HIS 101 - U.S. History 1: New World-Recon (3 credits)
This course will focus on American history from its colonial foundations to the Civil War and Reconstruction. It provides students with knowledge and understanding of the major political, social, and economic movements, as well as leading historical figures in American history up to 1877. This course is an approved course in United States History for teacher certification in Connecticut.
HIS 102 - U.S. History 2: 1877- Present (3 credits)
This course will focus on a biographical study of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the Age of Globalism. Students will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural experiences of the American nation and its people. Both sides of controversial historical issues will be presented in a balanced, objective manner. Students will be encouraged to develop and utilize critical and ethical thinking, and to arrive at their own evaluations of America’s triumphs and tragedies. Topics include Industrialization, Overseas Expansion, the Progressives, World War I and World War II, The Great Depression/New Deal, the Civil Rights Movement, the turbulent Sixties/confusing Seventies, The Age of Reagan, and the Age of Globalism. This course is an approved course in United States History for teacher certification in Connecticut.
HIS 121 - Western Civilization 1 (3 credits)
This course will focus on the history of western societies and peoples from the earliest formation of recorded western history to the Renaissance, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Dark Ages, and the Medieval period. The course will use primary and secondary materials to examine politics, economics, religion, and the cultural and intellectual history of the West, along with agricultural developments of ancient history and how they led to more advanced civilizations. Prerequisite(s): IDS 101, ENG 101.
HIS 122 - Western Civilization 2 (3 credits)
This course will focus on western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. Through the use of primary and secondary materials, the course explores the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural history of the West to examine the achievements of modern Western Civilization, and their impact throughout the world. Course topics include the Age of Exploration, the Reformation, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the European Union. Prerequisite(s): IDS 101, ENG 101. Recommended Prerequisite(s): HIS 121.
HIS 200 - Historical Methods & Materials (3 credits)
This course will focus on an examination of problems in historical analysis and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on historical reasoning, research, and writing history. Consideration of methodological approaches and historical materials is also included. Recommended Prerequisite (s): 3 credits in history.
HIS 248 - Hist of the American Constitution (3 credits)
This course will focus on the origins and unfolding of the American Constitutional System in its written and unwritten practices from the American Revolution through the twentieth century. Learners will examine constitutional developments, both within their historical contexts and against the backdrop of powerful forces that have influenced American society. This course is an approved survey course in United States History for teacher certification in Connecticut.
HIS 249 - American Constitution:1954-Present (3 credits)
This course will focus on the American constitutional system—written and unwritten—from the school desegregation crisis of 1954 to the current day. Students will consider issues surrounding the evolution of constitutional and legal structures, civil rights and liberties, the justice system, the expansion of government and abuses of power, updating the Bill of Rights, the American political process, and a range of contemporary issues including the right to life and to death, free speech, school prayer, and personal privacy.
HIS 250 - History of Eastern Religions (3 credits)
This course will focus on a comparative look at the traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Shinto from their origins to present day. Students will compare and contrast the histories, philosophies, and practices of the major East Asian Religions, critically analyze their merits and constraints, and identify the role of geography in their development. The course will also feature interpretation of source materials from important figures.
HIS 300 - The Civil War and Reconstruction (3 credits)
This course will focus on significant events, issues, and ideas during the pre-Civil War period (1848-1860), the years of warfare (1861-1865), and the Reconstruction period (1865-1877). Themes include slavery and the territories, the nature of modern warfare, ideological and economic conflict, the Lincoln legacy, the experience of bi-racial democracy during Reconstruction, and the influence and meaning of the Civil War/Reconstruction period for the 21st century. This course is an approved survey course in United States History for teacher certification in Connecticut. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
HIS 333 - American Foreign Policy from 1945 (3 credits)
This course will focus on an overview of American foreign policy from the end of World War II to the present. Emphasis will be placed on America’s five major wars during this period, its many military invasions and Central Intelligence Agency engineered or sponsored coups, American unilateralism, the Cold War and its aftermath, 9/11 and the challenges posed by Islamic fundamentalism, and the issues of globalization, neo-imperialism, and terrorism. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
HIS 350 - Contemporary China (3 credits)
This course will focus on the major events and issues in China's modern history from 1949 through its present day that have shaped its politics, culture, and industrialization. It makes comparisons and describes linkages, historically and culturally, between China, its Asian neighbors, and the Western powers. It addresses China's turmoil under Mao Zedong, surveys its unprecedented economic development and impact on the global community, and considers the challenges posed by China's modern role as "workshop to the world." This course is an approved survey course in Non-Western History for teacher certification in Connecticut. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
HIS 395 - Historiography (3 credits)
This course will focus on the development of significant historical interpretations from the ancient Greeks to current popular and oral history. This course considers the ideas of an array of historians whose interpretations have shaped how we understand our past. In varying units students inspect the writings of prominent historians, such as Herodotus, Petrarch, Voltaire, Leopold von Ranke, Karl Marx, Arnold Toynbee, Frederick Jackson Turner, and Howard Zinn. Themes of study include the study of work of prominent scholars in the context of historical events, methodological approaches to writing history, and the challenges associated with interpreting and understanding the past. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 & ENG 102. Recommended Prerequisite(s): 12 credits in History.
HIS 397 - Special Topics in History (3 credits)
Special Topics in History. This upper level course may be taken mulitple times under different topics. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
HIS 474 - Hist Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (3 credits)
This course will focus on a detailed overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Emphasis will be placed on events leading to the creation and expansion of Israel, the history of the Israeli government and policy, and the evolution of the Palestinian national independence movement including the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
HIS 499 - History Capstone (3 credits)
This is the capstone course for the History concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is for the student to integrate the knowledge gained in the History concentration. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.