Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Degree Courses - History

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History (HIST)

Course Number: 1301
Credit Hours: 3
Title: U S History I 1763-1877

Course Description:
United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Number: 1302
Credit Hours: 3
Title: U S History II Since 1877

Course Description:
United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Number: 2301
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Texas History

Course Description:
Texas history from the beginning to the present time. Offered: Fall, Spring

Course Number: 2321
Credit Hours: 3
Title: World History I

Course Description:
Survey of world history to 1600.

Course Number: 3301
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Colonial America to c. 1820

Course Description:
Overview from colonial America to c. 1820. Open only to students in the social studies composite program. Offered: Other

Course Number: 3302
Credit Hours: 3
Title: America From Andrew Jackson to c. 1877

Course Description:
America from Jackson to c. 1877. Open to students in the social studies composite program. Offered: Other

Course Number: 3303
Credit Hours: 3
Title: America From the Gilded Age to c. 1920

Course Description:
America from c. 1877 to 1920. Open to students in the social studies composite program. Offered: Other

Course Number: 3306
Credit Hours: 3
Title: History of Medicine

Course Description:
This course examines various areas in the history of medicine from antiquity to the present including: the origins of eastern and western medicine; roles of healers, patients and institutions; cultural values and beliefs and their relationship tp shifting perceptions of illness, disease and the body; and the role of gender, race and class to the experience of illness and healthcare.

Course Number: 3307
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Pan-Africanism: Then & Now

Course Description:
This is a course designed to introduce, investigate and critically analyze the progression of developments, personalities and innovations that occurred both independently and in collaboration as people of African descent sought to free themselves of their racial, political, economic and social fetters. This course endeavors to approximate the expanse of the Pan-Africanist efforts in Africa and around the world from 1900 to the present.

Course Number: 3309
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Asia: Tradition and Modernity

Course Description:
This course surveys the geography, history and culture of East, South and West Asia from ancient times to the present. While introducing students to the fundamentals of Asian civilizations, the course will analyze the importance of Asia as one of the centers of the world.

Course Number: 3321
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Issues in World Cultures to 1660

Course Description:
Survey of world civil from ancient Greece to c. 1660 Offered: Fall, Spring

Course Number: 3322
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Issues in World Cultures Since 1660

Course Description:
Survey of world civ since 1660. Offered: Fall, Spring

Course Number: 3331
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Slavery's Legacies

Course Description:
A hands-on, collaborative and student-centered seminar designed to highlight selected ways in which the institution of slavery, formally abolished in 1865, continues to shape the American present.

Course Number: 3341
Credit Hours: 3
Title: History of Britain in 12 Murders

Course Description:
This course uses 12 historic murders as entry points into the social, cultural, political and literary history of Great Britain from the 1680's through the present day.

Course Number: 3390
Credit Hours: 3
Title: History Research

Course Description:
Principles and methods of historical research. Offered: Fall, Spring

Course Number: 4301
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Native American History

Course Description:
Examines the arc of Native American History from first contact with Europeans to the twentieth century.

Course Number: 4302
Credit Hours: 3
Title: American West

Course Description:
A history of the West from the first encounters in Noth America to the urban age.

Course Number: 4304
Credit Hours: 3
Title: The Old South

Course Description:
A social and cultural history of the Old South, 1800-1860.

Course Number: 4305
Credit Hours: 3
Title: American Slavery

Course Description:
The history of American slavery.

Course Number: 4306
Credit Hours: 3
Title: U.S. Women's History to 1877

Course Description:
An examination of the history of women beginning in early North America through the 19th century, concentrating on how women of different ethnicities, regions, classes and ages experienced and shaped their daily lives under the constraints of a given era.

Course Number: 4307
Credit Hours: 3
Title: U.S. Women's History Since 1877

Course Description:
This course examines the history of women from the late 19th century to present, concentrating on women of different races, ethnicities, regions, classes and ages experienced and shaped their private and public lives under the constraints of a given era.

Course Number: 4311
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Early North America

Course Description:
Explores the history of North America from 1500 to 1800 with emphasis on interactions between French, Spanish, English and Native American polities.

Course Number: 4312
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Amer Revol & Early Natl Era

Course Description:
United States history from 1754 to 1815. Offered: Other

Course Number: 4313
Credit Hours: 3
Title: U.S. History 1815-845

Course Description:
A seminar on U.S. history, 1815-1845.

Course Number: 4316
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Black People in the U.S to 1920

Course Description:
This course focuses on the experiences, transformations and developments related to the status of Black People from African origins to twentieth-century America. Special attention is paid to political realities, religious experiences and the concepts of oppression, resistance and freedom.

Course Number: 4317
Credit Hours: 3
Title: African American History From 1877

Course Description:
This course introduces students to topics in the African American past from the late nineteenth century to the present. Particular attention is paid to the leading figures, forces, experiences, transformations and developments of the status of Black People in the United States.

Course Number: 4318
Credit Hours: 3
Title: African History I to 1877

Course Description:
This course introduces students to topics in the African past prior to 1877. Particular attention is paid to the development of African political structures, religious concepts/institutions and socio-economic patterns. The course centralizes the African experience and world view in relation to contacts with Arabia, Asia and Europe.

Course Number: 4319
Credit Hours: 3
Title: African History II From 1882

Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the history of Africa from the era preceding the colonial period through independence to the present. It examines the liberation era, post-independence challenges and developments in the 21st century.

Course Number: 4323
Credit Hours: 3
Title: The Vietnam War

Course Description:
Covers America's involvement in southeast Asia since World War II. Offered: Other

Course Number: 4324
Credit Hours: 3
Title: History of the Gulf Coast

Course Description:
An overview of the environmental, social, cultural and maritime histories of the Gulf of Mexico from the colonial period to the present, highlighting the cultural and ecological diversity that makes this region so distinctive.

Course Number: 4331
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Reconstruction

Course Description:
A seminar on the Reconstruction era, 1863 to 1877.

Course Number: 4332
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Gilded Age & Progressive Era

Course Description:
America from 1877-1920 with emphasis on industrialization, immigration, urbanization and reform.

Course Number: 4335
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Topics in U.S. History

Course Description:
Selected special topics in major areas of U.S. history. Course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve semester hours credit when the topic varies.

Course Number: 4336
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Topics in World History

Course Description:
Selected special topics in major areas of world history. Course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve semester hours credit when the topic varies.

Course Number: 4338
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Ancient Greece and Rome

Course Description:
Greece and Rome from earliest times to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west.

Course Number: 4343
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Course Description:
Western Europe from 1453 to 1610, interpreting the major intellectual, religious, political and artistic currents.

Course Number: 4344
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Witchcraft and the Occult in Early Modern Europe

Course Description:
Examines the role of western occult philosophies in the revival of learning from the Renaissance to the seventeenth centuries.

Course Number: 4346
Credit Hours: 3
Title: French Revolution and Napoleon

Course Description:
An examination of the French Revolution and Napoleon from the Old Regime to the early years of the nineteenth century.

Course Number: 4347
Credit Hours: 3
Title: The British Empire

Course Description:
A historical survey of British imperial history from Elizabethan time to the present, including the North American, Asian and African imperial experiences.

Course Number: 4348
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Modern Britain

Course Description:
An overview of British History from 1714 to 2016, considering economic, political and social change with emphasis on Britain's role in global affairs.

Course Number: 4353
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Nazi Germany

Course Description:
An examination of the Nazi period in the context of overall German history.

Course Number: 4354
Credit Hours: 3
Title: The Holocaust

Course Description:
An examination of the Holocaust in the context of German and European history of the period.

Course Number: 4359
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Society and War: The United States

Course Description:
This course examines the social and cultural history of warefare, taught with varying concentrations, including but not limited to global, trans-Atlantic, or US Topics.

Course Number: 4366
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Topics in World History

Course Description:
Selected special topics in major areas in world history. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 semester hours credit when the topic varies.

Course Number: 4390
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Directed Readings in History

Course Description:
Directed readings arranged in consultation with faculty member in area of interest.

Course Number: 4391
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Capstone

Course Description:
A required capstone course in which students refine their skills by analyzing primary and secondary sources, applying historical methods and producing an original research paper. Prerequisite: Senior standing with History 3390

Course Number: 4392
Credit Hours: 3
Title: Internships in History

Course Description:
Practical experience in archives, museums and historical sites under the direction of a member of the history faculty. Prerequisite: 18 hours of history courses including History 3390, GPA 2.8 overall and 3.0 in history and approval of department chair.