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  • Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in History are required to complete a Major Field Test (MFT) in History in order to be eligible for graduation. Students may take this examination after completing all history requirements or in the semester immediately prior to graduation. The exam score will not affect the student’s GPA, but it will be a part of the student’s record.

    1191 First Year Research in History I. (Independent.) Independent research at an introductory level in History with a History faculty mentor.
    Prerequisites: Student must be in the freshman research program and have permission of the department.

    1301/HIST 1301 History of the United States to 1865 (3-0). A general survey of American development through the period of the Civil War.

    1302/HIST 1302 History of the United States, 1865 to Present (3-0). A survey of American development from reconstruction to the present, with emphasis on America in world affairs.

    1391 First Year Research in History II. (Independent.) Independent research at an introductory level in History with a History faculty mentor.
    Prerequisites: History 1191. Student must be in the freshman research program and have permission from the department.

    Satisfactory completion of History 1301 and 1302 or equivalent American history credit is prerequisite to advanced history courses (3000- and 4000- level courses).

    2311/HIST 2311 History of Western Civilization to 1660 (3-0). Western civilization before 1660. A study of the antecedents of modern institutions, including the political history of the period.

    2312/HIST 2312 History of Western Civilization after 1660 (3-0). Western civilization from 1660 to the present, with emphasis on the background of present-day political, economic, and social issues.

    2372 Introduction to Public History (3-0). Public History introduces students to the techniques and challenges posed by doing archival work, conducting oral history, and conserving and preserving historical artifacts. Students will also take advantage of local historical sites to gain a first-hand appreciation of how archivists and curators perform their jobs.

    3301 History of Texas (3-0). Texas from the earliest Native American inhabitants to the present. Topics covered include the war for independence, Reconstruction, recent political and social movements and the contributions of minority groups and women to the development and modernization of the state.

    3302 American Colonial History, 1690-1789 (3-0). American history from the Glorious Revolution in England to the Articles of Confederation, stressing increasing maturity of the colonies, the conflicts within the British Empire leading to the American Revolution, and the foundations of the nation during the Confederation period.

    3303 The Young Republic, 1789-1837 (3-0). American history from the formation of the Federal Constitution through the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Emphasis will be placed on the establishment of the federal government, the appearance and development of political parties, the War of 1812, the emergency of nationalism and sectionalism after 1815, and the dominant personalities of the era.

    3307 U.S. in the Industrial Age, 1877-1939 (3-0). American social and political history from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression, with detailed emphasis on the evolution of modern capitalism and such related topics as labor, agriculture, immigration, and the emergence of the U.S. as a global military and political actor.

    3308 U.S. Urban History (3-0). U.S. Urban History will examine the influence of cities, suburbs, and exurbs on American economics, politics, and society from 1600 to the present.

    3309 U.S. in War and Upheaval, 1939-1989 (3-0). American social, political, and foreign policy history from World War II to the end of the Cold War, with detailed emphasis on anti-communism, de-industrialization, protest movements, and the culture wars.

    3310 U.S. Constitutional History (3-0). Everything has a history, and that includes the U.S. Constitution. This class focuses on the development of the Constitution, the critical ideologies and court decisions that shaped the Constitution up to our time, and how those ideologies and decisions were conditioned by their historical moments.

    3335 Renaissance and Reformation (3-0). Major developments in Europe from about 1450 to 1648, focusing on the humanist Renaissance, and Protestant Reformation, the Catholic reform movement, and the conflict of Protestants and Catholics through the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648.

    3336 Absolutism and Enlightenment: Europe, 1648-1788 (3-0). Major themes are political conflict in England, absolute monarch in France under Louis XIV, the Scientific Revolution, conflict for world empire between France and Britain, and the revolutionary thought of the Enlightenment.

    3337 Comparative History of Ancient East and West (3-0). A comparative history of Ancient China and Rome, examining the rise of their respective empires, economic evolution, and their political and military expansion and contraction.

    3342 The American Civil War (3-0). An examination of the causes and course of the American Civil War which places that pivotal conflict in the context of the nation’s development during the nineteenth century. Topics include, but are not limited to, life in the Old South, development of an industrial North, slavery, abolitionist movement, and political and military strategy.

    3343 Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Remembrance (3-0). An examination of how wartime Reconstruction efforts signaled the Lincoln administration’s plans for a post-war America. The course will also discuss electoral disenfranchisement and how northern and southern veterans reconciled their conflict at the end of Reconstruction by consciously rewriting the history of the Civil War.

    3344 U.S. Environmental History and Politics (3-0). Examines the historical evolution of American politics and policies related to the conservation, preservation, and economic development of American natural resources.

    3347 Culture, Gender, and Reform in 19th Century America (3-0). This course will examine the development of American masculinity, femininity, and gender from the early 19th Century to World War I. Students will study the role of gender in politics, the culture of honor in the South, family relationships and romance, and the challenging of gender, racial, and sexual boundaries in the Civil War and afterward.

    3348 Rights and Reform in 20th Century America (3-0). This course examines conservative and progressive political reform movements and their relationship to competing ideas of rights. Students will consider the various ways Americans in the 20th Century engaged in politics and sought to influence policy.

    3350 U.S. Policy History (3-0). Analyzes domestic policies from an historical perspective. One or more domestic policies may be examined from an historical perspective, including, but not limited to, immigration, social welfare, entitlements, labor, economics, and de-industrialization.

    3354 Historical Writing on Politics and Policy (3-0). This course teaches students historical research and writing skills, with a focus on politics and policy in American History.

    3355 Latin America to 1800 (3-0). A survey of Latin American History from the 15th Century to 1800. Topics include the influence of Spain and Portugal, Indian heritage, and colonial history, with a particular emphasis on political, social, and cultural developments.

    3356 Latin America Since 1800 (3-0). A survey of Latin American History since 1800. Topics include the development of Latin American Republics and revolutionary movements, with particular emphasis on political, social and cultural developments.

    3362 The Mexican-American in American History (3-0). An intellectual, social, economic, and political study of the Mexican-American in the United States with particular emphasis on Mexican background, discrimination, and the struggle for equality.

    3371 Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1800 to 1945 (3-0). A study of Asia in the age of Japanese and European colonialism; with an emphasis on economic, political, and diplomatic relations, culminating in independence movements and World War II.

    3372 China and the U.S. Since 1800 (3-0). Examination of Chinese and United States diplomatic and economic relations since 1800. 3379 U.S. Military History (3-0). The evolution of the American Military from colonial militias to late 19th century professional fighting forces. Military organizational trends and combat experiences between 1700 and 1900 are connected to the social, cultural, and political issues of the day.

    4302 The American West (3-0). A cultural history of America’s frontier experience, with special emphasis on the Trans-Mississippi West in the nineteenth century.

    4313 U.S. – Mexico Borderlands (3-0). This course will examine the historical interaction of the U.S. and Mexico at the Border, focusing on cultural exchange, economic relations, politics of immigration and labor, as well tensions and accommodations.

    4314 Historical Preservation, Research, and Writing (3-0). This course will provide students with training in the economics, cultural-political issues, and techniques of preservation, archival research and advanced historical writing. Students will receive preparation for possible employment in such fields as tourism, marketing, archives, museums, and research for corporations and non-profits.

    4323 History of U.S. Foreign Relations (3-0). An examination of key events in U.S. diplomatic history as well as significant trends from colonialrevolutionary times to the present.

    4324 Sports in American History (3-0). The role of sports in American history, including the economic, big business, social, cultural, racial, gender, ethnic and higher education aspects of sports in American history.

    4325 Indians of North America (3-0). A general survey of the pre-history, culture, and historical experience of American Indians living north of Mexico.

    4330 The Middle Ages (3-0). Europe from the collapse of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Renaissance with particular focus on feudalism, the empire of Charlemagne, the high and late medieval church, the construction of high medieval monarchy, and the Hundred Years War.

    4333 Modern Europe from 1871 to 1945 (3-0). Examines European imperial and colonial rivalries, militarism, anti-Semitism, and provides the social and political context of World War I and World War II which all but extinguished Europe as a global locus of power.

    4335 Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1871 (3-0). Studies the evolution and impact of the French Revolution, including the emergence of such ideologies of nationalism, communism, liberalism, Romanticism. This course will also examine the rise of European Industrialization, urbanization, and colonialism.

    4340 Globalization Since 1945 (3-0). An examination of global economics since World War II. Topics of study will include the dynamics of modernization, international trade, regional conflicts, and the evolution of an integrated global economy.

    4342 Dictatorship and Democracy in the 20th Century (3-0). This comparative European and U.S. 20th century history course will examine the rise of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and how they affected Far Left and Far Right politics and society in the U.S.

    4351 Mexico Since Independence (3-0). Mexican national history from 1823 to the present, detailing the political, economic, and cultural trends since independence and emphasizing United States-Mexican relations.

    4360 Latin American Slavery (3-0). Latin American Slavery examines the evolution of slavery in Latin America, offering a comparative framework to understand differences among countries colonized by the Portuguese and the Spanish. This course will look closely at the cultural interactions among Africans, Indians, and European colonizers to understand the basis of caste society in Latin America.

    4361 Topics in Military History (3-0). A study of war in different historical epochs. The course will analyze combat and the evolution of military technique within the broad cultural context of political, economic, social, and intellectual factors. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    4370 Capstone: Historical Research and Methodology (3-0). The objective of this course is to provide a capstone experience to History majors. Students should have senior status in order to enroll in the class. Students must obtain permission to enroll in the class. Secondary Certification students must take the class the semester prior to their clinical teaching (student teaching) experience.

    4371 Internship in History. The student will participate in work and on-the- job training at a historic site, museum, or other appropriate organization. A research paper dealing with the internship experience, written under the direction of a faculty member, will be required. The internship is limited to history majors. Registration allowed only after selection by the History Department made upon written application in the semester prior to placement. See department chair for details.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in history. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    4391 Research. A specialized course of directed reading or research for superior students majoring in history. Must have departmental approval to register.