CCPS History Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
HIST 101: Survey of United States History I
HIST 102: Survey of United States History II
HIST 103: Western Civilization to 1550
HIST 104: Western Civilization 1550-Present

200 Level Courses:
HIST 220: Ancient Civilization
HIST 223: Medieval Civilization
HIST 225: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 245: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIST 251: History of Slavery
HIST 282: History of Witch Hunts
HIST 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
HIST 301: World Prehistory
HIST 302: U.S. Foreign Policy
HIST 321: Women in European History
HIST 323: Women in American History
HIST 330: The American Civil War
HIST 332: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
HIST 334: Russia and the Eurasian Republics
HIST 335: History of the American Frontier
HIST 339: Politics in Popular Culture
HIST 344: History of Modern Africa
HIST 345: Modern Asia
HIST 350: African-American History
HIST 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East
HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
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 Reconstruction to the present.

HIST 103: Western Civilization I (to 1550). 3 hours.
A survey of the peoples who have contributed to building the body of ideas and institutions of the Western tradition; examination of the origins of ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome, as well as medieval civilization; final emphasis on the Reformation and the effects of European civilization and the New World.

HIST 104: Western Civilization II (1550 C.E. to present). 3 hours.
A survey of the peoples who have contributed to building the body of ideas and institutions known as the Western tradition from 1550 to the present; exploration of the complex, historical journey from the time of Absolutism through the period of Enlightenment and onto the era of new ideologies and revolutions, total conflicts and eventual emergence of the new global environment.

HIST 220: Ancient Civilization. 3 hours.
This course provides an introduction to ancient civilization, with special emphasis on Greece or Rome. Class examines the origins of ancient civilizations, as well as politics, society, religion, architecture and gender roles. Offered frequently as Study Abroad in Athens/Volos or Rome.

HIST 223: Medieval Civilization. 3 hours.
This course provides an introduction to the Middle Ages, particularly 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 (Luther, Calvin, Anabaptist, Henrician and Catholic).

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 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 301 World Prehistory. 3 hours.
This course exposes students to the phenomenon of culture, asks them to examine alternate economic/cultural systems, engages students in comparative comparative thinking and uses the perspective of time to develop historic context. Same as ANTH 301.

HIST 302: U.S. Foreign Policy. 3 hours.
Examination of 20th century foreign policy with the earlier events studied in the light of their contribution to policies and practices of the later period. Same as PLSC 302.

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.

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).

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 military events.

HIST 332: The Lewis 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 State.

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)

HIST 335: History of the American Frontier. 3 hours.
A study of the growth of Western institutions and their influence on our national life.

HIST 339: Politics in Popular Culture. 3 hours.
In-depth examination of the reciprocal influence of politics on popular culture and vice versa. Course emphasizes critical analysis of politics in film, music, and literature.

HIST 344: History of Modern Africa:. 3 hours.
A survey of African developments from human origins to the present, with an emphasis on the events, themes and developments most directly related to the emergence of modern Africa. Same as PLSC 344. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

HIST 345: Modern Asia. 3 hours.
A survey of Asian developments from human origins to the present, with an emphasis on the events, themes and developments most directly related to the emergence of Modern Asia. Same as PLSC 345. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

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.

HIST 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East. 3 hours.
Study of the historical development of modern political Islam from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Islamic sectarianism, religious minorities and the state in the Middle East, and debate on the compatibility of Islam and liberal democracy. Same as PLSC 360. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 hours.
An in-depth examination of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, tracing its historical, political, cultural, and religious roots; the course also uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution. Same as PLSC 375. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

HIST 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World. 3 hours.
A study of the Cold War conflicts with an emphasis on the role of developing countries; 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. Same as PLSC 385. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

HIST 290, HIST 390, HIST 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.
Most of these courses address subjects and issues associated with film history, gender history and social history. Recent topics include: western movies, war films, chivalry, witchcraft, gender and revolution, and women in India.

HIST 493: Capstone Research Seminar. 3 hours.
Learning the historian's craft through historiography, social history and archival work. Offered fall semester online. This class must be taken as a class. No directed studies are allowed. Prerequisites: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, and senior status.