Department of History & Political Science

Graduate Programs in History Course Offerings

HISTORY (HI) -- 2013-2014 Catalog

HI 517.  History of Rome. 3 semester hours. This course introduces students to the history of ancient Rome from Romulus to Constantine (8th c. BC - early 4th c. AD). The course examines the rise of Roman rule in Italy and the ancient Mediterranean, the development of republican government, the rise of autocracy under the Caesars,  and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire due to the rise of Christianity and outside by hostile invaders. Special attention will be given to modern interpretations of Roman history and the intersection of ancient history and modern culture.

HI 521.  Renaissance and Reformation.  3 semester hours. A balanced survey of Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648, with emphasis on the Italian and Northern Renaissances, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, overseas expansion, rise of royal absolutism, and the Scientific Revolution.

HI 522.  European Imperialism Since 1500. 3 semester hours. A study of the expansion of European dominance in the world after 1500 and the impact of the West on non-western civilizations.

HI 523.  Early Modern European, 1648-1789. 3 semester hours. The triumph and collapse of absolute monarchy, the evolution of the modern state system, the emergence of modern scientific thought and the Enlightenment, and the onset of an Age of Revolution in America, France, and much of the western world. (Fall, even-numbered years)

HI 524.  European Popular Culture, 1500-1800. 3 semester hours. This course explores the lives of common people of the early-modern period (1500-1800) and how they made sense of the world. It seeks to uncover not only what people thought, but how they thought, and how they expressed such thought in behavior. Topics studied include family and community structure, poverty, criminality and violence, oral traditions, popular religion, rituals, popular protest and rebellion, witch-craft and vampires, the development of manners, as well as the impact that the political, economic, social, and intellectual changes of the period had on popular culture.

HI 525.  French Revolution and Napoleonic Period. 3 semester hours. The origin and course of the French Revolution, the European reaction, the Napoleonic period in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, the rise of Industrialism and Romanticism.

HI 527.  Nineteenth Century European History (1815 to 1914). 3 semester hours. The rise of modern Europe 1815 to 1914. The spread of liberalism, nationalism, and democratic forces; the industrial revolution and the resulting imperialistic and democratic rivalries among the great powers       

HI 529.  Twentieth Century European History (1914 to Present). 3 semester hours. Recent and contemporary Europe 1914 to present. The two worlds wars, decline of colonialism, the rise of new great powers, and conflicting ideologies.

HI 530.  English Constitutional History.  3 semester hours. A study of the development of the English Constitution from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Also listed as PS 530 but creditable only in the field for which registered.

HI 533.  History of the Balkans. 3 semester hours. A survey of Balkan history from the middle ages to the present with emphasis on the place of the Balkans in the international systems of the Mediterranean and European regions, the rise of modern national movements, ethnic cultures and cooperation, and the life of the modern Balkan states.

HI 538.  History of the Caribbean. 3 semester hours. An in-depth study of the major Caribbean countries and or the Lesser Antillean colonies from the colonial period to the present, with special emphasis on the institution of slavery, cultural differentials, dictatorship, the role of the United States, nationalism, and communism.

HI 542.  History of Samurai. 3 semester hours. This course examines the history of Japan’s feudalism and samurai culture from the 6th century to the mid-19th century. It analyzes Japan’s unique political and social system ruled by the warrior class, and the impact of samurai culture in Japanese religions and art.

HI 543.  History of Geisha and Asian Women Through Film. 3 semester hours. This course will examine how Confucian ideology in East Asia restricted women’s  status in  the traditional East  Asian society, how modernization liberated women, how women participated in the militarism in Asia, how A-bomb and Occupation changed women’s lives in  post war Asia, and how revolution in China changed women’s lives from the 1930s to contemporary. The course will also explore the several themes of Asian women’s position in the 21st century by focusing on the contemporary family life in Asia, Asian women immigrants to the United States, and life of Geisha today.

HI 544.  History of the Middle East. 3 semester hours. A study of the history, cultures, and contemporary problems of the Middle East.

HI 546.  History of Africa. 3 semester hours. Traces the history of Africa from earliest times to the present, with emphasis on the period since the mid-nineteenth century

HI 548.  The History of World War II. 3 semester hours. The origins, course, and consequences of the second world war.

HI 550.  United States Colonial History. 3 semester hours. A study of the political, economic, social, and religious development of the American colonies, with particular attention paid to the British mainland colonies.

HI 551.  American Revolution and United States Early Republic,1763-1800. 3 semester hours. A study of the origins, nature, and consequences of the American Revolution from the middle of the 18th century to the ratification of the federal Constitution.

HI 552.  The Middle Period of United States History, 1800-1848. 3 semester hours. A study of the beginnings of the American Republic, its formative years, and its development up to the beginnings of the nation’s sectional crisis.

HI 553.  Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 semester hours. An intensive study of the development of sectionalism and of the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HI 554.  United States History, 1877-1919. 3 semester hours. A study of United States history from the end of Reconstruction through World War I.

HI 555.  United States History, 1920-1945. 3 semester hours. A study of United States history from 1920 through World War II.

HI 556.  History of the United States Since World War II. 3 semester hours. The United States since World War II, with emphasis on the origins and development of the Cold War, including Korea and Vietnam, domestic social, cultural, and political movements in the 1950s and 1960s, the Age of Reagan, and the influence of the “Baby Boomer” generation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

HI 560.  Cold War (1945-1991). 3 semester hours. An examination of the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Cold War in a global context.

HI 561.  History of the South. 3 semester hours. An advanced survey of political,  economic, and social developments in  Southern history from  the 17th  century “pre-South” to the Sunbelt of the 21st, with  emphasis on regional and cultural  identity,  and the interaction  of  the South in the broader history of the United States.

HI 562.  History of Mexico. 3 semester hours. An examination of native society, conquest, colonial Mexico, the wars for independence, the revolution, and Mexico since the revolution.

HI 567.  History of the West. 3 semester hours. Relation of westward movement to the development of the United  States;  factors responsible for and composition of various segments of the general movements; problems of frontier and the influence of the frontier on American institutions.

HI 570.  History of Asian Religions. 3 semester hours. This course examines both the historical development and current content of the religious and philosophical traditions of Asia with special emphasis on Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Hinduism. The course covers Japan, China, India, Tibet, and other parts of Southeast Asia and East Asia. For each of these traditions, we will consider its history and mythology, the great themes and ideas which has shaped the worlds of meaning for the followers, and the ways of worshiping and achieving the good life, individually and socially. Also listed as RE 570 but creditable only in field for which registered.

HI 571.  Public History. 3 semester hours. The professional nature of public history, the interpretation of history for diverse audiences, and the application of historical methods in the wider world.  Combines reading and discussion, interaction with practicing professionals, and possible experiential learning component.

HI 576.  Oral History. 3 semester hours. Exposes students to the use of oral history as a research technique and provides experience in conducting professionally acceptable oral history interviews.

HI 579.  History of Religion in the United States. 3 semester hours. A nonsectarian study of religion in United States history from the 17th century to the 21st, including, but not limited to, origins, revivalism, Catholicism, the rise of denominationalism in American Protestantism, civil religion, and the emergence of the holiness and charismatic movements.

HI 580.  Digital History. 3 semester hours. The current and potential impact of digital media on the theory and practice of history. Explores a range of production of new media history resources, including both practical work on project management and design.

HI 582.  History of Science and Technology I, to 1687.  3 semester hours. Part one of a survey of the History of Science and Technology, from Neanderthals to Newton. Emphasis on social and cultural factors, including  such topics as the Pyramid Building, Stonehenge, Greek Science and Technology, Medieval Science and Technology, the Scientific Revolution, the Trial of Galileo, and the Newtonian World.

HI 583.  History of Science and Technology II, 1687 to Present.  3 semester hours. Part two of a survey of the History of Science and Technology, from Newton to the Nuclear Age. Emphasis on social and cultural factors, including such topics as the Industrial Revolution, the Darwinian  Revolution, Germ Theory, Technological Imperialism (Western weaponry), Transportation Relativity, the A-Bomb, and the Human Genome Project.

HI 584.  Philosophical Borderlands of Science and Religion. 3 semester hours. An interdisciplinary course concerning the “Demarcation Question” — where do the borders of science end and religion begin? Both critical reasoning and historical analysis of those areas that have been perceived on the fringes of science, including Alchemy, Astrology, Atlantis, Galileo  and the Church, Mesmerism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, ESP, Near-Death Experience, UFOs and Alien Abductions, Eugenics, the New Age movements, and the Tao of Physics. A strong philosophical component is included, particularly the application of logical fallacies.

HI 585.  U.S. History Through Film. 3 semester hours. The course will examine the uses of film for exploring the past, critique history as it is depicted in movies, and explore how cinematic depictions of the past have been shaped by the era in which they were made.

HI 590.  Special Topics. 3 semester hours. One or more carefully selected historical topics.

HI 591.  Internship Practicum. 3 semester hours. Open to graduate students in the Department of History and Political Science on approval of the department chair. Professional work situations in which the skills and knowledge appropriate to the historical profession can be practiced under departmental supervision and evaluation.

HI 599.  Independent Study-Practicum. 3 semester hours. Independent study, research, or special field experience under departmental supervision.

HI 603.  Teaching Methodology. 3 semester hours. Introduction to the theory and practice of teaching history. Selected readings on pedagogical theory and current research on teaching and learning; emphasis on classroom application. Hands-on exercises in course design, assignment and test preparation, grading and assessment, lecturing, leading discussion, and the use of technology to enhance learning. Normally limited to graduate students in history; other graduate students with departmental approval.

HI 605.  Historiography and Methodology. 3 semester hours. A study of the writing and philosophy of history, investigative techniques, and the mechanics of historical research and documentation. (Fall)

HI 611.  Seminar in U.S. History to 1877. 3 semester hours. Research and writing based seminar on topics in American history through the end of reconstruction with emphasis upon analysis and interpretation. May be repeated for credit as course topics will vary. (Fall)

HI 612.  Seminar in U.S. History Since 1877. 3 semester hours. Research and writing based seminar on topics in American history since the end of reconstruction with emphasis upon analysis and interpretation. May be repeated for credit as course topics will vary. (Spring)

HI 621.  Seminar in World History to 1815. 3 semester hours. Research and writing based seminar on topics in World history to 1815 with emphasis on analysis and interpretation. May be repeated for credit as topics will vary. (Fall)

HI 622.  Seminar in World History Since 1815. 3 semester hours. Research and writing based seminar on topics in World history since 1815 with emphasis upon analysis and interpretation. May be repeated for credit as topics will vary. (Spring)

HI 640.  Directed Research and Study. 3 semester hours. Requires a major research and writing project in an appropriate subject matter area. May be repeated for credit as course topics will vary.

HI 670.  Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management. 3 semester hours. The identification, preservation, and maintenance of historic sites and artifacts. Explores regulatory policies and procedures employed by federal, state, and local agencies in the work of identifying, evaluating, recording, preserving, and managing the historical, architectural, and cultural resources of the United States.

HI 671.  Museum and Archival Management. 3 semester hours. History and philosophy of museums, especially historical museums; organization and operation; planning exhibits; educational activities; and public relations. The nature of archives; various types of records; arranging and processing archives; restoring and protecting records; archival institutions, policies, and procedures.

HI 679.  Public History Internship. 3 semester hours. Internship with a public or private historical agency or institution of regional or national significance. Enrollment limited to students in the Master of Arts in History program with a concentration in Public History.

HI 690.  Special Topics in History. 3 semester hours. A variety of topics will be offered under the course number and title as the need arises. Course may be repeated for credit as different topics in history are offered.

HI 695.  Thesis. 3-6 semester hours. Selection of a research topic, collection and analysis of primary and secondary historical sources, composition of and public defense of a thesis. A grade of “SP” indicating satisfactory progress or a grade of “UP” for unsatisfactory progress will be recorded on the transcript. May be repeated for credit.

HI 698.  Comprehensive Examination. 0 semester hours. Orientation to and administration of a written comprehensive examination for the MA in History program. A non-credit course required of all candidates for the non- thesis option. The course is to be taken in the last term in which the student is expected to complete all other program requirements. A grade of “S” indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of “U” for unsatisfactory will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of “S” is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other program requirements or be enrolled in the last course for program completion

HI 699.  Thesis Defense.  0 semester hours. Orientation to and administration of a defense for the MA in History program. A noncredit course required of all candidates for the thesis option. The course is to be taken in the last term in which the student is expected to complete all other program requirements. A grade of “S” indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of “U” for unsatisfactory performance will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of “S” is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other program requirements or be enrolled in the last course for program completion.