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History (HIST)

2321- World Civilization I. A survey of the history of the world from pre-history through the end of the fifteenth century.  We will examine the major civilizations of the world during this period, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, the Incas, Aztecs, and Medieval Europe.  We will be introduced to commonalities and differences across periods and cultures, and we gain an understanding of how the history of the world developed.

2322- World Civilization II. This course studies the historical development of the world from roughly 1500 A.D. until the present including the modern history and culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  Major themes such as exploration, colonization, technological development, and social integration will be examined. 

310. The Ancient World. A survey of Mediterranean civilizations to the fall of the Roman Empire with emphasis on the histories of Greece and Rome.

312. Medieval Civilization. A survey of the history of Western Europe from roughly 500-1300, with a focus on the period from 800-1200.  We will study intellectual, religious, social, cultural, and political changes during this time, including the creation of monarchies, constitutionalism, chivalry, and the rise of the Catholic church. 

314. Renaissance and Reformation. This course examines the history of Western Europe during the momentous period of the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.  We will study intellectual, religious, social, cultural, and political changes during this time, including humanism, lay piety, and the rise of the ideology of the state. 

316. "Sex, Swords, and Magic": The Medieval World in Film. The Medieval World has been fascinating audiences of cinema since the earliest days of Hollywood.  From figures such as King Arthur and Robin Hood to settings such as Camelot and England, film-makers have remade the Middle Ages to suit their own interests and ideals.  This course allows students to view and analyze a number of films about the medieval period, medieval characters, in order to better understand how and why we consistently re-imagine the Middle Ages. 

328. Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1492-1789. Development of the British colonies in North America through the eighteenth century, the American Revolution, and the establishment of the institutional foundations of the new American Republic during the Confederation period.

345. The World of King Arthur and Robin Hood. This course examines the history of the British Isles through two of its most popular figures- King Arthur and Robin Hood.  Students will study the settings for each figure- the early medieval period for the “historical” Arthur, the High medieval period of the “literary” Arthur, and the late medieval period for Robin Hood. 351.

352. Europe, 1920 to the Present. An interpretation of the far-flung, events and movements of European history since the First World War. Special emphasis is placed on the rise of Communism, Fascism,Nazism, the Second World War, the Cold War and recent developments in European history.

419. American Social and Intellectual History. A survey of the social and intellectual currents and ideas that influence and inform the American people.

428. The United States in the Twentieth Century. Develops an understanding of the various forces that influence contemporary society. The major themes of industrialization and international involvement provide the framework within which modern America emerges on the world scene.

434. The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877. The political, social, and constitutional origins of theAmerican Civil War; military, political, and social history during the war years; and the reconstruction of the Southern States.

450. Latin America-The Colonial Era. A survey of the social, economic, political and religious forces that shaped Latin America through the independence movements of the nineteenth century.

451. Modern Latin America. This course will study the major historical developments of Latin America since the beginning of the nineteenth century and provide students with a general history of LatinAmerica.

454. The Culture and History of Mexico. This course surveys the major political, cultural, economic,social, and intellectual developments of Mexico from Pre-Columbian times to the present, and examines how Mexicans today interpret and celebrate their rich and diverse heritage. In the last week of the semester, students will have the option traveling to Mexico City with the instructor to learn more about Mexican culture and history.

460. Cultural History of Texas. A study of the historical, political, and economic forces that have shaped the cultural identity of Texas from Native American prehistory through the Spanish conquest, republican independence, statehood, confederacy, and reconstruction to a major role in the emergence of theNew South and the new economy.

462. Modern German History. A story of the German people from the unification process in the 19thCentury through the unification process of the 20th Century. The brief history of a united Germany(1870-1945) demands the attention of reflective persons because it teaches us about the role of fear and cupidity and obtuseness in human affairs, about the seductions of power and the apparently limitless inhumanity that man is capable of, as well as courage and steadfastness and the bounty of creativity.

470. 20th Century Asia. A survey of major political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped the history of Asia in the Twentieth Century.

480. Senior Seminar. (1 SCH) This course is a seminar required for all students who are seeking Texas certification to teach history or social studies. Students will evaluate the ways in which the knowledge gained in history and social studies courses can be used to accomplish the goals of TEKS. Prerequisite:Senior standing.

489. Independent Study. Individual instruction. May be repeated when topics vary.

490. Internship. The history internship offers students an opportunity to work in the Texarkana Museum System. Students will participate in a variety of tasks which will provide them an introduction to museum and archival work. To enroll, students must be history or education majors, have an overall grade-point average of 2.75 or higher, and have completed 15 hours of college history courses with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Only currently enrolled students who are seeking a degree may apply for the internship course.

497. Special Topics. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Special courses designed to cover areas of special interest.Graduate Courses:History (HIST)


500. Historiography. Historiography is the study of the principles, theory, and history of historical writing. The first half of this course examines historiography in the broadest sense of the word, with students reading about different perspectives and schools of analysis. The second half of this course focuses on historiography in its narrower sense, requiring students to research a variety of approaches, methods,and interpretations employed by historians on a particular topic. Based on their historiographic and bibliographic research of a selected topic, students are required to write a paper.

501. Methods and Principles of Historical Research. This course examines the methodology of historical research. Participants will research and write a paper on a selected topic.

510. Knights and Samurai: Medieval Warrior Cultures. Warrior cultures are commonalities throughout human societies, and especially during the medieval period.  In this course, students will focus on the warrior cultures of medieval Europe and medieval Japan, and give some attention to medieval Islamic and Byzantine examples.  Students will study the ideological, social, cultural, religious, and political influences on the development of these cultures, and we will gain an understanding of how they developed, flourished, and decayed. 

520. Readings in the History of Colonial America. Students will read books, write reviews, and critically evaluate research in the history of Colonial America.

525. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. This course offers a comprehensive survey, taking in political, social, economic and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on religious developments. Topics will include the conflict between paganism and Christianity; Constantine’s conversion; the transformation of classical culture; Rome and the barbarians; the military collapse of the western empire; asceticism and monasticism; women in late antiquity; the origins of Islam. Much attention will be given to the reading, interpretation and discussion of primary sources.

530. Readings in the History of the American Civil War. Students will read books, write reviews, and critically evaluate research in the political, social, and military history of the American Civil War.

535. Constitutions, Councils, and King Arthur: Europe in 1215. 1215 was a seminal year in the history of Europe.  Three broad trends in medieval history and culture all reached a confluence around this date: the signing of Magna Carta, the Fourth Later an council and the crusading movement, and the writing of the Lancelot-Grail cycle.  Students will examine how each of these events came to be and their effects.  This will allow careful study of medieval governance and law for kings and the medieval Church, as well as the development of medieval culture and literature.

540. Readings in the History of the Second World War. Students will read books, write reviews, and critically evaluate research in the political, social, and military history of the Second World War.

545. Reading in Modern Germany. The course examines the social, economic, political and military history of modern Germany, 1870-1989 (fall of the Berlin Wall). Students will analyze classic texts(those texts that are praised by historians) and read books on selected topics. Students also expected to engage in critical discussions of the readings.

560. History of the American West. Students will understand through reading, discussion, and research the fundamental role of westward expansion in shaping the economic, social, political, and ideologica l history of the United States. Students will also become familiar with the dominant interpretations of the significance of the West in American history including recent scholarship in selected topics in the history of the American West and improve oral, writing, and research skills.

565. History of Early Texas and the U.S.-Mexican War. Through selected readings, students in this course study the social, economic and political history of Mexican Texas, The Texas Republic, and the U.S.-Mexican War.

570. Popes, Paupers, and Heretics: Topics in Medieval Christianity. The Christian church was one of the most important forces in the shaping of medieval Europe.  This course allows students to study medieval Christianity from a variety of perspectives.  Topics covered can include the rise of the Papacy, the development of monasticism, the office of the bishop, lay piety, religious literature, the crusades and the struggle against heresy, and the codification of canon law and religious dogma.  Students will learn that, far from the monolithic institution so often caricatured in later accounts, the medieval church was a vibrant institution, rife with internal arguments and tensions.

571. Latin American History through Film. The course examines Latin American history through cinema. It will provide background on certain historical events and analyze how films have portrayed and interpreted such events. To enhance analysis of the screened films, the assigned readings play an important role in the course.

572. Colonial Spanish America. This course examines the social, economic, political and religious forces that shaped colonial Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the era of encounter and conquest, with later colonial eras examined in the second half of the course.

573. Readings in Mexican History. This course studies the social, economic and political history of Mexico. Students form colloquiums and choose three topics to be studies by their group. They read books on each topic, write critiques, make oral presentations, and participate in class discussions. There will also be other formal and informal writing assignments.

580. Asian History. Readings in the history of 20th century Asia studies some of the religious, cultural,social, and political issues that influences 20th century Asian history. Students are required to read four books with sufficient proficiency to write an intellectually sound analysis. For three of the books, students will make an oral presentation and respond to class questions. Students will participate in colloquiums in which their colleagues read books on similar topics. The goal is that all of the participants will have sufficient knowledge of a topic to inspire spirited verbal sparring in class. Class contributions will be evaluated.

589. Independent Study. Individual instruction. May be repeated when topics vary.

597. Special Topics. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Special courses designed to cover areas of specific interest.

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