History 445: The American West
This course focuses on the myth and reality of the American West. It covers colonization exploration, development, politics, geography, economics, and social and ethnic groups in the west. Special topics include Native Americans, the role of the federal government, and the emergence of the modern West.
History 446 History of the American Empire
This course examines the development and maturation of the American Empire. Beginning with the founding fathers, American foreign policy makers have envisaged the United States as an empire. This course traces the development of the American Empire from its first expansion into Native American lands, the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, the expansion across the North American continent, and the extension of an unique American empire into this hemisphere and eventually all regions of the world.
History 453: Environmental History of the United States
The history of Americans and their environment. The course will focus on attitudes, policy, and concepts relating to the environment, from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on the conservation and environmental movements and the development of environmental law and policy.
History 454 Rebellion in America 1945-1970
This course examines cultural change in the United States after World War II, tracing the origins, growth and impact of the rejection of basic assumptions about American life, the ways in which that revolt was commercialized, and the accommodation of many of its ideas with mainstream values. Major topics include the struggle for racial equality, the power of popular music, the “bohemianization” of popular culture, and the realities of Vietnam.