Course Descriptions

2301. World History to 1648: 3 hours

A survey of human experience to the seventeenth century with emphasis upon the growth of Western institutions and concepts.

2303. World History Since 1648: 3 hours

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.

2321. Fundamentals of Early American History; 3 hours

This course will enable sutdnets 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.

2322. Fundamentals of Modern American History, 1877 to Present: 3 hours

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 1876 to the present.

3319. The Sixties: The Critical Decade: 3 hours

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.

3322. History of Texas: 3 hours

A study of the political, economic, and social growth of Texas from the Spanish origin to the present.

3331. History of England: 3 hours

The history of England from the Roman invasions through the Glorious Revolution of 1688, with special emphasis on the growth of the English Constitution.

3332. History of the British Empire: 3 hours

The history of Britain and the British Empire from the Glorious Revolution to the present Commonwealth of Nations.

3335. Europe: Renaissance through Napoleon: 3 hours

This course will investigate the evolution of Europe from the Italian Renaissance through the Napoleonic Wars.

3336. Europe: Congress of Vienna to the Present: 3 hours

This course will investigate the evolution of Europe from Napoleon’s defeat.

3345. Colonial and Revolutionary America: 3 hours

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.

3346. From Union to Disunion: The United States Between 1787-1865: 3 hours

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.

3347. Industrialization and Imperialism in Post-Civil War America: 1865-1920: 3 hours

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.

3348. The United States as a World Power: 1920 – Present: 3 hours

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.

3352. Internship: 3 hours

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.

3361. Women in the Western World Since 1500 (WST 3361): 3 hours

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.

3362. Women and Reform (WST 3362): 3 hours

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.

3380. Workshop in Historical Methods: 3 hours

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.

4152. History Content Review: 1 hour

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.

4310. The Great Depression: History through Writings, Film, and Literature: 3 hours

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.

4311. World War II: 3 hours

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.

4314. War and Society: 3 hours

This course examines how war has been waged, conceptualized, and justified from prehistory to the present.  In particular, students will consider how armies, their parents societies, and organized violence have interrelated throughout history.

4318. Introduction to Public History: 3 hours

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.

4321. The American West: 3 hours

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.

4322. Foreign Policy of the United States (POL 4322): 3 hours

A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre- Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture.

4323. History of Democracy: 3 hours

This 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, constituional theory, the role of law, the expansion of suffrage, and a comparison of governmental structures.  

4324. History of Sub-Sahara Africa: 3 hours

The course surveys the broad sweep of African history south of the Sahara Desert from prehistory to the present.  

4326. Heroes in History: 3 hours

The course surveys the human desire to raise up heroes and villains from prehistory to the present using historical, sociological, anthropological and film sources.  

4328. History of Ancient Greece and Rome: 3 hours

This course surveys the history of Ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to approximately 500 C.E. The goal of this course is to provide the students with an appreciation of the major events, personages and historical trends that shaped what has been called "the climax of antiquity."

4330. Methods and Strategies for Teaching Histoyr and Social Studies at the Secondary Level: 3 hours

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 wih state standards; using technology in the social studies classroom; incorporation of local history; and assignment design and evaluation.

4340. Latin America: 3 hours

A study of Latin America from Colonial beginnings to the present with particular attention to economic, social, and political developments and cultural achievements.

4343. History of Mexico: 3 hours

A study of Mexico from ancient civilizations to the present, stressing the political, economic, and social development of the Republic.

4346. Film and History: 3 hours

This course examines how different cultures, at various times, conceptualized their past through the medium of film. In particular, students will come to grips with the notion that films about the past have very little to do with the past, but everything to do with the cutlure that produced the film.  

4351. International Relations (POL 4351): 3 hours

The study of the political relations of the world of states with particular attention being given to recent problems of international politics.

4355. History and Politics of the Middle East (POL 4355): 3 hours

A historical and political approach to the study of the Middle East from the Islamic era to the contemporary period.

4362. History of the Old South: 3 hours

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.

4363. Race and Gender in American History: 3 hours

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.

4366. Religious History of Scotland (REL 4366): 3 hours

A study of the religious history of Scotland. This course uses historical sites in Scotland as a laboratory for study.

4367. Religious History of Ireland (REL 4367): 3 hours

A study of the religious history of Ireland. This course uses historical sites in Ireland as a laboratory for study.

4371. United States-Spanish Borderlands: 3 hours

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.

4372. History of the New South: 3 hours

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.

4390. Historiography: 3 hours

This course explores major trends in historiography, tracing the major interpretations from the ancient to the modern world.  This 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.  

4391/4391H. History Honors Seminary: 3 hours

Prerequisite: 90 completed hours, 27 hours of history courses, 3.5 major GPA, 3.0 overall GPA
The first of two semesters devoted to researching and writing a Senior Honor Thesis. In this course, the student will research his/her selected thesis topic. These three (3) hours of History Honors Seminar are in addition to the 36 hours required for the history major. 

4392/4392H. History Honors Seminar: 3 hours

Prerequisite: HIS 4391, 90 completed hours, 27 hours of history courses, 3.5 major GPA, 3.0 overall GPA

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

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