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HISTORY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **
 

History 100. Foundations of Western Civilization. An introduction to the foundations of Western Civilization from the Dawn of Man through the Reformation, with an emphasis on the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural attributes that  made this civilization unique. 3 credits. *  

History 110. Modern Western Civilization. A survey of the development of Modern Western Civilization from the Age of Absolutism to the present, with emphasis upon the political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual attributes that have marked its rise to world-wide influence in the twentieth century. 3 credits. *  

History 200. History of China. Chinese political, social, and cultural history from earliest times to the present, with an emphasis on the modern period. 3 credits.  

History 221. United States History. A survey of American life from the Colonial Era to 1877, with emphasis upon the political, cultural, diplomatic, and societal forces which have shaped its development. 3 credits. *  

History  222. United States History. A survey of American life from 1877 to modern times, with emphasis upon the political, cultural, diplomatic, and societal forces which have shaped its development. 3 credits. *  

HISTORY 292.  Internship in History.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of history.  1-18 credits.  

History 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in history.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change. 3 credits.  

History 300 (Political Science 300). Teaching History and the Social Sciences in the Secondary School. A methods course designed to offer preparation for student teaching, this class focuses in depth on content required for the secondary school classroom in history, geography, and political science.  Other topics covered include instructional planning, assessment and evaluation, teaching techniques, classroom management, and school/community interaction.  This course is open only to students seeking secondary school licensure.  Prerequisites:  EDUC 245 and 260.  3 credits  

History 301. American Colonial History. The English North American colonies from 1607 to 1783, with emphasis upon fundamental aspects of colonial development, the causes of the American Revolution, and the interpretation of the period. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 302. The Early National Period of the United States. The United States from the adoption of the Constitution of 1787 through the Mexican War. Political institutions and practice, economic growth, reform movements, and westward expansion are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 303. Civil War and Reconstruction. The United States from the close of the Mexican War to the Compromise of 1877. The constitutional, political, economic, social, and military aspects of the period are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 304. The Emergence of Modern America. The United States from the Compromise of 1877 to the First World War. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences, the rise of the nation to world power, and the birth of modern reformism are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 222 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 305. Modern America, 1914-1945. The course offers a study of the United States in the pivotal eras of the First and Second World Wars and the Great Depression. Prerequisite: HIST 222. 3 credits.  

History 306. Modern America, 1945-Present. The course offers a study of the United States from the end of World War II to the present. The main emphasis is on domestic affairs, such as the economy, social conditions, religion, politics, and intellectual life. Prerequisite: HIST 222. 3 credits.  

History 308. United States Diplomatic History. American foreign relations from the Revolutionary Era to the present, with an emphasis on the Twentieth Century. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or 222 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 309. American Social and Intellectual History. The major developments in American thought and culture from the Colonial era through the Civil War. Puritanism, the Enlightenment, and the Romantic Movement are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. **  

History 310. American Social and Intellectual History. The major developments in American thought and culture since the Civil War. Social Darwinism, liberal reform and conservative reaction, the affluent society, and the counter-culture are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. **  

HISTORY 311,312.  Studies Abroad.  Students conduct research in history under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits.  

History 313. History Through Film. A viewing of some fourteen films that contain historical interpretation. Reviews and discussions with historians as to interpretation will follow. The class will meet once a week. 3 credits.  

History 314 (Political Science 314). Political History of Africa. A survey of the political landscape of African history. A major portion of the course examines the significance of precolonial kingdoms, assesses the growth of the “slave trade,” analyzes African intellectual history, and explores the “eve of colonialism” in Africa. 3 credits. **  

HISTORY 316.  Public History.  This course provides students with an upper-division introduction to career opportunities in history outside of classroom teaching.  The class provides students with necessary skills in genealogical research, historic preservation and the national register nomination process, the treatment of historic sites, grant writing techniques, and knowledge of national, state, and local historical professional associations.  The development of computer skills in web page design and power point presentation is emphasized.  Prerequisites:  HIST 221 and 222 or permission of instructor.  3 credits  

History 317. Historic Editing and Preservation. This course focuses on the evolution of architectural styles in the United States from the Colonial Era to present with emphasis on principal periods of development in American architecture, furniture, and interior design.  Hands-on field work in preservation/restoration methods is included.  This course also teaches the tools and techniques of historical editing.  Emphasis is placed on operation of the latest computer equipment necessary to document editing and public presentation.  Prerequisites:  HIST 221 and 222 or permission of instructor.  3 credits  

History 318. Introduction to Museum Studies. An introduction to the field of museology, covering the history, philosophy, and ethics of the profession; various types of museums and different aspects of museum work; the museum’s role in the community; and the effects of philanthropy and government on museums. Designed primarily for those concentrating in public history. Prerequisites: HIST 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor. 3 credits. **  

HISTORY 319.  Archival Management.  An introduction to the archival  profession, including the acquisition, accessioning, arrangement and description, preservation, and referencing of archival records. 3 credits  

History 320. African-American History. A survey of the black experience in America from the Colonial Era to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. **  

History 321. The History of Women in America. The changing role of women in American life from the Colonial era to the present, contrasting the ideology of women's place in society with the reality of their lives. The Victorians, the fight for women's suffrage, and the 20th-century liberation movement are emphasized. Prerequisite: HIST 222 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

History 322. The American West. The trans-Mississippi west, with emphasis on 19th-century exploration and settlement, including the Indian barrier, and the mining, cattle, and farming frontiers. Prerequisite: HIST 222 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

HISTORY 324. American Indian History. A survey of American Indian peoples from pre-contact to present with emphasis on issues of sovereignty, land, and politics. 3 credits.

History 325. History of Latin America. A survey of Latin American history from its pre-Columbian roots to the present. 3 credits. **

History 336. History of Japan. Japanese political and cultural history, with emphasis upon the modern period. The opening of Japan, the Meiji Restoration, modernization, the rise of militarism, the American occupation, and current issues are stressed. 3 credits. **  

History 351. Medieval Europe. A study of the political, economic, and social institutions, and the religious and intellectual developments in Medieval Europe. 3 credits. **  

History 352. Renaissance and Reformation. The social, cultural, religious, economic, and political forces that shaped Western Civilization from the High Middle Ages through the era of the religious wars (ca. 1300-1648). 3 credits. **

History 354. The French Revolution and Napoleon. A study of the origins and course of the French revolutionary era, with emphasis upon its profound political, economic, social, institutional, and intellectual significance. 3 credits. **

History 355. Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914. The political, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the eve of World War I. 3 credits. **  

History 356. Europe in the Twentieth Century, 1900 to the Present. The political, economic, social, and intellectual development of Europe in its world setting since the turn of the century. 3 credits. **  

History 357. England Before the Tudors, 55 B.C. To 1485. A study of the political, economic, and social factors that shaped England prior to the Reformation. 3 credits.  

History 358. France Since 1815. The history of major developments in French politics, culture, and society in the modern era. 3 credits. **  

History 359. Russian History to 1894. Russia from the Kievan period to Alexander III, with emphasis upon the modernization efforts of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the reforms of Alexander II, and the nineteenth-century revolutionary movement. 3 credits. **  

History 360. Russian History Since 1894. Russia from the reign of Nicholas II to the present, with emphasis upon the factors leading to the collapse of the monarchy and the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and upon the subsequent construction and evolution of the Soviet system. Little emphasis upon diplomacy or foreign policy. 3 credits. **  

History 361. How Great Generals Win. An examination of how great commanders from Hannibal to Douglas MacArthur have applied fundamental principles of strategy to achieve victory in war, and how these principles have remained constant despite changing historical circumstances. 3 credits.  

History 363. World War II. An examination of the causes, major events, and consequences of World War II, including the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan, as well as the role of the United States and its applies in the conflict.  3 credits.  

History 390. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

HISTORY 392.  Internship in History.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of history.  1-18 credits.  

History 402. American Historiography. The writing and interpretation of American history. Recommended for history majors. Prerequisites: HIST 221 and 222. 3 credits. **  

History 405. Virginia History. A survey of Virginia history from colonial times to present.  Prerequisite:  History 221 and 222 or permission of instructor.  3 credits.. **  

History 406. The Old South. The basic political, economic, social, and intellectual institutions, forces, and problems that collectively shaped the antebellum South. Prerequisite: HIST 221 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

History 455 (POLITICAL SCIENCE 455). Constitutional History of the United States.  Intensive case-study examination of the continuing development of the Constitution. Emphasis on judiciary, presidency, federalism, commerce, and due process problems. 3 credits.  

History 460. History Seminar. Offered on demand; open to junior and senior history majors. 1-3 credits.  

History 461. Senior Seminar. Capstone course in history. Research, writing, and assessment of student outcomes. Required of majors in history. 1 credit. **  

History 463. European Historiography. The writing and interpretation of history in Europe since the Renaissance. Prerequisite: HIST 110, or permission of instructor. 3 credits. **  

History 465. Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714.  The social, political, economic, and religious forces of one of England's most dynamic periods examined in the context of the sixteenth-century Renaissance and Reformation and the seventeenth-century Intellectual Revolution. Research paper or critical book analyses required. Background in Western Civilization recommended. 3 credits. **  

History 466. Georgian England, 1714-1815. England in the 18th century, with emphasis upon political, social, and cultural trends. Topical reports by students. 3 credits. **  

History 468. European Intellectual History from the Enlightenment. A survey of the major trends in European thought after the Enlightenment, and the relationship of these trends to their social, cultural, and political context. Prerequisite: HIST 110 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. **  

History 469. (Political Science 469). Soviet Diplomacy. An analysis of the diplomacy and foreign policy of Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1991, with emphasis upon the political machinery and motivating forces that determine foreign policy. 3 credits.  

HISTORY 470. Women in World History. Examination of the history of women for the last several centuries, exploring women's participation in economic, political, and social/cultural life, as they both created and were affected by historical processes such as colonization, revolution, state formation, and industrialization. This course compares women in first-, second-, and third-world nations in terms of their participation in political, economic, and cultural aspects of society. 3 credits.

History 490. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated. 1-18 credits.  

History 492. Internships in History.  This program of work and study must be approved by the advising departmental instructor, with the credit assigned being tied to the nature of the project.  1-18 credits.  

History 495. Special Topics in History. Selected topics in history.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change.  3 credits.  

HISTORY 498.  Honors Research in History.  Students conduct research in history under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits. **  

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