Select 18 credits from the following courses:
HIST 3010 - Constitutional History I (3 credits)
A study of the origin and development of the American constitutional system from the colonial period to 1870. The course will examine seminal decisions of the United States Supreme Court during this period in their political, social, and economic context. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3020 - Constitutional History II (3 credits)
Continuation of the study of the constitutional system of the United States. The course covers the period 1870 to the present with special emphasis on Supreme Court decisions in the areas of federal-state relations, individual liberties, and civil rights. Prerequisite: HIST 3010.
HIST 3130 - Vietnam (3 credits)
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the origins and causes of the Vietnam War, explore the ways it was fought, and evaluate its impact on American society, politics, and life. Specific focus will be on the way that the Vietnam conflict inspired feelings of strife and anger, confusion and frustration to an entire generation of Americans as America's first "lost" war. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.
HIST 3140 - The Holocaust (3 credits)
A study of the history of the Holocaust. This course will look at the causes, reasons, results, and implications of the Holocaust from both a European and American perspective. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.
HIST 3230 - The Great Depression (3 credits)
This course will examine the origins and causes of the Great Depression, exploring its impact on American society and life and evaluating its effects on the politics of reform that grew up in response to this crisis. Specific topics, such as this era's impact on confidence about the future, the New Deal, the welfare state and modern liberal politics, and how events of the era have helped form contemporary American society, will be covered. Prerequisite: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020.
HIST 3240 - Irish History (3 credits)
This course will study Irish history from the Neolithic era to the 21st century, focusing on the colonial relation between Britain and Ireland, including the 17th-century Plantation, the Cromwellian and Williamite wars, the United Irishmen and the 1798 Rising, the Act of Union, the Great Hunger (Famine) and emigration to America, and the formation of the Irish Republic and the Northern Irish state in 1922. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3300 - Contemporary U.S. History (3 credits)
This course follows a thematic approach to the history of the United States since 1945. The course will involve some general background on many of the major political, cultural, and social themes of this period, such as the civil rights movement, the politics of the welfare state, Watergate, the culture wars of the 1980s, etc. Four specific social and cultural issues will be emphasized: the impact of the Cold War on modern American culture; the social and cultural implications of the post-war growth of the middle class and suburbia; the counterculture of the 1960s and its impact on contemporary society; and the influence of the "moral majority" and the religious right on contemporary politics. Prerequisite: one HIST course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3400 - U.S. Foreign Relations (3 credits)
This course will examine the emergence of the United States as the dominant political, economic, and military power on the world stage in the twentieth century. Students will attempt to identify reasons for this development and endeavor to come to a fuller understanding of the nature and scope of America's global commitments. The course will trace the development of American foreign relations from the Spanish-America War of 1898 through the Cold War, concluding with an examination of the evolution of American foreign policy in the post-Cold War and the ramifications of recent developments at home and abroad. Prerequisite: one HIST course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3430 - Renaissance and Reformation Europe (3 credits)
This course examines the reemergence of Europe in the fourteenth century as a center for political, intellectual, economic, and artistic developments. It also explores the religious, political, and social upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by focusing on the split between Protestants and Catholics, the development of powerful nation states, and the newly emerging "scientific" theories of the era. Prerequisites: one HIST course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3440 - Enlightenment and Revolution in Europe (3 credits)
This course examines the challenges to traditional authority by Enlightenment thinkers about the nature of reality, and how these objections shaped the interactions between society, politics, and culture that characterized the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. The overarching aim of this course is to understand the complex nature of these cultural upheavals in their political, religious, economic, scientific, and cultural dimensions, and to appreciate how their effects have continued to shape Western attitudes and values. Prerequisites: one HIST course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or HIST 1040H.
HIST 3450 - History of American Immigration (3 credits)
History of American Immigration: This course will examine the history of American immigration. The course will study the motivation for those coming to America, immigration demographics, the impact of immigration on American society, American reaction to immigration in public opinion, and the political, social, and legal response to immigration. Prerequisite: one HIST course; COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3510 - The Civil War and Reconstruction (3 credits)
This course examines the causes, character and consequences of the American Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on antebellum society and the growth of sectionalism, political breakdown, the institution of slavery; the war itself and how it transformed American economic, social and political institutions; Reconstruction and the War's aftermath. Prerequisites: HIST 1030 or HIST 1040 and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or HIST 1030H.
HIST 4700 - Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond (3 credits)
This course will examine the history of genocide beginning in the 20th century focusing mostly on Europe and Africa: the Holocaust, the Balkans, Rwanda and Darfur. As part of this study, students will travel to see the first-hand manifestations and implications of genocide. Prerequisites: one HIST; and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 4900 - Special Topics in History (3 credits)
Advanced studies in selected topics in history, such as interpretations of Revolution, the role of technology in society, or environmental history. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one HIST course; COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or HIST 1030H or HIST 1040H.
HIST 4950 - Internship in History (3 credits)
A 10-20 hour per week field or work experience for 16 weeks (or more) in the student's major area of study. Consult academic program for specific details and requirements. Prerequisite: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of department chair.
HIPS 4900 - Senior Seminar Capstone (3 credits)
This course is intended as a capstone experience for all history, political science, and international studies majors. The objective is to have the student draw on everything they have learned in their prior courses by means of an intensive study of a single topic of historical, political, or international concern or controversy. The learning method employed in this class will combine extensive readings in primary and secondary source materials with a major research paper that is subject to rigorous academic standards. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 90 credits and HIPS 2900: Research Methods in History and Political Science.