Course Catalog

History Course Descriptions

HIS 101 World History I

3 Hours

This course is the first half of a general survey of the development of civilizations from ancient times to the present, including discussion of the nature of history, the political and cultural advancement of civilizations and their interactions. HIS101 covers the time period to approximately1600 A.D. General Education: History (effective by 2009)

HIS 102 World History II

3 Hours

This course is the second half of a general survey of the development of civilizations from ancient times to the present, including discussion of the nature of history, the political and cultural advancement ofcivilizations and their interactions. HIS102 covers the time period since approximately 1600 A.D. General Education: History (effective by 2009)

HIS 201 United States History I

3 Hours

This course is the first half of a study ofU.S. history from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is given to problem-solving techniques using historical case studies. HIS 201 covers the time period to approximately 1877. General Education: History (effective by 2009)

HIS 202 United States History II

3 Hours

This course is the second half of a study of U.S. history from the colonial period to the present. HIS 202 covers the time period since approximately 1877. General Education: History (effective by 2009)

HIS 401 Historical Research and Writing

3 Hours

In this capstone course, students will practice the art and craft of historical writing. A research project is required. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or consent of the instructor. Required for all history majors/minors and for students who plan to teach.

HIS 301 Early American History

3 Hours

Students will examine the colonial and revolutionary foundations of the United States. They will explore the cultures and interactions of Europeans, Native Americans and Africans in the colonial context, the causes for discontent among the colonists, and the course of the American Revolution.

HIS 302 America Since 1945

3 Hours

This course examines the historical evolution of the modern United States. Students will explore the political, social, economic and cultural history of the United States from 1945 to the present. Themes of special consideration include the growth of government, major social reform movements, and the domestic impacts of international conflict and global change. General Education: History (effective by 2009)

HIS 304 History of American Sports

3 Hours

This course will explore the evolution of American Sports from the colonial period to the present with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. We will highlight athletes and events that define the American Sports experience.

HIS 310 History of the British Empire

3 Hours

This course explores the origins, rise and fall of the British Empire. The course covers nearly the entire globe and spans from the 16th century into the 20th century. The course examines the British imperial experience in both hemispheres. The history of British imperialism will be considered from the perspective of the colonizer and the colonized in ways that improve our understanding of the modern world.

HIS 311 Europe Since World War I

3 Hours

This course explores political, economic, and social developments in 20th-century Europe and Russia. Major topics will include World War I, the Russian Revolution, fascism and authoritarianism, World War II, the Cold War, and the European Union. General Education: Cultural Awareness (Prior to Fall 2009)

HIS 313 Latin American History

3 Hours

This course surveys the political, social, economic and cultural history of Latin America from precolonial times to the present. It examines Latin America’s indigenous foundations, colonial experience, independence movements, 19th-century nation building and national developments in the 20th century. The course will also address the historical relationship between the United States and Latin American nations. General Education: Cultural Awareness (Prior to Fall 2009)

HIS 330 History of South Dakota

3 Hours

This course is a survey of the history of South Dakota. Topics include geography, early explorations, American Indian life, and the political, economic and cultural developments after white settlement. HIS 330 is required for all history education majors. General Education: History (Prior to Fall 2009)

HIS 335 Native American History

3 Hours

This course surveys the history of Native Americans from precontact to the present. The course will begin with an examination of the diverse cultures of Native America prior to European contact and will conclude with an examination of contemporary issues and experiences. The course will give particular attention to the historical experiences of Native Americans with the United States and the historical evolution of federal Indian policy.

HIS 351 American Foreign Policy

3 Hours

Refer to POL 351

HIS 355 The U.S. Constitution

3 Hours

This course is a survey of the U.S. Constitution from its foundations to the present. The course will examine the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the major interpretations of it by the U.S. Supreme Court and their significance to the American political and legal systems.

HIS 381 The Civil War

3 Hours

This course will focus on the origins and causes of the Civil War, the course of the war itself, and the legacy that the Civil War holds for us, as Americans, as we enter the twenty-first century.

HIS 382 World War I

3 Hours

Students will examine the origins, course, and legacy of the First World War. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented by film viewings and readings from DWU's World War I documents website.

HIS 383 World War II

3 Hours

Students will examine the origins, course, and legacy of the Second World War with attention paid to both the European and Pacific Theaters. Lectures and discussions will be complemented by documentary and film viewings.

HIS 384 The Korean and Vietnam Wars

3 Hours

This class explores the origins, course, and legacy of America's involvement in the two hot wars of the Cold War era. The class is team-taught with a former army officer who served in Vietnam.

HIS 386 Asian History

3 Hours

This course is a survey of Asian history from ancient times to the present with an emphasis on China, India and Japan. Students will explore cross-cultural currents and the countries' institutional and social evolutions. Studies of dynastic change, imperial growth, nationalism and cultural resiliency serve as frameworks for assessing modern historical problems. General Education: History, Cultural Awareness (Prior to Fall 2009)

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