Undergraduate Courses

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100-level courses are open to all students.

101 Western Civilization Origins and Development of the Contemporary World, Part I (3 hrs.)

Major western civilizations to 1560. Taught every semester.

102 Western Civilization Origins and Development of the Contemporary World, Part II (3 hrs.)

Major western civilizations since 1560. Taught every semester.

103 World History to 1500 (3 hrs.)

This course is a comparative survey of the historical development of peoples and cultures from their beginnings to 1500. It explores cross-cultural interactions among societies, states, and economies of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.

104 World History from 1500 (3 hrs.)

This course is a comparative survey of the global interdependence of the world from the period of transoceanic exploration to the present. It explores cross-cultural interactions among societies,states, and economies of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.

200-level courses are open to all students other than beginning freshmen, with exceptions as indicated.

221 The United States to 1877 (3 hrs.)

Discovery of America through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

222 The United States Since 1877 (3 hrs.)

United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

229 Survey of Ancient Times (3 hrs.)

Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome. Prerequisites: HY 101-102 or approval of instructor.

230 Early Middle Ages in Western Europe (3 hrs.)

Survey of the origins and development of medieval society in the West, with attention given to Byzantium and the Islamic world as well as to the Latin west. Prerequisites: HY 101 and 102 or permission of instructor.

290 Historical Methods (3 hrs.)

Introduction to historical methodology and historiography, designed to prepare history majors for Liberal Arts upper-level coursework. Required of all history majors, including transfer students. Open to non-history majors.

300-level courses are open to students who have completed 9 semester hours in history or have junior standing and permission of the instructor.

306 Collapse of Civilizations (3 hrs.)

This course will investigate why some cultures succeed and others fail. From the archeological and historical record of past civilizations we will examine the factors which lead to collapse in an attempt to address a question that is relevant to the contemporary world namely, how severe do internal stresses have to become in a civilization before relatively minor climate shifts can trigger a widespread cultural collapse?

310 Introduction to Public History (3 hrs.)

This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of public history. Students will learn about historic preservation, cultural resource management, local and state history, methodology, historical archaeology, museum studies, oral history, and archival management through academic training and practical experience.

311 Historic Archaeology (3 hrs.)

Historic Archaeology will introduce intellectual and practical concepts using elements of research, fieldwork, analysis, and interpretation to explore and recreate the documented and undocumented past.

312 Cultural Resource Management (3 hrs.)

Cultural resource management encompasses recognition, description, maintenance, security, and overall management of historical items, places, and ideas through preservation and protection.

318 Constitutional History of the United States (3 hrs.)

Growth and development of the American constitutional system with emphasis on those aspects, which relate to the fundamental structure of American government and social order.

325 History of Alabama (3 hrs.)

The state's past from colonial times to the present with emphasis on its place in United States history.

329 Imperial Rome (3 hrs.)

Roman Empire from the Principate to the barbarian invasions.

330 The History of the Christian Church (3 hrs.)

A study of the Church from Biblical times through the Protestant Reformation. The course examines the Church as a social, political, and religious institution largely within Western Europe. Heavy emphasis on primary sources and on how to interpret religious sources for historical purposes.

347 Early Modern England (3 hrs.)

Course surveys the political and religious history of England under the Tudors and Stuarts. Topics covered will include the Reformation under Henry VIII, the reign of Elizabeth I, the English Civil Wars and the revolutions of the seventeenth century.

363 Indigenous Peoples of America (3 hrs.)

Surveys the history of Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the fifteenth century to the present.

365 American Labor History (3 hrs.)

American labor relations from colonial times but concentrating on post-Civil War topics.

366 African-American History (3 hrs.)

This course  explores African Americans’ experiences in and contributions to the United States.

367 Women in U.S. History (3 hrs.)

Women in the United States from the colonial period to the present.

368 American Environmental History (3 hrs.)

Explores the interrelationships of people and the environment in American history from 1500 to the present.

370 Social History of American Technology (3 hrs.)

Explores the history of the interrelationship of people and technology in American history from 1600 to the present.

371 U.S. Military History to 1920 (3 hrs.)

To examine the evolution of the United States Armed Forces from the 1760’s to 1920. The class will enhance understanding of the development and evolution of American strategy, doctrine, and operational issues. In addition, there will be discussions of key questions in American military historiography.

372 U.S. Military History from 1920

To examine the evolution of the United States Armed Forces from 1920 to the present. The class will enhance understanding of the development and evolution of American strategy, doctrine, and operational issues. In addition, there will be discussions of key questions in American military historiography.

373 Foreign Relations of the U. S. to 1920 (3 hrs.)

American foreign relations from the Revolutionary era through World War I. American territorial and commercial expansion, imperialism, and emergence as a world power.

374 Foreign Relations of the U. S. since 1920 (3 hrs.)

United States as a world power. American involvement in World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War, and the growth of American presence in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

375 Imperial Russia (3 hrs.)

Survey of the social, political and cultural history of Russia from its beginnings to 1917, with particular emphasis on the imperial period of the 18th and 19th centuries. Major themes include the evolution of the Russian state, state-society relations, and the multiethnic nature of the empire.

376 Soviet Russia (3 hrs.)

Russian history from the collapse of autocracy to the collapse of communism with special emphasis on the revolutions of 1917, the formation and evolution of the Soviet state in the 1920s and 30s, the multi-national nature of the state, and the successes and failures of the post-1945 era. Prerequisites: HY 101and 102.

381 Colonial Latin America

This course surveys the history of Colonial Latin America from the pre-Hispanic period to the wars of independence in the nineteenth century

382 Modern Latin America

This course surveys the history of Latin America from the nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed 9 semester hours in history or have junior standing.

385 History of Modern Africa

Course provides students with an overview of Africa during the colonial era. Students first discuss colonial conquest and the imposition of colonial rule, and then explore several themes, including colonial education, the spread of Christianity, and African resistance to colonial rule. Students also will study the process of decolonization and the implications of colonialism for contemporary Africa.

HY 390 Women in Modern European History

Survey of European women's history from the Enlightenment to the present. Focus on how women have supported, challenged, and revised expected roles for women in different historical contexts, as well as how nationality, social class, and ethnicity have shaped women's lives.

391 Europe, 1500-1789 (3 hrs.)

Examination of the economic, scientific, social, political, and cultural developments in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.

392 Europe Since 1789 (3 hrs.)

Europe from the French Revolution to the present.

395 History of Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Examines the history of medicine in pre-modern Europe. Course begins with the Ancient and Islamic origins of European medicine and ends the semester with the changes wrought by the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. The course also explores various themes in the history of medicine. Some of these include anatomy and dissection, learned vs. popular medicine, sex, and madness. 

399 Special Topics in History (3 hrs.)

Intensive examination of particular problems, periods, or topics in history.

400-level courses are open to students who have completed 12 semester hours in history or have senior standing or have permission of the instructor.

HY 410 Public History (3 hrs.)

Public history and its application in areas such as public policy, historical editing, local and community history (including historical societies), archival collection (including electronic databasing) and historic preservation, oral history, museum programs, and historical sites interpretation.

413 The Old South (3 hrs.)

Southern society, economics, politics and culture concentrating on the nineteenth century South through Reconstruction.

414 The New South (3 hrs.)

Post-reconstruction South emphasizing the economic, social, and political readjustments made during the twentieth century.

424 The Atlantic World (3 hrs.)

Examination of cultural, economic, and political interactions across the Atlantic Ocean, among Africans, Americans and others in the New World, and Europeans, and the encounters, connections, and conflicts that ensued from those interactions. 

426 Colonial America

Explores the founding of New World colonies, including political, social, economic, and religious developments during the colonial period.

427 The Age of the American Revolution (3 hrs.)

Explores the multinational connections and conflicts that lead some English colonists to revolt. Considers the political, social, and economic aspect of the time period.

428 Early American Republic (3 hrs.)

Political, social, and economic changes between the American Revolution and the nineteenth century that laid the foundation for the United States.

429 Civil War and Reconstruction (3 hrs.)

An examination of the major political, economic, and social developments in the United States during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

437 The Rise of Modern America (3 hrs.)

Economic and social changes, imperialism, and the growth in government in the United States from 1877 to the 1920s.

438 Modern America (3 hrs.)

American society, politics, economics, and foreign affairs from the end of World War I to the origins of the Cold War.

439 Recent America (3 hrs.)

Contemporary America from the 1950s to the present, analyzing both domestic and foreign affairs.

445 Comparative Military Policy and Strategy (3 hrs.)

Thematic course that uses lectures and discussions to conduct a comparative analysis of the military policy and strategy of states and empires in World History.

473 The High Middle Ages (3 hrs.)

Political, economic, and cultural features of Europe when medieval civilization was at its height.

474 The Renaissance and Reformation (3 hrs.)

Selected topics in the Italian Renaissance and European Reformation.

475 Crisis in Europe, 1560-1660 (3 hrs.)

Europe in an age of anxiety, religious wars, political upheaval, witch-hunts, and the early scientific revolution.

476 Absolutism and Enlightenment, 1660-1763 (3 hrs.)

Europe from Louis XIV to the Peace of Paris, an age of political stability and intellectual innovation.

477 The French Revolution and Napoleon (3 hrs.)

European ideas, institutions, and events from the beginning of the French Revolution to the demise of the Napoleonic Empire.

478 Europe in the Nineteenth Century (3 hrs.)

Major political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in Europe from the Congress of Vienna to World War I.

479 Europe in the Twentieth Century (3 hrs.)

Major developments in Europe from 1914 to the present, including the two World Wars and postwar reconstruction.

481 Empires and Nations (3 hrs.)

Thematic focus on empires and nations as political and cultural constructs in European and world history.

482 Comparative Slavery and Abolition (3 hrs.)

Explore what slavery has meant in different times and places as a way of better understanding this pervasive institution. In this course, students may consider slavery in the ancient world, Indian Ocean, Africa, the United States, and/or other locations over time. The course will cover select topics in comparative methodology.

483 Women and Gender in Latin America (3 hrs.)

This course studies the history of women and gender relations in Latin America from the colonial period to the present.

485 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (3 hrs.)

Seminar course on the historiography of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

486 Europe During the Cold War (3 hrs.)

Seminar course focusing on Europe during the Cold War era

490 Research Seminar in History (3 hrs.)

Historiography, research and writing, and recent interpretations in the field of history. Required of all history majors. Taught once annually.

495 Public History Internship

Students will participate in a semester-long public history internship and be responsible for completing a significant project using historical skills in a professional setting. This practical experience will fit the academic and professional needs of the student and the off-campus agency involved. Students must complete a minimum of 125 hours of work during their internship.

498 Readings in History

In exceptional circumstances, a student may ask a professor to provide a readings course on a subject of the professor’s choosing. This course may be repeated for credit.