Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

History (HIS)

HIS* E101 Western Civilization I

This course covers the development of Western Civilization from the ancient world through the middle ages to early modern times. Particular emphasis is placed upon the classical legacy, feudalism, the growth of monarchical power, the Renaissance, the Age of Exploration, and the Reformation.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E101S Western Civilization I (Spanish)

The development of Western civilization from the ancient world through the middle ages to early modern times. Particular emphasis is placed upon the classical legacy, feudalism, the growth of monarchical power, the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E102 Western Civilization II

This course examines major developments in Western Civilization from the advent of the modern world to the present. Particular emphasis is placed upon the post-Reformation emergence of the nation-state, Louis XIV, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, modern imperialism, the growth of rivalry between the powers, and the development of new political philosophies which have helped to produce the existing international situation.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E201 U.S. History I

This course covers the political, economic and social development of the United States to 1877, from the earliest Native American habitation of the United States to the Civil War. Topics covered include Native American societies and Columbian contact, the role of economics and religion in colonial America, the institution of slavery, the struggle for independence, formation of a national government, Jacksonian Democracy, westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E202 U.S. History II

This course deals with U.S. History from the end of the Civil War to relatively modern times. Topics to be covered include reconstruction, the West and Native American resistance to European rule, immigration, urbanization and industrialization, populism and progressivism, the emergence of the United States as a world power, Woodrow Wilson, World War I and Versailles, the Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E211 History of Connecticut

A survey of the history of Connecticut from pre-Colonial times to the present. The course will emphasize Connecticut's rich multicultural history. Topics will include Native American, European, African-American, and Caribbean influences, immigration, and industrialization and deindustrialization.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E215 History of Women in the U.S.

This course examines the history of American Women from 1787 to the present. It explores the social, political, economic, religious, intellectual and familial experiences of women, with particular attention to how race, class, and ethnicity influenced their lives. Topics of focus will include women's work, marriage, divorce, legal status, education, African Americans, immigrants, the suffrage movement and participation in major wars. This course also examines the changing social definition and presentation of feminine ideals.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E216 African American History I

This course examines the significant role that African-Americans have played in American history. This course explores the period of history from the earliest beginnings to 1877. It investigates African empires and civilizations through the development of the Atlantic slave trade and continuing to the new world to deal with the American Colonial period, The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and finishing with the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E217 African American History II

This course examines African American experiences from the end of Reconstruction through modern times. It illustrates some of the many success stories of African-Americans and identifies the obstacles to the enjoyment of full civil rights that were placed in their way. This course covers the contributions of African-Americans to education, literature, the military, and the science. It also investigates the Civil Rights movement and protest movement of the 1960s and beyond in the United States up to the present day.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E226 The U.S. Civil War

This course will emphasize the origins of the Civil War, its revolutionary nature, and its immediate and long-term consequences for the South and the nation. Although the military events of the war will occupy a portion of class studies, we will also focus on the key social, political, and economic questions of the era, with particular attention on the more activist role of government at that time, as well as on the significance of slavery and emancipation both during and after the war.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E258 The History of Western Sciences

Western civilization has been impacted by science as deeply as by philosophical, military, or political movements. This course seeks to examine that influence through the lens of history. This approach will enable students to understand the dynamic interaction between science and other areas of intellectual endeavor such as economics, religion, art, and politics. The course will begin with a brief background section on science in European history, but will concentrate on the figures, theories, and developments in the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, and the current age, which is so heavily reliant on technology and science.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E298 Special Topics in History

A faculty-developed seminar course dealing with a specific period, region, theme and/or interpretive thread in history which will be approved by the instructor and chairperson.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

HIS* E299 Independent Study in History

Individual study of a special area, topic, theme or problem in History by agreement with the instructor.

Prerequisite: ENG E101 and Permission of the Instructor
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Elective Code: SS

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