Courses

HIS 101-102 - Western Civilization (H)

Overview of major political, economic, and cultural forces in the
development of Western civilization from early times to the present.

Credit Hours: 6

HIS 103 - America to 1876 (H)

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 America's multicultural origins, society and politics, equality and freedom, and sectional differences will be covered.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 104 - The United States Since 1877 (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 105 - Introduction to Africana Studies (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 199 - America and the Contemporary 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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 200 - Introduction to 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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 201 - Hitler and the Third Reich (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 204 - Introduction to Public History

This course acquaints undergraduate and graduate students with the roles that museum professionals, heritage workers, and public historians play in the United States, both in the past and in present times. Students participate in class through projects and presentations and interaction with public history professionals from the region.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 205 - Independent Study

Special archival, reading, or field research projects arranged individually between student and instructor. Open to all students by permission of instructor.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 206 - Revolutions in European History (SS)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 220 - Africa in World History (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 222 - Rivalries: Central Asia & Afghanistan (H, CD, NW)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 262 - The Vietnam War (CD/H)

American'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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 270 - Living with the Bomb: Asia in the Nuclear Age (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 272 - New York State History (H)

“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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 273 - The Rise of Black America (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 274 - American Military History (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 280 - Asia-Pacific World (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 290 - World Terrorism (CD)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 295 - Media Studies and World Affairs (SS)

Interpretive appraisals of global events as they occur and are reported to the American people. Critical examination of newspapers, magazines, and television to appreciate how media can distort as well as reveal realities.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 300 - Great Historians and Issues (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 303 - The Renaissance (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 304 - The Reformation (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 305 - History of England I (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 306 - History of England II (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 307 - The Coming of the French Revolution (H)

A study of the social, economic and political factors from the close of the 16th century civil wars in France to the eve of the Great Revolution. Topics discussed will be absolutism, mercantilism, the philosophies and the origins of the French Revolution.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 308 - The French Revolution and Napoleon (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 309 - Nineteenth Century Europe (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 310 - War and Peace in 20th Century Europe (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 311 - Contemporary Europe (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 312 - Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (H)

This course will present a historical overview of East European political development from the period before and after the Second World War. It will examine the power which the Soviet Union exerted and the path which led to the fall of communism and the rise of nationalism.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 313-314 - European Social and Intellectual History (H)

Examination of the social and intellectual development of Europe from 1500 to the present. Investigation will center on the European transition from a traditional to an industrial society, and the impact of this change on the world of ideas as evidenced by the work of Europe's greatest thinkers.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 315 - France: 1958-Present (H)

This course discusses the major political, social, economic, and intellectual trends under the Fifth Republic (1958- ). Special attention will be paid to Charles de Gaulle and the founding of the Fifth Republic, the student revolt of 1968, the presidency of Francois Mitterrand, and French foreign policy.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 316 - The Holocaust (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 317 - Technological Revolutions in Modern Society (SS)

An examination of the nature of technological revolutions and their impact on society, culture, and the environment 1789-present. Focusing on the pivotal role of the engineer/inventor in modern history, the course investigates the relationship between political, economic and technological revolutions. It also explores the ethical and moral dilemmas of technological “progress.”

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 321 - History of Russia (CD/H)

A comprehensive study of Tsarist Russia emphasizing the essential determinants fostering the revolution of 1917.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 322 - History of the Soviet Union (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 323 - The Soviet Union in World Affairs 1917-45 (H)

A comprehensive overview of the Soviet entry into world affairs and its role in promoting social, economic and political instability resulting in World War II; special emphasis on Western Europe, the Spanish Civil War and China.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 324 - The Soviet Union in World Affairs 1945-Present (H)

A study of Soviet motives and policies after World War II, with special emphasis upon the impact of ideology on Soviet culture, the Soviet relationship to anti-colonial movements, the political exploitation of space, the impact of détente, and the legacy of the Soviet Union after its collapse.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 338 - The Atlantic World, 1400-1760 (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 340 - The Social Revolution - America, 1754-1826 (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 342 - Early Republic, 1790-1850 (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 343 - The Civil War Era, 1850-1877 (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 344 - Big Business and the Gilded Age (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 344 - America in the Industrial Age, 1876-1914

In 1860 America was predominantly an agrarian society; by 1914 almost half of the population lived in urban areas and America was the world's greatest industrial producer. How did this happen; and how did Americans, rich and poor, experience this transformation? We will explore selected topics in American history in the period between 1876 and 1914, focusing on three major themes: 1) the creation of an industrial nation and the rise of monopoly capitalism; 2) the impact of urbanization on daily life; 3) the experiences of ordinary Americans – workers, immigrants, women, children, African-Americans.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 345 - From Roosevelt to Roosevelt (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 346 - Civil Rights Movements (CD/H)

Explores the development of movements for equal rights for all Americans with primary emphasis on the post-World War II African American civil rights movement. Traces the earliest roots of the equal rights movement from the pre-Civil War period through Reconstruction and the “nadir of race relations in America” to the early twentieth-century developments that laid the groundwork for the movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Concludes with consideration of the continuing struggle and the impact of the African American civil rights movement on other efforts to achieve equal rights.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 347 - Contemporary Problems — Domestic (SS)

A problems approach to selected domestic issues facing American society today, historical backgrounds, current contours, and proposed solutions.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 348 - Contemporary Problems — Foreign (SS)

A problems approach to selected foreign affairs issues facing American society today, historical backgrounds, current contours, and proposed solutions.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 351-352 - American Economic Life (SS)

Growth and development of the American economy under a free enterprise ideology and examination of conditions which led to government intervention and the creation of a mixed system. Second semester focuses on twentieth-century developments and the causes and impact of economic globalization.

Credit Hours: 6

HIS 353 - American Labor History (H)

Conditions and status of the American worker from the colonial period to the present, stressing labor's response to changes arising from the industrialization. The course traces the evolution of the American labor movement in its broadest context by examining successful adaptations, forgotten failures, its unique ideology, and its relationship to radical and reform movements.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 354 - The Rise and Fall of the American City (SS)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 355 - Women in American History

This course introduces students to the history of American women from colonial times to the present. It is designed to expose students to what women did and what they were told to do, and to the tension between them. Students will be reading about both “famous” and ordinary women, and will have the opportunity to read what women had to say about themselves and their situation. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which race, class, and ethnicity shaped women’s experiences.

HIS 357 - Early American Foreign Policy (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 358 - Modern American Foreign Policy (H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 359 - Canada-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.

HIS 361 - 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 a predominantly Muslim population.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 371 - The Middle East (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 372 - The Modern Middle East (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 374 - Modern Africa (CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 375 - Modern China ( CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 376 - Modern Japan ( CD/H)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 379 - Latin America-U.S. History

Latin America and the United States share a long history of social, political, economic, and religious interaction. The nature of negotiated borders will be explored, as well the impact of power dynamics on nations south of the United States. Students will learn about those who settled the U.S. and Latin America, including Africans, Europeans, and indigenous peoples, acknowledging all helped to shape this shared history.

HIS 380 - West Africa Study Abroad Seminar (CD/H)

Travel study seminar, headquartered in Cotonou, Benin comparatively examining major historical and cultural themes of the Fon, the Asante and Afro-Diasporans. Participants experience diverse cultures of Benin and Ghana and Black Paris by immersing themselves in activities and research projects, tours, workshops, and interaction with local peoples.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 390 - Special Topics in History (H/WI)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 399 - Independent Study

Individual reading on research in special topics mutually agreeable to student and tutor. Open to students by permission of chairperson. Arranged individually.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 400 - Senior Seminar (WI)

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.

Credit Hours: 3

HIS 403-404 - Honors Thesis I and II (WI)

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.

Credit Hours: 6

HIS 493, 494, 495, 496 - 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.