BA History: American History Degree Online

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History Concentration - American History
Degree Online

From the founding of Jamestown and the struggles for freedom during the American Revolution, to the Civil War and the rise of the United States to a position of world leadership in the twentieth century, courses in the American History degree online program explore the evolution of America. Tracing the expansion and growth of the country provides an compelling perspective on how the United States fits into the dynamic global environment.

Enhance Your Skills with a Degree in
American History

During course work for your American History degree online, gain liberal arts skills that apply to many careers. Acquire a valuable understanding of the world by reading, evaluating and discussing events that have influenced society. Develop your critical-thinking and analysis skills of various viewpoints during American History degree online discussions and writing assignments. Learn how to develop, craft, and present ideas and arguments that help you convince, persuade and educate. Use your American History degree online studies to practice your research skills as you learn proven techniques for pinpointing and analyzing information that helps you build support for your ideas and opinions.

Career Opportunities

Earning an American History degree online gives you skills that are valued in a variety of careers. You could teach or conduct research for the government, military or private sector. You could pursue graduate studies in education, history, law, business and other fields. After earning your American History degree online you could work as an analyst, campaign worker, communications specialist, consultant, editor, intelligence agent, journalist, lobbyist, political scientist or researcher. Graduates with a history degree, online or on campus, are qualified for careers that are growing at a faster rate than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.

Select One of the Following:

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 300-level Literature elective

Select One of the Following:

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.
FAS-370: American Art
This is a course will introduce students to the unique artistic tradition of the United States from Colonial times to World War II. In addition to studying masterworks by the likes of Copley, Cole, Church, Homer, Sargent, and Hopper, students will engage with issues such as the construction of an American identity, the role of the fine arts in American society, and the tensions of class, gender, race, and ethnicity in American art. As such the course will function as a vibrant retelling of American history as revealed in its visual production.
MUS-223: Appreciation and History of Music
This course introduces students to the scope and history of Western art music, with emphasis on music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. It provides vocabulary, concepts and aural skills that allow listeners to hear with greater discernment and appreciation. Topics include composers, styles, instrumentation, form, texture and cultural contexts.

History Online Concentration Major Courses

HIS-113: United States History I: 1607-1865
The first half of the United States history survey courses covers the period from the founding of Jamestown to the end of the Civil War. The development of regionalism and its effect on the coming of the Civil War provides the framework for the investigation. Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history.
HIS-117: World Civilizations, Prehistory to 1500
An introductory survey of the world's major civilizations from prehistory to 1500. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-118: World Civilizations, 1500 to Present
An introductory survey of major civilizations from 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on interactions and conflicts between Western and non-Western parts of the world. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-340: Making History
This course is founded upon a fundamental yet complex question; what is history? The course investigates this question by examining the various kinds of history; witnessing the myriad ways of communicating historical stories and arguments ? ranging from the scholarly monograph to the town square statue to the museum exhibit; and learning how historians of all types actually make history through close, rational analysis of historical sources. In the process students will learn that history is an ever-evolving craft, central to the life of every society.
HIS-460: History Research Seminar
This capstone course requires each student to design and craft his/her own written research project. In close consultation with the instructor, each student will select a topic, discover relevant primary and secondary sources, evaluate and analyze those sources, and develop an argument-based paper as a result of that process.(Class limit: 15 students)

HIS ELE - Students may select six (6) 200 to 400-level History electives

American History Concentration Courses

Select Three of the Following:

HIS-245: United States History since 1945
An examination of the United States in its rise to global power in the aftermath of World War II. Central to the course are the international and domestic realities of the Cold War, particularly the struggle for equal civil rights within the United States. The course will examine the post-Cold War world as well, examining the transition to the domestic and international challenges of the 21st century.
HIS-270: American Environmental History
The course examines the history of the American environment, paying particular attention to the impact of European settlement on the landscape and the subsequent commodification of resources that defined the American experience in the modern age. it will pay close attention to such phenomena as industrialization, pollution, population trends, urbanization, chemically-dependent food production, and energy consumption, to name only a few. Particularly important, the course will delve into the process of political responses to environmental and ecological challenges as they have evolved over time.
HIS-319: African-American History since the Civil War
This course traces the changes in labor practices, politics and living conditions of the millions of African-Americans in the South after the Civil War. Further, the Great Migration, the civil rights movement and the black revolutionary movement will be investigated carefully. Not available every semester.
HIS-330: Civil War and Reconstruction
This course examines various interpretations of Civil War causation; the major political, economic and military aspects of the war; and the rebuilding of Southern society after the war's end. Not available every semester.
HIS-332: Colonial New England
This course investigates the experiences and evolving institutions of the North Atlantic colonists, from the first landings to the making of the Constitution. Special emphasis will be placed upon the colonists' relationship with Native Americans and upon the origins, progress and character of the struggle against Great Britain. Not available every semester.
HIS-338: Young America
This course traces the growth of the United States from its beginnings as a fledgling republic to its expansion into a continental empire. Particular attention is given to the development of the first and second American party systems, the democratization of American politics, westward expansion, the market revolution, and the changing roles of women and African-Americans.
HIS-357: American Slavery
This course explores the colonial and national experience of Africans and African-Americans through 1865. Particular attention is given to a general understanding of African history, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slave life in the Caribbean and the American South, the role of free blacks in both northern and southern colonies and states, antebellum abolitionist and proslavery arguments, and the consequences of emancipation. Also addressed will be the debate over whether Africans/African-Americans were active agents or passive participants in early American history.

Free Elective Credits: 24

Total Credits: 120

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