An examination of world civilizations with emphasis upon the United States, from the Age of Exploration to the present.
A survey of human experience to the seventeenth century with emphasis upon the growth of Western institutions and concepts.
A study of the decade which significantly altered the social fabric of the United States, in order to view the youth rebellion as more than stereotype and to understand the social, economic, and political roots and consequences of widespread dissension.
A study of the political, economic, and social growth of Texas from the Spanish origin to the present.
The history of England from the Roman invasions through the Glorious Revolution of 1688, with special emphasis on the growth of the English Constitution.
The history of Britain and the British Empire from the Glorious Revolution to the present Commonwealth of Nations.
This course will investigate the evolution of Europe from the Italian Renaissance through the Napoleonic Wars.
This course will investigate the evolution of Europe from Napoleon’s defeat.
This course is an intensive study of the development of democratic institutions in the two best-known examples of working democracies. The course will compare the parliamentary and presidential governmental systems and emphasize the development of representative government, constitutional theory, growth of the common law, and expansion of suffrage.
This course will examine the history of North American colonies that in 1788 became the United States of America. On a comparative basis, we will also look at Spanish, French, and British Caribbean colonial experience. Course readings and class time will give special attention to the genre of cultural history, and to the topics of family and gender, slavery, and revolution. Three themes will be important to our study: 1) cultural encounters, 2) colonialism and empire and, 3) nationalism and national identity.
This course will be divided into two parts. Part One will address the creation of government of the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. Part Two will discuss the American Civil War as a defining moment in American history.
The industrial age of the late 19th century brought considerable changes to American culture and society. In this course, students will study the major events, issues, organizations, and personalities that emerged during this period of American history.
This course provides an in-depth look at recent United States history from the end of the First World War through the Clinton years, concentrating on the major themes and events of the twentieth century, when the United States became the world’s dominant economic and military power. The impact of this global reach on the peoples of the United States is the major concern of the course.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and departmental approval Provides the student with experience in a supervised environment to explore interests in archival research, historical preservation, public and business history, and museum or academic library science, and the opportunity to analyze that experience.
This course will survey the main themes in women's history since 1500, concentrating on the experiences of European and American women of all social classes. Work, sexuality, family, gender, and politics will be examined within three chronological periods: the Early Modern World, the Liberal and Industrial West, and the twentieth century.
This course will explore the participation of women in reform movements, concentrating on individual and collective leadership of women in individual rights, legal entitlement, suffrage, social issues (such as temperance), reproduction, and health care.
Designed as a workshop in historical methods for history majors, this course will guide students through the research process. Students will gain knowledge in and apply the Turabian documentation style (Chicago Manual Style) and learn the uses of informational technology in history. The use of oral history and its methods will be explored.
This course will focus on the changes in the social fabric, politics, and economy of the United States during the years preceding and following the Great Depression through historical writings, film, and literature.
A history of the origins, events, and outcomes of World War II through primary documents, texts, internet research, movies, discussion, and lectures. Topics include the Versailles Treaty, the international relations of the 1920’s, the Weimar government and the Nazi takeover, the major battles, the winning of the war, and the emergence of the Cold War.
A study of the United States west from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, focusing upon the entry of the first Europeans, the Indian tribes, the Mountain Men, the Cattleman's Frontier, the Mining Frontier, and the Sod House Frontier and the influence of the region on the national character.
A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre- Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture.
An analysis of the rise and fall of the Soviet state and party system and the contributing factors to institutional and economic alignments.
A study of Latin America from Colonial beginnings to the present with particular attention to economic, social, and political developments and cultural achievements.
A study of Mexico from ancient civilizations to the present, stressing the political, economic, and social development of the Republic.
The study of the political relations of the world of states with particular attention being given to recent problems of international politics.
A historical and political approach to the study of the Middle East from the Islamic era to the contemporary period.
This course examines the history of the Old South from 1600 to beginning of the Civil War, but focusing on the period from 1800 to 1861. The lectures and readings cover a variety of topics, including myths and facts about southern society and culture, slavery and the strengthening of southern distinctiveness, and political events that eventually led to the creation of a separate (short-lived) southern nation in 1861.
This course is intended to introduce students to recent historical work on race, class, and gender in the context of United States history. Central to this course is the understanding that these “social categories” are the products of history, not stable, unchanging “facts.” This makes studying their historical development particularly important to understanding their current manifestation. Equally important is the recognition that membership in these categories has historically shaped the extent to which individuals.
A study of the religious history of Scotland. This course uses historical sites in Scotland as a laboratory for study.
A study of the religious history of Ireland. This course uses historical sites in Ireland as a laboratory for study.
A survey of the Spanish and Anglo encounter with the indigenous groups of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico during the Colonial period and the subsequent melding of cultures to the present. Topics include Native American groups, Spanish and Anglo incursions, and cultural assimilation and resistance, as well as twentieth century ethnic movements in the region.
This course will focus on the changes in the social fabric, politics, and economy of the American South and Southwest (The Sunbelt) since the Civil War with an emphasis on civil rights, labor issues, rural-urban transition, agriculture and manufacturing, defense industry, and ethnic groups.
Designed as a capstone for history majors, the course explores
Department of Social Sciences
Location: Polytechnic United Methodist Church 217
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm