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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

History Courses

HIST 111 - American History, 1492-1865

3 hours

A brief account of the discoveries, colonization, and the struggle for independence; growth of federal government, expansion of territory, and the Civil War. (Fall)

HIST 112 - American History, 1866 to Present

3 hours

A survey of U.S. history beginning with Reconstruction and big business, through two major world wars, to the present time of cold and hot wars. (Spring)

HIST 201 - Historical Methods: Research and Historiography

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 121

An introduction to the skills used in the profession of history. Students will use primary and secondary sources as well as historical journals, indexes, and databases as they produce a major research paper, bibliography, and book review; prepare a presentation based on their work; and engage in other activities relative to critical thinking within the discipline of history. Students will also be exposed to basic trends in historiography. Within this class, history/social science majors begin the process of senior portfolio development.  (Spring)

HIST/HNRS 204 - Advanced American History, 1866-Present

3 hours

This course provides a detailed study of American history from Reconstruction to the present, charting the United States' rise from a frontier nation to a world power. This course covers the turbulent days of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the settlement of the west, booming industrialism, Populism and Progressivism, the United States in World Wars I & II, the Cold War, and the distrust of the post-Watergate era. Students will become acquainted with trends in American historiography and practice the skills of historical interpretation and writing. The class satisfies general education requirements for history. It is required for history/social science majors. Students taking this course should not take HIST 112, American History, 1866-Present. (Spring)

HIST/HNRS 206 - Advanced Western Civilization, early times to the 16th Century

3 hours

A study of key issues, events, and transformations that form the basis for pre-modern western civilization and established the foundations for early modern and modern western history, including the Agricultural Revolution, the development of Hebrew monotheism, classical Greek social ideas, the rise and fall of the Roman empire, and medieval Europe. Students taking this course should not take HIST 211, History of Western Civilization. (Fall)

HIST 221 - History of Western Art

3 hours

A survey of fine arts and how they have related to the various cultures throughout western civilization. The class will deal with the arts from the Renaissance to the present time. (Also taught as ARTS 221) (Spring)

HIST 225 - World Civilization I

3 hours

This course is an introductory survey of world history from prehistory to 1400.  Through reading, lectures, discussion, and writing you will gain an elementary understanding of the sub-discipline of world history and the major places, civilizations, events, personalities, and issues of modern world history.  This course will also display how history can inform our understanding of contemporary events.  (Fall)


 

HIST 226 - World Civilization II

3 hours

This course is an introductory survey of world history from 1400 to present.  Through reading, lectures, discussion, and writing you will gain an elementary understanding of the sub-discipline of world history and the major places, civilizations, events, personalities, and issues of modern world history.  This course will also display how history can inform our understanding of contemporary events.  (Spring)


HIST 291 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

HIST 312 - Historical and Political Geography

3 hours

This course considers the interaction between world cultures, environments, and geographic regions to explain patterns of human history and political development.  (Spring)

HIST 320 - American International Relations

3 hours

Details American foreign policies and diplomatic relations toward Europe, Latin America, and Asia, from the revolutionary era to the present. Will detail major foreign policy decisions and initiatives and the results of each. . (Also taught as POLS 320) (Fall, odd years)

HIST 326 - From Colony to Nation, 1607-1783

3 hours

A study of the creation of the American nation. The course examines how transplanted Europeans became a new people, emphasizing social, political, and economic changes that led to independence. Includes a discussion of the impact of African slavery upon American democracy. (Offered periodically)

HIST 331, 332 - History of Christianity I, II

3, 3 hours

A study of the rise and impact of Christianity in the Roman world and western culture. Attention is given to theological and social movements, the influence of Islam, the crusades, expansionism, and religious adaptation to modern life. The second semester traces development from the Reformation through the growth of American religion. (Also taught as RLGN 331, 332) (Spring)

HIST 335 - Establishing a Nation, 1783-1836

3 hours

An in-depth study of United States history from the Articles of Confederation through the Constitution, War of 1812, and Jacksonian Democracy. (Offered periodically)

HIST 345 - Sectionalism and Civil War, 1836-1865

3 hours

American history from the Reform Era through Manifest Destiny, Sectionalism and Civil War.  (Fall, even years)

HIST 355 - Reconstruction and Reunion, 1865-1917

3 hours

American history from the close of the Civil War to the US entry into World War I. Among the topics examined in this course are Reconstruction and the New South, industrialization, the "winning of the West," immigration, and America's changing world role.  (Offered periodically.)

HIST 360 - History of the British Isles

3 hours

A study Britain from pre-Roman times through the restoration of the monarchy under William and Mary in 1688. Topics include Anglo-Saxon England, the Norman Conquest, the Wars of the Roses, the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, and the English Civil War. (Offered periodically)

HIST 364 - Ancient Cultures

3 hours

This is a study of man from his beginning through the empires of Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Persia, Israel, Greece, and Rome to the end of the Roman Republic. (Fall, even years)

HIST 365 - Global Power: America from 1917 to Present

3 hours

A study of the American rise to global power. Class will focus on WWII, the Cold War, Era of Civil Rights, Vietnam, Watergate, and the post-Cold War era.  (Spring, even years)

HIST 370 - East Asian History

3 hours

A survey of the history of East Asia, primarily China, Korea, and Japan, from its foundations until modern times. Topics will include China's enduring influence over its neighbors, interactions with and isolation from the West, the emergence and growth of Buddhism, the influence of Confucian philosophy, Chinese and Japanese imperialism, Western imperialism in East Asia, and Nationalism and Communism. (Offered periodically)

HIST 414 - Early Modern Europe

3 hours

A survey of the Renaissance, Reformation, counter-Reformation, Absolutism, competition for empire, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the coming of Revolutions. (Fall, odd years)

HIST 415 - Texas and the West

3 hours

A study of the multi-cultural heritage of Texas and the West with special emphasis on the pre-Columbian Native American cultures; Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American colonization; the annexation of the region to the US; and social, political, and industrial developments up to the present.  (Offered periodically)

HIST 424 - Modern Europe

3 hours

A study of the Intellectual and Industrial Revolution, the New Imperialism, the intensification of Nationalism, World War I, the Depression, the development and spread of Fascism and Communism, World War II, the Cold War, Decolonization and the emergence of a multipolar world. (Spring, even years)

HIST 425 - Executive Leadership

3 hours

A study of leadership styles and their impact on politics and history. Examines the elements of leadership by focusing on different figures from the political, military, and corporate arenas, such as Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander the Great, and Winston Churchill. Students will be able to take information gained from this class and apply it to a variety of life situations.  (Also taught as POLS 425.)  (Offered periodically)

HIST 430 - Medieval Europe

3 hours

A study of European history during the middle ages, approximately 500-1500 A.D. Course topics include feudalism, monasticism, the growth of monarchies, the Crusades, heresy and inquisition, the commercial revolution, the Hundred Years' War, the Bubonic Plague, and the advent of the university. (Spring, even years)

HIST 475 - Portfolio Development

1 hour

In this class, departmental majors will meet at arranged times with departmental faculty to finalize the contents of their portfolio before graduation. Students will also complete their senior thesis in this course. This class is required of majors in History, Social Science, Social Science (emphasis International Relations), and Social Studies, Secondary Education. Students should take the class in their last semester before graduation; however, they may take it both semesters of their senior year upon advisor recommendation. (Fall, Spring)

HIST 491 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

HIST 492 - History/Social Science Internship

1-3 hours

Students in the History, International Relations, and Public Policy major will take three hours of internship work. This may be three hours at one internship agency, or divided among different agencies in one-hour increments. Students will meet with departmental faculty and agency representatives to agree on an internship contract before beginning the course. The internship(s) will enable students to work directly in an area of their interest, give them experience vital in job searches, and give them an advantage when seeking graduate education.  Eligible for IP grading.

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