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WKU History Department - Courses


Honors Courses and New Courses: Every semester the History Department offers at least two advanced courses for honors History majors. Periodically, the faculty will also offer new courses, either as special topics courses (History 490 and 491) or as new catalog offerings. These courses are usually not listed separately in the WKU course catalog, but they appear in the Class Bulletin each term and new course descriptions may also by read on the website.

ITV Courses: Since 1989, the Department of History has been offering graduate and undergraduate courses via interactive television. The majority of our regular course offerings can be taken by ITV. Undergraduate courses are offered on weekdays and both graduate and undergraduate classes are offered on weeknights. (Graduate classes are also scheduled during the day in summer sessions.) Courses are offered at WKU off-campus sites in Owensboro, Glasgow, and Ft. Knox, and also at Taylor County High School, Russell County High School, Elizabethtown High School and Clinton County High School. For further information please email the Department or write to us.

Web Courses: Starting in 1999, the History Department began to develop courses which were partially or wholly web-based. In the near future, the Department offers these courses to all Western students and through the Commonwealth Virtual University to all students in Kentucky. Consult the new courses page for more information on current offerings.

Full Undergraduate Course List:

Core Courses:

101 World History I
102 World History II
240 U.S. History to 1865
241 U.S. History since 1865
498 Senior Seminar


Upper Division Courses:

United States History:

320 American Studies
325 Blacks in Civil War and Reconstruction
347 U.S. Social History since 1800
348 United States, 1900-1945
349 United States since 1945
352 American Borderlands and the West
353 Indian Peoples of North America
358 Blacks in American History to 1877
359 Blacks in American History since 1877
390 Blacks in the American South
430 The Civil Rights Movement in America
440 Colonial North america to 1763
441 The American Revolution and Early Republic, 1776-1815
442 The Age of Jackson, 1815-1850
443 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
444 Gilded Age in America
445 American Legal History to 1865
446 American Legal History since 1865
447 History of American Popular Culture
448 American Biographies
449 Korea and Vietnam
450 Diplomatic History of the U.S. to 1865
451 Diplomatic History of the U.S. since 1865
453 American Women's History
454 History of Religion in America
456 Kentucky History
457 Old South
458 New South
463 The Atlantic World
481 The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy

European History to 1648:

305 Ancient Greece
306 Ancient Rome
307 The Middle Ages
317 Renaissance Europe
318 Age of the Reformation
323 British Isles to 1688
407 The Crusades
419 Tudor-Stuart England

European History since 1648:

322 Age of Enlightenment
324 Modern Britain since 1688
334 19th Century Europe
335 20th Century Europe
338 Russia to 1900
340 Popular Culture since 1500
422 The French Revolution and Napoleon
425 Modern Germany
426 Hitler and Nazi Germany
428 England since 1914
438 20th Century Russia
439 Rise and Fall of Communism
480 Social History of Science

Regions Outside Europe and the U.S.:

310 Comparative Slavery
330 African History to 1500
331 African History since 1500
360 History of Africa
364 Colonial Latin America
365 Modern Latin America, 1800-Present
370 Modern South Asia
379 Gandhi: Creation of a Global Legacy
460 Traditional East Asia
461 Modern East Asia
462 History of the Middle East
464 Latin America and the U.S.
465 The Mexican Republic
471 Modern China
472 Modern Japan

Special Courses:

200 Introduction to Latin America
299 Introduction to Military History
341 A Cultural History of Alcohol
380 Human Rights in History
391 History of Sport
402 Pirates in World History
404 History of Ancient Egypt
420 History of Sexuality
489 Cooperative Education in History
490/91 Topics in History (area requirements)
492 History of Canada
494 American Military History
499 Advanced Individual Study


Note that all history faculty members post their course syllabi and materials on the online Schedule of Classes. Not every class is offered each semester.


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