114 Heroes and Villains (3)
A biographical approach to world history. Personalities and their roles in shaping the modern world, to be selected from a variety of fields of human activity: politics, science, philosophy, religion, economics, war, etc. Attention given to interpretations concerning the role of individuals in history. Every semester.
120r Historical Themes (3)
An analysis of some topic of contemporary significance from an historical perspective. The theme under study to be viewed in a number of historical settings to add insights to our understanding of the present. On demand.
199r Special Projects (1-4)
Individual or group projects. Every semester. Maximum credit 4 hours.
203, 204 United States History (3, 3)
A survey of American History from the age of discovery to the present, with special attention to the peoples, ideas, and cultures that created the United States. First semester to 1865; second semester since 1865. Pre- or Corequisite: English 121.
208 Introduction to Asian Civilizations: China and Japan (3)
A survey of the major trends of Chinese and Japanese history. Emphasis placed on traditional cultural values, periods of power and greatness, problems of modernization, and recent developments. Students should gain perspective on current conditions in China and Japan. On demand.
210 Western Christianity Since 1,000 (3)
The origins and development of Christian doctrines, church structures, political relationships and social teachings in the West; from c.1000 through the early twentieth century. On demand. May be registered as Religion 210. No credit in both History 210 and Religion 210.
221 Science, Technology, and Society in the Industrial Age (3)
An historical examination of the impact of scientific and technological change in Western society since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. On demand.
301 Seminars in History (3)
A seminar primarily intended for junior majors in history or education - social studies with a history concentration. Focusing on specific topics in American, European, or non-Western history, the course introduces students to historiographical debate, analysis of historical evidence, and current historical methodologies. Every semester. Prerequisite: 12 hours in history or approval of the instructor.
310 The Greco-Roman World (3)
The history, culture, and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans. On demand. May be registered as Classics 310. No credit in both History 310 and Classics 310.
311, 312 Medieval Europe (3, 3)
Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Italian Renaissance; the first semester emphasizing the formation of medieval institutions to c. 1200; the second semester stressing the shattering of the medieval synthesis. On demand.
313 The Age of the Renaissance (3)
Economic, social, artistic, and political developments, 1300-1500; Italian Humanism; Christian Humanism; and ferment in the Church. Fall semester alternate years.
314 The Age of the Reformation (3)
Religious, political, social, and economic factors involved in the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in the 16th century. Spring semester alternate years.
315 Early Modern Europe, 1600-1750 (3)
Religious, political, economic, and social development in this period of contradiction and intellectual ferment; Puritans, counter-Reformation; Constitutionalism, Absolutism; Scientific Revolution, the Baroque in the arts. Fall semester alternate years.
317 The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
Developments leading to the French Revolution and the fall of the monarchy, the noble resurgence and the phases of the revolution; accomplishments and failures of the revolution; Napoleon Bonaparte as heir to the Bourbons and the Enlightenment and Revolution, and as a social engineer. Spring semester alternate years.
318 Europe in the Nineteenth Century (3)
Europe from the creation of the Napoleonic Empire to the outbreak of World War I; the development and failure of the Congress System; the operation of the balance of power and international relations; national consolidation and domestic political developments, the rise of imperialism, and the spread of industrial society. Fall semester alternate years.
319 Europe in the Twentieth Century (3)
Political, economic, and social development of the European states from the outbreak of World War I to the present. Special attention given to the problems of world wars and reconstruction, with development of conflicting ideologies, the impact of worldwide depression, the decline of European colonial systems, and the diplomacy of the Cold War. Spring semester alternate years.
320 Under Hitler’s Shadow: Europe 1929-1945 (3)
A comparative approach to the study of Europe from the outbreak of the economic depression in 1929 to the end of the second World War in 1945. Beginning with the rise of the National Socialist party, it examines political, cultural, and economic affairs in other areas of Europe, and the consequences of Hitler’s increasingly brash foreign policy. The course also focuses on WWII in Europe, focusing on the subjugation of the continent to German control, the Holocaust, resistance movements, and ultimate defeat of Hitler’s Germany.
323, 324 History of England; History of Modern Britain (3, 3)
The history of Britain from the earliest times to the present; the first semester emphasizing constitutional and institutional developments to 1660; the second semester, the growth of political democracy, the British Empire, economic and social change. 323 fall/324 spring semester alternate years.
327 Russian History since 1800 (3)
Characteristics of Tsarist society in the 19th century, attempts to reform the nation, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and the Soviet system. On demand.
328 Viking History (3)
An examination of the political, military, social, technological, mythic, and cultural aspects of the Scandinavians’ expansion from Russia to Finland from 793 to 1100. On demand.
331 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3)
The colonial period of American history from the earliest settlements in North America to independence and the U.S. Constitution; the European background to colonization, colonial settlements, the development of colonial social, political, and economic institutions, and the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution. On demand.
332 Early National Period, 1789-1840 (3)
The Constitution and presidencies of George Washington and John Adams; the War of 1812 and the emergence of nationalism; rise of the frontier; Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, emphasis on political, social, and economic developments that forged the new nation. Alternate years.
335 The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
The Old South and the causes of the Civil War; the leaders; the chief political, military, and economic developments from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction. Alternate years.
336 The Gilded Age (3)
The United States from the end of the Civil War to 1900. Alternate years.
337 Progressive America: From TR to FDR (3)
An examination of the political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic forces that shaped America in the early 20th century; topics include progressivism, World War I, the roaring twenties, and the Great Depression. Fall semester alternate years.
338 Contemporary America Since 1945 (3)
An examination of political, economic, and social aspects of the recent past, including post-World War II readjustments, the Cold War, the Kennedy years, the Vietnam trauma, and the downfall of the “imperial presidency.’’ Spring semester alternate years.
341 A History of the South (3)
The role of the South in the formation of the nation. Interpretations of the institutions and developments that made the South unique. Alternate years.