Undergraduate Courses

General Education

110 World Civilization to 1500 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilizations from their beginnings in the river valleys of the ancient Near East and Asia to the 16th century.

111 Modern World Civilization (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilization from approximately 1500 A.D. to the modern day.

130 United States History to 1877 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in United States history to 1877.

131 United States History Since 1877 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in United States history since 1877.

Undergraduate Credit

099 Senior Assessment (0)
Graduating seniors in the department must enroll in this course during the final semester of their program. Course requires students to a) complete a no-credit, no-fault content assessment exam, b) complete an exit survey, and c) participate in an exit interview with the department chair or chair-approved faculty member. Requisites: PR, Final Semester of Program.

110 World Civilization to 1500 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilizations from their beginnings in the river valleys of the ancient Near East and Asia to the 16th century.

111 Modern World Civilization (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world civilization from approximately 1500 A.D. to the modern day.

130 United States History to 1877 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in United States history to 1877.

131 United States History Since 1877 (3)
An introductory survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in United States history since 1877.

277 Early Field Experiences: Social Studies Education (1)
Designed to provide prospective teachers of social studies at the secondary level with an observation and participation experience.
Requisites: Pass/No Credit; PERM.

350 Latin American Civilization (3)
A study of the pre-Columbian civilizations of the new world, the Spanish and Portuguese civilizations which conquered them, and the compromise civilizations which emerged.

360 Asian Civilization (3)
A survey of traditional civilizations of China, Japan, and India, emphasizing religious and social developments.

373 American Military History (3)
A survey of American military history which emphasizes the relationship between the military and non-military sectors of society.

374 The Second World War (3)
A study of the major military, political, and diplomatic aspects of the Second World War, with emphasis on the impact of the war on civilian populations, on the changing nature of warfare, and on the ideological aspects of the conflict.

377 Approaches to U.S. History (3)
A chronological and topical survey of critical aspects of United States history. Building on basic knowledge acquired in the two U.S. history surveys, students will develop comprehensive critical thinking and writing skills through the use of primary documents and independent research projects. Requisites: PR, HIST 130 and HIST 131

378 Approaches to World History (3)
A chronological and topical survey of critical aspects of world history. Building on basic knowledge acquired in the two world history surveys, students will develop comprehensive critical thinking and writing skills through the use of primary documents and independent research projects. Requisites: PR, HIST 110 and HIST 111.

379 Historical Methods (3)
Acquaints students of history with major philosophical concepts and problems underlying their discipline and directs them through the steps of historical research methods to the final product of publication. Required of majors.

380 African Civilization (3)
A survey of African civilizations from earliest times to the rise of an independent Africa. Stress is placed on social institutions, culture, and regionalism.

390 Middle Eastern Civilization (3)
A survey of the history of the Muslim Middle East from Muhammad to the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

479 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3)
Must be taken prior to secondary teaching block. Examines methods, materials, and problems of teaching history, sociology, political science, geography, and economics.
Requisites: admission to Teacher Education required; PR, major in one of the social sciences or PERM.

600 Topics in History +(1-3)
Courses may cover a single broad development or one important event. Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes.

601 Topics in Public History (1-3)
Courses cover a single broad aspect of public history or some single important issue in the field.  Title indicates study and emphasis in schedule of classes. PERM.

602 Introduction to Public History (3)
This course will introduce students to the various components including the field of public history, museums, public monuments, archives, historical societies, library work, and oral history are subjects covered in this course. PERM.

604 The American Civil Rights Movement (3)
A chronological and topical survey of the African-American Civil Rights Movement between 1954 and 1983. Although the course focuses primarily on the post-World War II civil rights agenda, it will also explore this agenda within a broader historical framework spanning the breadth of U.S. History. Requisites: PR, Undergraduate: Sophomore Status; Graduates: Graduate Status.

606 History of Science (3)
A survey of the rise of Western scientific thought from classical Greece to the present. Emphasis is placed on the "Scientific Revolution" and its aftermath.

608 History of Christianity (3)
A study of the origins and development of Christianity, emphasizing the ancient background, the relationship between faith and reason and the place of the church in society.

609 Religion, Heresy, Magic, and Myth (3)
A historical investigation of mysticism, folk beliefs, esoteric outlooks, and ancient mysteries as seen in their cultural contexts.

611 The Classical World (3)
An examination of the rise and development of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, focusing on their political history and their social, political, and cultural evolution. The course will cover the period from the first Greek civilizations to the decline of the Roman Empire.

613 England to 1688 (3)
A study of England and the British Empire, from about 55 B.C. to 1688. Emphasis is placed on the development of major English institutions, e.g., Parliament and the common law.

614 Modern Britain, the Empire, and the Commonwealth (3)
Beginning with 1688 and ending with the welfare state in post-war Britain,the empire, dominions, and commonwealth receive special attention.

616 History of Ideas to 1500 (3)
An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from the beginning to 1500.

617 History of Ideas: 1500 to Present (3)
An exploration of the most important ideas in philosophy, religion, politics, society, science, literature, and art of the major civilizations of the world from 1500 to the present.

618 German History (3)
A survey of political,economic, social, and cultural aspects of the historical development of the German peoples from the emergence of the medieval German Empire to the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic after the Second World War.

619 Southeastern Europe (3)
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the societies of the Balkan Peninsula, from the late Middle Ages of the present.

623 Middle Ages (3)
A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 15th century. Particular attention is given to the Holy Roman Empire, papacy, British and French monarchies, and development of secular culture.

624 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments of continental Europe from the end of the Middle Ages through the religious wars of the 17th century. Particular attention is given to Italy, the Reformation, and Wars of Religion.

625 Early Modern Europe and the French Revolution (3)
An examination of the politics, economic development, social structure, cultural milieu, and general intellectual climate of Continental Europe from the Age of Louis XIV through the Age of Napoleon.

626 Russia to 1917 (3)
A survey of the political,social, economic, and cultural development of the Russian State from its origins to the revolutions of 1917.

627 The Soviet Union (3)
A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the present.

628 Nineteenth Century Europe (3)
A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War.

629 Europe Since 1914 (3)
A study of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the nations of Europe from the outbreak of the First World War to the present.

631 History of Kansas (3)
A survey of the exploration,settlement, and development of Kansas.

632 Constitutional History of the United States (3)
Historical study of the development of the Constitution of the United States from its origins to the present.

635 The American West (3)
A study of the political, social, cultural, and economic impact of the Western experience and migration in American history.

636 The American Southwest (3)
An examination of the contributions of Indians, Hispanics, and the United States to the political, economic, social, and cultural growth of the American Southwest.

637 Chicanos: A History of Mexican Americans (3)
A study of Mexican Americans that interprets their history as part of the larger history of the United States. Major themes covered begin with the Spanish colonization of the American southwest and end with the contemporary issues of dissemination, civil rights, and assimilation.

642 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3)
A study beginning with the 16th century forces for European expansion and ending with the American War for Independence.

643 The Early American Republic (3)
An examination of the diplomatic, political, cultural, and economic developments in the United States from the War for Independence to the Age of Jackson.

644 The Era of the Civil War (3)
A detailed study of American history from the Age of Jackson to the end of reconstruction.

645 American Diplomatic History to 1914 (3)
A study of American diplomacy from the American Revolution to the eve of the First World War.

646 American Diplomatic History Since 1914 (3)
A study of American diplomacy from the First World War to the present.

647 The Rise of Modern America, 1877-1919 (3)
An intensive study of the forces that produced the foundations for modern America. Major forces considered include industrialism, urbanization, immigration, agrarian and labor discontent, and reform movements.

648 Contemporary America (3)
A detailed study of the United States from the end of World War I to the present, covering both the domestic and foreign developments. Historical arguments concerning issues of the period are stressed.

649 The Indian in American History (3)
A detailed study of Native Americans in the United States, emphasizing Indians' political, social, cultural, and economic developments and Indian and non-Indian relations.

650 African-American History (3)
A chronological study of the cultural, intellectual, economic, and political role of the African-American in the development of the main stream of American history.

651 Women in American History (3)
A study of the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political status of women from colonial times to the present.

652 Colonial Latin America (3)
A comprehensive survey of pre-Columbian Indian civilizations, Spanish and Portuguese colonial institutions, and their impact upon shaping modern Latin America.

653 Modern Latin America, 1810-Present (3)
A study of Latin America's independence, revolutions, and the subsequent struggle to build nation-states in the period that followed. Study of the 20th century entails special emphasis upon the region's economic development and its social repercussions, especially revolutions.

654 Mexico (3)
A study of the first Mexicans, the conquest, colonialism, independence, 19th century nation building, the 1910 Revolution, and the revolution's legacy to the present.

660 The Modern Far East (3)
A survey of the history of China and Japan from early 19th century to the present, with emphasis on institutional development, social changes, and contacts with the west.

670 Workshop in History +(1-3)
A short-term, concentrated study of some topic or unit. Opportunity is given for group and individual participation to fit needs of the student.

672 Readings in History (1-3)
Directed readings in history requiring a minimum of 2,000 pages per undergraduate credit hour.
Requisites: PERM.

673 Problems in History +(1-3)
Provides opportunity for intensive reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources for a limited topic.
Requisites: PERM.

674 Independent Study + (1-3)
The student completes research and writing on a project determined in consultation with the instructor. Consultation with and permission from the Chair of the Department of History and required before enrolling the the course. Requisites: PERM.

675 Seminar in History +(3)
A research course requiring mastery of a limited topic with presentation and discussion of a research paper to the seminar.
Requisites: PR, HIST 379 or equivalent, PERM.

676 Apprenticeship in History +(1-3)
Invited students assist the professor in activities which provide professional experience in history-related occupations.
Requisites: PERM.

692 The Modern Middle East-1300 to the Present (3)
A survey which begins with the rise of the Ottoman Empire and traces developments in the Middle East to the present.

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