322 Humanities Building

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7470


(731) 881-7584


David Coffey, Chair



American History

World History

History Research, Travel Study, and Topics


American History

201 History of the United States I (3 (TBR: HIST 2010)) A study of the main currents and developments in American life from colonial times to 1877.

202 History of the United States II (3 (TBR: HIST 2020)) A study of the main currents and developments in American life from 1877 to the present.

 302 (502) Introduction to Public History (3) Explores the various opportunities for work as a public historian and addresses the current issues and debates in the field. Students will learn about the major functions of public history work. May be followed by a semester internship in public history.

303 (503) Women in American History (3) Explores the lives of American women through the prism of class, race, and ethnicity-in relationship to each other, to their families, to their work at home and in the public sphere, and to their influence on American society and culture.  Beginning with the European settlement of North America and continuing until the present, women’s history will be woven into a presentation of the American past. (Same as WMST 304)

 310 American Military History (3) American military history from the American Revolution to the present. Evaluation of significant battles from the viewpoints of the participants, their resources, decision-making techniques, and the nine principles of war. Discussion of all of America's wars. Emphasis on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. (Same as Mil Sci 310)

331 History of Tennessee (3) (TBR: 2030) Tennessee history from the view of the culture of the Indian tribes living in this area through early European settlement, the Revolutionary War in Tennessee, and the organization of Tennessee as a state. Social and economic life on the frontier, the culture of the pre-Civil War South, the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in Tennessee, and from the Progressive era to the present.

403 (603) Social and Cultural History of the United (3) Based on an analysis of gender, race, class and ethnicity, this course examines American society “from the bottom up,” looking at such issues as the environment, health and demography, religious values, industrialization, cities and suburbia, social movements, popular culture and everyday life. 1600 to Present.

 404 (604) Sex and Gender in American History (3) Topical study of sexuality and gender over the four centuries since the arrival of Europeans in North America. The course will examine important theories and trends within the vibrant subfield of cultural history. Focusing on the private sphere as well as the public sphere led cultural historians to examine issues of sexuality and to recognize its intersection with race, gender, class, age, time period, region, and culture. The course will focus on such themes as courtship, marriage, sexualities, the politics of reproduction, prostitution, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual violence, and sex censorship.

434 (634) African-American History I (3) This course covers the background and origin of the slave trade in Africa, the mid-passage, the nature of the slave trade in the Americas, the Africans in America both as freemen and slaves, movements to end slavery and slave resistance efforts, and the role of blacks in the Civil War.

435 (635) African-American History II (3) This course covers the African-Americans from the Reconstruction period to the present time. Topics included are the ending of slavery, the economic and political transition following it, the emerging debate over the role of the African-American in American life, the struggle for political and legal equality, and the social and cultural development of African-Americans in the twentieth century.

 444 (644) Imperial America, 1877 to 1900 (3) A critical examination of the pivotal era in U.S. history, with special attention given to such topics as Gilded Age politics and culture, the final subjugation of the American Indians, the closing of the frontier, and America’s expanding involvement overseas, including its war with Spain and its conquest of the Philippines.

461 (661) The Colonial Period and the Revolution (3) A study of the origins and development of the American colonies, with special attention given to those that formed the "original thirteen states." Social, cultural, and religious differences and developments as well as political and military events. An examination of the causes and events that brought about the rupture of the ties to England and the military and diplomatic history of the Revolutionary War.

462 (662) The Constitution and the Rise of the Federation (3) A study of the problems for the Confederation after the drafting of the peace with England and an examination of the solutions found, or attempted, in the Constitutional Convention. The nature of the union formed by the ratification process, and the subsequent changes in that union during the Federal Period. Review of the attempts to form a distinctly American culture.

 463 (663) U.S. Foreign Relations to 1920 (3) This course surveys the major themes of United States foreign affairs from the formation of the republic through the First World War. Topics include: foreign policy in the Revolutionary War, Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian approaches, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, continental expansion and War with Mexico, foreign policy during the Civil War, Caribbean and Pacific expansion, the First World War, and the League of Nations debate.

464 (664) U.S. Foreign Relations since 1920 (3) This course surveys the major themes of United States foreign affairs since the First World War. Topics include: disarmament, neutrality, the Second World War, origins of the Cold War and confrontation with the Soviet Union, interactions with developing nations, conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, the end of he Cold War, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

465 (665) History of American Thought to 1877 (3) A study of currents in American intellectual history from colonization to Reconstruction. The course explores religious traditions and revivalism; causes and impact of reform movements; political ideologies of republicanism and democracy; transcendentalism and Unitarianism; and debates surrounding slavery.

466 (666) History of American Thought since 1877 (3) Major aspects of American intellectual history from reconstruction to the present. Principal attention to the debates surrounding Darwinian evolution; development of pragmatism; trends in liberal and conservative political ideologies; the role of the public intellectual; anti-Communism; and working class life in the labor movement.

494 (694) Antebellum America 1815-1850 (3) A study of this remarkable growth and expansion, and the conflicts that pushed the nation toward the Civil War, with emphasis on the market and transportation revolutions, reform movements, the evolution of American democracy, territorial acquisition, the US-Mexico War, slavery, sectionalism, and presidential administrations, from Madison to Polk, particularly that of Andrew Jackson.

495 (695) The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 (3) A critical inquiry into the inflammatory politics of the 1850's, the many causes of the Civil War, the course, conduct and significance of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Special emphasis on the military campaigns, emancipation, activity behind the lines, wartime diplomacy, and reconstructing the nation.

496 (696) Recent History of the U.S., 1900-1945 (3) A study of the forces and personalities that shaped American history through Progressivism, WWI, an Age of Excess, depression and government response, and WWII.

497 (697) Recent History of the U.S., 1945 to the Present (3) An assessment of the important activities and changes in American life brought on in large part by WWII and the subsequent competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

498 (698) The Sixties (3) A critical inquiry into a tumultuous period in recent US history. Exploring the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the New Frontier and the Great Society, U.S. foreign policy and Vietnam, the anti-war, women’s and counter-cultural movements and the conservative response to political, cultural and social change.

World History

121 Development of World Civilization I (3 (TBR: HIST 1110)) Traces forms of civilization from ancient beginnings through the 17th century.

122 Development of World Civilization ll (3 (TBR: HIST 1120)) Traces forms of civilization from beginning of 18th century to the present.

121H-122H Development of World Civilization (3, 3) Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability. Consent of department required. (Same as Hist 121-122 but for honors credit and may not be taken in addition to Hist 121-122).

304 (504) Women in World History (3) This course takes a thematic approach to study women in the non-Western world. Examples from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, and different chronological periods, will focus on themes including women and religion, war, politics, work, and family. Regional and chronological emphasis will vary with each offering.

320 (520) Ancient Greece (3) A study of Greek society from Minoan civilization to the Hellenistic Age (1400-300 BC). Topics include hoplite warfare, Greek colonization, the Olympics, Sparta, Periclean Athens, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, and the empire of Alexander the Great.

321 (521) Ancient Rome (3) A study of Rome's cultural and political development from 700 BC to 400 AD. Examines Rome's origins as a small city state to its rule over a vast empire that stretched from Britain to the Middle East. Topics include the formation of the Roman Republic, expansion, civil war, imperial government, and the development of Christianity.

323 (523) The Middle East, 500-1800 (3) This course surveys the history of Middle Eastern societies during the medieval and early-modern eras with an emphasis on the rise of Islam and its world historical context. Topics include the development and spread of Islam, the Caliphate and its demise, the Crusades, the Mongol empires, and the rise of Turkish power culminating in the Ottoman and Safavid Empires.

324 (524) The Modern Middle East (3) This course surveys major political and cultural developments in the Middle East over the last two centuries, emphasizing interactions with the West, the development of secular nation-states, the nature of Arab nationalism and the Arab-Israeli dispute, oil diplomacy, and the Islamist revival. Time is reserved for discussion of topics that have acquired a broad contemporary significance.

340 (540) The Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1715-1815 (3) A study of 18th century European political, social, economic and intellectual history, including the French enlightenment and its influence on Europe and America. Set against the background of military and diplomatic developments of global war, the course will examine the causes of the French Revolution and Napoleonic era.

341 (541) Restoration, Revolution and Colonialism, 1815-1914 (3) A study of the Industrial Revolution, the Congress System, the Revolutions of 1848, Bismarckian diplomacy, and balance of power politics. Topics include an examination of artistic and intellectual transformations, the rise of ideologies, including Liberalism, Nationalism, Socialism and Marxism, the impact of imperialism, and the causes of World War I.

342 (542) From War to War, 1914-1945 (3) A study of the course of World War I, the origins and course of World War II, with a focus on balance of power politics and the nature of total war. Topics include the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalinism, Nazism, Fascism, the decline of Western Democracies, the ordeal of total war, the internationalization of diplomacy, and the creation of modern mass welfare societies.

343 (543) Contemporary Europe, 1945 to Present (3) A study of the major political, economic, diplomatic, social, and cultural developments in western and eastern Europe since 1945. Special attention is given to the European dimension of the Cold War, the demise of communism, the reshaping of the European geography since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the future of the European Union.

414-415 (614-615) History of England (3, 3) A survey of English history from the Norman Conquest to the present. 414: From 1066 to 1714. 415: From 1714 to the present.

420 (620) Late Antiquity and Medieval History (3) Examines European society from 300 to 1300, with particular emphasis on the development of the Christian church in Western Europe and Byzantium, Topics include the Papacy, asceticism monasticism, the Frankish and Carolingian kingdoms, the Inquisition, and the Crusades.

421 (621) Renaissance and Reformation (3) Examines the social, political, intellectual, artistic, and religious developments in Europe from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries and the resulting changes, with emphasis on the Humanist movement, the Reformation, and the Counter Reformation.

422 (622) Modern Germany, 1815 to the Present (3) Focuses on the forces leading to the unification of Germany, the age of Bismarck, the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Concludes with a postscript on East and West Germanies during the Cold War and the reunification of Germany.

441 (641) History of Latin America (3) From pre-Columbian civilizations to the present, this course examines main themes such as conquest, colonialism, independence movements, and economic upheavals in all regions of Latin America and the Caribbean basin, with special emphasis on the roles of church and state (including the military) and challenges of diverse and stratified societies.

442 (642) History of Mexico (3) Mexican history from pre-Hispanic civilizations (especially the Aztec Empire) to the present.  Examines colonial Mexico, its movement towards independence, issues of political and economic stability, its relationship with the United States, and its ongoing revolution.

447 (647) History of Russia (3) A survey of Russian history from the origins of Slavic history to 1917, including Kievan Rus', the conversion of Eastern Slavs to Christianity, the Mongol Conquest and Yoke, the Rise of Muscovy, Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible, the Time of Troubles, Peter the Great, the Conquest of Siberia, Catherine the Great, Russian and Enlightenment influences, the War of 1812, the Crimean War, the Great Reforms, the Russian economy in the Nineteenth Century, Russian literary monuments, the revolutionary movement, and the growing threat of World War I.

448 (648) History of Soviet Russia (3) A study of the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia from the origins of the revolutions of 1917 to the present. Examines the ideologies and personalities that have shaped political life as a backdrop to analyze Soviet society and culture, Stalin's reign of terror, the economic failure of Communism, Soviet foreign policy, the nationalities' problem and the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

 459 The Twenty-First Century World (3) A topical, cross-cultural seminar dealing with major twenty-first century civilizational values and dynamics, their roots, and their impact on human beings and the environment. Includes, but is not limited to, the study of human and civil rights, migrations, global warming, modernism and post-modernism, social engineering, the industrial economies, and imperial power. This writing-intensive course uses a variety of historical methods to contribute to emerging narratives and to construct syntheses.

484 (684) History of Africa 1400 to Present (3) A survey of African History from the 15th century to the present, emphasizing the rise of the colonialism, its significance to Africa's underdevelopment, and African resistance to colonialism, with special focus on the histories of Algeria, South Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Kenya, Angola and Mozambique.

History Research, Travel Study, and Topics Courses

299 History and Historians (3) An introduction to the History Major designed to introduce students to basic techniques, skills and issues of historical research, writing and teaching, including key historical concepts and methods, the nature and fields of history and historiography. Should be taken prior to the junior year and before commencing upper-division course work, including taking HIST 499 for which it is a prerequisite. Required for History and Secondary History majors.

401 (601) Independent Study in American History (3) Directed reading or research under supervision of a staff member. By arrangement only. Prereq: 24 hours of history with a 3.00 average (in history), 2.50 average (overall), and departmental approval.

402 (602) Independent Study in European or Asian History (3) Directed reading or research under supervision of a staff member. By arrangement only. Prereq: 24 hours of history with a 3.00 average (in history), 2.50 average (overall), and departmental approval.

450 (650) Public History Internship (3-6) Full-time apprenticeship with a public or private historical agency or institution of local, regional, or national significance. May be taken at any time of the year and may be paid. Prereq: HIST 302, 3.0 GPA in the major. Not limited to History majors.

460 (660) Topics in Diplomatic History: [Topics Title] (3) Classes allowing for an in-depth study of the nature and styles of diplomacy and of selected topics pertaining to U.S., European, or non-European diplomacy through time periods from the beginning of civilization to the present.  May be repeated for credit (with different topic).  Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses (460, 470, 480, or 490) can be counted toward the major or minor. Not regularly offered.

467 Travel-Study [Selected Topics] (1-3) A course designed as an educational travel experience in America History and Culture within the United States under the supervision of university instructors. May be taught as an organized study-tour or as an independent travel and study project. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. May be offered on a pass/fail basis. Students may repeat course (with different topics). Not regularly offered. Requires instructor's approval.

468 (668) Travel-Study [Selected Topics] (1-3) A course designed as an educational travel experience in international history and culture in foreign countries under supervision of a University instructor. May be taught as an organized study-tour or as an independent travel and study project. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. May be offered on a pass/fail basis. Students may repeat course with different topics. Requires instructor's approval.

470 (670) Topics in World History: [Topics Title] (3) Classes in selected aspects of world history dealing with a global or comparative approach, such as, but not limited to, urbanization, technology, sports, disease, climate, demographics, food, rise and fall of civilizations, transportation, industrialization, and migrations. May be repeated for credit (with different topics). Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses (460, 470, 480, or 490) can be counted toward the major or minor.

480 (680) Topics n U.S. History: [Topics Title] (3) Classes in one or more of the following areas: (a) interdisciplinary approaches to historical periods, and (b) specialized topics suitable for in-depth study. May be repeated for credit (with different topic).  Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses (460, 470, 480, and 490) can be counted toward the major or minor.

490 (690) Topics in Non-U.S. History: [Topic Title] (3) Classes taught with an interdisciplinary and/or comparative approach, or allowing for an in-depth study of specialized topics in European or n-Western history. May be repeated for credit (with different topic).  Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses (460, 470, 480, and 490) can be counted toward the major or minor.

499 Senior Seminar (3) A theme-based writing seminar designed to promote scholarly expression and hone analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will learn the mechanics of historical writing and editing in a closely directed environment while acquiring skills essential to professional development. Themes will be selected by the instructor. This course is required for all History Majors and should be taken before the student’s final semester. Prereq HIST 299.

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322 Humanities Building

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7470


(731) 881-7584


David Coffey, Chair