A Focus Area is a concentration of related courses which allows students pursuing an AA or AS degree to explore one field of study in more depth. Focus Area requirements range from 12 to 21 credit hours, with at least one 200-level course required to complete the area of concentration. Students planning to transfer after earning an AA or AS degree may fulfill a number of their pre-major requirements by choosing a Focus Area. Obtaining a Focus Area, however, does not mean that a student has fulfilled all pre-major requirements for a four-year degree.
HIS 101 - World Civilization I
Presents a multicultural survey of world cultures and global issues from ancient to medieval times.
HIS 102 - World Civilization II
Presents a multicultural survey of world cultures and contemporary global issues from 1600 to the present.
HIS 104 - A History of Europe Through the Mid-Seventeenth Century
Surveys the development of European politics, society, and culture from the beginnings of civilization through the Age of Religious Conflict.
HIS 105 - A History of Europe from the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present
Surveys the development of European politics, society, and culture from the Age of Absolutism to the present.
HIS 108 - History of the United States Through 1865
Examines key political, economic, and social topics that have significantly influenced the American experience from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War era.
HIS 109 - History of the United States Since 1865
Examines key political, economic, and social topics that have influenced significantly the American experience from Reconstruction through the contemporary era.
HIS 120 - The World at War, 1939-45
Covers a global overview of the events of the Second World War, including consideration of the conflicts military, diplomatic, political, social, and economic dimensions.
HIS 202 - History of British People to the Restoration
Surveys the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in British history from the pre-Roman era through the Stuart Dynasty. Includes examination of such topics as the Norman conquest, the Plantagenet Dynasty, the Hundred Years War, War of the Roses, the Tudors Monarchs, the Protestant Reformation, the Stuart Kings, Puritan Revolution, and the Restoration.
HIS 203 - History of the British People Since the Restoration
Covers the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in British history from the Stuart period to the present. Includes examination of such topics as the Glorious Revolution, Imperial Wars American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, Great Depression World War II, Cold War, Decolonization, Post-War Britain, and the European Union.
HIS 220 - Native American History: Pre-Contact to 1865
Surveys the struggle of Native Americans from pre-colonial times to 1865. Emphasizes the indigenous Native American culture and society, the Columbian and biological exchange, Indian-Anglo cultural interactions, the construction and reconstruction of Indian identities, U.S. Indian policy development, and forced Indian removal.
HIS 221 - Native American History: 1865 to Present
Surveys the struggle of Native Americans from 1865 to the present times. Emphasizes the indigenous Native American culture and society, Indian-Anglo cultural interactions, the construction and reconstruction of Indian identities, and the struggles for the Great Plains and the Great Basin. Assesses the U.S. Indian policy development in relation to forced Indian removal, Americanization plan, educational assualt on Indian children, termination policy, and sovereignty.
HIS 240 - History of Kentucky
Surveys the chief periods in Kentucky's growth and development from 1750 to the present focusing on the social, economic, cultural, and political trends of each region.
HIS 247 - History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 500-1250 A.D.
Surveys the origins and development of the Islamic civilization from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to 1250, with special emphasis on the role of the Arab, Iranian, and Turkic peoples.
HIS 248 - History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 1250 to the Present
Surveys the religion and institutions of the Islamic world in the Middle East with emphasis on the Mongol Ottoman, Safavid, and Qajar Empires. Includes the demise of these empires, the response of the Middle East peoples to European imperialism, and the development of the Middle East since 1250.
HIS 260 - African American History to 1865
Studies the African American experience through the Civil War. Examines African heritage, slavery, and growth of African American institutions.
HIS 261 - African-American History 1865 - Present
Examines the African American experience from Reconstruction to the present, with emphases on the rise of segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and race relations into the twenty-first century.
HIS 265 - History of Women in America
Surveys the history of American women, with particular emphasis on the mid-19th century to the present. Includes the major themes of family, work, social ideas about women, and feminism. Prerequisite: HIS 109 or consent of instructor.
HIS 296 - History of Asia II
Surveys the major civilizations of Asia. Focuses on the key political, social and cultural developments of the major peoples from the beginnings of western influence in Asia to the present. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.