Course Descriptions


HIS 204
World History
3 credits

This course is a study of the major cultural, economic, military, political, religious, and social events in western history from antiquity to the Scientific Revolution. Particular attention is given to the Western societies’ contacts with the peoples of Africa, the Americas, and Asia.

HIS 230
History of Art and Design
3 credits

This course studies the artistic trends and developing technologies that have influenced creative work throughout Europe and America. This course focuses on the relationship between design and art, the artist's role and influence on Western Culture and Society.

HIS 300
World and Regional Geography
3 credits

This course will focus on the interactions of people with their regional environments around the world to produce distinctive places to live, both from a physical and cultural perspective. Students will develop the ability to read maps, use an atlas to learn location and characteristics of major regions and sub regions of the world, and examine the effects of contemporary communication and transportation technologies on the global economy and the interconnection of the people of this earth. An overview of human geography (study of environment culture, economics, the environment, politics, population, resources and technology; the human impact on natural environmental systems of air, water, and land), political geography (relevance of geographic conditions fundamental to the world’s resources), and urban geography (land use) is included.

HIS 301
Women in History
3 credits

This course explores the role of women through the recorded history of the western world by focusing on specific individuals, as well as cultural trends. In the process of exploring women’s roles and contributions, students will gain a perspective on history, sociology, religion, and the arts.

HIS 303
History of Aviation
3 credits

This course reviews the history of aviation and aerospace from the pioneer balloonists to the 2000s, including the use of air power in the Balkans and the International Space Station. Progressive developments in aerodynamics, aerospace equipment, the support structure, and the human role are considered.

HIS 305
Colonial and Revolutionary America
3 credits

This course is a study of the economic, political, and social forces in Colonial America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The background, causes, and results of the American Revolution; the adoption of the Constitution; and the founding of republican government are studied. Emphasis is on the Revolutionary Period.

HIS 310
Twentieth Century America
3 credits

This course examines the major economic, political, and social developments in the United States from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis on the 1914-1945 period.

HIS 313
American Legal History
3 credits

HIS 315
The Green Revolution: History of the Environmental Movement in America
3 credits

This course examines the history of the environmental movement in America, with emphasis on key individuals and their contributions, major events, and legislation enacted to protect the environment. By reviewing the history of the environmental movement, students will be better able to understand the complex environmental issues facing the world today.

HIS 316
American History
3 credits

This course covers the history of the United States from the voyages of discovery to the complexities of the modern world. It will be divided into five categories: Discovery and Exploration, Settlement, Forging a New Nation, Growing Pains, and the Challenges of the Modern World.

HIS 317
Military History
3 credits

This is a study of warfare from prehistoric to modern times. The course focuses on how political, social, and economic conditions shape the battle and the tools that are used in warfare. In addition, the moral and psychological aspects of war will be considered. Geography plays an important role in shaping warfare, its causes and outcomes. The course will focus secondarily on the geographical aspect.

HIS 320
Global Civilizations
3 credits

This course will cover the progress of mankind from the rudimentary beginnings of civilization in the Yellow River Valley of China, the Indus River Valley of India, and the Tigris-Euphrates Valley of Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica to the present time. Emphasis will be placed on the causes of differences and similarities of cultures, as well as, climate and geography. Each civilization will be examined to ascertain what affect the similarities and differences had on its dealings with its neighbors.

HIS 322
American Business History
3 credits

A survey of the American business experience from colonial times into the Twenty First century. The course will examine the relationship of business to cultural, economic, political and social forces, as well as trends in the business forms: sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.

HIS 324
Delaware History
3 credits

This course examines Delaware history from the period of discovery to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that transformed the State as events are placed in context of larger national and global trends.

HIS 330
The Holocaust
3 credits

The focus of this course is to review the facts and attempt to answer the soul-searching questions of the Holocaust in order to provide an interpretation of the past that can help shape the present and the future. How could it have happened? How could a modern state destroy innocent men, women, and children just because of their religion/race? Why did so many people allow themselves to be killed? How could the modern world let this mass execution take place? Can and will history repeat itself? There are no easy answers to these questions, but this course invites students to look deeply at these troubling issues.