Course Descriptions

HIS 103 - Non-Western Civilization: Russian History (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Russian and Soviet history from its origins to the present. Major features of pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Russian civilization.

HIS 104 - Non-Western Civilization: the Middle East Since Muhammad (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
History of the Middle East from the time of the prophet Muhammad to the present. Pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Middle East.

HIS 105 - Non-Western Civilization: Latin America (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Major social, economic, and political institutions and forces that have shaped Latin American society. Emphasis on socioeconomic changes in the 20th century that have polarized the social class structure and encouraged political upheaval.

HIS 107 - Non-Western Civilization: Modern Japan, 1860-Present (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
The rise of modern Japan: The growth of Japanese power and its influence in the world economy.

HIS 201 - Violence, Crime, and Punishment in U.S. History (3 hours)
This course explores the social, political, and cultural history of violence, crime, criminal law, policing, and punishment in the United States from the Colonial period to the present.

HIS 203 - United States History to 1877 (3 hours)
Surveys American history up to the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Emphasizes European colonization, slavery, American independence, territorial expansion, and the growth and limits of democracy.

HIS 204 - United States History Since 1877 (3 hours)
Surveys American history from the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to the present. Emphasizes industrialization, urbanization, the shift toward a consumer economy, and the struggle to realize democracy in a society divided along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, ideology, and national origin.

HIS 300 - The United States Since 1945 (3 hours)
Social-cultural, political, economic, and diplomatic aspects of U.S. history since 1945.

HIS 301 - Topics in American History: Intellectual (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIS 302 - Topics in American History: Diplomatic (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIS 303 - American Urban History (3 hours)
Growth and development of American cities in historical context.

HIS 304 - Women in American History (3 hours)
Political, economic, and social status of women in American society since Colonial times. Reasons for the changing role of women; major problems confronting women in the 20th century.

HIS 305 - American Indian History (3 hours)
History of the first Americans; Indian-White relations since 1492. Origins and varied cultures of American Indians.

HIS 306 - The United States Civil War Era (3 hours)
U.S. history 1830-1877: events and developments leading to civil war, the war itself, and efforts to reconstruct the Union after 1865.

HIS 307 - History of the Early American Republic (3 hours)
Explores the evolution of early national and state governments and the various attempts at practicing democracy in a nation that incorporated chattel slavery and limited suffrage. Investigates how individuals and groups employed democratic ideals to gain access to power. Analyzes civic ideals and practices with particular attention to Native Americans, African Americans, and women. Contextualizes the coming of the Civil War.

HIS 308 - Topics in American History: Political (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIS 309 - The History of U.S. Law Enforcement (3 hours)
Historical roots of American law enforcement; establishment of an organized police in the U.S.; historical efforts to improve American police work.

HIS 310 - America and Vietnam 1940-Present (3 hours)
The Vietnam War: America's role in it and its legacies for both nations.

HIS 311 - History of American Political Economy (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
Analyzes the economic history of the United States, stressing the influence of government policy on economic development.

HIS 314 - Non-Western Civilization: Japan & World War II (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Analyzes Japanese militarism and expansionism and examines the significance of Japan's World War II defeat and its impact on the Asian/Pacific world.

HIS 315 - U.S. Social Movements (3 hours)
Explores the major social movements of recent U.S. history. Study of the labor movement, the civil rights movement, Chicano and American Indian movements, campus and counterculture radicalism, anti-war protests, women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, environmentalism, and the nuclear freeze movement, with an examination of how activists crafted a politics of protest as they fought for greater equality and justice. Analyzes the roles that social movements played in strengthening democratic ideals and practices by expanding the role of the citizen in the community, the nation, and the world.

HIS 316 - African American History Since 1877 (3 hours)
Explores the integral place of African Americans in American history and culture from Reconstruction to the present. Analyzes historical achievements of African Americans, as well as social changes and cultural perspectives on race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation that have shaped the black experience. Topics include Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, black protest organizations, labor, the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, art and cultural production, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and historical and contemporary American racial politics.

HIS 320 - Renaissance and Reformation (3 hours)
Renaissance and Reformation as part of the transitional era between the Medieval and Modern ages. Renaissance emphasis on reason and humanism balanced by Reformation focus on faith and spiritual concerns. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 101; or CIV 102; or CIV 111; or CIV 112.

HIS 321 - Topics in European History: Intellectual (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 101; or CIV 102; or CIV 111; or CIV 112.

HIS 323 - Greek Civilization (3 hours)
Classical Greek civilization up to the Macedonian conquest. Emphasis on emergence of democracy in Athens and its functioning in the famous 5th century B.C.

HIS 324 - Barbarians in History (3 hours)
Significant barbarian invaders of Inner Asia; their role in the development of human civilization.

HIS 325 - Roman Civilization (3 hours)
Values and institutions of Roman society during Kingship, Republic, and Empire periods. Emphasis on the Republic at its peak, Rome's imperialism, and complex issues involved in Rome's fall; also impact of Roman values and practices on Western civilization.

HIS 326 - Modern Military Forces and Institutions (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
European and American military experiences: 1700 to present.

HIS 327 - Topics in European History: Cultural (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 101; or CIV 102; or CIV 111; or CIV 112.

HIS 328 - England and the American Revolution (3 hours)
American Revolution from the perspective of the common Anglo-Saxon cultural, political, economic, intellectual, and social heritage.

HIS 329 - Germany 1870-1945: From Second Empire to Third Reich (3 hours)
This course examines the key issues and debates about German history in an era of unification, war, revolution, and Nazism. Refusing to read history backwards from the Third Reich, the course takes seriously each of the main eras (Second Empire/First World War, Weimar Republic, and Third Reich/Second World War). The aim is to examine the conflict between democratizing elements and anti-democratic, racist currents as it manifested itself in everyday life and politics. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and CIV 112

HIS 332 - Modern Latin American History (3 hours)
Political development of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Political changes linked to recent socio-economic transformations in the developing area. Emphasis on alternatives of reform, revolution, and military dictatorship.

HIS 334 - Non-Western History: Social (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIS 335 - Modern Mexico (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Social, economic, and political development of Mexico since independence. Contemporary problems facing a developing country which has already experienced one social revolution.

HIS 336 - Early Non-Western History and Geography (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Analytical and comparative survey of the formative stages of early non-Western civilizations in five geographical regions. The basic cultural patterns and geographical patterns that emerged between approximately 3500 BCE and 1500 CE will be studied, compared, and related to present developments.

HIS 337 - Modern Non-Western History and Geography (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Growth and development of non-Western civilizations since c. 1500 CE in their geographical contexts. Reactions of indigenous peoples and cultural patterns to Western penetration and imperialism. Present development and practices.

HIS 338 - Russia Since 1917 (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
History of Russia from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present. Political, social, economic, and cultural development and theories.

HIS 339 - Women in Global Perspective (3 hours)
The changing status of women in light of global economic, social, and political changes in different regions of the world. How women have participated in and contributed to 20th century transformations of the family, community, workplace, social organization, and politics.

HIS 340 - Twentieth-Century Europe (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
An analytical survey of European history since 1900. Background information on the period before 1914; the First World War and its effects; the rise of fascist, communist, and conservative dictatorships in the 1920s and 1930s; the Second World War and Nazi genocide; major institutions and problems during the Cold War division of Europe; revolutions of 1989-91 and their aftermath. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and CIV 112

HIS 341 - The French Revolution (3 hours)
The preconditions to 1789; the definition of revolution as opposed to reform or national liberation; the making and unmaking of governmental structures; the role of the inarticulate common people or ''the crowd''; the role of war on the revolutionary process; the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte; the failure to impose revolution by military conquest. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and 112.

HIS 342 - Europe, 1789-1914 (3 hours)
An analytical survey of the "long 19th century" from the French Revolution to the First World War, with an emphasis on social, political, and cultural change. Subjects discussed include the following: the political agenda established by the French Revolution, and ideological responses to it (liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, and socialism); the rise of industrial capitalism and its attendant social and political divisions; competing ways of building and controlling the nation-state; democratizing movements of labor and feminism; everyday family life, gender relations, and sexuality; nationalism/imperialism; cultural movements from Romanticism to Realism to Modernism. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and 112.

HIS 343 - The Enlightenment (3 hours)
The development and influence of the European Enlightenment between the late 17th and early 19th centuries. The social, cultural, political, economic, and religious contexts for intellectual transformation. The legacies of the Enlightenment in the present, and contemporary culture in light of the past.

HIS 345 - The History of England I (3 hours)
The history of England from the earliest times to 1660.

HIS 346 - The History of England II (3 hours)
The history of England from 1660 to the present.

HIS 350 - Historical Methods Seminar (3 hours)
Exploration of historical arguments and debates; methods of interpreting primary sources. Prerequisite: History major or consent of instructor.

HIS 375 - The Holocaust (3 hours)
Origins and course of Nazi genocide against Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Discussion of the Nazis' five million other victims. Survival and resistance. Comparisons with other examples of modern genocide. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and 112.

HIS 382 - European Women and Gender since the Renaissance (3 hours)
This course investigates the history of women and families in modern Europe, as well as the representations of gender identities that have affected society. The course begins with ancient and medieval origins of the belief that women are inferior to men, and the Renaissance debate on women. We then consider women and gender in the religious reformations, the growth of commercial capitalism, intellectual life and cultural production, technological and political revolutions, wars, dictatorships, and democracies. Prerequisite: CIV 100; or CIV 102; or CIV 111 and 112.

HIS 385 - Science, Technology, and Society (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
An analysis of the interaction between science, technology, and society since the 1600s. The first part addresses the Scientific Revolution, the second the Industrial Revolution, and the third the contemporary scientific and industrial revolutions. In the third part of the course, the examples of the earlier scientific and industrial revolutions, insofar as they affected religious views, daily living conditions, and the meaning of philosophy and science, provide material for comparison as a means of understanding the contemporary situation. Particular attention is given to how social values and assumptions determine the direction of scientific and technological developments.

HIS 405 - Independent Reading in History (1-3 hours)
Directed reading by qualified students with faculty guidance. For history majors primarily. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hrs. credit. Prerequisite: history major or consent of department chair.

HIS 406 - Individual Study in History (1-3 hours)
Special study of individual topics in history with faculty supervision. For history majors primarily. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hrs. credit. Prerequisite: history major or consent of department chair.

HIS 450 - US History Research Seminar (3 hours)
Research paper required employing primary sources in U.S. history. May be repeated under different topic for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: HIS 203 or 204; HIS 350; senior standing; and history major; or consent of instructor.

HIS 451 - European History Research Seminar (3 hours)
Research paper required employing primary sources in European history. May be repeated under different topic for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: HIS 350; a 300-level European history course; senior standing; and history major; or consent of instructor.

HIS 452 - Area Studies Research Seminar (3 hours)
Research paper required employing primary sources in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Russian history. May be repeated under different topic for a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: HIS 103, 104, 105, or 107; HIS 350; senior standing; and history major; or consent of instructor.