Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Religious StudiesPennsylvania State University
001 THE WESTERN HERITAGE I
012 HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Course web page for History 012, with resources on Pennsylvania history
144 THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Course web page for History 144.
302 REAGAN'S AMERICA
Materials related to History 302.
417 THE AGE OF ABSOLUTISM
446 AMERICA BETWEEN THE WARS
448 AMERICA IN THE 1960s
Course web page for History 448.
001H INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS
Course web page for RLST 001H.
125W MODERN CHRISTIANITY
Course web page for RLST 125W.
132W SECTS AND CULTS
Course web page for RLST 132W.
I also include here a Religious Studies course I have not taught as yet, but plan to do so over the next year or so. (In Hollywood terms, the course is in development.) This is:
420 MAJOR CHRISTIAN THINKERS - a course on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and some other key apologists of their era.
Course web page for RLST 420.
Hist. 546 TOPICS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1919 (i) – Communism and Anti-Communism in Twentieth Century America
Materials relating to History 546, "American Communism and Anti-Communism"
Hist. 546 TOPICS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1919 (ii) – Beyond the Good War: America in the 1940s
Materials related to History 546, "America in the 1940s."
Hist. 546 TOPICS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1919 (iii) - America 1975-1985: Hedonism, Moralism and Militarism
Materials related to History 546, "America 1975-1985: Hedonism, Moralism and Militarism."
Hist/RLST 560 TOPICS IN AMERICAN RELIGION – Modern American Catholicism
Materials related to Hist/RLST 560 on American Catholicism.
Hist. 592 PRO-SEMINAR ON MODERN HISTORY
Materials related to Hist 592.
In addition, I have served on numerous graduate committees in History, English, and Criminal Justice, as well as in the departments of Sociology, German, Speech Communications, Mass Communications, and American Studies.
I used to teach criminal justice courses in an Administration of Justice Department. These included topics such as:
comparative and international criminal justice
crime myths and moral panics
history of criminal justice
I also used to teach more on early modern British and European history, including courses on the history of Revolutions, and one I co-taught on the Celtic Areas of the British Isles 1550-1850. I am still interested in all these areas, but my main areas of research and writing have just shifted to other things.