Courses

HIST 101 - History of the United States I
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the history of the United States from the discovery of America through the Civil War. Emphasis on social, political, and economic developments.
HIST 102 - History of the United States II
3 Credit Hours

Continuation of HIST 101, covering the period from the Reconstruction to the present.
HIST 121 - History of Western Civilization I
3 Credit Hours

Survey of Western Civilization from prehistory to the close of the religious wars of the Reformation, including Egypt and the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, the early and late Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation.
HIST 122 - History of Western Civilization II
3 Credit Hours

Survey of Western Civilization from the close of the sixteenth century to the present day with attention to major social, political, economic, intellectual, and artistic developments that have shaped the Western world in modern times.
HIST 161 - Introduction to the Non-Western World
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to selected traditional societies before their contacts with Western Civilization during the nineteenth century. Novels and audiovisuals supplement texts and lectures to provide an understanding of the common person?s village life as well as the Great Tradition of these civilizations.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 201 - Historical Methods
3 Credit Hours

Study of historical writing with the goal of developing a deep critical knowledge of the writings of the major schools of history. Analysis of readings in terms of the technical and philosophical problems underlying all historical study. Introduction to the art of historical research and writing, use of sources, and methodologies.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and one course selected from HIST 101, 102, 121, or 122.
HIST 204 - Medieval History
3 Credit Hours

A study of medieval civilization as it emerged as a distinctive culture out of the ruin of the Roman world through its flourishing in the years 1000-1300, the disasters of the fourteenth century and its transition toward the early modern period. While the course will focus on the political, intellectual, social and cultural developments in Europe, attention will also be given to interactions with the Byzantine Empire, the lands of Islam, and what we now call Russia.
HIST 210 - Parties and Elections
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the role of political parties and elections in the modern American political system. The course focuses on the formation of political beliefs, the development of political parties, and trends in recent electioneering practices.
HIST 214 - The Renaissance and Reformation Eras
3 Credit Hours

A study of the underlying economic, political, social, and religious structures during the Renaissance and Reformation periods in Europe from the mid-fourteenth to mid-seven- teenth centuries. Significant intellectual, cultural, and social trends of the period include humanism, individualism, the stimulation of art and literature, the moral and religious dilemma of Christians in this context, and the responses of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations.
HIST 225 - History of Modern Germany
3 Credit Hours

A history of Germany since 1815, including the rivalry between Austria and Prussia, the mid century revolutions and Bismarck?s wars of unification, Prussian leadership in the German Empire of 1871-1918, the politics and culture of the Weimar Republic, the impact of the two world wars, the social and political nature of the Third Reich, and the division and reunification of the two Germanies.
HIST 228 - History of Europe, 1789-1890
3 Credit Hours

An examination of European history from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era to the coming of the Golden Age. The revolutionary tradition and the upheavals of 1848, the impact of modernization and industrial progress, the development of the modern nation-state, and the growing pressures on domestic politics and the international system arising from nationalism and imperialist expansion.
HIST 232 - History of Europe, 1890 to the Present
3 Credit Hours

A look at European society from La Belle Epoque to the present day, including the origins and consequences of the First World War, the political and economic instability of the interwar years, the development and application of totalitarian ideologies, the cataclysm of the Second World War, the Cold War and the division of Europe, the consequences of the democratic revolutions of 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the long road to European unity.
HIST 239 - History of West Virginia
3 Credit Hours

A study of the economic, social, and political history of West Virginia; designed for teachers of social science and individuals interested in the affairs of this state and its region.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 244 - History of Multi-cultural America
3 Credit Hours

This course is an overview of the history of U.S. racial minority groups. Using a comparative approach, the course will focus on three particular groups: African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The course will probe the history of each group using lectures, sound recordings and film, readings in primary sources, and more.
HIST 246 - American Labor and Radicalism
3 Credit Hours

A study of the forces that influenced the rise of labor, including the history of organized labor, craft unionism and collective bargaining, labor-management relations, and labor law. Attention also to various radical groups and political parties founded by laboring persons, including the anarchists, the I.W.W., and the Socialist Party. Assessment of the efforts of American labor to gain and maintain power in a diverse society.
HIST 269 - African-American History
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the experience of African-Americans from their beginnings in Africa through the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era. An examination of such topics as traditional African societies, the institution of slavery, the development of African-American culture in rural and urban societies, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the African-American church and education, and the intellectual and protest movements.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 270 - People's Republic of China
3 Credit Hours

A study of issues in Chinese history since 1949, such as the balance between continuity and change, between ideology and practical considerations, and between domestic and foreign policies.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 273 - Japan Since 1868
3 Credit Hours

The Meiji restoration of 1868 is often interpreted as the beginning of Modern Japan. This survey of Modern Japanese history uses the theme of balancing continuity and change, discussing it in the periods of Meiji Reforms, Taisho Democracy, Militarism and War, postwar recovery, and the emergence of Japan?s ?post-industrial? society in the 1990s.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 325 - Eastern Europe Since 1900
3 Credit Hours

A survey of major social, political, and intellectual developments in Eastern Europe from 1900 to the democratic revolutions of 1989 and beyond. The course covers both individual national histories and broader regional developments, including nationalism, ethnicity, and regional tensions; the two world wars and the new order of the interwar period; the creation of communist societies and the Soviet Bloc; the Prague Spring, Solidarity, and the other ?cracks? in the Bloc; the democratic revolutions of 1989; and the post-1989 struggles to achieve political and economic reforms.
Prerequisites: HIST 122 or 232 or permission of the instructor.
HIST 330 - European Social and Intellectual History Since 1789
3 Credit Hours

An examination of European social and intellectual history since the Enlightenment. Topics include the impact of the Enlightenment and the revolutionary era on European society and thought; the effects of industrialization and modernization on social development, social classes, and gender roles; and advances in philosophy, political and social theory, science, and the arts from the late 1700s to the present.
Prerequisites: HIST 122 or 228 or 232 or permission of instructor.
HIST 333 - American Foreign Policy
3 Credit Hours

A study of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy utilizing case studies of decision making.
HIST 335 - History of Modern France
3 Credit Hours

An examination of French history since the Enlightenment with emphasis on the origins of the revolutionary and Napoleonic traditions, the evolution of French society and culture, the nature and politics of the French republics, and the role of France in European and global affairs in the modern era.
HIST 340 - History of Modern Russia
3 Credit Hours

The history of Russia from 1796 to the present with emphasis on the decline and fall of the Russian aristocracy, the evolution of reform thought and revolutionary opposition, the revolution of 1917, the Marxist-Leninist dream and its Soviet consequences, the totalitarian state under Stalin, the role of Gorbachev?s perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the political and economic struggles of the post-Soviet era.
HIST 351 - Early American History
3 Credit Hours

Development and growth of American social, political, and economic institutions from the colonial period through the age of Jackson. Topics include the emergence of new ideologies of revolutions, race, and gender; slavery and the Old South; and religion and reform.
HIST 352 - American Biography
3 Credit Hours

This course uses biography to understand the role of individuals in the American history and the relationship to historical periods. From Tecumseh to Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson to Amelia Earhart, Frederick Douglass to Frank Lloyd Wright, various lives of prominent Americans will be studied in the context of their times in their impact on American society.
Prerequisites: HIST 101 or 102, or permission of instructor.
HIST 354 - Civil War and Reconstruction
3 Credit Hours

An analytical study of the social forces, events and personalities involved in the disruption of the Union and its reconstruction (from 1840 to 1876).
HIST 355 - European Diplomatic History
3 Credit Hours

A detailed study of the diplomacy that shaped the relations among European states (and increasingly with the United States) from the fall of Napoleon to the period of the Cold War.
HIST 358 - History of Modern Middle East
3 Credit Hours

This course investigates the history of the Middle East from the time of the French Revolution to the present, although Islam and the long history of the region will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on The Ottoman Empire and Muslim successor states as well as Persia/Iran. The focus will be on the struggle with modernity and the various responses of Muslim countries and organizations to the challenge of the West. Major attention is given to the Arab-Israel conflict.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requrement of the General Studies Curriculum.
HIST 360 - American Legal History
3 Credit Hours

A survey of American legal history, tracing the influence of the law on everyday life and its impact on social and political history. Includes criminal law and the desire to enforce conformity to government policy, resistance to the laws, the changing role of attorneys in society.
HIST 497 - Senior Seminar
3 Credit Hours

Advanced readings, discussion, and use of primary and secondary materials to write and present orally a major research paper. Consideration will be given to historiography, research techniques, manipulation of data, interpretation of the past, and writing styles.
Prerequisites: History major.
Other: Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
HIST 498 - Senior Comprehensive Examination
1 Credit Hours

Review and oral examination covering several major areas in the discipline of history.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.