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HIST 140 History in the News: Variable Topics

Are you curious about but afraid of history? Have you taken history courses a long time ago? Do you need a brush-up opportunity? Then HIST 140 is perfect for you, as it is a basic skill building course, which establishes the relationship between current events in the news and the historical context in which these current events take place. The specific topical focus of the course will vary from one offering to the next, depending on the relevance of historical inquiry to specific issues of intense current interest. Students should check the Class Schedule for specific course content.
2-4 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 11, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Identify theses in scholarly works in history.
  • Explain the distinctions between and within primary and secondary sources.
  • Explain methods and skills that historians use to investigate the past.
  • Organize historical evidence effectively to support arguments and inform an audience.
  • Examine political, economic, and social institutions and processes across historical times and cultures.
  • Develop and employ alternative elucidations for present-day social challenges grounded in an awareness of historical context.
  • Demonstrate proper use of Chicago Manual bibliographic style to support academic writing practices.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.