College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS History Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
HIST 101: Survey of United States History I
HIST 102: Survey of United States History II
HIST 107: World History to 1500
HIST 109: Asian History to 1700
HIST 160: Genocide in History

200 Level Courses:
HIST 223: Medieval Civilization
HIST 225: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 245: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIST 251: History of Slavery
HIST 259: Engaging the Past
HIST 265: Native American History
HIST 282: History of Witch Hunts
HIST 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
HIST 307: Missouri History: Precontact to Present
HIST 321: Women in European History
HIST 323: Women in American History
HIST 330: The American Civil War
HIST 332: TheLewis and Clark Expedition
HIST 334: Russia and the Eurasian Republics
HIST 335: History of the American Frontier
HIST 343: Latin American History
HIST 344: History of Modern Africa
HIST 346: History of Modern China
HIST 347: History of Modern Japan
HIST 350: African-American History
HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 380: Hitler and Stalin
HIST 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World
HIST 390: Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
HIST 490: Selected Topics
HIST 493: Capstone Research Seminar


HIST 101: Survey of United States History I. 3 hours.

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the time of Columbus to the Civil War.

HIST 102: Survey of United States History II. 3 hours.

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the Civil War to the present.

HIST 107: World History to 1500. 3 hours.

A survey of world history with a focus on the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.

HIST 108: World History from 1500. 3 hours.

A broad survey of world history from 1500 to present. Exploration of various modern world cultures with a focus on connections and conflicts between them.

HIST 109: Asian History to 1700. 3 hours.

This course examines the cultural traditions and transformations in Asian history from its origins to around 1700. Identifies specific historical events, political developments and philosophical, religious and social innovations in the history of East Asia and Southeast Asia as well as highlights the contributions and transformations as it interacts with other world civilizations.

HIST 160: Genocide in History. 3 hours.

The last two centuries have seen mass violence on a scale unprecedented in human history. Among the most horrifying forms this violence took was the attempt to systematically exterminate whole religious/ethnic/national groups, which Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” to describe. In this course, we examine individual historical cases of genocide and also consider theoretical approaches that seek to explain its causes and dynamics.

HIST 223: Medieval Civilization. 3 hours.

This course provides an introduction to the Middle Ages, examining the multiple influences that shaped European history from the fourth to the fifteenth century. Particular emphasis placed on Christianity, the twelfth-century Renaissance, medieval cities, and society and culture. 

HIST 225: Renaissance and Reformation. 3 hours.

This course provides an introduction to European history from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, focusing on the Italian Renaissance and the Reformation. The first half of the class examines late medieval society, especially the society, religion and politics of the Italian city-states. The second half examines the reasons for the Reformation, with special emphasis given to the variety of religious reformations in sixteenth-century Europe.

HIST 245: Europe in the Twentieth Century. 3 hours.

A study of major developments in twentieth-century Europe: World War I, the rise of fascism and communism, the Depression, World War II, Cold War, the collapse of communism, contemporary issues; a brief survey of the late 19th-century precursors to these events.

HIST 251: History of Slavery. 3 hours.

Exploration into the history and social, political, and cultural significance of slavery and the slave trade in various societies and cultures; from slavery in the ancient world to transatlantic slave trade to slavery and its legacy in the modern era.

HIST 259: Engaging the Past. 3 hours.

Through the use of the course's thematic material, students will be introduced to the basic skills used by historians in their investigation of the past, including a close reading and contextualization of primary source texts, the study of historical interpretations and controversies, citation and research methods, effective writing techniques, and oral communication skills.

HIST 265: Native American History. 3 hours.

Examines the history of Native Americans from the 1400s to the present. Topics include cultural diversity before European invasions as well as Indian-European encounters. The slave trade, Indian Removal, accommodation, and resistance will also be discussed. From Cahokia mounds to the Great Plains resistance, the class provides insights into the complexity of Native American societies and the diversity of the American experience.

HIST 282: History of Witch Hunts. 3 hours.

This course examines the record of witch hunts throughout history. It examines specifically the witch hunts of early modern Europe with emphases placed on the way in which fear of witches was constructed, and the social, legal and political contexts of the period. Student research draws comparisons with other persecuted peoples such as communists, Japanese-Americans and African-Americans.

HIST 307: Missouri History:  Precontact to Present. 3 hours.

This course will explore the people, events, and area in the current state of Missouri from the days of Native American settlement to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the relations between Native American groups and Europeans; role of religion in Missouri history; major historical figures; the Civil War in Missouri; unique African-American history in Missouri; and the development, structure, functions, and operation of the Missouri state government.

HIST 321: Women in European History. 3 hours.

Exploration of the lives and voices of European women throughout history and the ideologies that Western society has projected concerning women. Writing intensive course.

HIST 323: Women in American History. 3 hours.

Exploration of the lives and voices of American women from colonial times to the present. Examines the following issues thematically: women and sexuality, women and education, women and the fight for rights, and women and the public sphere (work, religion and politics). Writing intensive course.

HIST 330: The American Civil War. 3 hours.

The causes, nature and consequences of the Civil War; emphasis placed on political and social interpretations of the war as well as its military events. Writing intensive course.

HIST 332: TheLewis and Clark Expedition. 3 hours.

A study of the Lewis and Clark expedition; the Native American tribes encountered; and the impact the voyage had on the men who undertook it, the people they met and the young United States. Writing intensive course.

HIST 334: Russia and the Eurasian Republics. 3 hours.

A study of the historic legacy of the multi-ethnic Russian state and the Eurasian Republics.  Emphasis on the resurgence of ethnicity and national identity, revival of religion and the emergence of new socio-political groups. Meets cultural diversity requirement. Writing intensive course.

HIST 335: History of the American Frontier. 3 hours.

A study of the growth of Western institutions and their influence on our national life. Writing intensive course.

HIST 343: Latin American History. 3 hours.

This course examines the history of Latin America. Beginning with the indigenous societies of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, it follows the growth of colonial societies as indigenous European, and African populations formed new and diverse cultures. Concludes with a history of decolonization and modern Latin American history. Writing intensive course.

HIST 344: History of Modern Africa:. 3 hours.

This course examines the history of Africa since 1700, especially the slave trade, missionary activity and imperialism. Second half of class focuses on the development of nationalist ideologies and independence movements, decolonization, and the formation of independent African states, as well as contemporary crises. Meets cultural diversity requirement. Writing intensive course.

HIST 346: History of Modern China. 3 hours.

An in-depth study of contemporary Chinese culture and history, with an examination of revolutionary movements and modernization.

HIST 347: History of Modern Japan. 3 hours.

An in-depth study of contemporary Japanese culture and history, examining the Meiji Restoration, Japanese expansion and interaction in Asia, World War II and the challenges faced by Japan after World War II.

HIST 350: African-American History. 3 hours.

A survey of nineteenth and twentieth century African-American history, with an emphasis on cultural, social, economic and political issues. Meets cultural diversity requirement. Writing intensive course.

HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 hours.

An in-depth examination of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including a review of its historical, political, cultural and religious roots. This course also uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution.  Meets cultural diversity requirement. Writing intensive course.

HIST 380: Hitler and Stalin. 3 hours.

This course will consider the phenomena of Nazism and Stalinism, focusing on systems of authority, culture, daily life, and the use of violence. Writing intensive course.

HIST 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World. 3 hours.

An analysis of specific Cold War controversies, particularly those that took place in the Third World; an examination of ideological, cultural and socio-historical aspects of the Cold War. Meets cultural diversity requirement. Writing intensive course.

HIST 493: Capstone Research Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: HIST 101, 102, 107, 108, 259 and senior status.
Serves as a capstone class for graduating history majors and involves completing a major research paper using historical documents. Focus is on research skills, writing and revision, interpreting primary sources and historiography. Writing intensive course.

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