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The Department of History and Geography offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a minor in History, and a minor in Geography.  Please contact Dr. Paul Wilson if you have any questions about the history program.

Curriculum

History

A major in history requires the completion of 36 hours of history. Among the 18 hours of history electives, a history major is required to complete at least one upper-level course in United States history, European history, and non-Western history.  All majors are required to complete History 491:  Seminar in History, our capstone course that is offered every fall semester.  History 491 is open to juniors and seniors majoring in history.

History majors need not choose a  minor field of study although the department encourages students to do so.  The minor is optional in order to enable students to take pre-law courses offered by different departments, pursue an associate’s degree in either safety technology or petroleum technology, take prerequisite courses for the Nicholls M.B.A. program, or to double major in another field such as Social Studies Education.

  • HIST 101 & 102 – History of Western Civilization
    or HIST 150 & 151 – World History
  • HIST 255 – American History I
  • HIST 256 – American History II
  • HIST 371 – Louisiana History
  • HIST 200+ – History Elective (3 hours)
  • HIST 300+ – History Elective (15 hours)
  • HIST 491 – Seminar in History (offered only in fall semesters)
History Minor

A minor in history requires the completion of 18 hours of history courses of which twelve hours must be from history courses numbered 300 and above.  A minimum grade of C is required in all courses used for a history minor.

Geography Minor

A minor in Geography requires the completion of 18 semester hours of geography courses of which 12 hours must be from geography courses numbered 300 and above.  Geology 300 is an accepted substitute for an upper-level geography course.

  • GEOG 103 – Physical Geography
  • GEOG 104 – World Regional Geography
  • GEOG  and GEOL electives – (12 hours)

History Program

A major in History requires the completion of 36 hours of History to include HIST 101-102 or 150-151; 255; 256; 371; 491; and 18 hours of History electives (12 of which must be at the 300+ level). Among the History electives, the major is required to complete three upper level hours (advisor-approved) in each of the following areas:   United States, European, non-Western History. A minor from another field of interest is optional.  History majors may take GEOG 103 and SOCI 204 or six hours of a foreign language sequence. History majors planning to attend graduate school are encouraged to take a foreign language sequence instead of GEOG 103 and SOCI 204.

Minor

A minor in History requires the completion of 18 hours with a minimum grade of C to include 6 hours of freshman and/or sophomore level history classes, and 12 hours at the 300+ level.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR*COURSE NAMECOURSE NUMBERREQUIREMENTCREDIT HRS
1ENGL101GER3
1ENGL102GER3
1Elective or Foreign Languages Sequence  3
1Elective or Foreign Languages Sequence  3
1Freshman Seminar Course UR1
1HIST Sequence101-102 or
150-151
GER3
1MATH101GER3
1MATH Elective GER3
1Natural Sciences Elective GER3
1SPCH101OCR3
2Fine Arts Elective GER3
2ECON255GER3
2ENGL Literature Elective GER3
2GEOG104 3
2GOVT101 3
2HIST255 3
2HIST256 3
2Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2SOCI151GER3
3Computer Literacy Elective(s) CLR2
3ENGL366 or 368GER3
3HIST371 3
3GOVT Elective200-level or above 3
3HIST Elective200-level or above 3
3HIST Elective300-level or above 3
3HIST Elective300-level or above 3
3Elective300-level or above 3
3Minor or Elective  3
3Minor or Elective  3
4HIST491 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Social Sciences Elective300-level or above 3
4Social Sciences Elective300-level or above 3
 TOTAL HOURS  120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

**3 hrs. each from an advisor-approved U.S., European, and non-Western 300+ History course.

Nicholls Online History Program:

A major in History requires the completion of 36 hours of History to include HIST 101-102 or 150-151; 255; 256; 371; 491; and 18 hours of History electives (12 of which must be at the 300+ level). Among the History electives, the major is required to complete three upper level hours (advisor-approved) in each of the following areas:   United States, European, non-Western History. A minor from another field of interest is optional.  History majors may take GEOG 103 and SOCI 204 or six hours of a foreign language sequence. History majors planning to attend graduate school are encouraged to take a foreign language sequence instead of GEOG 103 and SOCI 204.

Minor

A minor in History requires the completion of 24 hours with a minimum grade of C in  HIST 101-102 or 150-151, 255, 256, and 12 hours at the 300+ level.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR*COURSE NAMECOURSE NUMBERREQUIREMENTCREDIT HRS
1ENGL101GER3
1ENGL102GER3
1GEOG 103 or Foreign Languages Sequence  3
1SOCI 204 or Foreign Languages Sequence  3
1Freshman Seminar Course UR1
1HIST Sequence101-102 or
150-151
GER3
1MATH101GER3
1MATH Elective GER3
1Natural Sciences Elective GER3
1SPCH101OCR3
2Fine Arts Elective GER3
2ECON255GER3
2ENGL Literature Elective GER3
2GEOG104 3
2GOVT101 3
2HIST255 3
2HIST256 3
2Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2SOCI151GER3
3Computer Literacy Elective(s) CLR2
3ENGL366 or 368GER3
3HIST371 3
3GOVT Elective200-level or above 3
3HIST Elective200-level or above 3
3HIST Elective300-level or above 3
3HIST Elective300-level or above 3
3Elective300-level or above 3
3Minor or Elective  3
3Minor or Elective  3
4HIST491 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4HIST Elective** 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Minor or Elective300-level or above 3
4Social Sciences Elective300-level or above 3
4Social Sciences Elective300-level or above 3
 TOTAL HOURS  120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

**3 hrs. each from an advisor-approved U.S., European, and non-Western 300+ History course.

HISTORY (HIST 45.08)

HIST 101. History of Western Civilization. 3 3 0. Intellectual, economic, social, and political developments as foundations and beginnings of the modern world from the ancient world to the mid seventeenth century.  Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 101 and HIST 105. (54.0101)

HIST 102. History of Western Civilization. 3 3 0. Political, intellectual, social and economic developments in the western world from the mid seventeenth century to the present.  Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 102 and HIST 106. (54.0101)

HIST 105. Honors Western Civilization. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of department head. Tracing the development of western culture from the beginnings of “civilization” to the mid-seventeenth century through analyses of contemporary writings and historical interpretations. Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 101 and HIST 105. (54.0101)

HIST 106. Honors Western Civilization. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement of permission of department head. Tracing the development of western culture from the mid-seventeenth century to the present through analyses of contemporary writings and historical interpretations. Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 102 and HIST 106. (54.0101)

HIST 150. World History. 3-3-0. Political, intellectual, social, and economic developments in world history from the ancient world to 1500.  Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 150 and HIST 160. (54.0101)

HIST 151. World History. 3-3-0. Political, intellectual, social, and economic developments in world history from 1500 to the present.   Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 151 and HIST 161. (54.0101)

HIST 160. Honors World History I. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors Placement or permission of department head. Political, intellectual, social and economic developments in world history from the ancient world to 1500. This is an honors course that explores the development of global civilizations from Paleolithic times to the Renaissance. Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 150 and HIST 160. (54.0101)

HIST 161. Honors World History II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors Placement or permission of department head. Political, intellectual, social and economic developments in world history from 1500 to the present day. This ia an honors course that explores the development of societies and their interactions. Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 151 and HIST 161. (54.0101)

HIST 255. American History. 3 3 0. American history from the earliest times to 1876. (54.0101)

HIST 256. American History. 33 3 0. From 1876 to the present.  (54.0101)

HIST 266. Honors American History. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of department head. Themes in American history from 1876 to the present. Degree credit will not be given for both HIST 256 and HIST 266. (54.0101)

HIST 290.  Topics in History. 3-3-0 In-depth study of selected topics in history.  The course usually requires a study abroad experience or an intensive research experience at an approved institution.  May be repeated for credit if content differs. (54.0101)

HIST 295. The Historian’s Craft. 3-3-0. An introduction to the study of history and the ways historians examine sources and evidence to construct written arguments. (54.0101)

HIST 300. The Conservative Tradition in America. 3-3-0. The ideas and personalities shaping conservative ideology and the conservative movement from colonial America to the present. (54.0101)

HIST 302. Pop Culture in America. 3-3-0. the history of American popular culture from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on mass media and its relationship to American history. (54.0101)

HIST 303. American Military History. 3 3 0. An introduction to the history of the United States military, and an examination of current military and political developments in the world. (54.0101)

HIST 305. United States Foreign Relations Since 1945. 3-3-0. Examines the main issues, events and policymakers in United States foreign relations since 1945. (54.0101)

HIST 307. Modern East Asia. 3-3-0. Political, intellectual, social and economic developments in Modern East Asia from 1500 to the present, with emphasis on China, Japan, and the impact of the West. (54.0101)

HIST 309. Modern Middle East and South Asia. 3-3-0. Major movements and events in the Middle East and South Asia since 1914. (54.0101)

HIST 311. African American History. 3 3 0. An institutional and social history of the African American, with emphasis on the experience of slavery, conditions under free agriculture and the impact of migration to urban areas. (54.0101)

HIST 318. History of Women. 3-3-0. Status and roles of women and examination of the lives of extraordinary women throughout history. (54.0101)

HIST 319. History of Women in America. 3-3-0. Status and roles of women in America prior to European contact through modern times emphasizing the diversity of women’s lives as well as their contributions and influences to the development of the nation though work, politics, and family and personal life. (54.0101)

HIST 320. History of American Law Enforcement. 3-3-0. An overview and analysis of the American system of law enforcement. (54.0101)

HIST 325. The South. 3-3-0. A history of the south from colonial times to present. (54.0101)

HIST 326. U.S. History 1900-1945. 3-3-0. A history of the United States from 1900 to 1945. (54.0101)

HIST 327. U.S. History Since 1945. 3-3-0. A history of the United States since 1945. (54.0101)

HIST 333. Nineteenth Century Europe. 3 3 0. The social, cultural, and political development of Europe from 1815 to the coming of World War I, with emphasis on the impact of new ideologies upon the European scene. Fa only. (54.0101)

HIST 335. Europe 1914-1945. 3-3-0. A history of Europe from the World War I era through World War II. (54.0101)

HIST 336. Europe Since 1945. 3-3-0. A history of Europe from 1945 to the present. (54.0101)

HIST 340. History in Film. 3-3-0. The study of a significant historical event or period through film. (54.0101)

HIST 350. History of Latin America. 3 3 0. A social, cultural and political history of Latin America from its origins to the present. (54.0101)

HIST 365. The Ancient World. 3-3-0. The history of civilizations and societies from the dawn of civilization to the end of the Western Roman Empire. (54.0101)

HIST 368. Medieval Europe. 3 3 0. A social, cultural, and political history of Europe from the collapse of the Western Roman Empire to the Renaissance, with emphasis on relations between the church and state. (54.0101)

HIST 371. History of Louisiana. 3 3 0. The political, economic and social development of Louisiana from the earliest times to the present. (54.0101)

HIST 381. English History. 3 3 0. From the Roman conquest through the Stuart period, with emphasis upon the evolution of political institutions. Fa only. (54.0101)

HIST 382. English History. 3 3 0. From the seventeenth century to the present, with emphasis upon the rise of Britain as a world power and the growth of the Commonwealth of Nations. Sp only. (54.0101)

HIST 393. French History. 3-3-0. The social, cultural, and political development of France from the Celtic period to modern times. (54.0101)

HIST 395. Introduction to Public History. 3-3-0. The study of historical methods employed in non-academic settings including historical societies, museums, landmark venues management, community organization administration, and tourism. (54.0105)

*HIST 400. Russian History. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. Tsarist Empire from the reign of Peter the Great to modern times. Emphasis on internal development and political and social problems leading up to the revolution. The internal and foreign development of the Soviet Union since the Revolution. (54.0101)

HIST 411. Colonial America. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of department head. European exploration, settlement, and growth in North America between 1492 and the American Revolution. (54.0102)

HIST 418. Age of Jefferson and Jackson. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. The political, social, and economic history of the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian eras, and the beginnings of sectional controversy. (54.0102)

*HIST 420. Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction of the South, covering the background, causes, major military campaigns of the war, and the economic and social consequences for the nation. (54.0101)

HIST 421. Civil War in Louisiana. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: HIST 255 or 371 or *420. Political, social, economic, and military overview of the Civil War in Louisiana, emphasizing the Lafourche Region. (54.0102)

*HIST 425. Hitler and Nazi Germany. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. Rise and fall of Nazism, Hitler’s role and ideology, the totalitarian racial state, World War II, and the Holocaust. (54.0103)

*HIST 430. World War II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. A social and military history of the war that examines its causes, course, and impact on the modern world. (54.0108)

HIST 439. Topics in World War II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head.  In-depth study of selected topics in World War II history for participants in a study abroad program that examines battlefield leadership and tactics and the impact of war on combatants and non-combatants in a specific theater of operations. May be repeated for credit if content differs.  (54.0108)

HIST 450. World Military History I. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. An advanced study of global military events from pre-history to 1500. Emphasis will be placed upon operational campaigns and battles, the experiences of soldiers, and the impact of war on society. (54.0101)

HIST 451. World Military History II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. An advanced study of global military events from 1500 to the present. Emphasis will be placed upon operational campaigns and battles, the experiences of soldiers, and the impact of war on society. (54.0101)

*HIST 490. Topics in History. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. In depth study of selected problems in history. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (54.0101)

*HIST 491. Seminar in History. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior or senior history major.  A capstone course for history majors that examines the nature and craft of history, the use of primary and secondary sources, effective oral and written communication skills, and the development of original research. (54.0101)

HIST 496. Public history Internship. 3-0-6. The theory and practice of historical methods of preservation and interpretation in a local or regional museum, archive, or similar institution under the supervision of a practicing historian. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. (540.1.5)

HIST 497. History Internship. 6-0-12. Prerequisites: History major and permission of the department head. Practical work or research experience under the guidance of a practicing historian. (54.0101)

HIST 505. America History for Teachers. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the graduate school or permission of department head. Special topics in American history for K-12 social studies teachers and effective strategies for teaching American history. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (54.0101)

GEOGRAPHY (GEOG 45.07)

GEOG 103. Physical Geography. 3-3-0. Physical processes and world patterns of weather, climate, soil, vegetation, landform, and ocean phenomena. (45.0701)

GEOG 104. World Regional Geography. 3-3-0. Human ecology; a survey of man’s cultural environment. (45.0701)

GEOG 325. Environmental Geography. 3-3-0. An examination of how physical and human processes influence the natural environment.  (45.0701)

GEOG 330. Urban Geography. 3-3-0. An overview of the urban environment, including planning policies, theoretical concepts, and social organization. (45.0701)

GEOG 331. Advanced Physical Geography. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or GEOL 101 or permission of department head. Description and analysis of the processes that create various types of landforms. Fa only. (45.0701)

GEOG 340. Cultural Geography. 3-3-0. An overview of contemporary theories and examination of cultural practices with attention on Louisiana’s Bayou Region. (45.0701)

GEOG 370. Meteorology. 3-3-0. Physical properties and processes of the atmosphere and regional differences in climate. (40.0401)

GEOG 375. Geography of Louisiana. 3-3-0. Study of Louisiana’s natural environment as the home of man. (45.0701)

GEOG 376.     Special Topics in Geography.   3-3-0.   Particular topics or issues in contemporary Geography.   May be repeated for credit once if content differs.   (45.0701)

GEOG 401. Medical Geography. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. An examination of the spatial manifestation of disease and health. Medical geography is the intersection of disease ecology, landscape, Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and epidemiology. (45.0701)

GEOG 403.     Political Geography.   3-3-0.   World patterns of political characteristics; roles of religion and language in nationalism; evolutions of states, problems of underdeveloped countries; international politics and boundary disputes.   (45.0701)

GEOL 101. Physical Geology. 3-3-0. Study of the earth, its constituents, agents, and processes modifying it; also geologic structures and landforms. (40.0601)

GEOL 102. Historical Geology. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: GEOL 101. A survey of the origin and development of life on earth as revealed by the fossil record. (40.0601)

GEOL 152. Dinosaur Geology. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: GEOL 101. Survey of geological evidence supporting interpretation of dinosaur diversity, ecology, behavior, and extinction. (40.0601)

GEOL 203. Petroleum Geology. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: GEOL 101 or permission of instructor. Course offers an excellent overview and understanding of the areas of science that relate to the earth’s petroleum resources including their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and utilization. (40.0601)

GEOL 300. Oceanography. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, or permission of department head. History of oceanography, nomenclature, fundamentals of physical properties of the watermass; survey of physical, biological, chemical, and geological oceanography. Fa only. (40.0607)

GEOL 370. Environmental Geology. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: GEOL 101. The application of geological principles to assessing the interaction between man and the environment. Fluvial and coastal systems will be emphasized. Sp only. Odd years. (40.0601)