History

*HIST 1110 – American History I

4 credits

This course is a survey of the United States from the pre-Columbian period to 1877. The course will introduce students to the major political, social, economic, religious, cultural, intellectual and technological developments in American history through reconstruction and the post-Civil War era. Topics will include, but are not limited to; pre-Columbian civilization, European exploration and conquest of the New World, development of European colonies, the colonial era, the American Revolution, the Constitution, economic changes, early industrialization and the formation of political parties. The institution of slavery will be closely examined as will the concept of Manifest Destiny and the demise of Native American tribal life. The significant causes and events leading to the American Civil War will be discussed as will the military history of the war and reconstruction. The administrations of Jefferson, Jackson, Polk and Lincoln will also be examined in detail.

*HIST 1111 – American History II

4 credits

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present day. The course will introduce students to the major political, social, economic, religious, cultural, intellectual and technological developments in American history from the end of reconstruction to the post-modern era. Topics will include, but are not limited to; Gilded Age politics, late 19th and 20th century industrialization, economic changes, immigration, Progressivism, American Imperialism, World War one, cultural changes in the 1920’s and The Great Depression. The latter portion of the semester will focus on the events leading to World War II, the military history of the war, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, social change in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Vietnam War, and the post–Cold War era up to the presidential election of 2008.

HIST 1121 – Modern East Asia

3 credits

Modern East Asia will provide students with a foundation in early modern to modern history of China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Topics for the course will include, but are not limited to; the early modern/late traditional era including European and American contact with Asia, the end of the Tokugawa period in Japan, the Meiji Reformation, the decline and partition of China, Industrialization and Imperialism through World War II, Communism in China, the Korean Conflict, Indo-China through the Vietnam War and an examination of the successor states in Modern East Asia.

*HIST 1151 – Introduction to Western Civilization I

4 credits

This course is a survey of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1700. This course will examine major developments in the political, social, economic, religious, cultural, intellectual and technological life of Western Civilization from the Paleolithic Age to the 17th century. The course will begin with an examination of the earliest evidence of human social existence, then investigate the emergence of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria and Persia. The course will then trace the development of the Hebrew, Greek and Roman civilizations and analyze the impact that Judaic and Greco-Roman principles have had upon the modern world. The course will then examine the collapse of the Roman Empire, the "Dark Ages", the reemergence of Western society in the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, religious warfare, and the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries and conclude with the "Age of Discovery".

*HIST 1152 – Introduction to Western Civilization II

4 credits

This course is a survey of Western Civilization from the 18th century to the present day. This course will examine major developments in the political, social, economic, religious, cultural, intellectual and technological life of Western Civilization from The Enlightenment to the post-modern era. The course will also examine the economic and political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, the growth of new political ideologies (socialism, conservatism, nationalism and liberalism), the unification of Italy and Germany and Imperialism and Colonialism. Included in the study of the 20th century will be World War I and its political, economic aftermath, the Russian Revolution, the rise of fascism, the Great Depression, the causes of World War II and the military history of the war, the Cold War, and the post-modern era.

HIST 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.