MSU Billings Catalog

HSTR - History: World

HSTR 101 Western Civilization I. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Examines the development of western civilization from its origins through the Middle Ages, and the mutual influence western civilization and world civilizations had on each other. Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural issues which shape the world today.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 102 Western Civilization II. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Examines the development of western civilization since the early modern era, and the mutual influence western civilization and world civilizations had on each other. Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural issues which shape the world today.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 103 Honors Western Civilization I. 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Covers the development of Western Civilization from its origins through the Middle Ages. Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, and cultural issues which shape the western world today.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 104 Honors Western Civilization II. 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Covers the development of Western Civilization from the Italian Renaissance to the present. Particular attention is paid to the social, economic, political, and cultural issues which shape the western world today.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 298 Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1-9 Credits

Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of History supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

Department: History

HSTR 302 Ancient Greece. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Examines the civilization of Ancient Greece from the Minoan Crete period (c. 2600-1400 B.C.) to the fall of the Corinth in 146 B.C. with emphasis on the contributions of politics, art, literature, and philosophy to the western tradition.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 304 Ancient Rome. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (even years)

Covers the history of ancient Rome from its earliest point through the years of the Republic and Empire.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 305 Middle Ages. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (even years)

Considers the collapse of ancient civilization and the emergence of a new distinctive European civilization in the millennium between 300 and 1300 A.D. Emphasis is placed on the decline and fall of Rome; the integration of Greco-Roman, Christian, and German elements in a new culture; and the creation of European political, economic, social, and intellectual institutions.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 317 Renaissance & Reformation. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Explores the events and ideas from the waning of the Middle Ages through conclusion of the Thirty Years War. Examines the impact of the Hundred Years War, the bubonic plague, the roots of the modern nation state, civic and northern humanism as well as the social, political, cultural, and religious issues from the beginning of Luther’s protest to the end of the religious wars in Europe.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 318 Enlight & Revol, 1648-1815. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual issues in Europe from the end of the religious wars to Napoleon’s downfall. Central themes are the nature of baroque culture and its use by absolute monarchies in continental Europe and the character of the Enlightenment and its role as a precursor to the French Revolution. The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon will be examined in detail. Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European history.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 322 19th Century Europe. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments from Napoleon’s downfall to the end of the Great War. Central themes are the phenomenon of the industrial revolution and the frustration and fulfillment of modern nationalistic and liberal agendas in Europe, all culminating in World War I. Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of the history of the “long nineteenth century.”.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 324 20th Century Europe. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Explores social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments since World War I. Central themes are the Great Depression and the rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe, World War II, the postwar recovery of Europe, the Cold War, and European unification. Moreover, this course examines many diverse aspects of the history of the “short twentieth century.” .

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 326 Contemporary Europe. 3 Credits

(alternate F) Examines various aspects of European culture, society, and politics since World War II. This includes investigating the legacies of such topics as the war and Holocaust, the Cold War, decolonization, immigration, and globalization.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 330 History of Mexico. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Surveys the Mexican colonial background, War for Independence, and political, social, and economic development to the present. Emphasis on Santa Anna, Juarez, the Diaz dictatorship, the Revolution of 1910, and recent political and economic developments.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 332 Pre-Columbian & Col Lat Am. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Covers the history of Latin America before the arrival of the Europeans, conquest and colonialism, paying particular attention to the interchange between native and European cultures, the place of the Church in the colonial period, and pre-independence political and economic development.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 336 Modern Latin America. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (even years)

Deals with selective topics such as the independence movement, the social/cultural/political/economic development of Latin American countries, with special emphasis on U.S.-Latin American relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 365 History of Ancient Near East. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Examines the course of human development in the fertile crescent and Egypt from the furthest horizon of history to the Hellenistic period of the fourth century BCE. Analyzes the political, military, economic, social, and artistic evolution of Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, and Egypt in the intercultural milieu that compromised the “trade basin” of the ancient Near East. Considerable attention will be given to primary sources and archaeological contributions.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 366 Middle East/20th Century. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (even years)

Considers the Arab Awakening and examines the Middle East in its contemporary setting with emphasis on the Arab-Israel conflict and the rise of nationalism in Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab states. It explores the recent revolutionary changes in the Arab World and Iran as well as the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on contemporary Middle East.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 417 Early Mod Sci: Scientific Revl. 3 Credits

(Sp every 2 years) Examines the growth of “science” at the cusp of “modernity” and the role of social, political, religious, and commercial developments that both hindered and made possible such landmark theories as heliocentrism, elliptical paths of the planets, the circulation of the blood, and gravity. This course highlights interdisciplinary pursuits, as students of history, philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, etc. all bring unique disciplinary knowledge to a subject that exists beyond those boundaries.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 420 Ancient & Medieval Archaeology. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Examines the material culture (i.e. art, architecture, and artifacts) of ancient and medieval worlds from the dawn of civilization through the sixteenth century CE. The course explores the following: an introduction to archaeology as a tool for understanding the past, dating systems, archaeological methods, the material culture of the ancient and medieval worlds, the formation and perpetuation of the western traditions in art and architecture, urban planning and construction techniques, architectural orders, artistic styles, and the process of archaeological reconstruction.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 439 Col & Independ Afr since 1884. 3 Credits

Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Africa from the Congress of Vienna to the present, emphasizing the results of European conquest and the legacy of colonialism in independent Africa.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 440 Topics in Asian History. 3 Credits

Examines special topics in Asian history.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 447 Modern Asia. 3 Credits

Explores the development of modern Asia. Topics, which will vary by semester, include Japan, Korea, and China. Students will study these states from their early foundations to their emergence as modern states. Special emphasis is placed on cultural development, particularly religion, literature, and music. The course focuses on turning points in a given country’s (or region’s) history as well as various issues related to identity, social life, and government. This course shall be repeatable for up to 6 credits with instructor approval.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 449 History of Vietnam. 3 Credits

(every other Sp) Explores Vietnam’s 3,000-year-long history with a focus on its rich cultural evolution, resistance to waves of foreign domination, and emergence as a vibrant 21st century nation.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 450 Women in Euro Hist Since 1700. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Explores the relationship between women and politics, society, economics, the family, and culture in Europe from 1700 to the present. Emphasizes diverse experiences of women across Europe, their relationship to the state and society and gendered assumptions related to femininity and its relationship to other categories of difference. Particular attention is paid to women and the Enlightenment, French Revolution, the development of the Nation State, WWI, WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the Student and Women’s Movements.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 462 Holocaust in Nazi Occupied Eur. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Examines the Holocaust in Nazi occupied Europe from 1933 to 1945. Covers the origins, causes, motivations, and effects of the discrimination, internment, and genocidal actions of the Nazi regime. The Holocaust is put into its larger historical perspective prior to and after the actual event.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 466 Islamic Civilization. 3 Credits

Develops the social, political, cultural, and economic history of the Middle East from the rise of Muhammed and the Caliphate to the Umayyad and Abbasid Empires and the establishment of the Ottoman Empire. Emphasizes Islamic religious thought and philosophy and the flowering of Medieval Islam.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 473 Gndr, War & Film:Eur 1648-1945. 3 Credits

Focuses on gender, culture, and social change related to warfare and the memory of war in film, beginning with the religious wars through the upheavals of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars to the First and Second World Wars. .

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 487 Monsters in Modern Euro Hist. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Introduces students to come of the major themes and developments related to the historical construction and significance of monsters in European history from the sixteenth century to the present. The main focus will be on understanding the specific nature of a particular monster, the historical context in which it was created and its relation to larger social, political, and cultural questions.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: History

HSTR 491 Special Topics. 3 Credits

Explores the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of a particular European country or region in the modern era. The course focuses on turning points in a given country’s (or region’s) history as well as various issues related to identity, social life, and government. The course seeks to provide a specialized knowledge of an individual European country’s (or region’s) history in more depth than the general European survey. Topics under this title may include France since 1789, Germany since 1517, England since 1688, or Eastern Europe since 1918. This course shall be repeatable for up to 6 credits with instructor approval.

Department: History

HSTR 492 Independent Study. 1-5 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and chairperson of the department.

Provides outstanding students an individual opportunity to explore material not covered by regular History courses. The student’s proposal for independent study must be approved before registering and the student’s GPA in previous History courses must be at least 3.00.

Department: History

HSTR 494 Seminar/Workshop. 1-8 Credits

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of History.

Department: History

HSTR 498 Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1-9 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of History supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

Department: History

HSTR 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Analyzes how historians ask methodological and interpretive questions and how they answer those questioned intellectually and technically. Aids the student in developing an understanding of the historical profession and the tasks of the historian through research and writing exercises, the investigation and evaluation of primary and secondary materials, and study of various methodologies employed by historians.

Department: History