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HIS101 The United States and the World to 1850 3 Credits
The course provides an enlarged frame for U.S. history by considering world historical events
and outcomes, linking and global histories within the geographical boundaries of the modern
U.S., including early narratives of settlement and trade in Alaska, Hawai’i, California, and the
Southwest. Based upon recent research, the course integrates the history of the western U.S.
into the larger narrative of the making of the U.S.A., connecting the region with the colonies
along the East Coast and the Atlantic World. It connects the history of early encounters and
relations among native Americans, Africans, and Europeons to the broader history of the
development of independent nation-states elsewhere in the Americas. Finally, the course
considers the transformation of racial, gendered, and political identities in the colonial and
early national United States through a world historical lens.

HIS102 The United States and the World, 1850 to Present 3 Credits
This course examines the history of the United States between 1850 and the present
and its relationship with the world. During this period, the United States came to play an
increasing role on the global stage after its civil war, most notably through imperialism, the
global depression, two world wars, and the Cold War. This course pays particular attention to
world historical themes that marked the period, including industrialization, population growth,
citizenship, science and technology, urbanization and suburbanization, and the exploitation
of natural resources (most notably, the impact of the increasing reliance on petroleum after
1900). By placing America within the world, we seek to question ideas such about U.S.
exceptionalism and the historical roots of U.S. hegemony, as well as more generally the utility
of nationals histories. Finally, this course seeks to incorporate the study of culture, race, class,
and gender into a new globalized U.S. history.

HIS105 Ancient Civilizations 3 Credits
This course provides a worldwide tour of ancient kingdoms, empires, and civilizations that
influenced most of Western society today. Topics such as foundations of development,
governance and political structures, trade and other economic activities, communication and
interactions with others, and the collapse of the civilization will be discussed.

HIS110 African-American History 3 Credits
With the election and second term of President Barack Obama, many people argue that the
long civil rights struggles of African American people in the United States have finally come
to an end. Turn on the nightly news, however, or take a walk through any of this nation’s
densely populated cities of color and you may call this conclusion into question. For centuries,
people of African descent in the U.S. have worked diligently to help the nation realize its
ideals of freedom and democracy, particularly since these ideals have been so intimately
tied to their own status as free citizens in the country. Yet as they worked, changing times
and shifting meanings of freedom and democracy in the nation have forged new alliances
between African American people and virtually every ethnic group in the country, as well as it
has presented new struggles and raised new questions about what it means to be American
in the US. Over the course of this semester, we will consider the meanings of freedom and
democracy to people of African descent in the United States from before colonial times to the
contemporary time.

HIS120 U.S. History to 1865 3 Credits
This course is a chronological survey of American history designed to introduce major events
and themes from British colonization efforts to the American Civil War, focusing on the social,
political, economic, intellectual, and diplomatic institutions. Topics include colonization, slavery
and the slave trade, American Revolution, Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS130 U.S. History Since 1865 3 Credits
This course is a chronological survey of American history designed to introduce major events
and themes from Reconstruction to the present, focusing on social, political, economic,
intellectual, and diplomatic institutions. Topics include immigration, Glided Age culture and
politics, the labor movement, Populism, Progressivism, segregation, the women’s movement,
World War I, the Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, post-war prosperity, the Cold War,
the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the post-Cold War era.

HIS310 Remember: A Retrospective of the Holocaust 3 Credits
In this course, students explore events leading to, culminating in, and existing after the
Holocaust. Topics covered include racism and anti-Semitism, a history of the Jewish people,
the Nazi Party’s rise to power, Hitler’s Final Solution, and world reaction during and after
the war. Students are encouraged to discuss views, research specific areas of interest, and
present findings.
Prerequisite: ENG102

HIS315 Martin Luther King 3 Credits
This course is designed to expose students to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
as one of the great Americans in history. Students will view a snapshot of history gaining an
understanding of the cultural, social, political, and historical aspects of the late 1960s.
Prerequisites: HIS130 or HUM105 or PSY100 or SOC100

HIS320 Military History 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to survey and analyze military experiences from their ancient
origins to present time. The primary objective is to examine the origins and nature of warfare,
the ethos of the primitive and modern warrior, and the development of weapons and
defenses. This course will take a close look at operational military history. This course not
only takes a view of the military experience, but also examines the effect on the “ends” and
“means” of warfare.
Prerequisite: HIS120 or HIS130

HIS330 Middle Eastern History 3 Credits
This course explores the history of the Middle East, beginning with the rise of Islam
and finishing with reflection on the recent Western presence in the region. Emphasis is
placed on changes in geography and government, influential leaders, the Arab struggle for
independence, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Prerequisite: ENG101

HIS340 American Civil War 3 Credits
This course examines the political, economic, social, and military aspects surrounding the
American Civil War from the perspectives of both the North and South. It will examine the
causes of the war and the early attempts to prevent it, the role of the press during the war,
the political strategies, and military campaigns. Also covered will be the role of blacks and
immigrant groups during the war. The course will contrast Presidents Abraham Lincoln and
Jefferson Davis as well as Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
Prerequisite: Any 200-level social science course

HIS345 Selected Topics in Local Pennsylvania History 3 Credits
This course will introduce students to various topics on the history, society, and culture of
South Central Pennsylvania. This topical survey of local history will include readings, lectures,
and out-of-class visits to local landmarks, historical sites, and museums.
Prerequisite: ENG102

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