Biennial Courses

Note, course offerings contingent on faculty member sabbatical. Check CampusWeb for this semester's offerings.

HIS 270 Modern German History
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 "special path" of German history, while examining such topics as the German state under Bismarck, Weinmar culture, the role of ordinary Germans in the Holocaust, East Germany and the state security police, and life in re-unified Germany.

HIS 327 Renaissance &Reformation
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. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Freshmen are admitted only with the permission of the instructor.

HIS 328 England Since 1603
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. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Freshmen are admitted only with permission of instructor.

HIS 330 Rise of Imperial Russia
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. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 331 Modern Russian Hist.
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.This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 332 Civil War and Reconstruction
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. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Prerequisite: HIS 131 and/or good high school background in American history are recommended. Freshmen are admitted only with the permission of instructor.

HIS 334 History of African-American Experience
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.This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Prerequisite: HIS 131 and HIS 132 and/or a good high school background in black history are recommended.

HIS 338: Grassroots Politics in Twentieth Century America

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.



HIS 339 U.S. Since 1945
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.This course satisfies the Triad education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 340 Conflict & Community in Early America
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 counrty they suddenly shared with one another. The course includes extensive readings and a research paper on early American social or cultural history.This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PSC 328 Western Political Thought
This course covers dominant political theories or ideologies in a historical context. Some of the major political theories or ideologies include those of Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Hume, J.S. Mill, Hegel, Marx, Lenin, Mussolini, and Hitler. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor

PSC 329 American Political Thought
Attention will be aimed at four critical periods and topics in American political thought. They are (1) the founding of the republic and the adoption of the 1787 Constitution, (2) the formulation and justification of a peculiarly American form of political culture, (3) the debate over slavery, civil rights, states' rights, and the American Civil War, and (4) the conflicting views of populism, progressivism, and American conseratism. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement. Prerequisite: PSC 151 Introduction to American Government or permission of the instructor.

PSC 336 U.S. Foreign Policy
This course covers United States foreign policy and its geo-political consequences from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Study will begin with constitutional authority and then determine how foreign policy has been made, tracing various influences such as public opinion, the media, interest groups, and multinational corporations, as well as the military, congress, and the president. Students will engage in extensive research into a major crisis in American foreign policy in the past thirty years, analyze the role played by dominant influences, and evaluate the leadership of the sitting administration in the crisis. Awareness of and application to current foreign policy issues will continue throughout the course. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

PSC 431 Constitutional Law
Using a combination of history, jurisprudence, and case law, this course investigates the evolving role of the Supreme Court in shaping American politics. Topics to be considered include governmental structures, powers, and relationships; civil liberties; and civil rights. Students will study legal history, legal theory, and will examine approximately seventy of the most important decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. This course satisfies Triad Education History/Political Science or Language/Global Issues course requirement. Prerequisite: PSC 151 Introduction to American Government and junior status or senior status or consent of the instructor.