History

HIS 101 American Perspectives 3 SH
Analyzes the major issues which have confronted American society from its origins to today. Rather than a chronological approach, the course presents the ways in which historians have viewed the persisting issues of the American past. Stress will be placed on the interaction of historians with the facts of the past in order to assist students to form their own interpretations. (Not for major credit.) Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS/NWC 115 Latin American and Caribbean Civilization 3 SH

This course examines the development of Latin America and the Caribbean as overlapping, though distinct regions, from before the Spanish Conquest of America to the present day. Many of the units consider a specific historical episode or era, while also posing a broader question concerning how these regions are understood in the United States. Major themes include the Conquest, Afro-Brazailian culture, popular politics in the 20th Century, revolutions and revolutionary iconography, art, and literature Classroom discussion centers on the political, social and cultural elements that characterize Latin America and the Caribbean.

HIS 148 American History: To 1877 3 SH
An examination of America’s history from the earliest explorers and colonial times through the Civil War and reconstruction. Fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 149 American History: Since 1877 3 SH
An examination of American history since 1877, focusing on major social, political and economic trends and touching on such diverse subjects as the rise of industry, World War I and the civil rights movement. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 186 Europe: Ancient and Medieval 3 SH
A critical examination of the forces, movements and ideologies which established Western civilization as the dominant force of the modern world. Fall semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 187 Modern Europe 3 SH
An overview of European history and civilization from the Reformation to the present. The main themes will be the unity of the European experience and the dynamism and expansiveness of European civilization. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 200 Colonial America: 1607-1815 3 SH
The course will begin with the earliest European settlements on the continent of North America, tracing the inception and expansion of the various mercantile empires with emphasis upon British colonialism. It will conclude with the mercantile period in United States history through the revolutionary period to 1815.

HIS 206 Prosperity and Depression: America 1914-1939 3 SH
A study of the United States from 1914 to 1939, emphasizing the change to a consumer society, the debate over isolation and the problems of the great depression.

HIS 208 Rise of Industrial America:1877-1929 3 SH
This course analyzes the impact of three forces, industrialization, urbanization and immigration, on American society during a period of rapid growth. Particular attention will be given to the response of varied segments of the American people to the changes brought by these dynamic forces.

HIS/WS 210 Women in American History 3 SH
This course provides a survey of the history of women in America from colonial settlement until the present. Students consider women’s economic contributions within the household and in waged work, as well as women’s changing political status and the shifting ideologies defining women’s roles.

HIS 212 Recent American History: Since 1945 3 SH
A history of the United States since 1945, emphasizing the Cold War, the McCarthy era, the civil rights movement and the culture of the 1960s.

HIS/AS 217 The American Dream: Visions and Revisions 3 SH
See AS/HIS 217

HIS/AAS 219 African-American History and Culture 3 SH
A study of the history and the sociocultural pattern of the African-American in the United States, with particular emphasis on how such factors relate to current conditions and problems. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 245 Egypt of the Pharaohs 3 SH
Examines the history and civilization of ancient Egypt from 3100 B.C. to the fall of Cleopatra in 30 B.C. and demonstrates parallels of human behavior between antiquity and modern times. Analysis of the history of the dynastic period and the influence of the Nile on Egyptian civilization, religion (the temple, funerary rites, mummification), hieroglyphic writing, function and construction of the pyramids, the state apparatus, daily life of the people, and special emphasis on the only intact royal tomb found, that of Tutankhamun.

HIS 246 Judaism 3 SH
A survey of the history of the Jewish people and their religion from the earliest times to the present. Alternate fall semesters. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 256 Background to the Civil War 3 SH
A study of the background of the American Civil War, touching on politics, economics, social movements, intellectual trends, and most especially, slavery.

HIS/PS 262 The History of the American Constitution 3 SH
A description and analysis of the history of the American constitution from its origins during the colonial period to today. Spring semester.

HIS 270 Christianity 3 SH
A dialogue analyzing Christianity as a cultural, political and social phenomenon and assessing its transcendent value for the individual. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Western History.

HIS 271 Medieval Europe 3 SH

This course will look at the development of Europe throughout the medieval period (600-1453). Classroom discussion will center around both the large political, social and cultural changes that affected the whole continent as well as the local developments of the many medieval kingdoms and regions. Close attention will be paid to the evolution of medieval ideas about gender, religion , politics, society and the economy and how the intellectual climate of the period affected the institutions that emerged at this time. Students will work closely with several primary sources and documents. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or written permission of the instructor.

HIS 277 Modern China 3 SH
The founding of the People’s Republic of China was the culmination of a series of political, intellectual, and cultural upheavals that fundamentally shook the country (and the world) since the mid-nineteenth century. What happened, who made it happen and why? What have modernized and cultured globalization brought to the life of ordinary Chinese, and at what cost? This course invites students to explore such questions by using a variety of primary sources.

HIS 281 Modern Middle East 3 SH
Analyzes the political, social and, economic aspects of the modern Middle East from the early nineteenth century to the present, emphasizing the rise of modern nation-states and their conflicts and crises, including the Arab Israeli conflict. Here, the emphasis is on Europe’s impact on the Middle East in the form of economic domination and colonialism, the importation of European ideas (nationalism, constitutionalism, democracy, capitalism, communism) and scientific developments (nuclear weapons, television). The reaction of the Middle Eastern people to this Western invasion is central to the discussion of these ideas. Alternate fall or spring semesters.

HIS/AAS 284 Africa: From Antiquity to Colonialism 3 SH
A critical study of the major developments in the history of the continent of Africa from ancient times to the beginning of the Colonial Era in the nineteenth century. The concept of periodization of African history is heavily stressed. Within this framework, the emphasis is on the three-pronged heritage of African history: Traditional (indigenous), Semitic (Hebrew and Arabic-Islamic) and European (Christianity, Slavery and Colonialism). Alternate spring semesters.

HIS/AAS 285 Modern Africa 3 SH
A history of the continent of Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include African response to European penetration (collaboration vs. resistance), theories and practices of colonial rule, ideologies and organizational forms of African nationalism, and problems of development in present-day Africa. The major part of this course will cover twentieth century African history, with emphasis on colonial administration of the African continent, the development of the various African nationalist movements and their struggle for independence. Conditions in independent African states, inter-African relations as well as African relations with the outside world will be heavily emphasized. Alternate spring semesters.

HIS 287 History of Chinese Religions 3 SH
This course introduces the beliefs and practices of the major Chinese religions--Confucianism, Daoism, Chinese Buddhism, and popular religion. Emphasis is on the sociopolitical and cultural contexts of their historical developments; the patterns of their interactions and mutual accommodations; their influences in shaping gender roles and family structures in traditional and modern China; their reflections in Chinese folklore, art and literature; and their spread to, and further evolution in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

HIS 288 Renaissance, Reformation and the Age of Exploration 3 SH

This class, will focus on the history of Europe during the early modern period, roughly the 14th until the early 17th centuries. Discussion begins with the question of what makes the events of these centuries "modern" rather than "medieval." Then the course examines the nature and manifestation of the "Renaissance" for the various cultures, classes genders and media of Europe. Next, classcdiscussion of the Reformation looks at the reverberations of this great religious upheaval in the political, social and economic institutions of 16th century Europe. Finally, this class studies the Age of Exploration within the context of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Students will work closely with a number of primary sources and documents. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or written permission of the instructor.

HIS 289 Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment 3 SH

This class will focus on the history of Europe during the early modern period, roughly the 16th until the 18th centuries, emphasizing the great intellectual developments during the Scientific Revoution and the Age of Enlightenment. The course begins by looking at how these two great movements grew out of the Renaissance, Reformation and Age of Exploration. Students will look at several primary sources and documents that demonstrate the great questions that these thinkers were asking and the new methods they used of answering them. Class discussion also analyzes the impact that these new answers had on society and see how the advances in science had a tremendous effect on the development of philosophy and political ideas during the Enlightenment. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or written permission of the instructor.

HIS 290 The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 3 SH
This course focuses on the origins and course of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era and the Age of Reaction. The impact of the industrial and Romantic revolutions and the different ideologies of this era will receive special attention.

HIS 291 The Age of Nationalism and Imperialism: Europe 1848-1914 3 SH
This course analyzes the force of nationalism in shaping and threatening the European state system. Imperialistic rivalries, new thought patterns and the road to World War I will also be examined.

HIS 292 The Era of World Wars: Europe 1914-1945 3 SH
This course explores the period covering World War I and World War II in Europe. The impact of the Russian Revolution and the rise of Italian Fascism and German Nazism as well as the weaknesses and strengths of European democracies are analyzed.

HIS 293 Europe Since 1945: The Cold War 3 SH
This course focuses on the revival of Europe during the Cold War and World War II. The impact of American and Russian power rivalry, the fall of the Soviet empire and the dynamism of Europeans in reshaping their continent will be explored.

HIS 294 Introduction to Historical Research 3 SH
The purpose of this course is to deepen the student’s understanding of the problems and possibilities of historical research. Through a laboratory format, the student develops the facility to ask relevant historical questions, to gather and evaluate data, and to present generalizations in a variety of written and graphic forms. Readings, a series of tightly delineated research projects, and field trips to prototype libraries are utilized. Spring semester.

HIS 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

HIS 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

HIS 302 The American Revolution, 1763-1789 3 SH

The Revolution was the most important event in American history. After the Seven Years War, Britain faced enormous fiscal problems. This course will cover the disputes between the mother country and thirteen of its New World colonies that arose out of British efforts to deal with those difficulties, from the first attmept to impose an internal tax on the colonists to the inauguration of George Washigton as the first president under the federal Constitution. Along the way, students will consider the military, diplomatic, constitutional, social, economic, intellectual, and religious history of the period, as well as the Revolution's effect on the institution of slavery and the people who lived with it. Prerequisite: HIS 148.

HIS 303 The Age of Jefferson 3 SH

This course will cover the history of the United States during the Early Republic. Topics considered will include the inception of the Federal Government, the First Party System of Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans, Indian relations, foreign policy, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall, slavery, sectionalism, the influence of religion upon life in that period, the intellectual history of the time, and the Louisiana Purchase. Prerequisite: HIS 148.

HIS 304 The Antebellum Era, 1815-1861 3 SH

This course will cover the history of the United States from the end of the War of 1812, the "Second War for American Independence," to the secession of four Middle South States and the formation of the Southern Confederacy in 1861. Topics covered will include the political, intellectual, constitutional, social, religious, and racial history of the time. Prerequisite: HIS 148. This course will fulfill the gen. ed. requirement.

HIS 309 American Frontiers 3 SH
This course examines the creation of American frontiers from the colonial period to the present. Topics include the New England frontier, the settlement of the “Wild West,” the experiences of Native Americans, and twentieth century interpretations of the frontier in film, fiction, and politics.

HIS/ECO 312 History of Economic Thought 3 SH
See ECO/HIS 312

HIS/ECO 313 The Economic History of American Business 3 SH
See ECO/HIS 313

HIS 318 The Civil War 3 SH
An examination of American History from 1860 to 1877, focusing particularly on the Civil War and its effects. Prerequisite: HIS 256, HIS 248 or instructor’s written permission.

HIS/WS 319 Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe 3 SH

This class will focus on the history of women during the medieval and the early modern period, from roughly the 9th until the 16th centuries. Discussion begins with understanding medieval and early modern categories of women in European culture: mystics, queens, witches, authors, nuns, mothers etc. Then the course examines the lives of specific woman who may or may not conform to the expectations of these categories of woman. Course discussion also focuses on the origins and persistence of gender stereotyping throughout these periods and debate over their continued relevance. Prerequisites: Junior standing or written permission of the instructor.

HIS/WS 320 Women and Leadership 3 SH
This course examines the historical role of American women in political and social reform. Through historical investigation, students will explore how women confronted barriers and created opportunities for leadership.

HIS 332 The Germans 3 SH
An historical evaluation of the myths and realities of German culture and politics since the middle of the nineteenth century. Alternate spring semesters.

HIS 341 The Russians 3 SH
A study of Russia and the Russians as a civilization apart: how geographic and historic factors separated it from both the west and the orient and how Russia worked its way from its prolonged Middle Ages into the twentieth century within a system of unyielding absolutism. Alternate fall semesters.

HIS 350 Historiography 3 SH
An intensive analysis of historians whose writings have presented differing interpretations of the past. Prerequisite: HIS 294.

HIS 363 The American City 3 SH
Today most Americans live in cities. The purpose of this course is to trace the development of the modern American city. Particular emphasis will be placed on the 19th and 20th centuries when the industrial city evolved. The impact of urbanization on American life, shifting reactions of individuals and institutions to the problems and promise of urban life, and the efforts of Americans to shape the urban environment will be examined. Fall semester.

HIS 367 Building America: History as Revealed Through Architecture 3 SH
Because of their cost, monumentality and permanence, buildings are prime indicators of the commitments and priorities of society. This interdisciplinary course will explore the connection between art and society by an examination of specific buildings and architectural styles as carriers of cultural images. The meaning of buildings and styles for those who commissioned, built and used them will be sought. The student will become more sensitive to the importance of visual evidence to an understanding of the American past. This course is particularly appropriate for those interested in historic preservation and museum work. Spring semester.

HIS 368 New York City: Its History and Culture 3 SH
This course surveys the political, social and cultural development of New York City with emphasis on the borough of Manhattan. At their own expense, students will frequently visit the city and explore its resources.

HIS 380 Film as History 3 SH
An analysis of representative films as reflections of the cultural and political attitudes of their creators.

HIS/PS 382 Contemporary Middle East 3 SH
Analysis of the governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa since the Second World War. Topics include the Arab League, the Arab-Palestinian-Israeli conflict, regional alliances, the major powers rivalries, the emergence of OPEC and power of “petro-dollars,” economic development, the various political systems and their reaction to social change and women’s movements. Consideration will be given to the legislative, executive and judicial machinery of politics and the elements that affect the actual translation of goals and policy into action in a Middle Eastern case study. Alternate academic years.

HIS 383 Islam: A Religion & Civilization 3 SH
A historical study of the religion of Islam, its basic beliefs and pillars beginning with the birth of the Prophet Muhammad and early revelations to the European incursion at the end of the eighteenth century. The course follows the growth of a small Muslim community in the western part of the Arabian peninsula to Islamic Empires(s) ruling over territories stretching from central and southern Asia to the Iberian peninsula in Europe, emphasizing the origins, achievements and developments of the politics, economics, and religious conditions of the Islamic age. Alternate fall or spring semester.

HIS 490 Senior Seminar 3 SH
A seminar designed to reinforce research methods and provide students with an opportunity to produce a significant research project. Prerequisite: senior standing.


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