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HIST 1050: THE BIRTH OF EUROPE: EUROPEAN HISTORY FROM 900 TO 1789(4 credits)

This course covers the fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval heritage, Renaissance and Reformation, exploration and discovery, development of the "state," Spanish hegemony, Age of Absolutism, Enlightenment and revolution, new vistas. Offered annually.

HIST 1060: EUROPE SINCE 1800 (4 credits)

This course examines the impact the ideologies of the Enlightenment and French Revolution had on the development of modern Europe. We explore how nationalism, imperialism, liberalism, fascism and communism shaped European society, politics, and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Events covered include the French Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848, the "scramble" for Africa, World War I, the Interwar Period, World War II, the Cold War, and the Revolutions of 1989. Offered annually.

HIST 1160: EAST ASIA SINCE 1600 (4 credits)

This course serves as a general survey of the history of East Asia from 1600 to the present with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of the course material focuses on China and Japan. Korea and Vietnam are also included but receive less coverage. The course focuses on the political, social, and economic systems of these countries, major historical events, intra-Asian interactions and East Asia's response to the West.

HIST 1200: SURVEY OF U.S. POLITICAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY, 1600–1900 (4 credits)

This course is a survey of U.S. political and social history from the colonial era to 1900, with emphasis on the multiracial and multicultural aspects of the American experience. Also includes an overview of women's social and political roles and status from 1600 to the achievement of suffrage. Offered annually.

HIST 1300: INTRODUCTION TO HISTORIOGRAPHY (4 credits)

History and historiography are used to illustrate various basic aspects of the historian's craft and to teach you how to read and write about history critically. The course explores varieties of historical interpretation and methodologies, the relationship of thesis and fact in historical argument, the issues of audience and types of sources, and the various genres of history. Offered annually.

HIST 2200: TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA (4 credits)

This course provides an examination of U.S. society, culture, politics and foreign policy from 1900 to the present, with an emphasis on the connections among these various aspects of the 20th century American experience.

HIST 2994: TOPICS (4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.

HIST 3080: EUROPE: LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE MIDDLE AGES (4 credits)

This course covers the decline of the Roman Empire; the growth of the church and the papacy; the Teutonic invasions and the formation of the Frankish Empire; feudalism; the conflict between church and state; the rise of monarchies; the economic, urban, social, religious, artistic and intellectual life of the time; medieval foundations of modern civilization.

HIST 3130: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION (4 credits)

This course covers an Italy-based focus of the Renaissance; Humanism; High Renaissance; Northern Renaissance; Babylonian Captivity, Great Schism and the need for reform; Luther, Calvin and the Protestant Reformation; Catholic Reformation and the Council of Trent; wars of religion.

HIST 3210: ENGLAND SINCE 1500 (4 credits)

This course covers Reformation settlement; Elizabethan Age; Crown versus Parliament; English society in the 18th century; Industrial Revolution; era of parliamentary reform; Victorian England; 20th century Britain.

HIST 3250: HISTORY OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE U.S. (4 credits)

The origins and evolution of American civil liberties and civil rights are covered from the colonial era through the 20th century civil rights and women's rights movements. Course examines the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the roles of the Supreme Court, federal and state governments, and rights movements in the development of civil liberties and civil rights. Also offered as WOST. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 3280: IRELAND FROM THE 12TH CENTURY TO THE 21ST CENTURY (4 credits)

The social and political history of Ireland is covered, from the 12th century to the present, including Northern Ireland after partition. Special emphasis is given to Irish political resistance movements and rebellions, as well as the Irish Civil War and the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

HIST 3300: THE SIXTIES IN THE U.S. (4 credits)

This course is an in-depth examination of U.S. society, politics, culture and ideology in the 1960s. Course includes music, literature, film and political manifestos of the decade.

HIST 3400: COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA (4 credits)

This course examines European settlement in the New World, its impact on Native Americans and its role in the development of slavery. Colonial society and politics are examined from multicultural, multiracial and gender perspectives. Causes and consequences of the American Revolution are studied in-depth.

HIST 3460: WOMEN IN GREECE AND ROME (4 credits)

This course examines the evidence we have regarding the lives and societal position of women in the ancient world from the Homeric epics through the Roman empire. You will read a variety of texts, including law cases, short stories, and manuals on estate management, as well as four Athenian plays. The course also deals with the visual arts and archeological evidence from the time period in order to convey as complete as possible a picture of women's lives during these times. During the semester, you will write a substantial research paper on the topic of your choice and deliver a 40-50 minute class presentation on that topic. Also offered as CLAS and WOST.

HIST 3470: TRADITIONAL CHINA (4 credits)

This course covers the major themes in Chinese history from Neolithic times to approximately 1400. Key topics include the development of China's major philosophical traditions; the unification of China and the evolution of the bureaucracy; the spread of Buddhism to China; traditional Chinese society; and early contacts with Europeans. The course consists of lecture, film, small group discussion and class discussion.

HIST 3540: LATE IMPERIAL CHINA: 1250–1911 (4 credits)

This course covers China's last three dynasties, the Yuan (1279-1368) (briefly), the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). Major topics include the social and political systems of imperial China; the Manchu conquest; missionary presence; Western imperialism; and the fall of Qing.

HIST 3550: TWENTIETH CENTURY CHINA (4 credits)

This course covers the major events and themes in 20th-century Chinese history. Emphasis is on the Communist phase of the Chinese Revolution. Major topics include the social and political systems of early 20th century China; the founding and growth of the Chinese Communist Party; Civil War and Communist victory; the regime of Mao Zedong; and Deng Xiaoping's Second Revolution.

HIST 3560: WOMEN IN AMERICA TO 1920 (4 credits)

Roles, status and expectations of women are covered from the colonial era to 1920; includes developments in family, sex, education, work, dress, politics; also covers the feminist movement of the 19th century. Also offered as WOST.

HIST 3600: GERMANY: FROM UNIFICATION TO REUNIFICATION (4 credits)

This course covers the Second Reich from victory to defeat (1871-1918); Weimar Republic, a stillborn democracy; Third Reich and Nazi dictatorship; World War II and Gotterdammerung; two Germanies amid a Cold War; the unforeseen revolution and reunification.

HIST 3610: EUROPE: FROM WORLD WAR I TO WORLD WAR II (4 credits)

This course covers World War I — the war everybody/nobody wanted; the social, political and economic impact of total war; the Russian Revolution; the Peace Settlements; the Roaring Twenties — an Age of Anxiety; the Great Depression; Authoritarian and Totalitarian States; Aggression and Appeasement; World War again.

HIST 3620: EUROPE SINCE WORLD WAR II (4 credits)

This course examines Europe's role as the "front" of the Cold War, and the effects its division had on the political, social, and economic lives of citizens on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Topics explored will include social development in communist bloc countries, critiques of capitalism in western Europe, the growth of the welfare state in western Europe, the rise of dissidents in eastern Europe, the revolutions of 1989, and the integration of immigrants into European societies.

HIST 3630: WOMEN IN ASIA (4 credits)

This course examines the history of women in China, Japan and Korea from ancient times to the present. Major topics include traditional gender roles and the influence of Confucianism; industrialization and war; political and legal change; and contemporary issues affecting women's lives. Also offered as WOST.

HIST 3650: U.S. WOMEN SINCE 1920 (4 credits)

This course covers roles, status and expectations of women in the United States from 1920 to the present; developments in family, sex, education, politics, work and dress; feminist ideologies, their social and intellectual contexts and opposition. Also offered as WOST.

HIST 3700: HISTORY OF FEMINISM IN WESTERN SOCIETY (4 credits)

This course traces the development of feminist thought and activism in Western society from the ancient Greeks to the late 20th century in the United States. The course explores the social, political, legal and cultural status of women in Western society across time. Special emphasis is placed on the roots of modern feminism as it developed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in Western Europe and in the United States. Also offered as WOST. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 3790: WOMEN IN EUROPE SINCE 1600 (4 credits)

This course examines how European women shaped politics, economies, and society from 1600 to the present. We study the ways women exert power on society, even when they are excluded from direct participation in it. The course covers the development of European feminism, women's involvement in the revolutionary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, their expanding role in politics and society, and the continuing challenges European women face.

HIST 4684: DIRECTED STUDY (4 credits)

Directed study is provided for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this faculty-directed learning experience depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses. Prerequisites: Faculty, department chair and dean approval.

HIST 4850: HISTORY SENIOR SEMINAR (4 credits)

You review the historiographical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing history. You undertake intensive and extensive research in primary and secondary sources on a topic in history. The research culminates in a thesis paper that is presented publicly to the University community. Prerequisites: HIST 1300.

HIST 4952 or 4954: INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 or 4 credits)

Prerequisites: Permission of faculty supervisor and department chair.