Department of History and Philosophy

Resources / Course Descriptions

Descriptions of courses offered by the Department of History and Philosophy are listed below. While every effort has been made to keep this list as current and up-to-date as possible, please consult your student handbook for the most current descriptions.


NOTE: Course credits given in the following format "0-0-0" translate to:
class hours - lab hours - total credits

History (HIST)

  • HIST 1100 - Introduction to World History

    • This course is an overview of world history that provides an introduction to the origin and development of the world's societies and their political, cultural, and economic traditions.
    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Learning Support English requirements, including ENGL 1101, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 1111 - Pre-Modern History

    • This course is a survey of world history to early modern times. The course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the world with a focus on connections and interactions.
    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Learning Support English requirements, including ENGL 1101, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 1112 - Modern World History

    • This course is a survey of world history from early modern times to the present. The course examines themes, events, trends, institutions, and ideas with a focus on global connections and interactions.
    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Learning Support English requirements, including ENGL 1101, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 2111 - United States History to 1877

    • This course explores major themes in the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the peoples of North America to 1877. Topics include the intersections of cultures in colonial America, the origin and development of the American republic, the evolution of democratic ideas and institutions, western expansion, slavery, sectional conflict, and emancipation and its aftermath.
    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Learning Support English requirements, including ENGL 1101, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 2112 - United States History Since 1877

    • This course examines the major themes in the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the United States since 1877, the multicultural nature of contemporary U.S. civilization, and the nation’s role in the global arena.
    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Learning Support English requirements, including ENGL 1101, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 2206 - Origins of Great Traditions

    • A systematic examination of five centers of civilization in Afro-Eurasia during their defining moments. The course focuses on the historical contexts that gave rise to China's classical philosophies, India's transcendental world-view, the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic synthesis, African mythoreligious systems of thought and the emergence of Latin-European culture in the West. Content emphasizes cross-cultural influences and connections.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1100, HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 2270 - Introduction to Themes In History

    • The content of the course will focus on a particular historical theme, topic, or period. The theme or period will vary from section to section of the course. This reading-, writing-, and exercise-intensive course surveys basic methods and concepts relevant to the discipline of history. Students will regularly engage in the close reading of scholarly historical work, learn and practice a variety of research methods, analyze historical sources, and develop analytical papers.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1110, HIST 2111, AND HIST 2212
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3100 - Historical Methods

    • This course introduces students to historical inquiry as a conversation about the past. It surveys methods, concepts, and frameworks relevant to the discipline. Students engage in the close reading of scholarly historical work, learn and practice a variety of research methods, and analyze historical sources. Students cultivate good scholarly practices and habits of mind that will benefit them in future courses. Students should take this course during the second semester of the sophomore year.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112; HIST 2111 or HIST 2112; ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3271 - Intro to History Education

    • This reading and writing intensive course introduces fundamental approaches, methods, and concepts relevant to the discipline of history, historical thinking, and teaching American history. Teacher candidates engage in reading and analyzing scholarly works, learn and practice basic research methods, examine contemporary debates and developments in history and history education, contextualize and plan lessons that engage secondary students in studying history, and complete a school-based internship. Course content focuses on a particular historical theme or period.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of Program Coordinator; HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 2111, HIST 2112, and EDUC 2110
    • Corequisites: EDUC 2130, HIST 3304
    • Credits: 3-1-4
  • HIST 3304 - History of Georgia

    • A consideration of Georgia's political, economic, social, and cultural development from the colonial period to the present. Topics include the cultures of indigenous peoples, the Spanish in Georgia, the founding of a British colony, the Revolution, Indian removal, antebellum society, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the New South era, the rise and decline of the cotton economy, race relations, and post-World War II prosperity and problems.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3305 - The World Since 1945

    • A survey of major themes in world history since 1945, it focuses on sociocultural and intellectual developments in addition to the traditional concerns with political and economic relations. Particular emphasis is given to great power relations, the role of the middle powers, North-South relations as well as the interactions between Western and non-Western cultures in the context of increasing globalization.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1100, HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3310 - The Old South

    • This course will be an exploration of the American South from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. While major political and economic events will be an important part of the course, such events grow out of the ordeals of ordinary people. Therefore, close attention will be paid to the experiences of men and women ' white, black, and Native American ' from all social classes whose lives created a unique society known as the Old South.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3311 - The New South

    • The South's social, political and economic development from 1865. Emphasizes Reconstruction, the 'New South Creed,' race relations, industrialization, and the region's changing role in national affairs.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3315 - The History of the American West

    • This course surveys the history of the American West with special emphasis on the development of the Trans-Mississippi West from the early 19th century to recent years. The crucial influences of the environment, the interaction of Native Americans, Hispanics, Euro-Americans and other cultural groups, and the unique relationship of the region with the Federal government are explored.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3321 - Diplomatic History of the United States

    • Examines major trends in U.S. diplomacy from 1890 to the present, emphasizing U.S. rise to world power, World Wars I and II, the Cold War and its end, and U.S. relations with developing world areas.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112; and HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3325 - Introduction to Public History

    • The course exposes students to how Americans think about the past, as well as its commemoration and public presentation. Special focus will be placed on the ways in which historians transfer their writing, research, and analytical skills to professions outside of academia. Major subfields and professions within public history are examined as are the current issues and controversies within the field.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3326 - Historic Preservation

    • Examines the history, theories, and methods of historic preservation. Students are exposed to such activities as renovation approaches for historic architecture, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism, as well as the social and ethical issues swirling around preservation. Students are also introduced to the 'tools' of preservation, including tax incentives, historic inventories, HABS/HAER, the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Trust's Teaching with Historic Places.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3327 - Architectural History

    • The course introduces students to vernacular and high-style architecture and its relationship to social, political, and economic forces. The focus will be on the forms, spaces, and stylistic traits of historic architecture, how architecture has evolved through the years, how technological evolutions and innovations have influenced architecture, and what the built environment reveals about public and private life. The geographic focus of the course can change, depending upon the instructor and the needs of the department.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112; HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3328 - Introduction to Archives and Records Management

    • This course introduces the student to the archival and records management professions, principles, practices, and legal/ethical challenges. In addition, students hands-on experience working with sample collections and original materials.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3331 - History of Religion in U.S.

    • A survey of religious history in the United States, with special emphasis on beliefs and institutions, and their social and cultural context.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3332 - U.S. Social and Cultural History

    • For the years 1492-present, consideration will be given to nationality, immigration, ethnicity (Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Middle Eastern-Americans), the elderly, popular culture, and the environment.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3333 - African American History to 1865

    • A history of the people of African descent in the United States, from the African beginnings to 1865. The course will emphasize the forced migration of Africans, their experiences under plantation slavery, their resistance and emancipation, and their contributions to American society.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3334 - The Africans in the Diaspora

    • A survey of the activities and experiences of African people who live outside the continent from the earliest times to the present. This course examines the migration of Africans to Eurasia, the Oceania, and the Americas, and gives special attention to the slave trade across the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans; the comparative experience of Africans in slavery in the Middle East and the Americas; emancipation and the process of racial and national integration; and the economic, political, and cultural contributions of Africans in the Diaspora.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3335 - African American History, 1865 to Present

    • A history of the Black people in the United States since emancipation. The course emphasizes the struggles waged by African Americans to achieve racial equality and full citizenship in the United States, and the social, cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped the African American community. Special attention is given to the men and women who led the struggle, the ideas and ideals which inspired and dominated each phase of the struggle, and the movements and institutions which were created in the process.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3337 - Greek and Roman History

    • A history of Greece and Rome from the rise of the Greek city-state to the collapse of the western Roman Empire, with emphasis on their political, cultural, and intellectual contributions to the development of Western society.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3340 - U.S. Military Experience

    • A survey of the development of the American military and its role in U.S. and world history. The course will emphasize the political, economic, and social importance of the military and its role in integrating U.S. society as well as a study of the evolution of strategy, operations and tactics and their use in warfare.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3341 - Women in U.S. History and Culture

    • Focuses on the social, economic, political, cultural and religious experiences of American women of various racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds from the Colonial period to the present.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3342 - The Holocaust

    • This course puts the Holocaust into historical perspective and reflects on what it reveals about genocide in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course examines the roots of anti-Semitism, the rise of fascism in Europe as it relates to the ideology of the Nazi Party, and the implementation of the Final Solution. The structure and purpose of the ghettos and death camps is studied, as well as efforts to resist. The course concludes by looking at what contemporary representations of the Holocaust mean for a post-Shoah generation.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3345 - Business & Economic History of United States

    • Surveys American business and economic development from colonial times to the present. Major themes include the history of small business and family business; the shifting position of the U.S. within the world economy; the regional economy of Georgia and the South; labor-management relations; the labor movement; and the changing social, political, and cultural context within which business and economic institutions have developed.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3350 - England to 1688

    • A survey of English history from the earliest time to 1688. The course emphasizes political, cultural, and social developments between the Norman conquest and the transformation of England into a constitutional monarchy by the Glorious Revolution.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3351 - Modern England

    • English history from 1689. The course emphasizes the rise of parliamentary government, the importance of the British Empire and the social, cultural and economic ideas that have made England and much of the English speaking world what they are today.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3355 - Modern Ireland

    • This course surveys Irish history from 1700 to the present. The primary emphasis is on the political history of Ireland, but the course also seeks to convey an understanding of Irish economic, social and cultural history, as well as of the influence of the Irish in America. Major topics include Irish nationalism, Ulster unionism, the Famine, Irish revolutions, the Irish Civil War, and the Troubles.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3357 - Africans in Asia

    • A survey of the history of people of African descent in Asia from the African beginnings to the present. The course evaluates the historical significance of the African presence in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and China. It emphasizes the historical contacts and connection between Africa and Asia, the forced migration of Africans in the age of Islamic expansion and imperialism, the comparative experiences of Africans in bondage and freedom, and their integration into the host societies.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3358 - Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

    • A history of the people of African descent in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, from the African beginnings to 1888. The course will examine the forced migration of Africans; their roles in the conquest and settlement of Spanish America, Brazil, and the West Indies; and their comparative experiences under plantation slavery. It will emphasize their resistance and emancipation, and their contributions to the development of the multiracial character of Latin American and Caribbean societies.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3360 - Russian Empire to 1917

    • The history of the Russian Empire from its early beginnings to the Revolution of 1917. The course emphasizes the importance of Greco-Roman and Asian influences, the impact of the Russian Empire on eastern Europe and eastern Asia and the political, social, cultural, and revolutionary ideas that have created modern Russia.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3361 - Themes in Slavic and Eastern European Studies

    • This course is an introduction to the history, politics, arts, and culture of Slavic and Eastern Europe with a concentration on the last two centuries and contemporary events. After a brief historical survey, students examine prominent themes such as nationalism, ethnicity, state-building, and imperialism. Many themes are analyzed using examples from the arts, popular culture, music, and literature.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3366 - History of Mexico and Central America

    • Examines the Mesoamerican preclassic civilizations, the Aztec Empire and the Maya kingdoms, the Spanish conquest and establishment of New Spain, and the independent nation-states of Mexico and Central America. Themes include Spanish colonialism, the Indian struggle for justice, modern nation-state building, and relations with the United States.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3367 - History of Brazil

    • A study of Brazil, to include the Native American period, Portuguese colonialism, the Empire of Brazil, and Brazil in the 20th century. Major themes are sugar and slavery, boom and bust economic cycles, the formation of the Brazilian social identity, Brazil and the Amazon, and Brazil's place in the contemporary global world.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3371 - Modern Europe

    • This course surveys European history from 1789 to the present. The course focuses on forces that have shaped modern Europe such as liberal ideologies, industrialization, and the development of mass society. It examines the causes and consequences of the French Revolution, the era of national unification, imperialism, the two World Wars, the impact of the post-WWII era, the collapse of Euro-communism, the evolution and impact of NATO and the European Union, and current challenges.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1110, HIST 1111, or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3372 - Ancient to Pre-Modern China

    • This course introduces the main themes in Chinese history from the Neolithic to 1600; discusses how traditional cultures and outside influences have interacted to produce traditional China; explores the great diversity and impressive continuities of traditional Chinese civilization; and assesses the significance of the institutions of state, family, and women in Chinese history.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3373 - Modern India and South Asia

    • Emphasizes how Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and other traditional cultures combined with British colonial rule and other modernizing influences to produce the India of today. Some attention is also given to peripheral areas, particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3374 - Modern China and Japan

    • Focuses chiefly upon China and Japan, with some consideration of Korea, emphasizing how traditional cultures, outside influences, and modernizing forces have interacted to produce the East Asia of today. Covers the period 1600 to the present.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3375 - Silk Road

    • The Silk Road was the world’s first great superhighway, linking China and Japan to the Mediterranean World across Central Asia from ancient times. The peoples along the way traded luxury goods as well as ideas, religions, art, culinary and musical traditions. Through lectures, reading, and films, we explore the cultural interactions between East and West. Primary sources help us understand the great ideas in Buddhism, Islam, the Indian royal epics, Christian crusading and Mongol expansion.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3376 - Historiographical Debates

    • Investigates the major limits and problems inherent in historical understanding and introduces the student to philosophies of history that have sought to address those problems. Case studies of major historical controversies help students recognize the important ways those limits and problems influence even the greatest scholar's efforts at historical analysis
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3377 - History of Science

    • History of scientific ideas and methods from ancient times to the present, with special emphasis on intellectual trends that contributed to the modern world's scientific outlook.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3378 - History of Technology

    • This course examines technology as a factor in historical change, emphasizing the role of tools, machines, and systems in revolutions, culture, politics, and economics. Students engage historiographical debates and readings on the role of technology in the recent and distant past. More broadly, students develop a critical understanding of the role of humanistic inquiry in technological knowledge through biographies, case studies, and primary source documents.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3379 - Central Asia in World History

    • This course provides an advanced introduction to the history of Central Asia from a global perspective. It covers a large territory including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, and Tajikistan. This course focuses on the changes and continuities in the cultures and societies that flourished in this region during the times of major transformations with global significance, such as the expansion of the Mongolian Empire, spread of Islam, encounters with modernity, and emergence of the nation states.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3380 - Pre-Modern Japan

    • This course provides a basic survey of the major political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual developments of the Japanese archipelago from the earliest times to 1600. The course emphasizes Japan’s interactions with outside world and how the indigenous and foreign elements were combined to create the basis of Japanese society.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1100, HIST 1111, OR HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3381 - Modern Japan

    • This course provides a basic survey of the major political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual developments of the Japanese archipelago from 1500 to the present. The course emphasizes Japan’s interactions with outside world and how the indigenous and foreign elements were combined to create the basis of Japanese society.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1100, HIST 1111, OR HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3382 - North Africa and the Middle East in Modern Times

    • A history of North Africa and the Middle East since the emergence of Islam. Major themes include the rise of Berber-Arab/Islamic civilization, the historical ties between North Africa and the Middle East, and the impact of Ottoman rule. Consideration of the 20th century includes European imperialism, the advent of military rule, the establishment of Israel, Arab-Israeli wars and the search for peace, pan-Arabism and the independence movement in Maghrib, petroleum and international politics, the rise of Muslim fundamentalism, and the problems of economic development and modernization.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3388 - Major Themes in Environmental History

    • The course focuses how the natural environment and human societies have influenced one another throughout history. Students study the origins of the environmental movement and the individuals and forces that have shaped modern ecological thinking. Selected topics and themes include both world and American history.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112; and HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3390 - History of the Atlantic World

    • This course exposes students to the momentous socioeconomic transformations that occurred in the Atlantic basin in the wake of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. The changes were engendered by the convergence of diverse cultural groups and the complex social and economic networks that they established in the Atlantic basin. Students examine the complex interconnections, the consequences, and the resultant new social and economic institutions which significantly informed our contemporary world.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3391 - History of West Africa

    • A history of West Africa from the earliest times to the present. The course emphasizes cultural continuities and change, trade and cultural ties with North Africa, and contemporary challenges of economic development and nation building in the region. It examines important themes like village, urban, and community life; the formation of mini and mega states such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires; the creation of trans-Saharan and trans-Atlantic trade networks; traditional religion, Islam, and Christianity; European colonialism and African resistances; and decolonization.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3392 - History of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa

    • A history of Southern, Eastern, and Central Africa from the earliest times to the present. The course emphasizes continuities and changes in African culture, African participation in Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern trade networks, and the impact of European colonization. It examines important themes like Bantu migration and state formation in Central Africa; the emergence of the Ethiopian kingdom; the impact of the Zulu Mfecane; Swahili culture and Omani rule in East Africa; Dutch settlement and the development of apartheid; and the achievement of Black majority rule in South Africa.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3393 - Emerging Themes in African History

    • A survey of major themes in African cultural history from the earliest times to the beginning of European colonialism. The course introduces students to the peoples, societies, and cultures of the continent, and emphasizes dominant themes such as cultural unity and diversity, empire and civilization, kinship and family, ethnic and nation building, Islam and traditional religions, indigenous institutions, slavery, and sociopolitical transformations before European colonialism.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 3396 - Cooperative Study

    • A supervised work experience program for a minimum of two academic semesters at a site in business, industry, or government. For sophomore, junior, or senior level students who wish to obtain successive on the job experience in conjunction with their academic training.
    • Prerequisites: Approval Coop Coordinator
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • HIST 3398 - Internship

    • A supervised, credit earning work experience of one academic semester with a previously approved business firm, private, or government agency. Notes: Credit is allowed in elective areas.
    • Prerequisites: 60 Credit Hours and Approval of the internship coordinator.
    • Credits: 1-9 Credit Hours
  • HIST 4163 - The United States between the World Wars

    • This course provides a overview of the economic, political, legal, social, and cultural developments that occurred in the United States during the period between World War I and World War II.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 OR HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4400 - Directed Study

    • Covers special topics and seminars external to regular course offerings.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1100 and HIST 2112
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • HIST 4410 - Colonial America to 1763

    • Starting in the pre-Columbian period, this course covers the American experience until 1763. It looks at Native American life, colonization and settlement by the Spanish, French and English, interaction with the Atlantic world, and the wars for imperial dominance fought in North America until 1763. Issues explored include class structure and family life, religion, politics, intellectual movements, society and culture, slavery, and treatment of minorities.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4411 - The American Revolution

    • Examines the American Revolution from the start of the colonists' disputes with Britain through the ratification of the Constitution. Issues covered include the development of tensions between Britain and the colonies during the Seven Years' War and decade-long dispute over taxation, the decision to declare independence and the Revolutionary War, the postwar Confederation government, and the creation of the Constitution. The roles of women, Native Americans, African Americans, and loyalists are also examined.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4412 - The Early Republic

    • This course will explore the history of the United States from 1787-1824. Topics and issues covered will include the creation of the Constitution, the formation of the first party system, the growth and development of the federal government, the young republic's foreign policy, the War of 1812, the Market Revolution, the Era of Good Feelings, and the development of a uniquely American culture. Social, economic, political, and military aspects of the American experience will be addressed.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4415 - Jacksonian America

    • This course will explore the history of the United States from 1815-1848. Topics and issues covered will include the War of 1812, the Market Revolution, the Era of Good Feelings, the rise of Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal, the formation of the second party system, the rise of the reformist impulse, sectional disruptions caused by territorial expansion and slavery, the annexation of Texas, the Mexican War, and the continued development of a uniquely American culture. Social, economic, political, and military aspects of the American experience will be studied.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4424 - Museum Education

    • This course exposes students to both the theory and practice of education in museums, historic sites, and other public history and cultural institutions. An emphasis is placed on the way that museum educators combine theory with practice when implementing educational programming. Major trends in the field of museum education are explored including K-12 education, museum-community partnerships, online learning, and audience engagement.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2112 and HIST 3100
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4425 - Oral History

    • Focuses on the methods of taking, processing, and utilizing oral histories. Additional emphasis is placed on the study of planning, development, and operation of oral history projects for libraries, museums, corporations, and public history agencies.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4426 - Documentation and Interpretation of Historic Sites

    • Explores the methods of documenting historic properties, especially as related to the National Register of Historic Places. Special emphasis is placed on completing a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places. Includes interpretation of historic sites for public exhibit.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4428 - The Third Reich

    • This course draws a wide range of texts to place the Third Reich (1933-1945) in a broad historical context to understand its rise, causes, consequences, and legacies.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4430 - Museum Studies

    • Provides a broad introduction to the museum world and the functions of museums in American society. Emphasis will be placed on historical museums. Subjects covered will include museum management, collections management, education, interpretation, exhibit design, ethics, and scholarly criticism of museums.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4435 - History and Memory

    • This seminar experience examines the literature of public history and memory. Through readings and discussion the class will examine what we know about the past and how we know it, the changing interpretation of historical events over time, the shape and influence of historical memory, the politics of historical interpretation, and the public presentation of history.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4440 - Medieval Europe

    • A survey of the origins of European culture. Focuses on the period between the fourth and the fourteenth centuries, during which time Europe achieved its own form of cultural unity distinct from that of its Mediterranean neighbors.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4442 - History of Religious Tolerance

    • This course traces the origins of the concept of tolerance of the religious 'other,' with a focus of content on medieval and Early Modern Europe. Besides the historical exploration of the topic and an examination of the emergence and development of the idea of religious toleration against a background of persecution and wars of religion, students also examine and discuss philosophical and practical aspects of religious tolerance today.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4444 - Renaissance and Reformation Europe

    • A survey of the changing patterns of thought that radically altered European society between the 14th and 17th centuries. The renaissance of art, the triumph of individualism, the rise of Protestantism, and the reformation of the Church will be studied in their social, political, and intellectual contexts.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4445 - Age of Enlightenment

    • A contextualized discussion of major developments in European thought during the eighteenth century. Topics include rationalism and the notion of the social applicability of science, the idea of progress, the critique of established religion, economic theories such as those of the Physiocrats, and epistemological interests as expressed in the Encyclopedie of Diderot and d'Alembert, as well as the increased cosmopolitanism and the importance of extra-European models (especially the Chinese Confucian model).
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4451 - Civil War and Reconstruction

    • Causes and development of the U.S. Civil War from 1830. Includes an analysis of the political, social, and economic aspects of the Reconstruction Era.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4453 - World War I

    • This course provides an overview of the major issues and events surrounding the First World War, exposing students to its opposing governments, leaders, military forces, and major battles, aspects that shaped the conduct and outcome of this momentous international confrontation. It affords students an understanding of the political, military, and social histories of the war and the long-range political and social implications and consequences of the treaty that came at its conclusion.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4454 - Twentieth Century Europe

    • A survey of European history from 1914 to the present. The course focuses on the main forces that have shaped Europe such as the Second Industrial Revolution and the development of mass society. It examines women's issues; the rise of Fascism; the impact of existentialism on philosophy, literature, and art; the collapse of Euro-communism; and progress toward European Union.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4455 - Twentieth Century Russia

    • A study of Russia in the 20th century that examines in detail the birth, life, international influence, death, and aftermath of the Soviet Union and relates these events to Russian and world history.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4456 - World War II

    • A survey of the causes, events, and results of World War II. The course emphasizes military history and the global nature of the conflict but also examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of the war.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4461 - Gilded Age & Progressive Era

    • An examination of the expansion, industrialization, and urbanization of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and of the era's cultural, political, economic, intellectual, and social issues.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4471 - Recent United States History

    • Recent United States History, 1939-present. Considers domestic political history, an overview of foreign policy, economic growth and change, and social and cultural reform movements.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4475 - War and Revolution in Southeast Asia

    • Studies the responses of the traditional cultures of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia to outside influences and modernizing forces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; considers both world wars and the Indochina Wars in the context of the Cold War and their impact on Europe and the United States.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112; and HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4488 - Approaches to World History

    • The course examines approaches to world history as a field of study, including important debates and controversies in the tradition, along with best practices in teaching world history. The course includes a consideration of recent developments on topics such as modernization and globalization and their significance in world history, philosophical perspectives on the importance of world history in today’s secondary classrooms, world history lesson planning and teaching, and a 20 hour middle school field component.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the History Education Program; HIST 3271
    • Credits: 3-1-4
  • HIST 4490 - Special Topics in History

    • Selected special topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or HIST 1112 and HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • HIST 4495 - Research Seminar US History

    • This seminar introduces students to the historiography of a particular topic or theme in US History. It requires students to develop an original research paper on the topic or theme using primary and secondary sources and reflecting standard practices within the discipline. This course should not be taken before the second semester of the junior year and may be repeated once for credit.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 3100; Departmental Approval
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4496 - Research Seminar in European History

    • This seminar introduces students to the historiography of a particular topic or theme in European History. It requires students to develop an original research paper on the topic or theme using primary and secondary sources and reflecting standard practices within the discipline. Notes: This course should not be taken before the second semester of the junior year and may be repeated once for credit.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 3100; Departmental Approval
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4497 - Research Seminar in non-Western History

    • This seminar introduces students to the historiography of a particular topic or theme of a particular region in the non-Western world. It requires students to develop an original research paper on the topic or theme using primary and secondary sources and reflecting standard practices within the discipline. Notes: This course should not be taken before the second semester of the junior year and may be repeated once for credit.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 3100; Departmental Approval
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4498 - Research Seminar in World History

    • This seminar introduces students to the historiography of a particular topic or theme in World History, using the approaches of cross-cultural, transnational, or transregional history. It requires students to develop an original research paper on the topic or theme using primary and secondary sources and reflecting standard practices within the discipline. Notes: This course should not be taken before the second semester of the junior year and may be repeated once for credit.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 3100; Departmental Approval
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIST 4499 - Senior Thesis in History

    • A combined tutorial and seminar in which students research and write a senior thesis in addition to making a computer based presentation in class.
    • Prerequisites: HIST 2206, HIST 3100, HIST 3305, HIST 3376 and Departmental Approval
    • Credits: 3-0-3

History Education (HIED)

  • HIED 4413 - Teaching of Social Sciences (6-12)

    • An examination and application of curriculum issues, learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional materials, and assessment procedures for teaching secondary school social science in the multicultural and diverse classrooms of today. Emphasizes those practices suggested by research in secondary social science education and encouraged by our accrediting agencies.
    • Prerequisites: All required EDUC courses and admission to Teacher Education, HIST 2270, and 24 hours of upper-level teaching field courses (including HIST 3304 and HIST 4488), GPA of at least 3.0 in that content course work, and permission of program coordinator.
    • Credits: 6-0-6
  • HIED 4414 - Teaching of Social Sciences Practicum

    • Secondary school field experience in social science teaching with concurrent seminars. Proof of professional liability insurance is required prior to school placement.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to HIED 4413
    • Credits: 0-9-3
  • HIED 4475 - Student Teaching: Social Sciences (6-12)

    • Full-time teaching experience in social sciences under the supervision of a secondary school cooperating teacher and a specialist in history education. Includes a regularly scheduled seminar.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to Student Teaching
    • Credits: 12 Credit Hours
  • HIED 4490 - Special Topics in History Education

    • Selected special topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and department chair. Selected special topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Credits: 1-6 Credit Hours
  • HIED 4498 - Internship in Teaching Social Studies (6-12)

    • Student teaching experience in social studies for provisionally certified teachers. Supervision will be in collaboration with a mentor-teacher in a local school and a specialist in social studies education. Twelve (12) hours of this internship will automatically substitute for SSED 4475. Proof of professional liability insurance. Students are responsible for their own school placements.
    • Prerequisites: Provisional teaching license issued by State of Georgia, full-time employment teaching social studies (7-12)
    • Credits: 0-18-12
  • HIED 4550 - Methods of History Education

    • This course is an examination and application of curriculum issues, learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional materials, and assessment procedures for teaching secondary social sciences in the multicultural and diverse classrooms of today. Emphasis is on those practices suggested by research in secondary social science education and encouraged by our accrediting agencies.
    • Prerequisites: HIED 4650 Yearlong Clinical Experience I; INED 3305; INED 4435. GPA of at least 3.0 in content course work and permission of the program coordinator
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • HIED 4650 - Yearlong Clinical Exp I

    • This course is the first semester of an intensive and extensive co-teaching yearlong clinical experience in history education. Under the guidance of a collaborating teacher and university supervisor and working in a diverse environment that includes students with exceptionalities and English learners, candidates practice professional competencies that impact student achievement. This experience includes regularly scheduled professional seminars and the completion of a content pedagogy assessment. Proof of liability insurance is required.
    • Prerequisites: his class is taken in the penultimate semester of the student’s degree program. Corequisite: INED 4435; HIED 4550; INED 3305. GPA of at least 3.0 in content course work and permission of the program coordinator.
    • Corequisites: INED 4435; HIED 4550; INED 3305. GPA of at least 3.0 in content course work and permission of the program coordinator.
    • Credits: 0-24-6
  • HIED 4660 - Yearlong Clinical Experience II

    • This course is the second semester of an intensive and extensive co-teaching yearlong clinical experience in history education. Under the guidance of a collaborating teacher and university supervisor and working in a diverse environment that includes students with exceptionalities and English learners, candidates practice professional competencies that impact student achievement. This experience includes regularly scheduled professional seminars and the completion of a content pedagogy assessment. Proof of liability insurance is required.
    • Prerequisites: HIED 4550 & HIED 4650; Eligibility to take GACE.
    • Corequisites: INED 3306; ITEC 3300; INED 4436. GPA of at least 3.0 in content course work and permission of the program coordinator.
    • Credits: 0-24-6

Philosophy (PHIL)

  • PHIL 2100 - Values and Society

    • The course is a philosophical examination of contemporary values and their place within society from a global perspective, focusing on issues of global inequality, cultural relativism, and the question of a global ethic.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 2110 - Religions of the World

    • The course is a study of selected world religions with concentration on the origin and major periods of the conceptual, scriptural, and doctrinal development of these religions. Some topics include the nature and identity of religious experience, hermeneutics, mysticism, religious practice, and the place of religion in contemporary society.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 2200 - Ways of Knowing

    • A philosophical and critical examination of the different ways of knowing and thinking in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences—including ethical and religious perspectives.  Emphasis is on the nature and purpose of philosophical inquiry as applied to selected issues within philosophy and the broader implications of these methods and questions for other disciplines and in everyday contexts.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 recommended.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 2500 - Logic

    • This course is an introduction to deductive logic with focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of categorical propositions and syllogisms, truth function logic, the method of natural deduction, and predicate logic.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and MATH 1101 (or equivalent).
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 2700 - Methods and Themes in Comparative Philosophy

    • This course focuses on differing methods and conceptions of philosophical thought and practice articulated primarily in Non-Western traditions. Students develop skills in close reading of texts, analyzing concepts orally and in writing, and understanding the significance of historical/social contexts in the formation of philosophical traditions. Themes may address topics such as conceptions of reality, self, and society. Philosophies considered may include East Asian, South Asian, Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3000 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

    • The course is a study of the topics, problems and doctrines of ancient and medieval western philosophers including the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3010 - Modern Western Philosophy

    • The course is a study of the topics, problems and doctrines of modern western philosophers beginning with Descartes and concluding with Kant.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3020 - American Philosophy

    • The course is a study of major topics and philosophers in the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century including Jefferson, Emerson, Royce, DuBois, James, and Dewey.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3030 - Existentialism

    • The course is a study of Existentialism including its historical roots in the nineteenth century, its major proponents in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, and its impact on philosophy, literature and other academic disciplines.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3100 - Ethics

    • The course is a study of the major approaches to ethical thought and the applicability of these approaches to selected issues in the humanities, sciences, and professional areas including business, medicine and education.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3110 - Social and Political Philosophy

    • This course is a survey of the foundational figures and texts in the history of social and political philosophy with a focus on the concepts of freedom, obligation, authority, power, legitimacy, and social differences in the formulation of the purpose and foundation of political society.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3120 - Philosophies of Peace

    • Philosophies of Peace introduces students to the texts, figures, movements, theories, and practices in the study of peace from western and non-Western perspectives.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3130 - Feminist Philosophy

    • The course is a study of the main currents of feminist philosophy, including criticisms of traditional philosophical paradigms and new frameworks for approaching the diversity of human experience.

    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3200 - Asian Philosophy

    • The course is a survey of the major texts, figures, and schools in the philosophies of India, China, and Japan. Texts include the Vedas, Upanishands, Analects, and Zhuangzi. Major figures include Shankara, Patanjali, Confucius, Mencius, Dogen, and Nishida.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 3210 - Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy

    • This course is a survey of the central concepts, themes, and figures of Latin American and Caribbean philosophy. Some of these figures may include: Enrique Dussel, Lewis Gordon, Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, Maria Lugones, and Jose Marti.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4000 - Nineteenth Century Western Philosophy

    • The course is a survey of post-Kantian thought in continental Europe and/or the Anglo-American world with focus on the concepts of critique, history, modernity, idealism, and the significance of the human sciences.  Figures include Mill, Hegel, and Marx.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4010 - Contemporary Western Philosophy

    • The course is a study of major movements in twentieth century western philosophy, including positivism, pragmatism, phenomenology, philosophy of language, and post-modernism, and of the impact of these philosophical movements on other areas including the arts, sciences, and politics.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4030 - Phenomenology

    • This course introduces students to a selection of major themes in phenomenology. Students reflect on the phenomenological method and critically examine the justifications phenomenologists give for their claims. The course also takes a comparative approach insofar as students will be encouraged to identify and explore parallels between different positions and practices (East and West) within a broadly speaking phenomenological framework.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4200 - Indian Philosophy

    • The course is a study of important texts, schools, and figures of the Indian philosophical and cultural tradition.  Texts include the Vedsa, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, and Yoga Sutras. Figures include Buddha, Mahavira, Patanjali, Sankara, Ramakrishna, Aurobindo, and Gandhi.

    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4210 - Chinese Philosophy

    • The course is a study of the representative thinkers and schools in the Chinese philosophical and cultural tradition starting in the classical period. Important figures include Confucius, Zhuangzi, Mencius, Sunzi, and Huananzi.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4220 - Japanese Philosophy

    • The course is a survey of Japanese philosophical thought from ancient times to the present, including its cultural, religious, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions. While providing a broad overview of the development of Shinto, Confucianism, and Buddhism in the Japanese context, the course also examines the contributions of contemporary Japanese thinkers to world thought.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4400 - Directed Study

    • Special topics of an advanced nature not in the regular course offerings.
    • Prerequisites: University requirements and approval of instructor and department chair prior to registration.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • PHIL 4450 - Major Figures in Philosophy

    • An in-depth examination of a major figure in western or non-western philosophy from the ancient to contemporary periods. Figures may include Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Patanjali, Dogen, Spinoza, Irigaray, Heidegger, and James. Course may be repeated if the course content is different.
    • Prerequisites: At least two upper division courses in philosophy or permission of instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4460 - Major Themes in Philosophy

    • An in-depth examination of a major theme in the history of western or non-western philosophy. Themes may include time, justice, love, friendship, beauty, materialism, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Course may be repeated if the course content is different.
    • Prerequisites: At least two upper-division courses in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PHIL 4490 - Special Topics in Philosophy

    • A study of selected topics within philosophy.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • PHIL 4499 - Senior Seminar

    • The course is a combined tutorial and seminar in which students research and write a senior thesis in addition to making a computer-based presentation in class.
    • Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor; PHIL 4450 or 4460, with "C" or better.
    • Credits: 3-0-3