Department of History

Horn Professor Allan J. Kuethe, Chairperson.

Professors Barr, Bell, Carlson, Howe, King, and Rainger; Associate Professors Brink, Harper, Miller, Reckner, Steinhart, Traylor, Troyansky, Twyman, and Walker; Assistant Professors Alford, D'Amico, Deslandes, Forsythe, Gray, Iber, Kelly, Lorcin, McBee, Mosher, Pelley, Snead, Stoll, and Willett; Visiting Faculty Wong; Lecturer Ashby-Martin.

This department supervises the following degree programs: HISTORY, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy. The department also participates in the LATIN AMERICAN AND IBERIAN STUDIES and RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, in the Arts and Sciences minors in community and urban studies, environmental studies, ethnic studies, family life studies, humanities, religion studies, and women's studies, and in the university Honors College.

The broad liberal arts foundation available through a major in history can deepen students' understanding of the complex world in which they live, stimulate intellectual attitudes conducive to effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivate those mental skills required for meaningful employment in many areas of the modern economic system. A history student may consider a career in teaching in colleges and universities or in the public schools; in park administration; in regional and local historical society work; in archives and records management; in museum work; in various branches of government work; and in business and industry generally. Many students use their undergraduate history major as a preparation for advanced studies in law, medicine, theology, etc.

Students seeking an undergraduate degree in history will complete 30 hours of history including HIST 1300 and 1301, 6 hours of U.S. history, and 18 hours in advanced courses, including HIST 4398 and 3 hours each of U.S., European, and African, Asian, or Latin American history. U.S., European, and African, Asian, or Latin American courses are identified as (US), (E), and (AAL) in the course list. Six hours of the major in addition to HIST 4398 must be in writing intensive (4000-level) courses. With prior departmental consent, 3 advanced hours in related disciplines may be counted toward the major.

The department offers an art history specialization in conjunction with the Department of Art. It consists of 33 hours including 21 hours of history approved by the undergraduate history advisor, at least 12 of which must be at the advanced level including HIST 4398 and at least 6 hours of U.S. history; and 12 hours of art history courses from the Department of Art. Work must include one of the following courses: ART 3310, 3315, 4310, or 4311. In exceptional cases, HIST 4397 may be substituted with the prior consent of the undergraduate history advisor.

The department also offers a history major with a history of religions emphasis. This program consists of 36 hours including 6 hours of Western Civilization (HIST 1300-1301), 6 hours of American history, 15 hours of advanced history (including HIST 4398 and 3 hours each in American, European, and African, Asian, or Latin American), and 9 hours chosen from courses taught outside the department and having an emphasis on the study of religion. At least 9 hours of the history hours must be chosen from the following: HIST 3328, 3340, 3344, 3348, 4347, 4349, and 4374. HIST 4397 may be chosen with consent of instructor. All courses must be chosen with the approval of the undergraduate history advisor.

A minor in history consists of 18 hours; 6 hours must be in U. S. history, 6 hours must be in non-U.S. history, and 9 hours, including 3 at the 4000 level, must be in advanced courses.

Under state law, all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech must complete 6 hours in American history. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing HIST 2300 and 2301. However, juniors, seniors, or students with approval by the department undergraduate advisor may satisfy this requirement by completing any 6 hours from among the American history courses listed as (US) in the course list.

All courses numbered above 3000 are advanced courses. All courses above 4000 are writing intensive courses and require junior standing or consent of the instructor. A student must receive at least a C in any history course if it is to count toward the major or minor.

Teacher Education. In the teacher education certification programs, history may be used at the secondary level as either a teaching field or as part of the composite field of social studies.

Teaching Field Options:

Secondary Education Teaching Field in History (36 hours. 6 hours must be 4000-level.)

Secondary Education Teaching Field in Social Studies (69 hours. 6 hours must be 4000-level history courses and 3 hours must be 4398.)

Courses in History. (HIST)

1300. Western Civilization I (3:3:0). Western civilization from its dawn to the seventeenth century. Culture and the arts stressed alongside politics. (E) [HIST 2311]

1301. Western Civilization II (3:3:0). The revolutionary transformations of European civilization in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, world dominion and the world wars, intellectual and cultural developments. (E) [HIST 2312]

1325. Introduction to Mexican American History (3:3:0). A broad survey of Mexican American life in the United States. Culture and economics stressed alongside politics. (US)

2300. History of the United States to 1877 (3:3:0). This and HIST 2301 satisfy the legislative history requirement. Most sections combine political, military, constitutional, and social history. Special sections, however, emphasize technology, agriculture, business, and family life. (Honors section offered.) (US) [HIST 1301]

2301. History of the United States since 1877 (3:3:0). Continuation of HIST 2300. (Honors section offered.) (US) [HIST 1302]

2321. Studies in World History (3:3:0). Introduction to histories of Asia, Africa and Latin America, with focus on cities, religion, and trade. (AAL). [HIST 2321]

3308. United States Diplomatic History to 1913 (3:3:0). A survey of U.S. diplomatic history from the American Revolution to 1913 with an emphasis on the development of the U.S. as a world power. (US)

3309. United States Diplomatic History Since 1913 (3:3:0). A survey of U.S. diplomatic history from 1913 to the present with an emphasis on the U.S. as a world leader. (US)

3310. History of Texas (3:3:0). A survey of Texas history beginning with the Native American occupation and tracing the major social, political, and economic developments of the state into the modern era. (US) [HIST 2303]

3311. Social and Cultural History of the Southwest (3:3:0). Survey of the history of the varied cultures of the American Southwest, emphasizing Anglo-American, Spanish-Mexican, and Indian backgrounds. (US)

3312. Spanish-Speaking Peoples in the United States: A Chronological Survey of Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Puerto Ricans (3:3:0). This course will explore the history of Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Puerto Ricans in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. (US)

3313. The Old South (3:3:0). Explores the society, politics, economics, and race relations of the antebellum South, the development of sectionalism, and the impact of the Civil War. (US)

3314. The South Since the Civil War (3:3:0). Explores the degree to which the South has remained a separate region socially, politically, economically, and in race relations from Reconstruction to the present. (US)

3315. North American Ranching History (3:3:0). A history of North American ranching from Columbus to the present. (US)

3317. The Frontier and American West (3:3:0). Explores the settlement of the American West to 1900, with emphasis on trapping, mining, transportation and farming frontiers, Spanish borderlands, and Indian-United States relations. (US)

3318. The Plains Indians (3:3:0). Culture and history of the Plains Indians; cultural developments prior to contact with the Whites; Plains Indians-White relations; Plains Indians in the twentieth century. (US)

3320. History of Film and American Society (3:3:0). A history of American film from its beginnings to the present with focus on film and the role it plays in reflecting or changing American society. (US)

3321. Twentieth Century American West (3:3:0). An examination of the history and development of the American west from ca. 1900 to the present. (US)

3323. The History of Women in America (3:3:0). Examines the gender expectations from 1607 to the present that have produced for women and men different experiences, strengths, and perceptions of American history. (US) (W S 3323)

3324. History of African Americans in the United States (3:3:0). A study of issues such as racism, family stability, separate social and religious status, efforts to overcome discrimination, and cultural developments. (US)

3325. History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3:3:0). Survey of the history of Mexican Americans of the United States during the twentieth century, relating their daily life and institutional experience to United States and Mexican history. (US)

3326. History of Native Americans in the United States (3:3:0). Survey of the history of American Indians from their earliest migrations through the acculturation, termination, and civil rights movements of the twentieth century. (US)

3327. Survey of American Environmental History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. A survey of American environmental and conservation history from pre-Columbian America through contemporary environmental awareness. (US)

3328. History of Religion in America (3:3:0). Traces the development of religious groups in America, colonial times to the present. Beliefs and interaction with society emphasized. (US)

3329. Development of Modern Science (3:3:0). An examination of the historical development of the intellectual, institutional, and social dimensions of western science from the 17th century to the present. (E)

3330. The Vietnam War (3:3:0). Prerequisite: HIST 2300, 2301, or equivalent. Explores the military, diplomatic, political, and social dimensions of the war from its origins in the 1940s through its conclusion in the 1970s. (US)

3331. History of United States Military Affairs to 1900 (3:3:0). Explores American military history from the Colonial period through the Spanish-American War, with an emphasis on strategy and the development of military institutions. (US)

3332. History of United States Military Affairs since 1900 (3:3:0). Examines twentieth-century American military history up to the present. (US)

3334. History of American Technology since 1900 (3:3:0). A survey of some of the more important technological achievements that have led to America's world technological leadership and of the problems created by technology for modern society. (US)

3337. History of American Science (3:3:0). The social relations of science, its politics, and its relationship with American technology since 1600 are explored. No special scientific or technical preparation is expected. (US)

3338. History of Sports and Recreation in the U.S. (3:3:0). Study of the development and role of sports and recreation in American social history with emphasis on organized amateur and professional sports. (US)

3339. The History of Baseball: A Mirror on America (3:3:0). Examines the history of the national pastime with an eye to how the sport has reflected and influenced American society since the late nineteenth century. (US)

3340. Ancient Civilization (3:3:0). Culture and politics of the Near East, Greece, and Rome 3000 B.C.-A.D. 500. Particular attention to religion (especially Judaism and Christianity), ethics, and philosophy. (E)

3341. Women in European Civilization (3:3:0). What women were supposed to do; what women did, from prehistory to the vote in 1920. (E) (W S 3341)

3343. Development of Modern Medicine (3:3:0). A chronological study of concepts and treatment of disease, and of medicine as a social institution in western culture. (E)

3344. History of Christianity (3:3:0). Surveys Christianity from immediate pre-Christian era to present. Emphases on various churches and organizations, theology and Biblical studies, and Christianity's impact on Western culture. (E)

3345. The Birth of Europe (3:3:0). Examines the confrontation between the Later Roman Empire and its barbarian invaders, which ultimately produced new economic, political, social, and cultural structuresa new civilization. (E)

3346. The Age of Chivalry (3:3:0). Medieval Europe, 1000-1450, witnesses the domestication of a warrior aristocracy through chivalric ideals, feudal monarchy, and the rise of a powerful bourgeoisie. (E)

3348. The Crusades (3:3:0). Surveys the origins of the holy war ideal, the military campaigns and their leaders, life in the Crusader States, and the Crusades' ultimate results. (E)

3353. History of Modern France (3:3:0). Surveys French political, social, and cultural history from the middle of the 18th century to the present. (E)

3354. Twentieth Century Europe (3:3:0). Survey of European history from the immediate origins of World War I to the present. (E)

3355. Europe in Transformation, 1815-1914 (3:3:0). Transformations in the social, cultural, political, and economic structures of Europe including Russia and Great Britain during the nineteenth century. Revolution, nationalism, industrialism, mass culture. (E)

3356. The Lands Between: Eastern Europe 1789-1989 (3:3:0). Survey of East European history from the French Revolution to the collapse of communism. (E)

3358. Modern Germany, 1648-1918 (3:3:0). Surveys the history of Germany from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) through World War I. (E)

3359. The Nazi Era, 1919-1945 (3:3:0). Surveys post-World War I Germany, the rise of national socialism, Hitler in power, the Nazi State, and Germany in World War II. (E)

3360. History of England to 1714 (3:3:0). Traces the economic, social, and political history of England to 1714, emphasizing the development of such unique institutions as parliament and the common law. (E)

3361. History of England since 1714 (3:3:0). Traces the history of England since 1714, stressing economic, political, and social reform and the rise and fall of the British Empire. (E)

3365. History of European Warfare since the Renaissance (3:3:0). Studies the principal developments in European warfare since the Renaissance, stressing the impact of nationalism and industrialization. (E)

3367. The Second World War (3:3:0). A history of the major diplomatic, military, social and economic developments associated with the Second World War. (E)

3372. Tsarist Russia (3:3:0). Political, economic, cultural and social development, and territorial expansion of Russia from the earliest times to the beginning of the twentieth century. (E)

3373. Revolutionary Russia, 1894 to 1924 (3:3:0). The decline of Tsarist Russia, growth of a revolutionary movement, events and consequences of the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and of the Civil War. (E)

3374. History of Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (3:3:0). Russian history from the revolutions of 1917 to the present. Emphasis on the Soviet state's internal development, role in international relations, and collapse. (E)

3381. Colonial Latin America (3:3:0). General introduction to the formation of Latin American civilization, including the Indian empires, voyages of discovery, conquest, extraction of treasure, pirates, and royal administration. (AAL)

3382. Modern Latin America (3:3:0). Survey of the principal events in Latin American history beginning with the independence movement and reaching into the contemporary scene. (AAL)

3384. History of Brazil (3:3:0). Brazil from preconquest times down to the present with emphasis on unique characteristics of Brazilian culture in the context of world history. (AAL)

3389. The British Empire, 1783 to Present (3:3:0). Studies the growth of the British Empire in the nineteenth century and its later decline in the twentieth century under the impact of war and nationalism. (AAL)

3390. The History of Exploration (3:3:0). Studies the history of exploration since the fifteenth century and the interrelationship between exploration and the development of European and non-European societies. (AAL)

3394. Religion, Family, and the State in Asia (3:3:0). Surveys the main religious traditions of Asia and modern transformations; explores traditional and modern notions of family; examines changing political patterns. (AAL)

3395. Africa: Empires and Civilizations (3:3:0). A survey of the development of Africa's civilizations and cultures from ancient Egypt to the west African trading states of the 18th century. (AAL)

3396. Africa: Revolution and Nationalism since 1800 (3:3:0). Surveys the colonial impact on African political, social, and economic life and the rise of African nationalism and the creation of new nations. (AAL)

3398. The Modern Middle East, 1800 to the Present (3:3:0). The history of the Middle East from c. 1800 to the rise of Arab and other nation-states and the coups and revolutions of recent decades. (AAL)

3399. Readings in History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. An independent study course involving in-depth reading. May be repeated for credit.

4303. Great Leaders of the New Nation, 1800-1850 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Biographical treatments of the outstanding men and women who contributed importantly to American development between 1800 and 1850. (US)

4304. Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Explores the causes of the Civil War; the military, political, economic, and social aspects of the war; and the issues and results of Reconstruction. (US)

4305. Rise of Modern America, 1877-1919 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Focuses on the economic, social, political, and military impact of the transformation of the United States into an urban, industrial nation. (US)

4306. Roaring Twenties, Depression, and War, 1920-1945 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines political, social, economic, and military developments in the United States during the 1920s, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. (US)

4307. The United States, 1945 to the Present (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. The study of American society from the Second World War through the 1970s, including political developments, wars, and cultural conflicts. (US)

4308. United States Urban and Immigration History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Explores the economic and political issues surrounding U.S. urban and immigration policy and how these policies affected the lives of "ordinary" men and women. (US)

4309. United States and the Cold War (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines the causes, course, and consequences of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. (US)

4311. The Nuclear Age (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. The course will examine the historical development of nuclear weaponry and power and their impact on 20th century American politics, society, and culture. (US)

4318. 20th Century Rural America (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the significance of change in the countryside, the village, and the small town in twentieth-century America. (US)

4324. Courts and Capitalism (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines relationship between law and economic development from the writing of the constitution through the regulatory state. Considers court decisions and changing meaning of property rights. (US)

4325. Major Issues in U.S. Women's History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: HIST 2300 and 2301, or 3323. In-depth study of the evolution of gender roles, women in literature, the suffrage movement, and modern feminism. (US) (W S 4325)

4326. A History of Sexuality in the United States (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines the
history of sexuality in the United States. Themes and topics include relations of power, sexual identities, commercialization of sex, courtship, marriage, and reproduction. (US)

4327. Gender, Race, and Class in United States Law (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines law's treatment of gender, race, and class; legal impact of struggles of women, African-Americans, and workers; meaning of liberty, citizenship, public/private spheres. (US) (W S 4327)

4328. Citizenship, War, and Dissent (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines evolution of citizenship and the Bill of Rights through the study of political trials and Supreme Court decisions during periods of war and domestic conflict. (US)

4337. History of American Seapower (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Examines history of the American Navy, organizational and technological development, evolution of strategic planning, impact on foreign relations. (US)

4339. Economic History of the United States since 1865 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Rise of an urban, industrial economy in America from the Civil War to the present. Origins of big business, unions, Great Depression, and government regulation. (US)

4341. Ancient Greece (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. From the origins of classical Greek civilization to the Roman conquest. Tyranny and democracy, imperialism, the Hellenistic age. (E)

4342. Ancient Rome (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Imperialism and its consequences from the early Republic through the partial collapse of the Empire in the fifth century A.D.; Christianity and the Empire. (E)

4347. History of the Medieval Church (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Origins of the Roman Church, the papacy, monasticism, scholastic and mystical theology, church-state relations, and the decline of medieval Christendom. (E)

4348. The Renaissance (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Cultural and political history of Italy, France, and England between 1300-1600; the "rebirth" of wisdom through art, architecture, literature, music, economics, and religion. (E)

4349. The Protestant Reformation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Europe 1517-1648. Religious revolt and the establishment of Protestantism; the age of religious wars; attempts at religious peace. (E)

4353. The French Revolution and Napoleon (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. The Old Regime and the Enlightenment. The Revolution, its drama, ideas, events, personalities, and complexities. Napoleon: heir, paladin, or liquidator of the Revolution? (E)

4356. Social History of the World Wars in Europe (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Civilian and domestic experiences of the world wars in Europe (including the United Kingdom and USSR). Memory, food shortages, occupation, collaboration, refugees, reconstruction; not military history. (E)

4358. The Habsburg Monarchy in Grandeur and Decline (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. History of this multinational dynastic state and its legacies in East Central Europe. (E)

4363. Emergence of New Nations in Latin America (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This 19th century course covers the formation of political systems, challenges to social stability, abolition of slavery, and relationship to North Atlantic world. (AAL)

4373. Tudor-Stuart England, 1450-1688 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course deals with enormous and seminal changes, religious, political, constitutional, intellectual, and geographical, that took place in England, 1450-1688. (E)

4374. Love, Death, and Magic in Europe, 1500-1800 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Topics in social and cultural history. Underside of civilization, population, social structure, family and household, economic growth, and crisis. Attitudes toward love and death, popular religion and culture, witchcraft, violence, revolt. (E) (W S 4374)

4375. Social and Cultural History of Europe, 1800 to the Present (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Modernization; industrialization, urbanization, gender, household, new professions, old occupations, and labor unrest. Bourgeois and working-class culture, avant-garde and masses, war, genocide, Europe today. (E)

4381. Colonial Mexico and the Spanish Borderlands (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Study of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the evolution of the Spanish Empire in North America until Mexican independence in 1821. (AAL)

4391. Modern South Africa (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Description and analysis of the social, economic, and political development of South African society focusing on the struggle against apartheid. (AAL)

4393. Modern China (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Chinese history from late Ming and early Qing period (17th century) until contemporary times. Emphasis on social, cultural, and political history. (AAL)

4394. Modern Japan (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Social, cultural, political, and economic history of Japan (17th-20th). Focus on merchant culture, Tokugawa times, civic training of Meiji period, militarism, postwar period. (AAL)

4395. Modern Vietnam (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Covers the social, political, and cultural history of Vietnam, beginning with the emergence of frontier society in the 16th century and concluding with the Vietnamese diaspora. (AAL)

4397. Readings and Research in History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor. An independent study course involving in-depth reading and intensive historical writing. May be repeated for credit. [HIST 2341]

4398. Senior Seminar in History (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Senior standing or completion of 18 hours in history. Required of history majors. An intensive study in historical methodology, document analysis, retrieval and collection of data, and synthesis into well-written history. May be repeated once for credit.

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