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History (HIST) Courses

All history courses specifically required for the major are offered each semester allowing for some flexibility in student scheduling. However, the Department strongly encourages history majors to take HIST 220 by the second semester sophomore year before taking any upper-division history courses.

Lower-Division

HIST 100 THEMES IN WORLD HISTORY (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLL). Uses a major theme in history to introduce methods of historical interpretation and to explore issues, developments and trends across time and place. Theme varies by instructor.

HIST 101 HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION I: PREHISTORY TO THE 17th CENTURY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(DLL). Introduces methods of historical interpretation and presents a political, economic, and cultural survey of western civilization from the earliest settled communities of the ancient Near East in the fourth millennium B.C. up through the cultural renaissance and religious reformation of western Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries of the Christian era.

HIST 102 HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION II: 17th CENTURY TO PRESENT (3-0-3)(F/S)(DLL). Introduces methods of historical interpretation and presents a political, economic, and cultural survey of western civilization from the end of the religious wars of the seventeenth century up through the worldwide expansion of western culture in the twenty-first century of the modern era. Emphasis on interpreting texts expressive of human experience.

HIST 111 UNITED STATES HISTORY (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). Surveys American society from pre-Columbian times through the Civil War era, with emphasis on the formative issues and conflicts that shape national politics and culture.

HIST 112 UNITED STATES HISTORY (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). Surveys the issues and conflicts influencing American development from the Civil War to the present, including economic, military, political, international, and socio-cultural factors.

HIST 121 HISTORY OF ASIA (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). Introduces methods of historical interpretation and presents a topical and chronological historical survey of China and Japan, exploring philosophies, religions, cultures, and social patterns. Western intrusion into Asia and the Asians’ reactions to the West are included. Other areas of Asia, including India, Korea, and Southeast Asia will also be integrated.

HIST 131 SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Introductory overview of the main historical trends that explain current cultural, social, ethnic, political and economic characteristics of Latin America.

HIST 151 ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Surveys the history of Islamic civilization from early times to present, covering pre-Islamic influences, the age of the Prophet Muhammad and the Caliphate, the spread and variation of Islam as a vital world religion, relations between Islam and Christendom, the development of Islamic empires, and the contemporary situation.

HIST 220 THE HISTORICAL CRAFT (3-0-3)(F,S)(CID). Using a major historical theme as a foundation, students will examine the philosophy of history, historiography, and methods of historical research. One component of the course will be writing a historical research paper. The historical content of the course will vary. Required of all history majors, prior to taking any upper-division history courses. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

HIST 222 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY AND TEACHING OF HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S)(CID). Designed for History, Secondary Education and History, Social Studies Secondary Education majors, this course focuses on the skills developed in the study of history and diverse methods for designing and teaching unit lesson plans across the curriculum. PREREQ: ENGL 102, History, Secondary Education or History, Social Studies, Secondary Education major.

HIST 223 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the complex history of the relationships between human and nature over time and space through such issues as fire, agriculture, industrialization, consumerism, and colonialism on all seven continents. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 234 ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the various cultures inhabiting the Mediterranean from prehistory through the 4th century CE. Focus will be on the cultures of Greece and Italy, with some reference to Egypt, the Levant, the Near East, and Northwest Europe. Topics will include the rise of city-states, political and economic development, sex and gender, colonization and colonialism, households, and religions. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 245 MEDIEVAL EUROPE (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the political, religious, economic, and cultural development of Western Europe from the fourth to the fourteenth century. Topics will include the rise and elaboration of monasticism, the Carolingian empire, feudalism and chivalry, the Gregorian papacy, and the cultural achievements of the twelfth century renaissance. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 253 MEDIEVAL ISLAMIC HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). An in-depth introduction to Islamic history from pre-Islamic Arabia, Muhammad, the Caliphates, Abbasid cultural life, conversion to Islam, and the rapid growth of the Islamic empire against a backdrop of political intrigue, civil war, revolution, mass migration and urbanization. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 261 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of the development of distinctive Latin American societies through the fusion of late medieval Iberian with American and African cultures in Middle and South America, with emphasis upon the creation of colonial institutions in the context of Spain’s and Portugal’s imperial rise and decline and the early nineteenth century wars of independence. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 262 MODERN LATIN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of Latin America in the aftermath of the wars of independence and the struggles for political and economic stability during the nineteenth century. Particular emphasis placed upon twentieth century socioeconomic change and the role of the United States in that process. Emphasis will be on methodological approaches and issues.

HIST 274 THE ART AND THE SCIENCE OF HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Is the study of history best understood as art, science, or a combination of the two? Is knowing the truth about historical events or processes possible? This class will closely examine several historical case studies using film, literature, and a range of traditional primary source materials in order to test the possibility of achieving historical truth.

Upper-Division

HIST 301 ANCIENT GREECE (3-0-3)(SU). A study of the ancient Greek world from the Minoan sea empire of the second millennium to the empire of Alexander the Great in the late fourth century B.C. Political, economic, and cultural history are emphasized with special attention given to the outstanding achievements of the Greeks in political and philosophical thought, epic and dramatic poetry, historical writing, and visual arts. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 302 ANCIENT ROME (3-0-3)(F). A survey of Rome from its earliest beginnings under Etruscan tutelage through its late imperial phase in the fifth century of the Christian era. Emphasis on political and military developments, social and religious changes, outstanding personalities and literary, legal and artistic achievements. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 306 BONFIRES AND BELLS: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE RELIGION AND CULTURE (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of how ordinary people in turbulent eras of European history bound themselves together for protection, community, and salvation through religious and social customs rich in ritual, symbolism, and tradition. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline, and upper-division standing.

HIST 308 THE AGE OF RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION (3-0-3)(SU). The connections between and the consequences of the Renaissance, the development of reformed religions, and the ideological clashes among Protestants and Catholics in European history between 1350-1650 are examined. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 309 THE OLD REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Cultural, economic, and social history of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing upon continuity and change in the daily life of peasants, causes of discontent, and French Revolution as a defining moment in European history. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 310 REFUGEE CRISES IN HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An introduction to the issues associated with forced migration throughout history. Topics considered will include the political, economic, social, and cultural causes and effects of forced migration. The course will examine refugee crises globally. It will begin historically, and then transition to a series of case studies during the second half.

HIST 311 RELIGIONS OF THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of themes in the religious lives of Mediterranean cultures, including monotheism and polytheism, ritual and sacrifice, divination, cosmology, established and emerging religions. Focuses primarily on Greek and Roman religion, with some references to religions of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and northwestern Europe.

HIST 312 HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES TO THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of political, economic, cultural and religious history of the British Isles with emphasis on England from Roman antiquity to the English Civil War. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 313 HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN MODERN TIMES (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of the political, economic, cultural and religious history of England and the United Kingdom from the late seventeenth to the early twenty-first century. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 316 EUROPE’S RADICAL NINETEENTH CENTURY (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of new forms of government, economics, society, and identity, with emphasis on revolutionary change. PREREQ: at least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 317 EUROPE IN WAR AND REVOLUTION, 1900 TO 1945 (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of transition into 20th century, opening with strikes and disorder, followed by war, economic and social dislocation, and revolution, leading to dictatorships and further warfare. PREREQ: at least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 318 THE HISTORY OF THE BALKANS SINCE 1453 (3-0-3)(F/S). History of the southeast European region since 1453 and will evaluate Ottoman rule in the Balkan peninsula, the collapse of Ottoman authority, and the rise of the independent nation-states of Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Greece, and Romania. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 319 EUROPE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of impact of the war, the Cold War, rise and fall of communism, rise of European Union, and postwar culture. PREREQ: at least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 322 SAINTS AND SINNERS: WOMEN IN CHRISTIANITY (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of female participation in the Christian faith as lay persons, nuns, scholars, saints, missionaries and social activists, and Church attitudes toward women from antiquity to the present. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 323 THE HISTORY OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN EUROPE (3-0-3)(F/S). Institution of the family in Europe from medieval to modern times, including sexuality and contraception, marriage and family structures, childbirth and the raising of children. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 324 THE HISTORY OF WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN AND MODERN EUROPE (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores evolving roles of European women as seen in the writings of contemporary women authors and in the analyses of modern social historians, examining the roles women created for themselves and the roles forced upon them by social norms. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 325 HISTORY OF SOCIALISM (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of European egalitarian ideas and movements. Emphasis given to nineteenth and twentieth centuries. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 326 HISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUST (3-0-3)(F/S). Surveys the twentieth century European genocide, its causes and its consequences. Primarily focuses on Nazi efforts to eliminate Jews, but also examines the murder of millions of others deemed undesirable and the role of memory in understanding these events. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 327 WORLD WAR I (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of how the Great War began, war on all fronts, at sea, in the air and at home, and impact of the war on the 20th century. PREREQ: at least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 328 STALINISM (3-0-3)(F/S). The history of the political system created by Joseph Stalin. The course will examine Stalinism’s origins, development, and spread from the 1920s to the fall of communism in 1989, as well as its cultural, economic, and social dimensions. PREREQ: at least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 329 HISTORY OF EUROPEAN FILM (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of the evolution of film from its beginnings in the mid 1890s.  It explores film’s contribution to and critique of society, and how film narrative can depict political and social conditions of a particular place and time. Topics include technological innovations, cultural and social impacts of films, and aesthetic movements and styles.

HIST 331 EUROPEAN EXPLORATION OF NORTH AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). North American exploration from the pre-Columbian era through the late 19th century: imperial rivalries, economic interests, technological advances, the development of “modern” science, government-assisted expeditions, and the modern legacies of these processes are studied. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 332 COLONIAL AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). The colonizing activities of Spain, France, and England in North America, and how the different political, social, economic, and cultural policies of each resulted in different legacies throughout modern America are studied. Special attention is given to the American Revolutionary War. PREREQ: HIST 111, at least one CID course in any discipline, and upper-division standing.

HIST 334 CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of the origins of the conflict between the states, the encounter, and the problems of reunification. PREREQ: HIST 111, at least one CID course in any discipline, and upper-division standing.

HIST 338 HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS (3-0-3)(F/S). History of United States foreign relations from independence to the present. Course will emphasize the role of ideology, the working of the international system, and American expansion into a global superpower. HIST 111, HIST 112 recommended. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 339 UNITED STATES MILITARY HISTORY 1775-PRESENT (3-0-3)(S). Examines the development of the U.S. Armed Forces and their military effectiveness in war. Discusses U.S. strategic thought and national security as well as civil-military relations and the building of the professional officer corps. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 341 THE INDIAN IN UNITED STATES HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). The history of Native Americans, and the development of U.S. Indian policy from colonial antecedents to modern times with selected tribal histories are covered. Special attention is given to a comparison of U.S. and Canadian policies. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 342 WESTERN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). The frontier as a region in transit from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific coast, but largely the settlement and development of the Trans-Mississippi West. HIST 111 recommended. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 344 WOMEN IN AMERICA FROM THE COLONIAL ERA TO THE PRESENT (3-0-3)(F/S). A survey of the changing roles, experiences and contributions of women to American history from the seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis on race, class, and ethnicity. Designed to introduce the student to some of the major issues in women’s history and to understand how changes in women’s lives are related to other changes in American history. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 346 WOMEN IN AMERICA: THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Lives of women in the region west of the Mississippi from the early nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, dealing with how women of different classes and ethnic backgrounds interacted with one another and participated in the development of frontier culture and society. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 347 AMERICA IN THE 1960s (3-0-3)(F/S). Background, causes, character and impact of the “Sixties Era” on the United States and its citizens, focusing on the political, social and cultural movements of the era, the war in Vietnam, and debates over “freedom.” PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 348 AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Relationship between religion and American culture from the colonial period to the present time, examining effects of politics, war, economics, gender, sexuality, and modernization have affected it. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 349 HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of America’s multicultural history, with emphasis on how race and ethnicity have shaped American experience and identity. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 350 (ECON 350) UNITED STATES ECONOMIC HISTORY (3-0-3)(F). Major factors in the economic growth and development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the interaction of economic factors and other aspects of American society. May be taken for either ECON or HIST credit, but not both. PREREQ: ECON 201 and ECON 202.

HIST 351 NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines historical issues concerning the relationships between humans and nature in North America. Explores the role of nature in North American colonization and industrialization and the development of philosophies, government and public policies, and popular culture relating to the natural environment. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 352 AMERICA SEES RED (3-0-3)(F/S). Uses film, newspapers, and novels to explore the politics of fear and vilification with a focus on big-budget Hollywood cinema, 1915-1962. Topics include McCarthyism, film noir, the Cold War Western, and America’s fear of the bomb. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 363 HISTORY OF MEXICO (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic factors affecting the development of greater Mexico, territory from Central America to the American West, from indigenous civilizations through the modern era.  Focus on individual contributions to history and topics include conquest, colonialism, revolution, modernization, immigration, and neoliberal transformations. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 364 DRUGS AND VIOLENCE IN LATIN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Exploration of the economic, social, cultural, environmental and political history of drugs and the violence that often accompanied them. Special focus is given to Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and Central America in the twentieth century as well as the role of the United States in drug conflicts.

HIST 365 BORDERS AND BORDERLANDS IN LATIN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of frontier and borderland territories from the colonial to present times with an emphasis on the intellectual, practical, and historical significance of marginal territories for the development of national identities and cultures. Focus may include the Caribbean, Patagonia, Amazonia, and the US-Mexico region.

HIST 368 THE ISLAMIC MIDDLE EAST (3-0-3)(F/S). A history of the people, institutions, and culture of the Near and Middle East from Muhammad to the decline of the Ottoman and Safavid empires in the eighteenth century. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 369 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST (3-0-3)(F/S). A history of the Near and Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the decline of the Ottoman empire, the breakdown of cosmopolitan Islam, and the rise of Turkish, Iranian, Arab, and Israeli nationalism. HIST 102 recommended. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 370 OTTOMAN HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). A history of the Ottoman Empire from the rise of the Ottomans in the 1300s through the conquest of Constantinople up to the creation of the modern Turkish Republic in 1923.

HIST 372 THE HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines Southeast Asian history from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The profound outside influences and the strength of the Southeast Asian indigenous world views are explored throughout the course. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 373 THE HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA (3-0-3)(F). China’s transition from the Quin Dynasty (1912) to the Nationalist period (1928-1949) will introduce modern China. The emphasis will be on post World War II China and China’s growth in the post-Mao Zedong era. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 375 LIVING RELIGIONS: A COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL STUDY (3-0-3)(S). A comparative analysis of the major active religious traditions of the world, treating their historical development, philosophical foundations, and social and political ramifications, especially in modern times, with emphasis on Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, and Christianity. HIST 121 recommended. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 377 WORLD WAR II (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the war from the standpoint of political goals and military strategy from its origins to the final cataclysm of violence in 1945. Discusses tactics, technology, the Holocaust, and the various home fronts. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 378 THE MAKING OF MODERN JAPAN (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This course will examine the social/political/artistic/religious/economic/military seeds of Modern Japan that were: planted during Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868); sprouted during Meiji Japan (1868-1912); flowered in Taisho Japan (1912-1926); and bore fruit during Showa Japan (1926-1989).

HIST 380 THEMES IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive studies of a particular period, topic, or problem in European history. Reading and discussion format. Consult current class schedule for specific selections offered each term. May be repeated. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 381 THEMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive studies of a particular region, period, topic, or problem in the history of the Americas. Reading and discussion format. Consult current class schedule for specific selections offered each term. May be repeated. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 382 THEMES IN NON-WESTERN HISTORY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive studies of a particular region, period, topic, or problem in the history of Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. Reading and discussion format. Consult current class schedule for specific selections offered each term. May be repeated. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 383 THEMES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Intensive studies of a particular topic or problem in Environmental History. Reading and discussion format. Consult current class schedule for specific selections offered each term. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: At least one CID course in any discipline and upper-division standing.

HIST 386 DIGGING UP THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to the use of archaeology in the study of history, including various types of archaeological evidence, the main methodological techniques of the field, and the current theoretical ideas driving the field of archaeology. Topics include the use of archaeology in social, religious, and environmental history over a wide geographical and chronological range.

HIST 387 HISTORY OF THE POLICE IN EUROPE AND AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of the historical development of police forces from the late 18th century to the present day with particular reference to Europe and America. The social and political context of modern policing will be explored, together with police practices. Topics include the historiography of policing, police and work culture, and the politics of police.

HIST 498 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Capstone course devoted to the preparation of a research paper under the guidance of history faculty. PREREQ: HIST 220 or HIST 222 and senior standing.

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