Course Descriptions

Technology Requirements for the Department of Humanities
To meet Program Learning Outcomes for the academic year 2013-14 and to provide access to technology, foreign language students will be required to use a laptop computer with wireless network capability meeting or exceeding the recommended requirements specified under the Technology Tab in Wolf Den. Such laptops must have the basic software functionality of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, available free of charge in Windows 365, accessed through the Technology Tab in Wolf Den.


HIS 111, 112. A Survey of Civilization. (3, 3)

A two-semester study of the civilizations of the world divided at approximately 1500 A.D. History 111 and 112 are required of all students in the Teacher Education Programs and for all history majors.

HIS 121, 122. The United States. (3, 3)

A two-semester survey of the political, economic, and social history of the United States divided at the

Civil War. History 121, 122 are required for all history majors. HIS 121 offered fall semester; HIS 122 offered spring semester.


HIS 211, 212. British History. (3, 3)

The first semester will provide a survey of the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman periods and emphasize the development of English jurisprudence and parliamentary government through the Glorious Revolution. The second semester begins with the Hanoverians and emphasizes Great Britain‘s rise as a world power. Socio- economic political issues of the 19th and 20th centuries receive particular attention. Recommended for English majors and Pre-Law students. HIS 211 offered fall semester, odd-numbered years; HIS 212 offered spring semester, even-numbered years.


HIS 220. Tsars and Commissars. (3)

A survey of Russia from the late 19th century through the revolutions of the early 20th century and the development of the Soviet Union. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 240. Asian History. (3)

A survey of the history of Asia, emphasizing the civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea. The course concentrates upon the period since 1500 AD, with particular emphasis upon the period since 1850. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 250. Latin American History. (3)

A survey of the history of Latin America since 1800. While the course will center on a discussion of the difference between economic growth and development in this regional context, it will also consider a variety of themes including national independence movements, the region‘s troubled relationship with the United States, the role of the Catholic Church, and the land question. Offered at departmental discretion.

HIS 260. History of the Middle East (3)
The history of the Middle East is a story of grandeur and human achievement as well as one of conflict and tragedy. Students will take part in a survey of the environment, culture, religion, and politics of the Middle East from the time of the Persian Empires, ca. 300 B.C.E. to Present. This area of Southwest Asia was the site of the earliest revolutions in agricultural technique and the rise of the first urban civilizations. The "middle world" saw the cultural flourishing of empires with the greatest wealth, art, architecture, religions, and scientific learning on earth. Being the center of Old World prosperity and human creativity also had its costs. Constant invasions from Central Asia and then from Europe, brought continuous warfare, economic exploitation, and
cultural collision. In this seminar, participants will attempt to understand this history of human achievement and human failures.
Offered at departmental discretion



HIS 290. Introduction to Historical Method
An introduction to the art of historical detection, the use of evidence, and historical interpretation. Requirement of all History majors in the fall semester of their sophomore year.
This course is a prerequisite for HIS 450. History minors are strongly encouraged to take the HIS 290.
Offered fall semesters only.

HIS 310. South Carolina History. (3)

The economic, political, social and environmental history of South Carolina from colonization to the present. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 320. The Ancient World. (3)

A survey of the ancient world of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Phoenicia, Persia, Crete, Greece, and Rome. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 321. The Middle Ages and The Renaissance. (3)

A survey of Europe analyzing the Church, feudalism, manorialism, the origin of the nation state, and the challenge of secularism and humanism during the millennium following the end of the Roman Empire. Offered at departmental discretion.

HIS 322. The Reformation and Early Modern Europe. (3)

A survey of the religious and cultural fragmentation of Europe, the growth of the nation state, and the development of absolute monarchism. Offered alternate years. History 322 is accepted for credit toward a Religion and Philosophy major.

HIS 323. Modern Europe. (3)

An analysis of European social, political, and economic development from the Enlightenment to 1850.

Offered alternate years.


HIS 324. The Decline of European Power. Europe in the 20th Century. (3)

An analysis of the major elements of Europe‘s fall from world leadership from 1850 to the present.

Offered alternate years.


HIS 330. Colonial America. (3)

The course includes the crucial interaction of Native Americans, African-Americans and the rival European empires. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 331. The New Nation. (3)

A history of the United States from the Revolutionary War through the Age of Jackson. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.


HIS 332. The Civil War. (3)

An in-depth study that uses diaries, letters and secondary sources to help students understand the causes, courses and consequences of the Civil War, including military strategies and the African-American experience. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 333, 334. America Comes of Age. The United States in the 20th Century. (3, 3)

The first semester covers the period from the Populist Revolt in the 1890‘s through the New Deal in the

1930‘s. The second semester deals with the period from World War II to the present. HIS 333 offered fall semester, even-numbered years; HIS 334 offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.


HIS 340. A History of African Americans. (3)

Beginning with a summary of the African background, this course provides a survey of the Black American experience within the comprehensive context of the history of the United States. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 351, 352. American Diplomacy. (3, 3)

The principles and practices of American foreign policy from the Revolution to the present. The first semester: foreign policy to 1914; the second semester: The United States as a world power. HIS 351 and 352 are accepted as credits for a Political Science major. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 360. Germany, Then and Now. (3)

Germany from the Brandenburg-Prussia era to the present. Offered alternate years.


HIS 381. The Antebellum South. (3)

An analysis of the pre-Civil War south that includes studies of environment, politics, economics, daily life, the African-American experience and the crucial role of women. Offered at departmental discretion.

HIS 430. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. (3)

A study of Nazi Germany (1933-1945) and the Holocaust (1942-1945). Offered at departmental discretion.

HIS 450. Historiography. (3)

The methodology of historical research and analysis. Required of all history majors. Offered fall semester.


HIS 480. Seminar on Selected Topics. (3)

Open to advanced juniors and seniors with permission of the instructor.

A single topic of interest to faculty and students will be selected. Examples include the History of Science, Vietnam, the Crusades, the Muslim World, Women in History, Film and History, Native American History. Offered at departmental discretion.


HIS 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)

Independent study in a selected field or problem area of history. The topic or problem to be studied will be chosen in consultation with the department staff member under whose guidance the study will be conducted. Open to students of demonstrated ability who are approved by the Department. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.


HIS 495, 496. Internship. (1-3, 1-3)

Internships or practical experience in an approved program of study. Limited to majors in the department. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.


HIS 499. Senior Essay. (1-3)

A project requiring scholarly research. For majors only. Subject to rules and regulations on page 63 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions