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History 300. Modern World History. 3(1). A survey of the major pre-modern civilizations and the development and diffusion of modern culture throughout the world. This course examines the interaction of traditional and modern cultures culminating with the turbulent twentieth century, and highlights the global impact of political, religious, ideological, military, economic, and social developments. Written assignments. Final exam. Prereq: Hist 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

History 300S. Scholars Modern World History. 3(1). Scholars section of World History taken en lieu of 101. Examines in greater detail most of the issues of modern World History. Requires additional readings, colloquium type discussions and group discussions. By special selection or with permission of the course director. Final exam. Prereq: Hist 100S. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

History 325 - History of Christianity. 3(1). A historical survey of the Christian church from its ancient Jewish roots to the modern period. The course will examine the significant changes and continuities of Christianity since its founding. Topics include the ancient Jewish kingdoms, the Church’s beginning under Jesus and the Apostles, the Age of Martyrs, the writings of the Church Fathers, the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the medieval civilization of Christendom, the Crusades, the Reformation, the effects of the Enlightenment, and the global spread of Christianity. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

History 340. History of Colonial Latin America. 3(1). Examines the Native American, Iberian, and African origins of colonial civilization, with special emphasis on the colonial society that evolved after the Spanish and Portuguese conquests. Students will examine the nature of pre-Columbian societies, colonial government, labor systems, landholding patterns, the role of the Church in society, and the Latin American wars of independence. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 341. History of Modern Latin America. 3(1). Examines the post-1825 period of Latin American history. Explains aftermath of the wars of independence, the formation of nation-states, and the emergence of Latin American identities throughout the nineteenth century. Treats major issues of the twentieth century, including political change, industrialization, foreign influence, military institutions, social and demographic pressures, and the United States's role in different national contexts. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 342. History of Traditional Asia. 3(1). A survey of the major political, economic, and socio-cultural developments in Asia (primarily China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia) from prehistoric times to the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century. Explores the major themes of the traditional foundations of Asia, change and continuity, the structure of the traditional Asian world order, and the impact of contact with the European maritime powers. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 343. History of Modern Asia. 3(1). A survey of the major political, economic, and socio-cultural developments in Asia (primarily China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia) from roughly the sixteenth century to the present day. Explores the major themes of the traditional foundations of Asia, the impact of Western imperialism in Asia, the impact of Western ideologies on Asian thought, the importance of technological change, and the significance of political, economic, and cultural leaders. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 344. Foundations of European History. 3(1). How did the European continent rise from being a cultural and intellectual backwater to become a political and military powerhouse which eventually extended its influence across the globe? What powerful connections link the ancient world with the present government, religion and culture of the West? Through this survey of European history from Antiquity to 1789, discover how the continent was transformed. Major aspects of European development are analyzed, including ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, the advent of Christianity, feudalism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the rise of the nation-state, and the Enlightenment. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 345. Modern European History. 3(1). A survey of the political, social, and cultural history of modern Europe, beginning with the French Revolution and continuing through both world wars to contemporary Europe. Major themes include Napoleonic Europe, the industrial revolutions, the European nationalist movements, World War I, the inter-war Years, World War II, the decline of the European empires, the Cold War, and the demise of monolithic regimes. This course concludes with a study of the legacies of the Cold War and the advent of the European Union. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 346 History of Russia. 3(1). Survey of Russian domestic and foreign affairs from the ninth century to 1917. Emphasis on the ways in which Eastern, Western, and native influences promoted continuity within the Tsarist Russian state, to include: autocracy, church-state relations, imperialism, great power status, foreign power intervention, and modernization. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 347. History of Modern Russia. 3(1). Survey of domestic and foreign affairs from 1917 to the present. Focuses on the dynamics of Russian society and government from the Great Reforms through the Bolshevik seizure of power. Reviews Communist attempts and the final failure to develop a legitimate Soviet state. Gives special attention to the unique synthesis of military and economic power leading to "superpower" status and its eventual demise. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Prior completion of History 346 is recommended but not required. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 373.  History of Sub-Saharan Africa.  3(1).  A survey of Sub-Saharan African history with a strong emphasis on the last 250 years.   The course will investigate the question, “why is Sub-Saharan Africa the way it is today?” by focusing on three eras—the pre-colonial period, the colonial period, and the post-colonial period—and the great transitions between them.  The course will help students understand the influence of geography and climate, religion, warfare, disease, economics and trade, and domestic and international politics, as well as other forces, on African peoples and societies over time.  Term paper and final exam.  Prereq: History 300.  Sem hrs:  3 fall of odd-numbered years.

History 374. Foundations of Middle Eastern History. 3(1). Introductory historical survey of early civilizations in the Middle East and North Africa from the dawn of civilization to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Emphasis on the classical empires of the Near East, developments and contributions of Judaism and Christianity, the birth and spread of Islam, the impact of the Crusaders and Mongols on the region, and the rise to dominance of the "gunpowder empires." Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 375. Modern Middle Eastern History. 3(1). A survey of domestic and foreign affairs of the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of the Ottoman Empire to the present. Emphasis on the impact of imperialism, nationalism, constitutionalism, modernization, and reform. Analyzes independence movements of the twentieth century, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Zionist and Islamic fundamentalist movements, the Gulf War, and other contemporary trends, problems, and challenges. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 300. Prior completion of History 374 is recommended but not required. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 498. Global Dimensions of History. 3(1). An examination of the dynamic forces influential in shaping global history. Explores time, space (geography), politics, economics and society in the context of universal and world history. Special attention is given to the impact of varying cultural perspectives upon individual historical understanding. The current process of globalization and its many challenges are also explored. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: C1C in good standing. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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