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United States History Courses (HISUS)


HISUS 1023. History of the United States — 3 hrs.

Study of key individuals and major political, economic, social, and cultural events that have shaped U.S. history. This is a Liberal Arts Core course and will NOT fulfill History major requirements. (Variable)

HISUS 1110 (961:014). United States History to 1877 — 3 hrs.

Events, factors, and personalities which shaped social, economic, and political development of the United States from settlement to end of Reconstruction. (Fall and Spring)

HISUS 1120 (961:015). United States History since 1877 — 3 hrs.

End of Reconstruction period to present, including economic, diplomatic, intellectual, political, and social factors. (Fall and Spring)

HISUS 4110/5110 (961:136g). American Colonial History — 3 hrs.

17th- and 18th-century America; development of colonial societies in the New World and American Revolution era. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4130/5130 (961:137g). The Early Republic, 1785-1850 — 3 hrs.

Political, economic, and social development of United States in years between American Revolution and end of Jacksonian era. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HISUS 4140/5140 (961:139g). Civil War and Reconstruction — 3 hrs.

Causes of the Civil War, nature of the conflict, and short- and long-range consequences of the war. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4150/5150 (961:147g). Foundations of Modern America: The United States, 1877-1929 — 3 hrs.

Description and analysis of dramatic social, cultural, economic, and political changes occurring in the U.S. between the close of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Great Depression. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HISUS 4160/5160 (961:131g). U.S. History from 1929 to 1960 — 3 hrs.

U.S. history from the Great Crash through the Eisenhower Era, emphasizing the Great Depression and New Deal of 1930s, World War II at home and abroad in the 1940s, and postwar issues including the Cold War and economic prosperity. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4170/5170. U.S. Environmental History — 3 hrs.

Exploration of various concepts of nature within the contexts of U.S. History. Treats the history of nature as a thing in itself, as something that has acted on Americans and that Americans have acted upon. Also explores nature as an idea that has changed over time. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

HISUS 4175/5175. History on Film — 3 hrs.

History on Film explores the ways past events, peoples, and eras have been represented in movies. One of the course goals is to break down assumed and largely false boundaries between academic and popular history. Rather than simply debunk movies, the approach is to assess them in terms of the standards of professional history, to think about how these standards might make films better but also how the popularity of film might improve the practice of history. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HISUS 4180/5180 (961:116g). Recent United States History — 3 hrs.

History of the American people since 1960 with emphasis on domestic affairs. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HISUS 4190/5190. The American Revolution and Its War — 3 hrs.

The political, military, and social history from 1765 to 1787 of the North American British colonies that became the United States. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

HISUS 4200/5200 (961:130g). History of Iowa — 3 hrs.

Social, political, and economic developments in Iowa from prehistoric times to present. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HISUS 4210/5210 (961:141g). The South in United States History — 3 hrs.

Traces the southern experience from colonization and settlement through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and late 19th- and 20th-century racial and political adjustments. Emphasis on post-Reconstruction period and role of blacks in shaping southern society. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

HISUS 4220/5220 (961:140g). History of the American West — 3 hrs.

Explores the history of the American West from its conception as a region in the early 19th century to its current configuration. Emphasis is placed on the American West as both a distinctive physical place and a process of settlement. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4230/5230 (961:102g). History of Technology in America — 3 hrs.

Examination of the nature, impact, and consequences of American technology - both at work and at home, in the city and in the country. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Springs)

HISUS 4235/5235 (961:120g). Popular Culture in the United States — 3 hrs.

Exploration of relationships between expressions of popular culture and the development of American values, political ideologies, and unconscious yearnings. Includes popular music, celebrities, literature, art, design, film, and various forms of mass media. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HISUS 4240/5240 (961:144g). History of American Thought — 3 hrs.

Historical examination of principal idea-systems which shaped the intellectual profile of American civilization. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

HISUS 4245/5245 (961:122g). African-American History — 3 hrs.

History of black Americans from African background into 1980s, with emphasis on period since end of slavery. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4250/5250 (961:145g). Religion in America — 3 hrs.

Investigation of religious movements and beliefs from colonial times to present, with attention to religion and the U.S. Constitution. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as RELS 4230/5230 (640:117g)) (Fall)

HISUS 4255/5255 (961:124g). The City in United States History — 3 hrs.

Introduction to urban history; functions, shapes, and dynamics of the city in the American experience from 17th century to present with emphasis on metropolis of the past half century. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

HISUS 4260/5260 (961:146g). United States Women's History — 3 hrs.

Survey of social, cultural, and economic roles of women in the United States from founding to present, with some comparative analysis of women's roles in other areas of the world. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4265/5265 (961:150g). Society and Culture in the United States — 3 hrs.

Description and analysis of the development of and changes in community, family, social stratification, nature of reform, morality, uses of leisure time, and attitudes toward science and religion in 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Falls)

HISUS 4270/5270 (961:135g). American Indian History — 3 hrs.

Survey of the North American Indian experience over four centuries, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Focus on Native response to European colonialism, removal, allotment, termination, revitalization, urbanization, Red Power, and pan-Indian movements. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

HISUS 4275/5275 (961:142g). United States Constitutional History — 3 hrs.

Relates individual rights, political-socioeconomic issues, and rivalry among the Presidency-Congress-Supreme Court to development of U.S. Constitution. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

HISUS 4556/5556. History of Outdoor Recreation — 3 hrs.

Explores the history of outdoor recreation in the United States and its role in defining American identity by tracing its global roots, its production and management from the local to the federal level, and by examining controversies surrounding various recreational forms. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. [Same as LYHS 4556/5556] (Fall)