History (HIS)

Course meets General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).

History and Political Science Program of Study

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HIS 111 – East Asian Civilization 4cr

This course is a review of the societies and cultures of major East Asian nations. Included are studies of China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 120 – Western Civilization: Ancient Greece to 1450 4cr

This course is 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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 121 – Western Civilization: 1450 to 1815 4cr

This course is 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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 122 – Western Civilization: 1815 to the Present 4cr

This course is a survey of European history from the end of the Napoleonic wars to the present. The course combines the approaches of political, economic, and social history to provide an overview of Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and covers such topics as the revolutions of 1848, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 131 – United States History I 4cr

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

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

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. This course is intended to foster an understanding of the United States in the 21st century.

Aim 2 Research and Academic Discourse and Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 205 – Environmental History of the United States 4cr

This course is a history of the American land, from before settlement by the first immigrants (from Asia) to the present. Emphasis is on the changes in vegetation and landscape that have resulted from human use and management. Agriculture, logging of the old-growth forest, disposal of the public domain, conservation movements, national forests and parks, forestry and natural resource professions, and the environmental movement are all covered.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS/GDS 230 – Women in American History 4cr

This course examines the social history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Students explore 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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 251 – Appalachian History 4cr

This course concentrates on central and southern Appalachia from the point of earliest contact between Native Americans and Europeans to the turn of the twenty-first century, providing a cohesive narrative overview of Appalachian history. Students read primary documents that illustrate various topics and incidents in Appalachian history, while course lectures provide an overview of the region’s historical development from the age of European colonialism to the present. Focused on the theme of people’s relationships to the land, this course primarily explores the social and cultural implications of Appalachia’s economic development.

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 twentieth-century German films of the last 80 years will be used to enhance students’ understanding of German culture throughout this period.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 327 – Renaissance and Reformation 4cr

This 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, students will read several case studies of divorce and witchcraft to examine the intersection of state control and daily life.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

HIS 328 – England since 1603 4cr

This 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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or 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.

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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

HIS 332 – Civil War and Reconstruction 4cr

This 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.

Aim 3 Research and Disciplinary Discourse and Aim 11 Historical Analysis

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

HIS 334 – African-American History 4cr

This 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.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

HIS 338 – Grassroots Politics in Twentieth Century America 4cr

This seminar course explores grassroots political movements in the twentieth century, focusing on the methods employed by grassroots groups to spread their message and influence party politics and the relationship between grassroots and national politics. Students also examine the relationship between popular culture and grassroots politics and consider the uses of culture to spread grassroots political ideas.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis and Aim 15 Social Justice

Prerequisite: HIS 132 United States History II or permission of instructor.

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.

Aim 11 Historical Analysis

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

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.

Aim 4 Capstone Synthesis

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Course meets General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).