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Graduate Course Descriptions

HIST 5301   (3-3-0)   Western Church History

A study of the history of the church from the New Testament era to the present giving special emphasis to developments in Europe and the West. This study includes Christian thought, philosophy, literature, institutions, expansion, and secular backgrounds. Special attention will be given to a study of the impact of Christianity on Western culture. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, even-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4303, RELI 4370

HIST 5302   (3-3-0)   History of Religion in America

A study in the history of religion in America from its European background to the present. This study includes Christian thought, philosophy, literature, institutions, expansion, and secular backgrounds as they relate to the American experience. Special attention will be given to indigenous characteristics of American religion such as denominationalism, revivalism, sectarianism, and the social gospel. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, odd-numbered years, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4304, RELI 4371

HIST 5303   (3-3-0)   Baptist History

This course is a survey of Baptist history, including the origins of Baptists in England and America, key leaders, events, and movements in Baptist life in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, and the work of Baptists in other parts of the world. The course will also place the history of the Baptists within the larger context of American and world Christianity. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, odd-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4320, RELI 4372

HIST 5304   (3-3-0)   American Diplomatic History

An in-depth study of the personalities, issues, and events that have shaped American foreign policy since 1898. This study includes such issues as U.S. Relations with Latin America, U.S. involvement in the world wars, American involvement in Asia, and the Cold War. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered:
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4308, POLS 4309, POLS 5309

HIST 5305   (3-3-0)   History of Texas

A study of Texas history from discovery to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the geography of Texas and the cultural, economic, political, and social institutions contributed by Spain. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4309

HIST 5308   (3-3-0)   Medieval History

A study of Western Civilization from the collapse of the Roman Empire to A.D. 1500 with emphasis on social, cultural, political, and intellectual developments. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, odd-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4320

HIST 5312   (3-3-0)   The Twentieth Century

A study of America and the world since 1900 based on the developing intellectual, cultural, and diplomatic realities. Among the elements of study will be the shift from utopian idealism to totalitarianism to international collectivism and the presuppositions underlying them. Social and cultural features will be emphasized to illustrate this development. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, even-numbered years, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4307

HIST 5354   (3-3-0)   Ancient Civilizations

A study of ancient civilizations from the early Mesopotamian civilizations through the conquests of Alexander the Great to the fall of Rome. Special emphasis will be given to the political, social, religious, and intellectual development and history of these civilizations. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4311

HIST 5357   (3-3-0)   History of the Reformation

A study of the religious, social, political, and economic developments of the Reformation Era beginning with the background of the Renaissance period through the end of the Counter-Reformation and the origins of the Wars of Religion of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Of particular interest will be the lives of the leading reformers and their theology. This study will cover both the Reformation in Europe and in England. This course will cover the Magisterial Reformation in addition to the Radical Reformation and the Counter Reformation with emphasis on political and social consequences. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, even-numbered years, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4319, RELI 4373

HIST 5388   (3-3-0)   Foundations of the American Republic

This course explores the interaction of people, events, and institutions in the development of our democratic republic. The course will focus on the period between 1763 and 1800. The student will follow America’s alienation from Britain, separation and war for independence. Attention will be given to the problems of the early independence era and the unique systems of government established under the Constitution. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4310

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