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HIST 137. World Civilization to 1648
A historical study of the development of mankind from the ancient times to approximately 1648. The course will emphasize those forces which have influenced present-day Western Europe and the United States. It will also, however, give thestudent an introduction to the rest of the major civilizations of the world. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIST 138. World Civilization since 1648
A continuation of HIST 137 from approximately 1648 to the modern times. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIST 231. American History to 1877
A study of the origin and development of American society and institutions from the beginning of the colonial period through Reconstruction. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIST 232. American History since 1877
A continuation of HIST 231, spanning the period from 1877 to the present. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIST 234. Historical Methods
Study and practice of the concepts and techniques of historical research; use of bibliographical guides; evaluation and interpretation of evidence; preparation of the research paper. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIST 330. Topics in History
A general study of a historical topic designed to appeal to a broad student population. No Prerequisites. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

HIST 331. Kentucky
A survey of Kentucky history from 1750 to the present. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, even years.

HIST 333. American Diplomacy
An intensive chronological and bibliographical study of the history and conduct of United States foreign relations since 1775, the course emphasizes the constitutional and statutory rationales and the development and practices of formal and informal institutions and groups responsible for past and present American diplomacy. Prerequisites : HIST 231 and 232, or the consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.

HIST 334. England
An examination of England from the Renaissance to contemporary times with emphasis on the growth of political institutions and Britain's rise and decline as a world empire. Prerequisites: HIST 137 and 138 or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.

HIST 335. Twentieth-Century Europe
This course will concentrate on the period from World War I to the outbreak of the Cold War. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the following--the rise of communism and fascism, the pre-war paralysis of democracy, World War II, and post-war conditions of the continent. Credit, 3 hours. Prerequisite: HIST 138 or consent of instructor. Offered spring semester, even years.

HIST 337. China and Japan
A survey of the history of China and Japan from their crucial periods of the 16th Century to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 138 or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester, even years.

HIST 402. Myths of the American West
This course, taught in tandem with ENGL 402, provides an investigation of the myths of the American West as seen in history, literature, and popular culture. The student will be introduced to how the concept of a myth and the creation of national heroes begin with history and end with the public’s desire to see their heroes in action in literature and popular culture such as music, cinema, and television. The primary focus of each offering may change from semester to semester to include, but not be limited to, the pioneers, the town tamers, gunfighters and lawmen, ranching, and frontier women. Prerequisite: junior standing. This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section IVA of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours.

HIST 430. Selected Topics
The detailed study of a particular historical subject. This course may be substituted for an upper level American History course or a non-American History course, depending upon the topic, with the approval of the student's advisor and the chairman of the Department. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

HIST 431. Early America
A survey of the transit of civilization from Europe to British North America; the growth of American life within the British Empire; and the course of the American Revolution, including the writing of the United States Constitution. Prerequisite: HIST 231 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, even years.

HIST 433. Expansion and the Civil War Era
A study of the westward expansion and the origins of conflict between the North and the South. It will also focus on the war itself and its effects on the re-united nation. Prerequisite: HIST 231 and 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.

HIST 435. Twentieth-Century America
The major focus of this course will be the 1920s through the 1960s. Special attention will be given to the changes in societal thinking about politics, foreign policy and American economic development. Other topics will also be considered as time permits. Prerequisite : HIST 232 or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.

HIST 436. The Renaissance and the Reformation
A study of the transformation of western Europe from medievalism to modernity, with stress on the disruption of the unity of Roman Christendom and the resulting reaction. Prerequisites : HIST 137 or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.

HIST 437. Russia
A survey of Russian life from the rise of Muscovy to the present with special attention given to the following topics: the developing contacts with the west, the eighteenth century expansion, the revolution of 1917, and the Soviet period. Other topics may be examined from time to time. Prerequisites : HIST 137, and HIST 138 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, even years.

HIST 490. Issues in History
This course will allow a student to examine a problem in history thoroughly. The student will select, research, and analyze the problem and draw conclusions from it. This course will be offered only in the fall semester, and a student must have completed Historical Methods (HIST 234) successfully. This course is open to senior majors only. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, every year.

 

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