History Course Descriptions – Community College of Rhode Island

History Course Descriptions

HIST (History)

HIST 1010 - Survey of Western Civilization I (3 Credits)

This course is a survey of Western cultural development from its inception in the Near East, through Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation of the 16th century. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 1020 - Survey of Western Civilization II (3 Credits)

This survey course examines the dominant influences in Western culture from the 16th to the 20th century. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 1210 - History of the United States to 1877 (3 Credits)

This is a survey course of American history beginning with European backgrounds and discovery and continuing through the period of reconstruction. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 1220 - History of the United States from 1877 (3 Credits)

This survey course covers American history from the rise of industrialism to the present. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2010 - Women in North American History, 1600-1900 (3 Credits)

This is a survey course in the history of American women in North America that begins with pre-contact societies of native Americans and concludes with the Progressive Era at the turn of the twentieth century. Students will examine the experiences of native American women, European colonial women, African slave women and their mistresses, middle-class women of the Northeast, pioneering women, working girls, female reformers and radicals, women in the Civil War, and in Progressivism. Prerequisite: HIST 1210 and reading level 0700. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2015 - Women in North American History, 1900 - Present (3 Credits)

This is a survey course in the history of American women in North America from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Students will examine women's culture and society in a maturing urban industrial order in the late nineteenth century Gilded Age; analyze women's political activism in the Progressive Era, and explore the changing notions of sexuality that influenced gender roles for both women and men in the early twentieth century. Also included are topics concerning women's roles in the Great Depression and World War II, the re-emergence of the Cult of Domesticity in the postwar era, the civil rights movement, and feminism's second wave in the 1960s and 1970s. Prerequisite: HIST 1220 and reading level 0700. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2020 - Civil War and Reconstruction (3 Credits)

This course is a blend of both traditional Civil War history and the latest developments in the field, especially in social history. Political and military matters are analyzed, as well as the lives of slaves, soldiers and women. The topic of slavery will be thoroughly explored, as well as the effort to rehabilitate the lives of former slaves during Reconstruction. (Prerequisite: HIST 1210 or by faculty referral). Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2035 - American Society and Culture in the Cold War, 1945-1991 (3 Credits)

This course examines U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War era and its impact domestically and globally. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2241 - America's Experience in Vietnam (3 Credits)

This course examines, in-depth, America’s involvement in Vietnam from World War II to 1975. Military, political, social and cultural reasons for, as well as consequences of, the American commitment are studied. (Recommended: HIST 1220 prior to this course) Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2245 - History of Asian-Americans (3 Credits)

This course surveys Asian-American history from the 1840s to the present. The first half of the course focuses on the experiences of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants in the U.S. from the Gold Rush (late 1840s) to World War II. The main emphases are on immigration, communities, race relations, exclusion and incarceration. The second half of the course moves on to the great changes within the Asian-American community since the 1960s: new immigration from Korea, South Asia and the refugee communities of Vietnamese-Cambodian-, and Laotian/ Hmong-Americans. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2250 - History of Black America (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the history of black Americans from African origins to the present. Consideration is given to slavery, Reconstruction and ethnic relations from Colonial times to the present. (Recommended: HIST 1210 and/or 1220 prior to this course) Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2260 - A Survey of East Asian Civilization (3 Credits)

This is a survey of East Asian civilization from ancient times to the modern period. The course also will treat the region as part of world history with discussions and comparisons of East Asia and other world economies and cultures. Lecture: 3 hours

HIST 2330 - War and Society (3 Credits)

In this course, we will explore the ways that war and violence were central to the formation, consolidation and expansion of European nation-states from the French Revolution to the collapse of empires in Europe. We will begin by reading works on the nature and origins of violence in modern society. We will then examine the rise of mass politics and the ideologies that produced widespread destruction in the wake of the French and Industrial Revolutions. When we move to the 20th century, we will focus significant attention on the history of the two World Wars, but we will be equally concerned with identifying the changing notions of legitimate state and interpersonal violence. Course readings will include primary and secondary sources, but films and music also will be important. Prerequisite: HIST 1020. Lecture: 3 hours

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