Course Descriptions

History Course Descriptions

History courses numbered 201 or higher qualify as Humanities or Liberal Arts electives.

HIS101

World Civilization I - 3 Credits

This course provides a survey of significant developments relating to the rise of early Mediterranean, European, and Asiatic societies. Economic, political, and religious themes are stressed from the foundations of civilization to the eve of the Western Enlightenment.



HIS102

World Civilization II - 3 Credits

This course is a companion to HIS101, surveying the development of civilization from the Western Enlightenment to contemporary times. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of ideological movements; regional, economic, and political patterns; and technological innovations that fostered periods of war and peace.



HIS201

United States History I - 3 Credits

This survey course traces the origins of American society from colonial times to the close of the Civil War. Emphasis is on the development of liberty and equality as core social values in American culture.



HIS202

United States History II - 3 Credits

This survey course traces the emergence of an urban, industrialized United States from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on both domestic and international concerns, and the maintenance of traditional values in a changing environment.



HIS230

African History - 3 Credits

A survey of African history from 1500 to the present focusing on the development and evolution of political, social, and economic structures. Students may register for the seminar version of this course, which includes working with the instructor to complete a research paper on a topic in African history.

Prerequisites: HIS101 and HIS102



HIS234

Middle Eastern History - 3 Credits

A survey of Middle Eastern history from 1500 to the present focusing on the development and evolution of political, social and economic structures. Students may register for the seminar version of this course, which includes working with the instructor to complete a research paper on a topic in Middle Eastern history.

Prerequisites: HIS101 and HIS102



HIS311

The American Revolution - 3 Credits

This history seminar examines the American Revolution, the conflict that resulted in the formation of our nation. The course will begin with a study of the formation of a colonial mentality far different from that of British views on the American colonist, then turn to the military and diplomatic history of the revolutionary war, and culminate with analysis of nation building.

Prerequisite: HIS201.



HIS313

Civil War and Reconstruction - 3 Credits

This history seminar guides advanced student on an in depth analysis of the pivotal event of nineteenth century American History. Emphasis is placed on the issues leading to the war, the military history of the conflict, and the struggle to reconstruct the union.

Prerequisite: HIS201.



HIS323

American Foreign Policy Since 1900 - 3 Credits

This seminar course focuses on a chronological assessment of United States foreign policy since 1900. Students are introduced to both primary and secondary source materials for analysis.

Cross listed with PSC323.



HIS355

World War II - 3 credits

This course examines the dislocations resulting from World War I and the collapse of world peace. The rise of totalitarian regimes, the response of liberal democracies, and a detailed look at a world in flames are emphasized.

Prerequisite: HIS102



HIS380

Horse in Western Society - 3 credits

This course is a study of the equine role in shaping society, with a concentration on the war horses of the Mongol, Moorish and Medieval periods, the conquest of the Americas and the American Indian, and the inter-relationship between the horse and the rise of industrialization. Students will analyze the role of the horse and how their contribution has caused society to evolve as it has.