Course Descriptions

HIS 2100 Foundations of the Modern World I 3 credits
Introduces students to the historical development of Western civilization and its traditions. Major themes include the evolution of social, economic, religious, and political systems to fit the changing conditions of each age, and the expression of changing values and beliefs through intellectual and artistic endeavors. The course traces the development of Western civilization from ancient Near Eastern cultures to the beginning of the modern era in the 1600s.
Prerequisite: ENG 1200

HIS 2150 Foundations of the Modern World II 3 credits
Introduces students to the historical development of Western civilization and its traditions. Major themes include the evolution of social, economic, religious, and political systems to fit the changing conditions of each age, and the expression of changing values and beliefs through intellectual and artistic endeavors. The course traces the development of Western civilization from the beginning of the modern era in the 1600s to the present.
Prerequisites: ENG 1200 and HIS 2100

HIS 2160 Foundations of the Modern World 3 credits
Introduces students to the historical development of Western civilization and its traditions. Major themes include the evolution of social, economic, religious, and political systems to fit the changing conditions of each age, and the expression of changing values and beliefs through intellectual and artistic endeavors. The course traces the development of Western civilization from the beginning of the modern era in the 1600s to the present.
Prerequisite: ENG 1200

HIS 2175 The History of the United States of America 3 credits
The history of the United States is presented beginning with the European background and first discoveries. The pattern of exploration, settlement, and development of institutions is followed throughout the colonial period and the early national experience. The course continues through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and the development of the United States as a world power. The study includes social, cultural, economic, intellectual, and political aspects of American life.
Prerequisite: ENG 1200

HIS 3010 The Founding of the American Republic 3 credits
Covers the historical development of the United States from colonial times through the beginning of the 19th century, with emphasis on the historical context of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as examples of the unique expressions of American political, social, and economic systems. The course will focus on primary sources and on selected individuals who helped formulate these ideals.
Prerequisite: HIS 2150

HIS 3100 Africans in America 1607 - 1861 3 credits
Examines the experiences of Africans in America from the founding of the first colonies to the Civil War as evidenced through the historical, economic, political, social, religious, and literary values of the period. The course is focused on democracy, economics, freedom, leadership, identity, race, and racism from 1607 to 1861.

HIS 3850 Special Topics 1-3 credits
Various topics in history. These may be one-time or occasional course offerings.
Prerequisite: Dependent on specific course content

HIS 4020 Contemporary Global Issues 3 credits
An examination of the historical basis and context for contemporary global issues. Topics may include political, economic, scientific, technological, cultural, and social challenges.
Prerequisite: HIS 2150

HIS 4040 European Cultural History 3 credits
Explores the development of European history and culture through focused visits to historical and cultural sites such as museums, historical parks, memorials, military sites, and cathedrals; and through film and performance. Taught during the annual Semester in Europe program.
Prerequisites: HIS 2100 and HIS 2150