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History Course Descriptions

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 3 hours
Economic History 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
Prerequisites: 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: 3 hours
History Concentration 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.