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History Course Descriptions

HIS 101, 102 Western Civilization I and II (3) (3)
General survey of western history examining the origins and development of ideas and institutions. First semester concentrates on the period from prehistory to the Peace of Westphalia (1648), and second semester, on the modern age. Non-western history is included as it has influenced western thought and activity. Co-requisite: ENG 111 or higher.

HIS 150 The Meaning of History (3)
An introduction to the discipline of history using as a vehicle the history of the 20th century world. The course, through an emphasis on reading and writing skills, will explore the interrelationship of historical, geographical, political, social and economic perspectives.

HIS 199 Special Topics (1-3)
Contents to be specified by the Department according to the interest and expertise of faculty members and the specific needs and/or interest of the students.

HIS 201, 202 U.S. People & Ideas, I & II (3) (3)
Topical survey of American history, its people and ideas; first semester includes the period to 1877; second semester continues from 1877 to the present.

HIS 300 Special Topics (3-6)
Contents to be specified by the Department according to the interest and expertise of faculty members and the specific needs and/or interest of the students.

HIS 306 Twentieth-Century America (3)
A study of the issues and concepts that have shaped American society since 1900. Political, economical, and social trends will be examined.

HIS 308 History of Asian Civilizations (3)
Overview of selected major Asian nations with emphasis on twentieth century developments.

HIS 315 History of Florida (3)
A survey history course of Florida from pre-history to the present. The relationship between South Florida and the rest of the state is emphasized during the more contemporary period.

HIS 335 Modern Russia (3)
Survey of the historical evolution of Russia with emphasis on the imperial and soviet periods (since the 1400s), including the development of revolutionary, economic, military, political, and social institutions.

HIS 339 Germany Since 1871 (3)
A survey of German history focusing on nationalism and the political, cultural, economic, and social developments since becoming a nation.

HIS 344 Europe in the Nineteenth Century (3)
The political, economic and intellectual developments of modern Europe from 1815 to 1914, including industrial society, revolution and reaction, nationalist movements, imperialism, cultural and scientific achievements, and the background to the First World War.

HIS 345 Europe in the Twentieth Century (3)
Contemporary Europe with a concentration on the decline of Europe since the First World War, the rise of totalitarian movements, the Great Depression, the Second World War, postwar recovery, and the "new Europe" of the European Community.

HIS 352 Politics and Music (3)
Examines the relationship between politics and music by focusing on the lyrics of popular songs from the colonial period to date. The political activities of major popular music artists will be considered as well as songs that focus on specific political problems such as war, authority, race, gender and economic justice. Political theorists covered include: Plato, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls. Prerequisite: POS 201 or HIS 202 or permission of the department chair. (same as POS 352)

HIS 383 History of Latin American Colonial Period to 1824 (3)
A survey of Spanish and Portuguese America from the pre-Columbian era through the end of the colonial period.

HIS 384 Latin American National Period from 1824 to present (3)
Overview of selected major Latin American nations with emphasis on twentieth century developments (i.e., revolutions, nationalism).

HIS 388 History of the Caribbean (3)
Survey of the history of the main island nations of the Caribbean; emphasis on their historical, cultural, and political dependency on colonial powers.

HIS 389 U.S. History from the Gilded Age to World War II (3)
A political, economic, intellectual, cultural, and diplomatic history of the United States from 1890-1945.

HIS 390 U.S. History Since 1945 (3)
A study of the effects of the cold war on the diplomacy, domestic politics, and culture of the United States. Topics include the development of the cold war, McCarthyism, Civil Rights Movement, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, cultural changes in the 1960s, Watergate, and the end of the cold war.

HIS 393 America in the World (3)
An examination of the role and impact of the United States in world affairs from historical and political perspectives. (same as POS 393)

HIS 403 American Diplomatic I to 1890 (3)
Foundation of American diplomacy; Monroe Doctrine; foreign wars and diplomacy of America's Civil War.

HIS 404 American Diplomatic II 1890 to present (3)
Significant topics in diplomatic history; including the emergence of the U.S. as a world power; the cold war; decision-making in the Department of State; and the role of interest groups in foreign policy. (same as POS 404)

HIS 432 Modern English History (3)
Political, social, economic and intellectual history of England from the Tudor dynasty to contemporary times. Included are religious, political and industrial revolutions, the British Empire, reform movements, world wars, and Thatcherism.

HIS 437 European Diplomatic Since 1815 (3)
This course will examine the diplomatic processes developed and employed by the Great Powers in the nineteenth century, including the establishment of a diplomatic corps, the "balance of power" idea, the Concert of Europe, and the "new imperialism." The second half of the course will study the breakdown of this system and the effect of two world wars on European hegemony.

HIS 449/549 Race, Gender, and Class in Latin America (3)
An historical study of the colonial legacy in Latin America and its implications in the national period of the society of castes which reflected racial, gender, and social perspectives.

HIS 454 America in the 1960s (3)
A topical study of the history of the United States in the 1960s. The Civil Rights Movement, antiwar movement, student movement, women's movement, the Vietnam War, and the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon will be the focus of the course

HIS 456/556 African American History Since Reconstruction (3)
A political, social, cultural and economic history of African Americans since 1877. Focuses on segregation, civil rights, the family, northern migration, and cultural contributions.

HIS 359, 459 Independent Study (3-12) (3-12)
Opportunity for extensive research in an historical area of special interest to the student. Dean and Department Chair approval required.

HIS 487 Seminar (3-6)
For senior history majors, integration of distribution requirements and history courses, with a focus on a particular historical issue or problem. Emphasis on intensive research and effective writing skills. Required of all History majors. Same as POS 487

HIS 499 Internship (3-12)
Practical experience within a professional setting. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ credit hours); 2.5 overall G.P.A.; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship. Prior approval of Department Chair and Dean required.

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