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Course Description - History

HIST1310L American History and Civilization I (3 Credits)

This survey, from the “Age of Exploration” until approximately 1865, examines the development of American civilization, institutions and cultures during this period. The course’s approach to American history is a “holistic” one that explores the social, cultural, philosophical, political and economic aspects of that history.

HIST1320L American History and Civilization II (3 Credits)

This survey, from approximately 1865 to the present, examines the development of American civilization, institutions and culture during this period. The course’s approach to American history is a “holistic” one that explores the social, cultural, philosophical, political and economic aspects of that history.

HIST1350L Women in U.S. History - 1600 to the Present (3 Credits)

This course is a multicultural survey of women's roles, experiences and contributions to American society and culture from 1600 to the present. Topics included will be colonial women and domestic work; witchcraft persecutions; women as masters and slaves; women reformers; the suffrage and woman's rights movement; women and war; women's physical and mental health; women and political power; immigrant women; women as Other - lesbians and gender rebels; women in the Civil Rights and peace movements; women and political power; contemporary feminism.

HIST1500L Latin American History and Civilization (3 Credits)

This course covers the historical development of Latin American/Hispanic culture and civilization from the Pre-Columbian period until the present. Topics will include: the geography and culture of Latin America; Native American cultures and civilizations in the region; the Spanish and Portuguese conquests; the Spanish colonial economy, society, and politics; Latin American independence movements and wars; the early independent republics in Latin America; U.S./Latin American relations, human rights issues, and modern developments in the region.

HIST2100L World History I (3 Credits)

This survey course covers the historical development of various representative world cultures and civilizations until approximately 1500. Areas covered include: human evolution and migration out of Africa, prehistoric human cultures, the Agricultural Revolutions in the Old and New Worlds, the major “Cradles of Civilization”: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, MesoAmerica, and the Andes, human technical developments, the development of political and legal systems, Ancient Europe, Medieval Europe, contact between Asia and Europe, and other topics. Students will understand history as not only WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN but will also understand the “WHY”. (1/2014)

HIST2200L World History II (3 Credits)

This survey course covers the historical development of various representative world cultures and civilizations from approximately 1500 to the present. Areas covered include: European expansion and conquest; the development of the “modern” political and economic systems; the rise and fall of “empires”; the Industrial Revolution; the Enlightenment and its influence; the development of the modern nation-state; imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. Students will understand history as not only WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN but will understand the “WHY”. (1/2014)

HIST2250L History of the Twentieth Century (3 Credits)

The course examines major social, cultural, political and technological events, trends and movements in the world during the twentieth century. Topics covered include: Russian Revolution, Communism, World Wars I and II, industrial and technological advances and trends, the demise of colonialism, the Cold War, the Middle East, Vietnam, social and cultural trends in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and the downfall of the Soviet Union. It is hoped that class members will go beyond an understanding of history as simply “who, where and when,” and begin to understand why.

HIST2350L US Labor and Reform Movements (3 Credits)

The focus of the course is on those trends, movements and leaders that have sought to give voice and power to the traditionally voiceless and powerless segments of American society. Movements that have fought to eliminate or reduce inequality based on class, gender and race and to realize the “American Dream” are studied. The history and development of organized labor and its effect on American life and culture and such related movements and trends as the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements are discussed. The music, art, literature and other elements of “popular culture” associated with these movements are examined. (Prerequisites: HIST1310L or LHIS1310 OR HIST1320L or LHIS1320 OR HIST2250L or LHIS2250 OR HUMA2500L or LHUM2500 OR HUMA2520L or LHUM2520 OR POLS2310L or LPOL2310 or POI)

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