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For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

HIS-106 | Ancient and Medieval World Cultures | 3 credits
This course introduces the development of history and culture from prehistoric times through the Reformation of the 16th century. Major historical trends of primary civilizations, the contributions of Greek and Roman societies and the rise of Christianity are emphasized.

HIS-107 | 16th to 18th Century World Cultures | 3 credits
This course introduces the development of history and cultures from the late Middle Ages through the French Revolution of 1789. The Reformation, interaction between various world cultures, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment and the development of various political traditions are emphasized.

HIS-108 | 19th and 20th Century World Cultures | 3 credits
This course introduces the development of history and cultures from the French Revolution to the late 20th century. The French and Industrial Revolutions, the development of Pacific Rim cultures, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War are emphasized.

HIS-120 | United States History I | 3 credits
This course presents a survey of U.S. History from the Native American cultures that existed prior to the arrival of Europeans to North America through the Civil War era of the 1860s.

HIS-121 | United States History II | 3 credits
This course presents a survey of U.S. History from the Reconstruction era following the Civil War through the Cold War era that followed World War II.

HIS-130 | World History I | 3 credits
This course examines the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies from the earliest human societies to the present. The course highlights the impact of geography, culture, trade, religion and technology during selected historical periods. A major emphasis is the extent to which contact between societies resulted in diffusion of ideas and the impact of this interaction across geographic regions with primary focus on non-European societies. This course is offered through our high school dual credit program only.

HIS-131 | World History II | 3 credits
As a continuation of World History I, this course examines the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies from the earliest human societies to the present. The course highlights the impact of geography, culture, trade, religion and technology during selected historical periods. A major emphasis is the extent to which contact between societies resulted in diffusion of ideas and the impact of this interaction across geographic regions with primary focus on non-European societies. This course is offered through our high school dual credit program only.
Prerequisite: Take HIS-130

HIS-140 | European History I | 3 credits
This course introduces the origins and development of history and culture of Europe from ancient times through the 18th century. Major historical trends of the ancient times, middle ages, Renaissance, Reformation, absolutism, Enlightenment and expansion are emphasized.

HIS-141 | European History II | 3 credits
This course introduces the origins and development of history and culture of Europe from the 18th century through modern times. Major historical trends of European expansion, revolutions, industrial revolution, reform, Nationalism, war, dictatorships, Cold War, rebuilding and social changes are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Take HIS-140

HIS-228 | U.S. History & Government for Teachers | 4 credits
This course introduces the origins and development of the United States and its government from pre-colonial times through the Civil War period. The Native American cultures, European colonial efforts, American Revolution and development of the Constitution, Westward movement and the Civil War are emphasized.

HIS-229 | U.S. History Since 1877 | 3 credits
This course continues the United States history beginning with the Reconstruction era to the late 20th century. The Industrial Revolution, Progressive era and the emergence of the United States as a world power are emphasized.

HIS-322 | Constitutional History and Law | 3 credits
This course introduces origins and development of the Constitution and subsequent major court decisions affecting constitutional law interpretations.

HIS-346 | U.S. Diplomatic History | 3 credits
This course studies the origins and development of foreign policy from the Revolutionary Era through the Cold War period. The course features an emphasis on the development of the U.S. in the context of world history and a study of the various interpretations of American foreign policy.
Prerequisite: Take HIS-228 or HIS-229

HIS-361 | History of Christianity | 3 credits
This course introduces the origins of Christianity and the subsequent history of the Christian church. The developments of doctrines, the rise of monasticism and the impact of Christianity on world history are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Take RSP-150

HIS-370 | Korean and Vietnam Wars | 3 credits
This course will focus on two of the main events of the Cold War: the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Students will study the origins of the conflicts and focus on the role of the United States in these two events. Documentary films will be used extensively to provide a means by which to study and interpret these events. Students will also analyze "Hollywood" interpretations of the Vietnam War. Our goal will be to obtain an overall grasp of the significance of these events, as well as to discuss the various interpretations of these Cold War episodes.

HIS-380 | Recent America: 1932-Present | 3 credits
This course presents a study of U.S. history from the election of FDR in 1932 to the present. The Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, Cold War and cultural developments are emphasized.

HIS-390 | History of South Dakota | 3 credits
This course offers a study of the history of the state of South Dakota. This course will feature topics related to the political, social, cultural and economic history of South Dakota. Contributions of various individuals, groups and movements will be considered as the history of South Dakota is presented within the context of the history of the United States.