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Department of History
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Graduate Course Descriptions

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Featured Course: HIS 4388 - American Environmental History




4305 | Modern China


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as AST 4305
A history of China from 1700 to the present that considers cultural, economic, literary, political, social, and religious developments. Emphasis will be given to the late imperia state, the Chinese heritage, and decline, conflict with the West, revolution, and modernization.

4312 | Modern Middle East History


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing
Political, religious, intellectual and social transformations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

4313 | War and Peace in the Middle East


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing
The interaction of policy, military force and society in the waging war and the quest for peace and security in the Middle East.

4316 | The African Diaspora


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The history of peoples of African descent in the Diaspora worlwide.

4322 | Ancient Greece


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Culture and institutions of Archaic and Classical Greece to 323 B.C.

4324 | Ancient Rome


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Roman Republic and the rise and fall of the Empire to 565 A.D.

4326 | Early Medieval Europe c. 300-1000


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Emergence of medieval civilization through the blending of Roman, Christian, and Germanic institutions, customs, and beliefs.

4327 | High Middle Ages, c. 1000-1450


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
A study of the flowering of medieval civilization, with emphasis on the medieval church and the origins of the modern state.

4328 | Medieval Britain


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing and nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Medieval British history, emphasizing the development of parliament and the common law; the medieval church in the British Isles; the social impact of warfare; the demographic impact of famine and plague in England and Britain.

4329 | The Renaissance and Reformation


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The political, economic, intellectual, artistic, and religious upheavals in Europe from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries and resulting social, political, religious, and cultural changes.

4331 | European Expansion, 1400-1800


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The development and maintenance of permanent contacts by Europeans with other peoples and cultures around the world between the late Middle Ages and the turn of the 19th century.

4332 | Early Modern Europe


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
A history of Europe from the age of absolutism to the enlightenment. Emphasis will be upon the major political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, and intellectual developments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

4333 | French Revolution and Napoleon


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Background and history of the French Revolution; relatively brief consideration of the effects of the Revolution and Napoleon upon Europe.

4336 | Europe Since World War I


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Problems of peace making and international organization; rise of Fascism and Communism; background and history of World War II.

4337 | Europe from 1815 to 1914


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Political, social, and economic development of the European nations from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War; the rise of liberalism and growth of the nationalism; imperialism and the development of the international rivalry.

4338 | Cultural and Intellectual History of Europe through the Seventeenth Century


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
History of ideas and their social and economic background from Classical Greece through the Baroque period. Course includes Greek and Roman philosophy, early Christianity and Scholasticism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the idea of a mechanistic universe. Considerable emphasis on literature; some attention to art and music.

4339 | Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
History of ideas and their social and economic background from the Enlightenment to the present. Course includes study of Enlightenment philosophy (Reason, Nature, God, and Man), romanticism, Democratic theory and Marxism, Idealism, Darwinism, Fascism, and Existentialism. Considerable emphasis on literature; some attention to art and music.

4340 | Special Topics in History


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Study in a specialized area of history not covered by regular course offering. May be repeated once for credit provided topic is different.

4341 | Tudor-Stuart England


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The history of Britain under the Tudor and Stuart dynasties.

4343 | France since 1815


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Major topics in French history from Waterloo to the present day, including the Bourbon Restoration, the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, the Second Empire, republicanism, colonialism, the world wars, and Gaullism.

4345 | Britain in the Nineteenth Century


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing and nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The political, social and economic history of Britain from the end of the Napoleonic War to the beginning of the First World War.

4346 | Britain in the Twentieth Century


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing and nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The political, social and economic history of Britain from the beginning of the First World War to the end of the first Blair Government.

4350 | The History of Gender in Latin American


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as LAS 4351
The changing status of women from pre-Columbian societies to modern Latin America, with emphasis on the last century, emphasizing class and racial stratification, and cultural as well as regional differences.

4354 | Religion & War in U.S. History


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The dynamic relationship between religion and war throughout American history, focusing on religious myths of American exceptionalism and power, religious justifications for war, and religious anti-war activism and non-violence. Coverage stresses, but extends beyond, the Christian faith and traditions.

4357 | Inter-American Relations


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
A history of the evolution of Inter-American relations from colonization to the contemporary development of regional economic blocs. Topics will include relations among the American colonies efforts at unification after independence, the expanding role of the United Sates in hemispheric relations and the Latin-American reaction, and the evolution of regionalism in hemisphere.

4360 | Religion and the Body Politic


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as CHS 4360--Primary Department, PSC 4360 and REL 4360
Theological foundations, historical roles, and political directions of religion in the body politic in the United States. See CHS 4360 for course information.

4362 | American Colonial History


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The settlement, growth, and development of Anglo-American colonies in North America. Topics include models of colonization, the development of American individualism, the creating of Atlantic trading systems, the establishment of colonial, political elites and hierarchies, and the social circumstances of women, blacks, and Indians.

4363 | American Revolution and Constitution


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The creation of an American nation out of thirteen colonies. Topics include the social, economic, political, and ideological roots of the colonists' resistance to the imperial power, the decisions for revolution and independence, the fighting of the Revolutionary War, the Rise and fall of the Confederation, and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

4365 | The Early Republic, 1789-1860


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
An overview of the challenges related to creating the new nation of the United States including political, diplomatic, social, economic, and cultural issues and controversies.

4368 | Civil War and Reconstruction


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Causes, military operations, and the aftermath of the American Civil war.

4371 | United States 1877-1920


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Major economic, social, and political, developments in the United States within the prescribed chronological limits, with secondary emphasis on the rise of the United States as a world power and its involvements in World War I. Primary emphasis given to industrialization, the farmer revolt, the Progressive Movement, and the ramifications of these events in politics and society.

4374 | United States Since 1920


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Continuation of HIS 4371 with emphasis on the Post-Progressive decade, the Great Depression, the New Deal and domestic developments since the New Deal. Of secondary emphasis is the coming of World War II and the consequent rise and development of the Cold War.

4375 | The American Civil Rights Movement


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The origins, major events, and legacy of the struggle to gain full equality for African Americans in the century following the American Civil War. Emphasis on the philosophies and strategies employed to realize full citizenship rights for blacks, individual and institutional leadership, the participation of women, the role of religion, and the impact of this social justice movement on the South, the United States, and the world. (Graduate students may not receive credit for both HIS 4375 and HIS 5375.)

4376 | Eastern Perspectives on Church and State


Prerequisites: Upper-level standing Cross-listed as CHS 4376--Primary Department
The theory and practice of "church-state" relations from the "Eastern" perspective. See CHS 4376 for course information.

4378 | History of the American Woman Since 1865


Prerequisites: None
A social, political, economic survey of women in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present, emphasizing the women's movement and its influence on American society.

4380 | The American West


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The frontier in American history from early colonial times to the end of the nineteenth century, with emphasis on the significance of the frontier in American history and historiography.

4383 | History of the South


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Southern culture with three topics in the ante-bellum period and three topics in the post-bellum period.

4385 | The United States in the 1960's


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
The political, economic, social, and diplomatic development of the United States in the 1960's.

4386 | The City in American History


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Emergence, expansion, and impact of urban growth in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis given to the mechanics of city building, the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of urban development and the changing image of the city in the minds of the American people.

4388 | American Environmental History


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Investigation of the physical, social, cultural, and economic relationships between humans and their environment in America from precontact to the present.

4392 | American Foreign Relations since 1919


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Role of the United States as a great power, with emphasis upon the changing attitudes toward world affairs.

4395 | History of American Thought, 1630-1859


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Enduring beliefs about attitudes toward the world and themselves held by Americans. Emphasis on patterns of beliefs as bases for assurance and commitment. From Puritans through transcendentalists.

4396 | History of American Thought, 1859 to Present


Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor
Beliefs Americans have relied on to define and comprehend the world and themselves. Emphasis on what Americans needed and were able to believe in their search for assurance from the naturalism of the Gilded Age to the personal experiential quest of the present.



5320 | Seminar in European History


Course subject varies from semester to semester. May be taken up to three times for credit on the master's degree provided different topics are examined.

5330 | Nationalism, Decolonization and Memory: France and the Algerian War, 1954-1962


France's struggle to retain control other Algerian colony killed thousands and left deep divisions in the French and Algerian populations, which linger to the present day. The war brought down a French government; provoked bitter debates over military tactics, terrorism and torture; led to a military mutiny against the French republic; and saw the forced resettlement of nearly a million people. The seminar uses the work of historians, novelists and filmmakers, as well as the memories of participants, to study how these events are remembered and interpreted in France and Algeria today.

5332 | History and Memory: France and the Second World War


Following a decade of depression, political instability, and appeasement, France suffered a catastrophic defeat by Nazi Germany in the spring of 1940. During the four years which followed, French people faced acceptance of a German occupation, support for a collaborationist French regime in Vichy, hope for liberation by the Allies and De Gaulle's Free French forces, or adherence to the internal armed Resistance movement, among other options. This seminar focuses on historians' interpretations of the events of those years as well as their conflicted legacy in French politics, film, fiction, journalism and judicial proceedings.

5338 | Seminar on Church and State in Modern Europe


Cross-listed as CHS 5338, PHI 5338, and REL 5338
See CHS 5338 (primary department) for course information.

5339 | Seminar on Church and State in the United States


Cross-listed as CHS 5339, PSC 5339, and REL 5339
See CHS 5339 (primary department) for course information.

5348 | Independent Study in European History


Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor A tutorial course for M.A. students in history to supplement other course requirements after demonstration of proficiency in 4000-level courses in the department. The course is designed for intensive study of a period or topic in European history. The student and professor in the student's field of interest will jointly develop a study program. No student may take more than six hours in independent study his or her master's degree program and no more than three (3) hours per semester.

5350 | Seminar in Latin American History


Emphasizes critical reading skills using topics and literature related to Latin American history. May be taken up to two times for credit toward the master's degree provided different topics are examined.

5360 | Seminar in United States History


Course subject varies from semester to semester. May be taken up to three times for credit on the master's degree provided different topics are examined.

5361 | Seminar on Religion and Politics in America


Cross-listed as CHS 5361, PSC 5361, and REL 5361
See CHS 5361 (primary departments) for course information.

5362 | Women's Suffrage Movement


Cross-listed as AMS 5362
A study of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the United States using primary source material and resulting in a scholarly paper.

5365 | Seminar in Public History


Cross-listed as AMS 5365
Field of public history, with emphasis on practical applications of historical methodology and the work of historians outside of academia.

5367 | Seminar in Oral History


Literature and methods of recent United States oral history, with emphasis on the philosophy behind the oral history movement and the personal involvement of the student in the gathering of oral memoirs.

5368 | Vietnam War


An exploration of the role of the United States in the Vietnam War using primary sources and resulting in a scholarly paper.

5370 | Historical Research and Writing


Historical methodology and writing designed primarily for graduate students and history majors who are planning to do graduate work. The student will be expected to complete satisfactorily an original research project.

5371 | Religion in the American South


Religion in the American South from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on readings and primary research.

5372 | Church and State During the Reformation Era


Cross-listed as CHS 5372 and REL 5372
See CHS 5372 (primary department) for course information.

5375 | The Civil Rights Movement


Prerequisites: Graduate standing
Seminar focusing on the origins, leadership, development, and legacy of the campaign to gain full equality for African Americans in the century following the American Civil War. Emphasis on the strategies employed to realize full citizenship rights for blacks, the role of religion, the participation of women, and the impact of this social justice movement on the South, the nation, and the world.

5388 | Independent Study in American History


Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor
A tutorial course for M.A. students in history to supplement other course requirements after demonstration of proficiency in 4000-level courses in the department. The course is designed for intensive study of a period or topic in American history. The student and professor in the student's field of interest will jointly develop a study program. No student may take more than six hours in independent study his or her master's degree program and no more than three (3) hours per semester.

5390 | Archival Internship in History


Under the direction of the staff of the Texas Collection, calendaring indexing, and abstracting selections of papers. The internship may be repeated once.

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