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The History major is designed to provide students with a background in American, European, world, and Latin American history, western civilization, constitutional history, and the intersections between history and culture. Graduates of the program will have studied one of the most interesting subjects available in a college curriculum: the human past. The program prepares student to be proficient in research, writing, debate, analysis, and interpretation of a myriad of historical events and patterns that cross boundaries of time and geography.

Learning Outcomes

A successful history graduate is expected to:

  1. Evaluate historical arguments;
  2. Analyze complex historical texts and materials;
  3. Identify the major periods and events of American history and either western or world history;
  4. Identify and explain the cultural forces and influences associated with historical events.

Curriculum Requirements

At least 18 credits in the major must be at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

History Major Requirements (39 credits)

HIPS 2900 - Research Methods in History and Political Science (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the research methods that political scientists, historians, and international studies scholars use to answer questions. The course is intended to provide students with analytic tools with which they can critically evaluate research in these fields and train the student to pose and answer research questions of their own. Students complete a semester-long research assignment with an emphasis on using appropriate methodology, employing original sources, developing interpretative skills grounded in creative and responsible scholarship, improving writing skills, using discipline specific citation, and delivering oral presentations. Prerequisites: POLS 1200 or INST 1500 or one HIST course and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

HIST 4999 - Senior Seminar in History (3 credits)

This course is a capstone experience for all history majors. Students will draw on everything they have learned in their prior courses by means of an intensive study of a single topic of historical concern or controversy. The learning method employed in this class will combine extensive readings in primary and secondary historical texts with a major research paper that is subject to rigorous academic standards. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: Senior standing and HIST 2900. 

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

HIST 1030 - American History to 1865 (3 credits)

American history from its colonial origins through the Civil War. Special emphasis is given to analyzing and evaluating the major forces and ideas that have shaped American political, social, and economic life.

HIST 1040 - American History Since 1865 (3 credits)

American history from Reconstruction to the present. Special emphasis is given to analyzing and evaluating the major forces and ideas that have shaped American political, social, and economic life. 

Select one of the following two-course sequences:

  • HIST 1090 Early Western History (3 credits) AND HIST 1110 Modern Western History (3 credits)
  • HIST 1150 Early World History (3 credits) AND HIST 1160 Modern World History (3 credits)

HIST 1090 - Early Western History (3 credits)

A historical study of the major political, social, economic, philosophical, and religious movements shaping Western society in the period preceding the Renaissance. 

HIST 1110 - Modern Western History (3 credits)

A historical examination of modern western society since the Middle Ages, emphasizing political, social, and economic movements, and the religious and philosophical ideas that have shaped its development. 

HIST 1150 - Early World History (3 credits)

A study of the development of world civilizations, examining the interrelationships of the various regions of the world from Prehistoric times through 1500, including the rise of world communities, cultures, religions, and empires, tracing the development of trade, economics, political forms, the creation of the nation-state, and on the development of technology and the use of war of resolve cultural/religious/national conflicts.

HIST 1160 - Modern World History (3 credits)

A study of the interrelationships of world civilizations of the various regions of the world in the post-Renaissance era, examining the major world communities, cultures, and religions, tracing the modernization of economics and political systems, and the relations between modern nation-states. The course will also examine the collapse of colonialism, the beginning and end of the Cold War, the use of technology and warfare to resolve cultural/religious/ national conflicts, and the role played by the United States in world affairs in the modern era. 

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

HIST 2130 - Formation of Latin America (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary study of ancient American and Latin American systems and societies. The course examines ways in which essential elements of indigenous cultures have had an impact on the development of Latin American political, social, and economic institutions; the impact of Iberian history and socioeconomic systems on the discovery, colonization, and development of American nations; the legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism to emerging Latin American states; and the major goals and consequences of 19th century neocolonialism. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HIST 2140 - Modern Latin America (3 credits)

Using Latin America and the Caribbean as a focal point, the course provides an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary American systems and societies and their place in a rapidly changing, increasingly interdependent world. Topics discussed will include the causes and goals of revolution in Latin America, Latin American debt and development, U.S.-Latin American relations, and a new hemispheric order for the 21st century. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HIST 2300 - Caribbean History (3 credits)

This course traces the history of the Caribbean from the fifteenth century to the present, examining such issues as indigenous peoples and the early years of European settlement and colonization, the construction of African slavery, the changing place of the Caribbean in the world economy, various aspects of slave society, and the abolition of slavery. Revolution and struggles for independence will be emphasized, as will be U.S. imperialism, migration, and the rise of intellectual, artistic and literary movements in Caribbean island nations. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HIST 2400 - African History (3 credits)

This class will focus on Africa as a vast continent that is characterized by enormous ethnic, religious, geographic, and historical diversity. Emphasis will be on the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and Africa's relations with the outside world. European colonization of Africa and the extent to which it shaped the modern history of the continent; and the history of South Africa and the rise and fall of the Apartheid Regime. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

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)

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. 

HIST 4990 - Independent Study in History (3 credits)

The student selects, and carries out independently, library and/or empirical research. Faculty supervision is provided on an individual basis. Written consent of instructor and department chair required. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or HIST 1030H or HIST 1040H.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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