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HIST 1004
Introduction to History

Introduces students to the main concepts and issues of discipline of history. Familiarizes students with the Department of History, educational requirements, university resources, and career opportunities for History majors. (3H,3C)

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1024
Ancient History

History of the ancient world from the invention of writing after 10,000 BC to the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century AD. Surveys the civilizations of the Ancient Near East (including Egypt and Anatolia), Greece, and Rome.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1025, HIST 1026
Introduction to European Civilization

Significant problems and processes in the history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the recent past. 1025: From Medieval society to the mid-18th century; 1026: Mid-18th-century to the recent past. Sequence is recommended in preparation for advanced courses in European history.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1115, HIST 1116
History of the United States

Stresses fundamental facts and interpretations in American history. 1115: 1607 to Civil War; 1116: Civil War to present. Sequence is recommended preparation for advanced courses in American history. Students who have taken 1004 may not take 1115 or 1116 for credit.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1214
History of the Modern World

An examination of the global significance of the critical political, social, cultural, and international issues in the 20th century.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1215, HIST 1216
Introduction to World History

Examines key subjects and themes in world history from the beginnings of human civilization to the recent past. 1215: to 1500 CE. 1216: 1500 CE to present.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1224
Introduction to Latin America

The peoples of Latin America from the earliest times to the present. Historical approach to understanding ancient and contemporary cultures, their environmental impact, and their socio-political dynamics from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego over 5000 years.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1515, HIST 1516
History of Africa

Examines key subjects and themes in African history from the beginnings of human civilization to the recent past. 1515: Early civilizations through the abolition of the slave trade. Examines migrations and trade, the expansion of Islam, and slavery in Africa and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. 1516: Africa since the nineteenth century. Examines European conquest, and major political, cultural and social changes during the colonial and post-colonial eras.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 1984
Special Study


  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2004
Historical Methods

Explanation of the discipline of history: its history, philosophies, and methods, with emphasis on historical research.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/STS 2054
Engineering Cultures

Development of engineering and its cultural roles in historical and cross-national perspectives. Explores roles of engineers and engineering in popular life, development of national styles, changing values in engineering problem solving, and effects of evolving forms of capitalism.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2104 Critical Issues in American History
Critical Issues in American History


  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2114
Critical Issues in European History

An exploration of critical issues in modern European history, through the study of source materials and historical interpretations. University Honors standing is required.

  • 3 Credit Hours
HIST 2124
Critical Issues in World History

An examination of significant themes and important topics in world history.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2165, HIST 2166
History of France

French history from Roman Gaul to the present. 2165: Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance France; Absolute Monarchy. 2166: The Revolution; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century France.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2184
History of the Balkans

History of Southeastern Europe from the sixth century to the present. Chief themes are movement of peoples, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, religious conflicts, social developments, and rival nationalisms.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2304
Africa in the Modern World

The peoples and societies of Africa. Emphasis on major themes and developments since the eighteenth century. Historical approach to understanding indigenous African cultures and their encounters with global forces. Concentration on African achievements, the response to colonialism, the rise of modern nationalism, and the problems and prospects of independent Africa.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2345, HIST 2346
History of the Middle East

History of the Middle East from the seventh century to today, with emphasis on formation of Islamic civilization, medieval and early modern political systems, European imperialism, and the struggle for independence. 2345: seventh century to 1914; 2346: independence, wars, revolutions, and social change since 1914.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2355, HIST 2356
History of China

China from prehistory to the present. Special attention to political, social, economic, and cultural developments. 2355: Prehistory, Imperial China to the sixteenth century; 2356: late Imperial China to modern and contemporary China.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2364
History of Japan

Political, social, economic, and cultural development of Japan from earliest times to present; emphasis on problems of modernization in the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2375, HIST 2376
History of the Indian Subcontinent

History of the Indian subcontinent (South Asia) from ancient times to the present, with special emphasis on cultural developments. 2375: Development of traditional South Asian civilization from ancient times to 1500; 2376: Development of modern South Asian civilization since 1500.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2604
Introduction to Data in Social Context

*effective from fall 2017

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/STS 2715, 2716
History of Technology

Description of the development of technology and engineering in their social contexts. 3715: From prehistory to the industrial revolution in Europe and the United States, mid-19th century. 3716: From mid-19th century to the present.
*effective fall 2017

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 2964
Field Study

Pass/Fail only.

  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 2974
Independent Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 2974H
Independent Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 2984
Special Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 2984H
Special Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 3004
Colonial America

Critical analysis of early American society. Founding and development of the colonies in the 17th century; 18th century colonial life.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3014
American Revolution

Causes, nature, and results of the American Revolution,
1763- 1789.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3054
The American Civil War

Explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, with particular emphasis on transformations in regional and national identity, race relations, governance, gender roles, military affairs, and the United States' place on the world stage.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3064
Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1917

American from end of Reconstruction to World War I: industrial and urban growth, the last frontier, worsening status for blacks, immigration and new ethnic currents, Populism and Progressivism, cultural ferment, and overseas expansion, America's entry on the world stage.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3084
Recent America, 1917-Present

Social, economic, cultural, and political history of America from the entry into World War I, the turbulent 1920's, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, postwar prosperity, the Cold War, social and cultural ferment, Vietnam, Watergate, to the new anxieties about the limits of power in the 1980's.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3104
United States Social History

Examination of the lives of ordinary people in order to understand the human experience through a focus on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and region.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3105, HIST 3106
Women in U.S. History

Roles of women from colonial settlement to the present. Special attention to family experiences, political agendas, and economic contributions of women and to social construction of gender identities. 3105: to 1865; 3106: since 1865.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3114
United States Business History

Survey of U.S. business history from colonial times through the present. Formation of business institutions, specialization of commercial functions, rise of big business, and development of oligopolies, conglomerates, and multinational corporations.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3134
Sports in American History

Impact of sports in American history. Emphasis on the impact of team sports (college and professional basketball, baseball, and football) and individual sports (golf, boxing, and automobile racing) have had on the development of American society and culture.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3144
American Environmental History

Changing attitudes about nature and wilderness, political decisions, supervisory institutions, and environmental problems that accompanied utilization of America's natural resources.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3155, HIST 3156
History of American Cities

Growth and development, form and functioning of American cities from the settlement of the country to the present. 3155: 1565 to 1870. 3156: 1870 to the present.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3164
Sexuality in American History

This course introduces students to how the meaning and place of sexuality in American life have changed from the colonial era through the present, with a focus on the dynamics of race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3175, HIST 3176
Afro-American History

The Afro-American experience in the United States from 1619 to the present. Emphasis upon slavery and the strategies of economic and social survival in the twentieth century. 3175: 1619-1877. 3176: 1877-present.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 317
War and Medicine

*effective fall 2017

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3205, HIST 3206
U. S. South

The southern experience from Old to New South with emphases upon racial accommodation, social hierarchy, cultural identity, political struggle, and intellectual change. 3205: to 1900; 3206: since 1900.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3214
History of Appalachia

Early settlement, religion, the pre-industrial economy, the coming of the coal and lumber industries, labor activism, politics, migration, and regional identity.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3224
History of Virginia

Social, political, cultural, and economic developments in Virginia, from the sixteenth century to the present.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3234
The North American West

A study of the peoples and history of the North American West from the sixteenth century through the twentieth.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3254
The Vietnam War

A critical study of the causes and consequences of the Vietnam War, 1945-1975. Analysis of America's strategic and military objectives, the nature and conduct of the war, and the growth of the antiwar movement at home.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3264
The United States in Latin America

U.S. political and economic relations with the Latin American republics. Analysis and discussion of the history of formal and informal U.S. diplomacy, military intervention, and economic interests in Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3274
The Greek City

History of the ancient Greek city-state (polis) from the Archaic period (800-500 BC) to the creation of the Roman Empire. Principal topics are: origins and definition of the polis; Greek colonization throughout the Mediterranean and Black Seas; the struggle for autonomy in the Classical and Hellenistic periods; and the Hellenizing impact of the polis on non-Greek populations.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3284
The Roman Revolution

History of the Roman world from 264 B.C. to A.D. 180. Particular attention to the three themes of imperialism, revolution, and empire through extensive reading of the contemporary authors.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3294
Roman Britain

Examines the social, political, and military origins of early England from Stonehenge to the Norman Conquest; emphasis on archaeology and material culture; and the legacy of the Romans and Romanization on forging a British identity. (3H, 3C)

  • 3 Credit Hours
HIST 3304
The World of Alexander the Great

The life and times of Alexander the Great, 431 to 323 B.C., and the new cosmopolitan world initiated by his conquests, 323 to 30 B.C.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3314
The Later Roman Empire

Roman Empire in the west from A.D. 180 to A.D. 476 and in the east from A.D. 476 to A.D. 1071. Particular attention to the causes of the fall of the empire in the west and to the Byzantine Empire in the east until the coming of the Turks and the Christian Crusaders.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3324
The Medieval World

Characteristic thought and institutions of high and late Middle Ages.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3334
The Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance in its European context. Emphasis upon the culture and institutions of Italian states from 1300 to 1500.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3344
The Era of Reformation

Development of Protestantism and reformation of the Catholic Church from 1500 to about 1600. Emphasis upon social, political, and economic factors as well as theology. Examination of conflicts engendered by the reformation movements.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3364
The Age of Revolution and Napoleon

The French Revolution in its European and global context, with particular attention to social and political causes of unrest, strategies of popular mobilization, debates about authority and order, the emergence of empires, and the long-term implications of revolutionary change.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3394
Europe Since World War II

Europe's political and economic recovery since 1945; development of the "Cold War"; Soviet Union and Eastern Europe before and after Stalin; Western European integration and development of a consumer society; Ostpolitik and Detente; decolonization and neo-colonialism; Europe's position in the world economy, dependence on imported materials and energy; the Revolutions of 1989 and post-Marxist Eastern Europe.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3424
Tudor and Early Stuart England, 1509-1660

Causes and consequences of the English Reformation and subsequent Civil War. Decline of royal power and increasing importance of Parliament. Cultural and intellectual developments of the Elizabethan period.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3484
Twentieth-Century Germany

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of twentieth-century Germany.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/JUD/RLCL 3494
The Holocaust

This course provides a historical account, a psychological analysis, and an occasion for philosophical contemplation on the Holocaust. We will examine the deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the Jewish people by the National Socialist German State during World War II. Although Jews were the primary victims, Gypsies, the handicapped, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and political dissidents were targeted; we will discuss their fate as well. The class will be organized around the examination of primary sources: written accounts, photographic and film, and personal testimony.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3504
The Age of the Crusades

The origins and development of religious violence examined from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective; that place of that phenomenon in medieval society. Christianity, Islam, Judaism and their interactions in the medieval world.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3524
European Military History to 1789

Analysis of change in warfare from the ancient Greeks to the French Revolution. Emphasis on the social and technological causes of military change.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3534
Modern Military History

Evolution of warfare in its political and social setting since the French Revolution. Discussion of both European and American military institutions.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3544
World War II

Causes, course, and results of World War II. Emphasis upon diplomacy and the social impact of total war as well as military events. Coverage will stress the world-wide nature of the war.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3554
Age of Globalization

An examination of historical forces in the late twentieth century, including economic trends, ideological forces, social structures, and political relations, that have shaped patterns of globalization.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3584
Colonial Latin America

Major themes and issues in Colonial Latin American History. Discussion of the Spanish and Portuguese empires in the western hemisphere, emphasizing indigenous responses to colonization, the privatization of land and labor, the Church and village as financial and cultural institutions, imperial policies and reforms, and the collapse of empire after 300 years.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3594
The Rise of Modern Latin America

Major themes and issues in Modern Latin American History. Discussion of the rise of Latin American nations, stressing the internal and external challenges new republics confronted during the nineteenth century and the opportunities and conflicts of the twentieth century.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3604
Russia to Peter the Great

Russian history from the founding of Russia in the ninth century to the reign of Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century, with special attention to political developments, changes in society and culture and regional context.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3614
Imperial Russia

Russian history from Peter the Great to the Revolution of 1917, with special attention to political developments, changes in society and culture, and the impact of the regional context.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3644
Twentieth-Century Russia

The history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the present, with particular emphasis on collectivization, industrialization, ideology, international relations, and other factors that have determined the peculiar character of the Soviet state. Taught alternate years.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3654
The Arab-Israeli Dispute

Historical origins and development of the struggle for Palestine. Emphasis on post-WW II including conflicting nationalisms, wars, history of Israel, and Great Power diplomacy.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3664
Revolutionary China

Ideological and institutional development of the Chinese Communist movement since 1920; emphasis on problems of historical change in modern China.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3674
Topics in Chinese History

Examination of variable topics in Chinese history, ranging from the beginnings of civilization to the recent past. Examines the primary sources and historiographic debates of a particular issue. Explores the diversity within China and its relationship with the rest of the world. Can be repeated with different content up to 9 hours. (3H, 3C)

  • 3 Credit Hours
HIST/HUM 3684
Cultural History of the Soviet Union and the Successor States

History and main characteristics of cultural life and the arts in the former Soviet Union, with emphasis on film, music, literature, and the relationship between elite and popular culture. Taught alternate years.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3694
History Through Film

This course introduces students to critical issues in history and representation, utilizing film to analyze central historical issues. The specific thematic content is variable. Course may be repeated for up to 9 credits.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/STS 3705, 3706
History of Science

Conceptual and institutional development of physical and biological sciences viewed within a cultural and societal context. 3705: Early Science; 3706: Modern Science.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3724
History of Disease, Medicine, and Health

Description of the development of technology and engineering in their social contexts. 3715: From prehistory to the industrial revolution in Europe and the United States, mid-19th century. 3716: From mid-19th century to the present.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/STS 3734
History of Modern Biology

This course explores the development of biology from the Enlightenment to the end of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on biology's impact on society.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3744
Social History of Film

This course introduces students to critical issues in the social history of film, examining the production and consumption of film in specific historical moments as well as the effects of film on society, culture, and politics. The specific thematic content is variable. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of 9 credits.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3774
Digital History


  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3914
Critical Reading and Analysis in History

Develops critical reading skills in history. Demonstrates that historical knowledge is part of a scholarly conversation that grows and evolves over time. Assesses the critical role of interpretation in history, investigates historical controversies and debates and develops skills to evaluate historiographical trends. Pre: 2004. (3H,3C)

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 3954
STUDY ABROAD

Variable credit course.

  • Variable credit course.
HIST 3984
SPECIAL STUDY

Variable credit course.

  • Variable credit course.
HIST4004
Topics in Social and Cultural History

Selected topics in social and cultural history. May be repeated with different content. 3 other hours of history and junior standing required. Pre: 2004.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST/RLCL 4074
Topics in Religious and Intellectual History

Selected topics in the role of religion and intellectual systems in human history. May be repeated with different content. 3 other hours of history and junior standing or above required. Pre: 2004.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 4914
HISTORY RESEARCH SEMINAR

Variable topic, writing-intensive, capstone course for history majors. Provides in-depth knowledge of a specific historical subfield. Utilizes archival historical sources, online research databases, and existing literature to create an original work of historical scholarship. May be repeated with different content up to 6 hours. Junior standing or above required. Pre: 3914 or 3904. (3H,3C)

  • Variable Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 4964
Field Study

Pass/Fail only.

  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 4974
Independant Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 4974H
Independent Study
  • Variable Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
HIST 4984
Special Study

X-grade allowed.

  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 4994
Undergraduate Research
  • Variable Credit Hours
HIST 4994H
Undergraduate Research
  • Variable Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available