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HIST 1503: World Civilization I

ACTS Common Course - HIST1113

The history of humanity from prehistoric times to the sixteenth century.

HIST 1513: World Civilization II

ACTS Common Course - HIST1123

The history of humanity from the sixteenth century to the present.

HIST 1543: Honors World Civilizations I

Prerequisite: Admission to University Honors or permission of Honors Director.

The history of humanity from prehistoric times to the sixteenth century with an emphasis on the critical analysis of primary source documents and the methods by which historians and other scholars interpret historical evidence.

HIST 1903: Survey of American History

Survey of American History. An overview of American history from the pre-colonial period to the present.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of HIST 2003 or 2013.

HIST 2003: United States History I

ACTS Common Course - HIST2113

The study of the development of the American nation to the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.

HIST 2013: United States History

ACTS Common Course - HIST2123

The study of the development of the American nation since the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.

HIST 2043: Honors U.S. History I

Prerequisite: Admission to University Honors or permission of Honors Director.

History 2043 concentrates on the development of the American nation with emphasis upon the winning of independence, the origin of the Constitution, the rise of Jeffersonian Democracy, European influence up America, Jacksonian Democracy, westward expansion, the emergence of sectionalism, and the Civil War.

HIST 2153: Introduction to Arkansas History

An introductory course on the history of Arkansas. Lectures, discussions, and applied activities will be central to this course.

Note: This course is a professional education requirement for Early Childhood and Middle Level Education majors, and may not be counted toward the History and Political Science nor the History and Political Science Education degree.

Note: Students may not take this course after completion of HIST 4153.

HIST 2203: Introduction to Public History

An introduction to the theory and disciplines of public history, including museum studies, historic preservation, archive and manuscript management, and historical editing. The course also explores the current theoretical and practical issues confronting public historians.

HIST 2513: Sources and Methods in History

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of historical research. This course introduces techniques and methods of historical research, basic historiography, bibliographical aids, and the study and writing of history. It is a hands-on course where students will use the skills learned to evaluate social science research

HIST 3013: Colonial America

The European background, the settlement of British colonies, the development of provincial institutions, and the emergence of an American civilization in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries....

HIST 3023: The Era of the American Revolution

The deterioration of empire relationships from 1763 to 1776, with an examination of the causes and consequences of the American Revolution and the post war problems leading to the establishment of a new government under the Constitution in 1789.

HIST 3033: The Early American Republic

The social, cultural, economic, and political climate in which Jeffersonian Jacksonian democracy developed.

HIST 3043: Civil War and Reconstruction

The social, political, economic, and intellectual backgrounds of the war; the military operations; analysis of Reconstruction.

HIST 3063: The Gilded Age/Progressive Era, 1877-1914

Explores the major issues associated with Gilded Age America (immigration, industrialization, urbanization, imperialism, rise or organized labor) and examines the origins, goals, and legacies of the Populist and Progressive reform movements.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of HIST 3053.

HIST 3073: The United States: 1914-1945

Examines the American entry and contribution in World War One; the post- war settlement; the various social, economic, and political trends of the 1920s; the Great Depression; the New Deal; American foreign policy in the inter- war era; and the American role in World War Two, and its effects on American society and culture.

HIST 3083: The United States: 1945-Present

Explores the origins of and American responses to the Cold War, the rise of various reform movements in the 1950s-60s, the New Frontier and Great Society programs, the Vietnam War, and the rise of the New Right.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of HIST 4003.

HIST 3103: The Old South

A survey of the political, social, and economic development of the American South before the Civil War.

HIST 3123: The New South

A survey of the political, social, and economic development of the American South from the end of the Civil War to the present.

HIST 3223: Local and Oral History

The course has two main, inter-related themes, local history and oral history. This course examines the nature and practice of local history and explores the various methods and approaches central to local history research. In addition, this course introduces students to the literature and theory of oral history and trains them in related fieldwork methodologies.

HIST 3243: Archive and Manuscript Management

An introduction to the administration of archival and manuscript collections in various types of institutions. This course explores the basic theoretical principles and archival practices of appraisal, acquisition, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and user services. Topics will include: records management programs, collecting archives programs, legal and ethical issues, public programming and advocacy, and the impact of the new information technologies for preservation and access.

HIST 3281: Grant Writing for Historians

An introductory course designed to provide students with the basic tools necessary to successfully compete for external grant funds. The focus of the course is public history grants, although the skills and knowledge presented will also benefit historians who propose professional development proposals on research and study plans.

HIST 3283: Historical Editing

An introduction to historical editing in both print and electronic applications. Students will gain practical experience by editing documents and surveying the relevant literature.

HIST 3291: Practicum in Public History

Practicum facilitating the integration, synthesis, and application of theories, concepts, and skills associated with public history.

Note: Course requires 75 clock hours of supervision in the museum.

HIST 3313: Colonial Latin America

A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Latin America to 1825. Emphasis is on cross-cultural accommodation and the role of indigenous, African, and European cultures in shaping Latin American development.

HIST 3323: Modern Latin America

A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Latin America since 1825. Emphasis is on cultural values and structures from the colonial period, continuing patterns of authoritarianism, the struggle to establish democratic institutions, and Latin America's role in world affairs.

HIST 3413: History of Classical Greece and Rome

The origins and development of Classical civilization in ancient Greece, the rise of the Roman Republic, and the ascendancy and decline of the Roman Empire.

HIST 3423: History of the Middle Ages, 300-1300

Decline of the ancient Roman civilization; rise, ascendancy, and decline of medieval civilization; emphasis upon the Christian church and the rise of national monarchies.

HIST 3433: The Renaissance and European Expansion, 1300-1550

Fuelled by a growing urban economy and despite the setbacks of the Black Death, Europeans during the Renaissance revived and adapted models of classical learning, created new forms of artistic and vernacular expression, forged national identities, opened up new trade routes, and encountered a New World.

HIST 3443: The Reformation and Early Modern Europe, 1500-1688

A study of the social, political, intellectual and cultural impact of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic response, the sixteenth and seventeenth- century Wars of Religion, the development of confessional cultures, and the continued rise of the European nation-state in both its absolutist and constitutional forms.

HIST 3463: The Enlightenment, French Revolution, and Napoleonic Eras

This upper-division course will address the intellectual, social, and political events of the turbulent eighteenth century in Europe, a period known for the Enlightenment, as well as for the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon's Empire. Historians often argue that this period ushered in many of the hallmarks of the modern world, including nationalism, open class conflict, and popular democracy. The intent of this course is to examine the period in the context of its long-lasting influence upon world events.

HIST 3483: Reaction and Reform, 1815-1871

A study of the changes in the political, cultural, intellectual, and social environments which characterized Europe during the period between the Congress of Vienna through the rise of the modern nation states.

HIST 3493: The Age of Empire, 1871-1919

A study of the changes in the political, cultural, intellectual, and social environments which characterized Europe during the period between the rise of the modern nation states to the end of the First World War.

HIST 3503: Europe Between the Wars, 1919-1939

A study of the changes in the political, cultural, intellectual, and social environments which characterized Europe during the period between the end of the First World War to the beginning of the Second World War.

HIST 3513: Europe Since 1939

A study of the changes in the political, cultural, intellectual, and social environments which characterized Europe during the period between the beginning of the Second World War to the present.

HIST 3533: History of Russia

A study of the cultural and political history of Russia from the reign of Peter the Great to the present, emphasizing trends in the nineteenth century which culminated in the Bolshevik Revolution.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5463 or equivalent.

HIST 3563: History of England

A study of the history of England from national origins to modern times.

HIST 3573: History of Eastern Europe

A study of the cultural and political history of eastern Europe from the Napoleonic Wars to the present.

HIST 3603: History of Modern East Asia

This course deals with the history of East Asia after 1800. The major stress is placed upon the history of China, Korea, and Japan.

HIST 3613: History of Japan

The History of Japan with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and political roots of Modern Japan.

HIST 3623: History of India

The History of India and the South Asian subcontinent with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and political development leading to modern India.

HIST 3633: History of China

The History of China with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and political roots of Modem China.

HIST 3703: History of Modern Africa

A treatment of African history since 1600, dealing with the development of African states in sub Saharan Africa up to present African nations.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5703 or equivalent.

HIST 3803: History of the Middle East

Political, social, and cultural survey of the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to modern times.

HIST 4013: American Military History

A study of the American military from its colonial origins to the present, including the development of the military establishment and its relationship with American society.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5013 or equivalent.

HIST 4023: Vietnam War

A study of the American involvement in Vietnam, from 1945 until 1975. Emphasis will rest on the actual period of war in Vietnam.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of the equivalent course under HIST/POLS 4983 nor be repeated for credit as HIST 5023.

HIST 4033: The Frontier in American History

Study of the American frontier as a place, as a process, and as a state of mind influential in shaping institutions and attitudes during the expansion of this nation westward from Atlantic to Pacific.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5033 or equivalent.

HIST 4053: U.S. Business History

A study of the major economic forces which have helped influence, and been influenced by, United States history. Particular emphasis will be given to the development of agriculture, business, industry, and labor in their American setting.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5053 or equivalent.

HIST 4073: American Diplomatic History, 1776-1912

This course is a study of America's diplomatic relationships with other nations and peoples from 1776 to 1912. Of particular emphasis will be the changes in international affairs brought about by the evolving economic and political conditions. This course follows the United States' early struggles in diplomacy through its expansion and eventual emergence as a world power.

HIST 4083: American Diplomatic History, 1912 to the Present

This course is a study of America's diplomatic relationships with other nations and peoples from 1912 to the present. Of particular emphasis will be the changes in international affairs brought about by the evolving economic and political conditions. This course follows the United States from its emergence as a world power through two world wars, a cold war, and a war on terrorism.

HIST 4093: American Culture Since 1800

The history and development of American regional and national culture from the early republic to the present. Topics include antebellum nationalism and regional cultures, slave and slaveholding culture, the rise of consumerism, popular and intellectual aesthetic and artistic development, and the evolution of American mass, commercial, and popular culture through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIST 4103: American Political Ideas

The background and development of American political ideas from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is placed on colonial political theory, the Founding, conflict and consensus prior to the Civil War, the response to industrialization, the rise of the positive state, nationalism, the New Left and New Right, and current trends.

HIST 4123: African American History

This course examines the unique role and contribution of African Americans in the overall development of American history from the colonial era to the present. Topics include African societies; black colonial life; the institution of slavery, and African American responses to slavery; the free black community; African American cultural, political, and economic development; issues of assimilation, separatism, and African American responses to institutional racism; the Civil Rights Movement, and recent developments.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5123.

HIST 4133: Latinos in the United States

This course is an analysis of the historical and cultural heritage of Latinos who have lived or are currently living in the United States. This course includes the colonial origins of Latino groups and their general migration patterns to the United States. This course also explores the development of Latino communities as well as the relationship between Latinos and social institutions.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5133 or equivalent.

HIST 4143: Native American History

A survey of Native American history from the Archaic period to the present. This course will present an interpretation of the historical experience of the diverse nations native to North America utilizing an ethno- historical approach. Some emphasis will be placed on the formation and operation of United States government policy regarding Native Americans in both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5143.

HIST 4153: History of Arkansas

A study of the history of Arkansas from prehistoric times to the present, noting political, social, economic, and cultural trends.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of HIST 2153 nor repeated for credit as HIST 5153 or equivalent.

HIST 4163: American History Through Film

This course examines 20th century American history through the study of American film, and film as cultural and historical text. Subjects for analysis include the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and Cold War culture, the 1960s, Vietnam, and the Reagan era. Emphasis will be on the uses of film as both primary and secondary source material for the study of history.

HIST 4173: History of American Disasters

A comparative examination of the greatest disasters in American history, the response to them, and how they affected the future of the nation.

HIST 4183: American Legal History

This course concerns the history and development of law, legal institutions, and legal culture in the United States from its colonial origins to the present day, with emphasis on constitutional case law and the interaction of law with the overall development of American society.

HIST 4193: American Labor History

This course examines the history of working people-men and women, paid and unpaid, of various racial and ethnic groups, in diverse geographic regions-primarily from the Early Republic to the present. This study will include a review of changes in work environments due to industrialization, unionization, and legal decisions.

HIST 4203: Women in American History

A treatment of women in Western and American social history in their lifestyles and economic and family roles.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of HIST 3203 nor repeated for credit as HIST 5203 or equivalent.

HIST 4213: Southern Women's History

A social history of the lives of women in the American South from approximately 1700 to the present which examines their lifestyles, economic, and family roles. This study includes, but is not limited to, experiences of Arkansas women.

HIST 4293: Historic Preservation

Upper-level survey of historic preservation in the United States. Course examines the theory, philosophy, and methods of maintaining the culture of the past. An introduction to the wide range of ideas underpinning the practice of preservation is covered through readings, discussions, presentations, class projects and field trips.

HIST 4403: Interpretation/Education through Museum Methods

Cross-listed: ANTH 4403, MUSM 4403

Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

Museum perspectives and approaches to care and interpretation of cultural resources, including interpretive techniques of exhibit and education outreach materials, and integrating museum interpretation/education into public school and general public programming. Class projects focus on special problems for managing interpretive materials in a museum setting.

HIST 4483: History of Capitalism

World Economic History traces the development of the modern global economy from the late middle ages to the present. Special attention is given to the emergence of capitalism in Europe and its migration to other parts of the world.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5483 or equivalent.

HIST 4503: History of Christianity

A study of Christianity, from its beginnings to the present day, focusing especially on ancient Mediterranean, medieval European, and modern American Christian traditions. Emphasis will be on the interaction between individual beliefs, group identity, and institutional forces, how each have been shaped by broader social, political and cultural contexts, and finally how these interactions have resulted in profound changes for the Christian religion.

HIST 4513: History of Science

A study of the origins, nature, and development of Western science and its social, economic, and cultural context.

Note: May not be repeated for credit as HIST 5513.

HIST 4714: Social Studies Methods for Secondary Teachers

Prerequisites: SEED 2002 and the completion of 36 hours in the Social Sciences.

A course in subject-matter applications for secondary teacher education candidates (grades 7-12) in social studies. The course will incorporate a variety of instructional models, activities, and examples, as well as the integration of traditional and non-traditional resource materials.

Note: Must be completed prior to student teaching.

HIST 4813: World War II

A study of World War II, 1939 through 1945, in its origins and spread through world theaters.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of the equivalent course under HIST/POLS 4983 nor repeated for credit as HIST 5813.

HIST 4823: Nationalism

The course looks at the development of the idea of nation in European and World history in the last two centuries. By using historical examples the course will introduce the students to the current theoretical debate on ethnicity and nationalism. The special attention will be placed on the relationship between state power and the nation. The course will look at ethnicity in history before and after the emergence of effective means of communication, such as the printing press, radio, and television. It will also look at the role culture plays in the formation of national consciousness and how the past was used and abused to drum-up political support.

HIST 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in History

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

HIST 4963: Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: HIST 1503, 1513, 2003, and 2013

Required course for History/Political Science and History Education majors. Course content will cover a directed seminar in specified American or European History. Research techniques will be emphasized.

HIST 4971: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4971

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4972: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4972

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4973: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4973

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4974: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4974

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4975: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4975

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4976: Internship

Cross-listed: POLS 4976

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 grade point average, and consent of department head.

A supervised placement in selected agency settings in student/ trainee status under professional guidance of both an agency supervisor and a faculty member. Emphasis will be on providing hands-on experience in research, editing, cultural management, public service, or some other area related to the discipline. Written report required and minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision required per credit hour.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

HIST 4983: History Seminar

A directed seminar in an area of social sciences. The specific focus will depend upon research under way, community or student need, and the unique educational opportunity available.

Note: May be repeated for credit if course content changes.

HIST 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in History

Prerequisite: Consent by department head.

A course for majors and minors only.