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The Department of History and Geography offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a minor in History, Certificates in Public History and Black Studies, 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)

Black Studies Minor

A minor in Black Studies requires the completion of 18 hours of coursework, 12 hours at the 300+ level, with a minimum grade of C in all coursework. Required courses include: HIST 255 and HIST 256; at least three hours from the following courses: HIST 312 and HIST 313; and at least 6-9 hours from the following elective courses: HIST 304, HIST 325, HIST 358, HIST 326, HIST 327, SOCI 395, MUS 319, MUS 326, GOVT 325, ENGL 323.
Three hours of an elective course approved by the Coordinator of Black Studies may be substituted for one of the electives listed above.

Public History Minor

A Minor in Public History requires the completion of 18 hours: HIST 255, HIST 256, HIST 371, HIST 395, and HIST 396. To fulfill the remaining hours of coursework, students must either complete HIST 497 or HIST 496. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

Undergraduate Certificate in Public History

The certificate program in Public History offers concentrated study, training, and hands-on experience in Analytical, Communication, Customer Service, Organizational, Problem-Solving, and Research Skills.
Completion of this certificate allows students to develop skills necessary for employment in a diverse range of public history positions.
A certificate in Public History requires 21 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses.

Students will complete the following required courses: HIST 255, HIST 256, HIST 371, HIST 395, and HIST 396. To fulfill the remaining 6 hours of coursework, students must complete either HIST 497 or both HIST 496 and ENGL 498.

 

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
1MATH Elective GER3
1MATH Elective GER3
1Natural Sciences Elective GER3
1SPCH101 or 104OCR3
2Fine Arts Elective GER3
2ECONelectiveGER3
2ENGL Literature Elective GER3
2GEOGelective 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.

 

Bachelor of Arts ONLINE 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
1MATHelectiveGER3
1MATH Elective GER3
1Natural Sciences Elective GER3
1SPCH101 or 104OCR3
2Fine Arts Elective GER3
2ECONelectiveGER3
2ENGL Literature Elective GER3
2GEOGelective 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.

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. [LCCN: CHIS 1013] (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. [LCCN: CHIS 1023] (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. [LCCN: CHIS 1113] (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. [LCCN: CHIS 1123] (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 is 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. [LCCN: CHIS 2013] (54.0101)

HIST 256. American History. 33 3 0. From 1876 to the present. [LCCN: CHIS 2023] (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 304. Hip Hop and American Society. 3-3-0. A history of rap music and its surrounding culture. Particular emphasis will be placed on societal reaction to the genre, as well as how it relates to race and class. (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 312. African American History I. 3-3-0. An institutional and social history of the African American from the earliest times to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis will be placed upon slavery and resistance to the institution. (54.0101)

HIST 313. African American History II. 3-3-0. An institutional and social history of the African American from Reconstruction to the modern day. Emphasis will be placed upon segregation and the struggle for Civil Rights. (54.0101)

HIST 314. History of American Medicine. 3-3-0. The development of medicine in America from the earliest times to the present. (54.0101)

HIST 317. Southern Women’s History. 3-3-0. A historical survey of the experiences of women in the U.S. South from the colonial period to the present. Students examine the lives of Southern women using race and class concentrating on cultural factors that determined gender identities, roles, and relationships throughout the region. (54.0101)

HIST 318. Extraordinary Women Since 1700. 3-3-0. Highlights the experiences, achievements, and representations of women of all social classes since 1700 throughout the world with a heavy focus on the Americas and Europe. (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 323. Modern Middle East. 3-3-0. A history of the region since 1914. (54.0101)

HIST 324. Modern South Asia: India and Its Neighbors. 3-3-0. A history of India and its neighbors since 1757. (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 358. History of Modern Africa. 3-3-0. The history of Nineteenth and Twentieth century Africa. (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 history of Europe from late Antiquity to the Early Modern Era. (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 390. Global History of Plagues and Pandemics. 3-3-0. The global history of epidemics and pandemics, and human response to disease outbreaks from the Bubonic Plague to the present. (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 396. Introduction to Historic Preservation. 3-3-0. An exploration of the origins, development, and role of historic preservation in the United States, with special emphasis on the terminology and tools used by specialists in the field. (54.0105)

HIST 397. Museum Studies. 3-3-0. An introduction to the history of museums, the field of museum studies, and the theoretical and practical issues confronting curators and public historians in the United States today. (54.0105)

*HIST 400. Russian History. 3 3 0. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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)

 

GEOG 103. Physical Geography. 3-3-0. Physical processes and world patterns of weather, climate, soil, vegetation, landform, and ocean phenomena. [LCCN: CGRG 2213] (45.0701)

GEOG 104. World Regional Geography. 3-3-0. Human ecology; a survey of man’s cultural environment. [LCCN: CGRG 2113] (45.0701)

GEOG 310. Geographic Information Systems for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 3-3-0. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and to the concepts and foundations of maps and map making principles with an emphasis on how GIS is used in the humanities and social sciences. (43.0407)

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)