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History (HIS)

History (HIS)

101 Western Civilization I
A study of the origins of western society and thought from the origin of civilization to the 17th century.
Three hours, three credits.

102 Western Civilization II
An examination of the major developments in western society since the 17th century and their global impact.
Three hours, three credits.

201 American History I
A survey of the development of the United States from its colonial inception through the Civil War.
Three hours, three credits.

202 American History II
A study of the major forces at work in American society, politics, and thought from Reconstruction through the middle decades of the 20th century.
Three hours, three credits.

205 Europe 1500-1789
A history of Western Europe from the Reformation until the French Revolution.  Focal points of attention will include the Reformation, rise of the state, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution.
Three hours, three credits.

206 Europe 1789-1945
A history of Western Europe from the post-Napoleonic period until the end of World War I.  Focal points of attention will include the industrial revolution, intellectual trends, New Imperialism, and the Nazi state.
Three hours, three credits.

220 Introduction to Museum Studies
An introductory survey of the museum profession, its standards and techniques, combined with hands-on experiences in various phases of museum operations.
Three hours, three credits.

303 The American Revolution
Covers the period of American history from 1763-1789 and offers an in-depth analysis of the background and causes of the Revolution, the political and military course of the Revolution, and the origins and development of the Constitution as the culmination of the Revolutionary era.

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

304 Civil War Battlefield Tour
Students will expand their understanding of the American Civil War during a guided tour of important eastern battlefields.  Discussions, lectures, and multimedia presentations during travel and in the evenings will enable students to appreciate the context in which battles took place and allow them to process the information they gather at the sites.  Specially selected readings will help students maximize on-site learning.  Tests will be administered daily and an analytical paper will be submitted after the tour portion of the course.  Students selecting the three credit-hour option will, in addition to completing the tour and attendant coursework, complete a web-based supplemental unit including more extensive readings, tests, and essays.  Students who have received prior credit for HIS 305 are not eligible for the three-hour option, although they may take the one-hour option.  Students taking HIS 304 for one credit may, in contract, take HIS 305 for full credit.  A travel expense fee will be charged.
Eighty hours (ten days on tour), one or three credits.

305 The American Civil War
A study of the American Civil War and emphasis on the political, economics, social, and cultural differences between the belligerents, the causes of the war, the conduct of the war, and the impact of personalities on the conflict, the inevitability of the result, and the war’s impact on the nation then and now.
Three hours, three credits.

306 Women in Twentieth-Century America
A study of the political, social, and economic history of women in twentieth-century America that focuses on the interpretation and analysis of the central problems and themes of twentieth-century United States history from the perspective of women’s history.  Topics include women and work, women and reform, women and the conflict between tradition and modernity, the significance of class and race, the various types of feminism and their opponents, and contemporary “women’s issues.”

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

309 The United States 1900-1945
A study of political, economic, and social developments in the U.S. from 1900 to 1945.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

310 The United States since 1945
A study of political, economic, and social developments in the U.S. since 1945.  This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

312 History of United States Foreign Policy since 1945
A study of the major developments in United States foreign policy since 1945, including the economic, intellectual, and political background of United States policy.
Three hours, three credits.

316 Virginia History
A study of the development of Virginia since the late sixteenth century, with special emphasis on cultural foundations, politics, and social transformation.  Topics will include race relations, violence, family, mobility, and political ideology.
Three hours, three credits.

321 Religion in American History
A study of the religious developments of the country from its colonial beginnings to the religious pluralism of today, with special attention to the interaction of religious factors with other aspects of national growth and development.
Three hours, three credits.

331 Historical Dramatization
An interdisciplinary course in which students will research, write, and perform short plays dealing with selected topics in American history for a variety of audiences.  Secondary and primary historical texts will be analyzed and adapted to create dramas that will enhance the appreciation of history and of drama as a means of communication and education.  Laboratory work will include production and rehearsal activities.  Performances will take place outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Three hours, three credits.

345 European Social History
A history of western European society since the late medieval period.  Topics will include work, class, family, gender, and popular religion.  Prerequisite: HIS 205.
Three hours, three credits.

350 The European Phoenix: Western Europe since 1945
An examination of the reconstruction of industrial society in Western Europe following World War II.  While focusing upon developments in Germany, England, and France, the course will also survey the post-war transformation in Italy, Spain, and the Benelux nations with specific reference to the creation of the Common Market and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Three hours, three credits.

371 China
A survey of Chinese history from the origin of the Chinese state to the death of Mao.  This course also includes topics on Chinese culture and geography.  The principal focus of this course is on the continuity and uniqueness of Chinese civilization.
Three hours, three credits.

373 India
A survey of the geography, history, and culture of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayan States.  The course places special emphasis on the diversity of this region and the periodic attempts at political unification.
Three hours, three credits.

374 Southeast Asia
A survey of the region currently comprising the nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myannar (Burma).  Major topics include Indianization, colonialism, nationalism, communism, and the modernization process.
Three hours, three credits.

375 Sub-Saharan Africa
Focuses on two themes.  The first is African history and culture, including both the uniqueness of the African experience and the common inheritance it shares with the rest of mankind.  The second is more politically and economically directed and emphasizes Africa’s problems and prospects in the modern world.
Three hours, three credits.

378 North Africa
An examination of selected topics taken from the histories of the Nile Valley, Maghrib, Sahara, Ethiopian Highlands, and East African Horn regions.  The interaction between these areas will receive special emphasis.
Three hours, three credits.

380 Latin American History
A survey of Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the present.  The course focuses on major themes in the history of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking America, including the role of the Church, the politicization of the armed forces, the process of economic underdevelopment, adaptation to racial and ethnic diversity, and the development of political institutions.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

382 United States-Latin American Relations
Deals with the formulation and implementation of United States policy toward Latin America in historical perspective, as well as with the economic and political impact of United States policy on Latin American societies.  It will also deal with the ways in which Latin Americans have shaped their own policies in the context of their relationship with the United States.
Three hours, three credits.

398 Historiography
This course is an introduction to historiography, the history, theory, and practice of historical studies.  All students with a History major, minor, or concentration are required to take this course.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

496 Individual/Alternative Study
Students who wish to pursue major individual research projects under the guidance of a faculty member; those who wish to read intensively on a topic or area in a faculty member’s field of expertise but not covered in the regular curriculum; and those who wish to participate in special conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, etc. as part of a systematic course of study with a faculty member may, with the permission of the faculty member and the School Dean, register for credit under this course designation.  (Students can earn up to three credit hours per semester for a total of no more than six credits under the HIS 496 designation.)
One to three credits.

497 Selected Topics in History
A seminar format course that focuses on selected narrow topics of significance to current historical scholarship.  Students are expected to do intensive research or reading on the topics and present a major paper or project.  The course gives students deeper insight into the application of the methods of analysis used in the discipline, and is especially recommended for students planning on postgraduate study.  A student may repeat the course for credit only if the topics offered are different.  Prerequisite: Junior standing as a History major.
Three hours, three credits.

498 Senior Seminar
After considering the methodology of historical research and the techniques of writing history, students will begin original research for the senior thesis.  Students will also write scholarly book reviews and review essays.  All history majors must complete this course before enrolling in the senior thesis course.

This course, along with HIS 499, is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, two credits.

499 Senior Thesis
Students will complete a senior thesis, an original work of historical scholarship, based on research begun in the Senior Seminar.  All history majors must successfully complete this course before graduating.
This course, along with HIS 498, is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: HIS 498.
Two hours, one credit.