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HSTR - World History

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* HSTR 101 Western Civilization I

[formerly HIST 104 The West and the World to 1648]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Examines the development of western civilization from its origins through the Middle Ages, and the mutual influence western civilization and world civilizations had on each other.  Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural issues which shape the world today.

 

* HSTR 102 Western Civilization II

[formerly HIST 105 The West and the World since 1648]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Examines the development of western civilization since the early modern era, and the mutual influence western civilization and world civilizations had on each other.  Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural issues which shape the world today.


* HSTR 103 Honors Western Civilization I

[formerly HIST 106 Honors:  History of Western Civilization to 1500]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Covers the development of Western Civilization from its origins through the Middle Ages.  Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, and cultural issues which shape the western world today.

 

* HSTR 104 Honors Western Civilization II

[formerly HIST 107 Honors:  History of Western Civilization Since 1500]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Covers the development of Western Civilization from the Italian Renaissance to the present.  Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, and cultural issues which shape the western world today.

 

HSTR 298 Internship

[formerly HIST 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]

V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of History supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

 

HSTR 302 Ancient Greece

[formerly HIST 332 Ancient Greece]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd F)  Examines the civilization of Ancient Greece from the Minoan Crete period (c. 2600-1400 B.C.) to the fall of the Corinth in 146 B.C. with emphasis on the contributions of politics, art, literature, and philosophy to the western tradition.

 

HSTR 304 Ancient Rome

[formerly HIST 333 Ancient Rome]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (even Sp)  Covers the history of ancient Rome from its earliest point through the years of the Republic and Empire.

 

HSTR 305 Middle Ages

[formerly HIST 335 Middle Ages:  Creation and Climax of Medieval Europe]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (even F)  Considers the collapse of ancient civilization and the emergence of a new distinctive European civilization in the millennium between 300 and 1300 A.D.  Emphasis is placed on the decline and fall of Rome; the integration of Greco-Roman, Christian, and German elements in a new culture; and the creation of European political, economic, social, and intellectual institutions.


HSTR 317 Renaissance & Reformation

[formerly HIST 336 Renaissance and Reformation Europe]

3 cr. Prerequisite: HSTR 101 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Explores the events and ideas from the waning of the Middle Ages through conclusion of the Thirty Years War.  Examines the impact of the Hundred Years War, the bubonic plague, the roots of the modern nation state, civic and northern humanism as well as the social, political, cultural, and religious issues from the beginning of Luther’s protest to the end of the religious wars in Europe.

 

HSTR 318 Enlightenment & Revolution 1648-1815

[formerly HIST 338 Enlightenment and Revolution, 1648-1815]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd F)  Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual issues in Europe from the end of the religious wars to Napoleon’s downfall.  Central themes are the nature of baroque culture and its use by absolute monarchies in continental Europe and the character of the Enlightenment and its role as a precursor to the French Revolution.  The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon will be examined in detail.  Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European history.

 

HSTR 322 19th Century Europe

[formerly HIST 340 19th Century Europe:  1815-1918]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd F)  Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments from Napoleon’s downfall to the end of the Great War.  Central themes are the phenomenon of the industrial revolution and the frustration and fulfillment of modern nationalistic and liberal agendas in Europe, all culminating in World War I.  Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of the history of the “long nineteenth century.”

 

HSTR 324 20th Century Europe

[formerly HIST 342 Twentieth-Century Europe, 1918-2001]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments since World War I.  Central themes are the Great Depression and the rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe, World War II, the postwar recovery of Europe, the Cold War, and European unification.  Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of the history of the “short twentieth century.”


HSTR 326 Contemporary Europe

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (alternate F)  Examines various aspects of European culture, society, and politics since World War II.  This includes investigating the legacies of such topics as the war and Holocaust, the Cold War, decolonization, immigration, and globalization.

 

HSTR 330 History of Mexico

[formerly HIST 459 History of Mexico]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Surveys the Mexican colonial background, War for Independence, and political, social, and economic development to the present.  Emphasis on Santa Anna, Juarez, the Diaz dictatorship, the Revolution of 1910, and recent political and economic developments.

 

HSTR 332 Pre-Columbian & Colonial Latin America

[formerly HIST 357 Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd F)  Covers the history of Latin America before the arrival of the Europeans, conquest and colonialism, paying particular attention to the interchange between native and European cultures, the place of the Church in the colonial period, and pre-independence political and economic development.

 

HSTR 336 Modern Latin America

[formerly HIST 358 Modern Latin America]

3 cr. Prerequisite: ENST 210 or consent of instructor. (even Sp)  Deals with selective topics such as the independence movement, the social/cultural/political/economic development of Latin American countries, with special emphasis on U.S.-Latin American relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

HSTR 365 History of Ancient Near East

[formerly HIST 331 The Ancient Near East]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd F)  Examines the course of human development in the fertile crescent and Egypt from the furthest horizon of history to the Hellenistic period of the fourth century BCE.  Analyzes the political, military, economic, social, and artistic evolution of Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, and Egypt in the intercultural milieu that compromised the “trade basin” of the ancient Near East.  Considerable attention will be given to primary sources and archaeological contributions.


HSTR 366 Middle East in the 20th Century

[formerly HIST 453 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (even F)  Considers the Arab Awakening and examines the Middle East in its contemporary setting with emphasis on the Arab-Israel conflict and the rise of nationalism in Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab states.  It explores the recent revolutionary changes in the Arab World and Iran as well as the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on contemporary Middle East.

HSTR 417 Early Modern Science:  The Scientific Revolution

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  (Sp every 2 years)  Examines the growth of “science” at the cusp of “modernity” and the role of social, political, religious, and commercial developments that both hindered and made possible such landmark theories as heliocentrism, elliptical paths of the planets, the circulation of the blood, and gravity.  This course highlights interdisciplinary pursuits, as students of history, philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, etc. all bring unique disciplinary knowledge to a subject that exists beyond those boundaries.

 

HSTR 420 Ancient and Medieval Archaeology

[formerly HIST/HON 420 Archaeology of the Classical World]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Examines the material culture (i.e. art, architecture, and artifacts) of ancient and medieval worlds from the dawn of civilization through the sixteenth century CE.  The course explores the following:  an introduction to archaeology as a tool for understanding the past, dating systems, archaeological methods, the material culture of the ancient and medieval worlds, the formation and perpetuation of the western traditions in art and architecture, urban planning and construction techniques, architectural orders, artistic styles, and the process of archaeological reconstruction.

 

HSTR 439 Colonial and Independent Africa since 1884

[formerly HIST 471 Colonial and Independent Africa, 1884-present]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Africa from the Congress of Vienna to the present, emphasizing the results of European conquest and the legacy of colonialism in independent Africa.


HSTR 440 Topics in Southern Asia since 1750

[formerly HIST 463 History of Southern Asia Since 1750]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Surveys the political, economic, social, and cultural development of southern Asia, from the decline of the Mughal Empire to the rise of post-colonial nations, with particular emphasis placed on religious and philosophical development of the Asian subcontinent.

 

HSTR 447 Modern Asia

[formerly HIST 465 Topics in Modern Asian History]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Explores the development of modern Asia.  Topics, which will vary by semester, include Japan, Korea, and China.  Students will study these states from their early foundations to their emergence as modern states.  Special emphasis is placed on cultural development, particularly religion, literature, and music.  The course focuses on turning points in a given country’s (or region’s) history as well as various issues related to identity, social life, and government.  This course shall be repeatable for up to 6 credits with instructor approval.

 

HSTR 449 History of Vietnam

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (every other Sp)  Explores Vietnam’s 3,000-year-long history with a focus on its rich cultural evolution, resistance to waves of foreign domination, and emergence as a vibrant 21st century nation.

 

HSTR 450 Women in European History since 1700

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Sp)  Explores the relationship between women and politics, society, economics, the family, and culture in Europe from 1700 to the present.  Emphasizes diverse experiences of women across Europe, their relationship to the state and society and gendered assumptions related to femininity and its relationship to other categories of difference.  Particular attention is paid to women and the Enlightenment, French Revolution, the development of the Nation State, WWI, WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the Student and Women’s Movements.


HSTR 462 Holocaust in Nazi Occupied Europe

[formerly HIST 447 The Holocaust in Nazi Occupied Europe]

3 cr. Prerequisite: HSTR 102 or consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Examines the Holocaust in Nazi occupied Europe from 1933 to 1945.  Covers the origins, causes, motivations, and effects of the discrimination, internment, and genocidal actions of the Nazi regime.  The Holocaust is put into its larger historical perspective prior to and after the actual event.

 

HSTR 466 Islamic Civilization

[formerly HIST 451 History of Islamic Civilization]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Develops the social, political, cultural, and economic history of the Middle East from the rise of Muhammed and the Caliphate to the Umayyad and Abbasid Empires and the establishment of the Ottoman Empire.  Emphasizes Islamic religious thought and philosophy and the flowering of Medieval Islam.

 

HSTR 473 Gender, War and Film:  Europe 1648-1945

[formerly HIST 448 War and Diplomacy in Europe, 1648-1945]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Focuses on gender, culture, and social change related to warfare and the memory of war in film, beginning with the religious wars through the upheavals of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars to the First and Second World Wars.

 

HSTR 487 Monsters in European History:  Witches, Vampires and Zombies

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (F)  Introduces students to come of the major themes and developments related to the historical construction and significance of monsters in European history from the sixteenth century to the present.  The main focus will be on understanding the specific nature of a particular monster, the historical context in which it was created and its relation to larger social, political, and cultural questions.


HSTR 491 Special Topics:  Modern European History

[formerly HIST 462 Topics in Modern European History]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Explores the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of a particular European country or region in the modern era.  The course focuses on turning points in a given country’s (or region’s) history as well as various issues related to identity, social life, and government.  The course seeks to provide a specialized knowledge of an individual European country’s (or region’s) history in more depth than the general European survey.  Topics under this title may include France since 1789, Germany since 1517, England since 1688, or Eastern Europe since 1918.  This course shall be repeatable for up to 6 credits with instructor approval.

 

HSTR 492 Independent Study

[formerly HIST 491 Independent Study]

V1-5 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and chairperson of the department.  Provides outstanding students an individual opportunity to explore material not covered by regular History courses.  The student’s proposal for independent study must be approved before registering and the student’s GPA in previous History courses must be at least 3.00.

 

HSTR 494 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly HIST 492 Seminar]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of History.

 

HSTR 494 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly HIST 493 Workshop]

V1-8 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of History.

 

HSTR 498 Internship/Cooperative Education I, II, III

[formerly HIST 490 Internship:  Public History]

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides public history opportunities for students in local organizations which utilize public historians.

 

HSTR 498 Internship/Cooperative Education I, II, III

[formerly HIST 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]

V1-9 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of History supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

 

HSTR 499 Senior Capstone:  Historical Methodology

[formerly HIST 499 Historical Methodology]

3 cr. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of history or consent of instructor. (F, Sp)  Analyzes how historians ask methodological and interpretive questions and how they answer those questioned intellectually and technically.  Aids the student in developing an understanding of the historical profession and the tasks of the historian through research and writing exercises, the investigation and evaluation of primary and secondary materials, and study of various methodologies employed by historians.