HIST Course Listing

World History I (HIST 115, 3 Credits)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A survey of global civilizations from prehistory to the 1500s. The aim is to explain the impact of environmental conditions on the development of civilizations using basic geographical knowledge; describe how human contacts, global connections, and migrations contribute to the development of civilizations; and compare the development of institutions (social, political, familial, cultural, and religious) to explain their impact on societal transformations. Focus is on examining what history is and thinking critically about history by analyzing historical approaches and methods.

World History II (HIST 116, 3 Credits)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A survey of global civilizations from the 1500s to the present. The aim is to explain the development of new political and economic systems using basic geographical knowledge; describe how human contacts, global connections, and migrations contribute to the development of nations and global systems; and compare the development of institutions (social, political, familial, cultural, and religious) to explain their impact on societal transformations. Focus is on examining what history is and thinking critically about history by analyzing historical approaches and methods.

Technological Transformations (HIST 125, 3 Credits)

A focused survey of the intersection of technology and history and the evolutionary process that marks what we call progress. The objective is to apply historical precedent to everyday responsibilities and relationships in order to advance the goals and ideals of contemporary society; compare and contrast historical eras; and describe how events influence our sense of time, space, and technology.

Western Civilization I (HIST 141, 3 Credits)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A survey of the history of Western civilization from antiquity through the Reformation. The objective is to chart major societal changes; identify major conflicts and wars; describe the evolution of religions; and recognize how philosophy and the arts reflect and influence peoples' lives, cultures, and societies. The political, social, and intellectual developments that formed the values and institutions of the Western world are examined.

Western Civilization II (HIST 142, 3 Credits)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A survey of the history of Western civilization from the Reformation to modern times. The goal is to chart major societal changes; identify major conflicts and wars; describe the evolution of religions; and recognize how philosophy and the arts reflect and influence peoples' lives, cultures, and societies.

History of the United States to 1865 (HIST 156, 3 Credits)

A survey of the United States from colonial times to the end of the Civil War. The establishment and development of national institutions are traced. The aim is to locate, evaluate, and use primary and secondary sources and interpret current events and ideas in a historical context. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 156 or HUMN 119.

History of the United States Since 1865 (HIST 157, 3 Credits)

A survey of economic, intellectual, political, and social developments since the Civil War. The objective is to use primary and secondary sources to describe U.S. historical events and interpret current events and ideas in a historical context. Discussion covers the rise of industry and the emergence of the United States as a world power. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 157 or HUMN 120.

Principles of War (HIST 202, 3 Credits)

A study of the nine classic principles that guide the conduct of war at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels and form the foundation of the art and science of the military profession. The aim is to use primary and secondary historical resources to explore how past theory and practice have shaped the underlying policy, strategic planning, and operational procedures of today's military and national security agencies.

Special Topics in Regional and National History (HIST 216, 1 Credits)

Introduction to the histories of specific regions or nations. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 216 or HIST 316 only once.

Special Topics in Urban and Local History (HIST 217, 1 Credits)

Introduction to the histories of specific cities or localities. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 217 or HIST 317 only once.

Berlin: Its History and Art (HIST 217A, 3 Credits)

A detailed exploration of Berlin's history and art since the l7th century. Visits to historic sites, monuments, and museums as well as other locations of interest (such as Potsdam, the "Kiez," and "No-Man's Land.") are included. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217A or HIST 317A.

Cultural History of London I (HIST 217B, 3 Credits)

A study of the history, art, and architecture of London from the Roman occupation through the 16th century. Topics include the Norman invasion, the rise of the corporate city of London under the Guilds and Lord Mayor, and the transformation of the city under the Tudors. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217B or HIST 317B.

Cultural History of London II (HIST 217C, 3 Credits)

A study of the history, art, and architecture of London from 1603. Topics include the reign of the Stuarts, the Commonwealth, the Restoration, the rebuilding of London by Wren after the great fire, the Glorious Revolution and the Enlightenment, the reign of the Hanover kings, the Regency, the prosperity of London and the Empire, and 20th-century London after World War II. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217C or HIST 317C.

History and Culture of Naples (HIST 217F, 3 Credits)

A study of the history of Naples from its founding by Greek colonists in the 5th century B.C. to the present. The successive dynasties who ruled the city (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Neapolitan, Norman, Hohenstaufen, Angevin, Aragon, Austrian, French, Piedmontese, Fascist) and more recent political groups under the Republic of Italy are surveyed. Three major periods in the city's history are examined in depth: the Angevin period, the Bourbon Kingdom, and post-World War II Naples. Specific sites related to these periods are visited. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217F or HIST317F.

Heidelberg Through the Ages (HIST 217J, 3 Credits)

A study of the geographical, historical, and economic background that created the complex structures of Heidelberg. Topics include relevant monuments and documents of art and architecture and their relation to the cultural and historical developments. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217J or HIST 317J.

History of Venice (HIST 217K, 3 Credits)

A historical overview of the Venetian Republic. Topics include its origins in the Venetian lagoon, its permanent location in the Rialto area (circa 800 A.D.), and its fall in 1797. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217K or HIST 317K.

Special Topics in Military History (HIST 218, 1 Credits)

Introduction to the history of specific battles, campaigns, or wars. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 218 or HIST 318 only once.

D-Day and Normandy Campaign of 1944 (HIST 218G, 1 Credits)

A study of the military strategy and tactics involved with D-Day and the Normandy campaign and their significance. Visits to Gold Beach, Arromanches Museum, Artificial Harbor, Saint-Mere Eglise and its Airborne Museum, Utah Beach, Le Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Military Cemetery are included. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 218G or HIST 318G.

Special Topics in History (HIST 219, 1 Credits)

Introduction to specific topics, themes, events or problems in history. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 219 or HIST 319 only once.

The United States in World Affairs (HIST 266, 3 Credits)

A study of the United States as an emerging world power and of the domestic response to the nation's changing status in world affairs. Emphasis is on the relationship between the internal and the external development of the nation.

Historical Methods (HIST 289, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A 100-level HIST course. An introduction to historical methods, approaches, and techniques. The goal is to explain what history is and why it matters, identify historical paradigms, and employ the moral and ethical standards of the historical profession. Focus is on the philosophical and practical skills employed by historians.

Historical Writing (HIST 309, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: HIST 289. A study of the historical research and writing process. The goal is to construct a framework for an original historical research project, locate and evaluate source materials, and demonstrate proficiency in research methods.

Advanced Topics in Regional and National History (HIST 316, 1 Credits)

An in-depth study of the histories of specific regions or nations. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 216 or HIST 316 only once.

The American West (HIST 316L, 3 Credits)

An examination of the exploration, settlement, development, and mythology of the American West, 1490-1990, with attention paid to the role of the West as a key factor in the formation of national identity. Assignments include advanced reading and research.

History of the Ryukyu Islands (HIST 316N, 3 Credits)

A survey of social and political developments of the Ryukyu Islands from the period of the Satsuma Clan's rulership though the present. Topics include Chinese influence on Ryukyuan culture, the arrival of the western trader, Okinawa during World War II, the establishment and maintenance of the military government, reversion, and current economic and sociopolitical trends. Assignments include advanced reading and research.

Advanced Topics in Urban and Local History (HIST 317, 1 Credits)

An in-depth study of the histories of specific cities or localities. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 217 or HIST 317 only once.

Berlin: Its History and Art (HIST 317A, 3 Credits)

A detailed exploration of Berlin's history and art since the l7th century. Visits to historic sites, monuments, and museums as well as other locations of interest (such as Potsdam, the "Kiez," and "No-Man's Land.") are included. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217A or HIST 317A.

Cultural History of London I (HIST 317B, 3 Credits)

A study of the history, art, and architecture of London from the Roman occupation through the 16th century. Topics include the Norman invasion, the rise of the corporate city of London under the Guilds and Lord Mayor, and the transformation of the city under the Tudors. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217B or HIST 317B.

Cultural History of London II (HIST 317C, 3 Credits)

A study of the history, art, and architecture of London from 1603. Topics include the reign of the Stuarts, the Commonwealth, the Restoration, the rebuilding of London by Wren after the great fire, the Glorious Revolution and the Enlightenment, the reign of the Hanover kings, the Regency, the prosperity of London and the Empire, and 20th-century London after World War II. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217C or HIST 317C.

History and Culture of Naples (HIST 317F, 3 Credits)

A study of the history of Naples from its founding by Greek colonists in the 5th century B.C. to the present. The successive dynasties who ruled the city (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Neapolitan, Norman, Hohenstaufen, Angevin, Aragon, Austrian, French, Piedmontese, Fascist) and more recent political groups under the Republic of Italy are surveyed. Three major periods in the city's history are examined in depth: the Angevin period, the Bourbon Kingdom, and post-World War II Naples. Specific sites related to these periods are visited. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217F or HIST 317F.

Heidelberg Through the Ages (HIST 317J, 3 Credits)

A study of the geographical, historical, and economic background that created the complex structures of Heidelberg. Topics include relevant monuments and documents of art and architecture and their relation to the cultural and historical developments. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217J or HIST 317J.

History of Venice (HIST 317K, 3 Credits)

A historical overview of the Venetian Republic. Topics include its origins in the Venetian lagoon, its permanent location in the Rialto area (circa 800 A.D.), and its fall in 1797. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 217K or HIST 317K.

Advanced Topics in Military History (HIST 318, 1 Credits)

An in-depth study of specific battles, campaigns or wars. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 218 or HIST 318 only once.

D-Day and Normandy Campaign of 1944 (HIST 318G, 1 Credits)

A study of the military strategy and tactics behind D-Day and the Normandy campaign of World War II and their significance. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 218G or HIST 318G.

Special Topics in History (HIST 319, 3 Credits)

An in-depth study of specific topics, themes, events, or problems in history. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HIST 219 or HIST 319 only once.

The Roman Republic (HIST 326, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. A study of ancient Rome during the period 753 to 44 BC, from its founding to the assassination of Julius Caesar. The goal is to use primary and secondary historical resources to explore Roman thought and demonstrate its influence in the modern Western world and apply it to modern contexts. Focus is on Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean world, the social and political pressures that led to that conquest, and the consequent transformation and decline of the republic. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 326 or HIST 421.

Europe's Bloodiest Century (HIST 337, 3 Credits)

An investigation of the political, economic, and cultural development of Europe since 1914, with emphasis on the factors involved in the two world wars and their worldwide effects and significance. The objective is to evaluate causes, courses, and consequences of armed conflicts in Europe during the 20th century to interpret their effects on contemporary society.

Recent America: 1945 to the Present (HIST 365, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A writing course. Recommended: WRTG 291. An investigation of U.S. history from the end of World War II to the events of September 11, 2001. The goal is to identify events, individuals, movements, and technological developments; synthesize primary and secondary resources; and analyze the significance of social, cultural, and political events. Topics include social turmoil, the Cultural Revolution, the role of the United States in the world, economic trends, military conflicts, consumerism, political and public scandals, and globalization.

U.S. Women's History: 1870 to 2000 (HIST 377, 3 Credits)

An examination of the history of women in the United States from 1870 to the eve of the 21st century. The goal is to examine primary and secondary sources and documents to comprehend and articulate the impact of gender on the historical experiences of American women. Historical methodologies that focus on the ways in which race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality have shaped these experiences are used to analyze the varied experiences of U.S. women. The relationship between these experiences and the larger historical forces of the era including social movements, technology, and changing family roles and structure is evaluated. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 211, HIST 367, or HIST 377.

America in Vietnam (HIST 381, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A writing course. Recommended: WRTG 291. An examination of the complexity of the lengthy involvement of the United States in Vietnam. The goal is to engage in divergent historical interpretations and develop personal conclusions and perspectives about America's role in Vietnam and its legacy. Discussion covers the social, cultural, political, and military dimensions of the Vietnam War, beginning with the declaration of Vietnamese independence at the conclusion of World War II. Emphasis is on influence of the media in shaping government policy and public opinion. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 337 or HIST 381.

The Korean War (HIST 382, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. An exploration of the Korean War, including the origins of the conflict on the peninsula and the reasons for Soviet, American, and Chinese involvement. Military strategy and campaigns are discussed, as are U.S. domestic politics and the consequences of the war for the nations and peoples involved. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 382 or HIST 318O.

Korean History (HIST 383, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. A study of the history of Korea from prehistory to the present. Focus is on Korea's political, social, and economic history. Korea's relations with China and Japan are explored. Students may receive credit only once under this course title.

History of the Contemporary Middle East (HIST 392, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A writing course. Recommended: WRTG 291. A survey of the history of the Middle East from the late 19th century to the present. The aim is to identify the important events of the last century in the Middle East; understand the sources of contention in that area; and examine the ideology, politics, and culture of the area and how they impact U.S.-Middle East relations. Focus is on major political, economic, social, and cultural trends that inform current events in the region. Topics include the late Ottoman Empire, European colonialism, the rise of nationalism and nation-states, the Arab-Israeli conflict, political Islam, the role of the United States in the region, and contemporary approaches to modernity in the Middle East.

Museum Administration (HIST 394, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. A study of museum administration from a curator's perspective. Topics include acquisition, facility management, and resource development. An overview of governing laws is provided. Both private and public museums in the Washington, D.C., metro area serve as models.

Tudor England (HIST 430, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. An examination of the political, religious, and social forces in English life during the Tudor reign (1485-1603). Emphasis is on Tudor government, the English Reformation, and the Elizabethan era.

Stuart England (HIST 431, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. An examination of the political, religious, and social forces in English life during the Start reign (1603-1714). Emphasis is on Puritanism and the English revolutions.

Diplomatic History of the United States Since 1914 (HIST 453, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. A survey of foreign relations of the United States in the 20th century. The causes and the problems of World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are analyzed.

African American History: 1865 to the Present (HIST 461, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A writing course. Recommended: WRTG 291. An examination of African Americans in the United States since the Civil War. The objective is to examine the significance of the emancipation of African Americans and various leadership and philosophical perspectives within the African American community. Topics include emancipation and Reconstruction; segregation, accommodationism, and institution building; migration and urbanization; resistance and the birth and growth of the civil rights movement; and the problem of race and racism as a national issue with global impact in the modern world.

The U.S. Civil War (HIST 462, 3 Credits)

An examination of the origins, conduct, and impact of the American Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-77). The goal is to apply historical methodology to issues of the Civil War and Reconstruction; assess Civil War strategies, tactics, and operations; and evaluate how race, culture, politics, and technology affected the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

World War I (HIST 464, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Any writing course. An intensive study of the First World War. Topics include the development of nationalism and socialism in late 19th-century Europe, the causes of the First World War, trench warfare on the western front, war in the Balkans, total war on the home fronts, the Russian Revolution of 1917, the collapse of the Central Powers, the 1918 settlements, the postwar conflicts that continued to haunt Europe until 1923, and the concept of the Lost Generation.

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