History Course Descriptions

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HIS 252 United States to 1877                             3 hours

Prerequisites: LS 105; ENG 107 recommended. General Education option

Social‚ political and economic development of the United States from the American Revolution through Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIS 253 United States Since 1877                        3 hours

Prerequisites: LS 105; ENG 107 recommended. General Education option

Social‚ political and economic development of the United States since Reconstruction with a particular focus on U.S. foreign policy and reform movements.

HIS 255 World History I                                        4 hours

Prerequisites: LS 105; ENG 107 recommended. General Education option

Examines the major civilizations of Africa‚ Asia and Europe up to 1000 AD‚ with a particular emphasis on the interrelated development of economic and social structures‚ states‚ law and religions.

HIS 256 World History II                                       4 hours

Prerequisites: LS 105; ENG 107 recommended. General Education option

Examines the history of Africa‚ Asia and Europe‚ as well as the European conquest of America‚ since 1000 AD. Emphasis on the formation of economic‚ social and political structures.

HIS 300                    Special Topics in History                                                                                                                      1-3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108

Selected topics and issues in history as chosen by the instructor.

HIS 306                      The World in the 20th Century                                                                                                                                   3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 253, 256, or 303

recommended

The history of interstate conflict, social revolution, and global economic change in the 20th century.

HIS 309                    American Society After World War II                                                                                                    3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 253 recommended

Political and social developments in the post-war era. This can serve as a writing intensive course for history majors.

HIS 310                    Metro Detroit Through Three Centuries                                                                                                         3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 252 or 253 recommended. Fee: yes

The history of Detroit and its metropolitan area from 1701 to the present.

HIS 311                    History of Blacks in America to 1865                                                                                                               3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 108; HIS 252 recommended. General Education option

The history of American blacks from early African origins through the periods of slavery and Civil War.

HIS 312                    History of Blacks in America Since 1865                                                                                                          3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 252 or HIS 253 recommended. General Education option

The history of American blacks since the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIS 314                    Native American History I                                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 252 or HIS 256 recommended.

The history of Native Americans in North America from pre-contact to the 1830s.

HIS 315                    Native American History II                                                                                                                   3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 253 recommended

The history of Native Americans in North America since the 1830s.

HIS 316                    Liberalism, Communism and Fascism                                                                            3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 256 recommended

The intellectual, political, and social origins and development of modern ideologies.

HIS 320                    Vietnam                                                                                                                                     4 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 253 or 256 recommended. General Education option

The history of Vietnam from ancient times through French colonization and the 20th century revolutionary wars for independence against France and the United States. This can serve as a writing intensive course for history majors.

HIS 321                    Nazi Germany and the Holocaust                                                                                              3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 256 or 303 recommended

This course focuses on the historical roots of Nazi ideology and the evolution of the racial policies of Hitler’s regime, culminating in the genocide directed against the Jewish people. Includes a class visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center.

HIS 323                    Genocide in the Modern World                                                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 256 recommended                                                                                                                                                          

An examination of the causes and patterns of the systematic destruction-including extermination-of national, racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the twentieth century. Coverage ranges from Armenia and the Holocaust to Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, and “ethnic cleansing” in the Balkans.

HIS 325                    American Foreign Policy                                                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 108, introductory course in HIS or POL; Term: 2

Analysis and evaluation of the goals and instruments of U.S. foreign policy in the post-World War II period.

HIS 330                    Michigan: History and Politics                                                                                                              3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108, one course in social science

Development of sub-federal political institutions: states, counties, municipal corporations, school districts, and regional governments. Emphasizing the Michigan experience, the political system will be examined within the framework of major historical eras, population patterns, and economic developments.

HIS 335                    Women in U. S. History                                                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 252 or 253 recommended. General Education option

A history of women in America from colonial times to the present. This can serve as a writing intensive course for history majors.

HIS/ECN 340            American Labor History                                                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 252 or 253 recommended. General Education option

The history of the working class and trade union movement in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. This can serve as a writing intensive course for history majors.

HIS/ECN 345               Problems in American Economic History                                                                               3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108, ECN 200 or 202

The process of American economic development; historical roots of contemporary economic problems.

HIS 347                       Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies                                                                               3 hours

Prerequisites: Permission of the history department, instructor, 2.7 GPA in teaching major; and admission to Teacher Certification program

Philosophical basis, objectives, materials, curriculum planning and techniques of instruction for teaching the Social Sciences at the middle school (grades 7-8) and at the high school level.

HIS 359                       History of Civil Rights                                                                                                           3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; HIS 253 recommended

This course focuses on one of the most crucial decades in American history: the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1965). Historical, political, social and religious aspects of the movement are examined in documentary material. The course considers events preceding and succeeding the Civil Rights Movement and discusses strategies to achieve social justice. The human effects of social change and the relationship between the black freedom movement and all Americans are explored.

HIS 388                       Cooperative Field Work Experience                                                                           2-6 hours

Prerequisites: Departmental approval; Term: 1, 2

Supervised work experience in an activity related to area of specialization, planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor, and employer.

HIS 393                       Radicalism in 20th Century America                                                                                       3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 108; HIS 253 recommended

Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships between the domestic U.S. events of the last 30 years

and the earlier roots of radical social, economic, and political behaviors.

HIS 491                       Independent Study                                                                                                                 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 108; Permission of instructor; junior status recommended

In-depth advanced research on student-selected topic in consultation with faculty.

HIS 492                       Readings Seminar in History                                                                                               2-3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 108; Permission of instructor; junior status recommended

Readings, discussion and research on a fundamental problem in history.

HIS 496                       Senior Research Seminar                                                                                                       3 hours

Prerequisites: History major; senior status or permission of instructor; must have completed 80 percent of history course require­ments; ENG 312; and history writing intensive course. IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis is recommended.

In-depth historical research on or related to the history of Detroit. Students are required to write an extensive research paper and make an oral presentation to the history department.

HIS 496S                       Social Science Senior Seminar: History Concentration                                                                              3 hours

Prerequisites. Social Science or Social Studies major; senior standing or permission of Instructor; must have completed 80 percent of history concentration; ENG 312 and the writing intensive course in area concentration. (HIS 309, HIS 320, HIS 335, HIS 340). IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis recommended.

Senior research seminar for social science majors with history and political science concentrations. In depth research and writing on a history or political science topic related to Detroit.

HIS 498                       Field Work                                                                                                                         1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, History major; senior status recommended

Practical application of classroom education and skills in a related work experience; professionally supervised.

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