Course Descriptions - History

HIST 201 UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865

This course examines the evolution of the American colonies, the Revolution, forces leading to the Constitution, the Federalist era, the Jacksonian era, and the causes of the Civil War.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 202 UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865

Beginning with Reconstruction, this course follows the evolution of American economic, political, and social development through reform eras, wars, and global emergence.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 207 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I

This course considers the evolution of civilization from pre-
historic beginnings to the 15th century through developmental stages including the rise of agriculture, the evolution of major civilizations, and the establishment of commercial and cultural ties.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 208 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II

This course focuses on the five centuries after 1450 as technology and military and political organizations resulted in the creation of international trade systems and power alliances, leading to the decline in western imperialism and reemergence of major Asiatic civilizations.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 210 War on terror

This course provides students an historical grounding to the contemporary Global War on Terror. Guided by the process and method of historical inquiry, we will consider the policies and precedents that have informed the GWOT’s undertaking from well before the attacks of September 11, 2001. By studying these antecedents, we will develop a deeper, more sophisticated understanding of this present-day conflict. Using both primary and secondary sources, we will focus principally on threats and activities abroad, including engagements against al Qaeda and ISIS as well as the 21st-century wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 315 CONSTITUTION AND THE AMERICAN
DEMOCRATIC TRADITION

This course will examine selected topics in American constitutional history from the founding period to the early 21st century. A significant component of this course is a detailed examination of the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts state Constitution, including their origins, interpretation, and evolution.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 322 WOMEN IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

This course considers the role that women have played in American life from the colonial period to modern day. Special consideration will be given to such topics as the perceived role of women, their actual status and contributions in the Lowell mills, the Abolitionist movement, suffrage, and the 20th century civil rights movement.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 339 HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE SINCE 1815

This course considers the evolution of modern Europe, including the social, political and economic developments of major European nations from the fall of Napoleon’s Empire in 1815 to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the Industrial Revolution, European nationalism and imperialism, the causes and effects of the world wars and the Cold War, the fall of Communism, and the drive toward European Union.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 340 POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL LEADERS

This course examines leadership, behavior, and style, and its potential for contributing to change in business, governmental, and nonprofit organizations. How leaders interact with the climate of the organization and its situational context, both political and environmental, will be examined through case studies of important figures in political, business, and social history.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 352 AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY

This course traces the evolution of American economic life from its agricultural/rural origins and economy through the industrial revolution, the rise of industrial capitalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Great Depression era and its aftermath, to the emergence of our modern, post-industrial urban society of today.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 355 CIVIL WAR

This course examines the Civil War and the process of rebuilding the nation at the end of America’s bloodiest war. It will cover the causes for the war, the principal battles, the political and military personalities involved, the war’s consequences, and explore why the Union emerged victorious.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 356 THE AMERICAN WEST

This course focuses on the movement of people to the Trans-Mississippi American West in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will explore their impact on and interaction with the Native American people and the environment.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 359 United STAted HISTORY SINCE 1945

This course will survey key topics in American history since 1945. Topics include the Cold War, hot wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, feminism, the environmental movement, and politics and culture.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 360 AMERICA AND VIETNAM

This course examines the U.S. experience in Vietnam from 1950 to 1975 and includes the conduct and controversies surrounding the war as well as the results for America and Southeast Asia.

Prerequisite: HIST 201or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 369 WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1945

This course will survey key topics in world history since the peace settlements in Europe and the Far East at the end of World War II. Topics examined will include the political and economic structures of the peace of 1945, the role of the new United Nations, the causes of the Cold War, the Korean War, the end of European empires in Asia and Africa, crises over Cuba and Vietnam in the 1960s, the fall of the Iron Curtain, the emergence of the European Union, as well as tensions and war in the Middle East over oil, Israel, Iran and Iraq, and international terrorism.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 270/470 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY

This course is designed to present topics not covered in the usual program yet considered of value to the student of history.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                  3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 480 SEMINAR IN HISTORY

This course will examine the history of historical writing, the use and evaluation of historical sources, why interpretations differ, and how historians are influenced by forces other than the facts. A research paper is required for this course.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

HIST 490, 491 INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY

Qualified students who have departmental approval may apply for internships at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), an early 19th century outdoor history museum. Such internships will be supervised by department members and OSV staff. Other internships may be possible as well.

Prerequisite: HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 207 or HIST 208                 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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The policies and procedures contained in the 2016-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII