History Courses

HS 101 - The United States to 1877

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a study of the building of the United States and its political, social, cultural, economic and religious institutions from colonial times through the Reconstruction period, including a special study of the foundations of American government at all levels. This is for teacher preparation. Prerequisite: For teacher preparation/elementary education majors only; department chair approval need for non-elementary education majors.

HS 102 - The United States Since 1877

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a continuation of HS 101, presenting the development of the people and institutions of the United States (including state, local and national government) from the period of Reconstruction to the present. For teacher preparation and elementary education majors only. Prerequisite: For teacher preparation/elementary education majors only; department chair approval need for non-elementary education majors.

HS 103 - Ancient Civilization to 476 A.D.

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the history of ancient world civilizations, Western and non-Western, and their impact on the development of the Western world, giving attention to their respective peoples and cultures.

HS 104 - Medieval Civilization 476-1500 A.D.

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of medieval civilization from the breakup of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance. Students will examine the interrelationship of economic, political, cultural, social, and religious factors in the development of newly forming kingdoms and the role of the church and ambitions in this process.

HS 105 - World Civilization

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey course of global history, giving a brief overview of the significant political, economic, social and cultural developments. Emphasis is placed upon intercultural relationships and interdependence. Prerequisite: For teacher preparation/elementary education majors only; department chair approval need for non-elementary education majors.

HS 126 - Survey of American History

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a study of the building of the United States and its political, social, cultural, economic and religious institutions from colonial times to the present.

HS 127 - World Cultures and Communities

(Credits: 3.00)

This survey course on global history focuses on the formation of culture and communities by giving a brief overview of the significant political, economic, social and cultural developments starting with prehistory and ending in the 20th century. Corequisite: ECUE 280, ECUE 281, ECUE 381.

HS 201 - Early Modern Civilization 1500-1815

(Credits: 3.00)

This covers the history of the development of nation states from the time of the late Renaissance to the end of the Napoleonic era. Special emphasis is given to the Western world, though all regions are covered.

HS 202 - Modern Civilization, 1815-Present

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of global development in the eras of nationalism, colonialism, totalitarianism and contemporary revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries.

HS 205 - Selected Topics

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This course features the study of a special historical topic or time period.

HS 207 - Introduction to Women's History

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a global survey of women's contributions to society, as well as to the economy, government, religion and the family from ancient to modern times.

HS 208 - Church and State

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of 20 centuries of struggle between institutionalized religion and the State. Emphasis is given to the impact of religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) on political and social institutions and vice versa. This is also listed under REL 208.

HS 209 - Introduction to the History of the World's Religions

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will introduce the student to the histories of the major religious traditions that have had a significant impact on the world state. Included are the histories of these traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The historical expressions of compassion (and its all-too-frequent absence) will provide an additional framework to view the impact of these traditions on the world. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent
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HS 214 - African-American History

(Credits: 3.00)

This course traces African-American history from the West African traditions through the slave trade, slavery and emancipation, the rise of the Jim Crow system, the migration north, and the civil rights and self-determinist struggles of recent years. Special emphasis is placed on the various means African-Americans have used to achieve freedom, equality and power in America.

HS 215 - Building of America: The Story of the American People

(Credits: 3.00)

The course will examine the United States’ past through the lens of social history. The class will examine how a diverse group of people come together to form a new nation and a concentrate on common people’s contributions to building the United States. It will also examine the issues of race, class, and gender in American history.

HS 223 - Renaissance and Reformation

(Credits: 3.00)

This period marked a crucial transition between the medieval and modern worlds in Christendom from 1300-1648. This course focuses on the political, social, intellectual, cultural, and religious movements of the era. Cross-listed with REL 223.

HS 241 - Colonial and Revolutionary America

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the colonial and revolutionary growth of the people who would become Americans. Special emphasis is placed on how they slowly differentiated themselves from the Old World cultural patterns while remaining Western. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have taken HS 101..

HS 242 - Civil War and Reconstruction

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an in-depth course stressing the rise of Jacksonian democracy and the market revolution; the causes and conduct of the war; the human, political and economic problems of the Confederacy; and the Reconstruction era. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have taken HS 101..

HS 243 - Twentieth Century America

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the most recent developments in American history, from the Gilded Age on, with emphasis on industrialization, the struggle between isolation and foreign involvement as the nation becomes a world power, and internal problems. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have taken HS 102..

HS 261 - Intercultural History: Africa

(Credits: 3.00)

Starting with the origins of man, this course focuses on the rich history of Africa. Students will learn the great diversity of this continent and its role in the history of many empires and nations. Special emphasis is given to the great early civilizations of Egypt; the great western empires of Mali, Ghana and Songhai; the introduction of Islam and, later, slavery; the impact of colonization and, finally, independence. While this course is lecture driven, there are ample opportunities for students to interact with one another and engage the past through primary sources, films, and secondary readings.

HS 262 - Intercultural History: East Asia

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on Modern History of East Asia concentrating on China and Japan. It examines both the internal or domestic history of each nation and the interactions between East and West, particularly focusing on interactions among the United States and China and Japan. While this course is lecture driven, there are ample opportunities for students to interact with one another and engage the past through primary sources, films, and secondary readings.

HS 263 - Intercultural History: Latin America

(Credits: 3.00)

A study of the history and development of Latin America as a region, this course starts with the early pre-Western civilizations and moves through the impact of Columbus’ “discovery,” the development of various regions under European rule, and, ultimately, independence. While this course is lecture driven, there are ample opportunities for students to interact with one another and engage the past through primary sources, films, and secondary readings. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent
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HS 264 - Intercultural History: Middle East

(Credits: 3.00)

This course surveys the social, political, economic and religious history of the Middle East. It examines both the evolution of the region from dynastic and religious empires to modern states and the region's interactions with the West and other civilizations. While this course is lecture driven, there are ample opportunities for students to interact with one another and engage the past through primary sources, films, and secondary readings.

HS 265 - Intercultural History: Russia

(Credits: 3.00)

This course traces Russia from the Kievan period to the post-communist era. It explores the remarkable story of how numerous ethnic groups in an immense area and a daunting climate forge a powerful nation with rich cultural traditions under the leadership of such historic figures as the “Greats” – Peter and Catherine, as well as Ivan, Lenin, Stalin and Gorbachev.

HS 266 - Intercultural History: India and South Asia

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students explore the history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as well as several smaller countries of the region. Special attention is paid to the development of political and economic systems as well as the role of colonialism, politics, religions, languages, and ethnic and territorial conflicts in the region.

HS 302 - The History of American Women

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the varied historical experiences of American women including women's contributions to the family, politics, social movements and their own lives.

HS 303 - History of Modern American Women

(Credits: 3.00)

This course features the varied historical experience of American women beginning in the mid 19th century. Women's roles, their political, social, economic and medical contributions as well as the reform movements they advocated and opposed will be part of this examination.

HS 304 - The Tumultuous 1960s

(Credits: 3.00)

This course covers the years 1946 to 1980, with emphasis on the 1960s decade. The class delves into the events and issues that led up to the 1960s, such as the rights and protest movements as well as the ramification of these and other events and ideas. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or greater.

HS 305 - Growing Up and Youth Rebellion

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces students to the exciting new field of children's history by examining the changing concept of childhood and girls' and boys' experiences in American history. It also concentrates on the growing role of the state in child rearing through public schools, welfare, and other governmental programs.

HS 306 - American Social and Religious Movements

(Credits: 3.00)

he course will examine the important role social and religious movements played in defining the United States. It will focus on the causes, goals, and results of reform, peace, religious and other social movements and the role of these movements played in public policy debates. The course will also examine how religion and other ideologies were used to exclude and isolate Americans from the broader society. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent
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HS 307 - The Presidency

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a study of the American presidency. The course examines the historical development of the presidency as an institution. In addition, the course allows for case studies of individual U.S. presidents, including analysis of the influence of presidents domestically and internationally. This is also listed under POLS 307.

HS 318 - Intercultural History: Africa

(Credits: 3.00)

Starting with the origins of man, this course focuses on the rich history of Africa. Students will learn the great diversity of this continent and its role in the history of many empires and nations. Special emphasis is given to the great early civilizations of Egypt; the great western empires of Mali, Ghana and Songhai; the introduction of Islam and, later, slavery; the impact of colonization and, finally, independence. While this course is lecture driven, there are ample opportunities for students to interact with one another and engage the past through primary sources, films, and secondary readings.

HS 340 - Constitutional History

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a study of the United States Constitution and its influence on American society historically and in the present. The course focuses on the crafting and development of the Constitution, and on the important role of the courts in interpreting its provisions. Special attention is devoted to current constitutional controversies. This is also listed under POLS 340.

HS 341 - U.S. Foreign Policy

(Credits: 3.00)

The course includes an analysis of the historical development of foreign policy in the United States. In addition, the course focuses on important players in the foreign policy process, including government leaders, news media, and the public. Special attention is devoted to key foreign policy issues including the Cold War, weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and international terrorism. This is also listed under POLS 341. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

HS 400 - Independent Study

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This includes practica and internships, to be arranged with the department chair.

HS 402 - Seminar: Introduction to Research

(Credits: 2.00 - 3.00)

This research course is designed to demonstrate the students' grasp of research techniques and historical method, and their creative and analytical abilities when dealing with historical sources. Prerequisite: Upper class standing or consent of instructor.

HS 403 - Public History Internship

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This class provides professional experience at a museum, historical society, archive or other public history institution. The student will work in the institution to gain experience in the profession and valuable skills. Prerequisite: History or Broad Field Social Studies Major or Minor with a sophomore standing..

HS 405 - Introduction to Public History

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces students to the history, philosophy, ethics and organization of the public history profession. Using numerous hands-on activities students also will be exposed to basic public history practices and projects. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or instructor approval.