History

Department of History

GHIST 101. World Culture to 1650. 3 credits.

A survey of important historical developments from prehistoric times to the mid-17th century. Emphasis is given to the rise and decline of great global civilizations and their lasting contributions to humanity.

GHIST 102. World Culture Since 1650. 3 credits.

A survey of important historical developments from the mid-17th century to the present. Emphasis is given to the growth of nationalism, the development of colonialism and to global events, problems and conflicts of the present century.

GHIST 150. Critical Issues in Recent Global History. 3 credits.

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for the General Education Cluster One. A seminar format emphasizes the development and articulation of well reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose.

HIST 201. Europe to 1789. 3 credits.

An examination of Europe from 1000 to 1789 with emphasis on the formation of indigenous European institutions through the rise of national monarchies, the Renaissance, Reformation, age of exploration, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. Emphasis is given to the intellectual developments of Europe that created a dynamic modern civilization.

HIST 202. Europe 1789 to the Present. 3 credits.

An examination of Europe from 1789 to the present with emphasis upon the democratic and industrial revolutions, the rise of nation states, building of global empires, World War I, the Russian Revolution, totalitarianism, World War II, decolonization, the Cold War and European integration.

GHIST 225. U. S. History. 4 credits.

A survey of U.S. history from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing the development of American civic life, the involvement of the U.S. in world affairs and the cultural richness of the American people. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of primary sources.

HIST 263. Africa. 3 credits.

Emphasis is placed on the social and cultural aspects, as well as the emerging role the continent plays in contemporary world history.

HIST 267. Latin America. 3 credits.

A survey of the history of Latin America examining the pre-Columbian Indian civilizations, the Spanish and Portuguese conquests, the colonial era and its impact, the wars of independence and selected case studies of the early national period.

HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America. 3 credits.

A survey of the historical development of Latin America during the 20th century with emphasis on selected nations which have played a significant role in Latin American affairs.

HIST 270. Modern Middle East. 3 credits.

A survey of the political evolution of the modern Middle East. Emphasis is placed on the impact of Western imperialism, problems of Arab nationalism, origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict and involvement of Russia and the United States in the Middle East today.

HIST 273. Asia to 1600. 3 credits.

A broad survey of Eastern civilizations from their beginnings to  about 1600, with emphasis on their distinctive aesthetic and  intellectual traditions as well as the development of their political, social and economic institutions.

HIST 274. Modern Asia. 3 credits.

A historical survey of East, South and Southeast Asia with emphasis on the impact of the West on the traditional societies and governments of the Eastern World, as well as nationalism, colonialism, wars, revolutions and industrialization in Asia in modern times.

HIST 300. U.S. Military History. 3 credits.

A survey of the evolution of the American way of war from the Colonial era to the post-Cold War period emphasizing the development of military and naval institutions, U.S. strategic doctrine and the social legacies of the U.S. military establishment.

HIST 301. European Military History. 3 credits.

A survey of European military history (including Russia/Soviet Union) from the Hellenistic period through the 1982 Falklands-Malvinas War. The evolution of strategic doctrine and military institutions, their effect upon European society and their role in European imperialism will be emphasized.

HIST/ITAL 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization. 3 credits.

A study of Italian society, economics, politics and the arts from 1814 to the present. Instruction in English. (Research papers for Italian majors/minors in the language.)

HIST 310. American Business History. 3 credits.

A survey of the role of business in the United States from the Colonial period to the present, with emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit, business developments and innovations and the relationship between the federal government and commerce.

HIST 315. History of Sport in America. 3 credits.

An interpretive survey that examines the social and cultural history of America from the late 19th century to the present through sports.

HIST 320. Women in U.S. History. 3 credits.

A survey of the role of women in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Attention is given to contributions of the ordinary women, the Women’s Rights movements, the impact of women on reform and political movements and the changing status of women in society.

HIST 321. European Women’s History. 3 credits.

A survey of the gendered history of European women from the Classical to the Modern Era. Attention will focus on women in England, France, Germany and Central Europe, but material will also be presented on women of the Baltic, Mediterranean and Slavic regions.

HIST 322. The New South. 3 credits.

An examination of major problems in the history of the American South after Reconstruction, beginning with debates over the nature of the “New South” itself. The course will emphasize cultural and social history; it also explores political and economic developments. Prerequisite: GHIST 225.

HIST 323. The Old South. 3 credits.

Economic, cultural and social history of the antebellum South; 1790-1860. The region’s political history will serve as a supporting part of the course.

HIST 325. Technology and Western Society. 3 credits.

A survey of the interaction between technology and Western society since the Middle Ages. Topics include Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, 19th-century British and continental technologies, intercultural technology transfer, the American mass production ethos, technology within modern totalitarian and national security states and technological futurism. No technical knowledge assumed.

HIST 326. The Automobile in Twentieth Century America. 3 credits.

This course uses the automobile as a window into 20th century American life. It examines the influence of automobility on patterns of work and leisure; on struggles over gender, race, and ethnicity; on individualism, consumerism, and government regulation. It also surveys mass automobility’s effects on our physical and natural environments and looks at future prospects of automobility in the information age.

HIST 327. Technology in America. 3 credits.

An historical survey of the complex and changing relationship between technology and American society from Native American canoes to the Internet. Attention is given to technology’s role in relations of power, in the home, on the farm, in the workplace and on the battlefield.

HIST 328. History of Science, 1543-1859. 3 credits.

An intellectual and social survey of science from Copernicus’ de Revolutionibus to Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Topics include Renaissance natural philosophy, the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment science and the birth of geology and biology.

HIST 329. History of Science Since 1859. 3 credits.

A survey of pure and applied science since the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Topics include the development of relativity and quantum theory; Darwinism and the eugenics movement; rocketry, radar, and the Manhattan Project; and the revolutions in biochemistry, genetics, materials science, and information technology.

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History. 3 credits.

A survey of major themes, events and forces shaping the development of American foreign relations throughout our history. Key documents such as the Monroe Doctrine will be examined, as will significant issues including manifest destiny, the United States as a world power, origins of Cold War and Detente.

HIST/ANTH 331. Historical Archaeology. 3 credits.

The course introduces students to the purposes, subject matter, methodology and historical background of the discipline of historical archaeology. Building on research issues and methodologies of anthropological archaeology and history, the multidisciplinary aspects of this field are introduced through field trips, projects, guest lectures, readings and classroom presentations. Prerequisite: ANTH 197 or HIST equivalent.

HIST 337. Practicum: Selected Topics in Local and Regional History. 3 credits.

Selected historical topics relating to the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding region are studied in depth. Students will undertake primary research and collaborate on final project. See the Registration and Student Record Services Handbook for current classes. The course may be repeated when content changes. Prerequisite: GHIST 225.

HIST 339. Selected Themes in U.S. History. 3 credits.

Selected themes are studied in depth. See the Registration and Student Record Services Handbook for current classes. Course may be repeated when content changes.

HIST 340. Internship in History. 3 credits.

Provides students with practical experience in using historical skills in a public or private agency. Periodic student reports and seminars required. This course may be repeated with permission of department head. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, HIST 395 and permission of the department head.

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History. 3 credits.

Selected themes are studied in depth. See e-campus for current classes. Course may be repeated when content changes.

HIST 350. Virginia. 3 credits.

An interpretive survey of the history of Virginia from its Colonial beginnings to the present time.

HIST 353. Trans-Mississippi West. 3 credits.

A study of the United States west of the Mississippi from the early Spanish exploration and settlement through the progressive waves of explorers, trappers, miners, soldiers and farmers as they encountered the western environment, the Indians and one another.

HIST 355. Afro-American History to 1865. 3 credits.

A survey of the experience and changing status of African-Americans  in the United States from 1619 through the Civil War, with attention  to the West African background, cultural developments, social and  political movements, slavery and the slave trade, dual-consciousness and emancipation.

HIST 356. Afro-American History Since 1865. 3 credits.

A survey of the experience and changing status of African-Americans in the United States from Reconstruction to the present, emphasizing the strengthening of social and cultural institutions; Afro-American  leadership; the impact of segregation; the Great Migration; labor, protest and cultural movements; pan-Africanism; the Civil Rights Movement; and contemporary issues.

HIST 360. Research Apprenticeship in History. 3 credits.

Provides students with advanced research and writing opportunities. Student learning contract must be approved before a student can enroll.  Periodic student reports and seminars required. Open to history majors only. Prerequisites: HIST 395.

HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa. 3 credits.

An examination of the development of class and ethnicity in African societies. Attention is given to the pre-colonial and colonial periods, as well as to the effects of imperialism, development strategies and structural adjustment policies on class and ethnic relations in contemporary Africa.

HIST 371. India. 3 credits.

A survey of India from the earliest times to the attainment of national independence following World War II. Particular attention is given to traditional Indian civilization, its impact on India’s Asian neighbors, its response to the intrusion of Western power, the British in India and the struggle for independence.

HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia. 3 credits.

A survey of Southeast Asian history from the 16th century to the present. Particular attention is given to European and American colonization of the region, the impact of the Japanese occupation, and the achievement of independence.

HIST 377. History of Korea. 3 credits.

A survey of Korean history from its earliest times to the present day. It is designed to develop an understanding in Korea, its historical tradition and the place of Korea in the larger narrative of East Asia and world history.

HIST 379. Family and Gender in East Asia. 3 credits.

This is a survey focusing on the ways families have been defined and gender roles assigned in China, Korea, Japan in premodern and modern times. Attention will be given to how the changing nature of family and gender have helped shape the historical evolution of these societies.

HIST 383. Early England. 3 credits.

A survey of English history from the earliest times to the late 17th century. Particular attention is given to the rise of Parliament and the growth of limited monarchy.

HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth. 3 credits.

A survey of English history from the late 17th century to the present. Particular attention is given to the growth of British democracy, the industrial revolution and the rise and fall of the British Empire.

HIST 385. Russia to 1855. 3 credits.

A survey of Russian history from the origins of the Russian state down through the reign of Nicholas I. Attention is given to such topics as the Kievan state, the Muscovite state, the rise of Imperial Russia and the emergence of Russia as a Western European power.

HIST 386. Russia Since 1855. 3 credits.

A survey of Russian history from the reign of Alexander II to the present. Attention is given to such topics as the decline of Imperial Russia, the rise of the revolutionary movement, the emergence and consolidation of the Soviet state, and contemporary Russia.

HIST 387. Germany to 1871. 3 credits.

A survey of the German-speaking lands of Central Europe from the end of the Thirty Years War to the creation of the Second Reich. Emphasis is given to political, diplomatic and military affairs, although social, economic and cultural developments are included.

HIST 388. Germany Since 1871. 3 credits.

A survey of German history during the Second Reich, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and the post-World War II periods of Cold War and Detente. Emphasis is given to political, diplomatic and military affair, although social, economic and cultural developments are included.

HIST 389. France to 1789. 3 credits.

A survey of French history from the Capetians to the end of the old Regime, 987-1789. Particular attention is given to France’s medieval heritage; the impact of the Renaissance; the Protestant revolt; the policies of Richelieu, Colbert and Louis XIV; and the background of the French Revolution.

HIST 390. France Since 1789. 3 credits.

A study of the social and political events which determined the course of French history from the Revolution through the Fifth Republic. Particular attention is given to the social, economic and cultural currents which have contributed to the making of contemporary France.

HIST 391. Travel Studies Seminar. 3 credits.

Designed to encourage the student to augment the regular academic program through independent investigation including organized travel-study. Prearrangements must be made with a designated faculty member who will direct the study with preparatory instructions and final requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

HIST 395. History Seminar. 3 credits.

A seminar to introduce history as an academic discipline and acquaint the student with the work of major historians and problems of historical interpretation. Students will be required to complete assignments designed to develop basic skills in historical research and writing. Open to all students, but required of history majors. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

HIST/ARTH 396. Introduction to Public History. 3 credits.

An introduction to the varied and interdisciplinary “field” of Public History—such as community/local history, historic preservation, archives, historical archaeology, museum studies, business and policy history, documentary editing and publishing, and documentary films—through readings, class discussions, occasional guest speakers and occasional field trips.

HIST 399. Special Studies in History. 3 credits.

Designed to give capable students in history an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

HIST 402. Workshop in Colonial American Life. 3 credits.

A comparative study of life in 18th-century Virginia and Massachusetts. Colonial Massachusetts is studied through the use of printed materials, films and lectures. Published sources, lectures and a four-day study visit to Colonial Williamsburg are used for the study of Virginia. Supplemental fee required. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 403. Workshop in Civil War Virginia. 3 credits.

This workshop examines the impact of the Civil War upon Virginia and her citizens. It explores the secession crisis, the revolution in firepower that forced changes in battlefield tactics and war aims, and the development of “hard war.” A four-day battlefield tour will reinforce ideas discussed in the classroom. Supplemental fee required. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 411. Colonial America. 3 credits.

An interpretive survey of England’s mainland colonies from 1558-1776. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 413. The Anglo-American Constitutional Tradition,  1603-1791. 3 credits.

Surveys Anglo-American political and constitutional traditions. Emphasizes the evolution of 17th and 18th century British constitutionalism, its transferal to the British North American colonies and the development of the first national and state constitutions in the United States. Prerequisite: GHIST 225, HIST 395.

HIST 420. U.S. History, 1763-1800. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of the political, economic, social and cultural history of the United States from the French and Indian War through the Federalist period. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 422. U.S. History, 1789-1848. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of the political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural history of the United States from the ratification of the Constitution through the Mexican-American War. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 425. Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 credits.

A study of the background, development, personalities and aftermath of the Civil War. Special attention is given to the coming of the war and different explanations of its causes and to the policies and significance of Reconstruction, with varying interpretations thereof. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 428. American Workers in the Industrial Age, 1877-1948.  3 credits.

This seminar examines what contemporaries called the Labor Problem, from the strikes of 1877 to the accord between GM and the UAW in 1948. It explores the impact of industrialization, race and gender, consumerism, the New Deal and two world wars on the lives of American workers and their unions.

HIST 430. The Gilded Age: U.S. History, 1877-1901. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of the United States from the conclusion of the Civil War until the assassination of William McKinley, with special emphasis on industrialization, urbanization, western and overseas expansion, early reform movements and politics. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 431. Reform, World War and Prosperity: U.S. History,  1901-1929. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of U.S. history from the rise of Theodore Roosevelt through the 1920s. Emphasis is placed on the reform movements of the period and the problems and issues generated by the nation’s emergence as a world power and an industrial, urban society. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 432. Depression, War and Cold War: U.S. History,  1929-1961. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of U.S. history from the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 through the inauguration of John Kennedy in 1961. Emphasis is given to the New Deal, World War II and the early years of the Cold War. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 433. Reform, Upheaval and Reaction: U.S. History Since 1961. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of U.S. history from the inauguration of John Kennedy in 1961 through the present. Emphasis is given to the Kennedy-Johnson administrations, Vietnam, the counterculture and student movement, Watergate and the Reagan years. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 439. Selected Topics in American History. 3 credits.

Selected topics are studied in depth. See e-campus for current topic. Course may be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 445. Latin America and the United States. 3 credits.

An examination of the diplomatic relations between Latin America and the United States from the era of the Latin American revolutions for independence to the present. Emphasis is placed on the Monroe Doctrine and its extensions, as well as the development of the Pan-American system. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 446. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. 3 credits.

A study of the nations of the area with special attention given to Mexico, Panama and Cuba. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 447. South America. 3 credits.

Historic development of the continent with special attention to selected nations since the early national period of the 19th century. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 450. Studies in Military History. 3 credits.

A seminar addressing topics in U.S. or European military and naval history such as military operations, strategic theory, institutional evolution, the nature of modern war, technology and the warrior ethos, military-industrial-academic relations and military ethics and the laws of war. Prerequisite: HIST 300 or HIST 301 depending on seminar topic offered.

HIST 453. Patterns of World History. 3 credits.

This course introduces students to the literature, concepts, themes and methodology of world history, a subfield of history that seeks to compare experiences across regional, area, cultural and temporal boundaries, to look at cross-cultural interactions and to examine large-scale patterns that have shaped history on a global scale. Prerequisites: GHIST 101, GHIST 102 and HIST 395.

HIST 455. World Political and Social Thought to Early Modern Times. 3 credits.

A study of the most significant political and social ideas from around the world. Emphasis will be both on the classics and popular ideas from Western Asia, China, Greece, India, Rome, Japan and the developing states of Europe from ancient times through the 18th century. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 460. Modern Japan. 3 credits.

The development of Japan from around the mid-19th century to the present. Attention is given to the collapse of isolation, the end of the Shogunate, the creation of a modern state, the years of party government, the rise of militarism, the Pacific war, the occupation and the new Japan. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 461. Seminar in Marxist-Leninist Theory. 3 credits.

A study of the most significant ideas concerning politics, society, economics and philosophy, which shaped Communication and Marxist varieties of Socialism. Prerequisite: HIST 395 or permission of instructor.

HIST 462. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1918-1945. 3 credits.

An advanced study of the period of Nazi domination in Germany covering the Weimar Republic, the rise of the NSDAP, the Third Reich and World War II. The nature of totalitarianism, the character of Adolph Hitler and the general Weltanschaaung of Germany under the Third Reich are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 463. Tudor-Stuart England. 3 credits.

A study of the economic, intellectual, political and religious development of the English people from 1485 to 1714, with special attention to the constitutional struggles of the 17th century. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 464. Renaissance and Reformation. 3 credits.

A study of High Medieval civilization as an introduction to the history of Modern Europe. Attention is given to the Italian and Northern Renaissance, fragmentation of Western christendom, intellectual impact of Luther and Calvin on Western thought and structure of Tudor despotism in England. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 465. 20th-Century Britain. 3 credits.

An examination of the major themes of British history in the 20th century, with attention to political, social, economic, diplomatic and imperial topics from the pre-World War I through post-World War II decades. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 466. The Family, 1400-1800. 3 credits.

An examination of the bibliography, methods and substance of family history in Europe and America. Emphasis will be on sources, structure, patterns of change and continuity and stages of family life to the Industrial Revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 469. The History of Flight: The Jet and Rocket Era. 3 credits.

A survey of the history of aviation in the era of jet and manned space flight. This course examines the origins and development of jet flight, considers its impact on military and commercial aviation and traces the course of manned space flight from its beginning to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 470. Modern Africa. 3 credits.

Africa in the 20th century, with special emphasis on Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast (Ghana), Nigeria and Zaire. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 472. Greece and Rome. 3 credits.

Advanced study of Greek and Roman history from the Minoans to the fall of the Roman Empire. Emphasis is given to political, military, social and cultural development of each civilization. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 473. The Islamic World. 3 credits.

The rise of Islam and spread of the Ottoman Empire. A survey of the Middle East from the pre-Islamic period to World War I. This course provides a background for understanding the present situation in the Middle East. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 474. The Byzantine Empire. 3 credits.

A survey of the political, economic, military and religious history of the Byzantine Empire, 330-1453. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 475. Soviet Russia. 3 credits.

A study of Soviet Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present. Readings and discussion will emphasize significant political, economic, social and cultural developments. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 476. Ancient History. 3 credits.

A survey of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations of the Near East and Mediterranean area. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 477. Medieval Europe. 3 credits.

Attention is focused on Europe in the Middle Ages, with a concentration on social and intellectual aspects and the development of parliamentary institutions. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 478. Eastern Europe. 3 credits.

A study of the lands between Germany and Russia, from the Baltic to the Balkans. Emphasis is on the Hapsburg Empire and its successor states, the origins of the World Wars, the post-World War II communist governments and the cultural and intellectual contributions of the Eastern European people. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 480. Modern China. 3 credits.

China since 1840, with special emphasis on China’s response to the West, the disintegration of imperial China, the abortive experiments in republicanism, the origin and nature of Chinese Communism. China under Mao and post-Mao developments. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 481. Early Modern Europe: The New Worlds of Exploration and Science. 3 credits.

A study of the major changes in world view brought on by exploration and science in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries in Europe. Attention is given to the causes, individuals and technology involved in each movement. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 483. Baroque and Revolutionary Europe, 1648-1815. 3 credits.

A study of the unfolding of European civilization from the Baroque through the Napoleonic era. Attention is given to the Old Regime and its institutions, the causes of popular revolts, the Enlightenment, the beginnings of industrialism and urbanism and the impact of the French Revolution on Europe. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 484. 19th-Century European Civilization, 1815-1914. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of European history from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. Particular attention is given to the intellectual climate of the period, with emphasis on liberalism, nationalism, socialism and nihilism. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 485. The Arab Middle East, 1945 to Present. 3 credits.

A survey of the special problems which have beset the Arab Middle East since World War II. Special emphasis will be given to Palestinian Nationalism and the PLO, the origins of civil conflict in Lebanon, Iraqi and Syrian Baathism and the revival of Islamic fundamentalism in the area. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 486. Europe Since 1914. 3 credits.

An interpretive study of European history from World War I to the Cold War, with special emphasis on the revolutions of 1917-19, the rise of totalitarianism, the origins of the Second World War and the continuing crisis of values. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 487. World War II. 3 credits.

An examination of the origins, conduct and immediate aftermath of World War II in Europe and Asia. Attention is given to Japan’s Pacific War, Hitler’s war in Europe and the ultimate victory of the Allies. The major military campaigns are discussed as are collaborations, resistance, and the War Crimes Trials. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History. 3 credits.

Selected topics are studied in depth. See e-campus for current topic. Course may be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 491. Editing Historical Documents. 3 credits.

A seminar in the techniques of analyzing manuscript collections in order to create an edition of historical documents. Study will address the theory and practice of historical documentary editions, including collecting, selecting, transcribing, annotating, proofing, illustrating, indexing and publishing. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST/ANTH/ARTH 492. American Material Culture. 3 credits.

A broad introduction to the multidisciplinary “field” of material  culture studies through readings, written assignments, in-class exercises, and field trips. The course introduces ways of looking at and  learning from objects and examines how scholars from several disciplines have used material culture in their work. Prerequisite: HIST  395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST/ARTH 493. Historic Preservation. 3 credits.

An introduction to the philosophy and techniques of historic preservation, guidelines for restoration, state and National Register forms and procedures, historic architecture, structural analysis, restoration techniques as well as the business aspects of historic preservation projects. Field trips are a major component of the course. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST/ARTH 494. Introduction to Museum Work. 3 credits.

The practice and philosophy of museum work, including the areas of design, conservation, registration, education and administration. Subject is taught from the perspective of the museum profession and is applicable to diverse disciplines and types of collections. Prerequisite: HIST 395. Instructor’s permission required to waive HIST 395 prerequisite for non-history majors.

HIST 497. Genealogical Research and Family History. 3 credits.

Focus is on the methodology associated with genealogical research, the evaluation of sources, methods of documentation, the availability of online resources, and the analysis of evidence. The course will require that those enrolled utilize local and state repositories and work with local research topics as well as with personal data. Personal genealogical information should be secured at home before the start of the semester. 

HIST 498. Marshall Scholars Seminar. 3 credits.

A research intensive seminar based on the manuscript collections and other primary sources of the Marshall Library. Students may choose any subject involving 20th century diplomatic and military history and political affairs from 1900 to 1960 — the approximate dates of George C. Marshall’s public service. Prerequisites: HIST 395 and acceptance into the course prior to the beginning of the semester in which this course is taken.

HIST 499. Honors. 6 credits.

Year course. Prerequisite: HIST 395.

 



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