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

History 101

History of Western Civilization


Fall, Spring. On demand. Credit, four 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 of Western Civilization II


Fall, Spring. Credit, four 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

The Foundations of American Society: Beginnings to 1877


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

History 232

The Making of Modern America: United States Since 1877


Spring. Credit, four 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

American Civil Rights History


Alternate years. Credit, four hours. The course focuses on the modern civil rights movement in America from 1877 to 1970 with particular emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the grass-roots movement that ended legalized segregation.

History 309

The Revolutionary Era: 1789-1848


Fall (alternate years). On demand. Credit, four 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

Europe from 1500 to 1700


Spring. Credit, four 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

Mythic Kings


Spring. Credit, four 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 of the Christian Church


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

History 345

The United States Since 1945


Alternate years. Credit, four hours. An examination of modern America as a legacy of the New Deal and World War II. Attention given to political, diplomatic, economic, and sociocultural aspects, with emphasis on reform traditions, national security concerns, and presidential leadership.

History 349

The New South


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

History 357

The United States in the 1960s


Alternate years. Credit, four 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, the Civil Rights Movement, student activism, the Counterculture, and rise of conservatism.

History 385R

Special Topics in History

TBA. Credit, 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

Directed Study

TBA. Variable credit. 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.