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History and Political Studies



present Rehnquist Court. Case law is integrated

within the historical contexts so that students will

understand the interrelatedness between American

history and jurisprudence.

H421 Historical Research Techniques (3)

A course on research methods in history, introducing

both traditional research techniques and contemporary

computer-based strategies. Problems in writing

and documentation will also be addressed, while

historiography comprises a main topic for readings.

H492 Senior Seminar in History (3)

Acapstone course involving a reviewof historiography

issues as well as historical data to prepare history

majors for national tests. Should be taken during the

second semester of the senior year.

H323 Early National Period of the U.S. (3)

Astudy of formative political, economic, geographical,

social, diplomatic, and cultural developments

between 1789 and 1848. Topics include constitutional

questions, origins and evolution of political parties,

early industrialization, wars with Britain, Mexico and

Native Americans, and Jacksonian era democratic

and social reforms.

H324 The United States from 1900 to 1941 (3)

Social, cultural, economic, geographic, political,

and diplomatic developments in the U.S. from the

beginning of the 20


century to the bombing of

Pearl Harbor. Major topics include the progressive

movement, WWI, the Roaring Twenties, and the

Great Depression.

H325 The United States from 1941 to 1973 (3)

Social, cultural, economic, geographic, political, and

diplomatic developments in the United States from

Pearl Harbor to the end of the Vietnam War. The

following topics are included: WWII, various Cold

War conflicts, 1960s protests, debates over the welfare

state, and Civil Rights movements for African-

Americans, other minority groups, and women.

H326 Contemporary United States History (3)

Social, cultural, economic, geographical, political, and

diplomatic developments in the United States from

approximately 1968 to the present. The following

topics are addressed: post-industrial economics, the

end of the Cold War, and various manifestations of

the “culture wars.”

H332 California: Past & Present (3)

A study of cultural, economic, geographical, and

political developments in California starting with

its Native American residents, through the Spanish

and Mexican periods and continuing to its present

multicultural state. California’s present government

structure is also examined.

H335 Colonial & Revolutionary America (3)

An examination of economic, political, social,

geographical, and cultural developments in the

North American colonies from their discovery to

the writing of the Constitution in 1787. Topics

include the clash of Native-American and European

cultures, colonial religious beliefs and practices, the

institutionalization of slavery, formative experiences

in self-government, and the ideologies of the

Revolution and Constitution.

H353 U.S. Diplomatic History (3)

A survey of U.S. foreign relations events, policies, and

policy-makers for the United States from the colonial

era to the present. Geopolitics since WWII receives

extra emphasis to facilitate an understanding of the

context for contemporary international relations.

H363 Ethnic America (3)

An examination of the historical conditions

and contributions of Native Americans, African

Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans,

and various European Americans from the colonial

era to the present. Geographical implications of

settlement and residential patterns are also explored.

H424 Civil War & Reconstruction (3)

An examination of political, social, economic, and

military facets of the Civil War and Reconstruction

periods, including such topics as: the nature of the

Union under the Constitution, the importance of

regional economic specialization, the crucial role

of race relations in American society, and ethical

questions concerning slavery and war.

H433 Emergence of Modern America (3)

Industrialization, urbanization, immigration,

secularization, the westward movement, Plains