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History

Sample Course Descriptions


Typical Fall Semester Courses
Typical Spring Semester Courses

This term's History Course Offerings


 

Sample of Fall Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for History:

HIS 113 - History of Western Civilization: From The Middle Ages through 1789  (3unit

Introductory course treating Western civilization in its broadest sense from the late Middle Ages to the French Revolution and the beginnings of industrialization.

 

HIS 141 - History of the United States from 1877  (3unit)

Colonial and Revolutionary periods, and economic, social, and political development of the United States through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

 

HIS 142 - History of the United States Since 1877  (3unit)

General social, economic, and political development from 1877 to the present.

 

HIS 145 - Women in Native American Colonies the United States (3unit)

Legacies of Native-American, Hispanic, and Anglo-American culture; slavery and abolition; women’s work and sexuality; women’s rights movements; ethnic and regional diversity, with emphasis on women in the West, the South, and Northeast.

 

HIS 150/AAF 150 - Introduction to Afro-American History  (3unit)

Survey of Afro-American history from African origins to the current racial confrontation.

 

HIS 180 - Introduction to Latin American Civilization  (3unit)

Social, cultural, and political history of the Latin American region from the preconquest era to the present time.

 

HIS 304 - Western Europe in the High Middle Ages  (3unit)

Primarily France and England in the 12th and 13th centuries. Emphasis on the Medieval Gothic-Catholic culture, the rise of towns, and the development of a money economy. Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

 

HIS 310 - History of Europe: 1815-1914  (3unit)

Major political, economic, and intellectual developments in Europe from the defeat of Napoleon I to the outbreak of World War I; emphasis on the Revolutions of 1848, unification of Italy and Germany, impact of the Industrial Revolution, nationalism and imperialism, background of World War I. Pre: junior standing.

 

HIS 336 The American Revolution and Confederation: 1763-1789. (3 units)
Social, political, and economic aspects of the Revolution and Confederation periods.

 

HIS 340 - United States History from 1914 to 1941  (3unit)

Social, political and economic developments in the U.S. from the onset of WW I through the end of the Great Depression. Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

 

HIS 341 - US History from 1941-1974  (3unit)

U.S. Involvement in WW II. Social, political and economic developments in the postwar era. Equal emphasis on the domestic sphere and America’s role in world affairs. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

 

HIS 360 - American Culture 1865-1940  (3unit)
Explores the nature and sources of American culture with emphasis on the diversity of its origins and forms of expression. Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

 

HIS 382 - History of Modern Latin America  (3unit)

Historical analysis of the political, cultural, and social-economic dimensions of tradition, reform, and revolution in Latin America since 1810.  Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

 

HIS 388/AAF 388 - History of Sub-Saharan Africa  (3unit)

Ancient and medieval Africa, and the impact of Islam; the “Glorious Age” of the Sudanic empires; the slave trade and the age of exploration; the period of European partition and the rise of African nationalism.  Pre: junior standing.

 

HIS 401 Advanced Topics in European History (3 units)
HIS 441 Advanced Topics in American HIstory (3 units).

Advanced topics in either European (401) History or American (441) HIstory will be offered alternating years. Subject and course content will vary from semester to semester. Student work will emphasize historiographical analysis and the use of specialized research materials.


HIS 544/LRS 544 - Colloquium In Worker History  (3unit)

Selected topics in American worker history with an emphasis on the most recent literature in the field. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.


Sample of Spring Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for History:

HIS 114 - History of Western Civilization Since 1789  (3unit)

Continuation of 113. Western civilization of the present time

 

HIS 141 - Hist U S To 1877  (3unit)

Colonial and Revolutionary periods, and economic, social, and political development of the United States through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

 

HIS 142 - History of the United States Since 1877  (3unit)

General social, economic, and political development from 1877 to the present.

 

HIS 146 - Women in the United States: 1890 to the Present  (3unit)

Impact of immigration and industrialization; legacy of slavery and segregation; changes in sexuality, reproduction, and work; images of women in popular culture; women’s political movements.

 

HIS 305 - The Renaissance  (3unit)

Europe in transition during the 14th through the early 16th centuries. The economic, social, and religious backgrounds of the Renaissance. Emphasis on culture and artistic developments.

 

HIS 311 - History of Europe Since 1914  (3unit)

Detailed study of developments from 1914 to present: wars, postwar adjustments, communist and fascist ideologies, history of individual states, and social and intellectual trends.

 

HIS 328 - The Holocaust  (3unit)

Study of Nazi efforts to exterminate Jews and others in Europe. Focuses on Nazi programs and policies; Jewish experiences; and the responses of the outside world.

 

HIS 341 - US History from 1941-1974  (3unit)

U.S. involvement in World War II. Social, political and economic developments in the postwar era. Equal emphasis on the domestic sphere and America’s role in world affairs.


HIS 342 United States History from 1968-2001. (3 units)
From Woodstock to the Aids crisis, Richard Nixon to George Bush,Vietnam to Iraq, and Bob Dylan to Jay-Z, students will explore the developments that created today's United States.

 

HIS 354 - US Diplomacy in the 20th Century  (3unit)

Analysis of people, ideas, and institutions that have shaped American relations with the rest of the world from World War I to the present

 

HIS 360 - American Culture from 1865 through 1940  (3unit)

Explores the nature and sources of American culture with emphasis on the diversity of its origins and forms of expression.

 

HIS 362 Rhode Island History (3 units)
History of Rhode Island from the first English settlement to the present day. Social, political and economic aspects of internal development and the relation of the state to the region and the nation.

 

HIS 365 Civil War and Reconstruction (3 units)
American history during the period 1850-1877, giving equal emphasis to the background of the Civil War, the war itself, and the social, political, and economic aspects of Reconstruction.

 

HIS 382 - History of Modern Latin America  (3unit)

Historical analysis of the political, cultural, and social-economic dimensions of tradition, reform, and revolution in Latin America since 1810.

 

HIS 495 - Seminar In History  (3unit)

Development of skills in historical research and writing and in the critical analysis of historical works. Topics vary.