History

History is the study of the shared human experience over time.

History 101

HISTORY 101—HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION I (HSC)

Fall, Spring. On demand. Credit, three hours. Survey of political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from the classical period through the reformation. Emphasis on contributions of Greco-Roman civilization, barbarian invasions and disorder of the early Middle Ages, flowering and collapse of medieval civilization, the Renaissance revival, and religious crises of the reformation.

History 102

HISTORY 102—HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION II (HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, three hours. Survey of political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from the Age of Absolutism to the present. Emphasis on emergence of the nation-state; the scientific revolution and enlightenment; French and Industrial Revolutions; development of romanticism, liberalism, nationalism, and imperialism; the Russian Revolution; totalitarian ideologies and the world wars; and development of the Western democracies.

History 231

HISTORY 231—THE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY: BEGINNINGS TO 1877 (HSC)

Fall. Credit, three hours. Considers the development of American society from tentative beginnings to the Civil War. Special emphasis is given to certain critical periods including colonialism and the Atlantic World, the American Revolution, slavery and the sectional crisis, and the Civil War.

History 232

HISTORY 232—THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA: UNITED STATES SINCE 1877 (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. The course introduces the social, political, economic, and diplomatic forces that have shaped modern America. Special emphasis on the changing role of government in American society, defining American freedom, the growing role of America as a world power and how diverse components of the American population have interacted in American society.

History 244

HISTORY 244—AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY (HSC)

Alternate years. Credit, three hours. The course focuses on the modern civil rights movement in America from 1877 to the present with particular emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the grass-roots movement that ended legalized segregation.

History 309

HISTORY 309—THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA: 1789–1848 (HSC)

Fall (alternate years). On demand. Credit, three hours. This course covers the complex historical forces involved in the collapse of the ancient regime in 1789, the French Imperium, the Restoration, the advent of “isms,” and the abortive revolutions of 1848.

History 322

HISTORY 322—EUROPE FROM 1500 TO 1700 (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. This course examines significant historical themes from 1500 to 1700. Topics treated include: the Renaissance Papacy, Protestantism and religious Wars, Bourbon France, Hapsburg Central Europe, Tudor-Stuart England, and the Enlightenment.

History 325

HISTORY  325—MYTHIC KINGS (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. A course examining mythic kings—historical personages who also appear as iconic figures in legends, folklore, art, and music. Drawing on early European monarchies, including ancient Britain, the course will emphasize broad themes across time.

History 328

HISTORY 328—HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (HSC)

TBA. Credit, three hours. The Christian church in the West from the Apostolic Age to the Reformation, with emphasis on the interaction of church and society.

History 337

HISTORY 337—ORAL HISTORY:  ENGAGING WITH LIVE SUBJECTS (HSC)

Alternate years. Credit, three hours. An introduction to oral history as an historical method. Topics include the historical antecedents and usage of oral history, the meaning of oral traditions for the study of history, the ethics of developing oral history projects and approaches, and the technique of creating an oral history project suitable for retention in Oxford College library archives as part of the Oxford Oral History Project.

History 345

HISTORY 345—THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1945 (HSC)

Alternate years. Credit, three hours. An examination of modern America as a legacy of the New Deal and World War II. Topics include the development of the Cold War and its evolution cross presidential administrations; American culture and is critics; and American foreign policy including the Vietnam War and post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

History 349

HISTORY 349—THE NEW SOUTH: FROM CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS (HSC)

Alternate years. Credit, three hours. An examination of the South after the Civil War to the present. Attention given to the legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the agrarian South and the growth of an industrial ideal, the development of racial segregation and its consequences, dilemmas of political reform, race and politics, assaults upon segregation and its defenders, and modernization and change.

History 357

HISTORY 357—THE UNITED STATES IN THE 1960S (HSC)

Alternate years. Credit, three hours. An introduction to the main developments in American society, culture, and politics of the 1960s. Topics include the New Frontier, the Great Society, the Vietnam War as part of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, student activism, the Counter-culture, Second-Wave feminism, the New Left, and rise of conservatism.

History 385R

HISTORY 385R—SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY

TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisites: minimum of one history course and permission of both instructor and chair of the History and Social Sciences Division. Seminar and/or advanced course in selected history topics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

History 397R

HISTORY  397R—DIRECTED STUDY

TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: History 101 or 102 or History 231 or 232 and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in history and social sciences.