Courses

HIS 110. Essentials of Western Civilization (3 hours)

A study of Western Civilization’s development during the ancient, medieval, and modern eras. Connections between religion, politics, and culture are stressed, as is the growth since the 1700s of citizens' rights and consumerism. (Every Semester)

HIS 115. Western Civilization: Enrichment (1 hour)

A problem-based study of how historians have defined and interpreted the West’s development, distinctiveness, and global significance. Majors are strongly encouraged to take HIS 115 when enrolled in HIS 110. (Every semester)

HIS 120. Introductory Topics in History: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)

A rotating-topic module course designed for majors and non-majors alike. European, American, and global topics will be offered. Domestic or foreign travel may be required. Students may take different topics of the course twice and earn up to four hours (total) for credit towards graduation. Students are required to engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week every hour of credit. (Occasionally)

HIS 145. American Film as Art and History (3 hours)

A study of films oriented around a common historical theme. This course will emphasize the study of films for their place in the history of the time, and for their reflection of and influence on American culture from their time of crafting through the late 20th century. (Every Year)

HIS 160. Biblical Texts and American History (3 hours)

A study of the interplay between the Abrahamic texts and the development of American culture. Textual examinations will reflect upon their original setting and their American application. (Every Year)

HIS 165. American Transformations of its European Heritage (3 hours)

A topical examination of America’s transformations of the major elements of its European heritage from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The course focuses on a single area of heritage and transformation on a rotating basis. Specific topics include civic rights, public health, religion, justice, war and diplomacy, laws and constitutions, and race and ethnicity. May only be taken once for credit towards graduation. (Every semester)

HIS 176. American Founding Principles (3 hours)

(Same as PHI 176 and POL 176)

This course will study the major intellectual currents and ideas that informed the creation of the American republic. It will be divided into two main parts. First, the course ranges across the Western tradition in order to elucidate the elements most important to the American Founders. These elements include the classical traditions of Greece and Rome, the modern Enlightenment tradition, the Protestant tradition, and the British republican tradition. Second, the course examines the American Founding itself, focusing on the major issues and debates (from 1765-1800) that shaped the institutions and character of the regime. Throughout, emphasis will be placed on the discussion of primary texts and documents. (Every year)

HIS 210: The Twentieth Century World (3 hours)

Prerequisites: none. HIS 110 is recommended.

A history of world affairs from about 1900 through 2001, stressing the decline of the West’s technical and geopolitical dominance and various global reactions to the spread of the West’s liberal consumerism. (Every year) 

HIS 224. Sub-Saharan Africa to Independence (3 hours)

(Same as AFR 224)

A study of sub-Saharan Africa before and during imperialism, addressing the spread of Islam, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the effects upon Africans of European trade, conquest, and administration. (Every two years)

HIS 295. The Historian’s Craft (3 hours)

Prerequisites: HIS 110 or either HIS 160 or 165, and sophomore standing.

An introduction to the basic vocabulary, source materials, research and writing methods, and historiographical issues in the discipline of history, with an emphasis on analytical and writing skills. The course is required for majors, who are strongly urged to enroll as sophomores. (Every semester)

HIS 301. Ancient History: The Near East and Greece (3 hours)

A study of the rise of civilization in the Near East, its flowering in Greece, and its merging into a Mediterranean culture. (Every two years)

HIS 302. Ancient History: Rome (3 hours)

A study of the rise of Rome in the Italian peninsula, Roman hegemony over the ancient world, and the empire’s final dissolution. (Every two years)

HIS 310. The Middle Ages (3 hours)

A survey of the medieval world: the rise of Christianity and the Germanic West; the apogee of medieval civilization with Gothic architecture, scholasticism, and the chivalric tradition; and the late medieval impact of technology, commerce, and the nation-state. (Every two years)

HIS 315. Early Modern Europe (3 hours)

A comparative study of the intellectual, religious, political, and social changes in Europe from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Topics include the development of Renaissance thought, conflicts over religion and devotion during the Reformation, the growth of the monarchial state and conflicts between absolutism and constitutionalism, the birth of Europe’s colonial empires, and the rise of rationalism. (Every two years)

HIS 317. Europe in the Nineteenth Century (3 hours)

A general history of Western and Central Europe in the century after the Congress of Vienna, emphasizing the politics and diplomacy of the major European states. (Every two years)

HIS 318. Twentieth Century Europe (3 hours)

A general history of continental Europe in the twentieth century, emphasizing totalitarianism’s threats to liberal institutions and ideals and its awkward place in various national memories. Also addressed are Europeans’ loss of global empires and the growth of the European Union. (Every two years)

HIS 320. Medieval England (3 hours)

The development of England under the Norman and Plantagenet dynasties (1066-1485) with emphasis on evolving political, social, and economic institutions. (Every two years)

HIS 321. Early Modern Britain (3 hours)

A study of the peoples of the British Isles from the close of the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Topics include the development of distinct religious, cultural and national identities in Britain, Britain’s constitutional conflicts, the quest for a colonial empire, and the origins of the Industrial Revolution. (Every two years)  

HIS 322. Modern Britain (3 hours)

A comparative study of the peoples of the British Isles since the eighteenth century with emphases on the Industrial Revolution and the expansion and subsequent collapse of Britain’s empire. (Every two years)

HIS 325. Revolution and Its Legacy in France (3 hours)

A detailed study of the French Revolution, followed by a broader study of how the revolution's liberal, egalitarian, secular, and assimilationist ideals have defined and often polarized public life in France since 1789. (Every two years)

HIS 327. The Rise of Modern Russia (3 hours)

A history of the political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual development of Kievan and Muscovite Russia and the formation and ascendancy of the Russian Empire to 1855. (Every two years)

HIS 328. The Russian Empire and the Soviet Regime (3 hours)

Russian history since 1856 with emphases on social, political, and diplomatic developments, the Russian Revolution, and the rise of the Soviet state. (Every two years)

HIS 330. The First and Second World Wars (3 hours)

An examination of the technologies, military campaigns, war aims of the belligerents, and development of strategy and tactics during and between the world wars of the twentieth century. (Every year)

HIS 332. An Intellectual History of Modern Europe (3 hours)

A study of the Western identity in its rational, romantic, and existential forms. Close attention is given to the relation of ideas to social change since the Renaissance.(Occasionally)

HIS 333. Russian History Study Tour (3 hours)

Prerequisite: one HIS course or permission of the instructor.

A study tour to historic and cultural points of interest in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and one other Russian city. Seminars, to be conducted both abroad and on campus, may include such topics as the history of the Kremlin; post-Cold War Russian society; Peter the Great and the westernization of Russia, and the like. Several papers will be required. The travel component of this course may be offered during May Term or between fall and spring terms. If the latter, students will officially enroll in and complete the work for the course during the following spring term. (Occasionally)

HIS 340. Critical Themes in Western Civilization: (Subtitle) (3 hours)

A team-taught course addressing crucial themes that transcend conventionally defined fields of Western history, typically by pertaining to two or more continents. (Occasionally)

HIS 345. Colonial Americas in a Transatlantic World (3 hours)

A comparative study of the European Atlantic colonies from the age of Columbus to the end of the colonial era. The course focuses primarily on the Spanish, French, and British colonies and examines patterns of exploration, colonization, and settlement; developments in government, religion, and economics; and interactions of differing races, ethnicities, and nationalities. (Every two years)

HIS 350. The United States in the Founding Era, 1763-1815 (3 hours)

A study of the formation and establishment of the United States in the years of the American Revolution and the Early Republic. (Every two years) 

HIS 351. The United States in the Industrial Era, 1815-1940 (3 hours)

A study of the history of United States from the beginnings of the Market Industrial Revolution to the end of the Great Depression. (Every two years)

HIS 356. The Civil War and Reconstruction (3 hours)

(Same as AFR 356)

A study of the causes of the American Civil War, the major military campaigns and engagements, and the problems of the nation after the war. (Every two years)

HIS 359. The United States in the Global Era, 1940-2001 (3 hours)

A study of the history of the United States from the beginnings of World War II to 9/11. (Every two years)

HIS 361. The Old South (3 hours)

(Same as AFR 361)

The study of the American South from the beginnings of European settlement to the Civil War. Slavery, the development of southern culture, and other topics are emphasized. (Every two years)

HIS 362. The New South (3 hours)

(Same as AFR 362)

A study of the American South from Reconstruction to the present. Race relations, the evolution of southern culture, and other topics are emphasized. (Every two years)

HIS 363. African American History (3 hours)

(Same as AFR 363)

An overview of the African American experience with emphasis on the following topics: life under slavery; conditions among free blacks during the antebellum period; actions of blacks during the Civil War and Reconstruction; reactions of blacks to the rise of virulent white racism after Reconstruction; and the roots, achievements, and transformation of the civil rights movement. (Every two years)

HIS 365. History of Georgia (3 hours)

A political, economic, social, and cultural survey of Georgia from its founding to the present.(Every summer)

HIS 370. An Intellectual History of America (3 hours)

A study of the main economic, political, religious, and social ideas that have shaped American history from its European origins to the present. (Every two years)

HIS 377. U.S. Women’s History, Colonial Era to the Present (3 hours)

(Same as WGS 377)

A study of the meaning and place of women in U.S. society from the colonial era to the present through major secondary works and selected primary documents in the field. Students address major themes in U.S. women’s history, including family, sexuality, work, and reform, within the broader context of American history. In addition, this course addresses the historiography, implications, methodologies, and future directions of the discipline. (Every two years)

Prerequisites: HIS 110, 160 or 165, and 295 for history majors; two 100-level history courses for history minors; instructor permission for all others.

A comparative study of classic and contemporary works of history, emphasizing the different priorities, assumptions, and approaches of Western historians from antiquity to the present. (Every year)  

HIS 395. Studies in Historiography (3 hours)

Prerequisites: HIS 110, 160 or 165, and 295 for history majors; two 100-level history courses for history minors; instructor permission for all others.

A comparative study of classic and contemporary works of history, emphasizing the different priorities, assumptions, and approaches of Western historians from antiquity to the present. (Every year)

HIS 401. Internship in Public History (1-3 hours)

Prerequisites: HIS 145, 160, or 165 plus HIS 295, third or fourth year standing.

A research-oriented internship on a topic of local or regional historical interest undertaken in conjunction with a community partner organization, culminating in a project appropriate to the topic addressed and/or the needs of the cooperating community partner organization. Hours earned in HIS 401 do not count towards the minimum credit requirements for the 33-hour major or the 15-hour minor. Students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, are required to engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for up to 9 credit hours towards graduation. Graded S/U. (Occasionally)

HIS 481. Seminar on Selected Topics in American History (3 hours)

A seminar involving reading, discussion, and independent research on a specific topic in American history. (Occasionally)

HIS 491. Seminar on Selected Topics of European History (3 hours)

A seminar involving reading, discussion, and independent research on a specific topic in European history. (Occasionally)

HIS 495. Research Seminar in History (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HIS 295.

A course restricted to students majoring in history. Emphasizing intensive research conducted by the individual student and directed by instructors, the seminar enables students to compare historical methods and perspectives, examine specific historical problems, and sharpen their skills as researchers and writers. (Every fall)

HIS 499. Supervised Independent Research (3 hours)

Prerequisite: junior or senior status and consent of the instructor.

Intensive reading on a selected topic in an area of special interest to the student. The program of study must be agreed upon with the instructor and cleared with the chair of the department in advance of registration. (Occasionally)