Department of History
Chairperson: Barry G. Hankins
Graduate Program Director: Andrea L. Turpin
A history of China from 1700 to the present that considers cultural, economic, literary, political, social, and religious developments. Emphasis will be given to the late imperial state, the Chinese heritage, decline, conflict with the West, revolution, and modernization.
Political, religious, intellectual and social transformations in the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The interaction of policy, military force, and society in the waging of war and the quest for peace and security in the Middle East.
The history of peoples of African descent in the Diaspora worldwide.
Focuses on Viking life, culture, trade, and migrations from AD 790 to 1100. Includes methods and applications of interdisciplinary research, particularly emphasizing the potential of archaeology to make contributions to historical studies.
Emergence of medieval civilization through the blending of Roman, Christian, and Germanic institutions, customs, and beliefs.
A study of the flowering of medieval civilization, with emphasis on the medieval church and the origins of the modern state.
Medieval British history, emphasizing the development of parliament and the common law; the medieval church in the British Isles; the social impact of warfare; the demographic impact of famine and plague in England and Britain.
The political, economic, intellectual, artistic, and religious upheavals in Europe from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries and the resulting social, political, religious, and cultural changes.
The Medieval Mediterranean as a global region, highlighting the various connections and cultural hybridities that linked peoples of Europe, Africa, and “Asia” (now called the Middle East).
The development and maintenance of permanent contacts by Europeans with other peoples and cultures around the world between the late Middle Ages and the turn of the 19th century.
A history of Europe from the age of absolutism to the enlightenment. Emphasis will be upon the major political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, and intellectual developments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Background and history of the French Revolution; relatively brief consideration of the effects of the Revolution and Napoleon upon Europe.
Problems of peace making and international organization; rise of Fascism and Communism; background and history of World War II.
Political, social, and economic development of the European nations from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War; the rise of liberalism and growth of nationalism; imperialism and the development of international rivalry.
History of ideas and their social and economic background from Classical Greece through the Baroque period. Course includes Greek and Roman philosophy, Early Christianity and Scholasticism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the idea of a mechanistic universe. Considerable emphasis on literature; some attention to art and music.
History of ideas and their social and economic background from the Enlightenment to the present. Course includes study of Enlightenment philosophy (Reason, Nature, God, and Man), Romanticism, Democratic theory and Marxism, Idealism, Darwinism, Fascism, and Existentialism. Considerable emphasis on literature; some attention to art and music.
Study in a specialized area of history not covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated once for credit provided topic is different.
The history of Britain under the Tudor and Stuart dynasties.
Major topics in French history from Waterloo to the present day, including the Bourbon Restoration, the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, the Second Empire, republicanism, colonialism, the world wars, and Gaullism.
The political, social, and economic history of Britain from the end of the Napoleonic War to the beginning of the First World War.
The political, social, and economic history of Britain from the beginning of the First World War to the end of the first Blair government.
The history of the construction of gender and gender relations from pre-Columbian societies to contemporary Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the creation of archetypes and the contrast between legal codes and realities across time, race, class and regional divides.
The dynamic relationship between religion and war throughout American history. Coverage stresses, but extends beyond, the Christian faith and traditions.
A history of the evolution of Inter-American relations from colonization to the contemporary development of regional economic blocs. Topics will include relations among the American colonies, efforts at unification after independence, the expanding role of the United States in hemispheric relations and the Latin-American reaction, and the evolution of regionalism in the hemisphere.
The settlement, growth, and development of Anglo-American colonies in North America.
The creation of an American nation out of thirteen colonies. Topics include the social, economic, political, and ideological roots of the colonists' resistance to imperial power, the decisions for revolution and independence, the fighting of the Revolutionary War, the rise and fall of the Confederation, and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.
An overview of the challenges related to creating the new nation of the United States including political, diplomatic, social, economic, and cultural issues and controversies.
A survey of legal and constitutional documents, ideas, cases, and debates, in American history from the colonial era to 1877.
Causes, military operations, and aftermath of the American Civil War.
Religion in America from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Special attention devoted to religion's intersection with culture and politics and to the growth of religious pluralism in America.
Major economic, social, and political developments in the United States within the prescribed chronological limits, with secondary emphasis on the rise of the United States as a world power and its involvement in World War I. Primary emphasis given to industrialization, the farmer revolt, the Progressive Movement, and the ramifications of these events in politics and society.
Continuation of HIS 4371 with emphasis on the post-Progressive decade, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and domestic developments since the New Deal. Of secondary emphasis is the coming of World War II and the consequent rise and development of the Cold War.
The origins, major events, and legacy of the struggle to gain full equality for African Americans in the century following the American Civil War. Emphasis on the philosophies and strategies employed to realize full citizenship rights for blacks, individual and institutional leadership, the participation of women, the role of religion, and the impact of this social justice movement on the South, the United States, and the world. (Graduate students may not receive credit for both HIS 4375 and HIS 5375.)
Women's history in America from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War, emphasizing the changing roles of women and their contribution to and participation in American society.
A social, political, and economic survey of women in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present, emphasizing the women's movement and its influence on American society.
History of global conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1991 including cultural, social, economic, political, and religious aspects.
The frontier in American history from early colonial times to the end of the nineteenth century, with emphasis on the significance of the frontier in American history and historiography.
Southern culture with three topics in the ante-bellum period and three topics in the post-bellum period.
The political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic development of the United States in the 1960s.
Emergence, expansion, and impact of urban growth in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis given to the mechanics of city building, the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of urban development and the changing image of the city in the minds of the American people.
Investigation of the physical, social, cultural, and economic relationships between humans and their environment in America from pre-contact to the present.
The foundations of U.S. diplomacy with particular emphasis on transnational influences, e.g. democracy, gender, trade, slavery, race, and imperialism.
The emergence of the United States as a global power, with emphasis on ideology, economics, race, religion, and militarism.
Enduring beliefs about and attitudes toward the world and themselves held by Americans. Emphasis on patterns of beliefs as bases for assurance and commitment. From Puritans through transcendentalists.
Beliefs Americans have relied on to define and comprehend the world and themselves. Emphasis on what Americans needed and were able to believe in their search for assurance from the naturalism of the Gilded Age to the personal experiential quest of the present.
May be taken five times provided topics change.
A tutorial course for M.A. and Ph.D. students in history. The course is designed for intensive study of a period or topic in European history. The student and professor in the student's field of interest will jointly develop a student program. Students may take up to fifteen hours provided topics change.
Emphasizes critical reading skills using topics and literature related to Latin American history. May be taken up to two times for credit toward the master's degree provided different topics are examined.
May be taken five times provided topics change.
Field of public history, with emphasis on practical applications of historical methodology and the work of historians outside academia.
Literature and methods of recent United States oral history, with emphasis on the philosophy behind the oral history movement and the personal involvement of the student in the gathering of oral memoirs.
Introduction to the history profession focusing on the philosophy of history, the methodology of history, and the craft of writing and teaching history.
Seminar for first-year students focusing on historical research skills, independent learning, critical thinking, and effective paper presentations.
Religion in the American South from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on readings and primary research.
A tutorial course for M.A. and Ph.D. students in history. The course is designed for intensive study of a period or topic in American history. The student and professor in the student's field of interest will jointly develop a study program. Students may take as many as five times, provided topics change.
This course prepares advanced graduate students to work as professional historians in the archives, including the mechanics of the archives (applications, finding resources, paleography), grant writing, introduction to digital research, and production of a thesis or dissertation prospectus or chapter based on archival work.
Prepares graduate students to teach world and U.S. history survey courses at the college level, to deal with students effectively, and to enhance their understanding of their calling as teachers of history.
Global history is defined as the history of the non-western world, including Latin America. The seminar will focus on a Global topic--i.e. Latin America, the Muslim world, Asia, Africa, or any other specific non-western area. The course will consist of readings and research within one of the Global fields of history. May be taken five times provided topics change.
Independent readings for Ph.D. preliminary qualifying examinations. Preliminary exams allow a student to move to candidacy. A student may repeat this course up to four times.
Supervised research for doctoral dissertation.