History

The study of history at the university level is one of the foundations of a liberal arts and sciences education.  Historical study has humanizing and broadening effects on the individual.  It is also a practical choice for the student interested in a broad range of career opportunities.

The Department of History emphasizes a world view of human development in its curriculum for majors. The department also produces students who have the practical skills of critical thinking and analysis, curiosity, tolerance and objectivity, investigative technique, writing ability, and computer skills in international databases. These methods of critical inquiry have served history majors at FHSU well in careers as varied as historical research, law, medicine, business, theology, government service, military service, historic preservation, historical society leadership, journalism, secondary education, and other professions. The department encourages students to participate in arranged apprenticeships in preparation for history-related careers other than secondary education.

There are several scholarships in history available on a competitive basis for sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in history at FHSU, including transfer students. Freshmen may compete for $400 scholarships in history through the Academic Opportunity Award (AO) Program and for Department of History Scholarships. Graduate students are eligible for assistantships and scholarships.

All history students with the necessary scholastic achievement are eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honor Society). The department also sponsors the History Club which is open to all FHSU students.

Department of History

Courses

Graduating seniors in the department must enroll in this course during the final semester of their program. Course requires students to a) complete a no-credit, no-fault content assessment exam, b) complete an exit survey, and c) participate in an exit interview with the Department Chair or chair-appointed faculty member.

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Orientation to History is an introductory course for history majors which introduces students to the fundamental concepts, activities, and approaches to the historical profession. This course is intended to provide a rationale for the study of history, as well as practices that will help students to integrate knowledge, meaning, and interpretations.

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An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilizations from their beginnings in the river valleys of the ancient Near East and Asia to the sixteenth century.

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An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilization from approximately 1500 A.D. To the modern day. Required of majors.

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An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the United States history to 1877.

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An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the United States history since 1877.

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Designed to provide prospective teachers of social studies at the secondary level with an observation and participation experience.

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A study of the pre-Columbian civilizations of the New World, the Spanish and Portuguese civilizations which conquered them, and the compromise civilizations which emerged.

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A survey of traditional civilizations of China, Japan, and India, emphasizing religious and social developments.

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A survey of American military history which emphasizes the relationship between the military and non-military sectors of society.

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A study of the major military, political, and diplomatic aspects of the Second World War, with emphasis on the impact of the war on civilian populations, on the changing nature of warfare, and on the ideological aspects of the conflict.

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A chronological and topical survey of critical aspects of United States history. Building on basic knowledge acquired in the two U.S. History surveys, students will develop comprehensive critical thinking and writing skills through the use of primary documents and independent research projects.

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A chronological and topical survey of critical aspects of world history. Building on basic knowledge acquired in the two world history surveys, students will develop comprehensive critical thinking and writing skills through the use of primary documents and independent research projects.

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Acquaints students of history with major philosophical concepts and problems underlying their discipline and directs them through the steps of historical research methods to the final product of publication. Required of majors.

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A survey of African civilizations from earliest times to the rise of an independent Africa. Stress is placed on social institutions, culture, and regionalism.

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A survey of the history of the Muslim Middle East from Muhammad to the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

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Must be taken prior to secondary teaching block. Examines methods, materials, and problems of teaching history, sociology, political science, geography, and economics.

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Courses may cover a single broad development or one important event. Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes.

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Courses may cover a single broad development or one important event. Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes.

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Courses cover a single broad aspect of public history or some single important issue in the field. Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes.

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Courses cover a single broad aspect of public history or some single important issue in the field. Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes.

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This course will introduce students to the various components included in the field of public history. Museums, public monuments, archives, historical societies, library work, and oral history are subjects covered in this course.

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This course will introduce students to the various components included in the field of public history. Museums, public monuments, archives, historical societies, library work, and oral history are subjects covered in this course.

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A chronological and topical survey of the African-American civil rights movement between 1954 and 1983. Although the course focuses primarily the post-World War II civil rights agenda, it will also explore this agenda within a broader historical framework spanning the breadth of U.S. history.

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A chronological and topical survey of the African-American civil rights movement between 1954 and 1983. Although the course focuses primarily the post-World War II civil rights agenda, it will also explore this agenda within a broader historical framework spanning the breadth of U.S. history.

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An introduction to the selection, appraisal, arrangement, description, managing and preserving of archives and manuscripts. Archival ethics and digital archives are briefly covered. Particular attention will be on the arrangement and description.

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An introduction to the selection, appraisal, arrangement, description, managing and preserving of archives and manuscripts. Archival ethics and digital archives are briefly covered. Particular attention will be on the arrangement and description.

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A survey of the rise of Western scientific thought from Classical Greece to the present. Emphasis is placed on the "scientific revolution" and its aftermath.

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A survey of the rise of Western scientific thought from Classical Greece to the present. Emphasis is placed on the "scientific revolution" and its aftermath.

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A study of different ways in which technological change affects and is affected by politics, economics and society in different parts of the world from prehistory to the present. This can include the relationships between institutions and technology, beliefs and technology, labor and technology, science and technology, and the technological dialogue that occurs between civilizations.

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A study of different ways in which technological change affects and is affected by politics, economics and society in different parts of the world from prehistory to the present. This can include the relationships between institutions and technology, beliefs and technology, labor and technology, science and technology, and the technological dialogue that occurs between civilizations.

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A study of the origins and development of Christianity, emphasizing the ancient background, the relationship between faith and reason, and the place of the church in society.

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A study of the origins and development of Christianity, emphasizing the ancient background, the relationship between faith and reason, and the place of the church in society.

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A historical investigation of mysticism, folk beliefs, esoteric outlooks, and ancient mysteries as seen in their cultural contexts.

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A historical investigation of mysticism, folk beliefs, esoteric outlooks, and ancient mysteries as seen in their cultural contexts.

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An examination of the rise and development of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, focusing on their political history and their social, political and cultural evolution. The course will cover the period from the first Greek civilizations to the decline of the Roman Empire.

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An examination of the rise and development of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, focusing on their political history and their social, political and cultural evolution. The course will cover the period from the first Greek civilizations to the decline of the Roman Empire.

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A study of England and the British Empire, from about 55 B.C. to 1688. Emphasis is placed on the development of major English institutions, e.g., Parliament and the common law.

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A study of England and the British Empire, from about 55 B.C. to 1688. Emphasis is placed on the development of major English institutions, e.g., Parliament and the common law.

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Beginning with 1688 and ending with the welfare state in post-war britain, the empire, dominions, and commonwealth receive special attention.

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Beginning with 1688 and ending with the welfare state in post-war britain, the empire, dominions, and commonwealth receive special attention.

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An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from the beginning to 1500.

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An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from the beginning to 1500.

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An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from the 1500 to the present.

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An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from the 1500 to the present.

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A survey of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the historical development of the German peoples from the emergence of the medieval German Empire to the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic after the Second World War.

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A survey of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the historical development of the German peoples from the emergence of the medieval German Empire to the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic after the Second World War.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the societies of the Balkan peninsula, from the late Middle Ages to the present.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the societies of the Balkan peninsula, from the late Middle Ages to the present.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 15th century. Particular attention is given to the Holy Eoman Empire, papacy, British and French monarchies, and development of secular culture.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 15th century. Particular attention is given to the Holy Eoman Empire, papacy, British and French monarchies, and development of secular culture.

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A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments of continental Europe from the end of the Middle Ages through the religious wars of the 17th century. Particular attention is given to Italy, the Reformation, and wars of religion.

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A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments of continental Europe from the end of the Middle Ages through the religious wars of the 17th century. Particular attention is given to Italy, the Reformation, and wars of religion.

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An examination of the politics, economic development, social structure, cultural milieu and general intellectural climate of continental Europe from the age of Louis XIV through the age of Napoleon.

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An examination of the politics, economic development, social structure, cultural milieu and general intellectural climate of continental Europe from the age of Louis XIV through the age of Napoleon.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the russian state from its origins to the revolutions of 1917.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the russian state from its origins to the revolutions of 1917.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the present.

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A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the present.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the outbreak of the First World War to the present.

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A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the outbreak of the First World War to the present.

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A survey of the exploration, settlement, and development of kansas.

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A survey of the exploration, settlement, and development of kansas.

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Historical study of the development of the Constitution of the United States from its origins to the present.

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Historical study of the development of the Constitution of the United States from its origins to the present.

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A study of the political, social, cultural, and economic impact of the Western experience and migration in American history.

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A study of the political, social, cultural, and economic impact of the Western experience and migration in American history.

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An examination of the contributions of Indians, Hispanics, and the United States to the political, economic, social, and cultural growth of the American Southwest.

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An examination of the contributions of Indians, Hispanics, and the United States to the political, economic, social, and cultural growth of the American Southwest.

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A study of Mexican Americans that interprets their history as part of the larger history of the United States. Major themes covered begin with the Spanish colonization of the American Southwest, and end with the contemporary issues of discrimination, civil rights, and assimilation.

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A study of Mexican Americans that interprets their history as part of the larger history of the United States. Major themes covered begin with the Spanish colonization of the American Southwest, and end with the contemporary issues of discrimination, civil rights, and assimilation.

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A study beginning with the 16th century forces for European expansion and ending with the American war for independence.

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A study beginning with the 16th century forces for European expansion and ending with the American war for independence.

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An examination of the diplomatic, political, cultural, and economic developments in the United States from the War for Independence to the age of Jackson.

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An examination of the diplomatic, political, cultural, and economic developments in the United States from the War for Independence to the age of Jackson.

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A detailed study of American history from the age of Jackson to the end of Reconstruction.

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A detailed study of American history from the age of Jackson to the end of Reconstruction.

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A study of American diplomacy from the American Revolution to the eve of the First World War.

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A study of American diplomacy from the American Revolution to the eve of the First World War.

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A study of American diplomacy from the First World War to the present.

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A study of American diplomacy from the First World War to the present.

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An intensive study of the forces that produced the foundations for modern America. Major forces considered include industrialism, urbanization, immigration, agrarian and labor discontent, and reform movements.

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An intensive study of the forces that produced the foundations for modern America. Major forces considered include industrialism, urbanization, immigration, agrarian and labor discontent, and reform movements.

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A detailed study of the United States from the end of World War I to the present, covering both the domestic and foreign developments. Historical arguments concerning issues of the period are stressed.

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A detailed study of the United States from the end of World War I to the present, covering both the domestic and foreign developments. Historical arguments concerning issues of the period are stressed.

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A detailed study of Native Americans in the United States, emphasizing Indians` political, social, cultural, and economic developments and Indian and non-Indian relations.

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A detailed study of Native Americans in the United States, emphasizing Indians` political, social, cultural, and economic developments and Indian and non-Indian relations.

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A chronological study of the cultural, intellectual, economic, and political role of the African-American in the development of the main stream of American history.

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A chronological study of the cultural, intellectual, economic, and political role of the African-American in the development of the main stream of American history.

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A study of the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political status of women from colonial times to the present.

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A study of the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political status of women from colonial times to the present.

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A comprehensive survey of pre-Colombian Indian civilizations, Spanish and Portuguese colonial institutions and their impact upon shaping modern Latin America.

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A comprehensive survey of pre-Colombian Indian civilizations, Spanish and Portuguese colonial institutions and their impact upon shaping modern Latin America.

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A study of Latin American's independence, revolutions, and the subsequent struggle to build nation-states in the period that followed. Study of the 20th century entails special emphasis upon the region's economic development and its social repercussions, especially revolutions.

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A study of Latin American's independence, revolutions, and the subsequent struggle to build nation-states in the period that followed. Study of the 20th century entails special emphasis upon the region's economic development and its social repercussions, especially revolutions.

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A study of the first Mexicans, the conquest, colonialism, independence, 19th century nation building, the 1910 Revolution, and the revolution's legacy to the present.

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A study of the first Mexicans, the conquest, colonialism, independence, 19th century nation building, the 1910 Revolution, and the revolution's legacy to the present.

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A survey of the history of China and Japan from early 19th century to the present, with emphasis on institutional development, social changes, and contacts with the West.

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A survey of the history of China and Japan from early 19th century to the present, with emphasis on institutional development, social changes, and contacts with the West.

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A short term, concentrated study of some topic or unit. Opportunity is given for group and individual participation to fit needs of the student.

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A short term, concentrated study of some topic or unit. Opportunity is given for group and individual participation to fit needs of the student.

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Directed readings in history requiring a minimum of 2,000 pages per undergraduate credit hour.

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Directed readings in history requiring a minimum of 2,000 pages per undergraduate credit hour.

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Provides opportunity for intensive reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources for a limited topic.

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Provides opportunity for intensive reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources for a limited topic.

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Directed research in history, designed to allow the student to pursue specific interests in depth. A major research paper is required.

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Directed research in history, designed to allow the student to pursue specific interests in depth. A major research paper is required.

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A research course requiring mastery of a limited topic with presentation and discussion of a research paper to the seminar.

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A research course requiring mastery of a limited topic with presentation and discussion of a research paper to the seminar.

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Invited students assist the professor in activities which provide professional experience in history-related occupations.

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Invited students assist the professor in activities which provide professional experience in history-related occupations.

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A study-tour of a particular country or region, combining visits to historical sites and traditional methods of historical inquiry.

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A study-tour of a particular country or region, combining visits to historical sites and traditional methods of historical inquiry.

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A study of the major trends in the evolution of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on imperialism, nationalism, modernization, Islam, and revolution.

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A study of the major trends in the evolution of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on imperialism, nationalism, modernization, Islam, and revolution.

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A chronological and topic overview of the 20th century world between 1900 and 1950. The course explores the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the period by employing several categories of analysis including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, class, and gender.

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A chronological and topic overview of the 20th century world between 1950 and 2000. The course explores the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the period by employing several categories of analysis including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, class, and gender.

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Directed readings in history requiring a minimum of 2,000 pages per graduate credit hour. This course is designed for MLS students with a History concentration. Permission of the Chair of the Department of History is required before enrolling in the course. Course is also contingent on the availability of a history instructor to direct readings on a mutually agreed topic. This course IS NOT APPLICABLE for the M.A. in History degree.

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This indepenent study is used for the MLS culminating experience requirement with a history emphasis. The student completes research and writing on a project determined in consultation with the instructor. Consultation with and permission from the Chair of the Department of History are required before enrolling in the course. This course IS NOT APPLICABLE for the M.A. in History degree.

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An in-service course designed to relate social studies teaching theory to the classroom situation. The student is placed in classroom situations where experiences are gained relating to the social studies courses taught.

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An examination of the development of historical writing from Herodotus to the present with particular emphasis on philosophies of history and on methodological issues.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019