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Courses at the 300-level

HIST 300: History of Greece

The development of the city-state from the archaic period to the death of Alexander the Great is examined. Topics include constitutional development, colonization, the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, and slavery.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 301: Alexander and the Hellenistic World

This is an examination of the political, economic, social, and philosophical changes that took place in Greece, the eastern Mediterranean, and Asia Minor in the period from the unification of Macedon to the Roman conquest.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 302: The Roman Republic

The development of Rome is explored from its eighth-century B.C. founding to the end of the Roman Republic, with emphasis on constitutional development, imperial expansion, and changing economic and social conditions.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 303: The Roman Empire

The development of the Roman Empire is explored from the founding of the Julio-Claudian dynasty to the end of Roman rule in the West.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 304: Medieval History

Western civilization is explored from the breakup of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the fourteenth century. Topics include the rise of Christianity, feudalism, and economic and technological developments.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 305: The Age of the Renaissance

Europe's transition from the Middle Ages to the early modern period is studied. Focus is on changing patterns of thought and art forms that occur in the Italian city-states of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 306: The Age of the Reformation

The religious crisis of the sixteenth century is studied, including the political, economic, and intellectual context within which the Reformation occurred.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 307: Europe in the Age of Enlightenment

Essential themes, from the Peace of Westphalia to the eve of the French Revolution, are examined. Topics include absolutism, the Age of Louis XIV, the scientific revolution, and the Enlightenment.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 308: Europe in the Age of Revolution, 1789 to 1850

The political and industrial revolutions of the era are examined for their social and economic impact. Included are the roots of liberalism, nationalism, and socialism.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 309: Europe in the Age of Nationalism, 1850 to 1914

This is an examination of the unification of Germany and Italy, the political institutions of the European nation-states, and the emergence of nationalism and imperialism.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 310: Twentieth-Century Europe

Beginning with the First World War, students explore such topics as the Treaty of Versailles, the Roaring Twenties, the rise of communism and fascism, the Second World War, and the Cold War.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 311: The Origins of Russia to 1700

Students explore the histories and cultures of peoples inhabiting the territories of the former U.S.S.R. from antiquity to Peter the Great. Topics include state formation, social institutions and practices, and territorial expansion.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 312: Russia from Peter to Lenin

Russian history during westernization is examined. Topics include elite and non-elite social development, serfdom, autocratic state, modernization, the Russian Revolutionary movement, non-Russian peoples, warfare, and diplomacy.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 313: The Soviet Union and After

Major issues and events of Soviet and post-Soviet history are discussed, including 1917 and the Bolsheviks, Stalin's revolution, World War II and the Cold War, and the Soviet Union’s collapse.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 314: Women in European History

European women's political roles, economic activities, and social and cultural contributions are examined. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 315: Western Legal Systems

This is a comparative study of English common law and continental European civil law. Students cannot receive credit for both POL 315 and HIST 315.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 316: Modern Western Political Thought

The ideas of major Western political thinkers, including the Greeks, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Hegel, and Marx, are reviewed. Students cannot receive credit for both HIST 316 and POL 316.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
  • or consent of the department chair
HIST 317: Politics and Society

Relationships of power and authority and their social foundations are examined. Students cannot receive credit for more than one of the following: HIST 317, POL 317, and SOC 317.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
  • or consent of the department chair
HIST 318: Tudor-Stuart England

British history is studied from the Tudors to the Stuarts, including Henry VIII, Elizabeth, the Puritans, the Civil War, and the Glorious Revolution. Topics include social, cultural, legal, military, economic, and medieval history.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 320: American Colonial History

The colonial era is examined as a formative period in American history. Emphasis is on how the colonial experience contributed to the development of American social, religious, and political customs and institutions.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 321: The American Revolution

Emphasis is on the origins and development of the revolution, its critical role in the formation of American nationhood, and its legacy for the early nineteenth century.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 322: The Early American Republic

Focus is on the creation of competing political, economic, social, and moral identities in the North and South, from the Constitution to the Mexican War. (Formerly The Era of American Expansion and Civil War.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 323: The Emergence of Modern America

Major developments in U.S. history from 1865 to 1920 are studied. Reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, reform movements, and American foreign policy through World War I are considered.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 324: America, 1914 to 1945

The beginning of World War I to the end of World War II was a period of significant change for America. This is an examination of major social, economic, political, and foreign policy events and trends that contributed to that change.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 325: America since 1945

Major post–World War II developments are examined, with particular focus on political, social, and economic issues, and the historical importance of people, events, and trends.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 326: American Cultural History: The Nineteenth Century

The development of American culture from the Revolution to the end of the nineteenth century is studied. Topics include nationalism, religious movements, social reform, and popular culture.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 327: American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century

The development of American culture from the turn-of-the century to the present is explored. Topics include pluralism, popular culture, feminism, working-class movements, and competing social and political ideologies.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 328: History of the American West

Themes in American Western history are examined, including cross-cultural encounters, social and class conflict, environmental use and misuse, and the significance of the west and "frontier" in American politics, society, and popular culture.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 329: Civil War and Reconstruction

Topics include the conflicts of the 1850s; the Civil War's impact on American politics, economy, culture, and society; postwar political, economic, and racial reconstruction; and the contested memory of the war.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 330: History of American Immigration

The role of immigrants and ethnic groups in the development of the United States is examined. Topics include the causes of immigration, nativism, impact on the city, cultural conflict, and assimilation.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 331: Rhode Island History

Rhode Island's colonial and revolutionary origins, the problems of nineteenth-and twentieth-century industrial growth and social change, and other topics are surveyed.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 332: The American Presidency

The evolution of the institution and function of the presidency is examined. Students cannot receive credit for both HIST 332 and POL 357.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 333: Women in American History

Focus is on the social, cultural, and public role of women in the United States. Topics include women's political roles, economic activities, and social and cultural experiences.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 334: The Black Experience in America

Topics include the African background of Black Americans, the development of slavery, the abolitionist movement, the legislative and judicial drive to equality, and the social and cultural contributions of Black Americans.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 335: American Foreign Policy: 1945 to the Present

American foreign policy from 1945 to the present is surveyed. Topics include the Cold War, relationships among international organizations, decolonization, and theories of modernization.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 336: The United States and the Emerging World

American diplomacy directed at a specific region or a certain time frame is examined. Topics may include the Vietnam era, demise of the Soviet Empire, and problems of modernization.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 340: The Muslim World from the Age of Muhammad to 1800

The emergence of Islamic civilization in the Middle East is traced from the appearance of Islam in the seventh century to the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on the diversity of cultural phenomena.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 341: The Muslim World in Modern Times, 1800 to the Present

The Middle East and the Muslim areas of Central Asia from the nineteenth century to the present are surveyed, with emphasis on the breakdown of traditional societies and the emergence of a regional state system.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 342: Islam and Politics in Modern History

The causes, manifestations, and forms of Islamic resurgence since the nineteenth century are studied. Islam's role in relationship to sociopolitical changes is analyzed through selected case studies.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 344: History of East Asia to 1600

The traditional culture and history of East Asia is examined. Emphasis is on major systems of thought, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; traditional social institutions; and the imperial system.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 345: History of China in Modern Times

Focus is on the Ch'ing dynasty; the impact of the West; the ensuing conflict between traditionalists, reformers, and revolutionaries; and the rise of nationalism and communism.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 346: History of Japan in Modern Times

The Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration are examined. Emphasis is on the development of democracy, militarism, the Japanese Empire through World War II, and the rise of the new Japan.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 347: Foreign Relations of East Asia in Modern Times

Focus is on diplomacy and foreign relations in East Asia from the early nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the Opium War, the opening of Japan, the two Sino-Japanese Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Russo-Japanese War.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 348: Africa under Colonial Rule

African societies and institutions of the early nineteenth century are examined. Topics include imperialism, the intrusion of European powers, the African response, and African nationalism and independence.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 349: History of Contemporary Africa

Africa from 1960 to the present is examined. Topics include the nature of independence, Africa in world affairs, problems of nation building, and the search for unity, stability, and regional cooperation.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 352: Colonial Latin America

The period from 1492 to independence's eve is examined. Topics include Amerindian culture, Iberian colonization, forced labor systems, and women's roles in the development of multiethnic societies in the post-conquest period.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 353: Modern Latin America

Topics in Latin American history are surveyed, including Wars of independence, state building, neocolonialism, labor and agrarian conflicts, immigration, revolutionary movements, human rights, and democratization.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 354: Nationalism and National Identities

The factors that shaped national identities, such as language, culture, religion, education, labor, and regionalism, are explored. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair.
HIST 355: Everyday Life History

Traditional and modern societies are examined from the bottom up. Attention is given to material well-being; sexuality, marriage, family, and childhood; crime, disease, and death; and leisure and escapism.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 357: Public History

Students examine the potential, promise, and problems of public history by collectively defining and articulating visions for the field, studying how memory relates to history and exploring social roles for history.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of one of the following: HIST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, or 161; or consent of department chair
HIST 361: Seminar in History

Building on the students' experience in HIST 200, emphasis is on issues in historiography, the identification and definition of historical problems, the researching and writing of a substantial paper, and historical criticism.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • HIST 200
  • 15 additional credit hours of history courses
HIST 362: Reading Seminar in History

Building on history and social science courses, this seminar involves extensive reading and discussion of selected historical themes. Focus is on historiographical issues.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • HIST 200
  • 15 additional credit hours of history courses
  • 12 credit hours of social sciences courses
HIST 363: Internship in Applied History

This independent study places students in organizations appropriate to their studies, such as historical museums and societies, archives, preservation organizations, government agencies, and private businesses.
4-5 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • HIST 200
  • 3 additional 300-level history courses
  • Minimal overall GPA of 2.75
  • Written proposal listing objectives, program of study, and evaluation criteria approved by advisor, faculty supervisor, and department chair
HIST 371: Reading Course in History

In this independent study, students read selected materials under the careful guidance of a historian.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • only open to seniors who have had suitable course work and who have the consent of the instructor and department chair.
HIST 381: Workshop: History and the Elementary Education Teacher

Students visit historic sites and museums around Rhode Island and discuss how to prepare elementary school students for field trips to these sites to enhance the learning experience.
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • HIST 200
  • HIST 201
  • HIST 202
HIST 390: Directed Study

Students in the first semester of their senior year undertake concentrated research under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Admission to honors program
HIST 391: Directed Study

Honors candidates in the second semester of their senior year prepare a final draft of the honors essay and submit it to the department for acceptance.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • HIST 390

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