History (HST)

HST110  U.S. History Survey I  (3 Credits)  

A survey of political, social, economic, cultural, and diplomatic developments that shaped the United States through Reconstruction. Offered each fall. Course credit may be applied to the American Studies minor.

HST111  U.S. History Survey II  (3 Credits)  

A survey of political, social, economic, cultural, and diplomatic developments that shaped the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Offered each spring. Course credit may be applied to the American Studies minor.

HST120  World History Survey I  (3 Credits)  

This course will examine world history from prehistory to 1500. It will survey the political, social, economic, cultural, and religious developments of major civilizations and explore the links between and among these civilizations. Offered each fall.

HST121  World History Survey II  (3 Credits)  

This course will examine world history from 1500 to the present. It will survey the political, social, economic, cultural, and religious developments of major civilizations and explore the links between and among these civilizations. Offered each spring.

HST150  African American History  (3 Credits)  

This course surveys African American history from 1619 to the present. It focuses on African American experiences and contributions to U.S. history and society. It examines slavery and emancipation; slave culture and resistance; Black abolitionists and free Black communities; and the Civil War and Reconstruction. It investigates Jim Crow and responses by Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, William Monroe Trotter, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey. It explores the Harlem Renaissance; the impact of both world wars on African Americans; and Black internationalism. It surveys the civil rights and Black power movements and organizations such as the NAACP, Nation of Islam, CORE, SCLC, SNCC, and Black Panthers. Finally, it considers the debate over reparations and affirmative action, as well as Black Lives Matter and the continuing pursuit for equality.

HST210  Women in America  (3 Credits)  

A study of women in American society from colonial times to the present, with emphasis on movements and individuals who furthered women’s political, economic, social and intellectual emancipation. Applicable to Women’s Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST220  Modern Asian History  (3 Credits)  

A survey of Asia since the mid-19th century with emphasis on imperialism; nationalism; decolonization, emergent nations; and political, social, and cultural developments. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and the International Relations concentration.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300, or permission of the instructor.

HST230  African History from Lucy to Mandela  (3 Credits)  

This course covers African history from the beginnings of modern humans to the late-20th century. Major themes will include religion, trade, colonialism, resistance, and independence.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300, or permission of the instructor

HST300  Historian's Craft  (3 Credits)  

Designed for history majors and minors, this course introduces majors and minors to the historians’ methods and skills, historiography, and key issues in the history profession. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing are required. To satisfy the HST300 requirement, students must earn a C- or better in HST300 and on the research paper in HST300. Offered each semester.

HST304  American Revolution & Aftermath  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the causes, course, consequences, and aftermath of the American Revolution, including the U.S. Constitution and early republic. Social, political, ideological, economic, military, and constitutional themes will be explored. Course credit may be applied to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST308  Civil War & Reconstruction  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the causes, courses, and consequences of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, from 1820 to 1877. Social, political, cultural, economic, and military themes will be explored. Course credit may be applied to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST312  U.S. Politics & Society, 1890-1945  (3 Credits)  

This course examines political, social, cultural, and economic developments in U.S. history from the 1890s to 1945—from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt. Topics include the 1890s, Progressive Era, 1920s Jazz Age, Great Depression, New Deal, reform movements, and homefronts during both world wars. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of instructor.

HST316  America Since 1945  (3 Credits)  

This course will examine social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, and foreign policy themes in America since 1945. Topics include the postwar liberal consensus and the rise of the new right, McCarthyism, the Beat Generation, the Sixties, the New Left, the counterculture, presidential administrations, Watergate, the Cold War, Vietnam, and social movements—including the civil rights, antiwar, student, and women’s movements. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of instructor.

HST320  Rebels & Radicals in U.S. History  (3 Credits)  

This course will use biography to explore the theme of social justice, social reform, and social activism in U.S. history. Students will read and discuss biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories and learn about rebels, reformers, and radicals; their ideas, strategies, and activism; and their efforts to establish peace, freedom, justice, and equality in America. This course will place these biographies within the broad social, political and economic justice movements in which they participated. Course credit may be applied to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST321  Gandhi & King  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the ideas, methods, and activism of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin L. King Jr. It focuses on the nonviolent liberation movements associated with Gandhi and King and their roles in the Indian civil rights movement in South Africa, India’s independence movement, and the African American civil rights movement. It surveys other nonviolent peace, justice, and resistance movements around the world. Readings include memoirs, biographies, documents, songs, photos, and films. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and to the Politics, Law, and History minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST330  America & the World Since 1898  (3 Credits)  

This course examines U.S. foreign relations from the Spanish-American War to the present. Topics include American empire and global power, diplomacy and peace, intervention and regime change, the Cold War, the CIA and covert action, and interpretations of U.S. foreign policy. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major; to the International Relations Concentration; to the Politics, Law, and History minor; and to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST331  Vietnam & America  (3 Credits)  

This course examines American involvement in Vietnam and the history of modern Vietnam. Key themes include Vietnamese history, culture, and nationalism; the causes and consequences of the Vietnam War; the antiwar movement; Vietnam veterans; and Vietnam War literature, film, music, and art. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major; to the International Relations concentration; to the Politics, Law, and History minor; and to the American Studies minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST332  U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the United States and the 9/11 era from political, military, social, cultural, constitutional, and ethical perspectives. It will survey key themes in the contemporary Middle East and the U.S role in the region’s modern history. Topics include the 9/11 attack, America’s 9/11 wars (in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and the War on Terror), the occupation of Iraq, surveillance, torture, Abu Ghraib, rendition, Guantanamo, drone warfare, antiwar dissent, the impact on American Muslims, and literature and film. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and International Relations concentration; and to the Politics, Law, and History minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST340  Mediterranean Encounters 1100-1700  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the Mediterranean basin as an arena of intercultural exchange among the Catholic, Orthodox, and Muslim worlds. It also explores the economic, religious, and political boundaries that defined the Mediterranean and its interaction with those of different faiths and cultures. Topics will include the Crusades, the culture of Islamic Spain, the Holy Land as shared and contested space, Jews in the Mediterranean, and Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST343  Atlantic World 1400-1850  (3 Credits)  

This course follows the rise of the Atlantic world from 1400-1850. Central themes include culture, labor and production, trade and exchange, and empire.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permisson of the instructor.

HST346  Comparative Empires  (3 Credits)  

Using a comparative approach, this course examines the imperial experience in world history. Case studies, among others, include the Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Mongol Empire, Ming Empire, and British Empire. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and International Relations concentration.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST350  Colonial Latin America  (3 Credits)  

This course surveys the histories of Latin American peoples from early Iberian colonialism to roughly 1830. Central themes include labor and production, gender, trade and exchange, religion, and politics.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST351  Modern Latin America  (3 Credits)  

This course surveys the histories of people of Latin America from the Independence Wars to the present. Central themes include labor, law, gender, race, nationalism, and political change. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and International Relations concentration.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of instructor.

HST352  History of Mexico  (3 Credits)  

This course surveys the histories of people of Mexico from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Central themes include labor, law, gender, race, nationalism, religion, and art.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of instructor.

HST358  Modern Middle East  (3 Credits)  

This course explores major political, social, cultural, and economic developments in the Middle East since World War I. It examines Islam; the Sunni-Shiite split; European colonialism and imperial legacies; and Arab nationalism and nation-states. It considers traditionalism and modernization; women and gender; and the impact of oil on society and politics. It surveys Ataturk and secularism in Turkey; Nasser and the radicalization of Arab politics; the Algerian War of Independence; and the Baath Party in Syria and Iraq. It considers the Arab-Israeli conflict; the Islamic Revolution in Iran; and 9/11 and its consequences. Attention will be paid to the links between the history of the Middle East and current events. Pre/

Corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST365  Renaissance & Reformation  (3 Credits)  

A study of the political, religious, and cultural developments and changes that emerged in Europe from 1350 to 1650.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST369  European History, 1789-1914  (3 Credits)  

This course examines major themes and transformations in European politics, society, and culture from the French Revolution to World War I. Topics include the French Revolution, Napoleonic Europe, industrialization, nationalism, romanticism, democratization, secularization, imperialism, social thought, and modernism.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST374  Europe Since 1914  (3 Credits)  

This course examines political, social, cultural, and economic developments in Europe since 1914. Topics include the First World War; political ideologies; the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia; fascist Italy and Nazi Germany; the Second World War and holocaust; Cold War divisions and dissidents; politics and society; the Sixties; and the 1989 revolutions and collapse of communism, populism, and ethnic and religious minorities. Course credit may be applied to the Political Science major and International Relations concentration and the Politics, Law, and History minor.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST390  Special Topics in History  (3 Credits)  

An advanced course designed to examine a particular period or topic. The course may be repeated when different topics are offered.

Pre/corequisite(s): HST300 or permission of the instructor.

HST393  International Studies  (1 Credits)  

Coursework earned in conjunction with international travel, normally as part of a GCU-sponsored international study trip. Students will complete substantial academic assignments as determined by the instructor. Course fees do not include trip costs. Offered on application and with approval of department.

HST410  Internship in History  (3 Credits)  

Offered to history majors who wish to enhance their academic training in private or public institutions. A substantial project is required. Offered on application.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status and approval of the department.

HST475  History Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Students in HST475 will research and write a substantial research paper that serves as the capstone course and exit exam from the department. To satisfy the HST475 requirement for the History major, students must earn a minimum of a C- (70%) on the research paper AND earn a minimum of a C- (70%) in the course. Offered each spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): HST300, and junior or senior status.