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HIST 111: EARLY WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course surveys the major ancient and medieval civilizations of the world from prehistoric origins to about 1600. Topics include civilizations of the Near East and Africa, South and East Asia, and the Americas as well as Europe and the Mediterranean. [IAI: H2 906]

HIST 112: MODERN WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is a continuation of HIST 111 and concentrates on the Modern era of world history since about 1500. Particular emphasis is placed on political, economic, and social developments which have shaped the cultures of the world including Europe, Russia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. [IAI: H2 907]

HIST 117: EARLY WESTERN CIVILIZATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course presents an introduction to the history of Western Civilization in the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Major topics include origins of civilization, the Hebrews, Greek and Roman civilization, origins and development of Christianity, Medieval society and economy, the rise of national monarchies, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the origins of modern economic and political concepts. [IAI: S2 902]

HIST 118: MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course presents an introduction to the history of Europe and its relationships with the world since the Renaissance. Major topics include development of science and technology, capitalism and industry, liberalism, imperialism, nationalism, socialism, totalitarianism, and international relations. [IAI: S2 903]

HIST 201: AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course traces the history of the United States from the pre-Columbian period through the Civil War and its aftermath. Topics include the clash between the American view of self-government and the English concept of empire; the achievement of independence; the formulation and implementation of federal government; the rise and development of political parties; changing concepts of democracy; the Westward movement; sectional controversy; the Civil War; and Reconstruction. [IAI: S2 900]

HIST 202: AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course traces the history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Topics include western expansion and the impact on the frontier; the growth and development of an industrial economy; responses to industrialization; reform and the meaning of American democracy; the United States and World War I; the 1920's, the Depression and the New Deal; World War II; and the United States since 1945. [IAI: S2 901]

HIST 203: ILLINOIS HISTORY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course surveys the state history of Illinois within a larger national and international context, focusing on forces and factors that have shaped growth and development of industry, education, cultural affairs, politics and commerce.

HIST 204: AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course traces the experiences of African-Americans in the United States from 1619 to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on contributions of African-Americans to American culture and society.

HIST 210: PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRESENT

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course involves detailed study of a specific topic identified in the course title each time it is offered, with the general goal of providing insights relevant to the contemporary world from a historical perspective. This course is repeatable once for credit as long as topic is different.

HIST 231: HISTORY OF EAST ASIA

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course presents an introductory survey of East Asian history from ancient times to the present, including China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. To a lesser extent we will also study Indonesia, the Philippines, and other Pacific islands in the context of colonialism. Our study will begin with the ancient origins of these cultures, proceeding through their classical periods c. 500 BC -AD 1500, and concluding with the modem era of Western imperialism, globalization, and other issues through the early 21st century. This course requires a writing component. [IAI: S2 908N]