College of Arts and Sciences
HIST 511 Selected Topics in History Credit, 3 hours
Topics vary. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
HIST 521 Seminar in Medieval European History Credit, 3 hours
HIST 522 Seminar in Early Modern European History Credit, 3 hours
HIST 523 Civil Rights Movement Credit, 3 hours
Traces development of Civil Rights Movement in the United States from 1954 to 1968. Emphasis on origins of segregation, community, protest movements, and Civil Rights leaders. (Cross listed with POS 523.)
HIST 532 History of French Film Credit, 3 hours
This course will examine developments in modern French history through the analysis of French films. We shall discuss the evolution of film techniques, the elements of film history, and the role of national identity in French history. Prerequisites: HIST 101 and 102. (Cross-listed with FRN 323 and HIST 432.)
HIST 533 Seminar in 19th Century European History Credit, 3 hours
HIST 534 Seminar in 20th Century European History Credit, 3 hours
HIST 535 History of Modern Japan Credit, 3 hours
A general survey of Japanese history from 1600 to the present. Examines the major events and trends in Japanese politics, economics, and society in an international context. Topics include: the Tokugawa legacy, the Meiji Restoration, the “Westernization” of Japan, Japanese relationships with China, the Second World War, and the post-war economic “Miracle.”
HIST 536 Seminar in American History Credit, 3 hours
HIST 541 History of England I Credit, 3 hours
Credit, A survey of the political, constitutional, legal, economic, social and cultural development of England from Roman times to the Glorious Revolution.
HIST 542 History of England Since 1688 Credit, 3 hours
A survey of the political, constitutional, legal, economic, social and cultural development of England from the Glorious Revolution to the 20th century.
HIST 543 Middle East Credit, 3 hours
Middle East political issues, culture, institutions, and their historical background. (Cross listed with POS 543.)
HIST 547 Medieval European History, 476–1400 Credit, 3 hours
European history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. Emphasis will be on the religious, political, intellectual, and social development of Western Europe. Prerequisite: HIST 102.
HIST 548 Renaissance and Reformation,
1300–1653 Credit, 3 hours
Will investigate the literary, artistic, intellectual, religious, and cultural achievements of Renaissance Italy, the rise and growth of Protestantism, and the Catholic reaction against the background of the economic, political, and social developments in Western Europe. Prerequisites: HIST 101 and 102.
HIST 555 The French Revolution and the
Napoleonic Era, 1789–1815 Credit, 3 hours
Deals with the origin of the French Revolution in the institutions of the old regime and the ideas of the Enlightenment, and traces the course of revolutionary events in France and their impact throughout Europe. It also examines the rise of Napoleon, the Napoleonic wars, the impact of Napoleonic France upon Europe, the eventual defeat of Napoleon, and the general peace settlement.
HIST 558 History of Germany, 1871–1945 Credit, 3 hours
A survey of German history beginning with the Second Reich, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. Emphasis on the cultural, social, and political origins of Nazism and the Holocaust.
HIST 560 History of the South Credit, 3 hours
This course will examine the principal social and cultural factors that have contributed to the unique development of the South from colonial times to the present. Some attention will be given to the political and economic development of the region.
HIST 561 History of Early Modern Europe, up to 1789 Credit, 3 hours
A survey of European history from the Renaissance up to the outbreak of the French Revolution. Emphasis will be on the growth of Nation States, conflicts between Absolutism and Constitutionalism, the Scientific Revolution, changing social and economic patterns, and the Enlightenment. Prerequisites: HIST 101 and 102.
HIST 565 History of France Since 1815 Credit, 3 hours
A continuation of HIST 555. Examines the major trends in French history in a European and international context. Topics include: The Bourbon Restoration, the Second Empire, the Third Republic, the Two World Wars, the Fourth and Fifth Republics, Reconstruction, Decolonization, and the European Union.
HIST 566 Political Geography Credit, 3 hours
Major political structures and geopolitical implications of location, shape, area, culture, and natural environments of nations and states. Spatial analysis of voting behavior.
HIST 570 Colonial America Credit, 3 hours
A history of the American colonies, covering the social, cultural, economic and political development of the region and its peoples to 1763.
HIST 571 Revolutionary America Credit, 3 hours
This course covers the origins, development and consequences of the American Revolution from 1763 to 1800.
HIST 572 History of Alabama Credit, 3 hours
A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural developments of the region that comprises Alabama from pre-historic times to the present. Emphasis is placed upon local developments within a framework provided by the whole of American history.
HIST 573 African-American History Credit, 3 hours
Examines the experience of blacks in America from 1619 to present, with special attention to slavery, emancipation, segregation, race, leadership, and the Civil Rights Movement.
HIST 574 Jeffersonian-Jacksonian America Credit, 3 hours
Traces the development of the United States through the early national period, 1800–1850. Focuses on Jeffersonian Republicanism, Jacksonian Democracy, and growing sectionalism in the early nineteenth century.
HIST 575 Constitutional Law Credit, 3 hours
An examination of the role of the Supreme Court in constitutional interpretation, with emphasis upon a study of the historical landmark decisions from the Marshall Court to the Rehnquist Court. (Cross-listed with POS 575).
HIST 576 Civil War and Reconstruction Credit, 3 hours
A study of the events leading to the Civil War; the major military, diplomatic, economic, and social issues associated with the war; and the developments during Reconstruction.
HIST 577 The Gilded Age Credit, 3 hours
This course examines the political, economic, social, and technological developments of the United States from 1877 to 1920. Topics will include industrialization, labor unions, the New South, Populism, and Progressivism.
HIST 579 History of Alabama’s Constitutions Credit, 3 hours
This course explores the historical basis for Alabama’s constitutions and considers the need for reform of the state’s 1901 constitution. (Cross-listed with HIST 479, POS 479 and 579).
HIST 580 Diplomatic History of the United States Credit, 3 hours
Foundations of American diplomacy and America’s expanding role in international affairs.
HIST 581 The United States, 1900–1945 Credit, 3 hours
This course is a survey of the history of the United States, 1900–1945, with special emphasis on the economic, political and social problems of the period.
HIST 582 The United States Since 1945 Credit, 3 hours
This course surveys the beginning of the Cold War and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Domestic economic, political, and social problems of the period are also covered.
HIST 583 History of Africa Credit, 3 hours
African geography, culture, and people. Prerequisites: HIST 101 and 102.
HIST 584 U.S. Wars—Korea and Vietnam Credit, 3 hours
This course examines recent military experiences of the United States in terms of the traditional American way of preparing for and waging war. To do this the course considers the emergence of a military policy following World War II that was unique in the American experience. As national policy changed in response to the communist threat, the armed services adapted to the new demands of a hostile world. Thus, permanent readiness for war became a part of American life during the Cold War. Historical inquiry will focus on military tactics, operations, and strategies; grand strategy; foreign policy; domestic politics; international diplomacy; social impacts; and lessons learned. (Cross-listed with HIST 484, POS 484 and 584).
HIST 590 Directed Reading Credit, 3 hours
HIST 595 Internship in History Credit, up to 6 hours
Individual reading and study with a faculty member and work on an approved project with the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Archival Department of the Birmingham Public Library, and the Alabama Historic Commission or a similar cooperating institution.