Courses Bachelor

 

Bachelor Course Descriptions

CourseSubjectHours
1133Survey of American History to 1865 (TCCNS = HIST 1301)
General survey of American History from its European origins to 1865 (Required of all baccalaureate students.)
3(3-0)

1233Survey of American History since 1865 (TCCNS = HIST 1302)
General survey of American History from 1865 to the present. (Required of all baccalaureate students.)
3(3-0)

1333Survey of Western Civilization (TCCNS = HIST 2311)
An examination of the traditions which contributed to the intellectual background of modern western society. The course spans the period beginning with the early civilization of Egypt and Mesopotamia through classical Greece and Rome to the western Middle Ages concluding with the Renaissance and Reformation and the dawn of the modern era.
3(3-0)

1433Survey of Western Civilization (TCCNS = HIST 2312)
An examination of the traditions which have directly contributed to the formation of the intellectual and cultural structure of modern western society. The course begins with the Scientific Revolution and the emergence of modern nation states and examines the development of democratic movements and the Industrial Revolution continuing through the wars and disorders of the twentieth century.
3(3-0)

3003Survey of Texas History
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of American History.
This course examines Texas history from the time of discovery to the late twentieth century. Topics examined include the Spanish colonial period, Anglo colonization, the Texas Revolution, early statehood, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the cattleman's frontier, the oil industry, and modern Texas politics.
3(3-0)

3033American Beginnings: From Discovery to the Revolution
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
After the migration of man across the Bering Straits, the great Indian civilizations appeared followed by the first European colonies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Settlement spread, and an American society flowered represented by such figures as William Byrd, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson -- until estrangement from England provoked a crisis that finally touched off the American Revolution.
3(3-0)

3103History of England
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A survey of the forces and events which dominated English development from the times of the Romans to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The course focuses on the constitutional development of England and discusses the contributions of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans as well as those of the Reformation and Elizabethan eras.
3(3-0)

3123History of England
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanved undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A survey of modern England and the emergence of the United Kingdom and the development of the British empire. The course focuses on the developments of British democracy as well as the issues and events of the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Irish Question, and the impact of the wars of the twentieth century on Britain.
3(3-0)

3133Comparative World Religions and Cultures
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of the major world religions and cultural traditions with an emphasis on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
3(3-0)

3233Ancient Greece and Rome
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of the development of Greece and the Bronze Age through the Classical Age of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle with the emergence of Rome as an imperial power and its expansion through the Mediterranean world. The course concludes with an examination of early Christianity and the collapse of the Roman political system.
3(3-0)

3503Early Russia and Tsardom
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A survey of Russian history from earliest times to the peak of Romanov power and prestige.
3(3-0)

3513The Modern Russian State and Empire
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or the consent of chair.
Russian history from 1801 to the present. The crisis and collapse of autocracy, the revolutions, reaction, superpower status, and the decline and fall of empire are some of the major topics covered in this course.
3(3-0)

3833Latin American History, Colonial Period
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This course investigates the Indian, White, and Black cultures which made up the ethnic and cultural diversity in Ibero-America. The discovery, conquest, and settlement of Ibero-America are covered in detail as are such institutions as the church, encomienda, and the military. The course concludes with a discussion of the impact of the reforms of Charles III as they affected Latin America and initiated the independence movement.
3(3-0)

3843Latin American History, Republican Period-Nineteenth Century
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This course traces the independence of Ibero-American Nations and explains the factionalization caused by the collapse of Spain's empire and the power struggles which resulted. Institutions such as caudillismo, the church, the military, and their impact are discussed as they developed during the 19th century.
3(3-0)

4023United States Diplomatic History, 1898-1989
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of United States diplomatic relations in the twentieth century, from the opening of the Spanish-American War to the conclusion of the Cold War. The course will survey the history of United States foreign policy, beginning with American emergence from a tradition of isolation to a position of world leadership and world power. Topics will include the diplomacy of both world wars, the policy of containment underlying the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, relations with the Soviet Union and China, U.S.-Latin American affairs, and American approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
3(3-0)

4043The Old South
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This course traces the growth of Southern culture; economics and politics from the establishment of the first Southern Colonies to the Civil War. Emphasis is placed upon such topics as social organization, slavery, states rights, and the creation of the Confederacy--always relating developments in the South to events in the nation at large.
3(3-0)

4053Civil War and Reconstruction
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
The bitter sectional conflicts touched off by slavery and westward expansion provoked a mounting crisis in the 1850’s--ending in the election of 1860. The course then turns to the battlefield and the question of why the South lost. It concludes with an examination of the attempt to reintegrate the South into the Union and the angry social and political clash which was precipitated.
3(3-0)

4073The Era of Reform: Populism and Progressivism in America
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of the background and development of the agrarian reform movements of the late nineteenth century culminating in the rise and fall of the Populist party, the urban-industrial movements in America during the early twentieth century including municipal, general political, labor, child labor, social welfare, and other movements.
3(3-0)

4083The Age of Washington and Jefferson
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Federalists and Jeffersonians struggled over the destiny of the young Republic--would it be a unitary, entrepreneural nation, or an agrarian confederation? Complicating the battle were economic change, and the acquisition of the Louisiana territory, even as Europe began to threaten American commerce and ultimately the independence of the republic.
3(3-0)

4093The Jacksonian Era
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Using Andrew Jackson as a symbol of his age, the course traces the acrimonious partisan conflict which gave birth to mass democracy and a new two-party system. This is related to such crucial issues as to the bank war, nullification, minority rights and the Mexican War, questions fostered by rapid industrialization, and the migration of pioneers to the Pacific.
3(3-0)

4133America: From the Jazz Age to the Nuclear Age
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of American history or consent of the chair.
A study of American life from the end of World War I to the end of World War II with special emphasis upon the prosperity of the twenties, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the domestic and foreign policy problems of the World War II period.
3(3-0)

4143The New South
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of American history or consent of the chair.
The development of the New South from the legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Southern politics, economics, cultural, and industrial development.
3(3-0)

4163Contemporary America: From the End of World War II to the Present
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of American history or consent of the chair.
A study of American life and foreign policy trends since 1945 with special emphasis upon the major political, economic, and social changes which have affected the lives of all Americans.
3(3-0)

4173History of Mexico
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A survey of Mexican history from Pre-Hispanic times to the present with emphasis on the National Period 1820-1967, which includes the age of Santa Anna, La Reforma, the Diaz Dictatorship, and the Revolution of 1910.
3(3-0)

4183Latin America: Nationalism in the Twentieth Century
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Course will emphasize Vargas in Brazil, Peron in Argentina, Castro in Cuba, Allenda in Chile, and such currently popular problems as those found in Central America.
3(3-0)

4213Europe in the Middle Ages
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of the social, political, and intellectual traditions of western society as they developed after the Germanic invasions. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of feudal society and its interaction with the community of the Christian church.
3(3-0)

4253Renaissance and Reformation
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of the development of European society in the era of the Black Death, of overseas discoveries, of the Renaissance and Reformation. The emphasis of the course will be a topical study of Renaissance humanism and a detailed analysis of the impact of the Reformation on the doctrines and structure of western Christianity.
3(3-0)

4273The Age of Enlightenment
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
A study of European culture during the age of Louis XIV and the Ancien Regime. The course will focus on the Scientific Revolution and its influence on European thought culminating with the Enlightenment.
3(3-0)

4423Nineteenth Century Europe, 1789-1914
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Europe from the French Revolution to World War I. Emphasis upon the results of the French Revolution and the influence of Napoleon, the struggle for democratic principles, industrialization, the unification of Italy and Germany, the expansion of colonial empires, and the underlying causes of World War I.
3(3-0)

4433Twentieth Century Europe
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Development of Europe from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present with emphasis on developments since World War I.
3(3-0)

4523Eastern Europe
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
An examination of the various Eastern European countries, including the Balkans, from earliest times to the present. Particular emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth century social, political, economic, and religious trends and institutions. The course will also include a discussion of the collapse of communism and accompanying regional conflicts.
3(3-0)

4533American Ideas
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or the consent of the chair.
A survey of the major intellectual currents which have shaped American thought, including Puritanism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Utopian Idealism, Social Darwinism, and Pragmatism. This course traces the changing intellectual patterns which have characterized the development of American civilization.
3(3-0)

4543History of the Middle East
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
Includes a survey of pre-Islamic society, the rise and spread of Islam, the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires, European Imperialism, and the contemporary Middle East.
3(3-0)

4603The American Frontier, 1607-1838
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This course surveys the advancing Anglo-American frontier from the founding of Jamestown through the Indian Removal period and the Cherokee Trail of Tears. The course surveys westward expansion from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River with particular emphasis upon the ongoing clash between Anglo and Native American cultures.
3(3-0)

4613The American West, 1803-1890
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This course surveys westward expansion from the Mississippi River to the Pacific. From Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee, from the fur traders’ frontier to the farmers’ frontier, this course surveys the sweeping movement of the American people across the trans-Mississippi West.
3(3-0)

4643United States-Latin American Relations
Prerequisite(s): Six hours each of history and political science, and consent of the chair.
Survey of the relations of the U.S. with Latin America from independence to the present. The course keys on the Monroe Doctrine and U.S. policy from the Latin American perception of that policy. The course also covers in some detail U.S. relations with Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico.
3(3-0)

4653United States Military History
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
An analysis of the actions of the armed forces in five major conflicts. Emphasis will be placed on tactical and strategic decision making, personalities, force structures, and the application of technological innovations to warfare. Conflicts to be studied are: The Revolution, The Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam.
3(3-0)

4663Everyday Life in Europe, 1500-1950
Prerequisite(s): HIST 1133, 1233; 1333, 1433 or consent of instructor.
This course covers the social history of Europe from the Reformation era through World War II. It examines how historical developments affected the lives of ordinary European men and women, including such areas as the life-cycle, material conditions, social issues and popular culture.
3(3-0)

4673History of Women in the United States and Great Britain
Prerequisite(s): HIST 1133, 1233; 1333, 1433 or consent of chair.
This course examines the lives of women in the United States and Great Britain from around 1600 to the present. Its central focus is how the factor of gender, along with other factors such as class and race, affected the historical experience of women.
3(3-0)

4953Problems in History
Prerequisite(s): (History course for advanced undergraduates.) Six hours of history or consent of the chair.
This is an undergraduate readings course available on a limited basis to advanced students. Topics will be selected by the student and his/her adviser.
3(0-0)