Undergraduate United States Courses

These are the courses offered by the History Department to fulfill this requirement.

Course No. Course Name Description
HIST 231 Music and Ethnic America, 1900-Present
This history course focuses on musical expressions created in the United States since 1900. We will emphasize how musical performances and the consumption of popular music can reveal notions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality that have circulated in the twentieth and twenty-first century United States. The course will pursue a thematic approach with a loose chronological order. Topics include, but are not limited to: corridos and ethnic conflict in the Southwest Borderlands; work songs, field hollers and African American labor in the rural South; the rise of ragtime as the first form of popular music in the twentieth-century U.S.; origins of blues traditions in the Jim Crow South; the Great Migration(s); women and blues performance; multiethnic contributions to jazz; "race records" and the segregation of popular music; creation of the country and western genre; white supremacist backlash to jazz and blues; the Swing Era; música orquesta and the Mexican American Generation; conjunto traditions in rural South Texas; race, rhythm and blues, and rock `n' roll; Black and Chicano soul music; queerness, race, and disco; Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and African American performance in the creation of hip hop; "gangsta rap," gender, and violence; Asian Americans and hip hop dance; international popularity of hip hop cultures.
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 245 Frontier America
Survey of the patterns of frontier expansion and settlement in the eastern and mid-western United States.
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 History of Women in the United States: Colonial America to 1890 Survey of U.S. women from early Native-American/European contact through 1890. This course introduces students to a social history of diverse groups of women focusing on their legal, economic, political, sexual, and reproductive lives.
HIST 254 History of Women in the United States 1890 to 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, 1890 to the present.
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 302U UA Stories: Creating a Digital Past This course will focus on the University of Arizona (UA) since its organization as a land-grant institution in 1885. Students will be introduced to archival materials such as vintage photographs, student newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, maps, plans, oral histories, government papers, minutes and publications of campus organizations, as well as methodological frameworks for the assessment and analysis of these materials. Students will collaborate on specific projects, focusing on aspects of such topics as student life, campus during wartime, town and gown, outreach, museums, research, campus architecture, UA as a public/state institution, making use of both textual and visual source material to explore a particular question about the past. Students will create a final narrative that is digital in format, such as a website, a documentary, an app, or a podcast. At the end of the semester, students will present these stories as part of a symposium, with an audience invited from the larger community. Projects will be archived under the curatorial auspices of the Department of History.
HIST 315 United States 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 Western America: Law and Order, 1785-1915 History of law and order in western North America in the context of the political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural history during the long nineteenth century, from the Land Ordinance of 1785 to the war between capital and labor.
HIST 343 History of the Mexican American Survey from the 16th century to the present, with emphasis on social, political and economic trends in their historical context.
HIST 344 The 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
A history of crime in America from early Virginia through the present, with emphasis on violent crime, regional differences in crime, chronological changes, and causes of the same.
HIST 354 U.S. History for Future Educators
This one-semester, 3-unit, U.S. History survey is designed for history and education majors who anticipate teaching U.S. history in elementary, middle and/or high schools. The course units are aligned with the Arizona Social Studies State Standards, and the U.S. history content is linked to relevant Arizona and Southwestern history.
HIST 355 U.S. Environment History Examines the history of changing relations between human society and the natural world in North America.
HIST 428 Food, Health, and Environment in History Does food have a history? While seemingly a mundane aspect of everyday life, food has been central to cultural meaning, political conflict, religious life, and economic and social systems. Food has also been closely connected, both materially and in the realm of ideas, to bodily health and the natural environment, which will be the key themes of this course. Topics may include: the creation of the modern food system, the relationship between food production and landscape change, the shift from local to long-distance food procurement, the transformation of diet, the industrialization of agriculture, farm labor, the history of nutritional science and expert advice about what kinds of foods to eat, the development of global commodity chains, the environmental consequences of changes in the food system, the origins of public policy initiatives such as the school lunch and farm programs, and the rise of movements to challenge the conventional food system, such as vegetarianism, organic agriculture, and the local food movement. We will focus on historical experiences in their global and comparative context. Through this course, we will explore how a historical perspective can be insightful in understanding the food system.
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 The Era of the 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 and Reconstruction, U.S. 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: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era Examination of economic, social and political developments in years of rapid industrialization from the end of Reconstruction through World War I.
HIST 438 U.S. 1918-1945: From World War I through World War II Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal in peace and war.
HIST 440 United States: 1945 to 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 and the Southwest Economic, social and political development of the state and region from Spanish times to present.
HIST 448 The Latin Image in American 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 History of American Foreign Relations to 1914 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 History of American Foreign Relations Since 1914 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 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 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 Colloquium: 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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