Courses 2013-2014

HIST 101   World History to 1500  3 credits
A survey of the cultural, political, religious, artistic, technological and philosophical  journeys of human beings, from the prehistoric age, the birth of civilization and emergence of agriculture to the establishment of great empires and the impact of the great religious and philosophical revolutions of the ancient and medieval world.

HIST 102   World History Since 1500   3 credits
A continuation of HIST 101 and a survey of the transformation of human development as a result of modernization.  Students consider the rise and fall of empires and shifting regional influences as a result of the emergence of the transatlantic region. Europe’s revolutionary transformation and its impact on the world; the rise of global interaction and conflict; the colonial and post-colonial eras and the resulting tensions and achievements of these events are examined within the context of modernity.

HIST 126   U.S. History to 1865   3 credits
A survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the historical development of politics, economics, society,  and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced these developments.

HIST 127   U.S. History Since 1865   3 credits
A survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times, providing description and analysis of the major developments and trends in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced and shaped the American experience.

HIST 197   Special Topics   1-6 credits

HIST 250   History of the Middle East   3 credits
Students are introduced to some of the major historical events and patterns of the region which are then related to the politics of the modern Middle East (mainly the 20th and 21st centuries).  Specific topics include the rise and nature of Islam, the achievements of Medieval Islamic civilization, the significance of the Ottoman Empire, rivalries with the West, the establishment of Israel and the nature of the Modern Middle East crisis.

HIST 254   History of Africa   3 credits
A survey of sub-Saharan African history from earliest times to the present, with particular emphasis on social, cultural, economic, and political responses to imperialist or other outside influences.

HIST 260   History of Latin America   3 credits
A survey of the major events, issues and themes of Latin American History from pre-Columbian times through the modern era. Tracing the development of political, cultural, social and economic institutions resulting from the interaction of New and Old World cultures, students reflect upon the diverse responses of peoples in the region to the impact of change. Through the study of the complexities of indigenous cultures, colonialism, nation-building and identity politics, and the impact of modernity and globalization, students learn how larger human processes impact this particular region of the world and how the challenges and achievements of Latin America today are reflected in the region’s  historical experiences.

HIST 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

HIST 309   The History of Modern Germany 1871-1945   3 credits
Examines the cultural and political forces which led to the creation of Germany and then shaped its behavior through two world wars. Topics include the role of nationalism, the failure of liberalism, the causes of racism, and the nature of the Nazi regime. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 311   Medieval History   3 credits
A study of Europe’s history and political and religious institutions from the beginning of the reign of Diocletian to the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 312   Renaissance and Reformation Era, 1350-1600   3 credits
A course which covers the Babylonian Captivity of the Roman Catholic Church; the artistic, literary, and political developments of Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe; the subsequent emergence of the Protestant Reformation; and the religious wars which engulfed Europe. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 315   The Old Regime and the French Revolution   3 credits
A study of the origins, character, and significance of the French Revolution. This course begins with an examination of the relation of the Old Regime to the failure of absolutism and concludes with a discussion of the general nature of revolution and social change. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 316   19th Century European History   3 credits
A study of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 318   20th Century European History   3 credits
A study of World War I and the search for peace, the rise of totalitarian democracy, social and economic tensions, Europe in the era of the Cold War, and the “semblance of peace.” Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 327   Colorado History  3 credits
A study of the history of Colorado from prehistoric times to the modern era, emphasizing the Native American and Spaniard, mining, cattle, transportation and farming frontiers, and problems of the 20th century involving water, energy, and growth. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 330   Colonial American History  3 credits
A study of the colonial origins of American institutions with an emphasis on government
and society. Topics include the singular developments which occurred in the Chesapeake Bay area and New England, the first westward movements, women and the family, and intellectual endeavors from 1607 to the French and Indian War.  Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 333   The Revolutionary Era and Early National Period   3 credits
An examination of the causes of the American Revolution and the development of politics and society during the early Republic. Major topics include the development of political parties, the shift from Jeffersonian to Jacksonian democracy, the burgeoning reform movements, and the status of the yeoman farmer and his family in both northern and southern societies. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 336   Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1830-1877   3 credits
A study of the history of the United States during the 19th century, with special attention given to the Civil War, its causes, conflicts, and aftermath. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 340   Reform and Reorganization in American Society  3 credits
American history in the Gilded Age and the eras of agrarian and progressive reform between the end of Reconstruction and the election of Herbert Hoover. Emphasis is placed upon the social, political, economic, and cultural changes that occurred in response to rapid industrialization. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 343   Depression and World War II   3 credits
An exploration of the ramifications that the economic collapse had on America’s social, economic, cultural, and political life. The United States’ entrance into the World War II is also discussed, with major focus on the changes that took place, both internally and abroad, because of the conflict. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 346   Recent American History   3 credits
A history of the United States since 1945 with emphasis on the Cold War, the Eisenhower years, the turbulent decade of the 1960s, and the transformations of the 1970s and 1980s. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 348   History of the Trans-Mississippi West   3 credits
A history of the Trans-Mississippi West from 1800 to the present time, emphasizing the Native Americans, Spanish settlement, and Westward Expansion.  Manifest Destiny, mining and cattle frontiers, settlement of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, closing of the western frontier, and the “New West” of today. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 349   History of the Hispanic Southwest  3 credits
Students examine the historical development of Hispanic settlement and culture in the American Southwest from its inception to the present day. Students study the interaction of Hispanic communities with nomadic and settled indigenous peoples and with Anglo ranchers, settler and commercial interests. From the 16th century settlements to the Mexican-American War and the territory’s incorporation into the United States to the development of the Chicano identity in the 20th century, students analyze the American Southwest, as a patria chica of success and failure, achievement and potential.  Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

HIST 350   Environmental History of the Borderlands  3 credits
Students examine the process of historical development of the Borderlands region between Mexico and the United States and consider its implications for the region’s environment. Settlement patterns, a blending of cultural and ethnic identities, economic development and integration and emerging social tensions have resulted in an environmental transformation of the region with far-reaching implications for both nations north and south of the Rio Grande/Bravo. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor  permission.

HIST 351   A History of Russia and the Soviet Union   3 credits
A study of the roots of modern Russia in the Imperial period to the present era, emphasizing the ideas and events which contributed to the 1917 Revolution and to the development of the Soviet Union. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 354   Conflict in Africa  3 credits
Students explore the historical, political, social and economic forces at play in Africa which have resulted in the high level of conflict the continent has and is experiencing.  Using a case study approach, the students explore the historical context for current and on-going African conflicts to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the challenges and achievements of the continent. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

HIST 360   Mexico  3 credits
A broad survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present, with  particular emphasis on social, cultural, political and economic issues. This course also examines Mexico’s relations with Europe during the colonial and early national periods and with the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

HIST 364   Women in Latin American History  3 credits
A survey of the roles of women in Latin American history. This course examines indigenous, hispanic and mestizo women in economic, cultural, social and political roles from the pre-Columbian era to the modern period. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission; HIST 260 is recommended.

HIST 365   Latin American Revolutions   3 credits
Beginning with an examination of theories of revolution, students explore how the theoretical relates to events in Latin American history.  Students examine the development of revolutionary consciousness and the role of women, indigenous peoples and the rural and urban masses in revolutionary movements throughout the region.  Students consider the influence of revolution on Latin American artistic expression. Finally, students investigate specific historical case studies of Latin American revolutions. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission.

HIST 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

HIST 399   Internship in History   1-3 credits
History majors and minors obtain archival and museum experience through direct, supervised contact with archivists, curators and professionals from related areas. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor permission. Graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory only.

HIST 402   Seminar in History   3 credits
A research seminar required for History majors. Focusing on a specified topic within the subject area, participants discuss issues and methods of historical writing and research and apply scholarship skills by writing a research paper or completing an approved appropriate project. History majors should take this course during or after their second semester of the junior year. Students in the Secondary Licensure program must complete a comparative history topic for completion of this course. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and instructor permission.

HIST 492   Independent Study   1-4 credits
A special study in areas of student interest. May be taken for a maximum of four credits.