Courses

Africa in World History
This course provides a survey of major historical developments in African history from prehistory to the present. It aims to familiarize students with African interaction in global history through an introductory discussion of the human origins debate, regional developments, the spread of Islam, colonialism and neocolonialism, economic and political change, and the globalization of African culture. - three semester hours
African American Women
America in the Industrial Age
Interpretative analysis of modern America's emergence during the late 19th century, including the rise of industrialism, immigration, urban and rural dislocations, and governmental responses. =- three semester hours
America to 1876
This course seeks to introduce students to American history from the age of discovery until the end of Reconstruction. Basic methods of historical study and central themes such as Americas multicultural origins, society and politics, equality and freedom, and sectional differences will be covered. - three semester hours
American Military History
Examines the development of the American military establishment from colonial times to the present, with special emphasis on its relationship to society, the evolution of war, joint operations, the progression of military professionalism in the United States and the military thought, ideals and strategies of selected American adversaries. - three semester hours
American Revolutionary War
This course evaluates the social, economic, political, and religious transformations experienced during the Revolutionary era. Individuals and broad cultural and social trends illustrate how the Revolution was more than a political or military event. This course asks whether or not America became more or less open and democratic between 1754 and 1826. - three semester hours
AP-History Elective
AP History Elective
AP-History Elective
AP History Elective
AP-History Elective
AP History Elective
Arab-Israeli Conflict
In this course, students will examine one of the most volatile disputes in the contemporary world, with an emphasis on its larger historical context: the Zionist movement in Europe, Palestine under the Ottomans and the British Mandate, contemporary Israeli and Palestinian politics, and the role of outside and regional actors.
Asia-Pacific World
Provides in images and print a historical introduction to modern Asia. Wars, revolutions, social change, economic growth and outstanding human figures are seen in stories of how China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and other peoples struggled to become modern nations that challenge Western economic, legal, and military supremacy. - three semester hours
Canada and U.S. Relations
This course explores the historical relations of the Canadian and American nations and examines the major determinants influencing their interrelationship since the late eighteenth century. The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to familiarize students with the major events that have shaped Canadian-American relations, and 2) to use Canadian-American history as an analytical model for exploring international relationships.
Civil Rights Movements
This course examines the long arc of the Civil Rights Movement; exploring the major campaigns, organizations and guiding themes of the modern Black freedom movement while acknowledging the role of less-publicized grassroots activism. We will analyze major debates regarding Black Power and Civil Rights, placing both in their proper context. =- three semester hours
Contemporary Europe
The course will examine the European political, social and economic scene from the post-World War II period of reconstruction to the present. Topics of discussion will include the Cold War, the impact of totalitarianism and democracy on world affairs, the fall of Communism and the creation of the European Union. - three semester hours
Contemporary Problems ? Domestic
A problems approach to selected domestic issues facing American society today, historical backgrounds, current contours, and proposed solutions. - three semester hours
Contemporary Problems ? Foreign
A problems approach to selected foreign affairs issues facing American society today, historical backgrounds, current contours, and proposed solutions. - three semester hours
Early American Foreign Policy
Interpretive and descriptive study of American foreign policy from colonial times to World War I; its theory, practice, and results, with emphasis on US use of law and diplomacy to navigate a system of more powerful states. - three semester hours
Early Republic, 1790-1850
America changed dramatically during the early nineteenth century. This course will describe and evaluate the change based on the experiences of everyday Americans, especially women, African Americans, and Indians. It analyzes the democratization of politics, cultural development, the ?Market Revolution?, reform movements, and territorial expansion. Conflict and anxiety dominate the period. - three semester hours
From Roosevelt to Roosevelt
A study of the Progressive Period, the ?20s, the Depression, and the New Deal. Close attention directed also to the rise of the United States to the status of a global power through World War II. - three semester hours
Great Historians and Issues
Readings on issues of major historical significance which reflect the historians? diverse approaches to the discipline. An essential course for students contemplating doing advanced study in the discipline of history. - three semester hours
HIS Elective H
HIS Elective H
HIS Elective H CD
HIS Elective H CD
HIS ELESS
HIS ELESS
History Internship/Co-op
A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking an internship or co-op should talk to their adviser. - zero to six semester hours
History Internship/Co-op
A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking an internship or co-op should talk to their adviser. - zero to six semester hours
History Internship/Co-op
A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking an internship or co-op should talk to their adviser. - zero to six semester hours
History Internship/Co-op
A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking an internship or co-op should talk to their adviser. - zero to six semester hours
History of England I
A survey of English society?s development from the Roman invasions through 1688. Topics will include the Roman period in Britain, the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman invasion, medieval England, the Tudor-Stuart period, and the Glorious Revolution. The development of the parliamentary system in Britain and the English monarchy will be stressed. Recommended for prelaw majors. - three semester hours
History of England II
A survey of English society?s development from 1688 to the present. Topics will include Georgian and Victorian England, the industrial revolution, the impact of the world wars, and the rise of the Labour Party. The growth of the British Empire and debates over parliamentary and social reform will be stressed. Recommended for prelaw majors. - three semester hours
History of Russia
A comprehensive study of Tsarist Russia emphasizing the essential determinants fostering the revolution of 1917. - three semester hours
History of the Soviet Union
This course explores the political, ideological, social, cultural, economic and military aspects of Soviet history from the 1917 Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Themes include the Russian revolutions, the Stalinist system, its multinational structure, daily life, and factors that led to Russia today. Various approaches within historiography will also be discussed. - three semester hours
History of USA
This course seeks to introduce students to American history from the end of Reconstruction until today. Basic methods of historical study and central themes such as immigration, civil rights, war and social change, and political transformations will be discussed. - three semester hours
Hitler & Third Reich
Study of the developments which led to Nazi dictatorship. Topics discussed will include Germany's intellectual background, the role of Adolph Hitler, and the political, social and economic factors which caused the rise and fall of the Third Reich. - three semester hours
Honors Thesis I
Individual research of substantive nature pursued in the student?s major field of study. The research will conclude in a written thesis or an original project, and an oral defense. - three semester hours
Honors Thesis II
Individual research of substantive nature pursued in the student?s major field of study. The research will conclude in a written thesis or an original project, and an oral defense. - three semester hours
Independent Reserch
Special archival, reading, or field research projects arranged individually between student and instructor. Open to all students by permission of instructor. - three semester hours
Independent Study
Individual reading on research in special topics mutually agreeable to student and tutor. Open to students by permission of chairperson. Arranged individually. - three semester hours
Intro Research
This course focuses on doing research in the discipline of history. Research theory, research technique, and evaluation of sources are stressed. Students work in all of the following areas: topic selection, source location, source evaluation, structural integrity of a report, elements of style, technology, and appropriate use and citation of sources. Required of all history and social studies majors usually during their sophomore year. - three semester hours
Intro to Africana Studies
Intro to Public History
This course acquaints students with the roles that museums, museum workers, and public historians play in the United States, both in the past and present times. Students participate as interns at public history sites in the community, and have a chance to create a public history project.
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introductory historical, methodological and interdisciplinary approach to the dispersal of African people, culture, and identity in the Americas, Europe and Asia from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on culture, policy and contemporary issues. This course acquaints students with the nature of Africana Studies as a field of intellectual inquiry. - three semester hours
Japan Incorporated
Examines Japan since 1945 with emphasis on the U.S. Occupation and security alliance; the use and misuse of historical analogies in understanding Japan, Inc.; the bubble economy of the 1990s; the globalization of Japanese pop culture and technology; and the trauma and legacies of 3/11.
Living With the Bomb
Examines the effects that nuclear weapons have had on Asian international relations from WWII to today. Pays particular attention to nuclear proliferation over the past decade and the potential repercussions this might have during the 21st century. - three semester hours
Modern Africa
A study of the crucial issues of the colonial and post-colonial periods in east Africa. Study of the economic, social and religious revolutions in African societies and consideration of resistance and freedom struggles including the Mau Mau rebellion. - three semester hours
Modern American Foreign Policy
Interpretive and descriptive study of American foreign policy from World War I to the present. America?s emergence as a global power in modern times, the nexus of domestic and foreign affairs, and the legal dimensions of US power are highlighted. - three semester hours
Modern China
The people of China and their massive social revolution from its origins to the quest today for national power and an egalitarian society. Interdisciplinary approach: literature, geography, economics, politics, and science from a historical perspective. - three semester hours
Modern Japan
The people of Japan and their successful transition from feudal society to modern national and global economic power today. Interdisciplinary approach: literature, geography, economics, politics, and psychology from a historical perspective. - three semester hours
New York State History
?Empire State? refers to New York State?s vast geographic expanse and economic power. This course investigates the state?s development into an ?empire? from before European contact to the 21st century. Students will learn about the state?s history, its continuous multicultural nature, and the tension between economic development and environmental conservation. - three semester hours
Nineteenth Century Europe
A study of the political, social, economic and cultural events from the Congress of Vienna, through the periods of Italian and German unification, to the Imperialistic Age at the eve of World War I. Trends such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, and romanticism will be examined. - three semester hours
Ottomans and Modern Turkey
This course examines the dynamics that shaped governance, society, and culture in the Middle East and the Balkans under the Ottoman Empire from 1300-1923 and its successor, the modern Republic of Turkey, the first secular and democratic state with t predominantly Muslim population.
Rev in European Hist
This course is a comparative study of revolutions and revolutionary epochs in modern European history. It aims to analyze the origins, dynamics, and consequences of the revolutions that have shaped Europe and the world. - three semester hours
Rivalries: Central Asia & Afghanistan
This course studies the Central Asian history with its social, political, economic, and cultural aspects. Studying the early indigenous societies and their evolution through the Islamic, Mongolian, and Russian/Soviet influences present a perspective that combines both the local and global forces that shaped today?s Central Asia and Afghanistan. - three semester hours
Senior Seminar
Research seminar designed to stress primary sources, evoke in-depth research, and produce from each participant a solid paper worthy of a bachelor?s degree. Topics selected in harmony with student interest and instructor preference. Required of all history majors during their senior year. - three semester hours
Special Topics in History
This course will examine in detail a topic of theme that is not ordinarily offered by the History Department that falls within a faculty member?s expertise. Emphasis will be placed on reading recent scholarship in an emerging field of study. May be taken up to three times with different course material. - three semester hours
The Atlantic World, 1400-1760
This course investigates the development of the northwestern Atlantic basin from its existence as a multinational hodge-podge of foundering settlements to viable, complex societies. It focuses on the interaction of the three worlds ? Europe, Africa, and Native America ? that collided to remake the New World. Important topics include discovery and settlement, cultural exchange, slavery, and trade. - three semester hours
The Civil War Era, 1850-1877
The Civil War defines what both separates and unites the American nation. This course analyzes the war?s causes, the experience of war, why people fought, reuniting the nation, and the war?s continued legacy. Battles and military strategy appear only as they inform the war?s social, cultural and political importance. - three semester hours
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Examination of the political and social aspects of the French Revolution and the rise, enactment and overthrow of the Napoleonic system in Europe. Emphasis will be placed on studies of social composition, personalities and artistic developments during this era. - three semester hours
The Holocaust
Examination of the annihilation of 6 million Jewish people and millions of innocent others as a result of Nazi policies which legalized discrimination, allowing prejudice, hatred, and, ultimately, mass murder to occur. - three semester hours
The Middle East
Change and continuity in Southwest Asia and North Africa from the rise of Islam to the nineteenth century with emphasis on the relationship with the West and the challenge of modernity. Considers the evolution of Islamic civilization, Western imperialism, the development of nationalism, and intellectual currents. - three semester hours
The Modern Middle East
In this course students will examine major issues in the political, economic, social and cultural history of the modern Middle East from the early nineteenth century to the present. - three semester hours
The Modern World
In this course, students will explore major themes in world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Topics include imperialism and changing models of political organization, the rise of national- ism, international trade routes and globalization, and the role that new technology plays in historical events.
The Reformation
A study of the religious revolution in the 16th century as expressed in the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and their historical ramifications. Topics will include the Renaissance Papacy, Luther and Germany, Calvinism, the Anabaptists and the Jesuits. - three semester hours
The Renaissance
An exploration of the intellectual, cultural, religious and political influence of humanism in Italy and Western Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. Focus will be the literary and artistic contributions made by Renaissance ?greats? such as Dante, Petrarch, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. - three semester hours
The Rise and Fall of the American City
Examines the evolution of the American city from the colonial period to the present. The course explores the changing role of the city in national development and the city?s responses to problems associated with those changes. The transformation of the American city into an industrial center is stressed, as is the emergence of the modern metropolis and the unprecedented megalopolis. - three semester hours
The Rise of Black America
This course follows the rise of modern black American society from the trauma of the slave trade and slavery through the dramatic struggle for freedom in the present era. Basic topics will be complemented by study of the emergence of Afro-American culture ? art, music and literature. - three semester hours
US-Latin American History
Latin America and the United States share a long history of social, political, economic, and religious interaction. Negotiated borders and the impact of power dynamics on nations south of the border are explored. Students will learn about settlers of the U.S. and Latin America, including Africans, Europeans, and indigenous peoples, acknowledging all helped to shape this shared history.
USA in Contemp World
Interpretive overview of developments affecting America and Americans during the turbulent years since World War II. Examines the nation's rise as a global superpower, the expanding role of central government, and related political, economic, scientific, social, and cultural developments. Provides perspectives on our future by evaluating the impact of developments on fundamental American values. - three semester hours
Vietnam War
America's Vietnam War was the longest our nation ever fought, lasting 25 years and spanning six presidential administrations from Truman to Ford. This course explores the reasons for our involvement, the ways we fought the war, why it lasted so long, and why it culminated in an American defeat. Probed within this context are the Vietnamese social revolution, the antiwar movement within American society, events in Southeast Asia since 1975 when the United States withdrew, and the historical lessons to be learned from the war. - three semester hours
War and Peace in 20th Century Europe
An examination of the historical events leading to victory, defeat and peace in the First and Second World Wars. Special emphasis will be placed on the rise of totalitarian regimes and the development of democratic political systems. - three semester hours
Western Civilization I
This course is an introduction of the major themes of Western Civilization, which had a profound influence on American society and culture. The course will describe the development of Western Civilization from its ancient origins in the Mediterranean, includ- ing Greece and Rome, to the High Middle Ages. It will examine the political, literary, artistic, philosophical, and architectural contribu- tions of successive civilizations. =- three semester hours
Western Civilization II
This course continues the examination of the major themes of Western Civilization. It focuses on the historic developments from the High Middle Ages to the end of the Post- World War II Era. It will examine the contributions of Western Civilization in politics, science, art, literature and philosophy, and their influence on American social and cultural developments. =- three semester hours
Women in American History
Students are introduced to American women's history from colonial times to the present. Students are exposed to what famous and ordinary women did, what they were told to do, and the tension between the two. Attention is paid to the intersections of race, class, and ethnicity in women's experiences.
World History to 1500
This course provides a survey of major historical developments in world history from prehistory to 1500. It aims to familiarize students with the interaction and development of civilizations on a global scale through an examination of cultural exchanges and conflict, technological developments, the impact of environmental change, geography, and global commerce.
World Terrorism
This course examines the history of modern terrorism. Starting with the radicals of the French Revolution and ending with the current crisis in the Middle East, the course analyzes the paradoxical link between terror and the quest for ?progress,? ?democracy,? and ?freedom.? It also examines terrorism as an extreme form of protest against industrialization, and the perceived breakdown of ?traditional? values. - three semester hours