History

 

History Courses

HIS

050(I)

INDEPENDENT STUDY

One to four credit hours

See Independent Study Program, Section II.

HIS

070

INTERNSHIP

Credit hours to be arranged

See Internship Program, Section II.

HIS

259,359,459

FACULTY-STUDENT COLLABORATION

Credit hours to be arranged

See FSC Program, Section II.

HIS

101I,102I

WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I,II

Three credit hours each

HIS 101I explores the origins, developments, and interactions of the world's peoples, cultures, and states from prehistory to 1500. HIS 102I explores the development and interaction of the world's peoples, cultures, and states from 1500 to the present.

HIS

121I,122I

HISTORY OF EUROPE I,II

Three credit hours each

The purpose of these courses is to give students a good foundation in the events of the past in order to help them achieve historical understanding of the present. HIS 121I emphasizes the periods of the Renaissance, the Reformation, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon and the development of the national state. HIS 122I begins with the Napoleonic era and includes the age of reaction, the industrial revolution, the rise of liberalism and socialism, the cultural developments of the modern period, the causes and results of the world wars, and postwar developments to the present.

HIS

151,152

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES I,II

Three credit hours each

A comprehensive analysis of the origins and growth of American civilization. The first course covers the development of the United States from the discovery period to the end of the Civil War. The second course covers from 1865 to the present.

HIS

170D

DIVERSITY IN AMERICA

Three credit hours

This course covers the issue of diversity in America from the colonial era to the present.
Topics may include: racial diversity, national origins, women's issues, differing creeds, and
sexual orientation.

HIS

211I

ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A survey of the life, ideas, and institutions of Greek Civilization, the Roman Empire, and the Middle Ages. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of governmental systems, social and economic phenomena, and cultural developments.

HIS

227I

HISTORY OF AFRICA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

This course provides a basic survey of African history. Attention will be given to the development of African kingdoms and their fall during the African colonial period. Particular emphasis is placed
on the period of independence and the political, social, economic and cultural aspects of the modern states of Africa.

HIS

235I

WOMEN IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the role and impact of women on the development of Western society. Special emphasis is placed on the biographies of significant and influential women.

HIS

236I

WOMEN IN ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An introduction to the history of women's roles in East Asia, India, and the Middle East.  Special attention will be paid to religious and social factors and developments in the history of ideas that influence the position of women in these societies. No prior knowledge of Asian history is required.     

HIS

239I

HISTORY OF WAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A survey of Western warfare from antiquity to the present.

HIS

242

WORLD WAR I

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

The First World War (1914-1918) was the seminal event of the twentieth century. This course will cover the origins, progress, and consequences of the war. Special emphasis will be placed on the following topics: why the world went to war in 1914; why the people of the “civilized” nations killed each other on an unprecedented scale; how strategy, tactics, and weaponry evolved during the war; what was the social impact of the conflict; and how the war shaped the rest of the century.

HIS

245I

HISTORY OF RUSSIA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

This course is a one-semester survey of Russian history from the 800s to the present, treating the origins and expansion of the Russian state, interactions between state and society, Russia’s relations with the outside world, and the shifting fortunes of Russia’s minority peoples under Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet rule.

HIS

260(I,D)

TOPICS IN HISTORY

Three to four credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A basic introduction to specific areas or fields of history.

HIS

267I

VIETNAM: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth, intensive study of the causes, impact and legacy of a seemingly endless struggle in Vietnam. Emphasizing the history and culture of Vietnam and utilizing lectures, readings, discussion and video material, the course will attempt to highlight the clash of cultures and sort out the blur of images which is the continuing legacy of Vietnam today.

HIS

288I

ISLAMIC HISTORY 600-1800

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

Explores the history of the early Islamic community, the Crusades, the “Golden Age” of Islam, and the Gunpowder Empires.  Focuses on economic, intellectual, and cultural developments, and the geographical areas of the Middle East, North Africa, and India

HIS

291I

HISTORY OF EAST ASIA I

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A survey of the history of East Asia (primarily China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia) from ancient times to the rise of the Mongols, emphasizing the origins of statehood, interactions between state and society, relations among East Asian societies and between East Asia and the outside world, and the development of East Asian political, social, economic, and cultural institutions. Highlights include the creation of writing in China, samurai power struggles, barbarian peoples of the steppes, and Chinese influences in Japan and Korea.

HIS

292I

HISTORY OF EAST ASIA II

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A survey of the history of East Asia (primarily China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia) from the rise of the Mongols to the present, emphasizing interactions between state and society, the evolution of East Asian political, social, economic, and cultural institutions, relations among East Asian societies and between East Asia and the outside world, and the impact of imperialism and modernization. Highlights include the ascent of Manchu power, the rise of Asian nationalism and Communism, World War II in the Far East, and Chairman Mao's China.

HIS

313I

RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

This course offers an extensive study of two periods which profoundly altered both the secular and religious foundations of medieval Europe. Political, social, cultural and artistic changes in the Renaissance are explored, as well as the challenges to the hegemony of the Catholic church in Europe by Luther, Calvin, and other Protestant reformers.

HIS

323I

ENLIGHTENMENT, FRENCH REVOLUTION, AND NAPOLEON

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

HIS 323I is an advanced study of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Era.  This course follows the philosophical developments of the Enlightenment, many of which formed the rhetorical basis for the events of the French Revolution, which deposed monarchy in favor of a republic.  The course will conclude with an examination of the Napoleonic Era, which, in many ways, was an early attempt to create an “United States of Europe” and fostered the rise of nationalism.      

HIS

340I

THE CELTIC ISLES: IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

This course is an exploration of the particular histories of the “British” Isles: Ireland, Scotland and Wales, both independent of and intertwined with the history of England through its development. Starting with their ancient Celtic foundations, the course will examine the political, social, economic and cultural institutions of these countries up to the present day.

HIS

344I

EARLY RUSSIA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth study of the history of Ancient and Mediaeval Russia from the pre-Slavic past to the early eighteenth century, stressing the evolution of Russia's political, economic, social, and cultural institutions, popular challenges to political, cultural, and religious authority, and Russia's expansion into a multiethnic state.

HIS

345I

IMPERIAL RUSSIA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth study of the history of Russia from the eighteenth century to the last decades of Tsarist rule, with an emphasis upon relations between state and society, the formation of the Russian revolutionary tradition, Russia's cultural and ethnic minorities under imperialism, and attempts to reform Russia’s political and social system.

HIS

346I

MODERN RUSSIA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth study of the history of late Tsarist, Communist, and post-Communist Russia, emphasizing the collapse of the autocracy and the triumph of the revolution, the Russian experience in the First and Second World Wars, the changing experiences of the non-Russian minorities, the collapse of Communism, and the emergence of the post-Communist order.

HIS

347I

CELTIC AND MEDIEVAL BRITAIN

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

HIS 347I is an advanced study of the Celtic and Medieval periods of English/British history.  It covers the beginnings of England and the Celtic Isles, the unification of Britain, the Norman Conquest, and the rise of the nation-state.  Also included is the early evolution of Parliament and the development of the system of common law, and conflicts such as the Hundred Years' War.     

HIS

348I

TUDOR STUART ENGLAND

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth examination of English/British history between 1485 and 1714, providing a more advanced and specialized study of topics such as the English Reformation, the Elizabethan Renaissance, the English Civil War, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution.    

HIS

349I

VICTORIAN AND MODERN BRITAIN

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An in-depth examination of British history since 1714, providing a more advanced and specialized study of topics such as the Hanoverian century, the rise of constitutionalism, the Victorian Age and the rise and fall of the British empire.  Britain in the two world wars, the construction of the welfare state, Thatcherism, New Labour and the impact of the European Union are also explored.     

HIS

350

COLONIAL AMERICA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the exploration, conquest, and settlement of the New World. Topics include the growth of Anglo-American society, the development of Anglo-Indian relations, the origins of slavery, and the causes and consequences of changes in British imperial policy.

HIS

351

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the causes, development, and consequences of the Revolutionary War. The course also covers the post-war developments that led to the creation and ratification of the Constitution.

HIS

352

JEFFERSON-JACKSON

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the United States from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the mid-nineteenth century. Topics will include the first and second political party systems, the War of 1812, westward expansion, slavery, reform movements, the transportation and communications revolutions, and the Mexican War.

HIS

353

U.S. CIVIL WAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the causes and course of the Civil War, as well as an examination of the postwar Reconstruction era.

HIS

354

U.S. REFORM AND WAR, 1876-1920

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

This course will provide an intensive examination of the period from the centennial year of 1876 to the presidential election of 1920. Emphasis will be placed on the interplay of political, social, and economic forces in the development of the United States into an industrial and world power. Topics will include the rise of industrial and urban America, the impact of immigration, the growth of organized labor, the emergence of the New South, cultural conflict and the technological transformation of society, Gilded Age politics and the crises of the 1890s, Progressivism and the rise of the regulatory state, the Spanish-American War and U.S. involvement in world affairs, the United States in World War I, and the post-war Red Scare.

HIS

355

MODERN AMERICA: 1920-1945

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of the growth of the United States as an urban -industrial nation and consequent problems of economic power and political adjustment. The course highlights the growth of the United States as a world power. Topics discussed include the end of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the agony of the Depression Thirties and World War II at home and abroad.

HIS

356

RECENT AMERICA: 1945-PRESENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

A study of domestic and foreign issues in America from 1945 to the present. In-depth analysis of major political, social and economic changes and adaptations. Emphasis is placed on change and continuity in domestic and foreign policies in the cold-war Forties, the "flat" Fifties, the "sick" Sixties, the "selfish" Seventies and the early Eighties.

HIS

360(I)

AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF TOPICS IN
HISTORY

Three to four credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

The topics will be supplementary to the material offered in 300-level courses, but taught in a more specific manner. This course can be taken more than once if the subject matter has changed.

HIS

381I

THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICTS

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An exploration of the Arab-Israeli conflicts from the beginning of Jewish settlement in Ottoman Palestine in the 1880s to the present time.

HIS

389I

THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

An introduction to the history of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. The dominant theme of the course is Middle Eastern peoples' engagement with western ideas and their rediscovery of their own traditions as means to grapple with western political and economic domination. Topics include 19th century reformism (political, military, economic, and religious), economic dependency, Imperialism, Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab socialism and the rise to power of Saddam Hussein, the Iranian revolution, the rise of Islamic fundamentalist and militant groups.

HIS

461

HISTORIOGRAPHY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Minimum of 17 credit hours in history courses or consent of the instructor

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the history of writing history, including interpretations of major historical topics. The course also trains students in historical research methods and the writing of a research paper. Required of all history majors.

HIS

463(I)

SEMINAR IN HISTORY

Two to four credit hours

Must have consent of the instructor.

HIS

491,492

DEPARTMENTAL THESIS/PROJECT

Credit hours to be arranged

Prerequisite: Consent of Department. Interested students should contact Department Chairperson.

For further details see Departmental Thesis/Project, Section II.

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