History Department

In the 1920’s there were very few changes to the History department, among the changes was the addition of the Seminar in American History in 1928, which was designed as an introductory class to orient History majors to the methods of research, the focal point of the class being a research project.

Additionally, prior to 1929, the class History of Latin America was offered, giving students the history of the discoveries of the Americas and different aspects of “their economic, social and political history down to the present[1]”. However in 1929, the class split into two classes, one offered in each semester, each, it does not appear that any changes in actually material taught was changed, rather the class was divided into half. The fall semester focused on the period from the initial discovery up until the American Revolution. The spring semester’s content focused on the time after the Revolution up to the 1920’s.

In 1929, two class changes were made. First, prior to the 1929 school year, the Renaissance and Reformation were discussed in one class, in which the “background development and more immediate results of the reformation movement[2]” were discussed. However after 1929, both the Renaissance and the Reformation became its own class where it was the central focus, allowing the instructor to discuss the topics at greater length. Second, previously, the European History class spanned three classes. In 1929 it was downsized to fit European history from 1500 to the present into one class.

[1] Geneva Course Catalog, 1927-1931; 1928, 62.

[2] Geneva Course Catalog, 1927-1931: 1928, 65.

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