WVSU | West Virginia State University

Note: All courses are 3 credit hours unless noted otherwise.

201. WORLD HISTORY
This course surveys the major achievements of human history from its origins to around 1715, centered on the links and interactions between civilizations which have transformed the world.  Particular attention is given to the social, political, and cultural developments of these societies, how they have persisted or changed over time, and how their cultures have shaped human behavior and human relations in different civilizations.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102.
 
201H. WORLD HISTORY - HONORS
This course surveys the major achievements of human history from its origins to around 1715, centered on the links and interactions between civilizations which have transformed the world.  Particular attention is given to the social, political, and cultural developments of these societies: 
How they have persisted or changed over time and how their cultures have shaped human behavior and human relations in different civilizations.  The Honors section will follow this general outline with additional depth and extension.  The extension may include, but not be limited to additional reading, writing and or research.  Honors students will have the opportunity in this course to engage more deeply and be challenged to read, analyze, and interpret the topic of world history.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102 and acceptance into Honors Program.

202. WORLD HISTORY
This course will provide students with the main themes and developments of world history from around 1500 to the present.  Special emphasis will be placed upon the cultural diversity of the nonwestern world, non-aligned nations, less developed regions, and the common experiences of ordinary people over time.  Major attention will be placed upon the various factors which have facilitated growth or decline at different speeds in different parts of the world. Prequisite: ENGL 102.

207. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1865
This course will examine Native America, the European conquest, cultural encounters between Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans; the colonial era, slavery, revolutionary and Early National periods; westward expansion, nationalism, industrialization, and sectional strife through the Civil War and Reconstruction, centering on issues of race, class, society, politics, and power.  Prequisite: ENGL 102.

208. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1865 TO PRESENT
This course focuses on the economic and political maturation of the United States from Reconstruction through the present.  The influence of industrialization and increased government activity on the increasingly diverse American people and foreign powers are studied in the context of world-wide imperialism, the Gilded Age, Progressivism, World Wars, and Civil Rights movement in the "American Century".  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

209. WEST VIRGINIA AND THE APPALACHIAN REGION
A survey of West Virginia's unique contribution to the historical, geographical, governmental, political and social development of the Appalachian region.

299. SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY (1-4 credit hours)
Regular courses or seminars on special topics of historical interest will be provided for majors and non-majors, as determined by need and availability of staff.

300. HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This introduction to the history of technology will examine fundamental relationships between technology and society.

301. AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY
The role cities and the process of urbanization have played in American History. The urban experience of classes and ethnic groups, the development of urban institutions, and the impact of city life on the national character.

302. INTRODUCTION TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION
This course will explore various facets of historic preservation in the U.S.  We will examine the general history of the preservation movement, its present structure and composition, and related topics.

303. HISTORY OF RUSSIA
Political, social, economic and cultural developments of Russia to about 1850. Prerequisites: HIST 314 and 315 or permission of instructor.

304. HISTORY OF RUSSIA FROM 1850  
Political, social, economic and cultural developments of Tzarist Russia and Soviet Union from 1850's to the present and their impact on world affairs. Prerequisite: HIST 315 or permission of instructor.

305. HISTORY OF ENGLAND TO 1688
A comprehensive treatment of the foundations of English institutions parliamentary or representative government and common law, noting their influence on Europe and America. Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Angevin, Tudor, and Stuart contributions.

306. HISTORY OF ENGLAND SINCE 1688
The Glorious Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, the Commonwealth and the development of the Welfare State.

307. THE RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION
A detailed study of the Renaissance and Reformation and their effect upon the social and religious order. Special attention given to the intellectual, artistic, and theological expressions of the period.

308. ANCIENT HISTORY
A study of the social, economic, cultural, and political developments of the Near East and Greece to 146 B.C.

309. ROMAN HISTORY
A study of the social, economic, cultural, and political developments of Rome to 500 A.D.

310. THE PRESIDENCY
Factors and forces that deal with the constitutional duties, responsibilities, domestic and foreign policies of the executive office.

311. AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY
A brief survey of the African and Caribbean heritage followed by a more extensive study of the African in American History from 1619 to date. Appreciable emphasis will be placed on social, economic, and political developments since 1954.

312. THE AGE OF JIM CROW
A study of what gave rise to this period, the injustices that Blacks suffered, and how they responded to these inequities by endeavoring to establish their own organizations in an effort to promote self-help and racial uplift.  Prerequisite: HIST 208.

313. BLACK IMAGES IN AMERICAN HISTORY
This course examines the various racial stereotypes of Blacks that have been ingrained in American society for both men and women.   The focus will primarily center on why these stereotypes have persisted and what impact they have had on African-Americans.  Prerequiste: HIST 207 or HIST 208.

314. EUROPEAN HISTORY TO 1815
Background development of modern civilization. Renaissance, Reformation, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century movements of cultural, political, social, and economic importance.

315. EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1815
From the French Revolution to the present, including nationalism, spread of democracy and other ideologies, the Industrial Revolution, height of European Civilization, the world wars, and international affairs since 1945.

316. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
An examination of the origins of the protests which sparked a Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  Discussion will include major ideas of the Movement, how they changed over time, and determine to what extent it reached its goals and what impact it had on American society. 
Prerequisite: HIST 208.

317. SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
A study in identifying the various African contributions made to American society, understanding that Blacks did not passively accept their plight but engaged in various forms of physical and psychological resistance, and recognizing that various American attitudes and behavioral patterns held today have their roots in American slavery.  Prerequisite: HIST 207.

318. HARLEM RENAISSANCE
This course focuses on the cultural, intellectual, artistic, and political achievements of African-Americans that contributed to the Harlem Renaissance movement in the United States.

320. HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE
The meaning of the institutions of the Middle Ages and their contributions to European civilization.

325. MILITARY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
The origins and development of military institutions, traditions, and practices of the United States, 1775 to present. The broader aspects of major American wars will be included. (Mandatory course for Military Science 300 and 400 students. Open to other students with Junior standing.)

399. SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY (1-3 credit hours)
Courses under this number will be televised courses or other courses designed for special occasions.

400. SENIOR SEMINAR/INTERNSHIP
This senior capstone course completes the requirements for graduation with a BA degree in history.  All majors must satisfactorily pass the course, normally in the final semester.  HIST 400 offers students two options: a major research project based upon primary sources, for students planning to enter graduate or professional school, or a public history internship/field study, for students preparing to enter the workforce.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor.

403. AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
A study of American foreign relations from the earliest days of colonial discovery and settlement to 1900. American contributions to diplomatic principles and practices are examined. Prerequisite: HIST 208 or permission of instructor.

404. AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
A continuation of the study of American diplomatic principles, and practices as they have been conducted in the twentieth century by one of the most powerful nations in the world. Prerequisite: HIST 208 or permission of the instructor.

412. AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY
A historical background of the constitutional and legal reasoning behind most of the fundamental concepts of the operation of the American government.

414. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WORLD
The impact of nationalism, imperialism, science, and industrialization since 1900, upon the several regions of the world, the conflict of contemporary ideologies and social systems, and man`s entry into the space age.

413. THE CARIBBEAN
This course explores the ever-changing region known as the Caribbean.  Emphasis will be placed upon the geographical, geological, cultural, economic, and political changes of the region. The impact of colonialism, migration, linguistic and independence movements will be examined from a variety of perspectives.  A special focus will be placed on the Caribbean's influence on the world economy, past and present.
Prerequisite: HIST 201.

415. PUBLIC HISTORY
This course familiarizes the student with terminology and resources for the study of public history in order to understand and analyze how public versions of the past are created, commenorated, institutionalized, and interpreted, and explores the various disciplines associated with these presentations of the past. Prerequisite: One course from HIST 201,202,207, or 208.

416. THE CIVIL WAR ERA
The critical and turbulent years, 1846-1876, which ushered in modern America.

417. SELECTED TOPICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Primarily through the directed reading approach, selected topics in colonial and early nineteenth century United States history are used to supplement the survey and upper division courses.  Prerequisites: HIST 207 and permission of the instructor.

418. SELECTED TOPICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Selected topics in United States history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Directed reading in American history as supplement to the survey and upper division courses.  Prerequisites: HIST 208 and permission of the instructor.

420. HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST I
Developments of major political, cultural, social and economic achievements in China, Japan and Korea from prehistory to the 1800's.

421. HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST II
Political, cultural, social and economic developments in China, Japan and Korea from about 1800 to the present.

423. HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA I
Emphasizes social, political, economic and intellectual factors.  Course includes pre-conquest Indian cultures, Spanish-Portuguese conquests and the colonial period to 1810.

424. HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA II
Emphasizes social, political, economic and intellectual factors.  Course includes wars of independence to present.

425. WOMEN'S HISTORY
This course reviews problems and issues that have plagued women from historical, sociological, psychological, and economic perspectives and women's efforts to overcome these barriers to equality.  Further emphasis is placed on the examination and treatment of women in economically depressed and third-world/nonwestern nations.  Prerequisite: HIST 207 or HIST 208.

444-30. INTERFACE: BLACK AND WHITE
The experiences during the Twentieth century of Black and White Americans as they have interacted as the two principal elements of our multi-cultural society. With history as the base discipline, this seminar will explore in an interdisciplinary fashion the efforts of Black Americans to attain integrated and/or equal status in our plural society. Attention will be paid to the distinctive components of Black American culture that have given strength to their efforts and have given Blacks survival power as a people. Treatment of the theme will be topical, with students identifying, researching and reporting on episodes that illuminate the evolution of Black-White relations that have affected the nature of America's Afro-American community.
Prerequisite: 75 credit hours.

444-31. SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: A FAMILY OF CULTURES IN TRANSITION
A study of an emerging and changing Africa from the Sahara to the Cape of Good Hope as a major cultural and political phenomenon of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed upon historical, social, political, anthropological, and aesthetic changes in a number of traditional African cultures resulting from the impact of modern technology. Political and social aspects of the new African cultures will be scrutinized in the aftermath of European colonialism. The common culture response to western ideologies and technical influences will be viewed in depth.
Prerequisite: 75 credit hours.

________________________________________________________________________________________________
GEOGRAPHY

200. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
The natural environment and its processes and the relationships of humankind to its habitat.  Focus will be on the essentials of physical geography and upon some basic concepts of cultural geography.

201. WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
The major geographical concepts as studied through a regional perspective, the several culture realms of the world, and the human issues faced in each.

202. INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
A systematic approach to cultural geography relating the discipline to the other social sciences for a better understanding of the complex nature of cultural diversity, cultural interaction, and the different levels of societal development.

303. URBAN GEOGRAPHY (4 Credit Hours)
A study of the site, situation, historical development, structure, and function of cities.  The central business districts, industrial districts, residential areas, and transporation systems are studied and questioned from the perspective of effectiveness, interrelation, and future utilization. 

306. ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
Major primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activities in their local and relative geographic settings.  Emphasis upon commodity production, utilization, trade patterns, and their significance.

©2014 West Virginia State University  |  P.O. Box 1000 Institute, WV 25112-1000  |  (800) 987-2112 | Mobile Site | Webmaster