This course surveys Europe to 1600 with a major emphasis on concepts and movements vital to understanding the modern world. It stresses economic and cultural forces. Major topics include ancient civilizations, Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment and the beginnings of the Scientific and Industrial revolutions, Reformation, and voyages of discovery.
This course surveys the evolution of western civilization from 1600 to the present and how we fit into this complex process. Major topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, the impact of Liberalism, Nationalism, and Socialism, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism and colonial conflicts of the 19th century, Russian and Chinese Revolutions, World Wars I and II, the Cold War and its aftermath, and the relationship of the United States to the rest of the world.
This course surveys the development of the United States from the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, to the War of Independence, to the Civil War and the end of Reconstruction (1877). Topics include the Federalist Period, American and Southern Nationalisms, and westward expansion. Special attention is given to slavery and the free Black community before the Civil War.
This course surveys the development of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Topics include the rise of industrial corporations, Populism, Jim Crow, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, World War I, the Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, Vietnam, and recent political and diplomatic crises.