Creating a Nation: The United States through the Civil War (HIS231) - Beginning with the Pre-Columbian Native American culture, the course investigates European colonization of the Americas, with emphasis on the English experience. The causes and key elements of the American Revolution are analyzed, as are the challenges faced and opportunities enjoyed by the newly independent nation. Students will explore the interacting social, political, economic, military and religious themes that underscore the nation’s development. The course concludes with an investigation of growing tensions between the North and the South that emerged as the nation moved westward, generating irreconcilable conflicts that culminated in civil war. This is a writing intensive course.
The United States, 1865-1945: Consolidation, Industrialization, & the Rise to Global Leadership (HIS242) - Efforts to reconstruct the South and uncertainty over the future of freed slaves following the Civil War provide the introduction for this class. Students will also trace the remarkable rise of industrialization and unionism, the “winning of the West,” the challenges of urbanization, unprecedented immigration around 1900, and the country’s growing commitment in Asia following the Spanish-American War. The uncertainties associated with capitalism are explored through investigations of the various depressions that rocked the nation periodically during the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, an investigation of America’s role in two world wars helps students understand how the United States emerged as a world leader in 1945. This is a writing intensive course.
The Challenges of Global Leadership: The United States after 1945 (HIS267) - The class follows the post-war trail of mutual misunderstanding and mistrust between the United States and the Soviet Union, which solidified into intransigent ideological positions during the nearly 4 decades of threat and counter-threat known as the Cold War. Seeking to check perceived Soviet expansion, the nation found itself embroiled in a number of wars in far-flung corners of the post-colonial world. At home, students will discover that the United States enjoyed unprecedented economic growth, but also strident racial and gender equality debates, environmental issues, generational and cultural differences and increasing commercialization. By the late 20th century, issues of globalization, terrorism, population growth and migration, growing political discord and technological innovation left the United States facing a world of uncertainty, but also of opportunity. This is a writing intensive course.
Dawn of Humankind: Civilizations Emerge and Develop (HIS303) - This course explores the birth and diffusion of world civilizations from the dawn of recorded history to 1350 CE. First, the course will begin by examining the development of early civilizations and then will follow their developments into the classical age by exploring the Mediterranean societies of Greece and Rome, the Indian subcontinent, China, and the Persian Empire. Finally, the course will conclude with the establishment of post-classical empires and the expansion of world religions. Over time, technology and human enterprise led to regular encounters between distant societies. This course highlights the ways these interactions came to shape the modern world. This is a writing intensive course.
The Emerging West, Exploration, Colonization, and Commerce (HIS323) - This course will examine the coming of the modern age. An examination of Europe from the late Middle Ages into the late nineteenth century will allow students to explore the ways that Europeans began to value reason over pre-modern ways of understanding the world. This enormous change let to political, scientific, economic, social and cultural changes both in European society and in the world at large. Students will investigate key events in European history such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Exploration, the Industrial Revolution and the creation of the modern nation-state, but particular attention will be paid to how each of these events impacted the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Asia. By examining each of these events from a global point of view, students will explore the ways in which knowledge and European ways of thinking influenced people around the world. This is a writing intensive course.