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: 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 or HIS 2160

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 3130 THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (3 credits)
Examines the American Civil War, including its causes, the military, political, social and economic aspects of the war, and its continuing legacy. The course also covers Reconstruction following the war.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HIS 3150 THE ERA OF THE VIETNAM WAR (3 credits)
Examines the Vietnam War, including its causes, the military, political, social and economic aspects of the war, and its continuing legacy for both Vietnam and the United States.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

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 2160, or HIS 2175

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.
Prerequisite: HIS 2100 or HIS 2150