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Courses in History (HIS)

HIS 111 East Asian Civilization 4cr

A review of the societies and cultures of major East Asian nations. Included will be studies of China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 120 Western Civilization: Ancient Greece to 1450 4cr

A survey of European history from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages. It examines a wide variety of topics in political, social, and economic history including the nature of Greek society, the rise and fall of the Roman empire, the spread of Christianity, and the functioning of the feudal system.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 121 Western Civilization: 1450 to 1815 4cr

A survey of history beginning with the late Medieval era and carrying through the Age of Napoleon. It provides both an introduction to and a better understanding of the cultural, economic, and political developments of this period. Students read three to four books in addition to the text and deliver a classroom presentation.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 122 Western Civilization: 1815 to the Present 4cr

In the same format as HIS 121, this course covers the period from 1815 to the present.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 131 United States History I 4cr

United States History I covers the period from 1492 to 1877. Beginning with the Age of Discovery, the course examines the development of colonial societies and the transition from colonial status to independent nationhood. Following the examination of the era of the American Revolution, the course explores such topics as the Constitution of 1789, westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, the institution of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 132 United States History II 4cr

United States History II covers the post-Civil War period to the present. A major theme is the transformation of the United States from a predominately rural and agricultural nation to one that has become urban and industrial in character and emerged as a great global power. The course is intended to foster an understanding of the United States in the 21st century.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

HIS/WMS 230 Women in American History 4cr

The course examines the social history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The course explores how such issues as race, region, ethnicity, and politics have shaped women's lives and how women, in turn, have shaped their lives in response to these issues. From examining women's history and arguing about its meaning, students should gain a richer understanding of women's experience and a new perspective on American history.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 236 North Carolina History 4cr

The course will treat North Carolina in the context of the major developments and episodes of American history from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the study of the state's many ethnic cultures, including the English, Scotch-Irish, German, French, African-American, and American Indian.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisites: HIS 131 United States History I or HIS 132 United States History II or permission of instructor.

HIS 241 Latin American History 4cr

Latin American Civilization traces the history of this region from pre-Columbian times to the present. Early topics considered include the Indian heritage, Spanish and Portuguese colonization, and the attainment of political independence. The course stresses the period since independence (1820s), with an eye toward enabling the student to understand the present character of the region and its problems. Included is an examination of the historic role of the United States in the region.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 251 Appalachian Histories 4cr

This course concentrates on central and southern Appalachia from the point of earliest contact between Native Americans and Europeans to approximately 1970. The course introduces students to major themes in regional history, including cross-cultural interaction, economic strategies, and interplay between insiders and outsiders. Class discussions also highlight the process of "doing" academic history and the relationship of history to folklore.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 270 Modern German History 4cr

This course covers German history from the creation of the modern German state in 1871 to the present. The course focuses broadly on the so-called Sonderweg or "different path" of German history while examining such topics as the German state under Bismarck, Weimar culture, the role of ordinary Germans in the Holocaust, East Germany and the state security policy, and life in re-unified Germany. Classic German films of the last 80 years will be used to enhance students' understanding of German culture throughout this period.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 290-298 Special Topics in History 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of History. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

HIS 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

HIS 327 Renaissance and Reformation 4cr

The course analyzes the interaction between politics, religion, and society in the period from 1450 to 1680. It examines the erosion of authority of the Catholic Church and the growing centralization of power in the European states. Besides reading works by Machiavelli, Erasmus, Luther, and Calvin, the class will read several case studies of divorce and witchcraft to examine the intersection of state control and daily life.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Freshmen are admitted only with permission of instructor.

HIS 328 England since 1603 4cr

The course examines English history from the Stuart period to the present. It focuses on several themes in England's political, social, and economic history, including the evolution of parliamentary government and democracy, the industrial revolution, England's overseas colonial expansion, and the rise of the welfare state.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Freshmen are admitted only with permission of instructor.

HIS 330 The Rise of Imperial Russia 4cr

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the formation and the structures of Imperial Russia. Beginning with a brief survey of Russia's medieval past, the course moves fairly rapidly up through the reign of Catherine the Great. From this point, a more in-depth study follows, with considerable attention and time spent on Russia in the nineteenth century.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 331 Modern Russian History 4cr

This course begins with the Russian revolutionary movements of the late nineteenth century. The bulk of the course will deal with Russian history of the twentieth century with special emphasis on such events as the 1917 Revolution, Stalinism, the Cold War and the ending of Soviet power. Students will read several books and write a paper.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 332 Civil War and Reconstruction 4cr

The course begins with an analysis of the causes of the Civil War with emphasis on sectional differences over slavery, economic policy, and nationalism. This is followed by an examination of the politics and then analysis of why the North ultimately won the armed struggle. The course concludes with the Era of Reconstruction, in which emphasis is placed on the politics of national unification and the development of post-emancipation race relations.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Freshmen are admitted only with the permission of instructor. For others, HIS 131 United States History I and/or a good high school background in American history are recommended.

HIS 334 History of the African-American Experience 4cr

The course encompasses the story of the experience of black people in America over the entire span of the nation's history. Among the major topics are the African heritage, life under slavery, the impact of emancipation, the northward migration, the civil rights movement, and the continuing quest for full equality.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisites: HIS 131 United States History I and HIS 132 United States History II and/or a good high school background in black history are recommended.

HIS 339 The United States since 1945 4cr

This course examines major trends in American history since 1945, the year marking both the end of the Second World War and the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The course starts with Roosevelt's New Deal legacy and the origins of the Cold War. In foreign affairs emphasis is given to the policy of containment and how it played out until the Cold War ended. Examination of domestic events includes such significant social developments as the civil rights movement, feminism, and multiculturalism.
Triad: History/Political Science

HIS 340 Conflict and Community in Early America 4cr

This course studies the formation of communities in colonial America. It analyzes how communities decided who belonged and who did not and how these decisions varied from place to place and over time. It also examines the complex interactions among Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans as they adapted to life in a country they suddenly shared with one another. The course includes extensive readings and a research paper on early American social or cultural history.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

HIS 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

HIS 480 Senior Seminar in History and Political Science 4cr

This course is a senior capstone for students majoring in history and political science. In this course students write a major research paper that relies heavily on primary source documents. The course has three aims: 1) to study and reflect on the disciplines of history and political science, 2) to learn research methods associated with history and political science, and 3) to refine writing skills, especially as they relate to writing a research paper in history and political science. To focus attention on the clarity and logic of writing, students will prepare drafts of their papers to be reviewed by the entire class as well as by the instructor.
Triad: College Composition II
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

HIS 490-498 Special Topics in History 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of History. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

HIS 499 Independent Study 1-4cr