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World and US History (0941)

 

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Human Society to Approximately 3000 B.C.E. (2–3%)

Paleolithic Age

Neolithic Age

HIST 111

HIST 121

Development of City Civilizations—circa 3000–1500 B.C.E. (2–3%)

Developments in Mesopotamia, Africa, Indus River Valley, Huang He River Valley, Mesoamerica

HIST 111

Ancient Empires and Civilizations—circa 1700 B.C.E.–500 C.E. (7–8%)

India

HIST 111

China

HIST 111

Ancient Western Asia

HIST 111

Mediterranean

HIST 111

HIST 121

Africa

HIST 111

Development of world religions

HIST 111

Decline of Classical Civilizations and Change— circa 500–1400 C.E. (7–8%)

Nomadic migrations

HIST 111

Byzantine Empire, Eastern Europe, emergence of Russia

HIST 111

Rise and expansion of Islam; Islamic civilization

HIST 111

African kingdoms

HIST 111

Feudalism in western and central Europe and in Japan

HIST 111

Mesoamerican and Andean cultures

HIST 111

HIST 418

Tang, Song, and Ming China

HIST 111

Emerging Global Interactions—circa 1400–1800 C.E. (8–10%)

Transition from subsistence agriculture to a market economy, and the rise of centralized states

HIST 112

HIST 122

Europe

HIST 112

HIST 122

Global cultural diffusion and interaction movement of peoples, goods, and ideas

HIST 112

Patterns of cultural contact in Asia, Africa, and the Americas

HIST 112

Political and Industrial Revolutions, Nationalism— 1750–1914 (8–10%)

American Revolution, French Revolution, and Latin American independence movements

HIST 112

HIST 122

Industrialization, population expansion, and urbanization

HIST 112

HIST 122

New ideologies including liberalism, socialism, and Marxism

HIST 112

HIST 122

Nationalism and imperialism

HIST 112

HIST 122

Conflicts, Ideologies and Evolutions in the Twentieth Century (8–10%)

Causes and consequences of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions

HIST 112

HIST 122

Interwar instabilities; rise of fascism and militarism in Italy, Germany and Japan; rise of anticolonialism.

HIST 112

HIST 122

Causes and consequences of the Second World War; causes and consequences of the Holocaust and other cases of genocide in the twentieth century; global impact of the Cold War, decolonization, and neocolonialism

HIST 112

HIST 122

The social and economic role of the state and movements to extend rights

HIST 112

HIST 122

Role of international organizations

HIST 112

HIST 122

Changing face of economic systems

HIST 112

Contemporary Trends—1991 to the Present (2–4%)

Changing geopolitical map of the world including the new Europe and the emergence of the Pacific Rim

HIST 111

HIST 121

Regional and global economic and environmental interdependence

HIST 111

HIST 121

Globalization

HIST 111

HIST 121

Physical Geography of North America (2-3%)

North America 's location in the world and of the continent's rivers, lakes, and important land features

HIST 151

HIST 404

Broad climate patterns and physiographic regions

HIST 151

Native American Peoples (2–3%)

The political, economic, social, and cultural life of Native American peoples in the various regions of continental North America before European contact

HIST 151

HIST 404

European Exploration and Colonization (5%)

Major explorers and the reasons for European exploration of North America

HIST 151

Consequences of early contacts between Europeans and Native Americans

HIST 151

Colonization by various European powers

HIST 151

Establishment and growth of the English colonies

HIST 151

HIST 450

Slavery and of the place of free Blacks in the Americas

HIST 151

Establishing a New Nation (1776–1791) (5%)

American Revolution

HIST 151

Declaration of Independence and other revolutionary documents

HIST 151

Government of the United States under the Articles of Confederation

HIST 151

Process of writing and adopting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

HIST 151

Early Years of the New Nation (1791–1829) (5%)

Political development

HIST 151

HIST 453

Foreign policy issues

HIST 151

HIST 453

Economic development

HIST 151

HIST 453

Social and cultural development in this period

HIST 151

HIST 453

Continued National Development (1829–1850's) (5%)

Political issues and conflicts

HIST 151

HIST 454

Geographic expansion, the displacement and destruction of Native American peoples, conflict over the expansion of slavery, and the incorporation of Latino populations

HIST 151

HIST 454

Industrialization and the early labor movement

HIST 151

HIST 454

Social and cultural developments

HIST 151

HIST 454

C. Civil War Era (1850–1870's) (5%)

The growth of sectionalism (North, South and West) and of attempts at political compromise

HIST 151

The abolitionist movement

HIST 151

Failure of political institutions in the 1850's to ease sectional tensions

HIST 151

The Civil War (1861–1865)

HIST 151

Reconstruction period

HIST 151

Emergence of the Modern United States (1877–1900) (5%)

United States expansion and imperialism

HIST 152

HIST 462/463I

Industrialization and the political, economic, and social changes associated with industrialization in this period

HIST 152

European and Asian immigration

HIST 152

Causes and consequences of urban development in this period

HIST 152

Political, cultural, and social movements

HIST 152

Growth of Jim Crow legislation in the South

HIST 152

Progressive Era through the New Deal (1900–1939) (5%)

Political, economic, and social developments

HIST 152

Internal migration and Mexican immigration

HIST 152

Participation in the First World War and of the consequences at home and abroad

HIST 152

Demonstrate knowledge of political, economic, social and cultural life in the “Roaring Twenties”

HIST 152

Political, economic, and social developments during the Great Depression and the New Deal  

HIST 152

HIST 457

The Second World War and the Postwar Period (1939– 1963) (5%)

Causes of United States participation in the Second World War and of the consequences at home and abroad

HIST 152

Advent of the atomic age and domestic and foreign developments during the Cold War

HIST 152

Political, economic, social, and cultural life in the 1950's

HIST 152

Recent Developments (1960's– Present) (5%)

Political developments

HIST 152

HIST 458

HIST 459

Economic developments

HIST 152

HIST 458

Major social movements and of social policy initiatives

HIST 152

HIST 458

Social and cultural effects of changes in the American family and in the ethnic composition of the United States population

HIST 152

HIST 458

International relations

HIST 152

HIST 458

 


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