HIS 101-102 HISTORY
OF CIVILIZATION. (3-3).
The first half, 101:
Social, cultural, political, intellectual, and other
developments to ca. 1600; emphasis on the
The second half, 102: Social, cultural,
political, intellectual, and other developments ca. 1600
to the present;
emphasis on the West.
HIS 209 HISTORY OF THE UNITED
STATES I. (3)
An introductory survey of American history from the
colonial era to 1876. It explores the political, social,
cultural, and economic development of American society from
colonial times through the end of Reconstruction.
Special emphasis is given to the Revolutionary period, the
establishment of American political institutions, the causes
of the Civil War, and the impact of Reconstruction.
HIS 210 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES II. (3)
An introductory survey of American history since
Reconstruction. It explores the political, social, cultural,
and economic forces at work in creating modern America.
Special attention is given to Americans’ experience in war,
civil rights for African Americans, and the changing status
HIS 311 INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL THINKING AND RESEARCH.
(3) Spring, odd years.
An introduction to the techniques of historical
methodology, and to some of the major literature.
HIS 312 MISSISSIPPI HISTORY. (3).
An introductory survey of Mississippi history from
native American society to the present. It examines the
social, cultural, economic, and political factors that have
gone into shaping modern Mississippi and considers how
Mississippi reflects the influences of a distinctive
southern regional culture and a broader American culture.
HIS 320 THE GRAECO-ROMAN WORLD. (3)
A survey of Greek civilization through the Hellenistic
Age, with emphasis on art, literature, philosophy, social
aspects; Roman civilization is treated from its origins to
the third century A.D., emphasizing political institutions,
economics and social developments.
HIS 324 WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY: FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE AGE
OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. (3)
The history of women and gender in European history from
ancient Greece to ca. 1800.
HIS 326 WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY. (3)
Survey of the experiences of women in America from the
seventeenth-century colonial settlements to the present,
focusing on changes in the conceptions of womanhood and in
the realities of women's lives and work.
Women's participation in the social, economic, political,
and cultural spheres will be studied in terms of the lives
of ordinary women as well as of prominent individuals.
Topics explored will include women's domestic and
wage work, marital patterns, the concept of sisterhood, the
institutions of marriage and the family, legal rights,
education, social and political movements.
HIS 328 LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES. (3)
Survey of the period from the early third through the
tenth century. Emphasis on social, political, religious, and
economic continuity and change between classical Graeco-Roman
civilization and the Germanic and Byzantine
HIS 329 HIGH AND LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE. (3)
The role of economic and demographic expansion in
creating or transforming medieval institutions and
development (1000-1300). The response of high-medieval
civilization to the economic and demographic collapse of the
fourteenth and fifteenth centuries (1300-1500).
HIS 335 EARLY MODERN EUROPE. (3)
A study of the political, social, intellectual, and
religious history of Europe in the period 1500-1750; the
decline of medieval institutions; the growth of Northern
Humanism; Protestant and Catholic Reformations; religious
wars; the centralization of government; the scientific
HIS 345 EUROPE. 1750-1914. (3)
A study of the major events and developments in Europe
from 1750 through 1914, with particular emphasis on the
French revolution, industrialization, the rise of
nationalism, and the revolutions of 1848.
HIS 350 EUROPE SINCE 1914. (3)
Major developments in Europe from World War I to the
present day, with particular emphasis on the rise of Hitler
and the Third Reich, the Cold War, and European Union.
HIS 351 EUROPEAN COLONIES IN NORTH AMERICA. (3)
The story of the formation of the Spanish, French, and
British colonies in North America. Emphasis is on
development in southern North America, the Gulf Coast, the
Caribbean, and the West Coast.
HIS 352 AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND EARLY REPUBLIC, 1763-1829.
Causes of the Revolution; the antagonists compared;
emergence of sentiment for independence, reasons for
American success; struggle for a stable government; rise of
political parties; War of 1812; controversies over tariff,
bank, and internal improvements; John Marshall, Monroe
HIS 358 THE LATIN AMERICA REPUBLICS. (3)
A survey of the political, economic, and cultural
developments of the Latin American states since 1808, with
special emphasis on Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
Special attention is also devoted to the contemporary
problems of modern Latin America.
HIS 360 U.S. 1829-1860 JACKSONIANISM, NATIONALISM,
Westward expansion; the age of Jackson; the bank,
sections, and slavery, expansion and conflict; mounting
clashes between the sections.
HIS 361 CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION. (3)
A study of the social, economic, and political
development of American society from the antebellum era
through Reconstruction, emphasizing those features that led
to the Civil War, the impact of the war on northern and
southern society, and the political and social impact of
HIS 363 U.S. 1876-1920 FROM THE GILDED AGE TO THE
PROGRESSIVE ERA. (3)
The growth of business and industry; settlement of the
Great Plains and agrarian progressive era and the politics
of reform. The First World War.
HIS 365 AMERICA SINCE 1940. (3)
A study of the progress of America from 1940, focusing
on the impact of World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam
War on American society. It emphasizes an understanding of
various movements of social change, such
as civil rights, women’s movement, student protests, and gay
HIS 371 MOVIES AND AMERICAN SOCIETY. (3)
Popular movies are one of the most important forms of
American mass culture in the twentieth century. In this
course, we will explore the use of popular movies both as
cultural artifacts (evidence) as well as a way of telling
history. Thus we will learn to evaluate fictional movies for
what they tell us about the era in which they were made and
to appreciate the problems with the contributions of
docudramas and documentaries to telling and
interpreting the past.
HIS 372 AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN US SOCIETY. (3)
A general survey of the experience of African-Americans
from colonial times to the present, with special emphasis on
the topics of slavery, racism, black identity, the civil
rights movement, and the role of African-Americans
in the development of American society.
HIS 401 INTERNSHIP. (Variable, 3-6).
Prerequisite: Advanced standing and the consent of
Qualified students may earn credit for participating in
a program approved in advance by the faculty advisor and
division. The nature of the internship and the number of
hours to be worked will determine the number of credit
hours. A minimum of 120 hours is required for 3 hours
credit. Three hours may be applied toward the major.
Remaining hours will count as elective credit toward
HIS 405 HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AMERICA. (3)
A study of the relationship between religion(s) and
various communities over the course of American history. The
goal will be to try to understand the role that religion has
played in shaping a community’s identity and understanding
of the world and its place in the world and how that role
has changed over time. The course will also examine the way
in which religion has been shaped by society.
HIS 410 METHODS AND MATERIALS IN SECONDARY HISTORY AND
SOCIAL STUDIES. (3) Fall.
Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.
Required of students seeking teacher certification in
history and social studies at the secondary level, with
emphasis on the place of the social studies in secondary
education; selection and analysis of aims and objectives;
use of special techniques and methods; appraisal of
techniques. This course does not fulfill the history
requirement for the Social Sciences major, but only the
professional certification requirement.
HIS 412 THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY. (3)
The origins of important scientific ideas from the
ancient world to the modern age. Examines major issues in
the global development of industry and technology. Emphasis
is placed on analyzing technological and scientific
change (including automation, the PC, biotechnology, and the
internet) and its impact on societies.
HIS 415 HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE
Political, social, and cultural aspects of English
history from the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the
English Reformation, 1066-1529.
HIS 416 BRITAIN IN THE MODERN ERA. (3) Prerequisite: HIS
This course focuses on the history of Great Britain from
about 1870 to the present. The course examines the decline
of Britain as a significant world power through a study of
industry, economics, empire, and world strategic
HIS 418 GERMANY FROM UNIFICATION TO REUNIFICATION. (3)
Major developments in German history from the
unification of the country to the reunification of West and
East Germany. Includes a focus on German participation in
World War I, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party,
World War II, the Holocaust, and German post-war economic
HIS 422 THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMUNISM: A GLOBAL STUDY. (3)
Provides a global study of socialism and communism in
the modern era. Traces the rise of socialism in the late
18th and 19th Centuries to the recent fall of communism in
the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In doing so
the course adopts a global approach examining the European
roots of communism, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China,
Vietnam, and communist movements in Latin America. Also
analyzes the Cold War in a Global context.
HIS 428 MODERN EASTERN EUROPE. (3)
Prerequisite: HIS 102.
The course examines the countries of eastern Europe in
the modern era with a focus on the 20th century. Emphasis
will be on Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Baltic
nations from World War I through the decline of communism
and the Soviet Union.
HIS 441 AMERICAN SOCIAL HISTORY. (3)
Prerequisite: HIS 209-210 or the consent of the instructor.
A study of the themes of race, class, gender, and
ethnicity in American history, particularly considering the
process of how American society has accommodated or thwarted
the dreams of African-Americans, laborers,
women, and immigrants. Students will consider how these
groups developed a common consciousness and organized to
overcome social and political disabilities and how this
process has worked in specific communities during different
HIS 454 HISTORY OF THE SOUTH. (3)
The political, social, and economic factors involved in
the change from a nationally oriented to a sectionally
oriented South by 1860. The impact of the Civil War and
Reconstruction on the post-bellum history of the South.
Turmoil and change in the twentieth century.
HIS 463 ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT. (3)
A survey of the major criteria, functions, and
techniques of archival management.
HIS 464 INTERNSHIP IN ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT. (3)
A laboratory situation, in which the student performs
all the principal functions of the archivist, using actual
HIS 465 THE WORLD WARS AND THE HOLOCAUST. (3)
An in depth analysis of World War I and II. Includes an
examination of Fascism in Italy under Mussolini and in
Germany under Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, WW II Japanese
war aims and the Pacific theater, WW II in
Africa, and the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials.
HIS 470 THE RENAISSANCE: DEFINING THE PROBLEM. (3)
The definition of the Renaissance - whether there was
one, and if so, what it was - has been debated by historians
for more than a century. This course will examine how that
debate has been shaped over time.
HIS 498 SPECIAL TOPICS. (3 to 6)
May be taken for credit twice, so long as total credit
does not exceed 6
HIS 499 HISTORY CAPSTONE. (3)
A study of the use and abuse of history and historical
evidence in a broad perspective, using material which majors
have produced in their past coursework, as represented by
portfolios of the work. Comparative history
will also be examined. Prerequisite: completion of HIS 311
or POL 310. Cannot be taken concurrently with HIS 311 or POL
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