Course Descriptions

 

European History

HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I
3 hours
A survey of the major currents in Western Civilization from its beginnings in the ancient Near East to 1648.

HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II
3 hours
A survey of the major currents in Western civilization since 1648.

HIEU 321 Greek Civilization
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIEU 201
A survey of the ideas and institutions of the Greeks from their arrival to Alexander the Great, emphasizing the rise of the city-state, the birth of philosophy, the flowering of the arts and the interaction with oriental culture.

HIEU 322 Roman Civilization
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIEU 201
A history of the Roman state and culture from Romulus to Justinian, emphasizing territorial expansion, the republic, the Roman revolution, maintenance of autocracy, the thrust of Christianity into the Roman world, the fall of the empire and the heirs of Rome.

HIEU 355 World War II - Cluster 2 -
Modern Europe
3 hours
An examination of the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

HIEU 360 The Medieval Experience
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIEU 201 
An introduction to the main events and achievements of the period 300 - 1500 in the Latin, Byzantine and Muslim worlds.

HIEU 366 Foundations of the Modern Western World
3 hours
Prerequisite: HIEU 201
An integrative study of Europe during the years 1450-1650; developments in literature, art, architecture, music, religion, political structures, and foundations for modern western culture.

HIEU 370 Eighteenth Century Europe
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIEU 201 or 202
The political, social, economic and intellectual developments in selected European countries from the Age of Louis XIV to the end of the Napoleonic Era. Topics include the Old Order, Enlightenment, and French Revolution, and Napoleon.

HIEU 380 Nineteenth Century Europe
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIEU 202 or 370
The political, social, economic and intellectual developments in selected European countries, 1815-1914. Topics include the Industrial Revolution, Unification of Germany, Imperialism and Origins of WWI.

HIEU 450 Twentieth Century Germany
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIEU 202 or 390
Survey of German history since WWI. Topics include Versailles Peace, Weimar Republic and Culture, Rise of Nazism, Holocaust and West Germany, and Origins of the Cold War.

HIEU 460 Modern England
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIEU 201 or 202
The Political, social and economic developments in England with emphasis on the era of English political, economic and diplomatic supremacy since the Industrial Revolution.

HIEU 485 History of Russia
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIEU 202 or consent of instructor
A history of Russia beginning in the Ninth Century through the Empire, the Soviet State from its inception in 1917 to 1991, and modern Russia.

HIEU 495 Directed Research
1 to 3 hours

HIEU 497 Special Topics in European History
1 to 3 hours

History

HIST 300 Introduction to the Study of History
3 hours
An invitation to explore the historical discipline. Students will be grounded in the meaning and interpretation of history, methodology, research techniques and career opportunities. Required of all History majors and minors. Must be taken no later than the first semester of the junior year.

HIST 419 Secondary Social Studies Teaching Methods
2 hours
(Offered fall semester)
Prerequisites: Approval for teacher training; have completed 50% of academic major
A discipline specific social studies methods course with emphasis upon standard for NCATE and Virginia SOLs relating to the social studies. Content continues the development of lesson planning while adding specific discipline instructional strategies. Must be taken concurrently with HIST 420 Secondary Social Studies Practicum.

HIST 420 Secondary Teaching Methods Practicum
1 hour
(Offered fall semester)
Prerequisite: to be taken concurrently with HIST 419
Students will be required to prepare a unit, teach in a secondary classroom setting, and evaluate the experience. Lab fee.

HIST 470 Comparative Civilization
3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
A comparative study of selected world civilizations with attention to the interaction with the West and the dynamics of cultural change.


HIST 490 Senior Seminar
3 hours
Prerequisites: HIST 300 and 6 hours of upper-level of history
Required capstone history seminar in a special field, emphasizing historiography and historical interpretation and requiring a major research paper.

HIST 497 History Seminar
3 hours
(Offered on demand)
An in-depth study offered by members of the faculty on a selected topic of historical interest.

HIST 499 Field Research (Internship)
1 to 6 hours
Application procedures processed through the Career Center.

History of the World

HITW 441 Modern Islamic Civilization
3 hours
(Offered fall semester)
A survey of Muslim Civilization and history since 1453, including the development of the modern Islamic state, Muslim philosophy and mysticism, religious practices, arts and literature.

HITW 450 East Asian Civilization
3 hours
(Offered spring semester)
A survey of “the great tradition” that developed in China and spread to Japan and its transformation in modern times. Covers events in China and Japan down to the present.

HITW 471 Latin American Civilization: Colonial Period
3 hours
(Offered spring semester)
Iberian and Amerindian backgrounds with special emphasis on Aztec, Maya and Inca cultures; the epoch of European conquest and colonization; a description and analysis of the development of colonial institutions; the independence movements.

HITW 472 Latin American Civilization: National Period
3 hours
(Offered spring semester)
The colonial inheritances which influenced national development; political, economic and religious trends of the nineteenth century; revolutionary trends in the twentieth century.

HITW 495 Directed Research
1 to 3 hours

HITW 497 Special Topics in History of the World
1 to 3 hours

American History

HIUS 221 Survey of American History I
3 hours
A survey of the political, social and economic developments of America from the colonizing experience through the Civil War with emphasis on the development of the American democratic tradition.

HIUS 222 Survey of American History II
3 hours
A survey of American history from reconstruction to the present, stressing interpretation and analysis of major eras and trends.

HIUS 310 American Colonial History
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221
Political, economic, cultural and military developments from the founding of the thirteen colonies to the American Revolution.

HIUS 312 Era of the American Revolution
3 hours
(Offered fall semester)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221
Political, economic, cultural and military developments from the founding of the thirteen colonies to the American Revolution.

HIUS 314 Jeffersonian America, 1789-1815
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221
The history of the United States from the Presidency of George Washington through the War of 1812, with particular attention to the rise of political and constitutional conflict between Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans.

HIUS 316 Jacksonian America
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221
American history from the rise of Jackson through the Mexican war; emphasis will be on the market revolution and how it shaped politics, society and the economy during the era.

HIUS 340 Industrial America, 1877-1917
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIUS 222
A study of American political development from the Gilded Age to World War I with emphasis on the political and social consequences of urbanization, industrialization and immigration.

HIUS 351 Twentieth Century America, 1917-1945
3 hours
(Offered fall semester)
Prerequisite: HIUS 222
An in-depth study of American society and politics from America’s entry into World War I to the end of World War II.

HIUS 360 American Economic History
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
Prerequisite: 3 hours of American History Survey
The growth of the American economy from the Eighteenth Century to the present. The interaction between government, business and labor will be analyzed with emphasis on the development of the modern business corporation.

HIUS 370 American Foreign Relations Since 1776
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, odd)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221 or 222
American diplomatic activities and foreign relations from the Revolutionary War and early national period to the present.

HIUS 395 The Ante-Bellum South
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIUS 222
A study of all aspects of Southern life and civilization from the colonial period to succession with special emphasis on the effects of the institution of slavery.

HIUS 396 The New South
3 hours
(Offered fall semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIUS 222
A study of the South during the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the growth of the segregation and racial animosity, Southern demagogues, as historical background to an understanding of the contemporary South.

HIUS 420 Civil War and Reconstruction
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, even)
Prerequisite: HIUS 221
A study of the political and social disintegration of the 1850’s; the causes and nature of the Civil War; the crises during Reconstruction.

HIUS 430 Minorities, Ethnics, and Social Movements in America
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, even)
Prerequisite: 6 hours of History
Selected topics relating to race, religion, social mobility, ethnic groups, women, family and social groups.

HIUS 452 Recent America
3 hours
(Offered spring semester)
Prerequisite: HIUS 222
An in-depth study of American society and politics from the end of World War II to the challenges on the contemporary scene. 

HIUS 480 Modern American Military History 
3 hours
(Offered spring semester, odd)
An in-depth study of United States military history in the Twentieth Century.


HIUS 495 Directed Research
1 to 3 hours

HIUS 497 Special Topics in United States History
1 to 3 hours