History: Course
Outlines

History

History, Geography and Political Science: Course Outlines

The outlines listed on this page are general descriptions of courses offered by Lourdes. For specific information regarding this semester's courses, including textbooks and schedules, please consult the Course Syllabi page. All outlines are provided in PDF format.

HST 103 History of World Civilization I
This course covers the political, social, and cultural developments of people around the world from ancient times to 1500 A.D. Although all major world civilizations will be surveyed, the central focus will be on western civilization. In the process, students will learn the basics of the historical method as they study relevant primary sources from the period.

HST 104 History of World Civilization II
This course covers the political, social, and cultural developments of people around the world from 1500 A.D to the present. Although all major world civilizations will be surveyed, the central focus will be on western civilization. In the process, students will learn the basics of the historical method as they study relevant primary sources from the period.

HST 121 Survey of United States History I
This course studies the dramatic story of the rise of the American nation from the time of discovery through the Civil War. The course will particularly examine the development of democratic government and the American national character. In the process, students will learn the basics of the historical method as they study relevant primary sources from the period.

HST 122 Survey of United States History II
This course studies the dramatic story of the development of the American nation from the time of the Civil War until the present day. The course will particularly examine the experiences that Americans have lived through in the 20th Century, and the problems that Americans will face in the 21st Century. In the process, students will learn the basics of the historical method as they study relevant primary sources from the period.

HST 207 World Economic History
This course examines the major aspects and evolution of the world economy since ancient times with special emphasis on developments since the rise of European Expansionism in the late 15th Century. It includes an examines of basic economic concepts, the fundamentals of economic development in the pre-modern world, and the creation of the world economy since early modern times.

HST 214 African Civilization
Studies the beginning of African culture and its contribution to world civilization.

HST 219 Ohio History
This course traces the history of Ohio from the prehistoric period to the present. The course includes Indian cultures, the Revolutionary and Territorial periods, the War of 1812, participation in the anti-slavery movement, and Ohio in the twentieth century.

HST 230 History of Ireland
This course covers the history of Ireland from the arrival of the Celts through the founding of the Republic of Ireland. A main theme of the course will be to examine how the Irish have remembered and interpreted their own national history.

HST 240 Environmental History of North America
This course will survey the historic interactions between humans and the natural world on the North American continent. It will emphasize the synergistic relationship between humans and the environment, exploring how human societies influenced ecosystems even as the natural world imposed limitations on human actions.

HST 250 History of France
This course studies France's past through the people, events and ideas which have shaped this country from the ancient Gauls to the 21st century.

HST 260 History of England
This course surveys English history from the days of the Celt to the eve of the Second World War and beyond.

HST 290 History of Health Care
This course examines the history of health care, health professions and institutions and public health policy from ancient civilization to the present US health care system.

HST 301 Ancient History from Prehistoric Times to the Death of Justinian
Examines the ancient near East, Hellas, the Hellenistic Age, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire.

HST 302 Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Examines European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the period of European exploration. In particular, this course examines how the social, political, economic, religious, and intellectual achievements of the Middle Ages laid the foundation for the modern Western world. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 303 Modern Europe
Studies Europe from the seventeenth century to the European Union. Special emphasis will be placed on the emergence of nation-states, revolutions, economic factors, and ideological movements that continue to shape European society.

HST 304 Women in American History
This course deals particularly with that part of social history concerned with what women have done since the founding of America. It focuses on events and movements which have offered special concern to women.

HST 307 The American Revolution and Early Republic
This course examines the colonial foundation, emergence, and early development of the United States. Focusing on the period of approximately 1492 to 1848, this course covers the era of European colonization, the American Revolution, the founding of the United States, the struggles of a new nation, and the promises as well as challenges of the Jacksonian Era. It concludes with a look at the Mexican-American War, and event that set the United States on the path toward Civil War.

HST 308 Civil War & Reconstruction
This course examines the conflict between the Northern and Southern states during the Civil War and Reconstruction. During this class attention will be given to the causes of the war, dating back to the 1850s; the course this bloody war took; and the consequences of the way for America.

HST 309 History of the United States in the 20th Century
During this course attention will be given to significant domestic issues America faced throughout the 20th century, how these issues were handled, and the long term impact they had on the country. In addition, the role of the U.S. in the boarder world community with emphasis on the U.S. acting as a global policeman will be examined.

HST 350 American Business and Economic History
EThis course examines the major aspects and evolution of the American economy from colonial times until the present with a special emphasis on the development of American business practices. The course surveys the history of American economic growth from the days of the colonial farmer and merchant capitalist through the development of the factory system, banking and the transportation revolution, and the growth of modern corporations and worldwide trade.

HST 351 American Labor History
This course traces the experience of the American worker from colonial days to the present. It also explores the changes in philosophies and goals of the labor movement in response to changing social and economic conditions.

HST 380 History of Russia and Eastern Europe
Studies the history of Russia and its relationship to its Eastern European neighbors, and examines the Russian political and economic culture as a product of the past.

HST 405 Women in American History
This course highlights the central role of women in American history, covering 1492 to the present. In particular, this course examines the diverse experiences of Native America, Euro-American, African American, and Latin American women as well as their contributions to American history. It also analyzes gender as a system of power relations that shapes American politics, economics, and society. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 407 Native American History
This course studies the dramatic story of the Native American tribes and their chiefs from the early 17th century to the present. The course will emphasize the response of Indian leaders to America's westward advance, and the role that Indian resistance played in shaping the American nation and the American character. The course will also explore the Native American spiritual traditions from a historic and contemporary point of view. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 409 History of the American West
This course studies the settlement of the United States from the first beginnings in Virginia and Massachusetts in the early 17th century until the final settlement of the Great Plains in the early 20th century. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 410 World War II: Causes and Effects
Studies the origins of Second World War and subsequent effects on world powers. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 411 History of Latin American Civilization
This course examines the discovery and colonization of Spanish speaking Latin America and the subsequent rise of nation states in Central and South America from Mexico to Chile and Argentina. The course emphasizes the political, social, and cultural changes that Latin American countries have gone through to become modern nations in the last 500 years, and also examines how Latin American people have attempted to understand themselves and their civilization in the same time period. Contemporary Latin American authors are studies to understand the nature of this struggle throughout the region. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 413 History of the Middle East
Studies the development of the modern nations of the Middle East with an emphasis on understanding the backgrounds for present day conflicts. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 416 History of the Far East
This course analyzes modern Asia with particular emphasis on conflicts arising from the impact of Western imperialism on the Far East, and the encounter between the ancient cultures of China and Japan and the civilization of the modern Western world. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 419 History of Africa
Studies the origins of African civilization, the impact of imperialism on the continent, and the emergence of new political and social structures in the post-colonial world. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or permission of the instructor

HST 425 Internship
This course will provide students with internship opportunities in the field of public history and government service. Students will master background information on history as a profession in the public sector as it relates to local, state, and national historic sites, libraries and archives, museums, and government offices. They will then work for eight weeks at an assigned site (chosen by the student and coordinated by the Chair of the Department of History) for 10, 15, or 20 hours per week depending on their chosen credit hours (1 credit hour = 10 hours per week, 2 credit hours = 15 hours per week, and 3 credits hours = 20 hours per week). Students will keep a journal during their internship, write a paper on their internship and its relationship to public history or government service, and make a final presentation on their experience.

HST 430 Historiography
This course engages students in the practice of researching history in a seminar setting. Students learn how to choose a story, construct an outline, research primary and secondary sources, and develop a history that brings the past to life. Students also learn respect for the great tradition of historical writing by reading the works of major historians from the ancient world to the modern age, and writing and speaking about that tradition. Finally, students are taught how to prepare their work for publication and/or presentation in a public forum. The students will accomplish these tasks in a seminar setting that will allow them to interact with the instructor and one another as an integral part of their study of history. Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, and 15 hours of History coursework completed or taken concurrently; or permission of the instructor.

GEO 250 World Cultural Geography
Examines World Cultural Geography by exploring such areas as population, migration, language, religion, social customs, and/or agriculture.

GEO 260 World Regional Geography
This course will examine the physical, historical, population, economic, political, gender, race, and class issues at work in the geography of the major regions and sub-regions of the world.

PLS 122 American National Government
Attempts to comprehend the workings of a democratic system wherein power is shared by many forces and individuals. Includes study of current events, reading, and discussion for the purpose of achieving a new grasp of the American system.

PLS 201 Modern Political Thought
This course studies the key political ideologies that shaped the world as it exists today. In particular, students will examine the historic and enduring significance of such movements as anarchism, communism, conservatism, democracy, environmentalism, fascism, feminism, liberalism, Marxism, republicanism, and socialism. The course will engage students with the processes that contribute to the development and evolution of political thought as well as the relationship between the expression of political ideas and actual events.

PLS 250 Introduction to the Legal Profession
Provides an overview of the legal profession and its requirements and prepares students to apply to law school.

PLS 310 The Constitution and the Supreme Court
This course studies the history and development of constitutional law from the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the structure and philosophy of the Constitution, major Supreme Court decisions from Marbury v. Madison to the present, and the character of the Supreme Court from the era of Chief Justice John Marshall to the current membership. In the process, students will learn basic legal principles, federal court procedures, and the practice of making legal arguments on the constitutional level.

PLS 330 International Relations
In this course current theories of International Relations, basic elements of contemporary international politics, the role of nationalism, the super power, the ascendancy of minor powers, decolonization, balance of power, disarmament, and techniques of traditional and multilateral diplomacy will be covered. Prerequisite: PLS 122

PLS 340 Politics and the Media
In this course students will examine the influence of the media on campaigns, public officials, public opinion, the definition of political news, and selected public policies. Prerequisite: PLS 122

PLS 450 Political Science Capstone
This course will examine in depth a specific topic of current interest in Political Science. Students will utilize the methodology and knowledge of the Political Science discipline in researching, analyzing, writing, and presenting on the course’s topic. Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, and 12 hours of Political Science coursework completed or taken concurrently; or permission of the instructor.