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Courses available for the Spring 2018 semester:


Survey Courses

HIST 100: Nazi Germany

This is an introductory survey in which we will explore the history of a country that for many has come to exemplify pure evil in the twentieth century. Just a sampling of the topics we will cover include Hitler and his rise to leadership of the Nazi Party, Nazi ideology and antisemitism, everyday life in Nazi Germany, practices of persecution and exclusion, resistance, and the Second World War and the Holocaust. We will also investigate the ways in which Germans and others have dealt with the history and memory of the Nazi period in the years after 1945.

Note: HIST 100 topic varies each semester.

HIST 101: World Civilizations I. Prehistory to 1600.

HIST 102: World Civilizations II. 1600 to present.

HIST 104: Honors World Civilizations II.

HIST 221: United States to 1877.

HIST 222: United States Since 1877.

HIST 307: Louisiana History


Upper Division:

HIST 313: The Renaissance

HIST 317: Collapse of Europe, 1914-1945

This course examines the pivotal events of European history from 1914 to 1945: World War I, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the rise of Fascism and Nazism, Stalin's "revolution from above," World War II, the Holocaust, and the origins of the Cold War.

HIST 343: South Asia After Independence

HIST 355: Black History

HIST 369: Constitutional & Legal History

Examines American legal and constitutional history from the colonial era to the late-nineteenth century, with emphasis on the social and global contexts that shaped American laws and constitutions. Explores not just legal professionals and political leaders, but also ordinary men and women who brought forth legal and constitutional change through their interactions with courts and governments.

HIST 371: Greater France

Under French imperial rule, students across the French-speaking world began their elementary school classes reciting the poem, “Our ancestors, the Gauls…” But what imagined community of French ancestors included people from Angers to Algiers and the Seine to Saigon? How and why did French culture act as theoretical and practical glue that held together the citizens and subjects of “Greater France?” This course will examine French colonialism from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. We will investigate moments of contestation from the world historic, like the Haitian Revolution, to the seemingly banal, like the Fly Swatter incident. Together, we will ask how new and different forms of imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries spurred on French reform and even, toward the end of the semester, movements for decolonization.

HIST 380: Boys to Men

HIST 390: England in Crisis

HIST 395: Acadiana Historical

HIST 420: Classics of Greece and Rome

In this course we will read and discuss English translations of the best and most influential works of Greek and Roman poetry, tragedy, comedy, satire, science, philosophy, political theory, and history.  These works formed the foundation of Western civilization.  They were the basis of nearly all education in the Western world until the twentieth century---the works that were studied, for instance, by the Founding Fathers of the United States in their grammar schools and colleges.  Thus, not only will we discuss the intrinsic qualities of these classic works themselves but also their influence on subsequent history.  In short, this will be "a great books course" centered on the Greco-Roman world.

HIST 440: Latin American History Seminar

HIST 490: Historical Research & Writing Seminar


Graduate Courses:

HIST 505: Research and Writing Seminar

HIST 511: European Readings Seminar

HIST  525: Boys to Men

HIST 541: Exhibit Design and Development

In this course, we will conceptualize, develop, and create an exhibit for the History Department’s “Museum on the Move” program. Throughout the semester, students will gain hands-on experience in exhibit design by researching and writing content, preparing artifacts for display, conceptualizing a layout for the program, and creating digital content to pair with the physical exhibit. Students will work collectively on a semester-long project which will challenge their creativity and skills as Public Historians as we work through the problem-solving process inherent in devising a small mobile exhibit. Additionally, students will read and discuss works on the theory, best practices, and implementation of museum work and exhibit design.

HIST 545: Acadiana Historical



GEOG 103: World Geography

GEOG 104: Physical Geography

GEOG 310: United States and Canada

GEOG 350: Louisiana Geography

GEOG 371: Extreme Weather and Disaster

This course introduces the concepts of the science of weather and climate and the processes responsible for generating natural disasters across the globe. The course will address the impact of extreme climate and weather events and natural disasters on society and the environment. Topics covered include: thunderstorms, lightning, hail, destructive winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, droughts, heat waves, severe winter storms, landslides, plate tectonics, and volcanism.

GEOG 375: Political Geography



PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 111: Contemporary Moral Dilemmas

PHIL 202: Critical Thinking 

PHIL 316: Professional Ethics

PHIL 319: Philosophy of Law

In a democratic society, the law is a distinct feature of everyday life.  But what is the nature of the law an of the legal system? 
What ought the law to be and how should it function? For example, why is the justification and purpose of punishment?  Of disparity in sentencing for
convicted persons?  What might the relationship be between law and morality? Politics?  Political reasoning?  These questions and more will be addressed in this course.

PHIL 322: History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 342: Philosophy of Science

PHIL 371, Section 1: Skepticism & Paradoxes

In this course we will discuss Zeno's paradoxes, the Riddles of Induction, and spend most of the course exploring the history and development of the most stubborn and surprising paradox of them all, that of skepticism about knowledge.

PHIL 371, Section 2: Science Fiction & Philosophy




Undergraduate Course Requirements

Masters Course Requirements