Undergraduate United States Courses

These are the courses offered by the History Department to fulfill this requirement.  You may also use cross-listed courses.

Course No. Course Name Description
HIST 224 Mld Rstnc Post 16th Cen Courses taught in the era of African enslavement have tended to focus on the northern most regions, such as Virginia, which are often taken to represent-if not constitute-the South. This course looks at the other "South" and the French and Spanish colonizers of South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana. It offers a different perspective of the beginnings of the Great Enslavement and compares and contrasts the lives and struggles of enslaved, freed, and self-emancipated Africans in the Southwest during the tenure of Spain.
HIST 236 Indians in U S History History of Indians in U.S. development from 1500 to the present with emphasis on relations between competing Indian groups and between Indians and whites.
HIST 244 Western America Survey of the political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural history of western North America, with a focus on the pre-twentieth-century period.
HIST 246 History of American Capitalism This course provides a long-term historical perspective on the origins and development of American capitalism, combining three interrelated thematic fields in U.S. history: economic history, business history, and labor history.
HIST 247 Nature and Technology in U.S. History This course explores the development of technology and concepts of nature in the United States, from the eighteenth century to the present. It interprets the historical roots of the relationship between human knowledge and the environment by examining how science and technology have shaped our understanding, use, and control of nature.
HIST 253 Hist Wmn U S: Col Am-1890 Survey of diverse groups of women throughout colonial America and United States and their influence upon tribes, race, empire, politics, labor, economies, and society, through 1890.
HIST 254 Hist Wmn U S: 1890-Present

Survey of diverse groups of women throughout colonial America and United States and their influence upon tribes, race, empire, politics, labor, economies, and society, through 1890.

HIST 280 Sports and Ethnic America, 1900 – Present This course will examine how sports and leisure culture reveal popular ‘notions’ or stereotypes and cultural assumptions about race, ethnicity, class, and gender in twentieth and twenty-first century America. In addition to examining how athletic competitions served as a microcosm for social conflicts and change, we will evaluate how team spirit and individual sporting triumphs overcame or ameliorated social divisions and boundaries of exclusion. This course will pursue a thematic approach following a loose chronological order including, but not limited to: Sports and popular culture, Japanese internment and World War II, segregation and integration, Cold War nationalism and race, immigration and Americanization pressures, sexuality, homophobia and HIV/AIDS. Title IX and sexism, the commodification of children, America’s ‘melting pot’ theme and national pride, and Indian mascot controversies.
HIST 296 History of Disability  
HIST 315 U S Military History Survey of American wars from colonial times to the present; military institutions, doctrine, application of the principles of war, campaign strategies and tactics, technology, and leadership.
HIST 332 Vietnam and the Cold War Causes and effects of America's longest war in light of global U.S.-Soviet rivalry and Asian nationalism.
HIST 335 Jews in American Film Examines Jewish culture and life as it has been portrayed in American film, using Hollywood's images as springboard to study issues in 20th century Jewish identity.
HIST 343 Hist of Mexican American Survey from the 16th century to the present, with emphasis on social, political and economic trends in their historical context.
HIST 344 Bill of Rights This course explores the origins and history of the U.S. Bill of Rights.  Our focus shall be the rights and liberties protected by the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution, as well as those extended to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment.  These rights and liberties include personal rights, such as the freedom of religion or the right to bear arms, as well as property rights, such as the freedom from uncompensated state takings.  They range from the civil, as for example the freedom of speech, to the criminal, as for instance the indigent defendant¿s right to appointed counsel. They apply to groups, such as racial or sexual-orientation minorities, and to individuals, such as the automobile operator or the death-row inmate. They touch upon matters very public, as in the case of libel or flag burning, and upon matters most private, as in the case of abortion or assisted suicide. During the course of the semester, we will trace the evolution of these rights and liberties through American history and Supreme Court jurisprudence.
HIST 345 New American West The major social, political and economic changes in the 20th century American West; the commonalities and conflicts within the region.
HIST 347 The Old South Social, economic, cultural and political history from Jamestown to Secession.
HIST 348 South Since Civil War From the Civil War to the present.
HIST 349 History of Crime in America 1607-Present  
HIST 354 US History for Future Educators  
HIST 355 U. S. Environment History Examines the history of changing relations between human society and the natural world in North America.
HIST 361 U.S.-Mexico Border Region This is a traditional lecture course.  We will examine theoretical and historical themes of fundamental importance in the evolution of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including:  transnational wealth disparity, the delimitation and maintenance of the boundary, international relations, ethnic relations, the Mexican Revolution, economic development, NAFTA, migration, and the nature of border society.  We will discuss contemporary issues confronting residents on both sides of the boundary as well as the impact of border problems on foreign and domestic policy.
HIST 386 "Race/Gendr: Gene, Form, Pol" This course examines the gendered constitution of race in the U.S., beginning in the 21st century and working backward to 1800. It explores analytic tools for understanding race/gender, as well as its role in public policy, neoconservatism, feminisim and literature.
HIST 431 Colonial North America Colonization of North America from the Columbian Exchange through 1763. The motivations and experiences of European colonizers, the evolution of their institutions and cultural practices in North America, their rivalries and contestations for supremacy, and their encounters with indigenous and African peoples.
HIST 432 Era American Revolution Origins, progress, and character of the American Revolution; social, cultural, political, and economic developments; and the making of the Constitution.
HIST 433 The Early Republic Social, cultural, political, and economic history of the United States from ratification of the Constitution to the eve of the Civil War.
HIST 436 Civil War+Reconstruction us 1861-1878 Political, constitutional, economic and military developments in the U.S. and the Confederacy during and after the Civil War.
HIST 437 U S 1876-1919: Prog Era Examination of economic, social and political developments in years of rapid industrialization from the end of Reconstruction through World War I.
HIST 438 US 1918-1945: WWI/WWII Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal in peace and war.
HIST 440 U S 1945– Present American society and the role of the United States in world affairs from the Yalta Conference to the present.
HIST 446 History of Arizona+SW Economic, social and political development of the state and region from Spanish times to present.
HIST 448 Latin Image in Am Film This course examines the manner in which Hispanics have been portrayed and depicted in American films from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. The context in which the films were produced and the forces that have shaped their production will be covered.
HIST 449 Amer Foreign Rel to 1898 Examines the rise of America from a struggling colony to a world class power, including its relations with Europe, Latin American and Asia.
HIST 450 Am Foreign Rel Since 1898 Examines the pivotal role played by the United States in world affairs since 1898, focusing on America's struggle with revolutionary movements in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
HIST 451 US + E Asia 1840-Present An examination of American interaction with Japan and China since the Opium Wars, with special attention given to economic, cultural, and military relations and conflicts.
HIST 452 American Ethnic History A history of various ethnic groups and their contributions to colonial America and the United States with an emphasis on community formation, identities, interethnic encounters, acculturation strategies, and legacies.
HIST 457A Manhood and Masculinity in the US This course explores the social construction of the male gender across American history, from European colonization to the present. We examine shifting norms and ideals of manhood and masculinity in the home, in the workplace, in social settings, and in politics.
HIST 481 Work Mthr Fem ID: 1945-Pr History of women in the U.S. since 1945. Will explore a variety of topics including employment, sexuality, motherhood, abortion, reproductive technologies and feminism, and explore how changes in these areas have affected diverse groups of women. Prior work in women's studies or history helpful.
HIST 495B Studies in Black America The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may/may not be required of course registrants.
HIST 495F Topics in US History A colloquium or small lecture class; topics and time period will vary by instructor and may range from the colonial era to the present-day United States.


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