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Course Descriptions

World Civilization I

HIS115

Study of the history of humanity from its beginnings to C.E. (Common Era) 1500. Equal emphasis on the political, economic, and social development of Western and non-Western civilizations. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity) Fall Only.

World Civilization II

HIS125

Study of the history of humankind from A.D. 1500 to the present. Equal emphasis is placed on the political, economic, and social development of Western and non-Western civilizations. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity)

United States Survey to 1877

HIS136

Political, economic, and social development of the United States from colonial times through the Civil War and Reconstruction Period. (Formerly HIS135) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity)

United States Survey since 1877

HIS145

Political, economic, and social development of the United States from 1877 up to and including the Civil Rights Movement. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Spring Only.

Technology and Society

HIS262

Analysis of the interaction of society, culture, and technology with emphasis on industrial transitions; evaluation of the implications for the arts, ideology, popular culture, and social structure. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)

Technology and Propaganda

HIS315

Analysis of human communication in relation to cultural contexts and technological systems as they relate to propaganda. Emphasis given to how visual images exert a particular influence on public perceptions of reality, which enables propagandists to move from tactics aimed at persuasion to techniques aimed at control of the public mind relating to economic, political and social attitudes. Focus given to technological systems that have developed since the early nineteenth century: printing, photography, film, television, and computer. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched) As needed, Spring.

Race, Rights and Power in United States History

HIS320

Study and analysis of the meaning, use, and systemization of the words and concepts of "race," "rights," and "power" within the history of the United States. In depth examination covers the public and private discourse that has inspired racism and influenced grass roots assertions of equality, contributed to civil rights legislation and, ultimately, directed the power relations established between policymakers and U.S. citizens. Undergirding the course's analytical processes is the question of why racism still exists in American society. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and HIS135 or ENL111 and HIS145 or ENL111 and HIS136.

Native American History and Culture

HIS325

Combined historical and anthropological survey of complicated cultural and historical realities. Emphasis on the active role that Native Americans have taken in the creation of their own history. Topics include pre-Columbian societies, cultural adaptation, removal, the Reservation Age, resistance movements, the Indian New Deal, postwar activism, and cultural revitalization. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 or ENL201. (Cultural Diversity, Writing Enriched)

U.S. Constitutional and Legal History

HIS335

Political, economic, and social development of the United States Constitution from the Early Republic through the present. Reflection and analysis of topics requires significant student writing. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity, Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

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