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HIS 145 Early United States History: Roots through 1877

A survey of the history of the United States, from pre-colonial North America to the end of the Civil War, that addresses important political, economic, social, scientific, and cultural developments. The course will include discussions of the role of class, race, and gender on U.S. history as well as the ways in which systems of labor, intellectual developments, and technological innovations shaped history. The course also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking necessary to form their own understanding of the past. (Take Five Online Elective). Three-four credits. Offered as needed.

HIS 152 Twentieth Century United States History

This survey course is an exploration of United States history throughout the twentieth century, including both national politics and foreign affairs.  Students will trace the emergence of modern America, focusing on the issues, institutions, and players that shaped the century.  The course looks for what is unique in the American historical experience, placing historical events in a global context. Students will research in depth one event or issue from twentieth century America. (Take Five Online Elective). Four credits. Offered as needed.

HIS 155 Modern United States History

A survey of the history of the United States, from the Era of Reconstruction through the twentieth century, that addresses important political, economic, social, scientific, and cultural developments. The course will include discussions of the role of class, race, and gender on U.S. history as well as the ways in which systems of labor, intellectual developments, and technological innovations shaped history. The course also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking necessary to form their own understanding of the past. Three-four credit hours. (Take Five Online Elective).

HIS 210E Immigration in America

This course is an in-depth, historical examination of immigration to the United States, providing the student with a working definition of immigration and exploring the development of immigration law and policy in the United States.  The course will trace the history of immigration to the United States and compare and contrast various epochs of immigration with the national and political psyche of the time.  The course will analyze American immigration policy and legislation and their subsequent impact on the economic, political and cultural composition of the United States.  The course will culminate with a discussion of the effects of 9/11 on immigrants and immigration policy in the United States. Four credit hours.

HIS 250 World Systems

This course provides a global perspective on the forces uniting to shape the post-modern world. In particular, the impact of Western and non-Western societies upon each other is illuminated through an historical, cultural, and social examination of Chinese, Indian, and African states. This course highlights the reemergence of traditional societies in an age of fluid communications. (Take Five Online Elective). Three-four credit hours.

HIS 251 Perspective: The World Today

This course provides a global perspective on the forces uniting to shape the post-modern world. In particular, the impact of Western and non-Western societies upon each other is illuminated through an historical, cultural, and social examination of Chinese, Indian, and African states. This course highlights the re-emergence of traditional societies in an age of fluid communications. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.

HIS 281 History of American Business

This course traces the development of American business from colonial times to the present, analyzing the emergence of American economic and management theories in conjunction with historical events and developments. Students will examine contemporary managerial thought as a result of a long development which was influenced by major events in the history of the United States.  Four credit hours.

HIS 320 History of Terrorism

This course is an in-depth, historical examination of terrorism, providing the student with a working definition of terrorism and exploring the development of terrorism and terrorist tactics. The course will discuss the difference between terrorist acts and ordinary criminal activity and focus on providing the background necessary to understand the evolution, proliferation, and mutation of terrorism. Students will evaluate the varying efforts of nations around the world in deterring, detecting and combating terrorism. Four credit hours.