History Courses at Ashford University

If you are interested in furthering your knowledge and understanding of history and world culture, look to Ashford University’s history classes available across select degree programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in History. Courses cover topics ranging from world civilizations, history of American education, WWII, to The Middle East and more. Discover more information and read through class descriptions below.


History Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HIS 103 World Civilizations I

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a study of the origins and development of the world’s major civilizations from theirbeginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on the salient socio-economic, politicaland religious characters of the civilization and the patterns of interaction among them.

HIS 104 World Civilizations II

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a study of the development and interaction of the world’s major civilizations from theseventeenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the rise and decline of European globaldominance.

HIS 205 United States History I

Credits
3 Credits
Description

American history from the beginnings of European settlement through the Civil War. Emphasis is placedon the colonial sources of American nationality, the development of American political institutions, theevolution of American society, and the sectional crisis of the mid-nineteenth century.

HIS 206 United States History II

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course surveys American history from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is placed on thegrowing pluralism of American society, the effects of industrialization, the evolution of American politicalinstitutions, and the increasing importance of the United States in world affairs.

HIS 306 Twentieth-Century Europe

Credits
3 Credits
Description

The history of Europe since 1900. Emphasis is placed on the changing nature of European society, theconfrontation between totalitarianism and democracy, the origins and consequences of the two worldwars, and Europe’s evolving role in world affairs.

HIS 310 American Women’s History

Credits
3 Credits
Description

By examining a wide range of sources, from first person accounts to interpretive essays, this courseexplores changes and continuities in women’s lives since the earliest days of the Republic. Students willwork to understand the forces motivating change, including the various women’s movements that havearisen over the years. Underlying the course will be the question of how traditional interpretations ofAmerican history are altered by the incorporation of women’s history.

HIS 324 History of American Education

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an overview of sentinel events, theories, and important historical figures that haveshaped the United States education system.

HIS 331 World War II

Credits
3 Credits
Description

A study of the causes, course, and consequences of World War II. Topics covered include the war’s majorcampaigns, its impact on the societies of the nations involved, the Holocaust, and the war’s influence inshaping the contemporary world. Through readings in various primary and secondary sources, studentswill also develop an understanding of how historians reconstruct and interpret the past.

HIS 340 Recent American History

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course will examine the foreign policy, political, cultural and social developments in the UnitedStates in the years after World War II.

HIS 342 The Middle East

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is intended to introduce students to the complex history of the Middle East, focusing on the development of the core region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the most important topics we will discuss are the organization of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires, the nature and influence of the region’s relationship with Western countries, the impact of the discovery of oil in the region, the causes and course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rise of nationalisms and Islamist movements, and the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011.

HIS 351 Asia in the Age of Decolonization & Globalization

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Covering major developments in Asia since the early twentieth century, this course focuses on China,Japan, and the Indian subcontinent. The course traces the rise of Asian nationalism, the decline of 3 western imperialism, and the region’s rise to economic prominence.

HIS 355 Decolonization in Asia, Africa, and the Americas

Credits
3 Credits
Description

In this course, students will investigate the end of Western imperialism and the decolonization process within Asia, Africa, and the Americas via comparative analysis. Emphasis is placed on the legacy of imperialism in modern society, different nationalistic movements driving decolonization, the impact of decolonization on society and culture, the relationship between formerly colonized nations and their colonizers, and the impact of globalization in the post-colonial world.

HIS 378 Historiography & Historical Methodologies

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides students with an introduction to the practice of the discipline of history. It provides them with an overview of the ways historians have approached the study of the past since classical antiquity, acquaints them with the major approaches that characterize the discipline today, and equips them to use appropriate practices in historical research and writing.

HIS 379 The Atlantic World

Credits
3 Credits
Description

The history of the Atlantic basin from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth, including the interactions of Africans, Europeans, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the societies their interactions produced. Themes covered include the Columbian exchange, migrations (forced and voluntary), empire-building, strategies of resistance, identity formation, and the transatlantic dimensions of the American and French Revolutions.

HIS 497 History Capstone: Advanced Research Project

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Students will demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes of the history major by demonstrating the ability to conduct historical research using primary and secondary sources and by producing an original research paper on an approved topic.