History Course Descriptions
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United States History
United States History to 1876. [HIST 1301] The colonial
origins of the United States and growth of the Republic to 1876.
United States History Since 1876. [HIST 1302] Continuing
survey of the United States to the present. Credit 3.
HIS 337 Reformation Europe. This course examines the religious, social and cultural history of Europe from the 16th into the 17th centuries, a period that saw the fracturing of a unified Christendom after calls for a reform of the Church were made across Europe. The primary focus will be on religious and theological changes and the profound implications these had for European politics, social norms, cultural values, and economic endeavors. Credit 3.
American Religious History. A study of selected themes
bearing on the relation of religion and culture in America from
colonial times to the present. Credit 3.
The United States and the Vietnam War. The course will
focus on the United States involvement in Southeast Asia from 1945
to 1975. In particular, it will deal with the issues of nationalism
and communism in Southeast Asia, the first Indochina war between
the French and Vietnamese, the United States military effort in
Indochina from 1965 to 1975, and the postwar political, economic,
and social problems in the region. The course will also deal with
the impact of the Vietnam War on American culture and foreign policy.
Early America to 1783. A survey of early American history
from the beginnings of European colonization through the American
Revolution and the War for American Independence. Credit 3.
America in Mid-Passage, 1783-1877. The course will survey
United States history from 1783 to 1877 and will examine the origins
of the U.S. Constitution, the early republic and rise of the two
party-system, the nature of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy,
the sectional crisis and the Civil War, and the era of Reconstruction.
The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1945. This course
will examine United States history from 1877 to 1945 and will include
discussions of the Industrial Revolution, the Populist and Progressive
movements, World War I, the era of the 1920s, the Great Depression
and New Deal, and World War II. Credit 3.
Recent America, 1945 to the Present. This course will
examine United States history from the end of World War II to the
present and will include discussions of the Cold War; the civil
rights and environmental movements; the Vietnam War, the Gulf War,
and the war on global terrorism; the public policy debates surrounding
the role of the federal government in the modern economy; and the
evolution of American popular culture. Credit 3.
Immigration and Ethnicity in American History. A study
of ethnic group relations, nativism, and racism in the historical
development of American civilization, with special emphasis on the
patterns of assimilation and non-assimilation of particular ethnic
groups. Credit 3.
American Women’s History. A survey of American women’s
history, focusing on everyday concerns (including work, marriage,
family, sexuality, reproduction, and education) and on the social
forces which have aided or blocked change in women’s roles
in American society. Particular attention is paid to differences
in race, class, and ethnicity. Credit 3.
American Diplomatic History. A study of selected topics
in American Diplomatic History. Credit 3.
The Military and War in America. This course is a survey
of the American military experience from the Colonial period to
the present, emphasizing the growth of the military institution
and the relationship between that institution and American society.
American Indian History. A course which will examine the
history of Native Americans in the United States. Although the emphasis
is historical, the course does include ethnographic material. Credit
African-American History. A comprehensive course in the
African American experience which explores the various forces shaping
race relations in the United States. Credit 3.
Texas and the Southwest. As a study of the Greater Southwest,
this course surveys Spanish expansion and the Spanish-French rivalry
in the lower Mississippi region and Texas. Special emphasis is given
to geographic factors and cultural developments. Credit 3.
HIS 399 Special Topics in History. This course examines a variety of special topics in history that change each semester. These topics include, but are not limited to: The History of the Book, Military History of the American Civil War, Britain in the Age of Victoria, Modern Economic History, History of the American South, and the department’s study abroad courses. Check the history department website to learn the latest information about the instructor and subject of this course. Credit 3.
History of the Black Civil Rights Movement. This course
examines the black civil and human rights struggle in the United
States. While many scholars point to the landmark 1954 Brown Decision
as the pivotal event that signaled the birth of the modern Civil
Rights Movement, this course first examines earlier periods of activism.
Special emphasis is placed on the black response to Jim Crow, the
emergence of national organizations, World War I, the New Deal,
and World War II as immediate catalysts for change, school desegregation,
local activism, student sit-ins, national leadership, “Black
Power”, the white backlash, and the ongoing affirmative action
discourse. Credit 3. Prerequisites: HIS 163, 164.
HIS 463 History of American Slavery. This course will examine the origins, establishment, and maturation of American slavery. Specific periods covered will be colonial, revolutionary, early national, Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. This course will focus on the historiography of American slavery and the experiences of enslaved persons. Credit 3.
The Era of the American Revolution, 1763-1789. An intensive
study of the issues of conflict between English continental colonies
and British imperial policy which led to the movement for independence.
Consideration is also given to internal colonial conflicts and attempts
to solve the federal problem culminating in the formation of the
Constitution. Credit 3.
The Civil War and Reconstruction. An examination of the
sectional conflicts of the 1850s and the Civil War. This is primarily
a military, political, institutional and diplomatic study. Credit
The History of the West. A study of the settlement and
development of the Trans-Mississippi West and its influence upon
national and international affairs. Credit 3.
England and British Empire History
HIS 363 Britain to 1714 (Prior to Fall 2007 this course was titled
Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714.) This course explores
the era of the Wars of the Roses, the Reformation and Henry VIII,
the Elizabethan Renaissance, the English Civil War and the Stuart
restoration, following the major themes of social, political, economic
and intellectual development during the period. Credit 3.
HIS 364 Modern Britain, 1714 to Present. (Prior to Fall 2007 this course was titled Modern England, 1714 to Present.) A continuation of HIS
363, emphasizing the effects of industrial change, the enmity of
France in foreign affairs, Great Britain’s renewed expansion
overseas following the American Revolution, movements favoring social
and economic reform, and political trends to the present. Credit
British Empire and Commonwealth. The study of the British
Empire and Commonwealth to the present time. Special emphasis is
given to the rise of colonial and dominion nationalism, the imperial
conferences, and the unfolding of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Latin American History
Colonial Latin America. This course is designed to trace
the conquest and development of the colonial institutions of Spain
and Portugal in the Americas, including the Spanish borderlands
as the center of Spanish colonial activity and power in the Americas.
Contemporary Latin America. The development of the South
American Republics from their independence to the present. Social,
economic, and political development will be closely examined. Credit
World History from the Dawn of Civilization Through the Middle Ages.
[HIST 2311] A survey of world history from the dawn of
civilization in Mesopotamia, China, India, Egypt, and Mesoamerica
through the Middle Ages in Europe and Asia. The Middle Ages, Renaissance,
and Reformation, as well as the rise of nation states and the commercial
economy are stressed as background to modern history. Recommended
as a basic history course for all liberal arts majors. Credit 3.
World History from the Renaissance to the Age of Imperialism. [HIST
2312] A survey of world history since sixteenth century. Special
attention is given to European expansion overseas, imperialism and
colonization, the Industrial Revolution, the Enlightenment, the
French Revolution, nineteenth century nationalism and democracy,
and the colonial rebellions in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Such 20th century problems as World War I, World War II, the Cold
War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union are also considered. Recommended
as the second half of a basic history course for all liberal arts
majors. Credit 3.
Religion in World History. This course will survey the
origins, development, and modern manifestations of the major living
world religions. It will discuss the peoples, times and places of
the founders of each tradition, the classical literature within
each tradition and the canonization of these sacred writings, and
the significant sects and schisms within the religions that have
influenced major events in world history. Credit 3.
The Modern Middle East. This course will study the political,
social, economic, and cultural development of the Middle East since
the seventeenth century. The course will study such topics as the
decline of traditional empires; the encroachment of Europe; the
Eastern Question; the development of nationalism among the Turks,
Arabs, and Iranians; Islam and modern ideologies; and the Middle
East in the twentieth century. Credit 3.
The French Revolution & Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815.
This course examines the history of France during the French Revolution
& Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815. The course is focused primarily
on the military and political history of the era, with a detailed
examination of the battles and campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars.
Russian History. After an introduction to the roots of
Russia (Kiev, Christianity, the Mongol occupation, Ivan the Terrible,
the Times of Troubles), the course of Russian history from Peter
the Great to the present is surveyed. Credit 3.
Europe in the Age of Absolutism and Revolution, 1648-1815.
Europe in the Age of Absolutism and Revolution. A study of main
trends in European history from 1648 to 1815. A major emphasis is
on the Ancient Regime, the French Revolution and the period of Napoleon.
European History, 1815-1914. The history of the principal
European powers from the Congress of Vienna to World War I. Credit
The World in the Twentieth Century. A study of global
politics and diplomacy since World War I. Credit 3.
Ancient History. The history of the civilizations of the
Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome with special emphasis upon their
contribution to the cultural heritage of the western world. Credit
Medieval History. A study of the political, economic, social,
intellectual, and religious institutions and developments in Europe
from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century to the
Renaissance. Credit 3.
Renaissance and Reformation. A history of Europe from the
humanistic movement of the fourteenth century to the seventeenth
century, with particular emphasis on intellectual and aesthetic
trends as well as political sidelights. Credit 3.
Germany and Central Europe Since 1815. A study of German
and Central European history, emphasizing the principal political,
economic and social trends since the Congress of Vienna. Credit
Modern France: From the Revolution to the Present. This
course is a survey of the history of France from the French Revolution
to the present. Credit 3.
Early Asian History. A survey of Asian history from its
beginnings to the fourteenth century. The emphasis is on the social
and political foundations of traditional Asian society and the historical
influences of religion on Asian culture. Credit 3.
Modern Asian History. A survey of Asian history since
the fourteenth century. The emphasis is on the modernization of
Asia and the influence of colonization, nationalism, and industrialization
on present-day Asia. Credit 3.
Modern China and Japan. This course will focus on the
history of modern China and Japan from the last Chinese dynasties
to the present, with emphasis on the resilience and weaknesses of
China’s imperial system; the challenges posed to China’s
traditions by Western economic and cultural penetration; China’s
twentieth century experiments in forms of government and in direction
of its cultural development; and the political, economic, social,
and intellectual history of Japan from the beginning of the Meiji
period (1868) to the present. Credit 3.
Courses of Special Interest
Historiography. Special emphasis is devoted to a survey
of historical interpretations and to the development of research
skills. Credit 3.
Topics in the History of Science and Medicine. This course
will survey selected topics in the history of science and medicine.
Emphasis will be placed on the development of scientific knowledge
across the centuries. Because the geographic regions, time frame,
and topics will vary from semester to semester, with departmental
approval, this course may be repeated for credit. Credit 3.
World War II. A comprehensive study of the World War II
period, emphasizing the events leading to the war in Europe, the
progress of the war in the entire European theatre, the collapse
of the Axis in 1945, the aftermath of the war, and the Cold War.
In the Pacific theatre, the course traces the emergence of Japan,
the effects of the collapse of the European colonial powers on Japan,
relations between the U.S. and Japan, and the outbreak and progress
of the Pacific war through the defeat of Japan. Credit 3.
Public History. This course will explore topics in the
field of Public History, including architectural preservation and
restoration, museum studies and oral history. The topics will vary
from semester to semester, but each semester students will receive
instruction on the techniques of analyzing oral sources, primary
textual materials and historical artifacts of various types, including
architectural dwellings, tools, and local and family records. Credit
Africa: Past and Present. A survey of the problems, potentials,
and upheavals of Modern Africa. Emphasis is on such topics as the
impact of the slave trade on African society, racial conflicts,
apartheid, the emergence of African nationalism, the end of white
colonial rule, and the difficulties of achieving economic and political
stability in contemporary Africa. Credit 3.
Conceptualizing History Education. This capstone course
will examine conceptualization techniques in Texas, U.S., and World
History. The course is designed to enable History students to organize
a vast amount of material into a logical framework that will help
them to better understand the interactions of individuals, communities,
nations, and cultures across time and place. Special emphasis will
be placed on subject areas included in the Texas Examination for
Educator Standards. Credit 3.
Readings in History. A course designed especially for advanced
students in history with schedule problems who are capable of independent
study. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of history, approval of the instructor
directing the study and a 3.4 overall GPA, or approval of the chair.
This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic
Distinction Program in this catalog. Credit 3.
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