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
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
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
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
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
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 examination 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 219 Ohio History
Traces history in Ohio from the prehistoric period to the present. 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
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 301 Ancient History
Examines the history of the ancient Middle East, ancient Greece, 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.

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
Deals particularly with that part of social history concerned with what women have done since the founding of America. Focuses on crises, movements, and events, which have been of 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 the new nation, and the promises as well as challenges of the Jacksonian Era. It concludes with a look at the Mexican-American War, an event that set United States on the path toward civil war.

HST 308 Civil War & Reconstruction
This course examines the conflict that occurred between the Northern and Southern States throughout the American Civil War.  During this class attention will be given to the causes of the war, dating back to the 1850's; the course this bloody war took; and the consequences of the war 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 broader world community with emphasis on the U.S. acting as a global policeman will be examined.

HST 315 History of England
Surveys English history from the days of the Celt to the eve of the Second World War.

HST 320 History of France
Studies France’s past through the people, events and ideas which have shaped this country from the ancient Gauls to the 21st century.

HST 350 American Business and Economic History
Examines the major aspects and evolution of the American economy from colonial times until the present with special emphasis on the development of the 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 revolutions, and the growth of modern corporations and worldwide trade.

HST 351 American Labor History
Traces the experience of the American worker from colonial days to the present. 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 407 Native American History
This course will survey the indigenous history of the Americas from the pre-Columbian era through the present day. Focusing on selected topics, the course will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the historical processes that created Native America as it exists today in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Topics will include indigenous efforts to resist European and American expansion, the mutual cultural change that occurred once Native societies came into contact with Europeans, and the relationship between various Indian tribes and the governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

HST 409 History of the American West
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.

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.

HST 411 History of Latin American Civilization
This course examines the history of Latin America, from the pre-Columbian era through the age of Revolutions during the twentieth century. It emphasizes the political, social, cultural, and environmental changes that have transpired during the past 500 years, as the people of Latin America have sought to define themselves amidst almost constant turmoil, including domestic issues as well as foreign interventions.Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C(2.0) or higher.

HST 413 History of the Middle East
Studies the rise of civilizations and world religions in the Middle East, the development of modern nations, and the roots of present-day conflicts.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C(2.0) or higher.

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.

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.

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
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. Prerequisites: 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.

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