History Course Descriptions
100L History of Western Civilization in Film. (1) (Coreq: HIST 101 or 102)
This course will examine select topics in Western Civilization through the
analysis of films.
101 The Foundations of European Civilization to 1648. (3) An introduc-
tion to the foundations of European Civilization, beginning with the early
civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, followed by a survey of the history of
ancient Greece and Rome, the rise of Christianity, the transmission of this heritage
to Europe, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.
102 Introduction to European Civilization from 1648 to the Present. (3)
A survey of the rise of European civilization from the end of the Thirty Years'
War to the present.
111 World History to 1500. (3) World History to 1500 examining the emergence
of key civilization in India, China, Africa and Europe.
112 World History Since 1500. (3) World History since 1500 examines the
nature and interactions between Europeans, Asians, Africans, Pacific Islanders
and Americans from the "voyages of oceanic discovery" through the ages of
democratic and industrial revolutions and into the era of contemporary global
125 Introduction to the Civilizations of the Islamic Middle East. (3) An analysis which treats
the major cultural elements of traditional Islamic civilization and then concentrates upon
the reaction of the Arabs, Turks and Iranians to the problems of adjusting to the modern world.
126 Introduction to the East Asian Civilization. (3) An exposition which deals
with the historical foundations of the social, political, and cultural evolution of
China and Japan but focuses upon the 19th and early 20th century experience.
201 & 202 History of the United States from Discovery to the Present. (3 each)
A general survey of the United States from the era of discovery to the present,
emphasizing major political, economic, social, and intellectual de vel op ments. 201:
Discovery through Reconstruction. 202: Reconstruction to the present.
250 Historical Research and Writing. (3) A course designed to teach both
written and oral communication in history. Topics include compiling a scholarly
bibliography on a historical topic, interpreting primary and secondary sources,
developing a clear thesis, ensuring academic integrity, using Chicago-style documentation,
and presenting work in a scholarly fashion. A minimum of twelve pages
of graded, written work, with substantial opportunities for revision, and at least
one graded oral presentation required. Topics chosen by Professor. For History
Majors, History 250 is a corequisite or prerequisite for all upper-level courses.
The Following Courses Require Sophomore Standing or Above or Permission of the
300 Historical Methods. (3) (Writing Intensive) A seminar in the principles
and practice of historical research, including an introduction to historiography,
the interpretation of historical documents, proper documentation, and clarity of
expression. Should be among the fi rst upper-level courses taken by majors. S, F.
302 The Middle Ages (500-1250). (3) A study of the causes and course of the
split of the Roman world into Western European, Eastern Orthodox and Islamic
culture, followed by a discussion of the civilization of the High Middle Ages and
the problems of cultural change in the late medieval period.
304 The Enlightenment: Europe (1648-1789). (3) A survey of the main
currents of European thought, cultural development, and politics between the
Thirty Years’ War and the French Revolution.
305 The Age of Revolutions (1789-1848). (3) A study of the political and social
changes effected in Europe during the French Revolution, the Napoleanic period,
the Revolution of 1830, and the Revolutions of 1848.
307 European History (1848-1914). (3) A study of the main currents of
European thought, from the Revolutions of 1848 to the rise of industrial power,
imperialism, diplomatic realignment, nationalism, and the road to World War I.
308 World War I and the Twenty Years’ Truce. (3) An inquiry into the
causes and conduct of the First World War; the peace settlement of 1919-1923;
the rise of totalitarianism and the struggle of the European democracies; the road
to the Second World War.
309 World War II and the Cold War. (3) An inquiry into the conduct of the Second
World War and the problems of planning and implementing peace; origins and
development of the Cold War; the demise of colonialism and the integration of Europe;
the rise of superpowers.
313 The History of Russia to 1855. (3) An introduction to the civilization of the
Russian and Slavic peoples. The historical traditions and culture of the people who
occupied the Russian plains from the eighth century A.D. to the mid 19th century.
314 The History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union Since 1855. (3)
The decline of Imperial Russia, the Revolution of 1917, and the development
of the Soviet Union.
315 Ancient Greece. (3) An exploration of the Greek genius of the fifth and fourth
centuries, B.C., with special attention given to those achievements most relevant to our
own times. Includes a survey of Mycenean times and its great leaders, mythical or
otherwise; also the Dark Ages and its blind poet, Homer; with concentration on those centuries
when Herodotos, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Plato and Aristotle produced their unrivaled works;
also time is devoted to Greece's decline and the simultaneous rise of its benign conquerors,
Phillip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great.
316 Roman Republic and Empire. (3) An examination of the political history
of the Roman state, from its foundation by the legendary Romulus to its destruction
by barbarian invaders. Special emphasis upon the failure of Re publican government
and the disappearance of personal freedom as one family of unparalleled
ability and wealth fi ghts for victory in a bloody civil war. Imperialism, militarism,
bureaucratization and the advent of Christianity highlighted. Colorful personalities,
such as those of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, examined in some detail.
317 Comparative Revolutions. (3) (Writing Intensive) (= Politics 317)
(Prereq: sophomore standing) Case studies of the classic revolutions (English, American,
French, and Rus sian) and analyses of these and other revolutions as political
phenomena. At ten tion will be given to the political phi los o phy of revolution.
318 Classical Mythology. (3) (Writing Intensive) Classical Mythology investigates
the world's creation, Greek and Roman divinities that once governed human experience,
and the activities of such heroes as Perseus and Theseus. The course is designed to provide
an intellectual history of Greco-Roman civilization and to enhance the appreciation of literature
and arts influenced by this ancient culture.
322 Medieval Art & Architecture. (3) (= ARTH 322) A survey of the cultural
and artistic trends from c. 300 to 1300, this course will focus on France, England,
Germany, and Italy, but also examine important post-classical innovations in what
are now Norway, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and Syria. Much of the discussion
will concern religious architecture, culminating in High Gothic cathedrals. Decorative
arts such as illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, stained glass, and sculpture
in wood, stone, bronze, and gold will also be central to the course content.
323 Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture. (3) (= ARTH 323) This
course surveys the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Italian peninsula c.
1300-1550 and the revival of classical ideals and philosophies of visual representation
focusing primarily on Florence, Venice, and Rome. The course examines
the art and ideas of inspired, creative minds such as Giotto, Masaccio, Ghiberti,
Brunelleschi, Alberti, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo,
Raphael, Titian, Palladio, and many more.
324 Baroque Art & Architecture. (3) (= ARTH 324) The 17th Century was
a period of remarkable exploration, experimentation, and change. Those events
were embodied in the painting, sculpture, and architecture of this Gilded Age.
Focusing on the Netherlands and Flanders (modern Holland and Belgium), Rome,
France, and Spain, this course surveys the visionary ideas of Caravaggio, Car-
racci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Velasquez, Borromini, and Bernini among
326 History of Germany Since 1870. (3) A critical study of the creation of
the German Empire, Bismarck, Wilhelmian Germany, the First World War, the
Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Second World War, and the fate of German
speaking peoples since then.
327 Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union: 1918 to the Present. (3) History
of the new East European states and the Soviet Union from the end of World
War I to the present. Emphasis on their domestic and foreign problems during
the interwar period, the Russian expansion and dom i na tion of Eastern Europe
since 1945, the establishment of the "People's Democratic Republics" in Poland,
East Germany, Czech o slo va kia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yu go sla via, and Albania, and
the revolutionary upheavals in the 1980's leading to the fall and collapse of the
Communist system and ideology in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
328 Renaissance Europe, 1250-1517. (3) A survey of renaissance culture
as it emerged in the northern Italian city-states. Topics include republican and
despotic governments, war and diplomacy, humanism, art, individualism, religion,
the growth of secularism, gender, the family, and the Northern Renaissance.
329 Reformation Europe, 1517-1648. (3) An examination of the Protestant
Reformation and its European context. Topics include the renaissance background,
Luther’s break with Rome, the major reformed traditions, the Catholic response,
the nation-state, warfare and diplomacy, colonialism, the new science, and the
rise of toleration and individualism.
333 Modern France: 1715 to the Present. (3) A political and social history
of the French nation from the end of Louis XIV's reign, and the Revolutions of
1789 and 1792, to modern-day France.
335 History of England: 1485-1714. (3) The development of Modern England
from the beginning of the Tudor dynasty, through the Elizabethan period,
the Civil War, Cromwell, to the end of the Stuart line.
337 The History of Britain: 1714 to the Present. (3) The social, intellectual,
economic, and political history of the British Isles from the beginning of
the Hanoverian dynasty, through the Age of Victoria, the decline of the Empire,
the catastrophe of two world wars, to the present time.
338 Modern Ireland. (3) This course examines the political, economic, cultural,
social and regional struggles for identity, unity, partition, and independence in
Hibernia from the era of Union to the present. Themes and topics addressed
may include: early English colonization; the rising of 1798 and the Act of Union;
Georgian Ireland; the Potato Famine of the 1840s; Home Rule movements; Gaelic
revival; the Easter Rising; political partition, “the Struggles,” and contemporary
340 History of East Asia. (3) A survey of East Asian history from prehistory
to the recent past. Topics include the early Chinese imperium; the emergence
of Confucianism and arrival of Buddhism, the regional diasporas of resultant
cultural forms to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia; feudal rule;
commercial and social conditions; arrival of Western Imperialists; and the rise
of anti-imperialist, nationalist, and de-colonization movements.
345 Intellectual History of Early Modern Europe. (3) "Great books"
from the High Middle Ages to the Romantic era, set within the broader social,
economic, and political context. Topics include scholasticism, humanism, Renaissance
Platonism, Reformation and Counter-Reformation theology, skep ti cism, the
new science, British empiricism, the Enlightenment, and the Romantic reaction.
346 Modern European Intellectual History. (3) Overview of Western intellectual
history from the French Revolution through the late twentieth century.
Includes an examination of political, cultural, literary, imaginative, popular, and
intellectual traditions that informed various European traditions.
347 Pre-modern Japan: The Rise and Fall of the Samurai. (3)
An introductory survey of the society and culture of pre-modern Japan, this course
examines the formation of the early Japanese imperial state, the disposition of
Japan’s feudal rule by military elite, and the commercial and social conditions that
characterized the early modern era in Japan. Particular attention is directed to the
transformation of the samurai from proud and able warriors into what was by the
nineteenth century in all practice little more than a class of infl exible bureaucrats
and raucous brigands.
348 Modern Japan: From the Last Samurai to the Pacifi c War. (3)
Together students and instructor consider the ideas, principles, and values that
underpinned Japan’s traditional culture and society even as Japan’s selective
absorption of Western paradigms and cultural forms is studied. Students learn
to build for themselves a better understanding of the role values-traditional and
modern, Japanese and non-Japanese-played in the historical process of national
integration and rapid industrialization that marked Japan’s emergence as a twentieth
349 Modern China: Reform and Revolution in the Modern Age. (3)
A survey of Modern China from the rise of the Qing Dynasty in 1644 to the
economic boom of the post-Deng 1990’s. Students examine China’s experience
of Western incursions since the 1830’s, through the course gives primacy to the
impact of domestic-born institutional and cultural innovations that presaged the
arrival of the Western Powers. An investigation of China’s inner-history of reform
and revolution enables students to appreciate the way in which Modern China was
as much the product of domestic processes as it was the result of changes wrought
by the West.
350 Vietnam: The American Experience, 1941-1982. (3) The French
colonial experience in Vietnam, the development of Vietnamese nationalism,
the rise to power of Ho Chi Mihn, the deepening American commitment, the anguish
of the American experience, the collapse of a peace that never was, the end of the American
backed regime of Nguyen Van Thieu in 1975, and the aftermath of the War in
the United States.
352 The Middle East in Modern Times. (3) The impact of modern civilization upon the
Middle East, including the history of the Arab, Turkish, Iranian, and Israeli segments of the
Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries.
353 The History of India. (3) An examination of the historical development of India from the
time of Mughal Empire, including the period of British dominion culmination with
independence in 1947, and democratic India under the Nehru dynasty from independence to
355 Introduction to Latin American Civilization. (3) (= POLI 320) A broadly
based study of life in Central and South America that will include a preliminary
study of the historical and geo graphical dimensions of the area, lifestyles and
folkways, politics and political movements, and economic conditions.
356 State and Society in Modern Latin America. (3) (= POLI 321) A
survey of the social, economic, cultural, and political development of Latin American
states from the achievement of independence (the early national period) to
the present time, employing case studies to illustrate the connection be tween the
Latin American experience and that of the world of developing nations at large.
360 The Early Republic 1783-1820. (3) This course examines the emerging
nation in the wake of the American Revolution. Topics include the Confederation
period, the Constitutional Convention, the battle over ratifi cation, and the
presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
361 Antebellum Period 1820-1850. (3) This course examines the political,
social, and economic forces that enlarged, enriched, and empowered the United
States while simultaneously hastening the nation toward civil war.
365 History of Canada. (3) An examination of the development of the Canadian state and society,
from the earliest days of European contact to the modern search for a national identity.
366 Comparative New World Empires. (3) A topical study of the colonial
empires of the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English in the New World
from 1492 to the mid-1700's. Emphasis is placed on the cultural interactions between
Europeans and na tives, the growth of creole so ci et ies, and the development
of political and economic institutions, including slavery.
367 Colonial America. (3) An examination of the history of the American colonies
from their beginnings through their evolution into mature provincial societies.
Emphasis is placed on the interactions among colonists, native Americans, and
African slaves, as well as the development of distinctive regions.
368 The Frontier in U.S. History. (3) A thorough examination of America’s
westward expansion and the impact of a frontier on the social, political, and
economic development of the United States. Included will be a study of frontier
life, myths, and legends.
369 Native American History. (3) A detailed examination of North American
Indian cultures and history from early colonization to the present including Indian
wars, federal Indian policy, and the contemporary ethnocentric movement.
370 Revolutionary America. (3) Study of the American Revolution era: the
social and political causes of the rebellion, the war, the turbulent decade of the
1780's and the ratifi cation of the Constitution. Emphasis is placed on the political
debates of the period and the lives of ordinary Americans during these times.
371 Civil War and Reconstruction. (3) Analysis of major problems of
American history from the sectional confl ict over slavery and secession through
the war years and the reconstruction of the nation.
372 U.S. History 1876-1917. (3) From the end of the Reconstruction to the First
World War; Industrialization, Imperialism, and Reform.
373 U.S. History 1917-1945. (3) Political, economic, social and cultural devel
op ment during World War I, the “Roaring Twenties,” the Depression, and the
Second World War. F.
374 U.S. History 1945 to the Present. (3) A study of the political, economic,
social, and cultural development of the United States since the end of World War
II, the “Cold War,” and the global con fron ta tion between the United States and
the communist world.
376, 377 The Foreign Policy of the United States. (3 each semester) (377=POLI
341) First se mes ter: From the establishment of the foundations in the Colonial
Period and Revolution to the background of World War I. Second semester: From
World War I to the present.
383 History of the Colony and State of South Carolina. (3) A study of
South Carolina’s origins and development and a survey of recent South Carolina
history with emphasis on social and institutional development.
384 History of Horry and Georgetown Counties. (3) Insights into regional
and local developments since the settlement of this area.
386 History of American Women. (3) The social, political and economic roles
and changing status of women in America.
387 Black Americans. (3) A survey of the historical development of black people
in the Western Hemisphere.
388 Hollywood’s America. (3) An examination of selected topics in Amer i can
political, social and cultural history through the medium of Hollywood-produced
fi lms. Topics may include the fi lmed presentation of World War II, gender and
race issues, Cold War American culture, and “American Memory” through film.
389 The New South. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: sophomore standing) The
Bour bon era, agrarian revolt, industrial revolution, racial problems, and the changes
resulting from the impact of the Depression, New Deal, and two world wars.
390 History of American Business. (3) (Prereq: HIST 201 or 202) The
course will survey the American economy from colonial times to the late twentieth
century. The development of agriculture, commerce, manufacturing, and fi nance
will be explored. Emphasis will be given the roles of technology and innovation
concurrent with territorial expansion. Students will review government policies
regarding taxation, currency, labor, and banking.
399 Independent Study. (1-6) (Prereq: Written contract between student and
instructor, approved by the Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts).
May be repeated for credit under different topics.
443 Modern Colonialism. (3) European colonial and imperial practices from
approximately 1830 to the present. Course will explore settler colonialism,
informal empire, cultural hegemony, "civilizing missions", under-development,
independence movements, and post-colonialism.
445 Postwar Japan: The Political Economy of Rapid Growth. (3)
This course surveys the development of Japan’s political economy since 1945.
The study runs against a tide of neo-nationalist (and perhaps neo-liberalist) literature
that depicts postwar Japan as homogeneously pro-capitalist, masculine,
and comprised of the peoples and culture(s) of just one island group. Through a
selection of monographs, interlaced with lecture and guided discussion, students
will use the analytical frameworks of ethnicity, social class, work, and gender
to re-engage the common perception that postwar Japan is a nation driven by an
interventionist state in league with vertically integrated marketing and banking
446 Age of Crusades. (3) (Prereq: HIST 101 or 111) This class examines the
origins of crusading ideals, as well as the evolution of their religious, economic
and military expressions. Particular attention is paid to the many variant perspectives
expressed in documents of the period; these include Byzantine critiques of
Western crusaders, Muslim depictions of Christian opponents, Jewish protestation
of anti-Semitic acts, Christian rhetoric promoting crusade, and gendered responses
449 History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance. (3)
This course examines the development of rational medicine and its alternatives
from classical Greece and the emergence of the Hippocratic tradition (5th century
BCE) through the Black Death (14th century CE). Students will study the social
and economic dynamics that support and fuel medico-scientifi c development; will
consider medical competition between educated scholars and unlettered empirics;
will evaluate the interactions between scientifi c medicine and religion, and
between medicine and economics.
450 The City in European History. (3) This course provides an overview
European urbanization from antiquity through the present era in terms of multiple
492, 493, 494, Topics in History. (3 each semester) Reading and research on selected
historical subjects. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
495 Internship in History. (3) (Prereq: Permission of Chair required) Open to
senior history majors with a minimum 3.00 GPA and subject to availability. The
supervised internship requires 120 hours of on-site employment, a journal, and
a term paper. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with practical
training and experience in history-related work and introduce them to local and
regional employers in fi elds of applied history.
496 The Byzantine Empire. (c300-1453). (3) A study of the eastern half of the
Roman Empire, from the inauguration of Constantinople c.330, through the development
of the Byzantine Empire as a distinct Medieval civilization, and ending with
the Turkish conquest of 1453.
499 Senior Thesis. (3) A course designed to introduce the student to the principles
of historical research and writing . History majors may apply during their junior
year through the department chair. Only selected seniors will be admitted. Primary
criteria are an outstanding academic record and a genuine interest in graduate