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HIS-2301 Wrld History to 1648

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the Reading Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of RDG-0301, RDG-0311 and/or RDG-0312 A survey of human experience to the seventeenth century with emphasis upon the growth of Western institutions and concepts.

HIS-2303 Wrld History Since 1648

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the Reading Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of RDG-0301, RDG-0311 and/or RDG-0312 This course is a continuation of the study of the rise and decline of the world's major civilizations since 1500 with special emphasis on the colonization, industrialization, and ideological conflicts.

HIS-2321 Fund of Early American History

This course will enable students to develop and demonstrate an adequate survey knowledge and understanding of American geography, politics, society, culture, economics, ideas, and beliefs from the colonial period to 1876.

HIS-2324 Fund of Modern America History

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the Reading Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of RDG-0301, RDG-0311 and/or RDG-0312 This course surveys the development of the U.S. from the end of Reconstruction (1876) to the present. The goal of this course is to provide the student with an appreciation of the major events, personages, and historical concepts which shaped the U.S. until today, and to teach the critical thinking skills of the historian, including evaluation of evidence and construction of historical arguments.

HIS-3322 History of Texas

A study of the political, economic, and social growth of Texas from the Spanish origin to the present. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-3332 Hist of Brit Empire

The history of Britain and the British Empire from the Glorious Revolution to the present Commonwealth of Nations. Grade of C required for majors.

HIS-3342 Era of the Crusades

The Crusades helped Western Europe emerge out of the Middle Ages and also marked the beginning of European imperialism in the Muslim Near East. This course will examine the Crusading Era from 1000-1200 and show how it affected the three great civilizations that participated in them, how/why they ended, and ultimately, their legacy.

HIS-3343 Renais, Reform, & Rise of Nati

This course will examine the origins of Early Modern Europe from the crisis' of Late Medieval Europe, and then chronicle the triumphs and travails of the Renaissance, Reformations, and the Rise of Nation, as well as Age of Reconnaissance. We will seek to comprehend the fundamentally transformative impacts each had upon Europeans and the World. We will survey the political, economic, diplomatic, and socio-religious history of the Early Modern European world so as to better understand the course of Western history and our collective past.

HIS-3345 Col and Rev America

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. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-3352 Internship

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.

HIS-3353 Contemp Us History, 1970-PRES

This course explores the major social, economic and ideological issues in the United States since 1968.

HIS-3361 Women in Western World 1500

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. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-3380 Intro to Historical Methods

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. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-3399 Special Topics: Texas E6

HIS-4152 History Content Review

This course is a one-credit course that must be passed before a student can obtain a bar code from the School of Education to take the TExES History Content Area Exam.

HIS-4318 Intro Public History

Course will acquaint the student with the field of public history. Students will explore how historical knowledge is presented to the public through examining public history sites and forums. Students will become knowledgeable of various methods used by historians in the field of public history, including archiving, creation of history websites and oral history. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4322 Foreign Policy of the US

A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre-Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4323 History of Democracy

The History of Democracy is an intensive study of the development of democratic institutions. Although this course will focus on the two best-known examples of working democracies-the British parliamentary system and the American congressional system-democratic revolutions in France, Latin America, and emerging nations will also be examined. This course will emphasize the development of representative government, constitutional theory, the role of law, the expansion of suffrage, and a comparison of governmental structures.

HIS-4330 Mthds Tch SST Sec Level

This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and strategies of teaching history and social studies at the secondary level. This course will focus on several topics and themes of importance to practicing teachers, including recent debates about the teaching of American, European, and World History; creating active learning opportunities based on primary sources; the utility of lecturing; methods of historical inquiry; teaching writing while teaching history; curriculum development aligned with state standards; using technology in the social studies classroom; incorporation of local history; and assignment design and evaluation.

HIS-4340 Modern Latin America

A study of Latin America from the roots of independence to the present with particular attention to economic, social, and political developments and cultural achievements. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4350 IS: US Enviromental History

HIS-4351 Internat'l Relations

The study of the political relations of the world of states with particular attention being given to recent problems of international politics. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4362 History of the Old South

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. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4372 The New South

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. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4390 Historiography

This course explores major trends in historiography, tracing the major interpretations from the ancient to the modern world. The course examines the current focus on micro over macro history, the attack of postmodernism on historical research, and the struggles to incorporate "those on the margins" into the story of humanity. Grade of C required for history majors.

HIS-4391H History Honors

The first of two semesters devoted to researching and writing a Senior Honor Thesis. In this course, the student will research her/his selected thesis topic. These three (3) hours of History Honors Seminar are in addition to the 36 hours required for the history major.

HIS-4392H Seniors History Honors

The second of two semesters devoted to researching and writing a Senior Honor Thesis. In this course, the student will write her/his Senior Honor Thesis. These three (3) hours of History Honors Seminar are in addition to the 36 hours required for the history major.

HIS-4399 ST: Wall St., Soup Kit, & War

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