Course Descriptions

HIST 151 United States History to Reconstruction (Gen. Ed. Domain III-A)
A political, economic, social, and cultural survey of American history from the Age of
Discovery to Reconstruction. The course examines the development of the United States
within a global context and covers the movement of the colonies toward revolution and
independence, the formulation of the Constitution, and the conflict between nationalism
and sectionalism culminating in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Note: This is a
writing intensive course. Prior completion of ENGL 110 Expository Writing is
recommended. This course fulfills the State law requiring study of the United States and
Massachusetts constitutions.

HIST 152 United States History since Reconstruction (Gen. Ed. Domain III-A)
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments from
Reconstruction to the present. The course examines the development of the United States
within a global context and covers the growth of American industry, the nation’s growing
international role, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the Cold War, and political
changes of the late 20th century. Note: This is a writing intensive course. Prior
completion of ENGL 110 Expository Writing is recommended. This course fulfills the
State law requiring study of the United States and Massachusetts constitutions.

HIST 153 Europe and the World to circa 1450 (Gen. Ed. Domain III-A)
A survey of major cultural, intellectual, political, and socioeconomic developments from
the beginnings of recorded history in the ancient Near East through the Greco-Roman and
medieval periods to the mid-fifteenth century CE, including European interaction with
the wider world. Note: This is a writing intensive course. Prior completion of ENGL 110
Expository Writing is recommended.

HIST 154 Europe and the World since circa 1450 (Gen. Ed. Domain III-A)
A survey of major cultural, intellectual, political, and socioeconomic developments in
Europe since the mid-fifteenth century, including European interaction with the wider
world. Note: This is a writing intensive course. Prior completion of ENGL 110
Expository Writing is recommended. Note: This course fulfills the state law requiring
study of the United States and Massachusetts constitutions.

HIST 155 The Comparative History of World Civilizations (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
A study of world civilizations from the time of their contact with western societies to the
present. Particular emphasis is placed upon the socio-economic, intellectual, political,
diplomatic, and cross-cultural influences which have shaped these cultures. Such topics
as the industrialization, cultural development, and governmental evolution of the world’s
major civilizations are covered. Note: The course is acceptable for credit toward the
History major and may be substituted, by History majors only, for HIST 154 Europe and the World to circa 1450.

 

HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing
An introduction to the theories and methods of historical research and writing. Required
of all History majors. Students should plan to take this course in their sophomore year.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and two (2) 100-level History survey courses; or permission of the instructor.

 

HIST 290 Special Topics Seminar in History
A seminar in which a small group of students engages in a special topics in history given
at the discretion of the department. Topics, which vary with instructor, include emphasis
on developing a critical and analytical understanding of the subject under consideration
together with its relevant historiography. No more than two (2) topics courses may be
used to satisfy the departmental requirements for history majors.
Prerequisite: One (1) 100-level history course.


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