Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

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The History Department offers a wide variety of courses, thoroughly covering every major geographic area in the world as well as every major time period. There are several introductory level courses which will give students the necessary background to delve immediately into the more in-depth upper-level courses.

Should a student find that there is a topic of interest in which the History Department does not offer a course, students are allowed to take up to six semester hours of reading courses that will allow students to specialize in an area of his or her interest.

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1300 | The United States in Global Perspective

Introduction to history, historical thinking and the history of the United States within a global context, examining the ways a distinct American society developed within larger patterns of world history. Themes will vary by instructor but may include democracy, freedom and equality; global conflict; imperialism; industrialization and economic systems; migration and immigration; nationalism; and revolution. 

 

1305 | World History to 1500

Principal civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from prehistory to about 1500 A.D.,focusing on religious ideas, patterns of economic and cultural development, and artistic and literary achievements of these civilizations, as well as their influences on one another.

 

1307 | World History since 1500

History of major world civilizations and the growth of the modem global community as well as the spread of ideologies and cultures. 

 


2365 | History of the United States to 1877

A chronological, thematic, and analytical study of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic history of the United States from colonial origins and early nationhood through the era of Reconstruction. 

 

2366 | History of the United States Since 1877

A chronological, thematic, and analytical study of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. 

 

2370 | History of Warfare

Military conflicts and practices throughout history and around the world with emphasis on broad strategy and tactics. 

 

2380 | Introduction to Slavic and East European Studies I

Cross-listed as SEES 2380--Primary Department: Modern Languages & Cultures.
Basic introduction to the peoples, history, and cultures of the countries covered by Slavic and East European Studies, including the post-Communist states and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, and the former Federated Yugoslavia up to the mid-1700's.Basic introduction to the peoples, history, and cultures of the countries covered by Slavic and East European Studies, including the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, and the former Federated Yugoslavia up to the mid-1700's.

 

2381 | Introduction to Slavic and East European Studies II

Cross-listed as SEES 2381--Primary Department: Modern Languages & Cultures.
Major events and factors -- e.g., political, economic, and social -- leading to upheaval and change in the area countries from the mid-1760's to the present, with attention to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Stalinism, the creation of the Soviet Empire, the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and the transition of post-communist states.

 

2390 | Introduction to Women's and Gender History

Central debates in Women's and Gender History from European, American, and global perspectives. Provides theoretical background and analytical skills for advanced coursework. 

 

2395 | Historiography

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of the instructor.
Historical thought and historiographical practice in the West from their emergence in the classical world to the present. 

 

2V89 | Introduction to Model Organization of American States

Course prepares students for first-time participation in a Model Organization of American States simulation. Stresses historical and contemporary hemispheric issues. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours under different topics. 
 

3300 | Methods of Oral and Public History

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Introduction to the diverse settings in which historians work, including historic preservation, heritage tourism, community history, documentary work, museums, historical societies, historical editing, government, and business, and the various approaches they utilize. Also familiarizes students with oral history theory and practice.

 

3301 | Internship in History

Prerequisites: HIS 3300.
Internship at an institution or program engaged in public history. Applies themes, ideas, and issues covered in HIS 3300.

 

3305 | Traditional China

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as AST 3305.
A survey of Chinese history from its origins to 1700. Treatment of artistic, cultural, economic, literary, political, social, and religious developments in China that have shaped East Asian civilizations.

 

3307 | Japan

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as AST 3307.
A survey of the internal and external forces which have affected the development of Japanese civilization from ancient times to the twentieth century. Emphasis upon political, economic, and cultural developments which have shaped modern Japan.

 

3308 | Hitler and the Holocaust

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as REL 3308.
The rise of Adolf Hitler and the policies of war and extermination he pursued before and during World War II, as well as the suffering, complicity and responses of Jews and Christians within and after the Holocaust.

 

3310 | The Middle East

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of Islamic civilization, especially under the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman empires; analysis of contemporary national, and international problems with attention to the historical-geographical and political-geographical elements.

 

3311 | Middle East History 600-1798

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of Middle East history from the rise of Islam to Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798.

 

3315 | History of West Africa

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Introduction to West African history, culture, customs, and societies from the earliest times to 1975.

 

3318 | History of Modern Africa

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
History of Africa since the early nineteenth century and analysis of contemporary African issues in a wider historical context. 

 

3319 | Women and Gender in Modern Africa

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
The social, political, economic, religious, and cultural experiences of women living in Africa from the pre-colonial era to today. 

 

3340 | Russia to 1861

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A study of the historical, social, cultural, and intellectual currents of Russia.

 

3342 | Russia since 1861

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A study of society, literature, history and politics, of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and present post-communist Russia.

 

3344 | History of Modern Germany

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of the political, cultural, and economic development of German-speaking Central Europe since the eighteenth century.

 

3353 | Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of pre-Columbian civilizations in the Americas and an examination of Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Emphasis will be given to Meso-American and Andean civilizations, the creation of colonial society, and the forces leading to the end of political colonialism in Latin America.

 

3355 | Modern Latin America

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of the evolution of Latin American countries since Independence. Emphasis will be placed on economic and social factors influencing national development and contemporary issues such as narcoterrorism, the debt crisis, liberation theology, the rights of indigenous peoples, the ecology, and hyper-urbanization.

 

3360 | History of the American Presidency

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of the presidency and the presidents. Subjects include backgrounds, parties and elections, ratings of presidents, selected case studies, and the vice presidency.

 

3362 | History of Religion in America

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of religion from the period of discovery to the present with emphasis on the diversity of American religion, the origin and development of major denominations, and the interaction of religion and society.

 

3371 | History of Black Americans

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of the history of black Americans from their African origins to the present. Emphasis will be given to the economic, social, and political impact of the presence of black people in the American colonies and the United States; attention will be given to the institution of slavery, the emancipation movement, the rise of segregation, black nationalism, and the ideologies and personalities of the civil rights movement. 

 

3380 | History of Texas

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
The political, economic, and social history of Texas in its regional setting in the American Southwest from the period of colonization to the present.

 

3384 | American Indian History

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
History of American Indians in the area known as the continental United States from the arrival of the first Europeans to the present day. 

 



4300 | History of Medicine

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as MH 4300 and PHI 4300 -- Primary Dempartment: Medical Humanities.
A review of the origins and development of medicine and medical science from prehistoric times to the present. Consideration will be given to the impact of major diseases on civilization and the emergence of successful measures of control.

 

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 imperial state, the Chinese heritage, and decline, conflict with the West, revolution, and modernization.

 

4312 | Modern Middle East History

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Political, religious, intellectual and social transformations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

4313 | War and Peace in the Middle East

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
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.

 

4325 | The Vikings

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Focuses on Viking life, culture, trade, and migrations from AD 790 to 1100. Includes methods and applications of interdisciplinary research, particularly emphasizing the potential of archaeology to make contributions to historical studies. 

 

4326 | Early Medieval Europe, c. 300-1000

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor; amd upper-level standing.
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: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor; and upper-level standing.
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.

 

4330 | The Medieval Mediterranean World

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor; and upper-level standing.
The Medieval Mediterranean as a global region, highlighting the various connections and cultural hybridities that linked peoples of Europe, Africa, and "Asia" (now called the Middle East). 

 

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.

 

4334 | A History of Women in Europe to 1200

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
From ancient Greece to the early medieval world, this course examines the status and roles of women in European society--the ideas, customs, and laws that affected the lives of women as well as the roles that women performed. We also explore how women both contributed to European culture and society and were prevented from realizing their full potential. 

 

4335 | A History of Women in Europe Since 1200

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A study of the status and roles of women in European society from the Crusades through World War I. 

 

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

 

4348 | Reading Course in European History

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A tutorial course for undergraduates with intensive study of a given period or topic in European history. The nature and precise limits of the study will be established after consultation between professor and student. No student may take more than one history reading course in a given semester. A maximum of six semester hours of reading courses may apply toward a history major.

 

4350 | The History of Gender in Latin American

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor; and upper-level standing / Cross-listed as LAS 4351.
The history of the construction of gender and gender relations from pre-Columbian societies to contemporary Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the creation of archetypes and the contrast between legal codes and realities across time, race, class and regional divides. 

 

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 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.

 

4358 | Reading Course in Global History

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A tutorial course for undergraduates with intensive study of a given period or topic in Global history. The nature and precise limits of the study will be established after consultation between professor and student. May be repeated once with a change of contents for a total of six credit hours. 

 

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.

 

4366 | American Legal History to 1877

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A survey of legal and constitutional documents, ideas, cases, and debates, in American history from the colonial era to 1877. 

 

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.

 

4369 | Religion in America, 1877-Present

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Religion in America from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Special attention devoted to religion's intersection with culture and politics and to the growth of religious pluralism in America.

 

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.)

 

4377 | History of the American Woman, 1600-1865

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Women's history in America from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War, emphasizing the changing roles of women and their contribution to and participation in American society.

 

4378 | History of the American Woman Since 1865

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
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.

 

4379 | The Cold War

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor / Cross-listed as SEES 4379.
History of global conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1991 including cultural, social, economic, political, and religious aspects. 

 

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 / Cross-listed as ENV 4389.
Investigation of the physical, social, cultural, and economic relationships between humans and their environment in America from precontact to the present.

 

4391 | The Vietnam War

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Overview of the origins, course, and legacy of the US experience in the Vietnam War.

 

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.

 

4393 | American Military History to 1865

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Major military conflicts in North America from European exploration through the American Civil War. 

 

4394 | American Military History from 1865

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
Major military conflicts in United States history since the Civil War.

 

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.

 

4398 | Reading Course in American History

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor.
A tutorial course from undergraduates with intensive study of a given period or topic in American history. The nature and precise limits of the study will be established after consultation between professor and student. No student may take more than one history reading course in a given semester. A maximum of six semester hours of reading courses may apply toward a history major.

 

4V89 | Advanced Model Organization of American States

Prerequisites: HIST 2V89 / Cross-listed as PSC 4389. 
Course prepares advanced students for leadership roles in a Model Organization of American States simulation. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours under different topics.