Courses Masters

Masters Course Descriptions

CourseSubjectHours
5003Research Course in History
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the coordinator.
Directed reading and research with topics chosen by the student and instructor. May be repeated for credit.
3(0-0)

5013Survey of Texas 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)

5023United States Diplomatic History, 1898-1989
An advanced 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)

5033American Beginnings: From Discovery to the Revolution
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)

5043The Old South
This course traces the growth of Southern culture; economy 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)

5053Civil War and Reconstruction
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, concluding 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)

5073The Era of Reform: Populism and Progressivism in America
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)

5083The Age of Washington and Jefferson
Federalists and Jeffersonians struggled over the destiny of the young Republic -- would it be a unitary, entrepreneurial 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)

5093The Jacksonian Era
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 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)

5103History of England
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)

5123History of England
A survey of modern England and the emergence of the United Kingdom and the development of the British Empire. The course focuses on the development 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)

5133America: From the Jazz Age to the Nuclear Age
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)

5143The New South
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)

5163Contemporary America: From the End of World War II to the Present
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)

5173History of Mexico
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)

5183Latin America: Nationalism in the Twentieth Century
Course will emphasize Vargas in Brazil, Peron in Argentina, Castro in Cuba, Allende in Chile, and such currently popular problems as those found in Central America.
3(3-0)

5213Europe in the Middle Ages
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)

5233Ancient Greece and Rome
A study of the development of Greece from 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)

5253Renaissance and Reformation
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 structures of western Christianity.
3(3-0)

5273The Age of Enlightenment
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)

5423Nineteenth Century Europe, 1789-1914
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)

5433Twentieth Century Europe
Development of Europe from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present with emphasis on development since World War I.
3(3-0)

5503Early Russia and Tsardom
A survey of Russian history from earliest times to the peak of Romanov power and prestige.
3(3-0)

5513The Modern Russian State and Empire
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)

5523Eastern Europe
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)

5533American Ideas
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)

5543History of the Middle East
Includes a survey of pre-Islamic society, the rise and spread of Islam, the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, European Imperialism, and the contemporary Middle East.
3(3-0)

5603The American Frontier, 1607-1838
A survey of 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)

5613The American West, 1803-1890
A survey of 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)

5643United States-Latin American Relations
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)

5653United States Military History
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)

5663Everyday Life in Europe, 1500-1950
Covers the social history of Europe from the Reformation era through World War II. Examines how historical development affected the lives of ordinary men and women. Included are such topics as the life-cycle, material conditions, social issues, and popular culture.
3(3-0)

5673History of Women in the United States and Great Britain
Examines the lives of women in the United States and Great Britain from the seventeenth century to the present. The 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)

5713Historiography
Required of all graduate students with a major in history. A study of the history of historical research and interpretation from the Greeks to the present with emphasis on the American historians.
3(3-0)

5833Latin American History, Colonial Period
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)

5843Latin American History, Republican Period-Nineteenth Century
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 nineteenth century.
3(3-0)

6003Seminar
In-depth studies of selected topics in American, European, Latin-American, or Russian history. Oral reports and research papers. May be repeated for credit.
3(3-0)

6103Research Methods
Includes traditional historical research methodology such as document evaluation, information management, content analysis, interpretation, and writing skills. Required for all graduate students.
3(3-0)

6983Thesis
3(0-0)

6993Thesis
3(0-0)