HIST 230 Revolutions in the Modern World • 5 Cr.


Studies the forces that produce significant changes in a nation's social, economic, or political ideas and institutions. Students analyze "revolutions" such as those in England, America, France, Russia, and China. Same as POLS 230 (prev POLSC 230). Either HIST 230 or POLS 230 may be taken for credit, not both. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define the concept of revolution and differentiate between revolutionary and reform movements. Analyze multiple perspectives of the causes and consequences of historically significant revolutionary movements.
  • Use the comparative method as an analytical tool to better understand the similarities and differences between historically significant revolutionary movements.
  • Critically analyze primary and secondary sources of historical information.
  • Use historical examples to demonstrate the significance of the past in shaping the present. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.