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HIST 1301 (HIST 1301) U.S. History Survey to Civil War (3 semester hours) An introduction to the methods of historical inquiry focusing on the study of American history from the beginnings through the American Civil War. (3-0) R
HIST 1302 (HIST 1302) U.S. History Survey from Civil War (3 semester hours) An introduction to the methods of historical inquiry focusing on the study of American history from the American Civil War through the present. (3-0) R
HIST 2301 (HIST 2301) History of Texas (3 semester hours) The political, social, economic, and cultural development of Texas. (3-0) Y
HIST 2330 Themes and Ideas in American History (3 semester hours) An introduction to the methods of historical inquiry through the study of selected main themes in American history. A course designed to offer students an understanding of the historical and cultural context of America in the contemporary world. Topics may vary. (3-0) R
HIST 2331 Issues in American History (3 semester hours) Readings, commentary, and discussion aimed at varying aspects of history and culture. Topics may vary. (3-0) T
HIST 2V71 Independent Study in Historical Studies (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R
HIST 3301 Historical Inquiry (3 semester hours) Readings, commentary, and discussion aimed at introducing a variety of texts and sources with an emphasis on the major methods appropriate to their use. This course should be taken prior to completing the first 12 hours of upper-division course work in the program. It is normally offered only during the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) S
HIST 3304 Conceptions of Human Nature (3 semester hours) Emphasis on contemporary conceptions of human nature and the human condition, stressing the cultural and historical settings. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3314 Traditional China (3 semester hours) The history of Chinese civilization from its Neolithic beginnings through the tenth century of the common era, focusing on political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3315 Modern China (3 semester hours) The history of Chinese civilization from the tenth through twentieth centuries, focusing on political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3317 The Crusades (3 semester hours) A survey of Medieval European crusading activities in the Iberian Peninsula, the Baltic region, the Near East, and the Balkans. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3318 Medieval Europe (3 semester hours) The history of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the late medieval period, including feudalism, the investiture controversy, the conflicts of papacy and empire, and the rise of national monarchies. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3319 Early Modern Europe (3 semester hours) An analysis of the general themes and issues in late medieval and early modern European history from about 1400 to the French Revolution; emphasis on new methods and approaches, especially recent attempts to refine social analysis and to study both popular and elite culture. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3320 Modern Europe (3 semester hours) A study of selected aspects of political, diplomatic, economic, and social history of Europe from the French Revolution to the Second World War. Geographical emphasis on England, France, and Germany. Topical focus on industrialization, modernization, and democratization in the 19th century, and on the emergence of mass society, war, and totalitarianism in the 20th century. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3324 Women in European Society (3 semester hours) An historical examination of the varied experiences of European women, focusing on work, family life, political action, sexuality, and cultural expression. May emphasize early modern or modern period. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3328 History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (3 semester hours) An exploration of the development of philosophical ideas in science and medicine. Topics may include comparison of Eastern and Western philosophies of natural knowledge and medicine and scientific and medical concepts in philosophical and ethical contexts. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3331 European Social History (3 semester hours) A review of the major problems studied, methods used, and findings reached by the new social historians of Europe. The principal focus of their work and of this course is on the pre-industrial era. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3333 European Social and Political Thought (3 semester hours) A study of such concepts in social and political theory as authority, justice, equality, law, revolution, natural rights, state, and nation. May include texts by Locke, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3334 Nineteenth-Century European Culture and Society (3 semester hours) An exploration of the interplay between social change and cultural developments in various European societies during the 19th century. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3336 Twentieth-Century European Culture and Society (3 semester hours) An exploration of the interplay between social change and cultural developments in various European societies during the 20th century. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3337 Technology and Western Civilization (3 semester hours) A survey of the role played by technology in shaping Western culture from antiquity through the industrial revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3338 Anglo-Saxon Origins (3 semester hours) A study of the formation of England from the Roman occupation to the Norman Conquest. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3339 Medieval England 1066 to 1485 (3 semester hours) English history from the Norman Conquest to the Tudors. Topics will include the medieval institutional framework of monarchy, nobility, parliament, church, the law, and the universities. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3344 History of Science in Europe (3 semester hours) Surveys the development of the mathematical and natural sciences in European culture. Subject matter will vary from semester to semester, but topics may include astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, natural history, geology, evolution, and genetics. Time periods may range from human pre-history to the Scientific Revolution and from the Scientific Revolution to the present. Course content will not overlap with HIST 3337. No technical background required. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3345 The Making of Russia, 988 to 1796 (3 semester hours) A study of medieval and early modern Russia to the death of Catherine the Great. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent (3-0) R
HIST 3348 The Ancient, Near and Middle East, from Abraham to Muhammad (3 semester hours) A survey from the Bronze Age, through the ancient empires of Biblical times and the Hellenistic, Parthian, and Sasanid kingdoms, to the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3349 Ancient Egypt (3 semester hours) Aspects of the history and culture of ancient Egypt, with emphasis upon the New Kingdom period. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3351 The Ottoman Empire (3 semester hours) A survey of Ottoman history from 1360 to 1922. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3353 Ancient and Medieval India (3 semester hours) A survey of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic civilizations of the Indian subcontinent, with emphasis on the period of Muslim hegemony (11th to 17th centuries). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3354 India from 1526 - 1857 (3 semester hours) The history of the Indian subcontinent under Mughal, Maratha and British hegemony. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3355 Persians, Turks, and Mongols (3 semester hours) Topics in the history of the Near and Middle East, and Central Asia. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3357 African History to 1880 (3 semester hours) A survey of African history to 1880, with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Topics may include Africa before Europe, slave trade, new world blacks in Africa, and colonialism. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3358 Latin American History (3 semester hours) A survey of Latin America from its pre-Columbian past to the present, with emphasis on the process of change from a traditional to a modern society. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3359 The African Diaspora: Blacks in the Atlantic World (3 semester hours) This course will explore themes linking people of Africa and of African heritage. Topics may include pre-colonial Africa, slave trade and slavery, Blacks in Europe and the New World, matronage, slave resistance, and Pan-Africanism. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3362 Rise of the Helping Professions in America (3 semester hours) A course on the history of medicine, psychiatry, social work, and education in the United States since the late nineteenth century. Examines the social dynamics and consequences of professional politics, public policies, specialized knowledge, and therapeutic relationships. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3364 History of American Religion (3 semester hours) An examination of the development of American religious institutions and their relation to the nation's social, political, and cultural history. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3366 Themes in the Social History of the United States (3 semester hours) A survey of social history, focusing upon the American experience. The course explores changes in the family, work, sex roles, mobility, migration, urbanization, and industrialization. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3367 Continental Expansionism in American History (3 semester hours) An exploration of the processes that saw the Anglo-American colonial settlements transform themselves into a vast continental power. The course covers the period from 1607 to 1890. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3369 United States Foreign Relations (3 semester hours) A survey of American diplomatic history since the 1890s. The course analyzes the United States' relations with Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Soviet Russia. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3370 The American Experience in Vietnam (3 semester hours) An analysis of the political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural impact the Vietnam War had on American society. Students will analyze monographs, memoirs, novels, documentaries, and feature films. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3371 Twentieth-Century American Culture and Society (3 semester hours) An exploration of the interplay between social change and cultural developments during the 20th century. Topics include urban life, mass marketing and media, gender roles, ethnic identity, and the relation between "high" and "low" culture. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3374 American Technological Development (3 semester hours) A survey of the role played by technology in shaping American culture from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3376 American Intellectual History, Colonial to the Civil War (3 semester hours) A survey of some of the principal developments in American thought from the colonial era to the civil war. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3377 American Intellectual History, Civil War to the Present (3 semester hours) An exploration of the origins of contemporary American intellectual life through the study of changing ideas about society, politics, science, religion, and art from the civil war to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3379 United States Relations with Latin America (3 semester hours) An analysis of the United States' political, economic, military, and cultural relations with Latin America, with emphasis on the period since the 1890s. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3380 The Nuclear Age in America (3 semester hours) An examination of the historical roots of the modern nuclear age. Topics will include the development of the atomic bomb and the role of nuclear weapons in postwar diplomacy. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3382 The United States Since 1945 (3 semester hours) An analysis of the key political, diplomatic, socioeconomic, technological, and cultural changes that have shaped contemporary U.S. society. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3384 U.S. Women from Settlement to Present (3 semester hours) A survey of the changing social, political, and economic roles of American women. Particular attention will be paid to the diversity of women's roles, focusing on how women of different races, classes, and sexualities interpreted their "American experience." Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3385 Early African-American History (3 semester hours) A study of themes and issues in the history of African-Americans in the United States. These may include slavery, Blacks in the ante-bellum United States, free Blacks in the ante-bellum era, and Reconstruction. Emphasis will be on African-American perspectives. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3389 History of Science in the U.S. (3 semester hours) Surveys the development of the mathematical and natural sciences in American culture. Subject matter will vary from semester to semester, but topics may include astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, natural history, geology, evolution, and genetics. Course content will not overlap with HIST 3337. No technical background required. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3390 Twentieth-Century African-American History (3 semester hours) A study of themes in the history of African-Americans in the twentieth century. The course will focus on the civil rights movement, though other themes will also be explored. Emphasis will be on African-American perspectives and the ongoing struggle for self-determination by African-Americans. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 3394 Native American History from the Pre-Columbian Period through 1795 (3 semester hours) Examines the arrival of Native Americans in the New World and the cultures that emerged and declined there in the pre-Columbian period. Will also discuss the intellectual framework within which Europeans envisioned Native Americans. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3395 Native American History in the Nineteenth Century (3 semester hours) Examines the interaction of Native Americans and "whites" during the nineteenth century, primarily in the region west of the Appalachians to the Pacific. Will focus on the cultures of the desert Southwest in the Spanish colonial period. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3396 Native Americans in the Twentieth Century (3 semester hours) Discusses the allotment or destruction of the reservation system in much of the United States at the turn of the century and will also focus on government attempts to force Native Americans to discard their indigenous identity. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3398 Colonial Latin American History (3 semester hours) A survey of Latin America from its pre-Columbian past to independence (roughly 1821), the course will emphasize the process of merging pre-Columbian and European cultures throughout the colonial period. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 3399 Modern Latin American History (3 semester hours) A survey of Latin America from independence (roughly 1821) to the present, the course will emphasize the intersection of far-reaching political trends with local cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 4344 Topics in European History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4345 Origins of the Jim Crow South (3 semester hours) An examination of the origins of segregation and disfranchisement in the American South following Reconstruction through World War II. Attention will be paid to both the legal and extralegal edifices upholding white supremacy and the evolution of a racist consumer culture. The course will also explore African-American resistance to Jim Crow. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4346 American Culture 1877 - 1919 (3 semester hours) A survey of the Gilded Age or Progressive Era, 1877 - 1919. Themes will include expansion of industrial capitalism, the influx of "new immigrants" and patterns of "Americanization," middle-class social reform, emergence of the U.S. as an imperial power, explosion of nativist and racist sentiments, and the political mobilization of labor. Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4357 Topics in African and African-American History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4358 Topics in Asian History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4359 Topics in Latin American History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4360 Topics in American Women's History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester and may include Women and the American Frontier, Popular Culture and Mass Media, and American Religious Societies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 4376 Topics in History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4377 Topics in Early American History (3 semester hours) Focuses on the formative era of the American nation. Social, cultural, political, and economic issues are examined within the context of important transformations over time. Topics will vary and may include British Colonial America (1609-1763), The Era of the American Revolution, and The Early American Republic (1785-1828). May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) T
HIST 4378 Topics in American History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4380 Topics in Intellectual History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent. (3-0) R
HIST 4399 Senior Honors in Historical Studies (3 semester hours) Intended for students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. Prerequisite: Signature of the instructor on proposed project outline required. (3-0) R
HIST 4V71 Independent Study in Historical Studies (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Permission of the instructor required. ([1-3]-0) R

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses Applicable to the Major in Historical Studies

ISAH 4V88 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Arts and Humanities, as approved by the instructor and Associate Dean. R