History Courses


HIS 101 (3) Western Civilization I—An introductory survey of social, intellectual, aesthetic, religious, and institutional developments of the western world up to the seventeenth century.  The course will expore the foundational contributions made to the civilization of the West by the Greeks and Romans, as well as examine the rise and growth of the Christian faith and its impact on the Medieval and Reformation eras.  The course concludes with a discussion of the Renaissance and the discovery of the Americas and how these developments prepared the West for the coming of the modern era.

 HIS 102 (3) Western Civilization II—A continuation of the study of western civilization that begins in the seventeenth century and concludes with the contemporary era.  The course will describe the settling of religious differences in Europe, the Age of the Enlightenment, the emergence of nation-states, and the growth of nationalism and western imperialism in the opening centuries of the modern age.  The course concludes by exploring the twentieth century and the impact of totalitarian ideologies, world wars, and the emergence of minority and Third World issues.

 HIS 200 (3) Leadership in History—A presentation of principles of leadership, which draws upon current literature in the field as well as historical materials to explain the understanding of leadership in historical context, and using examples of leadership drawn from history. The material will be introductory in nature.  No previous knowledge of history is needed.

 HIS 201 (3) History of the United States to 1876An introductory survey from Elizabethan times to the period of reconstruction.

 HIS 202 (3) History of the United States since 1876—A continuation of HIS 301 from 1876 to the present.

 HIS 298 (3) The American Civil War—A detailed examination of the American Civil War, including military, diplomatic and social aspects of the conflict.  Important issues raised by the causes of the War and its conduct are given special attention.

 HIS 311 (3) War in the American Memory—Wars have always cast long shadows over American history.  Battles over the meaning and memory of wars have shaped American culture and politics long after the actual bullets have stopped flying.  The memory of wars—how the participants and subsequent generations perceive them, what we collectively remember and what we forget—may be as important as the wars themselves in influencing American culture.  This course will examine the memory of wars in American history from the colonial period to the present.  Memory manifests itself broadly in culture—in politics, literature, art, monuments, and film.  Thus, we will take a multidisciplinary approach, using art, fiction, and film.  We will ask questions such as:  How has the memory of various wars shaped American politics, culture, and society?  In turn, how has American culture influenced the way that wars are remembered?  How do factors such as race, religion, class, gender, and region influence the ways in which individuals and the larger culture remember war?

 HIS 313 (3) History of Religion in the United States—A study of the growth, development and spread of religion in the US from colonial times to the present.

 HIS 316 (3) The United States in the 1960’s—“History with a capital H had come down to earth, “ wrote New Leftist Todd Gitlin of the 1960s.”People were living with a supercharged density.”  This course probes the decade’s ferment, exploring the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious development of the United States from roughly 1960 to 1974.  Placing the era in historical and global perspective, this course covers major events and trends including John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the civil rights and feminist movements, the Vietnam War, the New Left, the counterculture, Richard Nixon and Watergate, and the seeds of the New Right.

 HIS 318 (3) History of American Foreign Relations—An overview of international relations theory, and the diplomatic and military history of the United States. 

 HIS 319 (3) History of the American South to 1865—An examination of the cultural, social and political institutions that shaped the American South from colonial days through the Civil War. Special attention will be devoted to a study of the slave system and how it influenced the development of the South as a particular American cultural system.

 HIS 320 (3) Ancient History—A study of the development of Mediterranean Civilization from its inception to the dissolution of the western half of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: HIS 101.

 HIS 321 (3) History of Christianity—A study of the growth of the Christian Church from the Council of Nicea to the present with emphasis on the formation of orthodoxy and its interrelation to surrounding society.

 HIS 322 (3) Medieval Civilization—An examination of the formation and mutation of the salient features of medieval society. Prerequisite: HIS 101 or consent of the professor.

 HIS 323 (3) History of Early Britain—An overall survey of British political, social and cultural history from Roman times to the end of the Tudor Reign.

 HIS 325 (3) From Caesar to Charlemagne: the Origins of France—A survey of the formative period of early French history from the first century BC to the reign of Charlemagne, 768-814 AD.

 HIS 326 (3) History of Modern Germany—A study of Germany from Frederick the Great to the present, with particular attention to the German state’s political impact upon world history since 1870.

 HIS 327 (3) Renaissance and Reformation—An examination of the age of the Renaissance and its impact upon world thought, with special emphasis on the Reformation as a response to this view. Prerequisites: HIS 101, or consent of the professor.

 HIS 350 (3) Survey of Non-Western Cultures—A review of three major non-Western cultures: Islam and the Middle East, China, and Japan. 

 HIS 352 (3) History of Latin America—A study of the social, cultural and political institutions of Latin America from colonial days to the present.  Particular attention will be given to the formation of Latin society during the colonial period, the impact of the revolutionary era and the attempts of the Latin American nations to achieve social, political and economic stability and progress in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 HIS 375 (3) The Study of History—A survey of history as academic discipline and as profession.  The course will include philosophies of history, the contemporary academic and professional scene and detailed guidance in preparation of research papers.

 HIS 391 (1-3) Directed Study—Directed reading in a concentrated area and the writing of a major paper.  Contract.

 HIS 393 (1-3) Seminar--Designated special-interest classes, seminars, or field experiences supervised by faculty, with appropriate course requirements. Credit may be given more than once.

 Bulletin 2011-2012  Revised 8/26/2011