HIS - History
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from discovery through Reconstruction.
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the Gilded Age to the present.
Course surveys history of Native American peoples in North America from 15th century contact with Europeans to the present. Content focus is on the historical struggle to retain cultures and autonomy while facing the continual expansion of both European nations and United States government and its citizens. Major themes and trends supplemented by case studies of specific tribes and documents that illuminate particular issues.
Course examines role of African Americans in U.S. History, from enslavement in Africa to emancipation. Content includes black African culture, black diaspora, slave culture, Americanization of slaves and Africanization of the South, “free” blacks, slave resistance movements, and politics and economics of slavery.
Course surveys role of African Americans in U.S. History, from Reconstruction to present. Content includes black politics in the New South, Jim Crow, early civil rights organizations, African American participation in World Wars I and II, cultural developments, Civil Rights movement, Black Power movement, and government activism.
Course examines political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States since 1945.
Course examines the history and politics of the Vietnam War, beginning with the war between the French and Vietnamese following World War II, ending with the defeat of the South by the North in 1975.
Course surveys political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual origins of Western civilization from the ancient world to the 17th century.
Course surveys political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual development of Western civilization from the Baroque Era to the present.
Course examines the political, cultural and intellectual development of Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance. Content includes Roman, Christian, and Germanic contributions to medieval west. The impact of Byzantine and Islamic cultures are also explored.
Course offers a general overview of the history of Jews and Judaism, beginning with the Biblical period and ending with modern times. Course is a multidisciplinary introduction to Jewish Studies.
Course surveys the historical development of non-western world up to early 20th century. Content includes social, political, and economic developments. Focus is on role of intellectual currents, literature, and art in shaping the identity of the peoples studied. Comparison and contrast of unifying themes such as early modern global networks of trade, the colonial experience, and role of religion in experiences of various civilizations. At least four major non-western civilizations will be studied, drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Course surveys the political, social and economic history of selected non-western cultures since 1945. Content includes study of at least four cultures, drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Course surveys the historical development of South Asia from antiquity to independence in 1947. Content includes social, political, and economic developments. Focus is on the role of intellectual currents, literature and art in shaping the identity of the peoples studied, as well as comparisons and contrast of unifying themes such as early modern global networks of trade, the colonial experience, and the role of religion in experiences of various civilizations.
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the nations of South Asia since 1947, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Greece from the Neolithic era through the fall of the last Hellenistic monarch in 30 BCE.
Course surveys Ancient Rome, from founding of city in the eighth century B.C., to collapse of the West in the fifth century A.D. Content includes examination of Roman Conquests, Roman politics and government, and reasons for the “fall” of Rome. Focus is on Roman impact on other peoples and cultures, origins and spread of Christianity, emergence of Byzantine Empire, and Roman Legacy.
Course surveys the history of Africa to 1885. Content includes the agricultural revolution, Iron Age, migrations of peoples, commerce, early African states and stateless societies, Islam, slavery and the slave trades, European exploration and Christianity, colonial conquest and African resistance. Course also examines the role of oral traditions, linguistic analysis, archaeological evidence and early literature in understanding the complexities of African history.
Course examines political, cultural and socio-economic history of Africa from 1885 to present. Content includes the end of European colonialism, emergence of independent African nation states, neo-colonialism, Africa during the Cold War, rise and fall of African dictatorships, apartheid, ethnicity and genocide, popular movements toward democratization, and impact of globalization. Individual case studies focus on South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo, role of the African novel, film, music and popular art in understanding complexities of African history.
Course examines political, economic, and social transformation of China from the 19th century dynastic system to the 21st century modern state. Content includes Confucian value system; collapse of the Qing dynasty; western imperialism; Communist revolution; Great Leap Forward; Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; legacy of Mao Zedong; and era of Deng Xiaoping and its impact to the present. Current issues addressed include China’s relationship with Republic of China (Taiwan), and China’s role in a global context.
Course examines the political, economic, social and cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland from the Paleolithic era through the end of the Tudor dynasty.
Course surveys the political, economic, social and cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland from the Stuart Dynasty through the present era.
Course surveys the history of the environment and human impact/interrelation with nature. The course will cover the periods of Native American habitation, European settlement, westward expansion, and urban sprawl. Areas of study include settlement, agriculture, ecology, environmental movements, and conservation efforts. These areas will be studied through social, political, and economical impacts at the local, national, and international levels.
Course surveys the history of Islamic Middle East from birth of Islam to end of First World War. Content includes social, political, and economic developments, and the role of religion in shaping Middle Eastern culture and society. Focus is on the ways in which Islam helped foster a unified political and legal system, and a common identity which provide the backdrop for much of the contemporary political discourse in the region.
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the Islamic Middle East since 1918. Focus is on the role of religion as an ongoing theme.
Course surveys the Arab-Israeli conflict from the beginnings of Zionist immigration into Palestine up to the present.
Course surveys the history, background, causes, events, impact, and implications of the destruction of the Jews and others in Europe.
Course surveys the history, background, causes, definition, events, impact, implications, and nature of genocide.
Course surveys the history of Latin America from the pre-colonial civilizations until the wars of Independence in the nineteenth century. Course examines how Native Americans, Europeans and Africans navigated the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of the colonial order.
Course surveys the history of Latin America from the period of the Wars for Independence in the early nineteenth century until the present. Course examines the ways Latin Americans navigate the increasingly transnational world of the early twenty-first century.
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments throughout the history of the United States.
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments in Western civilization from prehistory to the present.
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments in non-Western civilization from prehistory to the present.
Course surveys the history of Illinois, with emphasis on how growth of industrialization and urbanization has affected state development.
Course surveys the history of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, with an emphasis on the growth and development of the area. Content includes land development, culture, social movements, government, and economic history/development. Other topics linking Chicago with its suburbs include the growth of transportation and urbanization, with a concentration on the post-WWII boom.
Course introduces Soviet Russian history. Content includes politics, economics, culture, thought and life from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Course explores major historical issues and/or periods of history that are related to history courses taught at the College. Course has different focus and/or scope than the courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.