History

Graduate Courses

All courses are three (3) credit hours unless otherwise noted.


HIST (General History) (Core courses)

HIST 500 – Historical Methods
This course provides students with an opportunity to master the basic methods and tools of historical research and writing, covering every aspect of the process from the selection of a topic to the presentation of a highly polished paper.

HIST 501 – Historiography
This course will introduce the historiographical and theoretical approached to the discipline of history. The course covers the history of historical writing, classic works of historiography, and methodological and interpretive approaches, with a special focus on a Christian philosophy of history.

HIST 520 – Teaching History in College (1 hour)
This course will introduce new graduate assistants to teaching in college with an emphasis on teaching history. It will be required of all graduate assistants during their first semester of receiving financial aid.

HIST 550 – Reading Seminar in American History
This course will introduce students to major fields and historiographical interpretations in American history.

HIST 551 – Reading Seminar in Modern European History
This course will introduce students to major fields and historiographical interpretations in Modern European history.

HIST 599 – Thesis (1 to 6 hours)
This course will allow a student to work individually with the director of his/her thesis.

HIST 689 – Thesis Proposal and Research (3 hours)
This course will allow a student to work individually with the director of his/her thesis.

HIST 690 – Thesis Defense (3 hours)
This course will allow a student to defend his/her thesis.

 


HIEU (European History)

HIEU 550 – 20th Century Germany
This course covers the history and historiography of the German states from the early nineteenth century to the present. Study of the rise of German nationalism, pattern of German unification, and dissolution and reunification of Germany in the twentieth century provides the focus of this course. Students will also discuss cultural, religious, and gender issues.

HIEU 555 – Modern European Military History
This course examines of modern European military history from the French Revolution in 1789 until the present day as well as the historiography of the field. While focusing on conflicts in Europe, the course also examines European imperial wars. Demographic, industrial, social, and technical developments that shaped the pattern of European warfare provide the background for this class.

HIEU 570 – 18th Century Europe
This course will examine the political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in selected European countries from the late seventeenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Era.

HIEU 580 – 19th Century Europe
The course will cover the political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in selected European countries from the Congress in Vienna to the outbreak of World War I.

HIEU 590 – 20th Century Europe
The political, military, social, economic and intellectual developments in selected European countries from 1914 through 1945 will be analyzed. Topics include causes of WWI, the Versailles Peace Conference, rise of Fascism and Communism, origins of World War II, the war, the holocaust, and end of WWII, setting the stage for the Cold War.

HIEU 595 – Directed Research

HIEU 597 – Special Topics in European History

 


HIUS (U.S. History)

HIUS 510 – American Colonial History
This course will provide a comprehensive examination of the political, economic, religious, cultural, and military developments from the founding of the thirteen colonies to the American Revolution.

HIUS 511 – Colonial Virginia History
Students in this course will explore and analyze the key political, economic, religious, cultural, and military developments from the founding of Virginia to the American Revolution.

HIUS 512 – American Revolution
The course covers American history during the War for Independence, focusing on the factors that prompted separation of the colonies from Great Britain, on the role of Christianity in the resistance and independence movements, and on the nature and genius of the American constitutional system of government.

HIUS 513 – Jeffersonian America
This course more precisely deals with the foundations of the American Republic, than Jefferson alone. It will survey the history of the United States from the ratification of the Constitution through the War of 1812. We will also briefly examine America under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention in order to provide context. It will cover important political, military, religious, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments that affected the nation’s history.

HIUS 519 – Antebellum South
This course will study all aspects of Southern life and civilization from the colonial period to secession with special emphasis on the effects of the institution of slavery and the formation of Southern nationalism.

HIUS 520 – Civil War and Reconstruction
This course is a comprehensive examination of the causes, course, and the significance of the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIUS 530 – American Christian Heritage
The course will explore American Christianity, emphasize its impact on American political, social, and cultural history, and evaluate the role of Christianity in influencing the American character.

HIUS 535 – American Social and Intellectual History to 1865
This course examines the significant religious, educational, literary, and scientific developments of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War.

HIUS 536 – American Social and Intellectual History Since 1865
This course examines the social and intellectual history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present.

HIUS 541 – History of American Political Parties to 1896
This course examines the origin and development of the American party system from the ratification of the Constitution to the election of William McKinley. Special emphasis is placed on U.S. presidential elections.

HIUS 542 – History of American Political Parties Since 1896
This course examines the party system’s response to the emergence of the United States as a world power from the election of McKinley to the present. Special emphasis is placed on U.S. presidential elections.

HIUS 545 – The Gilded Age
This course will study American development from the Gilded Age to World War I with emphasis on the political and social consequences of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration.

HIUS 551 – Studies in U.S. History (1898-1945)
This course will examine American history from the Spanish-American War through World War II with a focus on major historical events and the arguments made by historians.

HIUS 552 – Recent America (since 1945)
This course will examine U.S. history from the conclusion of World War II to the end of the 20th century with a focus on major historical events and the arguments made by historians.

HIUS 570 – American Diplomatic History
Students in this course will examine the key historiographical literature concerning American diplomatic history since 1898. While emphasis will be placed on some of the more recent interpretations of issues, older analyses that have stood the test of time will also be examined.

HIUS 580 – Modern American Military History
Students in this course will examine the key historiographical literature concerning American military history since 1898. While emphasis will be placed on some of the newer interpretations of issues, older analyses that have stood the test of time will also be examined.

HIUS 595 – Directed Readings

HIUS 597 – Special Topics in United States History

 


HIWD (World History)

HIWD 571 – Latin American I
Students in this course will survey Iberian and Amerindian backgrounds, with special emphasis on the cultures of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca peoples. Students will study the epoch of European conquest and colonization including a description and analysis of the development of colonial institutions and the independence movements.

HIWD 572 – Latin American II
This course deals with the colonial inheritance that influenced national development. Students will study the political, economic, and religious trends of the nineteenth century, the revolutionary forces in the twentieth century, and projections for the twenty-first century.

HIWD 595 – Directed Readings in World History
This course will allow a student to work individually with a professor to do extra readings on topics and/or specific issues related to Latin American history and/or historiography.

HIWD 597 – Special Topics in World History
This course will allow a student to work individually with a professor to do research on a specific topic related to Latin American history.