History & Non-Western Cultures 

HIS 505 New York City: Its History and Culture 3 SH

This survey course examines the political history of the city from its foundation. It also offers an examination of selected themes in the context of the social and cultural history of the city. In addition to regular lectures, the course will use the city itself as a classroom. Students will pay for travel costs and participation in tours and cultural events.

HIS 506 Readings in American History to 1877 3 SH

This course will analyze select works from the Colonial era through reconstruction.

HIS 507 Readings in American History Since 1877 3 SH

This course will analyze select works from the Gilded Age to the present.

HIS 510 Fascism: Revolution or Counter Revolution 3 SH

This course examines the revolutionary nature of Fascist movements throughout Europe and their conflict with the forces of liberalism and socialism. Particular stress will be placed on the Italian and German experiences.

HIS 511 The Communist Revolution and the Soviet Union 3 SH

This course offers a study of revolution as a continuing and evolving phenomenon. Included is the Marxist-Leninist ideology at work in the Russian setting, the meaning and characteristics of the Stalinist revolution and the significance of the liberalizing trend after Stalin.

HIS 515 The French Revolution 3 SH

This course offers an anatomy of an unplanned revolution, tracing and assessing the development of the peaceful meeting of the Estates-General into a rampant revolution and its reversion to more traditional forms. The Napoleonic era will be treated as an integral part of the Revolution as it spreads throughout Europe.

HIS 516 The American Revolution 3 SH

An examination of the American Revolution (1775-1783): the course of the War of Independence between the colonists and the British and the simultaneous revolution within American society, affecting, among other things, women, slavery, education and government.

HIS 520 Origins of World War I 3 SH

The origins of the Great War will be examined together with a view of the cataclysmic changes it produced in the European political and social system. The rise of the masses will be linked to the waxing tide of nationalism, the development of mass armies and the concept of total war. Social, economic and psychological factors will be treated in close interrelation with growing diplomatic complications and the gradual inexorable erosion of the long peace in Europe.

HIS 521 Origins of World War II 3 SH

This course is an examination of the foreign policies of the European powers in the period after 1918 with particular emphasis on the years immediately preceding the outbreak of hostilities.

HIS 534 Islam in International Affairs 3 SH

This course is an examination of the myth and reality of the faith of Islam as a confrontation of the West. Is Islam a threat to the West? Or, is the West a threat to Islam? The global heritage and context of the relationship between Islam and democracy, revolutionary Islam and the world balance of power, and the Middle East in international politics, human rights in the Islamic Middle East, and anti-Muslimism in contemporary politics are emphasized. The varied applications of Islam in the international affairs of selected countries in the Middle East and the Islamic world are used as case studies.

HIS 536 The Civil War Era 3 SH

This course offers an examination of the American Civil War, focusing on its causes, its military history, and its social, political and economic effects.

HIS 537 America in the Sixties 3 SH

This course offers an analysis of America in the 1960s from Kennedy’s election to Watergate, covering the civil rights and peace movements, riots and assassinations (includes causes and effects).

HIS 541 Conflict in the Modern Middle East 3 SH

This course offers in-depth analysis of the roots of the major conflicts in the region, emphasizing the roles of nationalism, religion, foreign influences and wars. The course concentrates on the major developments in the region, with special interest paid to the persistent conflicts and problems, such as the Arab/Israeli conflict. One or two conflicts or problems are dealt with as case studies with an in-depth investigation of the historical roots and the influences of both regional and external forces.

HIS 556 Colonial North America 3 SH

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore themes of exploration, settlement and development of the North American colonies. It focuses on the interaction among Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans from the first contacts to the beginning of the American Revolution. Themes explored will include: European attempts to assimilate, dominate and exterminate Native Americans and Native American attempts to negotiate within an increasingly constricted world; the importance of African slavery to the development of American culture and economy; women’s roles in the colonies; political and economic relationships between the center and periphery; and America’s role in the British empire.

HIS 557 The Early American Republic 3 SH

This course covers the leading issues in the historical age of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson when the American Republic remained experimental and America’s place in the world was uncertain and contested. Subjects that will be considered are the Marshall Court, the War of 1812, US-Muslim relations, Hamiltonianism, territorial expansion and Thomas Jefferson’s vision for America and slavery.

HIS 558 History of the American South 3 SH

This course provides an opportunity to engage with leading works of Southern history. Covered are topics such as slavery, Indian relations, the colonial economy, the drafting of the federal constitution, the American Revolution, Jacksonian politics, the civil war, reconstruction, segregation, the civil rights movement, Southern culture and the birth of the modern republican majority.

HIS 570 Chinese Thought and Religion 3 SH

This course explores the world of thought and religions in traditional China. It focuses on the evolution of Confucianism, Daoism and Chinese Buddhism and challenges students to interpret certain representative works in these traditions. Episodes of cultural clashes in the history of Christian missions in China will be examined to provide a conceptual point of departure for understanding comparative religion and inter-faith dialogue, or simply, for making sense of Chinese religious thought and practices on Western terms.

HIS 592 Independent Thesis Research in History 6 SH

This course is designed for students who are fulfilling the thesis requirement for the M.A. in History and who have submitted an acceptable thesis outline. Individual conferences with the thesis adviser are scheduled as needed. Credit will be granted upon submission of one copy of an approved final draft of the thesis and the appropriate number of copies of the thesis abstract. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair and the dean of arts and sciences.

HIS 598 Faculty Developed Course

This experimental course is offered by the history department as a means of determining its value to the total department program or in response to a particular request from a group of students.

HIS 599 Student Developed Study

This vehicle is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his/her own learning experience. A student will design a project and secure a faculty sponsor. May be utilized more than once. Prerequisite: Written permission of the faculty sponsor and department. Registration through the Division of Graduate Studies is required.

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