The history department at Wenatchee Valley College offers courses in ancient, medieval
and modern history which contribute to the social sciences requirement (15 credits)
of the associate of arts and sciences degree, or electives contributing to that degree.
Classes in modern history (since 1800) include a survey of modern European development
and imperialization, U.S. history (three courses), Pacific Northwest history, Native
American history, and studies of the histories of Mexico, Latin America, China and
Korea, Japan, and the Colville Confederated Tribes. Independent studies and special
topics are also available.
An introduction to the foundations of Western Civilization from the Neolithic Revolution
until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 A.D.). Emphasis will be given
to the development of Western society, political ideas, social constructs, cultural
attributes and religions traditions.
A general survey of Western Civilization from the collapse of the Western Roman Empire
until the Enlightenment. Emphasis of the class will be on the political, social and
cultural aspects that have contributed to the emergence of modern Europe and the Middle
A general survey of the history of Europe and the Middle East from the French Revolution
(1789 AD) until the present. Emphasis will be given to those events, movements, ideas,
developments and individuals who have had the most impact on Europe and the Middle
A general history of the United States from the earliest indigenous societies and
cultures to the end of the American Civil War. The primary focus of this course is
to chart the development American society, culture and politics. Additionally, the
course attempts to stress the diversity of cultures and peoples found in the United
States and the impact of this diversity upon the development of American history.
A survey of American history from the Reconstruction Era until the present. The primary
focus of this course is to describe the social, cultural, political and economic emergence
of contemporary America. The course will emphasize the tremendous economic, social,
cultural, demographic and political transformations that the United States experienced
during this time period.
An examination of Mexican history from its indigenous roots through conquest and colonization
to independence, revolutions and some contemporary issues.
A broad survey of Latin American history from the birth of New World civilizations
until the 20th century. The purpose of this course is to describe the diverse societies
and cultures that have shaped the Latin American world, as well as detail the unique
historical experiences of this region of the world.
Survey of the historical, economic and political developments of the Pacific Northwest
region. Course meets Washington state requirements for certification of teachers.
Survey of the interaction between the Native American populations of North American
and the changing economic, social and political environments.
Survey of the political, economic, social and spiritual changes affecting the 12 diverse
nations of the Confederated Tribes on the Colville Reservation.
An introduction to the history of Southeast Asia from the earliest civilizations until
the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on understanding the development of Southeast
Asian cultures and societies, as well as charting the emergence of the modern countries
that are found in the region.
A general survey of the history of East Asia from prehistoric times until the 20th
century. This course seeks to help students understand the development of modern China,
Korea and Japan from their ancient origins and traditions. The class will stress the
emergence of these three distinct cultures and societies, as well as emphasizing the
diversity found within each country.
An overview of the history of South Asia from the earliest civilizations until the
20th century. A particular emphasis will be given to describing the development of
unique societies and cultures in South Asia. The course will focus primarily upon
the peoples and cultures of modern India and Pakistan, but attention will also be
given to Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan.