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HS 115 Historical Perspectives on Culture and Civilization I
(3 credits - Fall)

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of historical scholarship, or the "nuts and bolts" of doing history at an advanced level. Students examine and discuss key documents and themes in the history of Western civilization from the Ancient Near East to the Early Modern Period in Europe. Students explore problems in advanced historical investigation and become acquainted with the tools of historical analysis. Attention is given to Christian perspectives on historical development and progression.

HS 116 Historical Perspectives on Culture and Civilization II
(3 credits - Spring)

The course surveys key documents and themes in the history of Western civilization from the Early Modern Period in Europe to the very recent past in continuation of HS115.
Prerequisite: HS 115

HS 195 Job Shadow in History
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)

Students observe the daily routines and activities of employed professionals and see how skills and knowledge acquired in class are applied in the history field.
Prerequisite: Consent

HS 211 History of the United States I
(3 credits - Fall)

A survey of the origins, development and meaning of American history and heritage from the earliest European discovery and the birth of the United States to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HS 212 History of the United States II
(3 credits - Spring)

A continuation of the survey of American history from the Reconstruction era to the present. Emphasis is given to the role of social, economic and political factors in understanding American development as well as to the role played by the United States in international life.

HS 222 Historical Method
(3 credits - Spring)

An introduction to the nature, scope and practice of historical research methods, tasks and writing, concentrating on the principles and problems relevant to organized scholarly study and the presentation of the results. The logic of historical inquiry, explanation and argument is also thoroughly examined.

HS 261 The British Empire
(3 credits - Fall)

This course surveys the history of the British Empire from the mid-19th century to the retreat from empire following the Suez Crisis (1956). It seeks to explain the Empire's growth and the early stages of its contraction in Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.
Prerequisite: HS 116

HS 318 African-American History
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

African-American History (1789 to present) examines the African-American experience in the United States through such media as print, music, film, and the visual arts. The course will examine the policies, events, and people who helped write the African-American story. Students will consider the perspectives of prominent African-American figures and discover the way African-American cultural expressions have impacted the United States.
Identical with PS 318.
Prerequisite: HS 115 or 116

HS 322 European Reformations and Revolutions
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

In-depth study of selected topics in European history from the Reformation era through the French Revolution. Utilizes complex role-playing games to examine historically significant sources, both primary and secondary, and to acquaint students with the essential historiography and interpretive problems of the period.
Identical with PS 322.
Prerequisite: HS 115

HS 344 American Political Institutions
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

An in-depth study of the structures and processes of American governance. Topics include the origins of the U.S. constitutional system, the development of party organizations, the role of interest groups and grassroots movements, election campaigns and voter behavior, and the administration of the federal government.
Identical with PS 344.
Prerequisite: HS 211 or 212

HS 346 Cambodia: Revolution and Genocide
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course introduces students to the political, economic and social history of Cambodia. It explores Cambodia's struggle for independence, involvement in the Vietnam War, revolution, genocide, rehabilitation and reconciliation, and environmental history since 1945.
Identical with PS 346.
Prerequisite: HS 116

HS 361 American Religious History
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course examines the religious history of the American people from the colonial period to the present, with reference to the theology, liturgy and polity of different religious traditions. Special emphasis is given to the history of the Christian churches and to the nature of the evangelical strain of Protestantism.

HS 373 Art and Archaeology of Angkor
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This class studies the political rise and material culture of the ancient Angkor civilization within Southeast Asia. The Angkor Empire was deeply influenced by the art and religion of India. The class, therefore, focuses on the cross-cultural connection and transfer of sculpture, temple structures and people groups within mainland Southeast Asia.
Identical with AR 373 and PS 373.

HS 376 Hindu Maharajas and Buddhist Kings
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

The study of Kashmiri and Cambodian society from periods of contested sovereignties, to consolidated legitimacies, and to collaborative authorities within colonial statecraft 1800-1950. Students examine the relationship between indigenous kingship and European Empires with specific reference to religion (Hinduism/Islam/Buddhism), power, and authority, within "Indianized" kingdom spaces.
Identical with PS 376.
Prerequisite: HS 116

HS 381 Civil War and Reconstruction
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course examines an important epoch in American history, including the rise of sectionalist tension beginning in the late 1840s; the war with its battles and its profound political, economic and social influence on the nation; and the postwar struggles to rebuild the nation.
Prerequisite: HS 211

HS 385 The American Revolution
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course addresses the military, intellectual, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the movement for American independence. Topics include the preconditions and precipitants of the American Revolution, the military history of the conflict, internal problems in Britain and the rebellious colonies, the divergence of British and American political theory and constitutional practice, the growth of American national consciousness and the consequences of the war for world history.
Identical with PS 385.
Prerequisite: HS 211

HS 395 Practicum in History
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

A practice learning experience that offers exposure to the field of history. Students are expected to work closely with a professional or an organization, and to reflect on their experiences through conferences and assignments with a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisite: Consent

HS 395ARC Practicum in Archaeology
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring, Summer)

A practice learning experience that offers exposure to the field of archaeology. Students are expected to work closely with a professional or an organization, and to reflect on their experiences through conferences and assignments with a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisite: Consent

HS 411 Medieval Europe
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This course will examine topics in European history from the Late Antiquities with the decline of the Roman Empire through the development of powerful Western European cultural and political forms, including the Latin Church, intellectual development such as the rise of universities, the Crusades and the challenges posed by natural disaster and war in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries.
Prerequisite: HS 115

HS 434 Classics of Political Thought
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

In-depth study of the classic political texts in the Western tradition from Ancient Greece to modern times. The course will examine how these texts answer the major theoretical questions about the need for and purpose of government.
Identical with PS 434.
Prerequisites: HS 222 and PS 111

HS 456 America and Vietnam
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

The course examines the key factors concerning United States involvement in the Vietnam War. It investigates American involvement in relation to European decolonization, Cold War politics, congress and public opinion. The unit considers the impact of the Vietnam War on American foreign policy since 1975 and - using film, literature and oral histories - the way in which it continues to affect the United States today.
Identical with PS 456.
Prerequisite: HS 116

HS 463 American Environmental History
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course explores the changing relationship between people and their natural environments in American history from the colonial era to the present. Topics include native American ecology, ideas and practices of settler colonialism, the emergence of modern industrial and agricultural development, conservation and preservation movements, and contemporary conflicts over natural resources and environmental health.
Identical with PS 463.
Prerequisite: HS 115 or 116

HS 477 European Nation-States in Conflict
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

An in-depth study of selected topics in modern European history from the early 19th century to the present. Utilizes complex role-playing games to examine historically significant sources, both primary and secondary, and to acquaint students with the essential historiography and interpretive problems of the period.
Identical with PS 477.
Prerequisite: HS 116

HS 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

Designed for the advanced student of history. The study of a problem, project or research paper on the subject of mutual interest to the student and instructor.
Prerequisite: Consent

HS 495 Internship in History
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

A field experience in history which provides an opportunity for the student to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Student maintains close cooperation with the supervisory personnel in the field.
Prerequisite: Consent

HS 495ARC Internship in Archaeology
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring, Summer)

A field experience in archaeology which provides an opportunity for the student to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Student maintains close cooperation with the supervisory personnel in the field.
Prerequisite: Consent

Courses in Political Science

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PS 105 Introduction to Law
(3 credits - Fall)

Survey of the fields of criminal law and criminal procedure, civil law and civil procedure, torts, business and contract law, property and constitutional law. Attention is given to preparation for law school and aspects of the legal profession.
Identical with CJ 105.

PS 111 Public Policy
(3 credits - Spring)

A study of public policy - broadly defined - and public policy issues in the American context. Focusing on current and perennial questions of national concern, the course will examine issues involved in public policy formation, existing policies and proposals for reforming or changing those policies.

PS 171 Development and Sustainability
(3 credits - Spring)

This course examines the various political, economic, cultural and environmental factors that are critical to sustaining healthy, vibrant communities. Healthy communities facilitate "persistence in place" and promote the long-term stability of human populations. Through various case studies, students will explore factors that result in community deterioration and ultimately, dispersal of human populations. This course is intended to develop practical skills and academic competencies for further academic and professional work in international affairs, immigrant and refugee studies and community development.
Identical with SO 171.

PS 318 African-American History
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

African-American History (1789 to present) examines the African-American experience in the United States through such media as print, music, film, and the visual arts. The course will examine the policies, events, and people who helped write the African-American story. Students will consider the perspectives of prominent African-American figures and discover the way African-American cultural expressions have impacted the United States.
Identical with HS 318.
Prerequisite: HS 115 or 116

PS 321 Public Finance
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

A study of the political economy with a focus on public policies related to government spending and taxation. Political ideologies related to funding government and providing public goods are examined. Current issues in social welfare, defense and security, public infrastructure, energy and education are studied.
Identical with EB 321.
Prerequisite: EB 211

PS 322 European Reformations and Revolutions
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

In-depth study of selected topics in European history from the Reformation era through the French Revolution. Utilizes complex role-playing games to examine historically significant sources, both primary and secondary, and to acquaint students with the essential historiography and interpretive problems of the period.
Identical with HS 322.
Prerequisite: HS 115

PS 344 American Political Institutions
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

An in-depth study of the structures and processes of American governance. Topics include the origins of the U.S. constitutional system, the development of party organizations, the role of interest groups and grassroots movements, election campaigns and voter behavior, and the administration of the federal government.
Identical with HS 344.
Prerequisite: HS 211 or 212

PS 346 Cambodia: Revolution and Genocide
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course introduces students to the political, economic and social history of Cambodia. It explores Cambodia's struggle for independence, involvement in the Vietnam War, revolution, genocide, rehabilitation and reconciliation, and environmental history since 1945.
Identical with HS 346.
Prerequisite: HS 116

PS 373 Art and Archaeology of Angkor
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This class studies the political rise and material culture of the ancient Angkor civilization within Southeast Asia. The Angkor Empire was deeply influenced by the art and religion of India. The class, therefore, focuses on the cross-cultural connection and transfer of sculpture, temple structures and people groups within mainland Southeast Asia.
Identical with AR 373 and HS 373.

PS 376 Hindu Maharajas and Buddhist Kings
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

The study of Kashmiri and Cambodian society from periods of contested sovereignties, to consolidated legitimacies, and to collaborative authorities within colonial statecraft 1800-1950. Students examine the relationship between indigenous kingship and European Empires with specific reference to religion (Hinduism/Islam/Buddhism), power, and authority, within "Indianized" kingdom spaces.
Identical with HS 376.
Prerequisite: HS 116

PS 385 The American Revolution
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course addresses the military, intellectual, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the movement for American independence. Topics include the preconditions and precipitants of the American Revolution, the military history of the conflict, internal problems in Britain and the rebellious colonies, the divergence of British and American political theory and constitutional practice, the growth of American national consciousness and the consequences of the war for world history.
Identical with HS 385.
Prerequisite: HS 211

PS 391 Policy Debate Practicum
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

This practicum gives students the opportunity to research, prepare and advocate for opposing sides of a current public policy issue by engaging in an annual, campus-wide public debate.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 392 Mock Trial Practicum
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

Simulation of a civil or criminal trial using materials and procedures from organized mock trial associations. Students develop knowledge of legal concepts and practices while acquiring skills in public speaking and legal advocacy.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 395 Practicum in Political Science
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

A practice learning experience that offers exposure to the field of political science. Students are expected to work closely with a professional or an organization, and to reflect on their experiences through conferences and assignments with a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 395ID Practicum in International and Development Studies
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

A practice learning experience that offers exposure to the field of international development. Students are expected to work closely with a professional or an organization, and to reflect on their experiences through conferences and assignments with a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 395RE Practicum in Refugee Studies
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

A practice learning experience that offers exposure to the field of refugee policy or services. Students are expected to work closely with a professional or an organization, and to reflect on their experiences through conferences and assignments with a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 434 Classics of Political Thought
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

In-depth study of the classic political texts in the Western tradition from Ancient Greece to modern times. The course will examine how these texts answer the major theoretical questions about the need for and purpose of government.
Identical with HS 434.
Prerequisites: HS 222 and PS 111

PS 456 America and Vietnam
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

The course examines the key factors concerning United States involvement in the Vietnam War. It investigates American involvement in relation to European decolonization, Cold War politics, congress and public opinion. The unit considers the impact of the Vietnam War on American foreign policy since 1975 and - using film, literature and oral histories - the way in which it continues to affect the United States today.
Identical with HS 456.
Prerequisite: HS 116

PS 463 American Environmental History
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course explores the changing relationship between people and their natural environments in American history from the colonial era to the present. Topics include native American ecology, ideas and practices of settler colonialism, the emergence of modern industrial and agricultural development, conservation and preservation movements, and contemporary conflicts over natural resources and environmental health.
Identical with HS 463.
Prerequisite: HS 115 or 116

PS 477 European Nation-States in Conflict
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

An in-depth study of selected topics in modern European history from the early 19th century to the present. Utilizes complex role-playing games to examine historically significant sources, both primary and secondary, and to acquaint students with the essential historiography and interpretive problems of the period.
Identical with HS 477.
Prerequisite: HS 116

PS 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

An individualized study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the political science field.
Prerequisite: Consent

PS 495 Internship
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

A field experience in politics or government, which provides an opportunity for the student to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Students will engage in career development activities as they search for internship opportunities, assisted by the department. Students may satisfy the internship requirement for political studies by completing the CCCU's American Studies Program in Washington, DC.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent

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