United States History Concentration
HIS 300: US Republic to 1877
3 credits/ Core Concentration
This course traces the unfolding of American history from colonial times through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The coming of the Revolution, its results, the Federalist experiment, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, slavery and its opponents, and the trauma of the Civil War and its aftermath are examined. The central place of Philadelphia during much of this period is also given special attention.
HIS 305: The United States since 1877
This course is the second half of the survey begun by the Core concentration course, HIS 300. It covers 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
This colruse examines the historical development of Philadelphia from colonial times to the present, emphasizing the way people lived, the impact of transportation upon city growth, and the changing nature of industrialization. Lectures combined with field trips. Cost of field trips requires an additional fee of $40.
HIS 329: History of U.S. Women (S)
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the experience of women in American culture. 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 (F, S)
This course explores the impact of the American military establishment upon American society, and the formation of defense strategy and foreign policy.
HIS 333: The American Immigrant (F, S)
This course examines the history of immigration to America and its ethnic impact upon American institutions.
HIS 337: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA (F, S)
The main themes in black history from the African experience to the present, with special attention given to slavery, protest movements, civil rights, and black achievement are addressed in this course.
HIS 340: TOPICS IN U.S. HISTORY (F, S)
This course offers an examination of selected topics illustrating the political, social, and cultural history of the modern world.
HIS 341: RUSSIAN-AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
This course will survey the diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union from the American Revolution to the Reagan-Gorbachev summit of 1987.
HIS 342: HISTORY OF THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT IN AMERICA (F, S)
This course presents 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 (F, S)
A historical analysis of presidential campaigns from 1900 to the present, the course stresses the evolution of political techniques, issues, political parties, and personalities.
HIS 402: American Revolution (F, S)
This course is an intensive analysis of concepts and movements generated in the American colonies, which resulted in revolution and separation of the British settlements.
HIS 413: JEFFERSONIAN-JACKSONIAN DEMOCRACY (F, S)
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 (F, S)
This course offers a detailed study of the disruption of the Union, stressing the causes, personalities, and human drama of the military events leading to Appomattox.
HIS 425: Modern America (F, S)
This course examines the growth of government involvement at home and abroad since 1939.
HIS 429: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA, 1877-1913 (F, S)
This coruse 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 447: THE UNITED STATES IN THE PACIFIC BASIN (F, S)
This course examines the interrelationship of the United States and the East Asian world in the modern period.