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HISTORY (HY)

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HY 101 Western Civilization to 1648. 3 hours.

A history of Western civilization from its origins in Greece and Rome through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the age of discovery and expansion during the emergence of modern Europe. Usually offered in the summer session.

HY 102 Western Civilization since 1648. 3 hours.

Covers the development of the Western world from the Thirty Years’ War to the post–World War II era: the age of absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialization, and the wars of the 20th century. Usually offered in the summer session.

HY 105 Honors Western Civilization to 1648. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Invitation of the department or membership in the University Honors Program.

Honors sections of HY 101.

HY 106 Honors Western Civilization since 1648. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Invitation of the department or membership in the University Honors Program.

Honors sections of HY 102.

HY 110 Comparative World Civilizations. 3 hours.

Examines various civilizations in the world prior to A.D. 1500 and compares their governments, societies, economies, religions, science, learning, and technology. History majors may substitute HY 110 for HY 101 to satisfy part of the Western civilization requirement.

The following 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses are open to all students of sophomore standing or higher.

HY 200 Special Studies in History. 1 to 3 hours.

HY 203 American Civilization to 1865. 3 hours.

A survey of American history from its beginning to the end of the Civil War, giving special emphasis to the events, people, and ideas that have made America a distinctive civilization. Open to freshmen.

HY 204 American Civilization since 1865. 3 hours.

A survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, giving special emphasis to the events, people, and ideas that have made America a distinctive civilization. Open to freshmen.

HY 205 Honors American Civilization to 1865. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Invitation of the department or membership in the University Honors Program.

An honors-level approach to the American experience; parallel to HY 203. Open to freshmen.

HY 206 Honors American Civilization since 1865. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Invitation of the department or membership in the University Honors Program.

An honors-level approach to the American experience; parallel to HY 204. Open to freshmen.

HY 225 History of Alabama to 1865. 3 hours.

State history under the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the U.S., and the Confederate States, with emphasis on cultural heritage.

HY 226 History of Alabama since 1865. 3 hours.

Survey of Alabama’s history and personalities since 1865: Reconstruction, agrarian revolt, Progressivism, the KKK , Dixiecrats, and the Civil Rights movement.

HY 235 History of the Christian Church to 1500 (same as CL 235). 3 hours.

Survey of the Christian church from its origins in the Middle East through its victory over the Roman Empire and its ascendancy in the Middle Ages.

HY 236 History of the Christian Church since 1500 (same as CL 236). 3 hours.

Cultural and institutional history of the Christian church with emphasis on the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and discussion of the church in the New World.

HY 237 Colonial Latin America. 3 hours.

Formation of the largely Spanish-speaking New World, from the shock of conquest to the trials of freedom that spawned the modern nations of Latin America.

HY 238 Modern Latin America since 1808. 3 hours.

Survey of political, economic, and social life in the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on the larger countries (Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina).

HY 243 Asian Civilization to 1500. 3 hours.

Broad survey of Asian civilization from the earliest times covering India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia, with largely cultural and religious emphases.

HY 244 Modern Asia since 1500. 3 hours.

Conditions of various Asian civilizations in the 16th century, followed by the arrival of Europeans, with emphasis on imperialism, colonialism, and Asian nationalism.

HY 247 England to 1688. 3 hours.

History of Western civilization in one country, from Anglo-Saxon times to the growth of absolutism and resistance.

HY 248 England since 1688. 3 hours.

England from the Glorious Revolution to the post–World War II era, with emphasis on social and cultural topics as well as foreign affairs.

HY 295 Naval History of the United States. 3 hours.

Traces the development of the U.S. Navy from sailing ships to nuclear vessels, and relates it to political and economic conditions and to wars throughout American history.

HY 300 Special Studies in History. 3 hours.

HY 301 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours.

Directed study done by special arrangement with a faculty member of the History Department. Requires sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

HY 306 Topics in the History of Asian Thought and Culture. 3 hours.

Examination of major developments and trends in Asian cultural and intellectual history. Topics vary.

HY 309 History of Korean Civilization to 1600. 3 hours.

Korea from ancient times to the mid-17th century, with emphasis on the cultural, social, and intellectual developments in traditional Korean civilization.

HY 310 History of Modern Korea since the 1600s. 3 hours.

Korea from the mid-Chosun (YI) Dynasty after the Japanese and Manchu invasions, to the present time, with emphasis on the 20th century.

HY 311 Reform Movements in Antebellum America. 3 hours.

Explores the origins and course of efforts to reform the American mind, spirit, body, and social order in the decades before the Civil War.

HY 312 American South before 1865. 3 hours.

The South from colonial times to the Civil War, tracing the growth of the plantation system, extension of the frontier, commerce and industry, cultural influences, and the institution of slavery.

HY 313 American South since 1865. 3 hours.

History of the South since 1865, covering Reconstruction, the Bourbon Democracy, the New South Creed, populist revolt, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, and Southern politics.

HY 314 The Coming of the Civil War. 3 hours.

American history from 1815 to 1861, giving special emphasis to the development of a distinctive American culture and the factors within that culture that led to the Civil War.

HY 315 The Civil War. 3 hours.

The military, political, diplomatic, social, and intellectual aspects of the Civil War years, and the impact of the war on subsequent American history.

HY 316 Life and Legend of Abraham Lincoln. 3 hours.

The life and legend of the man often considered to be the representative American.

HY 318 U.S. since 1945. 3 hours.

Topical survey of the economic, social, political, and cultural developments in the United States since World War II.

HY 319 Nineteenth-Century Black History (same as AAST 319). 3 hours.

Role of black Americans in American life from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century, with emphasis on the institutions and events of the 1800s.

HY 320 Twentieth-Century Black History (same as AAST 320). 3 hours.

The interrelationship of blacks and the industrial-urban environment of the United States.

HY 321 Religion in Modern Europe. 3 hours.

A survey of religious thought and practice in Europe since 1750.

HY 323 Constitutional History of the U.S. to 1877. 3 hours.

Deals with the evolution of constitutional law and the nature and process of judicial review, including 18th-century constitutional theory and Supreme Court decisions.

HY 324 Constitutional History of the U.S. since 1877. 3 hours.

Continuation of HY 323, tracing developments up to the current Supreme Court.

HY 325 Rise of the U.S. as a World Power, 1775–1898. 3 hours.

Emphasizes idealism and realism in foreign policy, the change from isolationism to international involvement, “New Manifest Destiny,” and the rise of America to world power.

HY 326 U.S. as a World Power, 1898 to the Present. 3 hours.

Emphasizes American international involvement through the Panama Canal, the Roosevelt Corollary, World War I and the League of Nations, Pearl Harbor and World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam War, and after.

HY 330 Civil Rights Movement. 3 hours.

History of the leaders, organizations, and events of the Civil Rights Movement during the years 1945 to 1968.

HY 337 American Culture since 1890. 3 hours.

Survey of major changes in American ideas, values, and behavior through the Victorian, Modernist, and Post-Modernist eras. Particular emphasis is on popular culture.

HY 341 History of the U.S.-Vietnam War. 3 hours.

Survey of the historical background of the conflict in Indochina leading to U.S. involvement and its consequences.

HY 349 History of Modern France, 1760–present. 3 hours.

This course examines major trends in the social, cultural, economic, and political history of modern France. Major themes include: republicanism and citizenship, nationalism, daily life, war, class conflict, consumerism, imperialism, the arts, and gender.

HY 353 Nazi Germany: 1933–1945. 3 hours.

Study of the National Socialist state in Germany with emphasis on the seizure and consolidation of power, the pacification of power blocs, and the aggressive moves that culminated in World War II and genocide.

HY 357 World War I. 3 hours.

“The war to end all wars,” from the European crises culminating at Sarajevo in 1914 to peacemaking at Versailles in 1919, with emphasis on the western and eastern fronts and on the war at sea.

HY 358 World War II. 3 hours.

The global conflict, or series of conflicts, from Manchukuo in 1931 to Tokyo Bay in 1945, with emphasis on battles on land and sea and in the air, life on the home fronts and in enemy-occupied areas, and the legacy of the war to future generations.

HY 361 Russia to 1894 (same as RUS 351). 3 hours.

Political history of Russia from the ninth to the 19th centuries, followed by social and cultural history of the Russian revolutionary movement.

HY 362 Russia and the Soviet Union since 1894 (same as RUS 352). 3 hours.

Crisis in Russian society and the coming of the Revolution; the emergence of Stalinism; and political developments since World War II, including the disintegration of the Soviet system.

HY 365 European Consumer Society, 1700–present. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 102 or HY 106.

This course explores the evolution of modern Europe’s consumer society from the eighteenth century to the present to understand how changing patterns of consumption fostered new relationships between individuals and the material world.

HY 377 Mexico since 1810. 3 hours.

Mexican Independence, the Constitution of 1824, Santa Anna, revolutions in the 19th and 20th centuries, and contemporary Mexico.

HY 384 Ancient Egypt and the Near East. 3 hours.

HY 385 History of Greece. 3 hours.

HY 386 History of Rome. 3 hours.

HY 390 Survey of Irish History. 3 hours.

A comprehensive look at the Irish experience from prehistoric times to the present.

HY 393 British Empire and Commonwealth. 3 hours.

Rise and fall of the British Empire: its creators, bureaucracy, wars, ideas, and the forces that transformed it.

HY 395 History Colloquium. 3 hours.

Intensive reading, writing, and discussion on special topics in history.

HY 399 History Honors Colloquium. 3 hours.

Focuses on the discipline of history itself. Will examine some of the fundamental questions about what history is and why the study of history matters. Subject matter varies by term.

HY 400 Special Studies in History. 3 hours.

HY 401 Japanese Civilization to 1550. 3 hours.

Survey of Japanese history from the beginnings through the 16th century. Major emphasis on the period after 400 A.D.

HY 402 Modern Japan since 1550. 3 hours.

Major emphasis on the end of the Tokugawa Period (1800–68), the rise of modernized Japan in the Meiji Period (1868–1912), and the 20th century.

HY 403 Chinese Civilization to 1600. 3 hours.

Survey of Chinese culture from the Shang period through the Ming period.

HY 404 Modern China since 1600. 3 hours.

Survey of Chinese history in the Ch’ing Dynasty and the 20th century, with emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century events.

HY 405 History of Han China. 3 hours.

Considers China’s most important early dynasty, centering on the foundations of Confucian orthodoxy and political ideologies.

HY 408 Colonial United States to 1763. 3 hours.

Topical survey of major themes in U.S. colonial history, with particular emphasis on Anglo-American developments.

HY 409 American Revolution and the Founding of the Nation, 1763–1815. 3 hours.

The development of revolutionary sentiment in the North American colonies, the resulting revolution, and the subsequent efforts to establish the new nation.

HY 411 Comparative Slavery and Emancipation. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 203 or HY 205.

Explores the development of slavery and the struggles for emancipation in the Americas, 1400–1900, focusing on how race, gender, and region shaped experiences.

HY 412 Slavery in American Popular Culture, 1845-present (same as AAST 412). 3 hours.

An examination of slavery in American popular culture from the 1840s to the present. Topics and media include fiction, autobiography, film and television, advertising, and confederate celebrations.

HY 413 Mexican War through Civil War. 3 hours.

Examines how Americans thought about and used armed force from 1845 to 1865.

HY 416 U.S. from Reconstruction to World War I. 3 hours.

Selected topics relating to the development of the U.S., especially domestic affairs and the growth of important institutions.

HY 417 U.S. from World War I through World War II. 3 hours.

Covers U.S. participation in two world wars, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. Government, society, and culture receive attention and analysis.

HY 421 American Legal History (same as LAW 772). 3 hours.

Critical history of American law and institutions, emphasizing the period since 1750.

HY 422 History of American Labor Law to 1900. 3 hours.

Treats the legal experience of American workers as labor changed from unfree to free status; covers indentured servitude, slavery, conspiracy, labor contracts, and the rise of unions.

HY 423 History of American Labor Law since 1900. 3 hours.

Treats the legal experience of 20th-century American workers; covers the World War, the Red Scare, the Depression, and the coming of the Wagner Act and its implementation.

HY 424 American Thought before 1860. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 203 or HY 205.

American intellectual/cultural history to 1860. Includes changing ideas about society, politics, morality, science, nature, religion, gender, and race.

HY 425 American Thought since 1860. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 204 or HY 206.

American intellectual/cultural history since 1860. Includes changing ideas about society, politics, morality, science, nature, religion, gender, and race.

HY 427 Women in Early America, 1492–1877. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 203 or HY 205.

Explores women’s lives from European settlement to Reconstruction, paying special attention to ideologies about women’s roles, and the influences of region, race, class, and ethnicity.

HY 428 Women in Modern America, 1865–present. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 204 or HY 206.

Examines the experiences of women from mid-nineteenth century to the present, with special attention to ideologies of women’s roles, as well as how region, race, class, and ethnicity shaped women’s experiences.

HY 429 The Spanish Frontier in North America. 3 hours.

History of the Spanish advance into the present-day borders of the U.S., explaining how Spain fought and finally succumbed to the more dynamic and aggressive French and English.

HY 430 Undergraduate Research Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: History major and 18 hours of HY courses.

This course will offer training in historical methods and theory. It will culminate in a substantial research paper and oral presentation.

HY 432 Beyond Pocahontas: Gender and Native American/European Contact in Early America. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 203 or HY 205.

Explores contact between Native Americans and Europeans in the early Americas with attention to the role of gender, stressing the diversity of Native lifeways.

HY 442 The Middle Ages. 3 hours.

Foundations of the modern world in barbarian Europe: retreat into the countryside and private government, recovery of public institutions, money economy, and cultural vitality.

HY 443 Renaissance. 3 hours.

Study of intellectual movements associated with the Renaissance, including readings in Machiavelli’s Prince, More’s Utopia, and other humanist writings; social life, economy, religion, politics, and statecraft.

HY 444 Reformation and Counter-Reformation. 3 hours.

History of the separation of the Catholic and Protestant churches from the ideal of the universal Christian church and late medieval religious practice.

HY 446 Age of Reason, 1715–89. 3 hours.

The Enlightenment of Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Franklin, Hume, Goethe, and Kant, whose writings exalted individual reason, tolerance, liberalism, science, and public service and set the stage for the French Revolution.

HY 447 French Revolution and Napoleon. 3 hours.

Causes, course, and effects of the revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon’s seizure of power, conquests, and final defeat at Waterloo.

HY 448 Women and Gender in Modern Europe, 1750–present. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 102 or HY 106.

This course surveys women’s lives in Europe from 1750 to the present. Themes explored include: identity construction, power relationships, domesticity, class, war, consumerism, and sexuality.

HY 451 Early Modern Germany. 3 hours.

This course examines political, religious, intellectual, military, cultural, and social history of German-speaking Central Europe from the Eve of the Protestant Reformation to the eve of the French Revolution.

HY 455 German History, 1740-1918. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 101 or HY 106.

An introduction to German history in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Examines major trends and key debates concerning German society, politics, and culture from the Enlightenment era to Germany’s defeat in World War I.

HY 471 Age of Exploration and Conquest. 3 hours.

A history of exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries, when European nations expanded by sea voyages and conquest, settling in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

HY 474 Relations of U.S. and Latin America. 3 hours.

Chronological survey of diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations, with emphasis on the 20th century.

HY 475 Caribbean Basin: 1492 to the Present. 3 hours.

Traces the evolution of Caribbean and Central American nations from the first European settlements to the present.

HY 476: Religion in Latin America. 3 hours.

The history of religion in Latin America from the late fifteenth century through the early twenty-first century.

HY 480 Survey of Military History. 3 hours.

Introduction to the ways in which human beings have organized and used armed force over the course of recorded history.

HY 481 War and Diplomacy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: HY 101 or HY 102.

This course examines developments in European warfare and diplomatic practice in the late medieval and early modern periods.

HY 482 War and Religion in the West. 3 hours.

This course examines the complex interrelationships between religion and armed conflict in the Western tradition from the ancient world into modern times.

HY 490 England under the Tudors. 3 hours.

Development of an early modern state: establishment of a strong central monarchy, religious crises from the Reformation to the Puritan movement, and exuberance and excess of an expanding society.

HY 491 England under the Stuarts. 3 hours.

How Englishmen of the 17th century worked out the great questions of their day: Was liberty compatible with strong government? Could English elites share power without destroying it? What did God want for England?

HY 493 Britain in the 18th Century. 3 hours.

From the Hanoverian Succession in 1714 to victory at Waterloo in 1815—political development, the Agrarian and Industrial Revolutions, John Wesley, Samuel Johnson, and an apparently endless succession of wars.

HY 494 Britain in the Victorian Age. 3 hours.

Britain at her apogee—possessor of the empire on which the sun never set, world economic leader, nation of Peel and Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, Dickens and Trollope, Tennyson and Browning, Turner and Constable.

HY 495 Britain in the 20th Century. 3 hours.

From the death of Queen Victoria to Mrs. Thatcher—the decline of the British Empire, the two World Wars, the rise of the welfare state, the Common Market, and economic resurgence.

HY 498 Undergraduate Thesis Research. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the History Honors Program and successful completion of HY 399.

Independent research and writing to produce a senior honors thesis in history.

HY 499 Undergraduate Thesis Research. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the History Honors Program and successful completion of HY 399 and HY 498.

Independent research and writing to produce a senior honors thesis in history.


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