History Courses


An asterisk (*) following the four-digit number indicates the course is approved for graduate credit.

HIST 1010
Studies in American History. 1-2 credits, max 2.Special study in American history to allow transfer students to fulfill general education requirements as established by Regents’ policy.

HIST 1020
Freshman Historical Research Methods. 1-3 credits, max 3. Prerequisite(s): Requires consent of instructor. For lower-division students interested in learning research methods in history while working on a research project with an individual faculty member. Preference given to students in A&S Freshman Research Seminar.

HIST 1103
Survey of American History. Meaning, vitality, and uniqueness of United States history since 1492 through a thematic examination of the nation’s past. Satisfies, with POLS 1113, the State Regents requirement of six credit hours of American history and American government before graduation. No degree credit for students with credit in HIST 1483 or 1493.

HIST 1483
American History to 1865. From European background through the Civil War. Intended for Education majors seeking certification as Social Studies teachers. No degree credit for students with credit in HIST 1103.

HIST 1493
American History Since 1865. May be taken independently of HIST 1483. Development of the United States including the growth of industry and its impact on society and foreign affairs. Intended for Education majors seeking certification as Social Science teachers. No degree credit for students with credit in HIST 1103.

HIST 1613
(H) Western Civilization to 1500. History of western civilization from ancient world to Reformation.

HIST 1623
(H) Western Civilization after 1500. History of western civilization from Reformation to present.

HIST 1713
(H) Survey of Eastern Civilization. History of three eastern civilizations (East Asia, South Asia and West Asia) from pre-history to the 18th century. Special attention to their origins, development, and contributions to the evolution of world civilization.

HIST 2013
Introduction to the Study of History. This course is an introduction to the study of history. It offers an overview of the development of the discipline, historiography, and the philosophy of history. Students learn about the methodology of history, types of historical problems, habits of thought necessary for the discipline, and methods such as research and writing.

HIST 2023
(H) History of the Present. Introduction to the study of history through the lens of current events and contemporary issues, with a focus on America in a global context.

HIST 2213
(H) World History from Ancient Times to 1500.
This course examines the development of social, cultural, economic, and political systems from ancient times to the beginning of the sixteenth century. We will examine the growth of empires, trade routes, religions, and culture in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. This course will examine the ways in which these societies connected and made contact with each other through trade, warfare, and migration and the resulting exchange of ideas.

HIST 2223
(H) World History 1500 to Present.
This course surveys world history from 1500 to the present day. The course will track the formation of the “modern” world through a study of changes in political situations, culture, and society. The course will examine topics such as changes in science and technology, culture and religion, the expansion and decline of empires, the growth of nationalism, and the continuing rise of globalization. The class will emphasize the role of changing definitions and roles of race, social class, and gender in shaping historical events. 

HIST 2323
Oklahoma History. Early exploration and establishment of Indian Territory; the rise and demise of the Five Indian Nations; and the organization and development of the 41st state to the present. Required of all candidates for teacher’s licensure/certification in social studies.

HIST 2333
(H) American Thought and Culture: Survey. Survey of American religious, philosophical, artistic, and scientific ideas and their impact on culture and values.

HIST 2343
(H) Religion in America. Survey of the history of religion in America and its impact on social reform, politics, and intellectual life.

HIST 3003
(I,S) Soviet Union: History. Society and Culture. A comprehensive view of the Soviet Union, stressing those issues in the political, economics, technological, geographical, and cultural spheres which are most relevant to the current situation. Accessible to beginning undergraduates. (Same course as POLS 3003 and RUSS 3003)

HIST 3013
(H) Ancient Egypt and Israel.
The Ancient Near East with a focus on Egyptian and Israelite history, from the earliest times to the 5th century B.C.

HIST 3023
(H) Ancient Greece. The Greek world from the Bronze Age through Alexander the Great with special emphasis on politics, culture and institutions of Classical Greece.

HIST 3033
(H) Ancient Rome. Political, social, economic and cultural history of the Roman Republic and Empire.

HIST 3043
(H) Ancient Mesopotamia: Iraq, Iran & Syria from 4000-333 B.C. From the birth of civilization to the end of the Persian Empire, this course examines the history, archaeology and cultures of the fertile crescent.

HIST 3053
(I,S) Introduction to Central Asian Studies. A comprehensive view of newly-emerged Central Asian states examining the history, politics, economics, geography, and culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as reflected in their thoughts, religion, literature, and architecture, in the past, and the strategic importance of their natural wealth for the present and future. (Same course as GEOG 3053, POLS 3053 & RUSS 3053)

HIST 3113
(H,I) Germany Since 1815. Creation of a centralized state in Germany; impact of World War I and the subsequent failure of the Weimar Republic; rise of national socialism, totalitarianism, and the Third Reich; German experience in WWII, repression of minorities, and the Holocaust; post-war Germany and modern reunification.

HIST 3123
(H,I) The History of Modern Africa.
The course will cover the history of Modern Africa from 1750 to the present. The class will begin with a general background and history of ancient and early modern Africa, and move forward with examinations of colonial and contemporary African culture, society, and politics. The course will have a particular focus on African perspectives on the West, and the effects of the slave trade, imperialism, and globalization on modern day Africa. Students will analyze many different types of sources including films, artwork, graphic novels, novels, and poetry.

HIST 3133
(H) African Diaspora History. Introduction to the origin, development, and maturation of the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, from the transatlantic slave trade to the mid-20th century. Emphasis is placed on a critical reading and discussion of a selection of essays, historiographies and primary materials on diasporic and transnational experiences and identities of Africans, African descendants, and Caribbean transmigrants.

HIST 3153
(H) Russia to 1861. Political, institutional, societal and economic development of Russia from the Kievan period to the Great Reforms.

HIST 3163
(H,I) Russia Since 1861. Modernizations of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Great reforms and their effects and the 1917 revolutions and their consequences.

HIST 3203
(H) The Medieval World, 500-1500. The society and culture of Europe, Byzantium and the Middle East, 500-1500. Emphasis on social, cultural, religious and political developments.

HIST 3233
(H) Late Medieval World, 1000-1450. The Late Middle Ages in Europe and its ties to the Middle East. Examines the period of the Black Death, Hundred Years War, early Renaissance, and the flourishing of new forms of government, religious life and social upheaval. Emphasis on social, cultural, religious and political developments.

HIST 3243
(H) Renaissance, 1350-1517. The development of the Renaissance from the Italian city-states to the New World. Political development, cultural innovation, and the role of disease in history.

HIST 3253
Absolutism and Enlightenment, 1648-1789. Political, economic, social, intellectual and religious transformation of Europe between the Peace of Westphalia and the French Revolution.

HIST 3263
(H) Modern Europe, 1815-1914. Impact of modernization on the character of European society. Factors that transformed the Continent into a battle ground in the 20th century.

HIST 3273
(H,I) Modern Europe Since 1914. Origins, character and impact of the first World War; emergence and consequences of the totalitarian state; nature of political and intellectual terrorism. Effects of worldwide economic depression; dilemmas of modern democracies; political collapse of Europe as a consequence of World War II.

HIST 3323
(H) Modern France, 1789-Present. French politics, economy, society, and culture from the defeat of Napoleon to France’s post-World War II “rebirth.’’

HIST 3333
(H,I) History of the Second World War. Problems leading to World War II with their international implications and consideration of the war years.

HIST 3343
(H,I) World War I in Modern European Culture. Analysis of the war as the principal event determining the course of twentieth century European history: battles, home fronts, personal, literary and artistic expression.

HIST 3353
(H) Mediterranean World. Examination of the cultural and social encounters between East and West, Christian and Muslim. The meeting point for three world cultures and three continents explored in the following themes: pilgrimage, commerce, slavery, intellectual exchange, warfare, and minority communities.

HIST 3363
(H) Popular Religion in the West, 1300-1700. The study of the religious experience of both lay people and clergy between 1300 and 1700, when their religious worldview underwent fundamental challenges and changes. The effort to understand the relationship between the secular world and the supernatural will be explored through devotional ideas, practices and religious rituals.

HIST 3373
(H) Invasion and Identity: The Medieval English World: 700-1400. Medieval English history through Britain’s experience of invasion and settlement: includes the Vikings, Normans and England’s conquest of Britain and parts of France. Emphasis on social, cultural, political and religious history.

HIST 3383
(H) Tudor-Stuart England. History of England from the War of the Roses through the coming of the House of Hanover in 1714. Development of the centralized state, parliamentary reaction, reorientation of the English society and economy and the English Reformation.

HIST 3393
(H) Modern England: 1714-Present. English history from the arrival of the house of Hanover through the decline of British influence following the Second World War. Political, social, and economic problems encountered as a result of the creation of the first modern industrialized state.

HIST 3403
(H) East Asia to 1800. Traditional Chinese civilization and its impact on Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

HIST 3413
(H,I) East Asia Since 1800. Impact of the Occident on China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Problems of trade and diplomacy; political and industrial transformation of Japan; revolutionary process in China; the rise of nationalism in Southeast Asia.

HIST 3423
(H,I) Modern Japan. Modernization process in Japan since 1868.

HIST 3433
(H,I) Modern China. Response of China to the West since 1840, with stress on economic, social and intellectual currents.

HIST 3443
(H) Gender Relations in Chinese History. Men’s and women’s social, cultural, religious, political, economic, family, and sexual experiences in Chinese history; particularly women’s own voices and efforts in pursuing their own goals and aspirations.

HIST 3453
(H) Colonial Latin America. Impact on the Indian cultures of Spanish and Portuguese conquerors, priests, administrators and entrepreneurs in the creation of a new society. Class structure, 18th century reforms, and independence movements.

HIST 3463
(H,I) Modern Latin America. Latin America republics emphasizing the dictators and the liberal reform movements of the 19th century. U.S. involvement and the recent social revolutions of the 20th century.

HIST 3473
British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations. Growth and transformation of the British Empire between the Elizabethan Age and World War I. Causes and consequences of the dissolution of the Empire after 1945.

HIST 3483
(H) Reformation Europe, 1517-1648. Development and impact of religious reform movements, overseas expansion, statebuilding, the Scientific Revolution, and the Thirty Years’ War on European civilization.

HIST 3493
(H,I) Scandinavia Since 1500. Exploration of Scandinavia from 1500 to the present. Focus on key historical and contemporary questions such as the spread of Lutheran reform, Sweden and Denmark as major European powers, the growth of nationalism and Scandinavian identity, industrialization, the welfare state, and multiculturalism.

HIST 3503
(H) Islamic Civilization 600-1800. Rise of Islam in Arabia and subsequent spread to Africa, Asia and Europe. Nature of Islamic civilization through discussion of political, social, cultural and economic institutions established in the Middle Ages as well as diversity of Islamic traditions.

HIST 3513
(H,I) Modern Middle East Since 1800. Main political events, social institutions, cultural and economic developments, as well as various aspects of everyday life in the Middle East since 1800. Transformation of traditional society, imperialism and independence, Arab nationalism, Arab-Israeli conflict, the impact of oil, westernization, the rise of militant Islam, and the prospects of democratization.

HIST 3523
(S) History of South Asia 1700 – Present. The course will examine the histories of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. It will focus on the historical changes in South Asian politics, culture, economics and society beginning with the growth of European imperial influence in the region and end with an examination of the issues facing these nations in the present day. 

HIST 3543
(H,I) Israel & Palestine in Modern Times. History of 19th and 20th century Palestine, Zionism and the founding of modern Israel. The Palestine-Israeli conflict in local and regional perspectives.

HIST 3553
(H,I) Media and Popular Culture in the Arab Middle East. Popular culture throughout the Arab-speaking world in light of the most important political and economic events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

HIST 3573
(H) The Mongol Empire. Genghis Khan is infamous for the destruction of his conquests, yet his empire grew to be the largest land empire in history, and sparked diplomatic and cultural contacts on a far wider scale than ever before. This course traces the Mongol Empire from Genghis himself to the legacy of the divided Mongol khanates. Attention will be paid to the Mongol Empire’s institutional structure, political and cultural dynamics, contacts with Europe, and historians’ methods for using primary sources.

HIST 3583
(H) Minorities and Diversity in the Middle East. The Middle East has long been a melting pot, or mosaic, of different groups. Large parts of the region have even been ruled by minorities. This course will explore the history of social diversity in the Middle East, including ways that ethnic and religious minority groups interacted with rulers, the majority, and each other, whether peacefully or not. The effects of long-term social diversity will bring discussion to the contribution of minority groups to the Middle East as we know it today.

HIST 3613
(H) American Colonial Period to 1750. Colonization of British and French North America; colonial political, social, cultural, intellectual and economic development; international rivalries; the imperial structure.

HIST 3623
(H) Era of the American Revolution. British imperial problems; the American Revolution; political, cultural, economic, social and religious change; the War for Independence; the Articles of Confederation; the critical years.

HIST 3633
(H) Early National Period, 1787-1828. Drafting and adopting the Constitution, organizing the government, Jeffersonian Republicanism, the War of 1812, territorial expansion, the new West, nationalism and sectionalism.

HIST 3643
(H) The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1850. Development of a modern political system and an entrepreneurial economy; social reform; territorial expansion; and sectionalism.

HIST 3653
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877. Causes, decisive events, personalities and consequences of the disruption and reunion of the United States.

HIST 3663
(H) Robber Barons and Reformers: U.S. History, 1877-1919. The impact of industrialization upon American society and politics. America’s rise to world power, the Progressive movement and World War I.

HIST 3673
(D,H) United States History, 1919-45. The political, economic, social and cultural changes in the United States from 1919 to 1945, the 1920s, the Depression, the New Deal, WWII, and domestic impact of the war.

HIST 3683
(D,H) United States History Since 1945. The political, social, and cultural history of the United States since World War II. The Cold War, McCarthyism, 1950s ideals of the nuclear family, the civil rights and other social movements, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Reagan years and globalization.

HIST 3693
(H) The Modern West. Social, political, economic changes that define the twentieth-century American West.

HIST 3713
(D, H) Women in the American West. Introduction to the history of women in the American West from pre-contact to present, with emphasis on cultural diversity, women’s roles as economic and social partners, and the many ways women were active participants in western development. This course incorporates Oklahoma and public history using written documents, art, film, museum and archival materials, and local historical sources.

HIST 3753
(D,H) Trans-Mississippi West. Emergence of the modern West from Spanish and French settlement and exploration, the Rocky Mountain fur trade, the settlement of Texas, Oregon, California, and Utah, the mining, ranching and farming frontiers, the Indian Wars and transportation.

HIST 3763
(D,H) American Southwest. Southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California from the Spanish colonial period to the present. Mining, ranching, farming frontiers, Indian wars of the Apache, Comanche and other southwestern tribes, and the emergence of the modern Southwest.

HIST 3773
(S) Old South. Social, political and industrial conditions in the South before the Civil War.

HIST 3793
Native American History. Introduction to the history of Native American peoples from encounters with European colonists to the present, with an emphasis on tribal nationhood and sovereignty, war and diplomacy, treaty rights and federal policies, indigeneity in modern contexts, and a leadership in Indian Country.

HIST 3803
(H) Food and Culture. This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of the history and culture of food production and consumption in the US with an emphasis on how US food ways relate to those of other countries. It examines such topics as: food and the formation of social bonds, food and identity, the cultural meaning of food ways, issues of justice and equality in food production and consumption, and how food cultures have developed over time and in relation to other societies. Same course as AMST 3733 and AG 3733.

HIST 3913
(H) History of Medicine. Historical growth of medicine and its relationship to the society in which it develops. Scientific problems, cultural, religious and medicine.

HIST 3953
Religion in Modern Europe. Religions thought and experience as influences on the politics, economy, and general culture of European nations from the 17th century to the present.

HIST 3963
(H) Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe. Prerequisite(s): 1623. Intellectual and ideological developments in modern Europe, including political, social, and cultural foundations and impact on modern Europe.

HIST 3980
Studies in History. 1-3 credits, max 9. Presented for general audiences. Not intended for history majors.

HIST 4063
Historic Preservation. Focuses on the United States and examines the history and theory of the preservation movement, the legal basis for preservation of the built environment and the methodology of preservation. No credit for students with credit in 5063.

HIST 4073
Digital Methods in History. Introduction to the methods and practice of working with digital sources, creating digital content, basic foundations of software and metadata for digital archives, introduction to web design and database construction.

HIST 4153
(D,H) African American History, 1619-1865. Overview of the history of African Americans from the onset of slavery and the slave trade to the Civil War. Topics include: African background; interaction between Africans, Indians and Europeans; development of slavery; forms of resistance; rise of the abolitionist movement; and conditions of free blacks.

HIST 4163
(D,H) African American History, 1865-present. Overview of the history of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the present. Topics include emancipation and Reconstruction; the Jim Crow Era; migrations to the North and West; the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; contemporary developments in African American life.

HIST 4173
(D,H) Black Intellectual History. Examines the nature of black social and political thought from the early 18th to the mid-20th century and the contributions made by black intellectuals to discussions of race, citizenship and nationality. Emphasis is placed on topics of abolitionism, labor movements, populism, socialism, pan-Africanism, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

HIST 4253
(H) U.S. Foreign Relations to 1945. American experience in foreign relations from colonial times to World War I.

HIST 4273
(H) U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1945. America’s emergence as the decisive factor in the world balance of power.

HIST 4353
(H) American Military History. Civil-military relations, the military implications of American foreign policy, and the impact of technological advances on warfare since colonial times.

HIST 4403
(H) Sorcerers, Saints and Heretics: Religion in the Medieval World. Religious belief and practice in the medieval world, c. 500-1300. Examines the formation of major religions, the experience of religious minorities, the experience of interfaith communities, enduring superstitions and heresies.

HIST 4413
(H) Sex and Gender in the Medieval World. Historical attitudes toward sex and gender history in medieval Europe. Interdisciplinary approach also including cultural, social, economic and religious history.

HIST 4453
(H) History and Film. Examines the ways in which historical events are made available to viewers through the medium of the cinema. The primary focus involves examining the relationship between historical events and the ways in which those events are depicted, commemorated, memorialized, remembered and misremembered in film.

HIST 4463
(H) American Cultural History to 1865. American society in nonpolitical aspects: sections, classes, national culture and social structure, immigration, education, religion, reform, world influences; ends with Civil War.

HIST 4483
(H) American Cultural History Since 1865. Continuation of 4463; may be taken independently. Emphasis on nonpolitical aspects of American society and thought and on world influences.

HIST 4493
(D,H) Frontier in American Memory. Examination of the ways in which several American frontiers have been remembered, especially in popular culture. These frontiers include those informed by imagery related to Euro-American pioneers, women, people of color, and the tribal peoples of the American West.

HIST 4503
(H) American Urban History. Impact of urbanization upon American communities from 1865 to the present. Evolving political and social institutions, social change, technological innovations and planning theories.

HIST 4513
(S) American Economic History. Economic development and economic forces in American history; emphasis upon industrialization and its impact upon our economic society since the Civil War. (Same course as ECON 3823)

HIST 4523
(H) American Environmental History. Examination of the changing ways society (from Native American to post-industrial) has defined, interpreted, valued, and used nature.

HIST 4543
(H,I) Vietnam War. Origins of the Vietnamese struggle against colonialism, international policy, making of military strategy and diplomacy, anti-war movement, impact on the war on soldiers and civilians, reflections of the war in popular memory and culture.

HIST 4553
(D) Gender in America. Cultural, societal and political reflections of American men and women from the colonial era to the present. Examination of the women’s movements and their opponents. Exploration of changing notions of masculinity and femininity. (Same course as AMST 4553)

HIST 4563
(H,I) Cold War. International perspectives on the origins, conflicts and ideologies of the Cold War, the nuclear arms race, impact on daily life, cultural reflections, the collapse of communism, victors and losers in the post Cold War world.

HIST 4573
Women in Western Civilization. Women in the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the present.

HIST 4583
History of Technology. The development of technology in western civilization. The relationship between science and technology and the effect of technology on society.

HIST 4593
(H) America in International Perspective. Prerequisite(s): 1103 or lower-division survey course in U.S. History, any period. A transnational interpretation of American history from the colonial era to the present day. Uses a variety of interdisciplinary sources to place the history of the United States within a comparative, global framework. (Same course as AMST 4593)

HIST 4603
(H, I) History of Energy. This course is aimed at exploring how humans have produced and consumed energy from the earliest Paleolithic settlements up to the modern era. Coverage emphasizes North America but includes energy production and consumption from throughout the world.

HIST 4903
Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): History major or consent of instructor. An introduction to historical research for senior history majors. Students will be required to select, research, and write a seminar paper based on primary documents and use standard footnoting and bibliographical methods.

HIST 4980*
Topics in History. 1-3 credits, max 9. For students interested in pursuing either a research or a reading project. Open to honors students in history and to others by permission of the department head.

HIST 4990
Undergraduate Internship. 1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. History related internship experience designed to introduce majors to career possibilities.

HIST 4993
Senior Honors Thesis. Prerequisite(s): Departmental invitation, senior standing, Honors Program participation. A guided reading and research program ending with an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member, with second faculty reader and oral examination. Required for graduation with departmental honors in history.

HIST 5000*
Thesis. 1-6 credits, max 6.

HIST 5021*
Teaching History at the College Level. Survey of objectives and methods in the teaching of history at the college level.

HIST 5023*
Historical Methods. Methods of historical research and the writing of history.

HIST 5030*
Public History Internship. 3-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of graduate committee. Supervised practical experience in public history.

HIST 5033*
Introduction to Public History. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Introduction to theory and practice of public history. Includes public history careers, public history as a field in the discipline, and the public perception and use of the past.

HIST 5053*
Museum Studies. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Introduction to museum theory and practice, especially as it pertains to history museums and sites.

HIST 5063*
Historic Preservation. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Focuses on the United States and examines the history and theory of the preservation movement, the legal basis for preservation of the built environment, and the methodology of preservation. No credit for students with credit in 4063.

HIST 5073*
Digital Methods in History. Introduction to the methods and practice of working with digital sources, creating digital content, basic foundations of software and metadata for digital archives, introduction to web design and database construction.

HIST 5120*
Reading Seminar in American History. 3 credits, max 15. Historiographical and bibliographical study of special areas of American history.

HIST 5140*
Reading Seminar in European and World History. 3 credits, max 15. Historiographical and bibliographical study of special areas of European and World history.

HIST 5220*
Research Seminar in American History. 3 credits, max 15. Research in selected problems in American history.

HIST 5240*
Research Seminar in European and World History. 3 credits, max 15. Research in selected problems in European and World history.

HIST 6000*
Doctoral Dissertation. 1-19 credits, max 30. Prerequisite(s): Admission to candidacy. Advanced research in history.

HIST 6023*
Historiography. Major writers of history, historical schools and patterns of developments in historical interpretation from the earliest times to present.

HIST 6100*
Directed Readings in History. 1-3 credits, max 36. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Readings in selected topics in history to develop factual knowledge, analytical skills, and interpretive understanding.

HIST 6120*
Creative Component. 1-3 credits, max 36. Research in designated topic in History resulting in the preparation of a major paper demonstrating historiographical and bibliographical command of subject. Required for students in Plan III of M.A. program.

HIST 6130*
Graduate Studies in History. 3 credits, max 39. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Graduate-level work under taken in association with upper-division lecture courses. Added component ordinarily entails a graduate-level research paper or historiographical essay of substantial length.