HIS 111 History of Civilization to 1648 (3 hours)
A study of human origins stressing the
continuity of development through 1648. The course will be taught on a chronological or
topical basis and attempt to combine historical interpretation with a general knowledge of
the significant developments of the past.
HIS 113 History of Civilization Since 1648 (3 hours)
A study of world civilization from 1648
to the present. The course will be taught on a chronological or topical basis and attempt
to combine historical interpretation with a knowledge of the significant developments of the
HIS 211 Asian Civilization I (3
This course will survey the development of East and South Asian civilizations, covering
their origins as well as their cultural influences, from prehistoric times to approximately
HIS 213 Asian Civilization II (3
This course will explore the development of East and South Asia from about 1800 AD to the
present. Students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences among the
national experiences in modern Asia.
HIS 223 Introduction to American History: 1492-1877
This course is a survey of the political,
economic, intellectual, social, and religious development of American before 1877.
HIS 225 Introduction to American History: 1877 to
Present (3 hours)
This course is a survey of the political,
economic, intellectual, social, and religious development of America after 1877.
HIS 250 Historical Methods (3 hours)
An intensive introduction to concepts,
methods, and issues in American or European history. Emphasis will be on the framing of
historical questions and immersion in the actual sources of history. Prerequisite:
HIS 304 Kentucky History (3 hours)
The study of statemaking as an important
contribution to the understanding of the political, social, and cultural life of the United
States; Kentucky as the first frontier state.
HIS 306 Colonial and Revolutionary America,
1607-1783 (3 hours)
An intensive investigation of the
American colonies, their political and social origins, their cultural developments, and
their subsequent revolution with and separation from Great Britain.
HIS 308 History of the Early Republic:1783-1848 (3
This course is a study of the formative
years of the United States. The course covers the early years of government under the
Articles of Confederation, the adoption of the United States Constitution, and the political
development of the new nation through the Mexican War. Additionally, the course will cover
the social, ethnic, economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious transformations which
characterized American life in the 1780s-1840s.
HIS 310 History of the South (3 hours)
The contribution of Southern civilization
to the total life of the nation, with emphasis on the New South.
HIS 312 Civil War and Reconstruction (3 hours)
Intensive investigation of some aspect of
the period. Topics selected to give insight into the war and its effect on American
HIS 314 Gilded Age through the 1920s (3 hours)
An intensive overview of America between
1877 and 1930. this course explores the political, social, economic, and cultural
developments of the period, especially in their relationship to the formation of industrial
HIS 316 Modern China. (3 hours)
This course is a study of modern Chinese history since 1800.
It examines the political, cultural, social and economic developments in the last two
centuries and offers a comprehensive view of China’s unique path to modernization.
HIS 318 History of Canada (3 hours)
This course is a survey of Canada's
political, economic, intellectual, social, and religious development.
HIS 321 History of Japan (3 hours)
This course will cover Japanese history
from the sengoku period to the Russo-Japanese War. While covering the
political, institutional, religious, economic, and cultural history of Japan, particular
attention will be paid to the significant influence of China as well as Japanese social
structure and reaction to the outside world.
HIS 323 Renaissance and Reformation (3 hours)
This course will cover the intellectual,
cultural, political, and economic development of Europe with particular focus on the Italian
Renaissance and the Reformation in Germany. The course will continue through the
Counter-Reformation and the Thirty Years War.
HIS 325 United States Diplomatic History (3 hours)
The course will survey the historical
development of United States diplomatic policies and positions which have influenced
American attitudes toward other peoples or significantly affected domestic development.
American economic, religious, racial and cultural values will be integrated into the study.
HIS 331 Revolutionary Europe 1789-1871 (3 hours)
A survey of European history from the period of the French Revolution through the unification of Germany, emphasis will be given to the revolutionary political, economic, social, cultural, and military/diplomatic changes transforming Europe in this period.
HIS 333 Europe in Crisis 1871-1949 (3 hours)
A survey of European history from the period of German unification to the beginning of the Cold War, emphasis will be given to the challenges posed by nationalism and militarism; the two world wars; technological, economic, and social change; imperialism; the emergence of fascist, national socialist, and communist movements and governments; and the evolution of cultural modernism.
HIS 335 History of England (3 hours)
Study of the political, social, economic,
religious, and constitutional history of England to the end of the Stuart period.
HIS 337 Modern
England (3 hours)
This course describes the role of the
English nation in the modern world as well as its contributions to modern society.
Anglo-American relations will be given special emphasis.
HIS 338 Religion
in American History (3 hours)
Role of religion in American history;
impact of religion on major social and political developments.
HIS 343 Modern Central Europe (3 hours)
A survey of German, Austrian, and
Hungarian history from the 19th century to the present; topics include the industrial
revolution in Central Europe, the 1848 revolutions, the creation and collapse of the German
and Austro Hungarian Empires, the rise of radical ideologies after 1918, the Second World
War, and Germany’s division and reunification.
HIS 345 Military History. (3
A survey of the role of warfare and
the military in Western society from prehistory to the present. Topics will include the
origins of war and military institutions; the relationship of military organizations to the
state; philosophies/doctrines regarding the state’s use of war as policy; the evolution and
impact of new military technologies, tactics, and strategies; the role of leadership,
organization, and logistics in war; moral and ethical issues of war; and the perspective of
the individual combatant.
HIS 360 Public History. (3 hours)
Introduction to various aspects of public history in a
philosophical and practical way.
HIS 378 Tutorial Topics. (3
Special topics in History using a
one-on-one tutorial method of instruction similar to that used in humanities courses at
Oxford University. Prerequisite: History 111 or 113 and permission of the instructor.
HIS 412 Ancient History (3 hours)
Roots of western civilization; primary
source material for Ancient near East, Greece and Rome.
HIS 417 History of Modern Russia (3 hours)
A survey of Russian history from the 19th
century to the present, topics will include the social and cultural trends of Imperial
Russia, Russia's role in European and world affairs, the 1917 revolutions, the Communist era
and Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
HIS 424 History of the Middle East (3 hours)
Political, economic and cultural events
and institutions from the time of Muhammed, with emphasis on the contemporary period.
HIS 426 History of the American Indian (3 hours)
This course traces the multifarious
history of American Indians with particular emphasis on the course of American history from
their perspectives. It is designed to digress from the traditional view of Indian history as
one of Indian-white warfare and frontier violence, and explore a deeper understanding of
Indians as human beings caught up in dramatic historical events that continue to shape their
HIS 430 Recent America (3 hours)
American technological and industrial
growth since 1930 and the social, political, and intellectual adjustments which that growth
HIS 440 Independent Study (1,2, or 3 hours)
HIS 450 Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Historical criticism, historiography and
research. Prerequisite HIS 250.
HIS 470 Topics in History (3 hours)
Some topics might include
African-American history, History of Feminism, Hitler and National Socialism; History of
Revolutions; History of American Labor; History of Race Relations; History of American
Business; History of Latin America.
HIS 475 Topics in the Social and Intellectual History of
the United States (3 hours)