2007-08 Course Descriptions

HIST - History

Department of History (CAS)

HIST 117 Civilization I (3-0-3), fall, spring. Survey of the social, economic, religious, political and aesthetic activities of western civilization from the earliest times to 1660. May be used to satisfy Core requirements.

HIST 118 Civilization II (3-0-3), fall, spring. Survey of the social, economic, religious, political and aesthetic acitvities of western civilization from 1660 to the present. May be used to satisfy Core requirements.

HIST 221 American History I (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Survey of cultural, economic and political dimensions of America from the early explorations to 1877. May be used to satisfy Core requirements.

HIST 222 American History II (3-0-3). fall, spring, summer. Survey of cultural, economic and political dimensions of America from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy Core requirements.

HIST 250 Introduction to American Ethnic and Women's Studies (3-0-3), fall. An introductory survey, within a Christian context, of race, class and gender in American society, including topics on how they are defined, their historical development, their impact on religion, politics, education, and other cultural issues.

HIST 353 Historical Methods (3-0-3), fall. A seminar in the methodology and techniques of historical research designed to help students develop skills for investigation and composition. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 402 The American National Period, 1763-1824 (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Political and social developments of the United States from the era of Revolution through the Early Republic. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 403 Jacksonian America, 1824-1850 (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A survey of social, political and cultural developments in the United States from 1824-1850. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 404 The Gilded Age/Progressive Era in the United States (3-0-3), fall, even years. An examination of the major trends of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (1877-1920) including religion, gender, ethnicity, immigration, farm/labor movements and other major social, economic, and political events and the approaches historians have taken to understanding these elements. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 405 U.S. History Since 1920 (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Political, social and economic developments in the United States from 1920 to the present. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 411 Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Civilization (3-0-3), spring, even years. A social, political, philosophical and religious survey of Western civilization from Mesopotamian society through Classical Greece (ending with the death of Alexander in 323 BC). Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 412 Hellenistic and Roman Civilizations (3-0-3), fall, even years. A social, political, philosophical and religious survey of ancient Hellenistic and Roman civilizations from 323 B.C. to the fall of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: six hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 413 The Medieval Era (3-0-3), fall, odd years. A social, political, philosophical and religious survey of the Medieval era of European history (c500-1500). Prerequisite: six hours of lower level history.

HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Ideological, political and socio-economic development of the Near East from about 1900, with special attention to imperialism, nationalism and modernization. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of six hours of lower level history.

HIST 421 History of American Thought (3-0-3), fall, even years. Main currents of American thought since the end of the colonial era. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of six hours of lower level history.

HIST 436 History of Africa (3-0-3), fall, even years. A survey of social, political, and cultural history of Africa from its earliest beginnings to the present. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 100-299 history.

HIST 451 American Diplomacy (3-0-3), spring, even years. American diplomatic history from the pre-Revolutionary period to modern times. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 452 Historical Documentary Production (3-0-3), spring, even years. Focuses on researching, developing, writing and producing historical documentaries. The object will be to instill into the student the basic philosophy of visual presentation of historical materials for a general audience and the practical methods of achieving those ends.

HIST 453 Oral History (3-0-3), on demand. Develops the research, writing, interviewing, editing, indexing and administrative skills necessary to develop and to execute an oral history project within an institutional setting.

HIST 454 Public History Field School (4-6-6), summer. Students live and work in a late 19th century/early 20th century setting and participate in fieldwork in public history. Students apply classroom knowledge and experience in the field and develop new skills under the supervision of the instructor and other public history professionals. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Travel required. Special travel fee.

HIST 455 Social and Ethnic History in U.S. (3-0-3), fall, odd years. The course of American social and ethnic development from the end of the colonial era to the present. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 456 Museum/Archival Operations I (3-0-3), on demand. Part one of a course to introduce public history students to the techniques of museum and archival operations and management. Course projects and assignments will emphasize practical experience in local archival and museum institutions.

HIST 457 Museum/Archival Operations II (3-0-3), on demand. A continuation of HIST 456.

HIST 472 Renaissance and Reformation (3-0-3), fall, even years. Europe from the late Middle Ages to 1648: the background of the Reformation, the major reformers, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Knox, the English Reformation, and the Thirty Years War. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of six hours of lower level history.

HIST 473 French Revolution and Napoleon (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Europe from 1648 to 1815; the Enlightenment background to the Revolution, the development of the Revolution, from 1789 to 1799, the rise of Napoleon and the development of his empire, his decline, and the Congress of Vienna. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of six hours of lower level history.

HIST 474 Recent Europe (3-0-3), spring, even years. Europe from Napoleon to the present: the Industrial Revolution, the Unification of Germany, the Age of Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Third Reich, the Soviet Union and after. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 476 Modern Britain, 1603-present (3-0-3), Maymester, odd years. A survey of social, political and cultural history of Modern Britain 1603 to present. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 100-299 history. Travel required.

HIST 477 Third Reich (3-0-3), on demand. Examination of Germany under Hitler and National Socialism, the roots of Nazism in German history, the tragedy of the Weimer Republic, Nazism in social practice, the Second World War. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 478 Latin American Colonial Experience (3-0-3), fall, even years. Formation of the Latin American cultures, beginning with pre-Columbian civilizations and their merger with those of Spain and Portugal, and progressing through eventual revolution. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 479 Latin American Modern Era (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A survey of Latin American peoples and nations, stressing significant cultural, political and economic developments since independence. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 480 Texas History (3-0-3), spring. The history of Texas from prehistoric times to the present. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 481 Colonial America (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Surveys the exploration of the new world, the founding of colonies in North America, westward expansion, Indian relations, and the role of religion, 1600-1763. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 482 The American South (3-0-3), spring, even years. An examination of the social, religious, and political evolution of the American South from the colonial era to the modern period. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 483 The American West (3-0-3), fall, even years. The advance of the American West from colonial times through the first half of the 20th Century. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 484 The Civil War (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The economic, social, and political impact of the Civil War upon some of the essential currents in the history of the United States. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 485 Russia (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Russian history from Kievan times to the present, with special emphasis on the Soviet Union and Communist ideology. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 490 Mexico: Growth and Culture (3-0-3), on demand. Major facets of the Mexican experience, with emphasis on the personalities and institutions that have shaped contemporary Mexico. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 495 Far East in Modern Times (3-0-3), spring, even years. The uniqueness of Asian backgrounds and experiences, with attention to American and European relations with Asia. Prerequisite: junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.

HIST 496 History for Teachers (3-0-3), fall. Analyzes significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present by integrating American, European, and non-Western history into a unified whole. Prerequisites: HIST 117, 118, 221, 222, 480; six additional hours of upper-level history. This course is for teacher certification only. It does not fulfill University or Degree core requirements nor does it fulfill U.S. or non-U.S. history requirements for the B.A. in history.

HIST 516 Near East in Modern Times (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Ideological, political and socio-economic development of the Near East from about 1900, with special attention to imperialism, nationalism and modernization.

HIST 521 History of American Thought (3-0-3), fall, even years. Main currents of American thought since the end of the colonial era.

HIST 552 Historical Documentary Production (3-0-3), spring, even years. Focuses on researching, developing, writing and producing historical documentaries. The object will be to instill into the student the basic philosophy of visual presentation of historical materials for a general audience and the practical methods of achieving those ends.

HIST 553 Oral History (3-0-3), on demand. Develops the research, writing, interviewing, editing, indexing and administrative skills necessary to develop and to execute an oral history project within an institutional setting.

HIST 554 Public History Field School (4-6-6), summer. Students live and work in a late 19th century/early 20th century setting and participate in fieldwork in public history. Students apply classroom knowledge and experience in the field and develop new skills under the supervision of the instructor and other public history professionals. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Travel required. Special travel fee.

HIST 555 Social and Ethnic History in U.S. (3-0-3), fall, odd years. The course of American social and ethnic development from the end of the colonial era to the present.

HIST 572 Renaissance and Reformation (3-0-3), fall, even years. Europe from the late Middle Ages to 1648: the background of the Reformation, the major reformers, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Knox, the English Reformation and the Thirty Years War.

HIST 573 French Revolution and Napoleon (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Europe from 1648 to 1815; the Enlightenment background to the Revolution, the development of the Revolution, from 1789 to 1799, the rise of Napoleon and the development of his empire, his decline, and the Congress of Vienna.

HIST 574 Recent Europe (3-0-3), spring, even years. Europe from Napoleon to the present: the Industrial Revolution, the Unification of Germany, the Age of Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Third Reich, the Soviet Union and after. A writing-intensive course.

HIST 577 Third Reich (3-0-3), on demand. Examination of Germany under Hitler and National Socialism, the roots of Nazism in German history, the tragedy of the Weimar Republic, Nazism in social practice, the Second World War.

HIST 578 Latin American Colonial Experience (3-0-3), fall, even years. Formation of the Latin American cultures, beginning with pre-Columbian civilizations and their merger with those of Spain and Portugal, and progressing trhough eventual revolution. A writing-intensive course.

HIST 579 Latin American Modern Era (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A survey of Latin American peoples and nations, stressing significant cultural, political, and economic developments since independence.

HIST 580 Texas History (3-0-3), spring. The history of Texas from prehistoric times to the present.

HIST 581 Colonial America (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Surveys the exploration of the new world, the founding of colonies in North America, westward expansion, Indian relations, and the role of religion, 1600-1763.

HIST 582 The American South (3-0-3), spring, even years. An examination of the social, religious, and political evolution of the American South from the colonial era to the modern period. A writing-intensive course.

HIST 583 The American West (3-0-3), fall, even years. The advance of the American West from colonial times through the first half of the 20th century.

HIST 584 The Civil War (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The economic, social, and political impact of the Civil War upon some of the essential currents in the history of the United States.

HIST 585 Russia (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Russian history from Kievan times to the present, with special emphasis on the Soviet Union and Communist ideology.

HIST 595 Far East in Modern Times (3-0-3), spring, even years. The uniquesness of Asian backgrounds and experiences, with attention to American and European relations with Asia.

HIST 681 Problems in American History (3-0-3), on demand. A topical seminar in American history.

HIST 699 Master's Thesis (0-0-6)*. May be repeated.

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