Department Of History
And Foreign Languages
Department Head: Gordon Harvey
Professors: Cook, Jackson, Koerper, Lauderbaugh, Lemmons, Robinson
Associate Professors: Beezley, Gross, Koss, Levi, Prudlo
Assistant Professors: Martinez, Pacheco, Suco
Instructors: Burrows, Stokesberry, Hudson
Description of History (HY) Courses
100. Current History (1). Students will do research on a current events topic chosen with the approval of the instructor. Consent of the Department Head is required.
101, 102. Western Civilization (3) (3). Two semesters. Civilization from earliest times to the present. Some training in the technique of historical research.
201, 202. American History (3) (3). Two semesters. Beginning with the European background, this course deals with the establishment of the 13 English colonies, separation from the mother country, growth and expansion, participation in world affairs.
301. History of England to 1689 (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. The formation of the English people and nation, its early legal and constitutional development, the struggle between king and parliament, and the beginning of overseas expansion down to the Glorious Revolution. Recommended especially for pre-law students.
302. History of Great Britain, 1689 to the Present (3). Prerequisites; History 101, 102. A continuation of History 301. The consolidation to the constitutional evolution; the agricultural, social, industrial and political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the merging of Great Britain into the Commonwealth of Nations.
304. American Military History (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. The evolution of warfare and the military in American's past. (Offered every year)
331. The Far East in Modern Times (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. A survey of Far Eastern history with special emphasis upon China, Japan, and the impact of western influence in Modern Times.
332. Russian History through the Revolutions of 1917 (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. The political, social, and intellectual developments of Russia from the early migrations and consolidation of Muscovy through the fall of the House of Romanov.
333. Russian History from 1855 to the Present (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. A survey of the history of Russia focusing on the rise of radical activity that led to the Revolution of 1917, the creation, evolution, and collapse of the Soviet Union, and Russia after communism.
395. Europe in the Middle Ages 476-1300 (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. Major political, intellectual, and cultural trends, with emphasis on ecclesiastical developments and the fathers of the church.
400. Europe in the High Middle Ages: Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1648 (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. European society as seen through its philosophy, religion, literature, and politics.
404. The Age of the Cold War: Europe, 1945-Present (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. The Cold War and its impact on the internal reorganization of the European nations. (Offered every year)
405. Environmental History of the U.S. (3). No prerequisite. An historical investigation of human interaction with the environment in the United States from the pre-colonial era to the present.
406. Internship in Museum Studies (3). Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Working with local historical museums under the supervision of faculty, students will be introduced to the problems and possibilities of museum curatorship.
408. Ancient History (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. A survey of civilization in the near east and Europe from the invention of writing to the fall of the Roman Empire.
409. Modern France (3). Prerequisites: HY 101, 102. A survey of the development of the French nation-state from Louis XIV to the present.
410. Modern Germany (3). Prerequisite: HY 102. A survey of the development of Germany from the Peace of Westphalia to the collapse of the Third Reich.
411. War and Peace in Modern Europe (3). Prerequisite: HY 102. A survey of the diplomatic history of Europe from the Peace of Westphalia to the end of the Second World War.
433. American Social and Cultural History to 1865 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. American society through its literature, religion, philosophy, and arts. Emphasis upon immigration strains, European cultural transfer, and environmental adaptations which have gone to form the American character. Wide opportunities for reading offered in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts.
434. American Social and Cultural History Since 1865 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202, and 433 or consent of instructor. A continuation of History 433, this course will evaluate shifting immigration origins. Concentrated study will be given to the changing thought patterns that have resulted from Darwinism, the rise of Big Business, theories of the public interest, Pragmatism, and the emergence of the United States as a world power.
436. History of American Women (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. A survey of the history of women from the colonial period to the present with emphasis upon social, economic, political, and educational developments.
437. Black America (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. Blacks in the U.S. from colonial times to the present; events of the 20th century and the integral social relations between blacks and whites will be emphasized.
441. The South Before 1860 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. The colonization and the economic, political, social, and cultural development of the Old South, and its part in building the nation.
442. The South Since 1860 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202, and 441 or consent of the instructor. The issues that led to secession; the War Between the States; the economic, political, and social results; recent tendencies and developments.
444. History of Alabama (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. Alabama from the era of settlement to the present time. Attention given to slavery with its social, economic, and political implications; secession and war, the aftermath; rise of industry; education and literature; politics and recent tendencies. (Offered every year)
448. The Westward Movement in American History (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. Significance of the frontier in American History; colonization of successive geographic areas; the West in relation to tariff, public lands, currency and banking; and crisis resulting from expansion.
4 51. History of Early America to 1783 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. European background to exploration; exploration and settlement; the Inter-Colonial Wars; the political, social, economic, and cultural developments within the colonies.
4 52. The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1783 to 1850 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. The development of the American Republic from the end of the American Revolution until the Compromise of 1850, with special emphasis on the influence that Jefferson and Jackson had on the evolution of democratic attitudes and institutions.
4 53. Sectional Conflict, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1850- 1877 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. The rise of opposition to slavery; the Decade of Crises; Civil War; political, social, economic, diplomatic, and military aspects of the conduct of the war. An examination of the various interpretations, regional and national, of the Reconstruction Period.
454. The Beginning of Modern America, 1877-1914 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. A description and evaluation of the shift of the United States from an agrarian to an industrial nation; the heritage of Civil War and Reconstruction; the rise of the Great Moguls; mass production and technological change; the rise of labor union movements and organized farm protests; the Spanish-American War; and American involvement in World War I.
455. The 1920s and the Great Depression (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. A detailed study of American political, diplomatic, and cultural history from President Woodrow Wilson through Franklin D. Roosevelt.
456. Contemporary America, 1945-Present (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. A detailed study of American political, diplomatic, and cultural history since the end of the World War II. Part of this course will be devoted to the study of current events. (Offered every year)
465. The British Empire and Commonwealth (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. Growth and development of the British Empire, with emphasis on the factors leading to the Commonwealth of Nations. (Not open to those who have completed History 305.)
468. Constitutional History of England (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. Growth of common law, the court system, and the cabinet form of government from the earliest times to the present. (Not open to those who have completed History 308.)
470. American Diplomatic History to 1933 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. History of the United States foreign relations beginning with the American Revolutionary Period and continuing through the decade of the 1920s. A study of the historical changes in American foreign policy objectives that led to the increased size and importance of the United States.
471. American Diplomatic History Since 1933 (3). Prerequisites: History 201, 202. A detailed study of United States foreign relations beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt and continuing to the present.
473. Modern Middle East (3). Prerequisites: History 101, 102. This course centers around Israel's struggle for national independence and the tension this has produced in the Middle East since 1945. Emphasis will be placed upon individual reading assignments and research.
480. Colonial Latin America (3). Prerequisite: History 101 or 201 or permission of instructor. The interaction of Native American, European and African people in the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the Americas, concluding with the wars for independence.
481. Modern Latin America (3). Prerequisite: History 102 or 202 or permission of instructor. An examination of the political, economic, social and cultural developments of the diverse Latin American nations since 1821, against a backdrop of tradition, reform and revolution.