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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

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History

HIS111 - United States History to 1877
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from discovery through Reconstruction.IAI S2 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 900

HIS112 - United States History from 1877
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the Gilded Age to the present.IAI S2 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 901

HIS113 - History of Native Americans
Course surveys history of Native American peoples in North America from 15th century contact with Europeans to the present. Content focus is on the historical struggle to retain cultures and autonomy while facing the continual expansion of both European nations and United States government and its citizens. Major themes and trends supplemented by case studies of specific tribes and documents that illuminate particular issues.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS114 - African American History to 1865
Course examines role of African Americans in U.S. History, from enslavement in Africa to emancipation. Content includes black African culture, black diaspora, slave culture, Americanization of slaves and Africanization of the South, “free”blacks, slave resistance movements, and politics and economics of slavery.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS115 - African American History: Reconstruction
Course surveys role of African Americans in U.S. History, from Reconstruction to present. Content includes black politics in the New South, Jim Crow, early civil rights organizations, African American participation in World Wars I and II, cultural developments, Civil Rights movement, Black Power movement, and government activism.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS120 - United States History Since 1945
Course examines political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States since 1945.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS121 - History of the Vietnam War
Course examines the history and politics of the Vietnam War, beginning with the war between the French and Vietnamese following World War II, ending with the defeat of the South by the North in 1975.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS131 - Western Civilization to 1650
Course surveys political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual origins of Western civilization from the ancient world to the 17th century.IAI S2 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 902

HIS132 - Western Civilization Since 1650
Course surveys political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual development of Western civilization from the Baroque Era to the present.IAI S2 903
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 903

HIS135 - History of the Middle Ages
Course examines the political, cultural and intellectual development of Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance. Content includes Roman, Christian, and Germanic contributions to medieval west. The impact of Byzantineand Islamic cultures are also explored.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS136 - Introduction to Jewish Studies
Course offers a general overview of the history of Jews and Judaism, beginning with the Biblical period and ending with modern times. Course is a multidisciplinary introduction to Jewish Studies.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS139 - History of Non-Western World to 1900
Course surveys the historical development of non-western world up to early 20th century. Content includes social, political, and economic developments. Focus is on role of intellectual currents, literature, and art in shaping the identity of the peoples studied. Comparison and contrast of unifying themes such as early modern global networks of trade, the colonial experience, and role of religion in experiences of various civilizations. At least four major non-western civilizationswill be studied, drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.IAI S2 904N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 904N

HIS140 - History of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations
Course surveys the political, social and economic history of selected non-western cultures since 1945. Content includes study of at least four cultures, drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.IAI S2 905N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 905N

HIS202 - Introduction to History
This course examines the skills necessary for conducting research in the field of history, while providing an opportunity to utilize those skills in the field. Students are introduced to the use of alternative primary sources such as oral history, film analysis, music interpretation, and image interpretation. This course will include a research paper that utilizes the skills acquired during the course. The course topic will be chosen by the instructor each semester based on the instructor’s area of interest and specialty. In addition to the attainment of research methods, students will be exposed to different theories and schools of thought relating to historical thought. These theories may include, feminist, Marxist, socio-economic, as- well-as others. The course is intended to be a history appreciation course that allows a greater understanding and utilization of the skills necessary in the field of history.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS203 - History of South Asia I
Course surveys the historical development of South Asia from antiquity to independence in 1947. Content includes social, political, and economic developments. Focus is on the role of intellectual currents, literature and art in shaping the identity of the peoples studied, as well as comparisons and contrast of unifying themes such as early modern global networks of trade, the colonial experience, and the role of religion in experiences of various civilizations.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS204 - History of South Asia II
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the nations of South Asia since 1947, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 917N

HIS206 - History of the Ancient World: Greece
Course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Greece from the Neolithic era through the fall of the last Hellenistic monarch in 30 BCE.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS207 - History of the Ancient World: Rome
Course surveys Ancient Rome, from founding of city in the eighth century B.C., to collapse of the West in the fifth century A.D. Content includes examination of Roman Conquests, Roman politics and government, and reasons for the “fall” ofRome. Focus is on Roman impact on other peoples and cultures, origins and spread of Christianity, emergence of Byzantine Empire, and Roman Legacy.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS208 - History of Ancient Africa
Course surveys the history of Africa to 1885. Content includes the agricultural revolution, Iron Age, migrations of peoples, commerce, early African states and stateless societies, Islam, slavery and the slave trades, European exploration and Christianity, colonial conquest and African resistance. Course also examines the role of oral traditions, linguistic analysis, archaeological evidence and early literature in understanding the complexities of African history.IAI S2 906N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 906N

HIS211 - History of Modern Africa
Course examines political, cultural and socio-economic history of Africa from 1885 to present. Content includes the end of European colonialism, emergence of independent African nation states, neo-colonialism, Africa during the Cold War, rise and fall of African dictatorships, apartheid, ethnicity and genocide, popular movements toward democratization, and impact of globalization. Individual case studies focus on South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo, role of the African novel, film, musicand popular art in understanding complexities of African history.IAI S2 907N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 907N

HIS216 - History of Modern China
Course examines political, economic, and social transformation of China from the 19th century dynastic system to the 21st century modern state. Content includes Confucian value system; collapse of the Qing dynasty; western imperialism; Communist revolution; Great Leap Forward; Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; legacy of Mao Zedong; and era of Deng Xiaoping and its impact to the present. Current issues addressed include China’s relationship with Republic of China (Taiwan), and China’s role in a global context.IAI S2 915N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 915N

HIS221 - History of Great Britain and Ireland to 1600
Course examines the political, economic, social and cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland from the Paleolithic era through the end of the Tudor dynasty.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS222 - History of Great Britain and Ireland From 1600 to The Present
Course surveys the political, economic, social and cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland from the Stuart Dynasty through the present era.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS223 - Environmental History of the U.S.
Course surveys the history of the environment and human impact/interrelation with nature. The course will cover the periods of Native American habitation, European settlement, westward expansion, and urban sprawl. Areas of study include settlement, agriculture, ecology, environmental movements, and conservation efforts. These areas will be studied through social, political, and economical impacts at the local, national, and international levels.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS225 - History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918
Course surveys the history of Islamic Middle East from birth of Islam to end of First World War. Content includes social, political, and economic developments, and the role of religion in shaping Middle Eastern culture and society. Focus is on the ways in which Islam helped foster a unified political and legal system, and a common identity which provide the backdrop for much of the contemporarypolitical discourse in the region.IAI S2 918N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 918N

HIS226 - History of The Islamic Middle East in Modern Times
Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the Islamic Middle East since 1918. Focus is on the role of religion as an ongoing theme.IAI S2 919N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 919N

HIS227 - History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Course surveys the Arab-Israeli conflict from the beginnings of Zionist immigration into Palestine up to the present.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS228 - History of the Holocaust
Course surveys the history, background, causes, events, impact, and implications of the destruction of the Jews in Europe.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS229 - History of Genocide
Course surveys the history, background, causes, definition, events, impact, implications, and nature of genocide.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS233 - History of Latin America to 1825
Course surveys Latin American history from sixteenth century conquests of Mexico and Peru until the wars of independence in early nineteenth century. Content includes impact of Spanish colonialism (and to lesser extent Portuguesecolonialism) on Native Americans and immigrant settler populations; outlines evolving institutional bases of life in colonial Latin America. Focus is on topics such as pre-colonial Native American societies, imperial politics and urbanization, patterns of accommodation and resistance, slavery, race, role of the Catholic Church, colonial literature, and collapse of the Spanish colonial empire.IAI S2 910N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S2 910N

HIS234 - History of Latin America, 1825 to 1945
Course surveys political, social, economic and cultural development of Central and South America from independence to beginning of the Cold War. Content focus is on role of literature, film, music and popular art in understandingcomplexities of Latin American history.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS235 - Women in American History
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments throughout the history of the United States.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS236 - Women in Western Civilization
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments in Western civilization from prehistory to the present.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS237 - Women in Non-Western Civilization
Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments in non-Western civilization from prehistory to the present.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS240 - History of Illinois
Course surveys the history of Illinois, with emphasis on how growth of industrialization and urbanization has affected state development.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS241 - History of Chicagoland
Course surveys the history of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, with an emphasis on the growth and development of the area. Content includes land development, culture, social movements, government, and economic history/development. Other topics linking Chicago with its suburbs include the growth of transportation and urbanization, with a concentration on the post-WWII boom.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS260 - History of Soviet Russia
Course introduces Soviet Russian history. Content includes politics, economics, culture, thought and life from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the breakup of the Soviet Union.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIS290 - Topics in History
Course explores major historical issues and/or periods of history that are related to history courses taught at the College. Course has different focus and/or scope than the courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated ondifferent topics up to three times for up to nine credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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