Houston Baptist University Catalog

History ( HIST ) Course Descriptions

  • HIST 2311 WESTERN CIVILIZATION I

    HIST 2311 Western Civilization I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A survey of Western Civilization from the Ancient World to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe.

  • HIST 2312 WESTERN CIVILIZATION II

    HIST 2312 Western Civilization II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A survey of Western Civilization from the Renaissance and Reformation to the present.

  • HIST 2313 U S HISTORY TO 1877

    HIST 2313 U.S. History to 1877
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A survey of American history from its origins to the close of Reconstruction.

  • HIST 2323 U S HISTORY FROM 1877

    HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A survey of American history from the close of Reconstruction to the present.

  • HIST 3303 THE HISTORIAN’S CRAFT

    HIST 3303 The Historian’s Craft
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the study of history. It will focus on the basic tools of historical research and writing, the philosophical implications of historical study, and the role of the Christian historian.

  • HIST 3303 THE HISTORIAN’S CRAFT

    HIST 3303 The Historian’s Craft
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the study of history. It will focus on the basic tools of historical research and writing, the philosophical implications of historical study, and the role of the Christian historian.

  • HIST 3311 AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY

    HIST 3311 American Religious History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course covers the history of American religion from the pre-contact period to the present.

  • HIST 3313 COLONIAL AMERICA

    HIST 3313 Colonial America
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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/EARLY NATL AMER

    HIST 3314 Revolutionary and Early National America
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 3323 Civil War and Reconstruction
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 3333 History of Texas
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 3345 HISTORY OF MODERN MEXICO

    HIST 3345 History of Modern Mexico
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This survey course examines the modern history of Mexico from independence (1821) to the present.

  • HIST 3345 HISTORY OF MODERN MEXICO

    HIST 3345 History of Modern Mexico
    Prerequisites: None
    This survey course examines the modern history of Mexico from independence (1821) to the present.

  • HIST 3354 HISTORY OF BRITAIN I – TO 1688

    HIST 3354 History of Britain I – To 1688
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 HIST OF BRITAIN II – FROM 1688

    HIST 3364 History of Britain II – From 1688
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 3375 Great Texts in History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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. Students may repeat this course with each new concentration of focus, in consultation with their advisor and with the professor’s permission.

  • HIST 3377 ANCIENT GREECE

    HIST 3377 Ancient Greece
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 3378 Ancient Rome
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 3379 Late Antiquity
    Prerequisite(s): 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: REL, SCI & MED

    HIST 3380 Blood & Fire: Religion, Science, and Medicine, 1000-1700
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 3388 COMPARATIVE WORLD CIVILIZATION

    HIST 3388 Comparative World Civilizations
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course focuses on major world civilizations from ancient times to the present.

  • HIST 3393 HISTORY OF MODERN JAPAN

    HIST 3393 History of Modern Japan
    Prerequisite(s): None
    The survey course examines the modern history of Japan from the Tokugawa period to the present.

  • HIST 3393 HISTORY OF MODERN JAPAN

    HIST 3393 History of Modern Japan
    Prerequisites: None
    The survey course examines the modern history of Japan from the Tokugawa period to the present.

  • HIST 3396 EARLY MODERN EUROPE:1400-1815

    HIST 3396 Early Modern Europe: 1400-1815
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines the political, social, and cultural events in Europe from the Renaissance and Reformation through the Age of Napoleon.

  • HIST 3396 EARLY MODERN EUROPE:1400-1815

    HIST 3396 Early Modern Europe: 1400-1815
    Prerequisites: None
    This course examines the political, social, and cultural events in Europe from the Renaissance and Reformation through the Age of Napoleon.

  • HIST 4181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    HIST 4181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • HIST 4281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    HIST 4281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • HIST 4310 THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

    HIST 4310 The Medieval World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 4311 Renaissance and Reformation
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 GILDED AGE/PROG ERA-1870-1917

    HIST 4314 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870-1917
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    HIST 4330 United States Legal History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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:WEST TRAD/AMER HIS

    HIST 4340 Unborn Life in the Western Tradition and American History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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:VIETNAM

    HIST 4357 American Experience in Vietnam
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of the American military experience in Vietnam, 1950-1975.

  • HIST 4360 AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS

    HIST 4360 American Civil Rights
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A history of civil rights activism among various minorities in the United States from Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on the long civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

  • HIST 4360 AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS

    HIST 4360 American Civil Rights
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A history of civil rights activism among various minorities in the United States from Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on the long civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

  • HIST 4373 STUDIES IN BRITISH HISTORY

    HIST 4373 Studies in British History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    An advanced study of special problems or periods in British history, examined through lectures, discussions, and presentations, in one of the following periods: (a) Tudor-Stuart England, (b) Victorian Britain, (c) the British Empire, (d) Modern Britain.

  • HIST 4380 THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA

    HIST 4380 The Making of Modern America
    Prerequisite(s): None
    An advanced study of the long Progressive Era (1870-1917) as the formative stage of modern America.

  • HIST 4381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    HIST 4381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • HIST 4382 THE GREEK WORLD

    HIST 4382 The Greek World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Greece. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, and to consider their impact on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Europides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides.

  • HIST 4383 INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY

    HIST 4383 Internship in History
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of 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 4384 THE ROMAN WORLD

    HIST 4384 The Roman World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Rome. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Republican and Imperial periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, to understand the interrelationship between the Greek and Roman worlds, to discuss the emergence of Christianity in its classical context, and to consider the impact of Ancient Rome on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Vergil, Cicero, Lucretius, Horace, Plautus, Terrence, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Pliny.

  • HIST 4388 THE AMERICA SOUTH ATLANT WORLD

    HIST 4388 The American South in the Atlantic World, 1400 ? 1888
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course covers the American South from the pre-contact period to 1888, with an emphasis on social, cultural, and intellectual history. The course will examine the cosmopolitan character of the South in the international context of the Atlantic World.

  • HIST 4389 AUGUSTINE AND HIS WORLD

    HIST 4389 Augustine and His World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines the life and writings of Augustine of Hippo. Special attention is given to his theological and philosophical contributions to western thought, as well as the importance of his political theories to subsequent history. The course places Augustine within his social context and examines the roles he played in the religious and political upheavals of the late Roman Empire.

  • HIST 4392 INDEPENDENT RSCH&DIRECTED READ

    HIST 4392 Independent Research Projects and Directed Readings
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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.

  • HIST 5301 INTRO TO SCHOLARLY RESEARCH

    HIST 5301 Introduction to Scholarly Research
    Prerequisite(s):None
    This course introduces students to the practice of historical research and writing. It develops effective research and writing skills for graduate-level academic work. The course will help students develop an effective writing and revising process. it will sample scholarly writing, especially the work of Christian authors.

  • HIST 5301 INTRO TO SCHOLARLY RESEARCH

    HIST 5301 Introduction to Scholarly Research
    Prerequisite(s):None
    This course introduces students to the practice of historical research and writing. It develops effective research and writing skills for graduate-level academic work. The course will help students develop an effective writing and revising process. it will sample scholarly writing, especially the work of Christian authors.

  • HIST 5310 READINGS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY

    HIST 5310 Readings in European History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides directed readings in selected areas of European history to introduce students to the themes, concepts, and historiographical trends in European history. This course may be taken up to three (3) times for course credit.

  • HIST 5310 READINGS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY

    HIST 5310 Readings in European History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides directed readings in selected areas of European history to introduce students to the themes, concepts, and historiographical trends in European history. This course may be taken up to three (3) times for course credit.

  • HIST 5320 READINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

    HIST 5320 Readings in American History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides directed readings in selected areas of U.S. history to introduce students to the themes, concepts, and historiographical trends in U.S. history. This course may be taken up to three (3) times for course credit.

  • HIST 5320 READINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

    HIST 5320 Readings in American History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides directed readings in selected areas of U.S. history to introduce students to the themes, concepts, and historiographical trends in U.S. history. This course may be taken up to three (3) times for course credit.

  • HIST 5330 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

    HIST 5330 History of Christianity
    Prerequisite(s): None
    In this course, the student will study the history of Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Although the primary focus will be on the development of Western (Latin) Christianity, some consideration will be given to Byzantine (Eastern) Christendom as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the third world. In addition to the basic content of the history of Christianity, attention will be given to the application of a critical historiography in the interpretation of events and movements.

  • HIST 5330 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

    HIST 5330 History of Christianity
    Prerequisite(s): None
    In this course, the student will study the history of Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Although the primary focus will be on the development of Western (Latin) Christianity, some consideration will be given to Byzantine (Eastern) Christendom as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the third world. In addition to the basic content of the history of Christianity, attention will be given to the application of a critical historiography in the interpretation of events and movements.

  • HIST 5381 SPECIAL TOPICS/INDEPEND STUDY

    HIST 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on the basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular classes are not conducted, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour of credit must be included.

  • HIST 5381 SPECIAL TOPICS/INDEPEND STUDY

    HIST 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on the basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular classes are not conducted, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour of credit must be included.

  • HIST 5382 THE GREEK WORLD

    HIST 5382 The Greek World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Greece. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, and to consider their impact on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Europides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides.

  • HIST 5383 THE ROMAN WORLD

    HIST 5383 The Roman World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Rome. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Republican and Imperial periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, to understand the interrelationship between the Greek and Roman worlds, to discuss the emergence of Christianity in its classical context, and to consider the impact of Ancient Rome on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Vergil, Cicero, Lucretius, Horace, Plautus, Terrence, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Pliny.

  • HIST 5384 THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

    HIST 5384 The Medieval World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the Medieval World. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Medieval period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and architectural contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity and the emergence of Christian Europe, and to consider the impact of the Medieval period on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Boethius, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Bede and Chaucer.

  • HIST 5385 THE RENAISSANCE/REFORMATION

    HIST 5385 The Renaissance and Reformation
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the period of the Renaissance and Reformation. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Reformation period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity, the middle ages, and the emergence of early modern Europe, and to consider the impact of the Renaissance and Reformation on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Luther, Calvin, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne.

  • HIST 5386 THE ENLIGHTENMENT

    HIST 5386 The Enlightenment
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the period of the Enlightenment. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Enlightenment period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, scientific and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity, the scientific revolution, and the emergence of representative democracy, and to consider the impact of the Enlightenment on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include Locke, Hobbes, Pope, Swift, Austen, Voltaire, Rousseau and Kant.

  • HIST 5388 THE AMERICA SOUTH ATLANT WORLD

    HIST 5388 The American South in the Atlantic World, 1400-1888
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course covers the American South from the pre-contact period to 1888, with an emphasis on social, cultural, and intellectual history. The course will examine the cosmopolitan character of the South in the international context of the Atlantic World.

  • HIST 5389 AUGUSTINE AND HIS WORLD

    HIST 5389 Augustine and His World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines the life and writings of Augustine of Hippo. Special attention is given to his theological and philosophical contributions to western thought, as well as the importance of his political theories to subsequent history. The course places Augustine within his social context and examines the roles he played in the religious and political upheavals of the late Roman Empire.

  • HIST 5399 THESIS

    HIST 5399 Thesis
    Prerequisite(s): Approval of research topic by supervisor
    This course is for the research, writing, and defense of a thesis project that is supervised by a faculty member. This course may be taken for up to six hours of credit toward a degree.

  • HIST 5399 THESIS

    HIST 5399 Thesis
    Prerequisite(s): Approval of research topic by supervisor
    This course is for the research, writing, and defense of a thesis project that is supervised by a faculty member. This course may be taken for up to six hours of credit toward a degree.

  • HIST 6310 UNBORN LIFE: WESTERN TRADITION

    HIST 6310 Unborn Life in the Western Tradition and American History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Through a close study of great texts as well as individual scholarly research, this graduate-level course explores the history of ideas, attitudes, and practices regarding unborn life in the Western Tradition. The course pays special attention to American history as an expression of that tradition and to Christian reflection on the unborn from antiquity to the present.

  • HIST 6319 REVOLUTION AMERICA/AGE ENLIGHT

    HIST 6319 Revolutionary America in the Age of Enlightenment
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course explores the ideas and events of the American revolutionary era, 1763-1789, against the backdrop of the Enlightenment.

  • HIST 6360 PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

    HIST 6360 Philosophy of History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course explores topics in both substantive and critical philosophy of history. These topics may include the nature of historical explanation and narrative, the relation of history to other disciplines, and the way in which scholars have viewed historical progress. Of interest will be the way in which the Philosophy of History can inform our theological beliefs, and in particular, our understanding of the life of Christ.

  • HIST 6360 PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

    HIST 6360 Philosophy of History
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course explores topics in both substantive and critical philosophy of history. These topics may include the nature of historical explanation and narrative, the relation of history to other disciplines, and the way in which scholars have viewed historical progress. Of interest will be the way in which the Philosophy of History can inform our theological beliefs, and in particular, our understanding of the life of Christ.