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  • HIST 3002 - Colonial British North America

    Covers North American history from initial British settlement to the conclusion of the French and Indian War. In this time British colonies evolved into increasingly mature, stable societies. Demographic and economic expansion made possible a prosperous and relatively egalitarian society, which in turn affected the legal and political settlement. Yet, amidst all these promising developments, African slavery and the dispossession of Native Americans became ever more deeply entrenched. Examines the expansion of the British American empire and the costs this empire exacted. Topics covered include: pre-Columbian Native American societies, early English settlement, the Caribbean, comparative colonial development, trade, political culture, gender relations and the construction of family, witchcraft, war, migration, evangelical awakenings, urbanization, consumption, and slavery.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3004 - Revolutionary Era

    Causes of American Revolution and struggle for independence. Confederation, movement for new government, framing of Constitution.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3008 - Early U.S. Republic

    Examines the earliest decades of the new United States, including how diverse peoples in different regions, ethnic groups, and classes struggled to coexist and define what it meant to live under the republican form of government created in 1776 and consolidated in 1787. Will include topics such as institution building, westward expansion and its effects on Native and African-Americans, the nation's place on the world stage, the War of 1812, the emergence of partisanship and party systems, competing understandings of political economy, political culture, and life in the early Republic.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3018 - History of the American South to 1900

    Study of the diverse peoples and dynamic socioeconomic, cultural, and political processes that shaped the American South and affected its relationship to the broader world from the colonial period to the emergence of a "New South." Examines the origins and effects of racism and slavery; the regional and national institutions created to sustain and extend slavery; its destruction in the midst of the Civil War; and the complex realities and legacy of emancipation for the region and the nation.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3020 - Survey of American Indian History

    Treats Indian societies before European contact; cultural contact, negotiation, and conflict with Spanish, English, and French settlers; United States policy toward Indians; and Indian peoples' diverse strategies of preservation, adaptation, resistance, and accommodation from first contact to the present.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3030 - United States in World War II

    Military and diplomatic role of U.S. in WWII; war's political, economic, and social impact on the nation.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3050 - The United States and the Vietnam War

    Examination of American experience in Vietnam, both in terms of military and diplomatic history of war itself, and its impact on American society.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3060 - American Environmental History

    A survey of the evolution, from 1492 to the present, of American attitudes toward and interactions with the natural world, including such topics as the Columbian Exchange, romanticism, the Western frontier, conservation, the "land ethic," and environmental policy in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3070 - Famous Trials in American History

    Uses the medium of famous trials to explore the relationship between law and society in American history from the 17th- to the 20th- centuries. Some of the cases studied are landmarks in the history of law, while others provide social and cultural insights into a particular period of American history. Along the way, the class considers the role of governmental entities, the legal profession, the judiciary, the press, and the public in famous trials.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3081 - The Civil War and its Aftermath

    Explores the diverse individuals and processes that brought about the U.S. Civil War, determined its course and outcome, and shaped a complicated and contested settlement. Themes will include military engagements, expansionism, increased sectionalism, race and slavery, political parties, society and institutions in the Union and Confederacy, attempts to restructure Southern society, and developments at the national level in the post-war period.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3090 - American Constitutional History, Part 1: Origins to Reconstruction

    Traces the history of American constitutionalism from its English roots through the aftermath of the Civil War. While the purview is not restricted to the federal constitution, that document will form its chief focus. Ideas, institutions, and individuals responsible for the construction of America's unique constitutional heritage are studied in detail.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3095 - American Constitutional History, 1880s-Present

    Studies the history of American Constitutionalism from the last half of the 19th- century to the last half of the 20th. Concentration on the Federal Constitution and its role in shaping the public and private lives of Americans. Particular attention will be paid to the ideas, institutions, and individuals responsible for making the Constitution a battleground rife with intellectual, social, and cultural significance.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3100 - Emergence of the Modern United States: Progressive Era and Roaring Twenties

    Emphasis on political and cultural history. Major topics include "crisis" of the 1890s; early 20th-century progressivism as an intellectual movement and its manifestations in state and local politics and legal traditions; presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson; impact of World War I; origins of mass society in the 1920s, including cultural tensions, political and intellectual history.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3104 - United States, 1945-Present

    Emphasis on politics, culture, and foreign policy. Major topics include origins and nature of the Cold War; impact of foreign involvements on American politics; political leadership in the media age; radicalism and social change in the '60s and '70s; the rise of cultural politics and its effect on economic-based political coalitions; resurgence of conservatism in the '70s and '80s.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3106 - History of American Conservatism

    Introduces students to the intellectual, political, and cultural history of conservatism in the United States, with a major focus on the twentieth century. Identifies and examines the theorists, journalists, economists, politicians, literary figures, and activists who built a coherent body of conservative ideas and a political movement to challenge the prevailing liberal orthodoxy of the post-New Deal era. Highlights the major philosophical themes and practical aims that animated this diverse set of historical actors and often set them at odds with one another: preserving the values, traditions, and institutions that sustained local communities and the nation¿s constitutional order; maximizing individual liberty in an economic and social context; opposing various forms of collectivism and the encroachment of state power; fighting communism at home and abroad.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3110 - History of Public Health Disasters

    The class examines the history of public health in the United States through the study of salient public health disasters and explores the following questions: What has been the historic impact of public health disasters on societal attitudes toward disease, disease causation, and the treatment of disease? How do public health disasters prompt change in public and private life? Topics to be considered include the historical significance of virgin soil epidemics, yellow fever, small pox, cholera, bubonic plague, influenza, polio, vitamin-deficiency diseases, milk-borne and water-borne diseases, infant mortality, maternal mortality, tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, medical treatment as a health threat, and global warming.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3140 - Pop/High Culture in 20th Century America

    Examines the history of popular and high culture, as well as their intersection, during the 20th- century, with special emphasis on the post-war years (1945 onwards). Moves chronologically and focus on works that include painting (from realism to popism), music (the rise of jazz and rock n' roll), literature (both popular and highbrow), humor (including standup), and movies. Cultural developments will be studied in their historical context and related to politics and society.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3144 - US Social History in the 20th century

    Social life, work, and gender and family roles in 20th- century America. Special focus on everyday life in the 1920s and during the Depression, experiences and responses to World War II and the Vietnam War, families and mass culture of the 1950s and 60s, and the development of environmentalism.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3146 - American Ideas, 20th- Century

    A study of big ideas in the American past. Moves chronologically from the Progressive Era up to the present while examining themes that include liberalism, conservatism, democracy, secularization, the role of religion in American life, theology, the threat of totalitarianism abroad, the rise of postmodernism and relativism, and other key issues. Ideas will be explored in historical context and related to key events and developments.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3148 - Cultural Rebels in the Modern U.S.

    Examines the history of cultural rebellion (or radicalism) in the 20th- century. Surveys rebellion from Greenwich Village at the turn of the century to the punk rock explosion of the 1970s and '80s. Larger questions include: How do people rebel in a culture that often seems to embrace rebellion? How do cultural rebels communicate their anger to the wider society? What impact does cultural rebellion make in American history?

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3150 - Survey of African American History

    Survey of African American History from the middle passage to the present. The development of African society in the American diaspora. Different societies under slavery. The abolitionist movement with the role of Black abolitionists. The Civil War and its impact on slavery. Examines the interaction between the African American community and the larger society. Reconstruction and its impact; the wars of the 20th- century and their continuing effects on African Americans, migration to the North, the Civil Rights movement, and the problems of equality.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3162 - History of U.S. Involvement in World Affairs, 1898-1945

    Examines United States involvement in world affairs from the Spanish-American War through the end of World War II, with particular emphasis on the emergence of the United States as a superpower. In addition to analyzing U.S. policies, it will also give attention to nongovernmental organizatons and actors.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3164 - History of U.S. Involvement in World Affairs, 1945-Present

    Examines United States involvement in the Cold War and the post-Cold War World, with emphasis on the causes and consequences of major wars and the use of major instruments of foreign policy, including foreign aid, covert intervention, and public diplomacy. In addition to analyzing U.S. government policies, it will also give attention to nongovernmental organizations and actors.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3170 - Survey of Ohio History

    A survey of Ohio history, from the time of the Mound builders, through the conflicts between the British and French empires, to the creation of Ohio as a state. Much of the focus is on the events of the 19th- century, as Ohio was a central battleground in conflicts over slavery and abolition, and labor and industrial groups. Also examines the process of deindustrialization in the later half of the 20th- century.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3200 - Women in American History Before 1877

    American women's history from the colonial era through Reconstruction. Topics include the traditional life of Native American women, witchcraft in colonial New England, women in the American Revolution, African- American women in slavery, early American childbirth customs, the early women's rights crusade, women on the trans-Mississippi frontier, and women in the Civil War.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3201 - Women in American History Since 1877

    American women's history since Reconstruction. Topics include the experiences of immigrant women in the United States, prostitution in the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era birth-control movement, achievement of the right to vote, women in the two world wars, women in the civil rights movement, the new feminist movement, the backlash against feminism, Roe v. Wade and the abortion debate.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3202 - Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History

    Examines, from the colonial era to the present, changes in the medical treatment of women and changes in the definition of women's health and illness. Topics to be explored include the history of women and domestic health; women and public health; pregnancy, prenatal care, and prenatal testing; birth; breastfeeding; birth control; abortion; menstruation; menopause; infertility and assisted reproductive technologies; sexually-transmitted infections; women and addiction; breast cancer; and the impact of the inadequacies and inequities of contemporary health policy on women.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3211 - American Military History, 1600-Present

    Military institutions and civil-military relations in American history; role of technology in warfare; innovations and reforms in military; war and its conduct; military and civilian society in war and peace.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3220 - 1960s in U.S.: Decade of Controversy

    Allows students to go beyond the popular stereotypes of the 1960s to understand the decade as a period of social, cultural and political confrontation that laid the groundwork for life in the present-day United States. Primary focus on social protest movements of the era; the Civil Rights movement, the student movement, the antiwar movement, the counterculture, and the women's movement.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3224 - The 1980s in the U.S.: The Age of Reagan and Madonna

    Examines a pivotal decade, which has helped to shape the politics and culture of contemporary America. The focus will be on the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the growth of conservatism as well as liberal criticism of Reagan"s social, economic, and international policies. Special attention will be given to the decade's "culture wars" as well as the ways that new technology and cable networks such as CNN and MTV created new celebrities such as Madonna and helped blur the lines between entertainment and politics. The course also examines the end of the Cold War and its effects on the U.S. world role.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 4901 - Colloquium in United States History

    Literature and source materials in United States history. Readings and reports.

    Requisites: 18 Hours in HIST

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 9.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

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