History Department 3000-Level Courses

HIST 3008 Historical Writing (3)      

This is an advanced expository writing course that focuses on historical subjects. Its purpose is to develop the skills of writing, critical thinking, historical research, and synthesis. It is required of all History majors and satisfies the university’s upper-division writing requirement [GWAR]. It involves practical exercises in style, form, and argumentation; improvement of critical skills and powers of synthesis and analysis; and historiography and historical research methods. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1019 or 1109 or its equivalent and upper-division standing. To earn credit for the major a grade of “C” or better is required.  GWAR       

HIST 3110 Colonial North America 1492-1776 (3)  

This course examines approximately 300 years of European and American history. During these years European explorers, exploiters, and settlers invaded the coastline and interior of the Americas. European nation-states established empires throughout the Americas and this settlement marked momentous changes in world history. The history of the thirteen British colonies, in particular, has generally been viewed as the origin of United States history, and the history of colonial America is the story of the clash of three distinct cultures:  European, African, and American Indian. The course will examine the interactions of these groups as part of the broader history of colonial North America. (Americas/War and Freedom).

HIST 3120 Revolutionary America 1750-1828 (3)   

This course examines the political, social, ideological, and economic history of Revolutionary America and the Early Republic.   Issues surrounding the Seven Years’ War, the growing tensions between the British government and the American colonists in the wake of the war, the American Revolution, the United States’ post-war efforts to maintain stability and cohesion, and the political conflicts and social changes that unfolded during the revolutionary era and in the Early Republic will be examined. (Americas)

HIST 3130 The Civil War Era, 1828-1877 (3)         

This course examines the history of the United States between 1828 and 1877.  The Civil War was the pivotal event of the nineteenth century and perhaps all of American history.  The war led to the deaths of some 620,000 soldiers and at least 50,000 civilians, the emancipation of 4 million slaves and the abolition of slavery in the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, and to enormous social, economic, and political changes in the North as well as in the South, including a new meaning of freedom and citizenship in the post-war era.  We will study the roots and origins of this conflict, the war itself, and the Reconstruction era that followed.  The course is roughly divided into three portions.  In the first portion we will examine the coming of the war.  The second portion will deal with the course of the war, and the third portion of the course will deal with Reconstruction.  We will pay particular attention to the centrality of slavery during this era and the fierce conflicts in which Americans engaged during Reconstruction. (Americas/War and Freedom)

HIST 3140 The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, 1877-1917 (3)

A political, social, and economic history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the entrance into World War I. Examines the responses of the American people and their institutions to rapid industrialization and social change in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.(Americas)

HIST 3150 Twentieth-Century America (3)   

A political, social, and economic history of the United States since 1900, with a focus on the Progressive Era, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Great Society, the protest movements of the 1960s, and social changes of recent decades. (Americas)

HIST 3210 The American South (3)  

This course examines the distinctive economic, social, political, and cultural history of the American South from the colonial era to the recent past. The course will explore the South’s evolution from a society with slaves to a slave society, the changing relationship between white and black southerners, the development of Jim Crow segregation and disfranchisement, and change and resistance to change during Reconstruction, in the New South era, and during the Civil Rights Movement. The roles of race, class, and gender in influencing the development of southern traditions, law, economics, and politics will receive special attention. (Americas/Identities)

HIST 3228 American Indian History (3)       

The history and culture of Native Americans north of Mexico, from the colonial period to the present. The course will address cooperation and conflict in relations between Indians and Euro-Americans, as well as Native American adaptation and resistance, and the development of federal Indian policy. Native American cultural persistence and adaptation. (Americas/Identities).

HIST 3230 The American West (3)   

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. (Americas/Identities)

HIST 3240 California History (3)      

The history of California, including the Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods, emphasizing social, economic, and cultural change, as well as the development of California's environment, population, institutions, and politics.

HIST 3258 The American Environment (3)  

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. GE T2 (Americas)       

HIST 3260 History of the American Borderlands (3)

This course will examine the history of American borderlands as the unfolding stories of encounters among peoples, social groups, empires, and nation states. Inter- and intra-groups conflict, conquest, accommodation, and resistance will be central themes of the course. Though the Southwestern border regions will be privileged, but the Northern border regions, and encounters among indigenous peoples, will also be examined in this course. (Americas/Identities).

HIST 3310 Soc Move and Rev in Latin America (3)

This course explores the history of social movements and revolutions in Latin America in the twentieth century.  The course begins the study of revolutions by providing essential background in the colonial and neocolonial past to understand historical problems of poverty and inequality.  Emphasis will be on the origins and progress of key revolutions, including the Mexican and Cuban revolutions, and on social, political, and economic changes that unfolded in the wake of these revolutions. (Americas/War and Freedom)

HIST 3320 Ancient and Colonial Mexico (3)

This course examines the roots of modern day Mexico in its pre-colonial and colonial past. It begins with an examination of the development of the Native American civilizations of Mesoamerica and will explore the historic contacts between the Spanish and African people of the "Old World" and the indigenous people of the "New World." The course will also examine forms of Spanish domination which lasted for nearly 300 years and the way people adapted, endured and challenged that domination. The course will conclude with a discussion of the end of the colonial era and the independence wars. (Americas)                       

HIST 3330 Modern Mexico (3)         

The political, economic, social, and cultural development of the peoples of Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIST 3410 The Rise of Islamic Civilization (3)         

Founded by Muhammad, Islam rose in 532 CE to conquer a vast expanse of territory. By 750 it came to occupy parts of Europe, North Africa, Syria, Palestine, present day Iran, parts of Central Asia, and the Eastern hinterlands. In the process, this empire of faith indelibly altered the culture and geographic landscape it came to occupy. This course traces the story of this conquest and the impact that the latter had on world history and continues to have on contemporary history. (Middle East-Africa)

HIST 3420 How Islam Changed the West (3)

With the conquest of vast territories, Islam was to change Western Civilization itself. This course explores the great Muslim discoveries in science, technology, medicine and the social sciences between 632 to 1796 CE. Particular attention will be paid throughout the course on select key figures whose contribution to the body of human knowledge made a lasting impression in the world in which we live in today. (Middle East-Africa)

HIST 3270: Sports History in the Americas (3)        

This course will use sporting activities as a way to understand the past, with a particular focus on the United States and Latin America. It will look at the development of sporting activities throughout the region, particularly since the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century. This course will place a great deal of emphasis on the actions and events that occurred at the national and transnational levels, but it also will stress the importance of studying popular culture and everyday life to better understand the past. In addition, the course will investigate how race, class, gender, nationalism, culture diffusion, regionalism, and foreign relations have impacted and been impacted by sports.(Americas/Identities).

HIST 3280: Inter-American Relations (3)    

The evolution of the concept of an American Hemisphere and the role of the United States in Latin America. (Americas).

HIST 3440 African Decolonization, 1922 – 1994 (3)

The course explores the history of African decolonization between 1922 and 1994, a process through which 54 new nations were born, resulting in the demise of imperial and settler colonies in Africa. The course will examine the causes of African decolonization, the various factors that shaped it, its impact throughout the African continent, and the relationship of decolonization to freedom for the African peoples. (Middle East-Africa/Empires).


HIST 3460 Pre-Modern Japan (3)                

This course examines the origins of Japanese civilization and surveys the classical, medieval, and early modern periods. From the emergence of a court-centered state through the rise of a warrior-dominated society, Japan’s pre-modern history is explored through a focus on political, social, cultural, and intellectual developments.  Early interactions with Asia and the West will be considered as a means of questioning the “opening” of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century. (Asia/Identities)

HIST 3470 Modern Japan (3)           

This course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the people of Japan from the nineteenth century to the present.  Topics include the establishment of the modern Japanese state and emperor system; “modernization” and debates regarding its direction; the changing status of women; the rise of Japanese imperialism; World War II; the US occupation; high growth economics; protest movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and current discussions regarding economic recession and military rearmament.  Our emphasis will be on the diversity of historical experiences and struggles shaping Japanese society. (Asia/Identities)

HIST 3480 Pre-Modern China (3)                 

This course examines characteristic institutions and modes of thought from the legendary origins of Chinese civilization (2000s BCE) to the early years of the last dynasty (1600s CE). Topics include China's archeological origins, the rise of textual traditions, the development of political and economic institutions, philosophical debates, social structures, popular religions, and foreign relations. (Asia/War and Freedom).        

HIST 3490 Modern China (3)           

This course explores the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern China. We begin with an examination of the Qing dynasty, the last major dynasty in Chinese history, and then explore the forces, internal and external, driving China toward a major revolution in the twentieth century. After surveying the rivalry between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Nationalist Guomindang (GMD) Party, we focus on the emergence of the People's Republic of China, from the Mao years through the Deng Xiaoping-Jiang Zemin era.  We end with a brief discussion of the PRC in the early twenty-first century. (Asia/War and Freedom)

HIST 3510 The Renaissance (3)                    

An examination of the major figures and developments, economic, intellectual, cultural, social and political, of the Renaissance. Use of primary sources and audiovisual materials to explore such themes as humanism, changes in the arts, political ideas and developments, the family and society, and European geographical and scientific expansion. Emphasis on the Italian renaissance. (Mediterranean).

HIST 3520 The Transformation of Europe (3)         

This course explores transformation in Europe from the height of the Roman Empire through Europe’s High Middle Ages.  It likewise focuses on developing identities, as Rome is besieged by outsiders and Christianity eclipses classical religious practices, gradually becoming the dominant institution in medieval Europe. Primary documents illuminating topics such as the Viking invasions, the Carolingian Renaissance, the growth of the Papacy, the Crusades, the 12th-century renaissance, women and the family, and achievements in the arts complement visual evidence from this period. (Europe/Identities)

HIST 3530 The European Reformations (3)             

An analysis of Europe’s efforts – collective and personal, religious and social – to reform the Christian church and religious life in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  The revolutionary religious and social changes associated with the Protestant and Catholic reformations will be examined within the context of the age’s economic, social, political, and cultural developments. (Europe/Identities)  Use of primary sources to explore the ideas and actions of the major figures of the age within the broader context of European societies. 

HIST 3540 Tudor-Stuart England (3)

History 3540 is a survey of early modern English history from the accession of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 to the end of the Stuart dynasty in 1714 -  the period of England’s transition from a medieval backwater to a major player in European and global affairs.  It will focus on select religious, constitutional, political, economic, and social developments and issues.  Topics include the English Reformation and Renaissance, the beginnings of England’s overseas empire, the conflicts between the monarchy and parliament that culminated in the Glorious Revolution, and the cultural achievements of Thomas More, Shakespeare, Milton, Christopher Wren, John Locke, and Isaac Newton. (Europe/War and Freedom)

HIST 3550 Britain and Ireland since 1750 (3)                      

This course will examine the complicated relationship between these two neighboring islands, as well as examine their individual histories. The history of Ireland, most certainly until 1922, was determined by the history of England/Britain, and even afterwards was influenced by its nearby presence.  The history was also shaped by its relationship with different countries in Europe, the United States and with destination countries for the Irish diaspora. While the course will deal with the island of Britain, its main focus will be on England more that Scotland and Wales. The history of Britain was influenced by internal factors and events and also by its relationship with Europe, the United States and its Empire. (Europe/Identities)

HIST 3560 Europe 1815-1914 (3)                 

The course will survey the political, social, economic and cultural development of Continental Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I.  Students will be challenged to place European developments in a larger context, especially connecting events in European countries to their colonies. (Europe/Identities)

HIST 3570 Europe Since 1914 (3)                 

The course will focus on the major events, peoples, political, and social movements of the twentieth century in Europe from the outbreak of World War I, through the interwar period, and World War II, ending with the emergence of the European Union and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The course will also place European events in a larger world context, especially concerning Europe’s many colonies and the process of de-colonization. (Europe/War and Freedom)

HIST 3580 Twentieth-Century Spain (3)                   

The course covers events and movements in Spain connected with the legacy of the nineteenth century, the Primo de Rivera dictatorship, the emergence of the Second Republic and the Popular Front, the causes of the Spanish Civil War, the war itself, the long  Franco dictatorship, the tensions between regionalism and centralism, and the various challenges confronted by post-Franco Spain. The Civil War will be a center point of the course.  Its causes, consequences and wider European and Latin American context and connections will be examined.  Social, economic, ethnic, gender, religious, artistic and literary reflections and interpretations of events in twentieth-century Spain will be considered in the course. (Europe/War and Freedom)           

HIST 3590 Rise and Fall of Soviet Empire 1917-91 (3)

A survey of the history of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991. This course will explore the nature and significance of the Soviet communist experiment, the controversies to which it has given rise, and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped the formation, transformation, and ultimate collapse of both the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc. From Lenin, Stalin, and communism, to Gorbachev, cosmonauts, and vodka.

HIST 3610 Mexican European Connections (3)        

This course focuses on connections between Modern Mexico (since 1821) and Modern Western Europe. This theme has not received much attention, and has been overshadowed by the Mexican-United States and the Mexican-Latin America relationships.  Nevertheless, there are a multitude of connections, and this trans-Atlantic relationship deserves more attention. Among the topics covered are the San Patricios, the French Invasion, British interests in mining and oil, German strategic and military interests, Graham Greene’s novel The Power and the Glory, the Spanish Civil War, Nazi interests in Mexico, Europeans and Mexicans fleeing across the ocean for various reasons, and artists, actors and writers getting inspiration on both sides of the Atlantic.  (Transatlantic/Identities)

HIST 3620 Revolutions in the Atlantic World (3)      

A comparative study of revolutions in the Atlantic world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – the “Age of Democratic Revolution.”  The course will focus on revolutions such as the American, French, and Haitian revolutions and the political, economic, social, and cultural transformations that they unleashed. Topics include the importance of universal ideals and national sympathies, the place of race and slavery, the role of social and economic conflicts, and the influence of culture, including religion, on the course and outcome of revolution. (Transatlantic/War and Freedom)

HIST 3630 Women and Gender in the Modern Transatlantic World (3)

This course comparatively examines women and gender in North America and Western Europe since the 1700s. The course investigates changes in the legal status, social roles, and behavior of women of different classes, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. It examines the rise and impact of women's and feminist organizations within their own communities, across borders and across the Atlantic. Recent scholarship on the history of masculinity in regards to the home, the nation and the European empires will be integrated into the course. Major upheavals such as war, political revolutions, dictatorships and genocide, and how they affected women and men, will also be investigated. (Transatlantic/Identities)

HIST 3640 Greece (3)

This course explores the world of the ancient Greeks from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Age. Primary source documents are emphasized to understand the ancient Greeks and their history.  The Golden Age of Greece, the developments of democracy, Greek philosophy, religion, literature, drama, and women and the family are explored, as are visual and archaeological evidence. By examining the ancient Greeks through the lens of “war and freedom,” this course also grapples with the causes, consequences, and meaning of both the persistence of war among the Greeks, and their interest in individual and corporate freedom. (Mediterranean/War and Freedom)

HIST 3650 Science, Medicine, and Empire in the Atlanting World (3)

This course will introduce students to the major themes of, and approaches to, the entangled histories of empire and science and medicine in the early modern Atlantic world (1500-1800). Students will examine the role of science and medicine in creating, upholding, and governing empires. It asks how scientific and medical concepts were used as tools by various Atlantic empires, including the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, British, and French empires. Students will also investigate how imperial expansion and participants around the Atlantic, including Amerindians, free and enslaved Africans, and women, transformed and shaped emerging scientific and medical ideas. This course provokes students to consider the social and cultural milieus and historical actors that constructed and produced scientific knowledge in myriad colonial encounters. This course will also challenge older narratives associating western imperial ventures with the spread of modern medicine and scientific progress. (Transatlantic/Empires).

HIST 3860 Applied History (3)

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply their historical skills and their knowledge of the discipline in an internship or service learning experience in libraries, archives, museums, corporations, or other public agencies. Credit/No Credit.