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HIST 108 African American History (3)
This course surveys important themes in the history of American Americans including African life before the slave trade, the Atlantic slave trade, the struggle for emancipation and independence, and the struggle for civil rights (Cross-listed with African-Afro/American Studies).
HIST 114 Immigration in American History (3)
This course is a study and analysis of the impact of immigration on the development of modern America. The experiences and contributions of immigrant/ethnic groups will be stressed (Cross-listed with Ethnic and Immigration Studies).
HIST 115 Asian-American Experience (3)
This survey deals with the experiences of Asian Americans, particularly immigration and the problems encountered, integration into the broader American society, relations with other ethnic groups, and achievements and aspirations (Cross-listed with Ethnic and Immigration Studies).
HIST 150 American History to 1865 (3)
This course is a study of the United States from colonization through the American Civil War period emphasizing the diplomatic, political, economic, and social developments of the nation.
HIST 152 American History Since 1865 (3)
As a continuation of American History ot 1865, this course looks at the United States from the post-Civil War period to the present day emphasizing the political, economic, and social developments of the nation (Note: HIST 150 is not a prerequisite for HIST 152).
HIST 154 History of Women in the U.S. (3)
This course traces the role and status of women in America from the colonial period to contemporary times. It emphasizes the contributions of women to and their participation in the nation's various institutions and social movements (Cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies).
HIST 156 Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
This course surveys major topics in western civilization from the fall of the ancient western Roman Empire to the Peace of Westphalia. Reading from original sources are emphasized.
HIST 158 Early Modern Europe (1648-1914) (3)
Aspects of European history from 1648 to the outbreak of World War I, especially as they relate to the "Westernization" of the world, are examined in this course. Particular emphasis is placed on the scientific, intellectual, industrial, and political revolutions.
HIST 160 Europe in the 20th Century (3)
The First World War is examined critically along with Europe's changing role in world affairs. Special emphasis is placed on the rise of fascism, the Second World War, the polarization of Europe and the Cold War.
HIST 162 Introduction to Latin American Civilizations (3)
This course offers a survey of the colonial and national periods in Latin America and Brazil.
HIST 164 Introduction to African Civilizations (3)
This course offers students a survey of African civilizations from earliest times to the present. The course highlights the important civilizations of Ancient Egypt, Nubia, Sudan, Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Zimbabwe, and others (Cross-listed with African-Afro/American Studies).
HIST 166 Introduction to Asian Civilizations (3)
This course is a survey of some of the major historical and cultural developments in Asia. The focus is on China and its influence on various places such as Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
HIST 168 Middle East, Past and Present (3)
A cultural, political, and historical approach is used to explore this vital region. Topics include selected ancient civilizations, the Byzantine period, the rise of Islam, and specific studies of modern Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Egypt.
HIST 202 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
The beginning of modern Western civilization as seen in such developments a the recovery of classical culture, the crisis of the church, the establishments of nation-states, and the origins of modern science.
HIST 203 History Through Film (3)
A selected-topics approach to studying history utilizing the visual in the form of film as the primary medium is presented in this course. The historic content of feature films and documentaries is subjected to criticism.
HIST 205 Ancient Civilization (3)
A selective coverage of those ancient civilizations that have had the greatest influence on the development of Western and modern world civilization, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
HIST 208 Progressivism (3)
This survey focuses on the political, social, and economic reforms necessary to effect the transition of the U.S from a rural to an urban society in the decades before the First World War.
HIST 209 History of Punishment (3)
Against its European background, this course examines the changing nature of crime and punishment from colonial America to the present. Special emphasis is on penal institutions and the effect of environment upon personality.
HIST 211 American Military History (3)
The American military experience from the colonial period to the present is studied in this course. Emphasis is placed on the changing relationship between military policy, organization and technology, and the nation's political, social, and economic institutions.
HIST 212 History of New Jersey (3)
This course is a survey of the history of the state and its people from the colonial era to the present. Political, economic, and social events in the development of the state are emphasized.
HIST 215 World War II: Pacific and Asia (3)
This course is a survey of World War II with emphasis on the war between the United States and Japan.; Political, diplomatic, and military events are emphasized in conjunction with important social topics such as the American home front, the role of minorities and women, and the use of nuclear weapons.
HIS 216 World War II: Europe and North Africa (3)
This course is a survey of World War II with emphasis on the involvement of the United States, total war, and the Holocaust. Political, diplomatic, and military events will be emphasized in conjunction with important social topics such as the American home front and the role of minorities and women.
HIST 217 America and "9/11": The Terrorist Attacks on the United States and the War in Iraq (3)
This course examines the historical significance of 9/11 attacks and the invasion and occupation of Iraq in the context of American politics and foreign policy from 1980 to the present.
HIST 305 Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
A topical approach is used not only to understand the main developments of these significant events, but also to comprehend their larger role in shaping subsequent U.S. history socially, politically, and economically.
HIST 307 History of Modern Russia (3)
In this survey of Russian history from Tsar Alexander I (1801-1825) to the present, continuity and changes between the Tsarist autocratic and the Soviet totalitarian systems are examined and analyzed as well as selected political, cultural, socio-economic, and intellectual themes.
HIST 309 History of Modern France (3)
A cultural and political approach is used to study the main themes of French history from the accession of Francis I (1515) to the suppression of the Commune (1871)--the period of the zenith of French power and influence.
HIST 310 Diplomatic History of the United States (3)
This course presents a topical and chronological approach of U.S. diplomacy from the early Federalist period to the present, stressing aspects that have affected the transition of the U.S. from a regional to a global power.
HIST 311 Emergence of Modern Germany (3)
This course offers an in-depth coverage of a century of German history that changed the course of Western and world history: from the beginning of the movement toward national unity in 1848 to the collapse of Hitler's "Thousand Year Empire" in 1945.
HIST 312 Political Dissent in Modern America (3)
This comparative study explores voices and movements of dissent in the U.S. beginning with the post Civil War period, ranging from the far right to the far left.
HIST 313 Urban America: The City in American History (3)
A historical examination of the rise of the American City, from the infant cities of the seventeenth century to the metropolises of the present.
HIST 316 American Sports History (3)
An examination of the origins, development and changing nature of contemporary American sports, including the roles of violence, the fan, commercialism, ethics, amateurism, and professionalism is presented in this course. (Cross-listed with Sports and Leisure Studies).
HIST 318 History and Culture of Cuba and Puerto Rico (3)
A survey approach to the histories and cultures of these two Caribbean states from their establishment as colonies to their present-day status is presented.
HIST 319 Presidential Elections (3)
This course is offered on a rotating basis coinciding with the election of the U.S. President. Included is background history on the role of the Electoral College, the development of political parties, the influence of pressure groups, and partisan politics.
HIST 321 Colonial America (1550-1789) (3)
This survey explores the major political, social, eocnomic, and intellectual developments in America from the early colonial settlements through the making of the Constitution. The emphasis is on the formative institutions.
HIST 323 AMERICAN INDUSTRY AND EMPIRE (3)
This course examines the turbulent and productive period from the end of the Civil War through World War I--a period that shaped much of the modern American ideology.
HIST 324 Twentieth Century America (1945-Present) (3)
This is a survey of post-war American history, including the Cold War, the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movements, and political developments of the mid and late twentieth century.
HIST 330 Early England (3)
This course couse is a study of the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman people of England, constitutional development, the rise of common law, the Tudor monarchy, and the conflict of crown and parliament under the Tudors.
HIST 332 Modern England (3)
The significance of the political, social, and cultural factors that have shaped English society and character in its transformation to an industrial democracy is studied.
HIST 350 Making of the Middle Ages (3)
The fusion of Roman Civilization, Christianity, and Germanic institutions into a medieval cultural during the years between the decline of the Roman Empire and 1050 is the focus of this course. Topics include German tribes, monasticism, the Carolingian Empire, feudalism, the emergence of Islam and Justinian's Byzantium.
HIST 363 Medieval Heritage (3)
This course explores the political, social, economic, and intellectual developments of Europe between 1050 and 1350. Topics include the emergence of national monarchies, the crisis of church and state, the crusades, and the growth and evolution of the university.
HIST 401 Intellectual History of the United States (3)
This course examines the values, institutions, ideas, and ideals by the American people from the colonial period to the present (Recommended: Two previous courses in U.S. History).
HIST 402 Social Aspects of American History (3)
An interdisciplinary exlporation of selected themes in U.S. social history such as religious experience as social phenomenon; patterns of political leadership in a demcoracy; the changing role of women and the family; the development of social structure, and modes of response to racial and ethnic diversity.
HIST 403 History of Ideas (3)
A selective approach is used to explore ideas ranging from the individualism of Ancient Greece to the communalism of modern Marxism that have had the greatest impact on the molding of Western and world mind (Recommended: HIST 156 or HIST 158).
HIST 410 Seminar in History (3)
A research seminar for history majors with primary interest in either American or European history.
HIST 418 The Study of History (3)
This course is required of all history majors. Students examine various schools of historical interpretatiopn and l4earn to apply the research tools used in the writing of historical essays, book reviews, and research papers
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