST 2601 God, Gold, and Glory: Colonial Latin America 4
HST 2602 Revolutionaries and Dictators: Modern Latin America 4
HST 2701 Modern Middle East: 1798-1945 4
HST 2901 Historiography 4
HST 3010 Homer and the Trojan War 4
HST 3040 The Roman Near East 4
HST 3104 Renaissance and Reformation 4
HST 3105 Empires, Soldier-Kings and Philosophers 4
HST 3106 The French Revolution and Napoleon 4
HST 3107 The Age of Revolutions and the Birth of Modern Europe, 1815-1914 4
HST 3108 Europe in Crisis, 1914 to 1945 4
HST 3121 Modern Russia 4
HST 3191 European Economic History 4
HST 3211 Case Studies in American Legal History 4
HST 3212 American Thought and Culture 4
HST 3214 Place and Space in American History 4
HST 3218 Asian America 4
HST 3221 The Atlantic World in Transition 4
HST 3222 Enlightenment and Revelation: Rational and Irrational in America 4
HST 3231 Creating the American Consumer, 1850-1929 4
HST 3241 Sex and the City: American Women and the Urban Landscape 4
HST/WGS 3242 War, Gender, and the Military in U.S. History 4
HST 3245 Bombs and Ballet: The Cultural Cold War 4
HST 3262 America Consumed: Mall Rats & Made in the U.S.A.: Postwar Consumption at Home & Abroad 4
HST/GBS 3501 United States and East Asia 4
HST/GBS 3511 Revolutionary China 4
HST/GBS 3521 The Rise of Modern Japan 4
HST 3601 Aztecs, Incas, Mayas, and Pre-Columbian Civilizations 4
HST/GBS 3602 Native Peoples in Latin America 4
HST/GBS 3603 Consumption and Material Culture in Latin America 4
HST 3611 From Quetzalcoatl to Kahlo: A History of Mexico 4
HST/GBS 3621 History of Brazil 4
HST/PSC 3701 The United States and the Middle East since 1945 4
HST 3702 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 4
HST 3901 History Detectives 4
HST 3902 A Lens on History 4
HST 3903 Public History 4
HST 3904 Oral History 4
HST 3905 Student Intern Program 4-12
HST 3908 History on the Road 4
HST 3909 Collaborative Research 4
HST 4001 Senior Seminar 4
Course Descriptions
Students who wish to minor in history must complete 20 credits in history with at least three 3000-level history courses.
Career Opportunities
As one of the liberal arts, history is a versatile major that prepares students for a wide variety of endeavors. Many have taken advanced on history degrees, while others have entered graduate programs in law, religious studies and social work, among other disciplines. Additionally, others have chosen to take jobs in both the public and the private sector.

Some of our graduates have continued their studies in graduate programs either in our own Master of Arts Program at High Point University or at prestigious institutions. Students with degrees in history can enter careers such as:
Student Outcomes
Sarah Westin

  With another Commencement behind us, High Point University graduates will be commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary member of the…

Morgan Dunham

With another successful Commencement behind us, High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Zach Quimby
Alan Swain for Congress

With Commencement just around the corner, future High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one…

With another successful commencement behind us, High Point University seniors have kicked-off prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

With another successful Commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are already kicking-off prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior…

With commencement just around the corner, recent High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Name: Kristen Schapowal Hometown: Hicksville, New York Major: Schapowal will graduate with degrees in International Relations and History on May 6. Post-graduation plans: Schapowal will attend George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs and pursue her masters in Middle East Studies. How HPU helped you get there: “From the moment I stepped on campus, High Point University has provided me…

READ MORE ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES Andrew Tzavaras took a chance. Dr. Frederick Schneid, one of his mentors, encouraged him. Other members of the history faculty did, too. So, after receiving his undergrad and master degrees at High Point University, a school a few miles from his boyhood home, Tzavaras looked to the other side of…

It may be early in the semester, but Commencement will be here before we know it. Many High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their…

Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
Gunther E. Rothenberg Seminar
The Rothenberg Seminar in Military History is a tribute to Professor Rothenberg’s scholarship and dedication to the field of military history.
Why History?
The study of history has long been a core part of a liberal arts education. Students of history learn more than the past.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history.
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