College of Arts and Sciences

History- Course Descriptions

HIS 1301 World Civilization to 1600 - Credit Hrs: 3

This is a survey course which deals with a brief prelude to history and the origins and development of civilization. Consideration is given to the various civilizations and their interrelations from earliest times to about 1600.

HIS 1302 World Civilization from 1600 to the Present - Credit Hrs: 3

This is a continuation of HIS 1301 and deals with the more complex and far-reaching social, economic, political, and religious elements which have shaped the modern period.

HIS 2306 United States History to 1865 - Credit Hrs: 3

This is a basic course in American history from explorations and the colonial periods through the Civil War. A study is made of the European background, colonial beginnings and growth, westward expansion, sectionalism and the slavery controversy and secession.

HIS 2307United States History from 1865 to Present - Credit Hrs: 3

In this course, emphasis is placed on the political, constitutional, economic and social problems resulting from Reconstruction and the rise of “Big Business,” the emergence of the United States as a world power, World War I, prosperity, the Depression and the New Deal, the Second World War and the position of the United States in the contemporary world community.

HIS 2308 African World Cultures - Credit Hrs: 3

In this survey course students will be introduced to and explore an understanding of the concept of a culturally and historically linked African world by (a) examining the cultural history of African peoples and their movement through time and space from antiquity to the present and (b) analyzing the major tenets of cultural unity and diasporic theories and their application. The course will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine the spiritual, ideational, and physical-material dimensions of African culture, and those that participate in that culture, in its socio-political, ecological, and historically constituted contexts.

HIS 3307 Latin American Economic History - Credit Hrs: 3

This course analyses the economic development of Latin America from colonial times to the present, including the evolution of markets, changing roles of government and politics; and the impact of international organizations. Prerequisite: junior status. Cross-listed as AAS 3307. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3307 and AAS 3307.

HIS 3310 The American Military Experience - Credit Hrs: 3

This course presents a survey of the ideas and activities of the American people which contributed to the development of the Armed Forces and the relationship between war and society. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3310 and MSC 3313.

HIS 3313United States Diplomatic History - Credit Hrs: 3

This course deals with the diplomacy of the United States as a world power. This rise to “super power” status and the special problems encountered as a result are stressed. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3313 and POS 3313.

HIS 3320 Oral History - Credit Hrs: 3

Oral history deals with the information in the minds of individuals. It seeks to recover this kind of history by way of recorded interviews and typed transcripts. This course includes instructions in interviewing and transcribing. Actual interviews are conducted.

HIS 3322 Cultural Dimensions of the African Experience in the Caribbean - Credit Hrs: 3

This course examines the cultural dimension of the African experience in the Caribbean from sixteenth century to the contemporary period. The course will specifically examine the cultural history of African peoples in the Caribbean region, their cultural innovations, interactions and exchanges, and the continuity or discontinuity of African culture in the Americas. Using a culture concept that encompasses spiritual, ideational, and physical-materials dimensions, the course advances an interdisciplinary approach as both conceptual foundation and as a tool for analyzing, reading, writing, and talking about the course content. Pre-requisite: HIS 2308 African World Cultures.

HIS 3323 History of England - Credit Hrs: 3

This course surveys the major political, economic, social and intellectual trends from earliest times to the present. Special emphasis is given to English literary history since about 1400.

HIS 3331 History of Africa - Credit Hrs: 3

This course includes a survey of lands and peoples of Africa from early times to the present. Special attention is given to the impact of Western influences and growth of nationalism.

HIS 3335 American Social and Intellectual History to 1865Credit: 3

This course covers the formation and change of American social groups as well as the ideas of various intellectuals from colonial times through the Civil War. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3335 and SOC 3335.

HIS 3336 American Social and Intellectual History since 1865 - Credit Hrs:3

This course covers major changes in American society and the ideas of various intellectuals from the Civil War to the present. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3336 and SOC 3336.

HIS 3341 Black American History to 1865 - Credit Hrs: 3

This course covers the history of black Americans’ African background through the Civil War. Major emphasis is placed on the development and institutionalization of slavery and varied responses to it.

HIS 3342 Black American History from 1865 to the Present - Credit Hrs: 3

This course covers developments in politics, civil rights, education and economics as well as the background and philosophy of outstanding blacks and organizations as they emerged during the period.

HIS 3345 Blacks in Urban America since 1945 - Credit Hrs: 3

This course is an intensive study of the economic, political and social roles of blacks in urban America.

HIS 3351 History of Science - Credit Hrs: 3

History of Science is interdisciplinary, combining the areas of science and history so students of various scientific areas may acquire a broad developmental view. Students of history or other areas of the social sciences and humanities may see the importance and relevance of scientific ideas. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3351 and BIO 3351.

HIS 3352 The African Presence in Mexico - Credit Hrs: 3

This course examines the African-Mexican experience from the pre-contact period in both hemispheres through the colonial age, the wars of independence, and the national period. The course will examine

demographic patterns, surviving African customs and practices, and the adaptations of African-Mexicans to the legal and social structures of New Spain and Mexico. It can serve as one of the options for the Third World requirement in the history program. Prerequisite: junior status.

HIS 3353 The African Presence in the Americas - Credit Hrs: 3

This course surveys the history of Latin America with a special emphasis on Africans and their descendants, particularly in the Caribbean Islands, Central America and Brazil. This course examines the responses of Africans and their descendants to the political, economic, and social conditions in the colonial and postcolonial periods. It can serve as one of the options for the Third World requirement in the history program. Prerequisite: junior status.

HIS 3354 Modern Latin America - Credit Hrs: 3

This course surveys the major Latin American countries since independence with emphasis on political structure and government development, but also including economic, social and cultural development. Cross listed as AAS 3354. Students may not receive credit for HIS 3354 and AAS 3354.

HIS 3356 Modern Russian History - Credit Hrs: 3

This course begins with the historical background of the Russian Revolution and traces the development of Russia as a democratic country.

HIS 3361 Urban History - Credit Hrs: 3

This course will place contemporary urbanization in historical perspective. Past and present municipalities will be studied. Students’ research will be directed toward topics in the history of Winston-Salem.

HIS 3370 Applied History I - Credit Hrs: 3

This is an introduction to the varied fields of applied history. It includes reading and problem studies in the fields of museology, genealogy, records management and historic preservation. It also provides visits to local

public and private agencies involved with applied history.

HIS 3371 Applied History II - Credit Hrs: 3

This is an intern program. The student will work 90 hours under the supervision of a local or private agency involved in applied history. Prerequisite: HIS 3370.

HIS 3372 Colonial Latin America - Credit Hrs: 3

A survey of major political, economic, and cultural developments from the pre-Contact period through the Wars for Independence. Meets history Third World requirement. Cross-listed as AAS 3371. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 3372 and AAS 3371. Pre-requisite: junior status.

HIS 4041 Independent Study - Credit Hrs: 3-6

This course is intended to provide the student with an upper division experience in history to supplement current offerings on the freshman and sophomore levels. The student will select some topic in history and study under the direction of a history faculty member, meeting weekly to receive guidance and report progress. This course may be repeated if a student has not earned the maximum of six semester hours. Prerequisites: HIS 1301, HIS 1302, HIS 2306 and HIS 2307.

HIS 4301 Latin American Political Thought - Credit Hrs: 3

Examines the many forms of Latin American governments and the political philosophies behind those political expressions since the end of the colonial period. Special attention is given to the post WWII period. Cross-listed as AAS 4301 and as POS 4301. Students may not receive credit for HIS 4301 and AAS 4301 and POS 4301. Pre-requisite: junior status.

HIS 4304 Modern European History - Credit Hrs: 3

This course covers the major European political, economic, social and cultural movements beginning with the French Revolution and continuing to the present.

HIS 4308 History of North Carolina - Credit Hrs: 3

This course includes a review of major developments which contributed to the growth of the state. Emphasis is placed upon factors responsible for the emergence of North Carolina since 1830.

HIS 4316 Historiography - Credit Hrs: 3

This course examines various philosophies of history as well as methodologies of writing history. Historians and histories, with their various findings, will be studied.

HIS 4323 Special Topics in Latin America - Credit Hrs: 3

Prerequisite: HIS 3354 Modern Latin America or permission of the instructor. A colloquium designed around a problem in Latin American history, requiring reading, discussion, reports, and a major paper. Cross-listed as AAS 4323 Special Topics in Latin America. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 4323 and AAS 4323. Pre-requisites: AAS 3354 Modern Latin America and junior status.

HIS 4326 American Studies - Credit Hrs: 3

This course is interdisciplinary, combining history and literature. The literature gains more of an historical context and history receives an infusion of emotion, interest, and life from the literature. Music, art, and films are incorporated into the total study. Students must have the instructor’s permission before repeating this course to receive credit for both HIS 4326 and ENG 4326. Prerequisites: ENG 2301 and permission of the instructor.

HIS 4332 History and Politics of East Asia - Credit Hrs: 3

This is a survey of the governmental institutions and political processes of East Asia since colonialism. Special emphasis will be placed on China and Japan. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 4332 and POS 4332.

HIS 4346 Economic History of the United States - Credit Hrs: 3

This course stresses economic concepts as they apply to United States history with emphases placed upon agriculture, labor, United States fiscal politics and the regulation of large business by the federal government.

Students may not earn credit for both HIS 4346 and ECO 4346.

HIS 4347 Materials and Methods of Research in Black History - Credit Hrs: 3

Emphasis on materials and methods of research will give students opportunities to do research based on original materials as well as secondary works. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor.

HIS 4351 Recent History of the United States - Credit Hrs: 3

This course provides an intensive study of United States history since 1945. Special attention is given to the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Reagan-Bush years.

HIS 4355 African Experience in America - Credit Hrs: 3

This research-based seminar course is designed for the advanced study of the African experience in America from seventeenth-century through the colonial-enslavement period, civil war and civil rights eras, and the contemporary period. The course will examine the “African” dimension of “African American” life and practice in the context of African cultural and historical continuity. This examination will include an interdisciplinary exploration of cultural expressions, religious orientations, language, mannerism, food, folklore, political and social thought, educational efforts, and family and community life. Such an approach will offer experiential outlets for students to conduct research in the special collections of Duke University, UNC-Chapel, and the state archives in Raleigh, as well as present their findings through a research symposia organized by the instructor and students.

HIS 4356 Seminar in Afro-American History - Credit Hrs: 3

The purpose of this seminar is to supplement the two general courses in Afro-American history by providing the opportunity for serious study of various aspects of Afro-American history through the use of the historical

method. The problem or focus of any given semester will vary according to the needs and desires of the students, faculty and community.

HIS 4363 Ancient History - Credit Hrs: 3

In this course the civilizations of the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome are studied.

HIS 4366 Medieval History - Credit Hrs: 3

The period from the decadence of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance is covered in this course. The culture and institutions of the period are studied as background for the modern scene.

HIS 4371 The South in Popular Culture - Credit Hrs: 3

This course will examine the changing views of the South in American popular culture, using an interdisciplinary approach that will include the study of music, art, film, literature, television, political cartoons, and advertising. Students will examine and analyze these cultural artifacts in order to better

understand the changing views of the American South from both inside and outside of Southern society.

HIS 4455 African Experience in America - Credit Hrs: 3

This research-based, seminar course is designed for the advanced study of the African experience in America from the seventeenth-century through the colonial-enslavement period, civil war and civil rights eras, and the contemporary period. The course will examine the “African” dimension of “African American” life and practice in the context of African cultural and historical continuity. This examination will include an interdisciplinary exploration of cultural expressions, religious orientations, language, mannerism, food, folklore, political and social thought, educational efforts, and family and community life. Such an approach will offer experiential outlets for students to conduct research in the special collections of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the state archives in Raleigh, as well as present their findings through a research symposia organized by the instructor and students. Pre-requisites: HIS 2308 African World Cultures.

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