Department of History

 Undergraduate Program

Message from the Program Leader

Greetings!  Thank you for visiting our website and considering Southern University and A & M College.  The Southern University History Program is a student friendly unit of academic excellence offering an accessible, long-standing, nurturing, and inspiring educational experience for students pursuing the study of history.  Our unit remains steadfast in its effort to produce qualified students who can demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of the histories and peoples of the world and use the tools of historical research to expand the fields of knowledge.  A number of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees and professional school training in a conscientious effort to better serve our communities, states, the nation, and the world.  Make our program yours of choice, and rank among prepared, effective, and proud Southern alumni.

Dr. Shawn Comminey 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Southern University History Program is to produce students who can demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of the histories and peoples of the world and use the tools of historical research to expand the fields of knowledge.  Students completing the baccalaureate in History will adequately demonstrate a competency in history by expressing themselves orally, and in writing, in any given arena.

Programs and Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in History

Curriculum

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISTORY 

 

Freshman Year

FIRST SEMESTER                                                 SECOND SEMESTER

Course No. Cr.                                                      Course No. Cr.

Freshman Composition ENGL 110 3                         Freshman Composition ENGL 111 3

College Mathematics I  MATH 130 3                         College Mathematics II  MATH 131 3

General Biology BIOL 104 3                                    General Biology 105 BIOL 105 3

History of Civilization HIST 114 3                            History of Civilization HIST 115 3

Freshman Seminar FRMN 110 1                              Freshman Seminar FRMN 111 1

TOTAL 13                                                              TOTAL 13

 

Sophomore Year

FIRST SEMESTER                                               SECOND SEMESTER

Course No. Cr.                                                    Course No. Cr.

Techniques of Speech 210 3                                  English Elective 3

Philosophy 3                                                        Physical Science PHYS 101 w/Lab 4

English Elective 3                                                 Arts Elective 3

Foreign Language Sequence FOLG 100 3               Foreign Language Sequence FOLG 101 3

American Govt. POLS 200 3                                  Geography Elective 3

Intro. to Sociology SOCL 210 3

TOTAL 18                                                            TOTAL 16

 

Junior Year

FIRST SEMESTER                                               SECOND SEMESTER

Course No. Cr.                                                     Course No. Cr.

History of the U.S. HIST 224 3                               History of the U.S. HIST 225 3

History (Non U.S.) 3                                              History (Non U.S.) 3

Principles of Economics ECON 200 3                      Computer Science 3

History HIST 400 3                                                Historiography HIST 414 3

Service Learning 3

TOTAL 15                                                            TOTAL 12

 

Senior  Year

FIRST SEMESTER                                              SECOND SEMESTER

Course No. Cr.                                                   Course No. Cr.

Foreign Language FOLG 200 3                             Free Elective 3

Free Electives 6                                                  Health/PE Activity 3

History Electives 9                                              Humanities Electives 6

History (Non U.S.) 3

TOTAL 21                                                           TOTAL 12

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Courses Offered and Descriptions

HIST 104. AMERICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of American history from the European settlement of North America to 1865.

HIST 105. AMERICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A continuation of HIST 104 with emphasis upon the period from 1865 to the present.

HIST 114. HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of world civilization from prehistoric time to circa 1500.

HIST 115. HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION (Credit, 3 hours). A continuation of HIST 114 with emphasis on civilization from 1500 to the present.

HIST 224. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Credit, 3 hours). A broad examination of the major political, social, and economic movements and philosophies that contributed to American thought and development from colonial times to 1865.

HIST 225. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Credit, 3 hours). A continuation of HIST 224 with emphasis upon the period from 1865 to the present.

HIST 230. LOUISIANA HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of colonial and antebellum Louisiana with emphasis on the relationship of these periods to problems and issues facing the state today.

HIST 235. INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (Credit, 3 hours). an interdisciplinary survey of the black experience in the United States.

HIST 306. AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of the military history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present.

HIST 311. AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of the history of African Americans in the United States from their African background to the present. Emphasis on the changing status of African Americans and their contribution to the American society.

HIST 320. HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of Oriental history. Emphasis given to internal developments and intercultural action of one country upon another.

HIST 325. HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Credit, 3 hours). An examination of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States with emphasis on its origins, goals, philosophies, events, tactics, organizations, and personalities.

HIST 354/355. AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours each). Constitutional development from 1781 to the present. Emphasis on executive, legislative, and judicial evolution as they affect the social economic system of the United States.

HIST 385. CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). Current domestic problems and international issues confronted by the republic of Latin America.

HIST 400. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY AND WRITING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (Credit, 3 hours). Designed for education majors with a concentration in history. Course provides the students the opportunity to study and write interpretively about major events and issues.

HIST 401. HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO 1877 (Credit, 3 hours). An intensive study of African Americans to the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

HIST 403. AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours each). An examination of the United States relationship with the rest of the world from the Declaration of Independence to the present.

HIST 404. THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE (Credit, 3 hours).An analysis of scientific thought from the ancient Orient to the present.

HIST 405. ANCIENT EGYPT (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of the historical and archaeological records of ancient Egypt, including Nubian and Kemetan (Egyptian) culture, to the Roman conquest.

HIST 410. CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (Credit, 3 hours). A study of the causes of the Civil War, problems of both the North and South during the War, and problems of Reconstruction.

HIST 414. HISTORIOGRAPHY (Credit, 3 hours). Fundamentals of historical research and writing.

HIST 419. HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN EDUCATION IN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). Examination of the education of black America from 1619 to the present. Emphasis placed on major events and personalities shaping black educational experiences in the United States.

HIST 420. READINGS AND PROBLEMS IN HISTORY (Credit, 1-3 hours). Independent selected study offered for special programs or projects.

HIST 422. SECTIONAL CONTROVERSIES IN THE UNITED STATES (Credit, 3 hours). An intensive review of the social, political, and economic issues that led to the division within the United States and eventually caused the Civil War.

HIST 423. HISTORY OF THE NEW SOUTH (Credit, 3 hours). An intensive study of the South since Reconstruction.

HIST 430. A CULTURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF LOUISIANA (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of Louisiana cultures and the political, social, and economic forces that helped to shape them. Prerequisite: HIST 230.

HIST 463. INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). A historical and anthropological survey of the Indians of North America, with one-half of the semester devoted to a study of Native American culture and the other half devoted to the relations between the federal government and Indian tribes.

HIST 474. HISTORY OF EUROPE (Credit, 3 hours). A detailed narrative of characteristic and institutional development from the Italian Renaissance to Napoleon’s Waterloo.

HIST 475. HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE (Credit, 3 hours). Continuation from Waterloo to the present with emphasis on Europeanization of the world.

HIST 481. HISTORY OF RUSSIA (Credit, 3 hours). A study of Russian history from earlier times to present.

HIST 482. EUROPEAN IMPERIALISM (Credit, 3 hours). A study of colonial and modern imperialism and the impact of neocolonialism.

HIST 483. HISTORY OF EAST AFRICA (Credit, 3 hours). A study of ancient, colonial, and modern East Africa.

HIST 484. PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY SINCE 1900 (Credit, 3 hours). Major social and intellectual problems in American life and thought.

HIST 485. PROBLEMS IN POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC HISTORY SINCE 1900 (Credit, 3 hours). Emphasis on the rise of the United States as a dominant world power and advent of the Great Society.

HIST 486. AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Credit, 3 hours). An intensive study of the changing economic, social, and political status of African-Americans since 1900.

HIST 487. HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST (Credit, 3 hours). A study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to modern times.

HIST 488. URBAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of urban development in the United States from the early colonial towns to the 20th century megalopolis.

HIST 490. HISTORY OF WOMEN IN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). An examination of shifts in the perception of women’s roles from a social, political, economic, and intellectual perspective.

HIST 491/547. HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA (Credit, 3 hours each). Aims to outline, clarify, and amplify socio-economic and political developments in the Cape region after the European intrusion and their repercussions to the modern era.

HIST 493/548. AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours each). An examination of the culture, politics, economy, and other social aspects of black people in Latin America from the voyages of Columbus to the present.

HIST 494/545. AFRICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours each). A study of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to circa 1800.

HIST 495/546. AFRICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours each). A continuation of HIST 494, 545 with emphasis on African history from 1800 to the present.

HIST 496. AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). A study of the history of the African-American female in America from the Colonial period to the Civil War.

HIST 497. AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN AMERICA (Credit, 3 hours). A continuation of HIST 496, with emphasis on the African-American female in America, from Reconstruction to the present.

HIST 499/550. WEST AFRICAN HISTORY (Credit, 3 hours). A survey of West African history from 1000 A.D. to the present.

Faculty and Staff

Professors: Shawn Comminey, Wanda Jackson, Charles Vincent

Associate Professors:  Peter Breaux 

Assistant Professors: Michael Firven, Don Hernandez

Adjunct Professors: Emmitt Glynn, Dena Davis, Terrell Johnson, Latrenda Williams-Clark, Fred-Alan Williams, Sanford Robins, Shala Washington, Derrick Cavasos (Online), Tia Mills (Online)

Administrative Coordinator:  Jessica Lawal

 

Contact Information

Jessica Lawal

Administrative Coordinator

History Program

Southern University and A&M College

Higgins Hall, Suite. 407

P.O. Box 10092

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813

Office:  (225) 771-4732/3260

             (225) 771-4170

Fax:      (225) 771-5861

Email:  jessica_lawal@subr.edu

 

Shawn C. Comminey, Ph.D.

Program Leader

History Program

Higgins Hall, Suite. 407

Southern University and A&M College

Higgins Hall, Suite 407

P.O. Box 10092

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813

Office:  (225) 771-4732/3260

Fax:      (225) 771-5861

Email:  shawn_comminey@subr.edu

 

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