History Courses (HIST)

  1. 131 United States History to 1877
  2. 132 United States History Since 1877
  3. 150 20th Century World History
  4. 203 Topics in Early European History
  5. 204 Topics in Modern European History
  6. 206 European Civilization
  7. 209 The Ages of Renaissance, Reformation, and Religious Wars, 1300 to 1650
  8. 210 Crusades, Castles, and Cathedrals: Europe in the Middle Ages
  9. 212 Reason, Religion, and Revolutions: Europe in the Modern Era, 1600 to 1945
  10. 214 The Greeks and the Romans: The Classical Age
  11. 222 Asian Civilizations
  12. 223 Topics in Global History
  13. 233 Topics in the History of the United States
  14. 258 World War II
  15. 263 History of American Women
  16. 271 History of Food and Agriculture
  17. 317 History and Politics of Contemporary Europe
  18. 319 Modern Political Theory
  19. 323 Imperialism and Colonialism
  20. 324 Modern East Asia
  21. 334 Modern Middle East
  22. 337 Vietnam Wars: History & Legacies
  23. 338 History and Politics of Latin America
  24. 356 The American Revolution
  25. 358 The United States in the Era of the World Wars, 1900 to 1945
  26. 359 Contemporary United States History: Campaigns and Elections
  27. 361 Civil War in America
  28. 403 Topics in Early European History
  29. 404 Topics in Modern European History
  30. 409 The Ages of Renaissance, Reformation, and Religious Wars, 1300 to 1650
  31. 410 Crusades, Castles, and Cathedrals: Europe in the Middle Ages
  32. 412 Reason, Religion, and Revolutions: Europe in the Modern Era, 1600 to 1945
  33. 414 The Greeks and the Romans: The Classical Age
  34. 423 Topics in Global History
  35. 431 The Study of History
  36. 433 Topics in the History of the United States
  37. 448 United States Constitution
  38. 450 Internship
  39. 458 World War II
  40. 459 United States Foreign Relations
  41. 463 History of American Women
  42. 472 Senior Thesis
  43. 480 Preceptorship

131 United States History to 1877

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of the United States from colonial settlement to the end of Reconstruction. Issues addressed will include: slavery and race; religious experiences; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy; economic and commercial development; political evolution; and cultural and intellectual change.

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132 United States History Since 1877

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of development of the history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Issues addressed will include: race, ethnicity and immigration; social movements; constitutionalism and republicanism; democratization; the changing roles of women; economic and commercial development; political evolution; international relations; and cultural and intellectual change.

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150 20th Century World History

4 Credits

This is an introductory lecture/discussion course that traces the political, intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of various regions of the world in the 20th century.

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203 Topics in Early European History

2 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary, but may be drawn from Classical Greece, Classical Rome, Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, or some other focus from early European history.

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204 Topics in Modern European History

2 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary, but may be drawn from the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, 19th Century Europe, World War I, or some other focus from Modern European history.

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206 European Civilization

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of European civilization, from the Greeks to the 20th Century. Issues addressed will include: religious experience; intellectual and cultural trends and characteristics; the evolution of scientific thought; the arts as an expression of civilization; political, social, and economic theory and development; international relations; societal norms and their evolution; and points of controversy.

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209 The Ages of Renaissance, Reformation, and Religious Wars, 1300 to 1650

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation, from Dante to the end of the age of religious wars, concentrating on political, military, religious, and intellectual developments.

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210 Crusades, Castles, and Cathedrals: Europe in the Middle Ages

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the 15th Century, concentrating on political, economic, military, technological, and religious developments.

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212 Reason, Religion, and Revolutions: Europe in the Modern Era, 1600 to 1945

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Modern Era, from the stirrings of the Scientific Revolution to the end of World War II, concentrating on political, economic, military, technological, intellectual, and religious developments.

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214 The Greeks and the Romans: The Classical Age

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of the Classical era, from the Trojan War to the end of the Western Roman Empire, concentrating on political, economic, military, intellectual, and religious developments.

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222 Asian Civilizations

4 Credits

An introductory survey of Asian civilizations, with their varied histories and rich traditions, from the earliest days to the present.

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223 Topics in Global History

2 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course designed to address a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary.  Possible topics might include: global terrorism; The Cold War; U.S.-East Asian relations; Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb; and Modern South Asia.

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233 Topics in the History of the United States

2-4 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and schedule vary.

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258 World War II

2 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of the Second World War. Issues addressed will include: military affairs; diplomacy and international relations; the home front; personal accounts; and strategic and tactical issues.

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263 History of American Women

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of American women. Issues addressed will include: civil and political rights; representative lives and careers of American women; social and political movements; democratization; multicultural aspects of the history of American women; the impacts of economic development and political change; and cultural and intellectual evolution.

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271 History of Food and Agriculture

4 Credits

The course covers the great revolutions in food and agriculture from the origins of cooking to the globalization of food and agricultural chains. The focus of the course is global. Food and agriculture are studied as a theme across the centuries and as part of other historical events. The course includes the study of interconnections of food and agriculture from the past to the present. Themes to be studied include: impact of cooking and agriculture in building societies, the development of crops, and the impact of food and agriculture culturally, socially, and economically.

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317 History and Politics of Contemporary Europe

4 Credits

This course is a comparative introduction to the contemporary political history and institutions of the European countries. Topics include: the postwar settlement; democracy and political parties; political culture; European integration; political economy; and contemporary social, political, and economic issues.

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319 Modern Political Theory

4 Credits

A study of the evolution of political theory from Machiavelli to Nietzsche, emphasizing themes about the nature of politics, the social contract, and the foundations of democratic theory. Special attention will be given to the historical context in which theorists developed their ideas.

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323 Imperialism and Colonialism

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course exploring selected themes in the historical trajectory of modern imperialism/colonialism, as well as its underlying political, economic, and intellectual premises.

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324 Modern East Asia

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar that explores major themes in the history and culture of modern East Asia (a period encompassing the beginning of the 17th century through the present), focusing primarily on China and Japan.

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334 Modern Middle East

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that surveys the major historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural trends of the 20th century Middle East through the intersection of religion, state, and modern nationalism.

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337 Vietnam Wars: History & Legacies

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores the Vietnam War as not only an American concern, but situates the longer struggle for Vietnamese independence within the larger historical context of Western imperialism, Cold War frictions, and contemporary globalization trends.

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338 History and Politics of Latin America

4 Credits

This is a course in the contemporary political history of Latin America, with emphasis on institutions, ideologies, and social transformations in the region, focusing on the interdependency of the countries within the world. The topics discussed in the course include: political culture; government institutions; regional organizations; cultural trends, liberation theology; women; and ethnic diversity among others.

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356 The American Revolution

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history and political thought and institutions of the United States from the end of the colonial era to the launching of the Constitution. Issues addressed will include: military affairs; slavery and race; religious experiences; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy, economic and commercial development; political evolution; colonialism; political ideas and governmental forms; and cultural and intellectual change.

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358 The United States in the Era of the World Wars, 1900 to 1945

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of the United States from the beginnings of the Progressive Era to the end of the Second World War. Issues addressed will include: race, ethnicity and immigration; social movements; the impacts of industrialization; constitutionalism and republicanism; democratization; the changing roles of women; economic and commercial development; political revolution; military affairs and international relations; and cultural and intellectual change.

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359 Contemporary United States History: Campaigns and Elections

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history and political means and methods of the United States from the end of the Second World War to the present. Issues addressed will include: campaigns and elections; civil rights; social and political movements; democratization; the changing roles of women; economic and commercial development; the evolution of political means and ends; foreign affairs and international relations; and cultural and intellectual change.

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361 Civil War in America

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of the United States from the end of the Mexican War to the end of Confederate resistance in 1865. Issues addressed will include: military affairs; slavery and race; religious experiences; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy; economic and commercial development; political evolution; foreign affairs, political ideas and governmental forms; and cultural and intellectual change.

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403 Topics in Early European History

2 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary, but may be drawn from Classical Greece, Classical Rome, Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, or some other focus from early European history.

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404 Topics in Modern European History

2 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary, but may be drawn from the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, 19th Century Europe, World War I, or some other focus from Modern European history.

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409 The Ages of Renaissance, Reformation, and Religious Wars, 1300 to 1650

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation, from Dante to the end of the age of religious wars, concentrating on political, military, religious, and intellectual developments.

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410 Crusades, Castles, and Cathedrals: Europe in the Middle Ages

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the 15th Century, concentrating on political, economic, military, technological, and religious developments.

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412 Reason, Religion, and Revolutions: Europe in the Modern Era, 1600 to 1945

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of Europe in the Modern Era, from the stirrings of the Scientific Revolution to the end of World War II, concentrating on political, economic, military, technological, intellectual, and religious developments.

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414 The Greeks and the Romans: The Classical Age

4 Credits

A thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of the Classical era, from the Trojan War to the end of the Western Roman Empire, concentrating on political, economic, military, intellectual, and religious developments.

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423 Topics in Global History

2 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course designed to address a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content will vary. Possible topics might include: global terrorism; The Cold War; U.S.-East Asian relations; Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb; and modern South Asia.

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431 The Study of History

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores the research methods, standards and ethics of historical study; studies aspects in the philosophy of history; and traces the development of the field of history since the Classical Greeks.

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433 Topics in the History of the United States

2-4 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and schedule vary.

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448 United States Constitution

4 Credits

This course studies the Constitution and the evolution of court decisions since the 19th century to the present. The topics in the class include the constitutional development of government institutions: Congress, the presidency and the U.S. Supreme Court and their relationship. The course also studies the development of civil rights and liberties, such as affirmative action, voting rights, race, sex and gender equality, and the rights of the accused among others.

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450 Internship

2-4 Credits

This is an individual practical experience in research and study with an approved community sponsor. This course requires a major reflective essay incorporating experiences in the courseand personal values and ethics.

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458 World War II

2 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the history of the Second World War. Issues addressed include: military affairs; diplomacy and international relations; the home front; personal accounts; and strategic and tactical issues.

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459 United States Foreign Relations

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores the historical development and contemporary political aspects of American foreign relations since the 1890s. Issues addressed include: political and social movements; political institutions; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy and elections; models of foreign policy development and implementation; ideologies; the roles of economic and commercial development; political evolution; international relations and contemporary affairs; and cultural and intellectual change.

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463 History of American Women

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of American women. Issues addressed include: civil and political rights; representative lives and careers of American women; social and political movements; democratization; multicultural aspects of the history of American women; the impacts of economic development and political change; and cultural and intellectual evolution.

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472 Senior Thesis

2-4 Credits

This is an intensive individual experience in research, critical analysis, and creative synthesis through a major writing project, working with a supervising history faculty member. This course requires a major reflective essay incorporating experiences in the course and personal values and ethics, and a major research paper that meets the requirements of a senior thesis.

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480 Preceptorship

2-4 Credits

This is a course that requires enrolled students to assist faculty in teaching a history course. This assistance will include tutoring, proctoring, course planning and preparation, holding office hours, and working in the Academic Support Services.

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