Undergraduate Course Descriptions


Geography Courses:

GEOG 103 (3) Introduction to Physical Geography. Knowledge of basic concepts and techniques in studying the physical features of the earth.

GEOG 105 (3) Introduction to Cultural Geography.  Knowledge of the basic concepts characterizing each culture with emphasis on past population and global problems; patterns and spatial aspects of fertility and mortality; migration; social customers on the landscape; and urban patterns. Students are required to do two cultural field based projects.

GEOG 209 (3) World Regional Geography.  Study of the different geographical regions of the world consisting of early settlement; people and economic development; physical environment; resources; and future.  This class is a lecture-lab. Students are required to do lab activities in class, the library, and community field based as well.

GEOG 210 (3) Economic Geography.  Analysis of the interrelationship of economics and geography, with emphasis on international economic activity.

GEOG 211 (3) Population Geography.  Analysis of population trends and the geographical conditions necessary to support certain types of populations.

GEOG 212 (3) Transportation Geography.  Analysis of the role of geography in the volume and types of transportation characteristics of certain areas.

GEOG 224 (3) Aerial Photo Interpretation.  An introduction to the techniques of interpreting data from aerial photographs and other remotely sensed media of geographic information.

GEOG 227 (3) Quantitative Methods in Geography.  An introduction to the methods and techniques of data collection, geographic sampling and data analysis in geography.

GEOG 251 (3) Climatology.  An introductory study of the characteristics and causes of climatic conditions and changes.

GEOG 315 (3) Conservation of Natural Resources.  Exploration of ways to conserve natural resources as well as the need for such.

GEOG 321 (3) Field Methods in Geography.  Acquaintance with techniques utilized by geographers in field study.

GEOG 322 (3) Social Geography.  The study of the geographic factors and characteristics that affect the spatial distribution of various social groups with emphasis on North America.

GEOG 323 93) Introduction to Geographic Research.  Introduction to the essential methods and processes involved in geographic research.

GEOG 324 (3) Introduction to Cartography.  Introduction to the essential methods and processes involved in geographic research.

GEOG 325 (3) Political Geography.  Analysis of the interrelationship of politics and geography, with emphasis on political nation-states, as affected by geography.

GEOG 326 (3) Urban Geography.  Examination of the role that geography plays in helping one understand the nature and development of urban areas.

GEOG 391 (3) Geography of Anglo America.  Study of the characteristics of Anglo-America and its geographic development.

GEOG 396 (3) Geography of the South.  Study of the physical and political characteristics of the South.

GEOG 421 (3) Remote Sensing Applications.  Deals with techniques for measuring the earth’s physical, biological, and cultural resources from a few feet to thousands of miles.

GEOG 425 (3) Geography of Africa.  Study of the human, biotic, and physical elements of Africa.

GEOG 433 (3) Geography of Latin America.  Examination of the geographical characteristics of Latin America.

GEOG 449 (3) Geography of Asia.  Exploration of the continent of Asia as a geographical region.

GEOG 452 (3) History and Development of Geographical Thought.  Traces the development of geographical thought and the discipline from Ancient Egypt to the present.


History Courses:

HIST 101 (3) History of Civilization I.  A global survey and study of the histories of major geographical regions and populations between humans' prehistory beginnings and their civilizational, societal and cultural developments by the 15th century.  Additionally, the course provides and promotes student learning outcomes that include content literacy about the human historical experience and the honing of specific skill sets–i.e., reading comprehension, critical, and analytical thinking as well as effective written and oral communication.

HIST 102 (3) History of Civilization II.  A global survey and study of the histories of population groups, their regional geographies and their civilizational and cultural developments from the 15th to the 21st century.  The course  emphasizes both content literacy and enrichment as well as the honing of skill sets, especially students' reading comprehension, analytical and critical thinking, problem solving and effective written and oral communication.

HIST 111 (3) History of Civilization I.  This course is specifically designed for freshman history majors to began their subject literacy in prehistory, early civilizational, ancient, and medieval history.  Provided to majors as well is the opportunity to realize proficiency in the required academic skills of the discipline, especially the requisite competencies in research, critical and analytical thinking and effective written and verbal communication.

HIST 112 (3)  History of Civilization II.  A study of global regions, populations and cultures commencing with the 15th century technological advances in European maritime travel and reconnaissance, the resulting foreign exploration, colonization, revolutions, and rise in nation states, the emergent economic and military alliances, the world wars, the Cold War, the decolonization of Africa and Asia, and the emergence of the post-colonial world in the latter 20th and beginning of the 21st century.  The designed course of study is for freshman history majors affording them continued historical literacy and the further honing of the skill sets of research, proficient written, and verbal expression as well as critical, creative, and analytical thinking.

HIST 201 (3) United States History I.  A survey of American society from the Colonial period to Reconstruction that emphasizes its political, cultural, social and economic developments.

HIST 202 (3) United States History II. A survey of American society since Reconstruction that emphasizes its political, cultural, social and economic developments.

HIST 205 (3) Topics in History.  A study of historical problems and issues in American  African, Latin American, Asian  and European History using comparative analysis to promote intense topical reading, research, and critical writing exercises.

HIST 211 (3) Survey in Europe I.  A study of the origins of European institutions and the rise of the nation state from the Middle Ages to 1715.

HIST 212 (3) Survey of Europe II.  A study of European national cultures, conflicts, imperialism and industrialization.

HIST 300 (3) Oral History Methodology.  An introduction to the application of oral history techniques and methodology.

HIST 301 (3) Advanced Projects in Oral History.  Prerequisite: HIST 300.  Designed to engage students in field projects on and off campus while using the techniques, methodology, and machinery of oral history.

HIST 302 (3) Local History.  Survey of techniques and methodology of researching and writing local history.

HIST 308 (3) American Military History.  Survey of the American war experience from the colonial period to the Vietnam War.

HIST 310 (3) The Twentieth Century World (Honors).  An honor's seminar examining the history of the world from 1900 to the present concentrating on imperialism and resistance to it.

HIST 311 (3) Ancient History.  A study of the society of Greece, Rome, and the Middle East to 476 A.D.

HIST 317 (3) History of England I.  A survey from the Celts to the Glorious Revolution concentrating on the evolution of English government from kingship to constitutional monarchy.

HIST 318 (3) History of England II.  A survey from 1688 to the present, tracing development from an aristocratic to a democratic form of government.

HIST 320 (3) Colonial United States to 1763.  A detailed study of the colonial structure emphasizing the nature of government, politics, economics and culture.

HIST 321 (3) American Revolution and the Federalist Period.  A detailed study of the forces which produced the struggle for independence and the subsequent political, economic, social, cultural and military structures in the United States.

HIST 322 (3) The Age of Jefferson and Jackson.  A detailed study of society with emphasis on the awakening of American national life and the problems that accompanied it.  Investigates the search for social order and justice focusing on the slavery controversy, reform movements, and social experiments, etc.

HIST 323 (3) Civil War and Reconstruction.  Provides for the study of America between 1861 and 1877 with emphasis on the cause(s) of the Civil War, the emancipation of slaves, their transition from slavery to freedom, and the interpretations of Reconstruction.

HIST 325 (3) History of Mississippi.  A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural development of Mississippi with special emphasis on late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIST 327 (3) History of Latin America I.  A study of the pre-Columbian natives, the Spanish and Portuguese colonial administration, its effect on the native population, and the independence movement.

HIST 328 (3) History of Latin America II.  A study of the independent Latin American countries with emphasis on culture, politics, and economic problems, particularly in contemporary society.

HIST 329 (3) History of the Caribbean.  A study of the economic, political, social, cultural life, of the people of the Caribbean area and their relationship with the United States.

HIST 330 (3) Indians in North America.  An examination of the various Indian cultures of the United States, and the study of Indian-White relations.

HIST 331 (3) Renaissance and Reformation.  The antecedents and development of the Renaissance in Italy, its spread into the test of Europe, and the resultant revolution in religions and political thought.

HIST 334 (3) Eighteenth Century Europe, 1715-1815.  A study of the social, political, economic, and ideological movements and their conflict during the French Revolution.

HIST 335 (3) Nineteenth Century Europe.  A study of reaction, middle class revolution, industrialization and social adjustment to economic change and urbanization.

HIST 344 (4) Historiography.  Designed to the study of problems encountered in studying, interesting and writing history.  Majors will also be introduced to schools and theories of historical interpretation in American, Asian, European and African historiography.

HIST 345 (3) Seminar in Public Institutions: A Reflection of American Society.  Research and study at designated public or private institutions.  Students must provide travel funds.

HIST 346 (3) South Asia.  A general study of the history of South Asian countries to the present.

HIST 352 (3) China I.  In-depth study of the history of some important Chinese dynasties to 1644.

HIST 353 (3) China II.  In-depth study of China since the seventeenth century.

HIST 354 (3) Southeast Asia.  A general description of the history of Southeast Asia to the present, then of the individual countries playing a role in world politics, including analysis of the Vietnam War.

HIST 360 (3) Blacks in American History I.  An analysis and interpretation of the involvement of Black people in the economic, social, political, and cultural developments of the United States to 1877.

HIST 361 (3) Blacks in American History II.  A continuation of HIST 360 from 1877 to the present.

HIST 370 (3) Historical Archaeology.  Introduction to archaeology with an emphasis on historical and material culture.

HIST 372 (3) Survey of Arts and Architecture.  Survey of American art and architecture with an emphasis on the evolution of the American house.

HIST 380 (3) History of the Frontier.  Designed to study the westward movement of the United States.  Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of the movement to political, economic, and land policies and on relations with the Native American population.

HIST 381 (3) History of the Old South.  A survey of southern society from the Colonial period through the Civil War.  The unique southern character and institutions are explored.

HIST 382 (3) History of the New South.  A survey of the development of economic, cultural, political, and social institutions in the South since Reconstruction.  An analysis is made of the forces that have shaped the lives of southerners in the post-Reconstruction era.

HIST 383 (3) Women in America.  Designed to examine the role of women in the development of America.  Emphasis will be on reform, resistance to their movements, their role in politics and their impact on society.

HIST 385 (3) Black Women in Southern Culture.  A seminar which examines the roles of Black women in the development of Southern and American Culture.  Emphasis will be on problems encountered, reforms, roles in politics, the work force, religion and their general impact on society.

HIST 402 (3) History of the Middle East.  The rise of Islam and its expansion to 1900.

HIST 403 (3) Contemporary Middle East.  1900 to Present, Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, rise of Zionism and Arab Nationalism, the conflict of Palestine, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, the Egyptian Revolution.

HIST 405 (3) African History I.  A critical study based on selected readings of North and West Africa from the earliest beginning to current times with primary emphasis on the impact of Islam and the Atlantic slave trade.

HIST 406 (3) African History II.  A critical study based on selected readings of Southern Africa covering the land between the Congo and Zambezi Rivers to the southern tip of the continent.  The course will emphasize the Bantu migration, the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region, the impact of European colonialism, and the current state of affairs in the region, especially the influences of the Republic of South Africa.

HIST 407 (3) African History III.  A critical study based on selected readings of East Africa from Somalia to the Zambezi and all lands featuring the Great Rift Valley.  The course will emphasize the birthplace of early man in this region, the ethnic and cultural diversity of the area, the Arab and European influence in East Africa, and post-independence developments in the region.

HIST 410 (3) Constitutional History of the United States I.  A historical study of the origin and development of political parties as agencies of popular government, the growth of the judicial system, nationalism and states rights, leading constitutional problems to the Compromise of 1877.

HIST 411 (3) Constitutional History of the United States II.  An analysis of major developments in American constitutional history from the Civil War to the present. Special attention is devoted to the expansion of national government powers.

HIST 412 (3) European Imperialism.  An analysis and interpretation of the circumstances that enabled Europeans and their descendants to explore, settle, conquer, control, and dominate two-thirds of the world’s peoples.

HIST 414 (3) History of Russia I.  A survey of Russian history from her most ancient kingdoms through the imperial period of the early twentieth century.

HIST 415 (3) History of Russia II.  A critical study of modern day Russia beginning with the Bolshevik Revolution and the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Emphasis is placed on the socialist model of revolution as a competitor of the democratic model in world politics.

HIST 417 (3) Emergence of Modern America, 1875-1917.  An analysis of American society emphasizing political, economic, and social changes between the end of Reconstruction and our entry into World War I.

HIST 418 (3) War, Depression, and Recovery, 1917-1941.  An analysis of American history during World War I, the turbulent 1920's, the Great Depression, and the New Deal Years.

HIST 419 (3) Contemporary United States, 1941 to the Present.  A study of the social, political, and economic history of the United States.

HIST 420 (3) English Legal and Constitutional History.  A study of the origin and development of the common law and parliamentary government.

HIST 424 (3) French Revolution and Napoleon.  A study of the causes, nature and course of the French Revolution and its impact on Europe.

HIST 430 (3) Diplomatic History of the United States.  Survey of American foreign policy since the Colonial Period including a review of current issues.

HIST 440 (3) The History of World War II.  The course will survey the events of the war from its origins in the policy of appeasement through the dropping of the atomic bomb. The resulting shifts in global power caused by the war will be addressed as well.

HIST 441 (3) Twentieth Century Europe, 1900-1939.  A study of the world wars, the impact of the first world war, and the revolutionary movements which produced Nazism, fascism and appeasement.

HIST 442 (3) Twentieth Century Europe, 1939 to Present.  A study of the second world war, European recovery, the victory of socialist governments, and the development of the common market.

HIST 447 (3) Research Seminar.  Prerequisite: HIST 344.  For senior History majors with emphasis on completion of a major historical research paper.

HIST 448 (1 – 6) Independent Study and/or Directed Readings.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Intensive study in research materials or reading directed toward a specified topic or project.

HIST 449 (3) Black Americans in the South.  A study of the development of the Black Southerners culturally and institutionally between the Civil War and 1915.

HIST 450 (3) Black Political and Social History.  A seminar which critically analyzes black social and political leaders, their philosophies, roles, and strategies employed to resolve societal problems facing African Americans.

HIST 452 (3) Introduction to Public Historical Studies.  Introduction to the areas, issues, techniques, literature and current craft of public and applied history.

HIST 460 (3) History of Science and Society I.  Study of scientific theories, experimentation's, and personalities from an historical perspective with an emphasis on the influence of science on society and culture.

HIST 460 (3) History of Science and Society II.  Study of scientific theories, experimentation's, and personalities from an historical perspective with an emphasis on the influence of science on society and culture.

HIST 470 (3) Restoration Technology.  Introduction to the techniques and methodology of historic restoration of material culture.

HIST 473 (3) Introduction to Museums.  Survey of the history of American museums and principles of museum management.

HIST 476 (3) Archives and Records Management.  Survey of the principles of archive and resource management with an emphasis on material culture.

HIST 479 (3) Computers and Quantitative Methods.  Introduction to the use of computer programming and quantitative techniques in historical research.

HIST 482 (3) Introduction to the History of City and Regional Planning.  History of selected features of the physical environment of urban America with an emphasis on the processes of design and change in cities and urban regions.

HIST 498 (3) Historic Preservation Methodology.  Introduction to the principles of historic preservation with an emphasis on the preservation movement in the United States and some attention to preservation methodology.

HIST 499 (3) History Internship.  History majors relate their academic education to on-the-job training situations in public and private programs, organizations, and agencies.


Philosophy Courses:

PHIL 205 (3) Old Testament and Its World.  Development of literary and doctrinal statements from primitive oral tradition of narrative and religious experience.  Covenant election and views of history.  Non-Hebraic influences on Old Testament doctrine and belief.

PHIL 207 (3) New Testament and Its World.  Development of literary and doctrinal formulations from private oral tradition to current forms of gospel, epistle, and apocalypse. Influences of classical thought and literary styles.

PHIL 301 (3) Introduction to Philosophy.  Four principal types: metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics.  Illustrated from classical, medieval and modern philosophic systems.

PHIL 308 (3) Aesthetics.  Nature of artistic perception.  Major theorists from Greece to modern period.  Socio-economic influences from larger cultural settings.  Place of artist in society.

PHIL 309 (3) Ethics.  Representative thinkers from the pre-Axial Age up to the modern period focusing on capacities for analysis and critical thinking.

PHIL 416 (3) Logic.  Development of normative mental act in classical deductive and inductive forms, up to the syllogism.  Relation of logical structure to effective communication.

PHIL 432 (3) Philosophy of Religion.  Philosophical critique of representative religious experience and doctrine.  Representative thinkers from various periods.

PHIL 433 (3) Far Eastern Religious.  Islam, India, China, Japan.  Major doctrinal developments.  Influence of Western thought upon normative systems.

PHIL 434 (3) African Religions.  Major deity-formulations as related to nature.  Religious foundation of social structures.  Influence of Western religions and socio-economic systems on African urban centers.

PHIL 436 (3) Black Church and Black Theology.  Influence of slavery period on African religious origins and presentation of Christianity.  Post Civil War growth of belief and institutions.  Modern religious movement related to social change. “Liberation Theology.”

PHIL 437 (3) History of Modern Philosophy.  Philosophy from Renaissance to modern period.  Related to contemporary cultural movement.

PHIL 438 (3) Ancient Philosophies.  Philosophy from Egypt to Rome and/or India and China