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History

HIST 2013 World Civilization I
A survey of major trends in world civilization from the beginnings of civilization in 3,000 BC to mid-sixteenth century. Includes all major regions of the world.
HIST 2023 World Civilization II
A survey of major trends in world civilization from the mid-sixteenth century to the present. The scope of the course includes the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, imperialism, communism, fascism, the World Wars, and the Cold War.
HIST 2113 Western Civilization I
Using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates materials chiefly from history but also from philosophy, art, and music, this course will provide the student a firm grounding in the History of Europe, including the history of those regions that influenced it such as northern Africa, the Middle Est, and the Near East.
HIST 2223 Western Civilization II
Using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates materials chiefly from history but also from philosophy, art, and music, this course will provide the student a firm grounding in the History of Europe from the Renaissance to the present.
HIST 2463 Seminar in the Civil War–The Daily Life of the Civil War Soldier I
A study of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of the soldiers who fought in it, detailing their lives from enlistment through training, campaigning, and camp life. Students will be required to join the Civil War Reenactment unit on campus (Company B, 15th Missouri Infantry) and learn about the subject matter by reliving it.
HIST 2473 Seminar in the Civil War–The Daily Life of the Civil War Soldier II
A continuation of HIST 2463. A study of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of the soldiers who fought in it, detailing their lives from enlistment through training, campaigning, and camp life. Students will be required to join the Civil War Reenactment unit on campus (Company B, 15th Missouri Infantry) and learn about the subject matter by reliving it.
HIST 2483 American History to 1877
From the peopling of the continent to 1877; European origins and colonization; revolution and the development of federalism, nationalism, and democracy; foreign relations; political parties; and Civil War and Reconstruction.
HIST 2493 American History since 1877
From 1877 to present. Post-reconstruction, industrialism, immigration, reform movements, race, gender and ethnicity, cultural conflicts, the welfare state, and international relations.
HIST 3013 Modern Europe
Surveys the economic, social, political, and intellectual history of Europe from the European discovery of the New World to the present day. Emphasizes major developments of the period to include the Protestant Reformation, Absolutism, the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, Napoleon Bonaparte, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the demise of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. Offered in alternate years.
HIST 3023 The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
A study of the events that led up to the Civil War and the military, political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the war.
HIST 3033 Modern East Asia
This course will provide a survey of the major cultures and nations of East Asia, and the principal historical themes of post-colonialism, conflict, and modernization that have characterized the history of the region in the modern era. Within this historical framework, this course will analyze the major cultural, political, and economic events of the modern age (1750-present) of the region.
HIST 3053 Famous Trials in American History
Investigations of major trials in which legal, cultural, social, and political issues intersect and received widespread attention.
HIST 3063 Oklahoma History
Oklahoma history from date of discovery to the present, including changes in sovereignty, development through each era, contribution of the Indian, formation of the state, and basic law. (Formerly HIST 2063)
HIST 3123 Introduction to Military History
A survey of the history of warfare from antiquity to the present with concentration on the evolving methods and theories of warfare as emerged in Europe and the United States; and in particular, how political, social, economic, and technological factors influenced the nature of warfare. Prerequisite: HIST 2483 or HIST 2493.
HIST 3213 Environmental History
The interactions people have had with the land, or the biophysical environment, over time. The course draws on work in ecology and other natural sciences, on cultural anthropology, sociology, and historical geography as well as many related fields of history, including agricultural and urban history and the history of science and technology.
HIST 3223 Interpreting Unites State History
A study of old and new interpretations of major events and topics in United States History from the colonial era to the present.
HIST 3243 Writing and Research for Historians
The purpose of this course is to teach history majors how to research and write within the discipline. Students will learn how to execute historical writing and research projects, employing a range of primary and secondary sources. Students will learn how professional historians past and present have approached their craft. Prerequisite: HIST 2483 or HIST 2493.
HIST (SOC) 3323 War and Society
The study of societies’ relationship with war, in particular: how warfare is viewed by different societies; why societies choose to wage war; how religion, culture, and literature affect society’s perspective of warfare, and the social consequences of waging war for winners and losers. Within the context of American society, this course will address the social impacts of various U.S. wars, and will take some time to explore the rise of the military-industrial complex and its effect on American society.
HIST 3343 World War II, The European Theater
Part of a six-hour bloc on WWII, this course examines the origins of the war, the nature of warfare in the mid-20th century, and the consequences of the war, focusing on the European theater. In dealing with the war’s origins, this course will go back to explore the social and political circumstances that gave rise to the war in Europe, and explore the first several years of the post-war period in order to adequately explore the social, economic, and political consequences of the war.
HIST 3353 World War II, The Pacific Theater
Part of a six-hour bloc on WWII, this course examines the origins of the war, the nature of warfare in the mid-20th century, and the consequences of the war, focusing on the Pacific Theater. In dealing with the war’s origins, this course will go back several decades to explore the social and political circumstances that gave rise to the war in the Pacific.
HIST 3533 The Vietnam Conflict
An in-depth overview of Western and U.S. involvement in Indochina with emphasis on Vietnam. Content includes Vietnam’s two millennia struggle for independence from China, subsequent colonial domination by France, how the U.S. was drawn into the conflict, exploration of the political and military events that occurred from 1954-1975, contrasting strategies of U.S. and Vietnamese decision makers, the aftermath of the conflict and the consequences for both Vietnam and the United States. Prerequisite: HIST 2493.
HIST 3613 War, Ethics and Religion
Explores various theories of applied ethics as they relate to the practice of warfare; in particular, students will explore the just war tradition within Christian theological tradition and examine various other ethical and religious traditions from a comparative perspective. Students will also be exposed to ethical dilemmas that are increasingly caused by the evolution of warfare: the use of air power and technological asymmetries, terrorism and counterinsurgency warfare, etc. In the process, students will learn how to think through ethical problems, and draw on religious thought to formulate responses to "hard questions.”
HIST 3653 War and Technology
This course explores the relationship between technology and warfare from antiquity to the present and considers the origins of weapons technology from a variety of social and political contexts. The complex relationship between technology, tactics, and strategy provides a useful narrative framework. A number of potential treatments (e.g., role of engineering, impact of the industrial revolution, the origins and consequences of total warfare, etc.) and course foci may be explored. Case studies will be used to illustrate the impact of technological innovations on warfare. Prerequisite: HIST 3123.
HIST 3950 Special Topics in Military History
This course will focus on specified topics related to military history that are not currently included in the existing course offering, and may be repeated with changes in topics. Course content will vary with changes in topic.
HIST 3993 Special Topics in History
This course will focus on topics in history not covered in existing course offerings and may be repeated with changes of topic. Content varies with topic.
HIST 4013 Nazi Germany
Examines the military, political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in Germany from World War I to the fall of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist state in 1945. Course pays considerable attention to the creation and nature of Germany’s abortive experiment in democracy, the Weimar Republic, and the events leading to the establishment of the totalitarian state.
HIST 4033 Cultural Warfare: Major Controversies in US History
A study of clashes between social and cultural systems, including such topics as antebellum Northern and Southern societies, Darwinists and their opponents, and competing visions of religious and secular authority.
HIST 4043 Reformers and Liberators
Examination of major reform periods in nineteenth and twentieth-century America, including antebellum reform, Populism, Progressivism, New Deal, Great Society, Civil Rights, feminism, and sexual liberation movements.
HIST 4123 Revolutionary America 1763-1783
This course is a study of the development of friction between Great Britain and the American colonists, and an examination of various events leading up to the American Revolution. Military campaigns, political aspects, social aspects, and cultural issues relating to the war will also be studied. Prerequisite: HIST 2483.
HIST 4213 Colonial America, 1492-1763
A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the colonies in North America from the earliest settlements through the French and Indian War. Prerequisite: HIST 2483.
HIST 4313 Readings in Military Leadership/Strategy
A study of military leadership and strategy from ancient times to the present through selected readings, concentrating on classics in military strategy (e.g. Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Jomini, Hart, Guderian, etc.), and building on a foundation developed in HIST 3123. Prerequisite: HIST 3123.
HIST 4511 Military History Senior Capstone
Students prepare an essay on an assigned topic in military history, utilizing critical and analytical thinking skills, and complete objective examinations based on the BA-Military History core curriculum and GEOG 2243, HIST 2483, HIST 2493, HIST 2013, and HIST 2023. Prerequisite(s): HIST 3123,