United States History Concentration
HIS 305: US since 1877 (F, S)
The second half of the survey begun by the Core concentration course, HIS 300, is presented in this study. It addresses the Progressive Movement, American involvement in World War I, the Roaring Twenties, America between the wars, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Era, and the United States at the dawn of the 21st century.
HIS 324: HISTORY OF PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia was America’s “First City” both in size and influence. Although its importance later declined, the city has continued to be an American icon. This course covers the development of Philadelphia from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on social, political, and economic history. It considers how the peoples of the city have shaped it, the role Philadelphia has played in national history, and the nature of historical memory about the city. Lectures and discussion are complemented by field trips and student research.
HIS 329: History of US Women
An in-depth analysis of the experience of women in American culture is examined in this course. Special attention is given to the women’s rights movement, women in the Industrial Revolution, and women in World War I and World War II.
HIS 331: AMERICA'S MILITARY PAST
The impact of the American military establishment upon American society and the formation of defense strategy and foreign policy are the topics of emphasis in this course.
HIS 333: The American Immigrant
This course focuses on the history of immigration to America and the ethnic impact upon American institutions.
HIS 337: AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY
This course covers African-American history from colonization to the modern Civil Rights Movement.
HIS 340: TOPICS IN U.S. HISTORY
This course is an examination of selected topics illustrating the political, social, and cultural history of the modern world.
HIS 341: RUSSIA AND AMERICA SINCE 1741
Topics emphasized in this course include Russian colonization of Alaska, Russian diplomatic relations with the United States, Russian emigration to America, the Cold War, trade, and cultural exchanges between the Soviet Union and the United States.
HIS 342: HISTORY OF THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT IN AMERICA
This course is a study of the American frontier, emphasizing pioneer life, federal Indian policy, and the settlement of the Great Plains and Far West.
HIS 347: Presidential Elections
This course provides an historical analysis of presidential campaigns from 1900 to 1980, stressing the evolution of political techniques, issues, political parties, and presidential personalities.
HIS 402: American Revolution
Revolutions have shaped the modern world. Perhaps the most important of these revolutions gave birth to the United States, an experiment in republican government. Covering 1740–1790, this course analyzes the colonies' separation from Great Britain, an upheaval whose promise Americans have sought to fulfill for more than 200 years. Topics include the causes, results, stages, and historiography of the Revolution. This course examines how revolutionary the American Revolution really was, politically, militarily, socially, and ideologically.
HIS 413: JEFFERSONIAN-JACKSONIAN DEMOCRACY
This course is a detailed analysis of the development of the American political system in an increasingly democratic society.
HIS 415: Fiery Trial: Civil War
The Civil War has been called the defining moment in our nation's history. Not only did the conflict emancipate four million slaves, but it also settled a longstanding debate over American federalism and proved once and for all the success of the Founders' experiment in republican government. Covering 1850–1877, this course analyzes the causes, course, and aftermath of the most momentous war in American history. It explores political, constitutional, military, economic, and social issues.
HIS 425: Modern America (F, S)
This course examines the growth of government involvement at home and abroad since 1939 with readings and analysis of original documents.
HIS 429: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA, 1877–1913 (F, S)
This course focuses on the nationalization of American life, including the building of the railroad network, the rise of industry, the labor movement, immigration, and urbanization.
His 430: Introduction to Public History (F, S)
3 credits/ Elective
Public History is the field within historical studies that communicates historical information to the general public within a variety of media. This semester, we will look at some of the ways which professional public historians participate in and lead those activities. Public historians follow a variety of career tracks: curators and collections care specialists; archivists; historic site managers and interpreters; historic preservationists and historic district advocates; historic archeologists and architects, and a variety of other fields are all part of the world of public history. This upper-level elective class is intended to be an overview, a glimpse at a variety of issues that face public historians in these various area. We will examine how Americans have used the past, issues that face us as we interpret history and heritage, and the numerous career potentials available to professionals who wish to devote their careers to public history.
HIS 447: THE UNITED STATES IN THE PACIFIC BASIN
This course explores the interrelationship of the United States and the East Asian world in the modern period.