History Courses at McMurry University 

Underlined names after course descriptions indicate links to recent syllabi for the courses.

Survey Courses

1310. World Civilization To 1500
Survey of world civilization from its origins to the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. Comparison of European civilization with the non-Western world: Far East, India, Africa, the Americas. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
1320. World Civilization Since 1500
Survey of world history since the Renaissance and Reformation: absolutism, revolution, and industrialization in Europe; imperialism and the non-Western world; the two World Wars; the growth of non-Western nationalism; the contemporary world. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
2310. United States to 1877
General survey of American history to 1877, concentrating on colonial foundation, national growth, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Problems of the nature of history. (Donald S. Frazier, Robert F. Pace, Robert P. Wettemann)
2320. United States Since 1865
General survey of American history since 1865, concentrating on economic, social, political, and intellectual developments. Problems of historical evidence and research. (Donald S. Frazier, Robert F. Pace, Gary W. Shanafelt, Robert P. Wettemann)
Advanced Courses in United States History

Topical Courses

3310. Texas
Cultural, social, economic, and political history of Spain in Texas, Mexican Texas, the Republic; 19th and 20th century developments; minorities in Texas; geography of Texas. (Donald S. Frazier)
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the following courses has a prerequisite of six hours of lower-level history or permission of the instructor.
3312. The American Indian
A study of the indigenous peoples on North America from ancient times to the present with an emphasis on those tribes occupying lands now within the boundaries of the United States, highlighting social and cultural history. Central themes include Indian resistance, adaptation, and persistence. (Donald S. Frazier)
3313. The Black Experience in America
A chronological survey of black history in the United States: development of slavery, slave experience, the struggle to gain and define freedom, segregation, and movement for civil rights and equality. (Robert F. Pace)
4320. The Old South
A study of the Southern distinctiveness from colonial times to 1865 including an examination of the plantation system, race, slavery, religion, gender, Native Americans, cultural continuity, and geographical dimensions. Themes include the growth of Southern nationalism, social history, and a discussion of the origins of a distinctive South. (Robert F. Pace)
4330. The American Frontier
An exploration of the unique pioneering spirit in American history with an examination of the European and American experiences in settling newlands from 1540 to 1890. Emphasis on social and cultural history with special treatment of American expansionism, Manifest Destiny, and the frontier experience of women and Native Americans. (Donald S. Frazier)
4345. Special Topics in American History
Focus on a particular area of United States history, such as diplomatic, economic, local, or military history. Emphasis on appropriate research and specialized readings. May be repeated with topics are different. (Robert P. Wettemann-1, Robert P. Wettemann-2)
Period Courses
3350. Colonial America 1607-1789
A study of the culture and institutions of the United States as developed through English colonization in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Political, economic, technological, cultural, and religious aspects of the British North American colonies, including their fight for independence and the quest for a national government. (Robert P. Wettemann)
3351. The Early American Republic, 1787-1848
The United States from the adoption of the Constitution of 1787 through the Mexican War. Political institutions and practices, economic growth, reform movements, and westward expansion are emphasized. (Robert F. Pace)
3352. Civil War and Reconstruction
A study of the social, economic, and political causes of the Civil War, the events leading to the outbreak of hostilities, and the war itself. The study also includes an analysis of the attempts to reunite the nation, to reconstruct the South, and to integrate the freedmen into society. (Donald S. Frazier)
3354. Contemporary United States
Recent developments in American society, investigating the unity and diversity of American life in its cultural, political, economic, and intellectual aspects in the second half of the 20th century. (Robert P. Wettemann)
4354. The U.S. in the Era of World War
Study of the United States during the era of the World Wars (1914-1950) including America's coming of age as a world power, politically, militarily, economically, and culturally. (Robert P. Wettemann)
Advanced Courses in World History
Topical Courses
3331. Modern Britain
British history since 1485 after brief background on the developments of the medieval period.  Topics include the English Reformation, the development of Parliament, the growth of the British Empire, industrialization, liberalism, and collectivism. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
3375. Mexico
The history of Mexico from prehistoric times to the present: political, economic, social, and intellectual development; United States-Mexican relations. (Also cross listed as Bilingual Education 3375). (Robert F. Pace)
4360. Russia and the Soviet Union
Background to 19th century. Tsarist Russia: autocracy, rise of revolutionary inteligentsia. Economic, social developments. The Russian Revolution. Lenin, Stalin, the 5-year plans. World War II, Cold War, destalinization and the demise of the Soviet system. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
4365. Modern Germany
Survey of the main elements of German history in the 19th and the 20th centuries, from disunity to Reich to partition to reunification.  Emphasis on the question of continuity between key periods and figures, and their responsibility for the two World Wars. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
4375. Special Topics in World History
Focus on a particular area of world history, such as diplomacy, economic history, imperialism, history of science. Emphasis on appropriate research and specialized readings. May be repeated for credit when topics are different. (Gary W. Shanafelt-1, Gary W. Shanafelt-2)
Period Courses
3360. Renaissance and Reformation
Origins of Renaissance humanism, commercial and scientific revolutions, national states. Protestant and Catholic Reformations; wars of religion. European overseas exploration and conquest. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
3363. Studies in Nineteenth Century Europe
Study of European civilization from the French Revolution to the opening of the 20th century. Impact of the Industrial Revolution on European life, the growth of liberalism and socialism, and the emergence of modern mass society and consciousness. (Gary W. Shanafelt)
3364. Studies in Twentieth Century Europe
Study of Europe from the outbreak of World War I to the present, emphasizing the aftermath of World War I, the crises of the Depression years, World War II, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era. (Gary W. Shanafelt)

Public History

3340. Public History
Introduction to the discipline of public history, including its methodology and literature.  Students will be introduced to the theoretical background of public history and its principal disciplines: historic preservation, museum studies, archivesand records management, historical interpretation, oral history, and documentary editing.  (Robert P. Wettemann)
4340. Public History Practicum
Development of an individual project demonstrating ability to conduct fieldwork in an area of public history.  In addition to a final written report, students will also make a formal presentation of the work they conducted. (Robert P. Wettemann)
Other Advanced History
3377. Historiography and Methods
This course is an introduction to the discipline of history and a survey of research methodology as employed by historians. Unlike other undergraduate courses in history, it is not a study of the past; instead, it is a study of the philosophy of history, investigative techniques, and the mechanics of historical research. The course will also provide an introduction to American historiography, namely the systematic study of major historians and their work.  Also, this course will provide a research practicum during which students will be able to employ the material they are surveying as part of a project, the topics of which will be of their choice within the limits of the course. (Robert F. Pace)
 4380. Senior Research Seminar
Prerequisite: History 3377, or permission of the instructor. This capstone course involves research on a specialized historical topic culminating in a seminar paper.  Students will demonstrate breadth of knowledge and skills mastered since their introduction in other history courses.  Subject of seminar paper to be determined by the student, in consultation with the instructor. (Donald S. Frazier)
4X95. Independent Studies
A study program arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest.  The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress.
4X96*. Honors Tutorial
Prerequisites: 15 hours in history and admission to departmental honors program, and approval of research project by department and Honors Committee.  Designed for the honors student in history; includes reading in a particular topic, historical and historiographical analysis, and research. Prerequisites: 15 hours in history and admission to departmental honors program.
4X97*. Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: 18 hours in history, admission to departmental honors program, and approval of research project by department and Honors Committee.  Designed for the candidate for departmental honors and as a capstone course for the student majoring in history.  An independent research project on a topic approved by the history faculty; findings reported in writing and orally to the faculty of the department.  Successful completion required for graduation with honors in history.
* Honors courses
Updated 09-06-04
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