Course Description

Course Credit Hours
HIST 103.  HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION TO 1500This course is a study of the political, economic, social, cultural, religious and intellectual history of the world from ancient times to 1500. 3
HIST 104.  HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION SINCE 1500

In this course, special attention is given to the changing institutions, emergence of nationalism, rise and fall of colonialism, international rivalry and world politics leading to World War I and its aftermath.
3
HIST 210.  THE UNITED STATES TO 1865This course is a general survey of the political, constitutional, economic and social development of the United States from the Colonial Period to 1865. 3
HIST 220.  THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865This course is a general survey of the political, constitutional, economic and social development of the United States from the Era of Reconstruction to the present.. 3
HIST 300.  LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION (Colonial Period)This is a survey of the colonial era with emphasis on pre-Columbian civilizations and the changing trends in the social, economic and political life of Spanish and Portuguese America. 3
HIST 301.  LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION (Since Independence)This is a survey of the economic, social, and political development of the Latin American countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3
HIST 302.  HISTORY OF MEXICOThis course is a political, social, and economic survey of Mexican history with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3
HIST 306.  READINGS IN CARIBBEAN HISTORY

This reading course is designed to examine the history of the Caribbean since 1500.  The course also provides an opportunity to read the literature on the impact of Old and New World forces on the people and politics of the Caribbean, the West, and its institutions.
3
HIST 308.  MODERN EUROPE FROM RENAISSANCE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENTThis course will examine the Renaissance, the Reformation, the religious and Dynastic Wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Rise of Absolutist Monarchies and European nation-States, the coming of the Intellectual and Scientific Revolutions, and the Enlightenment. 3
HIST 310.  THE EMERGENCE OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD (1789-1815)The course will focus on the development of Western Civilization, accentuating the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe. 3
HIST 311.  EUROPE IN THE AGE OF LIBERALISM AND NATIONALISM (1815-1870)In this course, attention is given to the industrialization of Europe and its impact upon the various social classes, the Revolution of 1848, the re-organization of Europe in the 1860s and the resurgence of Imperialism. 3
HIST 312.  EUROPE IN THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM (1870-1914)This course is a study of the transformation of European society through the Industrial Revolution with emphasis on peasantry, capital and labor, growth of socialism and nationalism as mass movements, imperialism and systems of alliances. 3
HIST 330.  AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORYThis is a study of the colonial period of American history from the Age of Discovery through the American Revolution, with emphasis on the motives and methods of colonization, development of early American institutions, and the relations of the colonies to the British Empire. 3
HIST 332.  THE UNITED STATES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURYThis course is designed to examine the social, economic, and political forces operating in the United States since 1900, and their impact on the people of the United States and its institutions. 3
HIST 341.  DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1865This course is a study of the evolution of United States foreign policy from the American Revolution to the Civil War.  Special emphasis is given to the early policy of neutrality, hemispheric exclusiveness and diplomacy during the Civil War. 3
HIST 342.  DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865This is a study of United States foreign policy since 1865 with emphasis on the Pan-American movement, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the World Wars, isolationism, and the cold War. 3
HIST 351.  AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORYThis is a study of the African American background to Reconstruction with emphasis on the effects of its interaction with other groups upon American thought, institutions, and practices. 3
HIST 352.  AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1865This course is a study of the various problems of African Americans as they exercised their rights from the Era of Reconstruction to the present.  Emphasis will be placed on their changing status and contributions to American society. 3
HIST 354.  HISTORY OF AFRICA TO 1800This is a study of African – social, political, economic and cultural developments and the tenacity of African institutions to 1800. 3
HIST 355.  HISTORY OF WEST AFRICAThis course will examine West Africa from ancient to modern times.  Major emphasis will be on the dynamics of trade and politics on the West African coast, and the European imperial connection until the time of independence. 3
HIST 356.  HISTORY OF EAST AFRICAThis course surveys East Africa and the evolution of man, the migrations, and development of political, social and cultural institutions, foreign intervention, the Arab slave trade, European colonization, and the emergence of African nationalism and independence movements. 3
HIST 359.  GREAT EMPIRES OF AFRICAThis course surveys the European myths in connection with the origins of the states, the evolution of states in Africa, the forest states of West Africa, the States of Western Sudan, Central Africa, and the Swahili states of East Africa. 3
HIST 359.  GREAT EMPIRES OF AFRICAThis course surveys the European myths in connection with the origins of the states, the evolution of states in Africa, the forest states of West Africa, the States of Western Sudan, Central Africa, and the Swahili states of East Africa. 3
HIST 370.  THE SOUTH IN UNITED STATES HISTORYThis course is a survey of the development of those southern institutions and ideas that have distinguished this region from the rest of the nation. 3
HIST 371.  WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORYThis course is a study of the history of American women from the colonial era to the present.  While there are significant dates that are essential to an understanding of the progress of American women, the major emphasis will be on progress and changes over time. 3
HIST 375.  HISTORY OF AFRICA SINCE 1800This course examines the political social, economic and cultural developments in Africa since 1800 – colonialism, the struggle for independence, and the post-independence era. 3
HIST 390.  TOPICS IN PRE-MODERN TIMESThis is a course comprising a pre-selected topic of ancient or pre-modern history, chosen according to the interests of the students. (Prerequisite:  HIST 103) 3
HIST 398.  HISTORY OF ASIA: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL   
                                                                          
This course constitutes a survey of the history of Asia from the beginning until the end of the medieval era.  Political, economic, intellectual and religious developments juxtaposed to the continuing exchange of ideas in the Asian hemisphere will be the major focus.
3
HIST 400.  THE FAR EAST IN MODERN TIMESThis course deals with a brief survey of the early development of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia, with considerable attention given to the interaction of these areas with the West in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3
HIST 401.  HISTORY OF LOUISIANAThis course is a general survey of Louisiana history from the earliest times to the present, enabling the student to better appreciate the role played by Louisiana in the development of the nation. 3
HIST 402.  CONTEMPORARY HISTORY SINCE 1914This course is an analysis of the political developments and international relations between Europe, the United States, and the Near and Far East since the outbreak of World War I. 3
HIST 403.  RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATIONThis course is an in-depth study of the economic, social, political and intellectual influences of the transitional period between Medieval and Modern Europe. 3
HIST 405.  AFRICAN SOCIAL HISTORYThis is a study of selected themes of African social history, which includes urbanization, class formation, cultural change, social movements and protests, migration, and labor movements. 3
HIST 407.  HISTORY OF SOUTHERN AFRICAThis course is a study of the African peoples of South Africa, namely the San, Khoi, Xhosa, Zulus etc., their political, social and economic organization.  The conquest of Chaka, the Zulu King and the AMfecane@ until the arrival of the Dutch invaders in 1652, relations between the invaders and Africans. 3
HIST 409.  ANCIENT AFRICAN HISTORY    This course explores the African origins of humanity, emphasizing ancient African societies and civilizations, especially those of Ethiopia, Egypt, and West Africa. 3
HIST 410.  HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND CRITICISM
                        
This course is designed to survey the major kinds of historical source materials and to introduce the student to the problems of historical research and writing.  A research paper examining a topic specific in history is required of each student.  Students must start their senior exit paper in this class.  (Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Standing – Offered in both Fall and Spring Terms.)
3
HIST 411.  AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORYThis course is an examination of the religious life of African Americans from the period of slavery to the present. 3
HIST 412.  AFRICA AND THE SLAVE TRADEThis course focuses on the social, economic, political, and cultural impact of the slave trade on African society. 3
HIST 416.  ISLAM IN TROPICAL AFRICA      This course is a study of Islam in tropical Africa, and its political, social, economic and cultural influence on the African people. 3
HIST 435.  CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATESThis course is an examination of the critical constitutional questions in the historical development of the United States; the institution of slavery, the sectional crisis leading to the Civil War; the growth of urban America; and the changing character of religion, commerce, due process and minority rights.  (Prerequisite:  HIST 210 or 220) 3
HIST 460.  SEMINAR IN MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORYThis course deals with historiography and philosophy of history in the context of the 18th, 19th and 20th century history of the academic profession in the Western world.  The purpose of the course is to afford history majors perspective on their chosen discipline, and to acquaint students in related fields with historiography as a methodological research tool.  Extensive reading, written book reviews and oral presentations are required of each student.  (Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior History major or consent of instructor.) 3
HIST 470.  SEMINAR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY            
    
This course is an investigation and interpretation of the major intellectual developments and programs which have emerged from the African American experience in the United States.  A research paper examining some phase of African American History is required of each student. (Prerequisite:  HIST 410 or consent of instructor.)
3
HIST 475.  SEMINAR IN COLONIAL CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL HISTORY This course is designed to examine the historical, cultural and economic forces indigenous to the Caribbean colonies since 1500.  The course also provides an opportunity to study the impact of Old and New World forces on the people and politics of the Caribbean, the West, and its institutions. 3
HIST 498/499.  INDEPENDENT STUDY, READINGS AND RESEARCH       This course includes independent reading and research designed to meet the needs and interests of the student who selects a topic and submits a written proposal with the approval of the instructor.  Regular conferences between the student and instructor are required as are oral and written reports and a term paper. 3