BA History: European History Degree Online

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History Concentration - European History
Online Degree

From the ancient Greece and Rome and the Renaissance and Reformation, to the European conquest of the New World and Europe’s involvement in World War I and World War II, the European History online degree explores the multifaceted changes during that continent’s long history. With this examination of history through the prism of religion, politics, warfare and the arts, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of Europe’s past.

Enhance Your Skills

During course work for your European History online degree, 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 critical-thinking and analysis skills of various viewpoints during European History online degree discussions and writing assignments. Learn how to develop, craft and present ideas and arguments that help you convince, persuade and educate. Use your European History online degree 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 European History online degree 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 European History online degree 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

European History Concentration Courses

Select Three of the Following:

HIS-220: Modern European History: 1890-Present
This course investigates the trajectory of European hegemony in the 20th century. Special attention is devoted to the effects of the two major conflicts that were fought on European soil. Not available every semester.
HIS-235: Modern Russia
This course studies Russian/Soviet history from 1905 to the present with an emphasis on revolutionary traditions, government and politics, culture and religion and social philosophy. Not available every semester.
HIS-240: World War I
The course will begin with an overview of how warfare evolved during the industrial era, not just in terms of technology and tactics, but doctrinally, socially, and economically. It will then examine nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century diplomacy, along with the underlying and immediate causes of World War I. Chronological and topical treatments of the war's conduct will follow. The course will conclude with in-depth discussion of the war's aftermath, focusing on the peace settlements and the formation of new political orders in Europe and elsewhere.
HIS-241: World War II
This course emphasizes the battles, campaigns, events and personalities that dominated World War II. Special attention is given to political and diplomatic factors during the 1930s which contributed to the outbreak of World War II. Not available every semester.
HIS-314: European Conquest of New World
This course will explore the social and intellectual impact of the discovery of the American continents on the European mind and the consequences of colonization and migration in North America 1500-1800. Emphasis will be on British colonies and competing European cultures (especially French and Spanish) with Native Americans and African-Americans. Students will focus on three areas: cultural exchange, economic exchange and hostility/conquest. Required for majors in social studies education with concentration in history. Not available every semester.
HIS-321: The Ancient World of Greece and Rome
This course will begin by looking at the heritage of Greek civilization and the thinkers who first struggled with the fundamental issues concerning mankind: life, love, suffering, courage, endurance and death. The course will continue with the immediate inheritors of Greek thought, the Romans. By assessing Roman achievements of empire building and expansion, students will discover a vital civilization that ruled the known world through the force of its armies and the attraction of its culture. The course will end with the development of Christianity and the fall of the Classical World. Required for majors in social studies education with a concentration in history. Not available every semester.
HIS-374: The Renaissance and the Reformation
This course is an examination of some of the major themes of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. Through extensive readings in primary sources, the class will explore the major personalities of the period and their influence on changes in many aspects of life. The lectures will focus on a broader context and will raise historical questions concerning such topics as science and belief, voyages of discovery, rise of the nation/state, rise of capitalism, and the millennial view of history.

Free Elective Credits: 24

Total Credits: 120

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