Course Descriptions - Department of History

INTRODUCTORY


HIST 1000 History of Civil Society In America (3)
Introduction to American history through the growth of values shaping American society, with comparisons to cross-cultural case studies. Historical antecedents of modern America, with special focus on the interrelationships between institutions and individuals that have shaped the idea of civil society in the United States, and the applicability of the American experience to understanding other historical contexts.

HIST 1020 Roots of the Present (3)
Historical approach to the origins of current world, national and local problems. Historical approach to analyses of and written exercises about current problems.

HIST 1030 History of Western Civilization I (3)

A survey of the historical development of Western civilization from early times to the seventeenth century. Special attention given to cultural integration and diffusion, to institutions and ideas, and to the social construction of racial, ethnic, class and gender identities within diverse historical settings. Situates the Western experience within its wider global historical context.
General Education Breadth Course


HIST 1040 History of Western Civilization II (3)
A survey of historical development of Western civilization from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. Special attention given to cultural integration and diffusion, to institutions and ideas, and to the social construction of racial, ethnic, class, and gender identities within diverse historical settings. Situates the Western experience within its wider global historical context.
General Education Breadth Course

HIST 1062 Worlds of History (3)
An introduction to the history of world civilizations which gives students an understanding of the major developments in human civilization over the last millennia, encourages them to think historically by studying human change critically and analytically as it relates to the relationship of the past to both the present and the future.

COMPARATIVE/THEMATIC


1000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 1060 From Scientific Revolution to Democratic Revolutions (3)
The Intellectual Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries with special emphasis on the resultant revolutionary upheavals from England to Russia.

HIST 1061 Freedom and Organization: Nationalism, Imperialism and Industrialism (3)
The events of the century and a half after the end of the Napoleonic Wars which illuminate the problems of Western man. The contemporary search for balance between individual freedom and submission to authority is the lens through which the course is focused.

HIST 1062 Worlds of History (3)
An introduction to the history of world civilizations which gives students an understanding of the major developments in human civilization over the last millennia, encourages them to think historically by studying human change critically and analytically as it relates to the relationship of the past to both the present and the future.

2000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 2000-2001 Historical Explorations with Film: Scientific Discovery and the Ascent of Man (3,3)
Using the widely acclaimed Ascent of Man film series created by the late Jacob Bronowski, course explores the great moments of scientific discovery against a historical perspective which spans over two million years of human history from the earliest flint tools to the theory of relativity.

HIST 2120 World Archaeology (3)
Archaeology as a method of historical inquiry; relationship of archaeological and literary evidence; survey of major archaeological sites.

3000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 3000 Perspectives on History (3)
Examination of major human developments, events, ideas and people in history and supporting areas of geography, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, and psychology.
Prerequisite: Declared History/Teacher Certification major or Education major with History Content Area

HIST 3241 The Wealth of Nations: Roots of the 20th Century World Economy (3)
The development of modern capitalism and “economic man” up to the twentieth century. Analysis of the history of trade, empire, banking and material civilization which form the essence of our contemporary capitalistic world system.
Prerequisites: Six hours in history or junior standing or permission of instructor.

HIST 3300 Public History I (3)
An introduction to the new studies in applied history which focuses upon techniques and materials to prepare students for alternative careers for historians in government, corporate, and private organizations.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history

HIST 3301 Public History II (3)
Studies in the management and technology of cultural resource preservation, with emphasis on historic preservation and archival techniques.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history

HIST 3321 History of Medicine (3)
A survey of medical history from the ancient world to the nineteenth century.  Special attention to case studies that provide insight into major discoveries and understanding of disease, illness, medical practitioners and practice in different historical contexts and cultures.  Six credits in history or permission of the instructor required.  
Previous #: Hist 2050

HIST 3335 Women in Western Civilization (3)
Role of women in Western civilization up to the modern era. Contributions of women as individuals and as part of larger groups. (formerly HIST 1070)
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3336 Women in the Modern Age (3)
The advances women have made in modern times through protest movements and reform activities; changing conceptions of themselves as having agency (formerly HIST 4841)
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3843 Sex in History (3)
Sexual codes and customs and how they affected relationships throughout the ages; consideration of sexual attitudes in the context of social, economic and political change.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3850 Explorations in Psychohistory (3)
Assessment of various writings in the field of psychohistory, a discipline which combines the art of psychoanalysis with historical interpretations.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3852 History of Science (3)
The history of science from ancient times to the present. General topics include: the origins of science, its development and interaction with society, the impact of science on society-religion, literature, philosophy, and popular culture.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3853 Charles Darwin: A Life and Times (3)
Examination of the career and world of Charles Darwin, founder of modern evolutionary biology. From student to naturalist author, the role of 19th century literature and culture in the writing of On the Origin of the Species.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3854 History of Pseudoscience
A social and intellectual history of pseudoscience in American from 1800 to the present.  Claims made that the mainstream dismissed as outside the bounds of scientific inquiry or which do not follow the scientific method. 
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3860 Jewish History to 1789 (3)
The mystery of the Jewish people’s survival, from their birth in the Near East and struggles for identity in dispersion, to their interactions with paganism, Christianity, and Islam and search for deliverance in ghettos and the surrounding world.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3861 Modern Jewish History (3)
The growth of a distinctive Jewish culture in our time as well as key threats to that culture, from modern Jewry’s 18th and 19th century Emancipation from ghetto isolation to the rise and virulence of racial anti-Semitism.
Prerequisite: HIST 3860 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3864 The First World War: A Historical Watershed (3)
An examination of the causes, conduct and world-wide repercussions of the First World War.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of the instructor. Can be used to fulfill a European history course requirement.

HIST 3865 World War II (3)
An examination of the causes, conduct and world-wide repercussions of World War II.
Prerequisite: Six hours in History or permission of the instructor. Can be used to fulfill European or American history course requirement.

4000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 4235 Industrial Revolution: Topics in the History of Technological Society (3)
Selected topics in the social history of machines, their inventors, and industrial revolutions which have transformed world societies with increasing power since the end of the Middle Ages. Extensive investigations of conditions for technological innovation such as war.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 4236 History of Alchemy and the Origins of Modern Science (3)
The medieval and Renaissance origins of modern science. Practical aspects of alchemy, how it was performed, and the goals of its practice, plus the Islamic, Jewish and Christian components of alchemical philosophy, and its contribution to modern science.
Prerequisite: Six hours of History or permission of the instructor.

HIST 4371 Cold War in History (3)
An examination of the confrontation from 1945-1991 of the two post war nuclear superpowers–the USSR and the United States–and its impact around the world.
Prerequisite: Six hours of History or permission of the instructor.

HIST 4374 History of Just War (3)
An historical inquiry into the classical theories of just war, from classical times through the middle ages and into the present.  Comparative analysis of a wide variety of religious and cultural perspectives.  Emphasis on seminal texts and applications to examples of just war theory in practice in a range of historical circumstances. 

HIST 4840 Women in History (3)
The role of women in different cultures throughout the ages. The lives of outstanding women and movements seeking greater equality.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of the instructor

HIST 4850 Emancipation and Liberation: Africana and Jewish Dimensions (3)
An examination of emancipation and liberation movements through study of the Africana and Jewish experiences. Emphasis on these movements’ pre-modern origins and on their modern successes and failures.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 4875 The Emergence of Law in Society (3)
Development of the legal norm from the primitive stages of society to the organization of the first legal systems before modern times.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history and/or political science or permission of instructor.

HIST 4876 Human Evolution and Modern Society (3)
An examination of the history of evolution studies, focusing on the controversial aspects of human evolution and how it impacts health care, religious culture, politics, and public education, from the 1600s to the present.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4882 Modern Scientific and Technological Impact (3)
A comparative study of the impact of modern science and technology upon Christian, Islamic, African and Asian religious beliefs, showing their varied and unsettling effects upon traditional cultural patterns and ideals.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

EUROPEAN HISTORY


3000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 3110 Greek Civilization (3)
Hellenic history and culture from prehistoric origins to the creation of the Graeco-oriental or “Hellenistic” civilization. Political experience of the Greeks and their intellectual and artistic contribution to Western civilization. Formation of the Polis, Greek imperialism, the heroic and tragic world-view and the development of philosophic method.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3120 Roman Civilization (3)
Rome’s growth and decline from Etruscan times to the barbarian invasions. Rome’s success in creating a government unity throughout the Mediterranean world. The internal consequences of the acquisition of empire.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3121 The Ancient City (3)
Urbanization from the beginning of history to the fall of the Roman Empire. Study of the problems faced by early city dwellers as related to the modern urban situation.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3231 Medieval Europe: History and Civilization I (3)
Europe from the barbarian invasions to the Renaissance of the 12th century. A survey of the history, institutions and culture of the middle centuries of Western civilization.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3232 Medieval Europe: History and Civilization II (3)
The height of the Middle Ages; the decline and end of medieval civilization.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3233 England in the Middle Ages (3)
England from the coming of the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudor Era; Pre-Christian English society, the Danish and Norman conquests and occupations, fruition under the early Plantagenets. The development of Parliament, the Hundred Years’ War and the War of the Roses.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3234 Europe in the Seventeenth Century (3)
The political, economic, and cultural history of Europe in the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the role of Old Regime politics, social order, court culture, globalization, and religion in shaping models of seventeenth century state building.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 3235 Europe in the Eighteenth Century (3)
The intellectual, cultural, and political revolutions that took place across Europe over the course of the long eighteenth century. Emphasis on the impact of the Enlightenment, as well as cultural and social tensions on the political order, culminating in the French Revolution.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3236 The Tudor-Stuart Age: Society in Conflict (3)
Study of 16th and 17th century England as a period of ferment and revolution. Focus will be on the political and religious upheavals, cultural achievements, economic changes and overseas expansion which characterized the Age.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3237 The Emergence of Modern England: 1689-1815 (3)
England’s progress during the 17th and 18th centuries toward big power status. Cultural, political and social developments discussed with emphasis on England’s emergence as a modern industrial power. Literary as well as historical sources used.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 3238 The Age of Reform: England Since 1815 (3)
Describes the political and social reform movements in England: the emergence of liberalism and the fight for an extended suffrage; the conflicts between laissez-faire and state intervention; isolationism and interventionism. Literary as well as historical sources used.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3239 France and the Revolutionary Tradition Since Napoleon (3)
History of modern France, highlighting the impact of modern ideologies of social change and revolution upon French politics and culture since 1815. Emphasis placed on the uniquely French responses to the great social transformations which have fashioned the
contemporary world society.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3240 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
An analysis of the development of the Renaissance and Reformation in their relation to the formulation of a base for the building of contemporary secular society.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3241 The Wealth of Nations: Roots of the 20th Century World Economy (3)
The development of modern capitalism and “economic man” up to the twentieth century. Analysis of the history of trade, empire, banking and material civilization which form the essence of our contemporary capitalistic world system.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3244 The Nazi Era: Germany Before the Holocaust (3)
The political and social history of totalitarian Germany under Hitler, culminating in world war and genocide.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3252 European Intellectual History in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
An examination of the main currents of European thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis on source readings and discussions in philosophy, literature, science, political, literary and artistic theory. Also, an attempt to trace of the history of ideas.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3273 Ireland: Mystique and History (3)
A study of the history of Ireland beginning with legends and myths, then the impact of the arrival of Christianity on Irish culture and society. Also the role of modern myth and traditions in Irish society.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3274 Ireland: 1801-1977 (3)
A study of the history of Modern Ireland from the Act of Union to the present. The struggle for independence as well as social and cultural changes after the Famine. The development of modern Ireland from industrialization to entry into European Union.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3280 Spain: The Rise of the First World Power (3)
The historical development of the Iberian peninsula from the earliest times to the moment of emergence of Spain as a unified state.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3281 Imperial Spain (3)
The Spanish Empire and its development from 1516 to 1700; the social, political, economic and religious factors that contributed to its development and eventually to its downfall.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3845 Witchcraft in the Western Tradition (3)
History of the belief in and fear of witches from ancient times to the present with an emphasis on the witch trials in Europe and America from the 15th through the 17th centuries with a focus on the intellectual, cultural, and social factors shaping the trials and their eventual decline.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

4000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 4110 The Roman Revolution: 133 B.C.-A.D.14 (3)
A study of the social and political upheavals of the late Roman Republic, 133 B.C.-A.D. 14, commonly referred to as the Roman Revolution; in-depth study of some personalities of the last generation of the republic; causes of the fall of republican form of government and the rise of autocracy.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4111 The Roman Empire (3)
In-depth study of the Roman Empire, from the transformation of a Republic under Julius Caesar and Augustus to the fall ca. AD 475. Special attention paid to political events; contemporary sources and modern interpretations; social changes; religious conflict and synthesis; the machinery and ideology of empire; and culture.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 4120 Archaeology (3)
Introduction to the methods of archaeology and survey of recent archaeological excavation. Emphasis on classical archaeology but study of other cultures included.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4140 The Trojan War (3)
History and historiography concerning the Trojan War. Earliest source material compared with modern archeological and technological discoveries. Special topics include: Minoan, Mycenaean, and Hittite culture; military technology; leadership; mythology; trade; artistic and literature depictions through modern times.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4150 Athens in the Age of Pericles (3)
The history of Athens during the height of its greatness, the fifth century, B.C.; the origins and development of Athenian democracy and empire; surviving monuments, both literary and artistic, as sources for Athenian history; the war with Sparta as precursor to the degeneration of 5th century values and culture; acknowledgement of the legacy of Athens.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4152 Alexander the Great: History and Legend (3)
History and historiography concerning Alexander the Great. Expansion from Macedonia to Asia and special topics: military prowess, leadership skills, enculturation and other strategies for empire-building to use of his alleged divinity, the myth of Alexander.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor

HIST 4220 The Revolutionary Era: 1789-1870 (3)
A detailed examination of the French Revolution of 1789 is followed by a study of its legacy. The role of nationalism, the development of socialism in 19th century Europe, the unification of Italy and Germany and the emergence of realpolitik.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4233 Tsarist Russia: From the Moscovite Period to the Great Emancipation (3)
Imperial Russia under the Rurik and Romanov Tsars studied as an important aspect of the growth of European Absolutism and the social system of the Old Regime. The unique problems of the Moscovite state traced to the eve of the Russian Revolutionary Movement. Culture, personalities and institutions critically evaluated by readings in the classic and contemporary literature.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4234 Revolutionary and Soviet Russia, and Beyond (3)
Modernization and revolution in modern Russia from the crises of the 1990’s. Russia’s participation in the critical moments of the last century; the industrial revolution, world wars, and the continuing ideological struggle between varying forms of liberalism and communism. The problems of continuity and change in modern Russia since 1917, highlighted by readings and discussions.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4237 Europe Since 1870 (3)
Changes in European societies since the unification of Italy and Germany, with particular attention to nationalism and imperialism, democracy and dictatorship. Post-war trends toward European integration assessed in terms of Europe’s position in the late 20th century world.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4238 History of Germany, 1805 to Present (3)
A discussion of how the German people came to support 19th century Wilhelmine authoritarianism and permit moral anarchy in the Weimar 1920s and terror and destruction in the Nazi era. An exploration of the interplay between ideas and power.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4241 Weimar Germany (3)
An examination of the economic, social, political and cultural life of Germany from 1919 through 1933. Particular emphasis is placed upon roles of women, labor, the arts and cinema, and political dissidents in the development and collapse of democracy in Germany.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4242 Twentieth Century France: Imperial Glory to Identity Crisis (3)
Twentieth century France traced from the aftermath of the Dreyfus Affair to the present. The struggles of a declining European “great power” to preserve its historical role, cultural “mission,” and national identity amidst the catastrophic transformations of the twentieth century, the decline of imperial Europe and the restructuring of the world into ideological spheres controlled by superpowers.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 4250 The Papacy and Its History (3)
The political development of the Papacy and its role and influence in shaping Western history and civilization.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

AMERICAN


1000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America (3)
Introduction to American History through the growth of values shaping American society, with comparisons to cross-cultural case studies. Historical antecedents of modern America, with special focus on the interrelationships between institutions and individuals that have shaped the idea of civil society in the United States, and the applicability of the American experience to understanding other historical contexts.

2000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 2303 United States History to 1877 (3)
A survey of the history of the exploration, settlement and development of the United States from the pre-Columbian period through the Civil War. Special emphasis is placed upon the contributions of Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, women and working class peoples in the social, political and economic development of early American society.
General Education Breadth Course

HIST 2304 United States History From 1877 to Present (3)
A survey of recent American history from the Reconstruction period to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the emergence of the United States as a world power and to the contributions of labor, women, and peoples of color in the building of contemporary society.
General Education Breadth Course

3000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 3010 American History Through Film (3)
An historical examination principally through the use of film, video, tapes, and other mass media of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in United States history.
Prerequisite: HIST 2304 or permission of instructor

HIST 3305 The History of the Black American to 1900 (3)
African-American history from the colonial period to 1900, stressing African roots, slavery, Reconstruction and the era of Jim Crow.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3306 20th Century Black History (3)
The development of the African-American community during the 20th century, from the Age of Accommodation to the rise of Black militancy in the 1960s and beyond.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3323 History of American Medicine (3)
Survey of the development of the medical profession in the United States. Medical education and practice, scientific research, public health and their institutions.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3324 The American West (3)
An examination of the social, economic and political factors that led to the exploration and settlement of the American West. Special emphasis is placed upon the historical contributions of Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, women, and other ethnic, political or cultural minorities to the development of the West. The role of the West in the American imagination and national identity is also examined.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or permission of instructor.

HIST 3326 History of New Jersey (3)
Social and political development of New Jersey within context of American history.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3329 History of Religion in America (3)
In depth study of the impact of religion on America from pre-colonial times to the present Special consideration to intersection of politics and religion. Attention given to contemporary sources and modern interpretations. Particular topics might include: Native American spirituality, Puritanism, the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, Revivalism, the rise of denominationalism, the emergence of sects and cultures, African- American religions, and civil religion.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor

HIST 3330 The Labor Movements in America: 1864 to Present (3)
Analysis of the reaction of the American working class to the rise of the industrial state. Examination of the trade union movement and the millenarian movements.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3331 The History of Sports in the United States (3)
The history of the United States during the two hundred years of this nation’s existence; the birth and phenomenal growth of sports in the United States and the relationship of sports to American society.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3340 20th Century America (3)
An examination of the major economic, social, political and diplomatic trends in the 20th century, with emphasis on the quest for social justice at home and abroad.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3341 End of American Innocence: The 1920s (3)
The emergence of flappers, flivvers, prosperity, prohibition, conservatism, jazz, the Ku Klux Klan, Republican dominance, and a literary Renaissance.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3360 History of Business in America (3)
Survey of rise of American business institutions and practices from colonial times to present. Emphasis on influence of businessmen in shaping of American values and the role of American businessmen in contemporary society.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3363 America in the 1960’s: The Turbulent Decade (3)
Study of the social, political, economic, philosophical and religious tensions in America in the 1960’s including involvement in Vietnam and role of the media. Special attention to the dynamic influence of American youth.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3365 From Immigrants to Citizens: History of Latinos in the United States (3)
Historical perspective on why some people emigrate from certain areas of Latin America
and the social, cultural and economic problems related to the making of Latino communities in the United States. Emphasis on both earlier and contemporary immigration waves with particular attention to the experience of Latinos in the New York/New Jersey region.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3863 American Jewish History (3)
The development of American Jewry from the arrival of Jews in colonial America to the present day. Four periods of migration; Sephardic (1654-1840). German-Jewish (1830-1880), East European (1880-1924), and postwar suburban (1945-the present). Focus on the evolution of American-Jewry and its relationship with American public and civic life.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3999 The American Experience in Vietnam (3)
An analysis of American involvement in Vietnam from 1945-1975. Examination of military, political, and social factors in Vietnam and the United States including the anti-war movement and post-war issues.
Prerequisite: Six hours in history or Permission of instructor.

4000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 4319 The British Colonies and the American Revolution (3)
An examination of the basis of American society covering the colonial period of American history and the American Revolution. Social, economic and political origins and events treated in relation to modern American practices and institutions.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor

HIST 4320 Pirates and the Atlantic World (3)
Theme of pirates used to understand connections and transformations across the Atlantic world (Europe, Africa, and the Americas) from the late fifteenth century until 1800. Topics include colonization and settlement, labor, race, and ethnicity. Special attention paid to victims of pirates, buccaneers, and privateers and to an exploration of the enduring fascination with pirates.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4321 American Liberty and Law (3)
After a brief introduction to the Supreme Court and Constitution, a detailed analysis of the growth and development of the Bill of Rights. A probe into topics such as how free speech actually is, what religious liberty means, what the right of privacy entails, and what rights the accused person has.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4323 The New Nation (3)
Examination of the period from the writing of the United States Constitution through the presidency of James K. Polk, including topics such as the development of an American identity, manifest destiny and the expansion of the United States, and the paradoxical development of slavery and freedom.
Prerequisite: Six hours of History or permission of the instructor.

HIST 4361 The American City (3)
The growth of urban America, beginning with the colonial seaports through the 20th century, including the spread of industrialization, transportation and communication. The impact of the city on American culture. Present day problems include: race relations, the population explosion, the rise of suburbia, and the development of megalopolis.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4364 History of the North American Indian (3)
Survey of the history and culture of the North American Indian from primeval times to the contemporary period.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4365 American Foreign Affairs I: 1775-1899 (3)
A basic survey of American diplomatic history to 1899 dealing with the formation and implementation of American foreign policy with a view to its effect on the world situation and domestic developments.
Prerequisites: HIST 2303-2304 or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4366 The United States Becomes a Super Power: American Foreign Affairs II: 1899 - Present (3)
The emergence of the United States as a world power, examined with particular attention to imperialism, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War.
Prerequisites: HIST 2303-2304 or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4367 The History of American Immigration (3)
American society as a mosaic made up of various immigrant groups. Each successive wave of newcomers treated separately: their origins and character; their settlement and reception in the United States; their reaction to the new world; their impact on their adopted country; the effect of the exodus on their homelands; and United States immigration policies.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4368 The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Inquiry into social classes in the Old South; slavery as an institution; the Civil War on the military, home, and diplomatic fronts; Reconstruction; Grantism. Emphasis on the study of various schools of historical thought on the character of slavery, on the causes of the Civil War, and on the nature of Reconstruction.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4372 The American People In Depression and War 1929-1945 (3)
In depth study of the Great Depression of the 1930s leading up to and including the United State’s response to and participation in the Second World War, 1931-1945.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of the instructor.

LATIN AMERICAN


2000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 2381 Colonial Latin America (3)
An introduction to the history of Latin America from the Pre-Columbian Civilizations to the end of the colonial times. Emphasis on the encounter of peoples of Amerindian and Iberian cultures and the process of conquest, resistance and mutual transformation that ensued over the next three centuries, the emergence of a colonial society, the imperial efforts to reform and adjust the colonies to a changing international order, and the process that culminates in the wars of independence.

HIST 2382 Modern and Contemporary Latin America (3)
An examination of the historical tides that have shaped contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean in a neo-colonial context. Emphasis on the making of new nations and problems of sovereignty, reformist and revolutionary political processes, democratic and authoritarian experiences, the quest for economic development, the persistence of societal inequities, racial and gender relations, labor, urbanization and migration, religion, and popular culture.

3000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 3381 History of Cuba (3)
An examination of changes and continuities in the making of modern Cuba. Emphasis on the colonial experience under Spanish rule, the neo-colonial relation with the United States during the first half of the 20th century, the consolidation and crisis of contemporary Socialist Cuba. Special attention to issues such as the dominant role of sugar in Cuban economic and social history, race relations, and national identity.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3382 History of Mexico and Central America (3)
Historical survey of Mexico and Central America from the conquest to the war on terror.  Emphasis on race and gender and on the relationship of Mexico and Central America with with the United States.  Focus on the role of migration – internal, regional and international – and the influences of diaspora communities both abroad and in their home countries.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of history

HIST 3383 History of the Caribbean and Central America (3)
An examination of the social, political, economic, and cultural issues of the Caribbean and Central America from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Special emphasis on problems of slavery and ethnicity, Spanish, French and British Colonialism, political fragmentation, nationalism, and neo-colonial relationships with the United States.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

4000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 4362 Amerindian Peoples of the Andes: The Incas (3)
Examination of the Andean civilizations, their economic, social and cultural developments and their legacies in the colonial and neo-colonial times. Special attention to historiographical debates, issues of material life and the environment, socio-political organizations, labor systems and technology, religion, problems of ethnohistory, and the impact of the European conquest.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4363 Amerindian Civilizations in Mesoamerica: Aztecs and Mayas (3)
Examination of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, their economic, social and cultural developments and their legacies in colonial and neo-colonial times. Special attention to historiographical debates, issues of material life and the environment, socio-political organizations, labor systems and technology, religion, problems of ethnohistory, and the impact of the European conquest.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4384 History of Brazil (3)
An introduction to the Brazilian experience from the colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the legacies of slavery and the plantation system; race relations and the idea of a “Brazilian racial democracy,” modernization, economic growth and social inequalities in a peripheral, neo-colonial context; popular music, soccer and carnival in the making of the national Brazilian identity.
Prerequisites: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

ASIAN


2000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 2471 History of East Asian Civilization to 1600 (3)
Survey of the major historical developments in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam, from earliest times to the seventeenth century.
General Education Breadth Course

HIST 2472 Modernization of China and Japan, 1600 to the Present (3)
The major developments in the recent history of China and Japan with particular reference to changes in institutions and values resulting from Western imperialism in East Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
General Education Breadth Course

3000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 3400 Diplomatic History of the Far East in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
A survey of the diplomatic relations and power politics of East Asia; the rise of the Japanese Empire as a world power, and its repercussions on China in particular.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history and/or political science or Permission of instructor

HIST 3410 China in the 20th Century (3)
A study of Nationalist and Communist China with special emphasis upon the rise of nationalism and the issue of modernization.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

4000 LEVEL COURSES


HIST 4000 Empires of the Nomads: The History of Central Asia (3)
An introductory study of the history and civilization of Central Asia and their impact on the neighboring areas, with special emphasis on the Mongol empire created by Genghis Khan.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history of Permission of instructor.

HIST 4410 The Rise of Modern Japan, 1600 to Present (3)
Focus on Japan’s transition to modernity and its rise to world power status in the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 4430 Genocide in Asian History (3)
Exploration of the contested notion of genocide through selected examples of mass death in Asian history. Examination of the events and their impact on perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Discussion of history and memory, commemoration, reparations and restitution, especially in the context of law and notions of universal rights.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor

HIST 4842 The Asian Woman (3)
An overview of continuity and change in the roles and conditions of women in Asia from early times to the present. An exploration of how class and gender create different life possibilities for women; a study of the relationship between individual life histories, the development of consciousness, and historical events; and an analysis of personal documents and fictional writings by Asian women as historical sources.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

AFRICAN


HIST 2500 African History to 1885 (3)
Introductory survey of the origins and flowering of continental civilization in pre-colonial times, including the classical African civilization of Kemet (Egypt), the organization and culture of ancient, medieval and early modern kingdoms, and the logic and legacy of alternative democratic modes of life. Examines controversial role of foreign cultural and economic influences upon the continent from the earliest times through the era of the slave trade. Gives exposure to historical methodology and epistemology of historical knowledge through opportunities to manipulate a wide array of oral, written and non-textual source materials.

HIST 2510 African History Since 1885 (3)
Introduction to the colonial and postcolonial eras, emphasizing the imposition of structures of alien dominance and the creation of strategies of African resistance. Both hopeful and tragic scenarios in recent history are considered. Particular attention is given to the exploitation of women and children by colonial and postcolonial regimes and the problem of attaining meaningful personal liberation in the family setting. Uses reading, lecture, video, role-playing and group discussion to clarify the dilemmas of, and define the choices available to the continental community today.

MIDDLE EASTERN


HIST 3600 Historical Survey of Islamic Civilization in the Near East (3)
From the emergence of Islam until the dissolution of the Caliphate in the 20th century.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3610 The Ottoman Empire (3)
A study of the rise and decline of Ottoman power, from vibrant conqueror to “the sick man of Europe.”
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

HIST 3620 Modern Israel (3)
Development of Zionism from the era of the French Revolution through the establishment and development of the state of Israel.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY


HIST 4990 Senior Seminar in History (3)
Open only to senior history majors. Geared to the highest competency. Exploration of the problems of historical methodology and research.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of history.
Writing Emphasis Course

HIST 4991 Internship and Seminar in Public History (3)
Provides direct participation in doing public history through supervised placement 100 hours in a public or private agency in the region during one semester of the junior or senior year. Supervision provided to discuss the field experience and general problems in public history. Internship planned individually to fit student program.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of history.

HIST 4995 Independent Study in History (3)
Opportunity for history majors to develop independent research projects in particular fields under the guidance of members of the department. Meeting hours arranged by student and advisor. The student is responsible for the plan of work, its development, and a final presentation in conformity with standards set by the advisor.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of history.

TRAVEL COURSES


HIST 3150 A Greek Adventure (3)
An archaeological and historical tour of Greece with emphasis on the Bronze Age and the Classical Age. Visits to important archaeological sites and museums on the mainland, Crete and the Aegean Islands. Continuity of cultural institutions from the past to the present. May only be used as a free elective. Graded on pass/fail basis only.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES


ID 1777 Introduction to Latin American Studies (3)
ID 1800 Holocaust, Genocide, and Modern Humanity (3)
ID 3100 Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
ID 3300 Approaches to the Holocaust (3)
ID 4001 Myth and Symbolism in Pre-Hispanic Mexico (3)
ID 4002 Egyptian Mythology (3)
ID 4100 China During the Age of Confucius (3)
ID 4200 The Victorian Age 1837-1901 (3)

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