Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – History Course Descriptions

ART203 Art History I

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; prehistory through Gothic. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass, and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

ART204 Art History II

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; Renaissance to the present. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass, photography, film, and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

GEO121 World Regional Geography

3 credits – This introductory course builds an understanding of the physical and social aspects of geography by examining the major regions of the world and their connections. This will be accomplished by a geographic regional "tour" of the world examining the basic relationship between the physical environment and the cultural aspects within these regions.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval

3 credits – This course traces the development of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1300 C.E., the end of the High Middle Ages. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course explores major political, social, economic, scientific, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing to Western societies. These include the significant events and contributions of early Middle Eastern civilizations, classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire, its successors, the rise of the Western Christian church, and Medieval Europe.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS118 Western Civilization II: Early Modern

3 credits – This course surveys the development of Western Civilization covering the end of the High Middle Ages of Europe to the French Revolution. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course will examine the major political, social, economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing to the emergence of modern Western European Society. This includes the significant events and contributions of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Columbian Exchange, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS119 Western Civilization III: The Modern Period

3 credits – This course will continue exploring the development of Western Civilization covering the period from the French Revolution until the present. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course will examine the major political, social, economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing toward Western Society. Included are such major developments as the industrial revolution, the French revolution, Romanticism, European colonialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the new European order, and the world of the Twenty-first Century.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS151 U.S. History to 1877

3 credits – This United States history course examines the country's Colonial experience, Revolutionary period, and 19th Century history through Reconstruction. The course includes political, economic, and social history of this period, as well as the development of American thought.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877

3 credits – This United States history course examines the period from the end of reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is placed upon industrialization and its impact, the development of a strong federal government, an aggressive foreign policy, and a growing involvement in an international economy. The course includes political, economic, and social history of this period, as well as the development of American thought.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS201 Iowa History

3 credits – This history course is a survey of social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Iowa from pre-historic times to the present.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS251 U.S. History After 1945

3 credits – This United States history course examines the American experience from the end of World War II to the present. This course will include the political, diplomatic, intellectual, economic, and social history of the period.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C-' in HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877

HIS257 African-American History

3 credits – This course examines the experiences of African-American society in the United States from origins in Africa to the present.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS277 History of Women in the U.S.

3 credits – This course studies United States history from the perspective of women starting in the colonial period through the present day. The course examines the historical development of women's role in the family, concepts of sexuality, economic and political roles, and intellectual tradition. A comparative analysis of women's roles in other areas of the world is also provided.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C-' in HIS151 U.S. History to 1877, or HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877, or WST101 Women's Studies

SOC208 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 credits – This course introduces the student to a comparative study of societies around the world. In this course cultural similarities and differences are explored to illustrate how human beings construct and conduct their existence. It emphasizes the origin and maintenance of the human species by studying its evolution, cultural development, ecology, kinship, organizations, and symbolic expressions.

Lecture Hours: 48

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