Houston Baptist University Catalog

History (HIST) Course Descriptions


HIST 2303, Introduction to Historical Methods
Prerequisite(s): None
This course is designed to introduce students to the approaches and methods involved in the study of history. It will focus on basic tools of historical research and writing, questions about the concept of history, and the fundamental issues involved in studying the past.

HIST 2311, Western Civilization I
A survey of Western Civilization from the Ancient World to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe.

HIST 2312, Western Civilization II
A survey of Western Civilization from the Renaissance and Reformation to the present.

HIST 2313 U.S. History to 1877
A survey of American history from its origins to the close of Reconstruction.

HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877
A survey of American history from the close of Reconstruction to the present.

HIST 3311 American Religious History
This course covers the history of American religion from the pre-contact period to the present.

HIST 3313 Colonial America
This course covers the history of colonial North America, from the first European settlements in the sixteenth century to the end of Spanish rule in northern New Spain in 1821. The primary focus is on the regions that later become part of the United States.

HIST 3314 Revolutionary and Early National America
A study of the causes and consequences of the American Revolution and the development of the United States between 1763 and 1789.

HIST 3323 Civil War and Reconstruction
A study of the rise of sectionalism, the abolition crusade, the secession crisis, United States versus Confederate States, aftermath of the war, reconstruction, economic and social consequences of the war, and emergence of a New South.

HIST 3333 History of Texas
A survey course from the period of exploration and early colonization to the present. It includes the struggle for independence, the Civil War in Texas, and the growth of the state into an industrialized, urbanized society.

HIST 3341, The Old South
This course covers the history of the American South (the Old South) from the pre-contact period to the beginning of the Civil War.

HIST 3346 History of Latin America: From Kings to Presidents
This course focuses on Latin America from the Spanish and Portuguese conquest to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on the colonial era, the development of nationalism and independence movements, and the major historical developments in the last 70 years. The course will examine the region's development chronologically, examining the dominant trends across national boundaries, providing students with a framework to understand how current situations are rooted in past historical processes.

HIST 3354 History of Britain I - To 1688
This class focuses on the origins and development of the political, social, and cultural institutions in the British Isles and extends from the Roman era to 1688.

HIST 3364 History of Britain II - From 1688
This class focuses on the development of the political, social, and cultural institutions in the British Isles from the Glorious Revolution to the present.

HIST 3375 Great Texts in History
This course introduces students to a variety of ideas, methods, and texts, and the kinds of genres and sources that compose historical studies. Emphasis is placed on the Great Books of the Western Tradition and other key historical texts that are important to the discipline.

HIST 3377, Ancient Greece
This course examines the political, social, and cultural history of the ancient Greek world. Topics include the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods.

HIST 3378, Ancient Rome
This course examines the political, social, religious, and cultural history of the ancient Roman world from the founding of Rome to approximately AD 250. Topics include Republican expansion, transition to Empire, and Pax Romana.

HIST 3378, Ancient Rome
This course examines the political, social, religious, and cultural history of the ancient Roman world from the founding of Rome to approximately AD 250. Topics include Republican expansion, transition to Empire, and Pax Romana.

HIST 3379, Late Antiquity
Prerequisites: None
This course examines the political, social, religious and cultural history of the Mediterranean world from approximately AD 250 to 600. Topics include the rise of Christianity, the Germanic migrations, and the birth of Islam.

HIST 3380 Blood & Fire: Religion, Science, and Medicine, 1000-1700
This course explores the changes in natural philosophy and scientific thought in Christian Europe and the Muslim world during the medieval and early modern periods, as well as the role of religion in these changes. Particular emphasis is placed on advances in medicine and physics as well as the transition from a medieval to modern view of science.

HIST 3386, Europe in the Middle Ages: 476-1500
Prerequisites: HIST 2311 or 1314, HIST 2312 or 1324, HIST 2313, HIST 2323
This survey focuses on the political, social, and cultural developments in Western Europe from the fall of the western Roman Empire until the end of the fifteenth century.

HIST 3388 Comparative World Civilizations
This course focuses on major world civilizations from ancient times to the present.

HIST 4181 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Humanities.
Directed study of a minimum of thirty clock hours for each hour of credit. Projects are selected based on student interest and need. Open to history majors only.

HIST 4281 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Humanities.
Directed study of a minimum of thirty clock hours for each hour of credit. Projects are selected based on student interest and need. Open to history majors only.

HIST 4310, The Medieval World
Prerequisites: HIST 2311, 2312, 2313, 2323
This course examines the political, social, religious, and cultural history of Europe from the Carolingian Empire to the birth of the Renaissance. Topics include the formation of medieval states, the Crusades, and the Roman Catholic Church.

HIST 4311, Renaissance and Reformation
This course examines the European cultural, religious, and social transformations that occurred between 1350 and 1650--transformations known as the Renaissance and Reformation.

HIST 4314, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870-1917
An advanced study of the Gilded Age (1870-1890) and Progressive Era (1890-1917) as the formative stage of modern America.

HIST 4330, United States Legal History
This course provides an introduction to the history of American law from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the establishment of women's suffrage in 1920.

HIST 4340, Unborn Life in the Western Tradition and American History
This course explores the history of American ideas and practices regarding unborn human life within the context of the philosophical and religious traditions of the West.

HIST 4357 American Experience in Vietnam
A study of the American military experience in Vietnam, 1950-1975.

HIST 4381 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Humanities.
Directed study of a minimum of thirty clock hours for each hour of credit. Projects are selected based on student interest and need. Open to history majors only.

HIST 4383 Internship in History
Prerequisites: HIST 2311 or 1314, HIST 2312 or 1324, HIST 2313, HIST 2323, and Permissionof the Instructor
Directed work experience in a variety of public and private organizations. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in class in a career-oriented setting. Also provides students with the opportunity to attain applied research experience and develop analytic skills.

HIST 4392, Independent Research Projectws and Directed ReadingsPrerequisites: HIST 2311, 2312, 2313, 2323, and at least five (15 hours) upper level history courses or permission from the instructor
A research intensive capstone history course involving important historical terminology, source materials, documentation formats, historiography, and investigative methodologies, with a rigorous emphasis on the analytical proficiencies and advanced writing techniques used by historians.