History and Social Science

History and Behavioral Science at Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Our History and Social Science instructors offer a number of History, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology courses. These courses are designed for both certificate and degree-seeking students and will easily transfer to a four-year institution. Many of these courses are offered in traditional, hybrid, and fully online settings to accommodate the needs of our students.

HIS 101. Western Civilization I (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: As required by program.

This course is a survey of social, intellectual, economic and political developments which have molded the modern western world. This course covers the ancient and medieval periods and concludes in the era of the Renaissance and Reformation. Code A

HIS 102. Western Civilization II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: As required by program.

This course is a continuation of HIS 101. It surveys development of the modern western world from the era or the Renaissance and Reformation to the present. Code A

HIS 121. World History I (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course surveys social, intellectual, economic and political developments that have molded the modern world. Focus is on both nonwestern and western civilizations from the prehistoric to the early modern era. Code A

HIS 122. World History II (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course is a continuation of HIS 121. It covers world history both western and nonwestern from the early modern era to the present. Code A

HIS 201. United States History I (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course surveys United States history during colonial, Revolutionary, early national and antebellum periods. It concludes with the Civil War and Reconstruction. Code A

HIS 202. United States History II (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course is a continuation of HIS 201. It surveys United States history from the Reconstruction era to the present. Code A

HIS 215. History Through Music and Movies (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV
Prerequisite: None.

This course will explore historical topics through various popular culture sources, including movies and music. Students will be encouraged to compare the popular culture material with historical events, as well as analyze the sources in the context of their times. Code A

HIS 216. History of World Religions (3-0-3)

This course presents a comparison of the major religions of the world from a historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the origin, development and social influence of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. Code C

HIS 220. Contemporary Studies (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: As required by program.

This course provides a survey of contemporary problems and issues within a historical context. Topics might include nationalism, the rise of Islam as a powerful influence in the post-Cold War environment, environmental issues, and the impact of colonialism on modern, Third World Society. Code C

HIS 260. Alabama History (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: As required by program.

This course surveys the development of the state of Alabama from pre-historic times to the present. The course presents material on the discovery, exploration, colonization, territorial period, ante-bellum Alabama, Reconstruction, and modern history. Code B

In today’s increasingly complex global economy we often find ourselves asking about the far reaching forces that influence our own daily lives on a local level. The study of Geography looks at the broader world using a wide variety of analytical approaches. It helps us understand the connections between the wider world and the local world we see around us every day.

GEO 100. World Regional Geography (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: As required by program.

This course surveys various countries and major regions of the world with respect to location and landscape, world importance, political status, population, type of economy, and its external and internal organization problems and potentials. Code A

GEO 201. Principles of Human Geography (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: GEO 100.

This course surveys the science of location, with emphasis on human activities as it relates to agricultural and industrial activities, and cities as market and production centers. Emphasis will be placed on human networks. Code A

This class provides a basic look at how our American system of government works and why sometimes it might seem like it doesn’t. Students will explore the origins of our system of national government and look in detail at the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

POL 211. American National Government (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course surveys the background, constitutional principles, organization and operation of the American political system. Topics include: the U.S. Constitution, federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, political parties, interest groups, political campaigns, voting behavior, elections, the presidency, bureaucracy, Congress and the justice system. Upon completion, students should be
able to identify and explain relationships among the basic elements of American government and function as more informed participants of the American political system. Code A (Offered Intermittently.)

An introduction to the science of psychology which is the study of behavior and mental processes. The course focuses on  how psychologists work using a variety of theoretical models and traditions to attempt to unravel the mysteries of the mind.  Topics include the dynamic relationship between the brain and behavior, how we make contact with the world outside our body,

memory and what makes us unique.  The course concludes with a look at the major types of mental illnesses and some of the factors that influence them.

PSY 200. General Psychology (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV

This course is a survey of behavior with emphasis upon psychological processes. This course includes the biological basis for behavior, thinking, emotion, motivation and the nature and development of personality. Code A

PSY 210. Human Growth and Development (3-0-3)
Core, Area IV
Prerequisite: PSY 200

This course is a study of the psychological, social and physical factors that affect human behavior from conception to death. Code A
PSY 230. Abnormal Psychology (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: PSY 200

This course is a survey of abnormal behavior and its social and biological origins. The anxiety related disorders, psychoses, personality disorders and mental deficiencies will be covered. Code C