History Courses (HIS)

HIS 5501
French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
  A study of the absolutist-aristocratic France challenged by democratic-egalitarian ideals and revolution. The role of Napoleon as conqueror of Europe and as propagator and destroyer of the French Revolution is also studied.
   
HIS 5502
Europe from 1815-1900 (3)
  A study of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to 1900, including political, social, and economic developments in various countries, the rise of nationalism and unification movements, and imperialism.
   
HIS 5503
Contemporary Europe (3)
  Traces European developments in the 20th century, including domestic developments, World War I, Great Depression, rise of totalitarianism, World War II, European integration, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era. Note: May be taken for MSIR credit.
   
HIS 5504
Military History of the United States (3)
  A study of war in U.S. history from the colonial era through the Vietnam war, with emphasis on the role of warfare in American history and the military-civilian relationship. Note: May be taken for MSIR credit.
   
HIS 5505
Old South (3)
  An examination of the cultural, political, religious, and economic trends that shaped the colonial and antebellum south and the Civil War which ended that era.
   
HIS 5506
New South (3)
  An examination of the political, social, racial, and religious trends and policies that defined the New South. Topics include reconstruction, redemption, agrarian unrest, Jim Crow, industrialization, Progressive Movement, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement.
   
HIS 5509
England To 1688 (3)
  A survey of English history from the Anglo-Saxons to the Glorious Revolution, emphasizing the interaction of the geographical, political, economic, and cultural forces which shaped England as a monarchy.
   
HIS 5510
England Since 1688 (3)
  The final evolution of the English political system from the reign of William and Mary to the contemporary era, including social and economic transformations, the British Empire, the two world wars, the welfare state, and current issues.
   
HIS 5511
Colonial America (3)
  Study of the colonial period from European discovery to the end of the French and Indian War, with emphasis on the political, economic, and social developments that set the stage for the American Revolution.
   
HIS 5512
American Revolution and New Nation (3)
  Ideas and institutions which led to American independence, the creation of an American union, and the development of a distinctive American culture in the period preceding 1800.
   
HIS 5513
Sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
  Examines territorial expansion, slavery and sectional strife, and the resulting Civil War and Reconstruction.
   
HIS 5514
Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)
  Examines the period in American history between 1877 and 1920. Topics covered include the results of Reconstruction, the development of the New South, agricultural decline and crisis, industrialization, urbanization, Progressive Era reform, the growth of America as a world power, and the causes and effects of World War I.
   
HIS 5515
Contemporary America (3)
  Examines the political, economic, and cultural themes in American history from 1945 to the present. Topics covered include the effects of World War II, the origins and development of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, other social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the Vietnam War, the economic and political crises of the 1970s, the rise of conservatism in the 1980s, and the effects of America’s rise to superpower status.
   
HIS 5517
Jacksonian America (3)
  A study of the emerging American nation. Topics will include Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, the market revolution and slavery, the Second Great Awakening and the rise of reform movements, Manifest Destiny, and the Mexican War.
   
HIS 5520
The Vietnam War (3)
  A study of the period 1946 to 1975 in Indochina with emphasis on the American involvement during and after the French colonial period, the escalating involvement of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and Vietnamization and withdrawal under President Nixon.
   
HIS 5521
African American History (3)
  A study of the history of African Americans from the 17th century to the present, including slavery, Civil War and emancipation, legalized discrimination, and the struggles for equality in post World War II American society.
   
HIS 5522
History of American Women (3)
  A study of the history of women in America from the 17th century to the present, exploring the major economic, religious, social, and political ideas and developments which have shaped their status and role in American history.
   
HIS 5523
American Diplomatic History (3)
  A study of the factors, forces, and functions in the making of American foreign policy from the 1760’s to the present.
   
HIS 5530
Civil Rights Movement (3)
  Study of the origins of the Civil Rights Movement in the late 19th century, beginnings of change in the 1930s and the World War II era, and the movement itself as defined by legal, political, and social conflict and change from the latter 1940s to the present.
   
HIS 5533
Modern Russia (3)
  The development of the revolutionary movements and tsarist reform attempts, World War I, the revolutions of 1917 and Bolshevik victory, establishment of the Stalinist state, World War II, the Cold War, Soviet domestic problems, and the disintegration of the USSR.
   
HIS 5537
Interwar and World War II America (3)
  A study of America in the years between the end of World War I and the end of World War II. Topics will include cultural and economic changes during the 1920s, the causes and effects of the Great Depression, the programs of the New Deal, and the diplomatic, cultural, and social causes and effects of World War II.
   
HIS 5538
The Cold War (3)
  This course explores the history of the Cold War, focusing on its origins, the major events (the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Berlin Crises, and so on), and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The emphasis of the course is placed on analyzing newly available primary documents from Western and former communist sources and their impact on previous Cold War historiography.
   
HIS 5440
History of American Minorities (3)
  A study of selected ethnic, racial, cultural, social, and religious minorities, their treatment within and their contributions to American society.
   
HIS 5541
American Constitutional Development (3)
  American constitutional system with emphasis upon its origin and evolution via amendments and Supreme Court decisions.
   
HIS 5542
Renaissance and Reformation (3)
  Historical review of the transitional centuries bridging the medieval and the modern eras, including the rebirth of art and literature, the Protestant and Catholic reform movements, and the role of kings and states.
   
HIS 5543
Age of Absolutism (3)
  Survey of political and religious controversies that shaped affairs in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, emphasizing the flowering of monarchy and aristocracy.
   
HIS 5544
Enlightenment Europe (3)
  Survey of European history in the 18th century, emphasizing the cataclysmic developments in scientific, political, humanitarian, and economic thought that prepared the way for the rise of democracy in both the old and the new world.
   
HIS 5545
Modern Germany (3)
  Survey of Germanic peoples from the Revolutions of 1848 to the present, emphasizing unification, two world wars, postwar division, and reunification.
   
HIS 5548
The West in American History (3)
  Study of the history of the American West from European contact to the present. Topics will include the role of the US government, the effects of American expansionism on immigrants and indigenous populations, and struggles over resources and territory.
   
HIS 5550
Environmental History (3)
  An introduction to environmental history of the United States from the 18th century to the late 20th century, emphasizing the post World War II period. The course will focus on the historical development of the science of ecology, the origins of environmental problems and solutions attempted by government and experts, and responses by grassroots activists over time.
   
HIS 5553
Late Antiquity (3)
  Study of developments in the Mediterranean and Europe during the 3rd through 8th centuries, including the fall of the Roman empire and rise of barbarian kingdoms. The course examines the interrelatedness of economics, politics, warfare, and religion in shaping late ancient societies.
   
HIS 5564
The Crusades (3)
  Study of the origins and execution of the series of religious wars called the crusades. In addition to analyzing the various campaigns, the course also examines the phenomenon in the context of social and cultural conditions in medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Islam.
   
HIS 5567
Medieval Europe (3)
  Study of Western Europe and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds from the 7th century to the eve of the Renaissance. The course addresses the role of economics, politics, warfare, religion and intellectual activity in shaping medieval societies.
   
HIS 5574
Modern Eastern Europe (3)
  This course examines political, economic, and social developments of 19th and 20th century Eastern Europe from the Revolutions of 1848 through the collapse of the Soviet block and beyond. The course analyzes the impact of the disintegration of Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg empires on interwar Eastern Europe; examines the establishment, development, and eventual collapse of communism in the region; and explores the dynamics of post-Cold War European integration.
   
HIS 5595
Selected Topics in History (3)
  Historical examination of a designed topic of special and/or current interest and importance, which is generally not covered in regularly offered courses by the department. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
HIS 6600
Seminar in 19th Century American History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 19th century American history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6602
Seminar in 20th Century American History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 20th century American history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6603
Seminar in 18th Century American History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 18th century American history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6604
Seminar in Modern France (3)
  The evolution of France from the formation of the Third Republic to the present. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6610
Seminar in Comparative Revolutions (3)
  An examination of the background, outbreak, development, and conclusion of the American, French, Russian, and other revolutions. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6611
Seminar in 19th Century Europe (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 19th century European history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6612
Seminar in 20th Century Europe (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 20th century European history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6613
Seminar in British History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in British history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6614
Seminar in Contemporary Japan (3)
  Study and analysis of Japan from the Meiji reforms to the present; Japan’s impact on Asia and the rest of the globe; two world wars, the occupation and U.S. administration; internal changes and resurgence as a world power; the impact of Japan’s domestic and foreign policies on other countries; Japan in international activities and as a regional model. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6615
Seminar in Latin American History (3)
  Concentrated study in specialized areas with emphasis on 20th century history. Emphasis on discussion and student producing a major research paper. Prerequisite: HIS 5583 or permission of instructor.
   
HIS 6630
Foundations of Graduate Study in History (3)
  Introduces the student to the basics of graduate work. Topics covered include the methods of historical research, writing, and citation as well as general themes and topics in historiography.
   
HIS 6632
American Historiography (3)
  An overview of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in American history. Emphasis on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6634
European Historiography (3)
  An overview of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in European history. Emphasis on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6640
Seminar in 17th Century American History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in 17th century American history. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6641
Seminar in Slavery (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in the history of slavery. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6642
Seminar in Ethnicity/Race in America (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in the history of race and ethnicity. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6643
Seminar in War and American Society (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in the history of war and its impact on American society. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6650
Seminar in the History of Science (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in the history of science. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6651, 6652
Thematic Historiography (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in a specific topic not generally covered by the curriculum Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper. Designed to fulfill the historiography component for the thematic secondary field.
   
HIS 6653
Seminar in Gender History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in gender history. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6660
Seminar in Holocaust and Genocide (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in holocaust and genocide studies. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6665
Seminar in Medieval History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in medieval history. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6666
Seminar in Renaissance and Reformation Europe (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in European Renaissance and Reformation history. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6667
Seminar in Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in the history of European absolutism in the history of European absolutism and enlightenment. Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
   
HIS 6670
Readings in the History of the Middle East (3)
  Examines the region during the rise of Islam, the Ottoman Empire, and in the modern era. The course also addresses political, social, cultural, and economic developments since World War II.
   
HIS 6671
Readings in Modern East Asia (3)
  Study of East Asian history since the rise of imperialist and militarist Japan in Asia in the 1930s, encompassing countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The course focuses primarily on China and Japan given these countries’ cultural and/or political dominance in the region for most of the twentieth century.
   
HIS 6672
Readings in the History of Africa (3)
  Study of 19th and 20th century political, social and cultural history of the region, including the partition of Africa by European powers and decolonization.
   
HIS 6673
Readings in Colonial Latin America (3)
  Study of the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the beginning of the independence movements of the early 19th century. Topics will include the indigenous populations, European colonialism and its effects, and the causes and early development of revolution.
   
HIS 6674
Reading in Modern Latin America (3)
  Study of Latin America from the early 19th century to the present. Topics will include the cultural, social, political, and economic developments as well as international and U.S. relations in the area.
   
HIS 6675
Readings in History of Mexico (3)
  A history of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present. The course follows social, cultural, political, and economic themes in Mexican history, as well as Mexico’s relationship with the United States.
   
HIS 6676
Readings in the ABC Powers (3)
  This course examines the social, cultural, diplomatic, political, and economic history of three of the largest and wealthiest Latin American nations — Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
   
HIS 6677
Readings in the History of the Caribbean (3)
  A history of the Caribbean region from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics will include the indigenous population, European colonialism and its legacy, the impact of slavery and racial diversity in the region, cultural and political revolutions, and the area’s relationship with the United States.
   
HIS 6678
Readings in Women, Health and History (3)
  Explores the historical relationships between sex, gender, and medicine in the western world and improves students’ cultural and historical literacy, understanding of major health issues in the health professions, the role of gender and sex in medicine and culture, and the diversity of medical and social practices.
   
HIS 6679
Readings in Infectious Diseases and History (3)
  The course provides a study of the causes and effects of infectious diseases on major events in human history from the Neolithic revolution to the present. A selected case study will be presented.
   
HIS 6680
Teaching College History (3)
  This course examines issues and pedagogy of teaching college-level history. Students will produce a course syllabus, develop and present lectures, and develop assessments for their course content. Students will also observe a variety of teaching styles and begin to understand benefits and problems of a variety of course delivery methods, including online teaching.
   
HIS 6695
Thesis Hours (3)
  Directed research in selected areas of history, based on a student’s proposal, related to the student’s needs, and with the advice and approval of a faculty thesis advisor, and culminating in a research paper of appropriate depth and original scholarship. Grading will be on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 semester hours of graduate level history courses and admission to candidacy. If taken online, this course is ONLY available in a 16 week format. On campus classes are available in the semester format.
   
HIS 6696, 6697
Selected Topics in History (3)
  An exploration of the major historical works and historiographical controversies in a specific topic not generally covered by the curriculum Emphasis placed on discussion and students producing a major research paper.
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