History Courses


For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

HIS 113-History of World Civilization I (3)

This course is a study of the development of World Civilizations from the foundations in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China to 1700 A.D. Emphasis will be placed upon the Western Civilizations as well as the rise of the Asian, Islamic, African and Indian civilizations. The study of the institutions, values and cultures of diverse civilizations of the world will provide the student with a greater understanding and appreciation of the political, religious and economic relationships which define the present era.

HIS 114-History of World Civilization II (3)

This course continues the World Civilization sequence, beginning with the political and philosophical debates of the sixteenth century and continuing to the present day. Particular areas of concentration will include the European Enlightenment, Islamic Empires, Industrial Revolution, East Asian Development, European Supremacy and Imperialism, The African Experience, Latin American Independence and the Modern Global Society. Through this exploration, students will be more informed and culturally aware of the world in the twenty-first century.

HIS 201- Introduction to Historical Inquiry (3)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of history. Foundational aspects of the study and writing of history will be explored, such as: the examination of various primary sources, where they can be found and how they are used in deciphering history; an understanding of different interpretations of history throughout the centuries; and how to develop a hypothesis, research and write in a succinct and critical manner. Students will write short papers using various modern methods of historical inquiry.

HIS 210-Careers in History (1)

This course provides an introduction to a wide range of career possibilities for historians in such areas as archives, historical societies, editing projects, museums, business, libraries, historical preservation, teaching, and government service. Lectures, guest speakers, field trips, and individual projects will be assigned. May also introduce students to historical research and facilities. Required for History majors; non-majors by consent.

HIS 213-United States History I (3)

This course examines the basic political, economic, and social forces in formation and development of the United States before 1877. Emphasis is on national development from the Revolution and the ratification of the Constitution through the Civil War.

HIS 214-United States History II (3)

This course continues the examination of basic political, economic, and social forces in the development of the United States since the Civil War. Topics include the Gilded Age, the First World War, the Great Depression, World War Two, and the Cold War era.

HIS 215-American Government (3)

American democratic system of government; ideological background; constitutional system; structure and problems.

HIS 220-Studies in World Civilization (3)

This class will offer study beyond the traditional parameters of Western culture. A rotation of non-Western courses will be offered covering a host of topics. Class may include: Medieval Civilization, East and West; The Peopling of the Americas, Science and Technology in World History; The Making of Modern Russia; The Middle East from Ottoman Empire through Arab-Israeli Wars; The Far East from Colonization until Today. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours as long as the content for each semester differs. Students should be advised that it will not be possible to retake this course if failed or dropped.

HIS 225-Special Topics (3)

May include classes organized around films, documentaries, and other non-traditional formats. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours as long as the content for each semester differs. Students should be advised that it will not be possible to retake this course if failed or dropped.

HIS 230-Historic Europe (2)

This class will offer an on-location study of one European city or country. Travel to places of cultural, political, and religious significance is an integral part of the course.

HIS 255-World Cultural Geography (3)

A survey of the major cultural regions of the world with emphases on resources, economic development, and demography.

HIS 321-Ancient History (3)

From the pyramid builders of Egypt to the empire builders of Rome, this course studies the main features of ancient history from the beginnings of Western Civilization to c. 500 A.D. Special emphasis is placed on the history of the Hebrews and Christianity and on the development of democracy by the Greeks.

HIS 326-The History of the City of New York (3)

A study of the continual transformations of New York City from its early days as a seventeenth century Dutch trading community to its late twentieth century status as an international economic, political, and cultural capital. New York has always exemplified urban diversity, embracing within its boundaries people from all ethnic groups, religions, and social categories. This historical overview will incorporate a variety of biographical and autobiographical accounts of disparate peoples as we seek to explore various aspects of the city during its growth and development.

HIS 327- Family and Society in Early Modern England (3)

In this course the student will study history from the “bottom up”. The social history of the people of England from 1500 to 1800 will include the study of family structure, marriage, religious traditions and practices, occupations, gender constructs and the effects of famine and pestilence in the pre-industrial era. Emphasis will be given to the development and effects of the Reformation in England including the reforms of Cranmer, the Pilgrimage of Grace, John Foxe’s creation of the Book of Martyrs, the Puritans and the Civil War.

HIS 329 – Late Antiquity and Byzantium (3)

This course follows the study of the Ancient World in chronological order. This course begins with the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and ends in the ninth century with the coronation of Charlemagne in the west and the rule of Irene in the Byzantine Empire. The rise, development and institutionalization of the Christian Church in both the east and the west, the reign of Justinian, the kingdoms of the Franks, Goths, vandals and Huns in the west, and the rich spiritual traditions of the people will all be studied in this course.

HIS 330-Colonial America (3)

This class will include discussions of the planting and maturation of the English colonies of North America. Relationships between Europeans and native peoples, the immediate origins and long-term consequences of the movement to gain independence from Great Britain will also be covered. Special attention will be paid to the formation and operations of the government under the Confederation and Constitution, and the development of political parties. Prerequisite: HIS 213.

HIS 331-Latin American History (3)

This course studies the history of Central and South America and the Caribbean. It begins with pre-European civilizations and proceeds through to the present day. It provides insight into colonial developments, movements for independence, relations with the U.S., and recent efforts to throw off U.S. hegemony.

HIS 334 – Medieval Civilizations: East and West (3)

The study of Medieval Civilizations covers the time period from the early ninth century to the late fifteenth century. This course will examine the religious, political, social, economic and cultural influence and contributions of the Byzantium, Muslim and European societies in this time period. Special attention will be given to diversity of Spain in this era, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and worked together on a daily basis.

HIS 335-Europe: Renaissance to Reformation (3)

This class examines European civilization from the late Middle Ages through the division of Christendom into rival religious confessions. Topics of study will include: the Black Death, the Italian Renaissance, Protestantism, the Catholic Reformation, European colonization, and the Thirty Years War. Prerequisite: HIS 113.

HIS 340-Civil War and Reconstruction (3)

Details the causes, as well as constitutional and diplomatic aspects to the Civil War. Will also discuss experience of African-Americans in slavery, war, and freedom, as well as political and economic aspects of the Reconstruction. Prerequisite: HIS 213.

HIS 342-History of Christianity (3)

Development of institutions of the Christian church from its inception to the present.

HIS 343-History of Political and Social Thought (3)

Critical analysis of selected readings in political and social thought from the Greeks to the present.

HIS 345-Europe in an Age of Revolutions (3)

This class will examine early modern Europe, detailing such matters as royal absolutism, the English civil wars, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as select topics in economic, social, and cultural history. Prerequisite: HIS 114.

HIS 346-African-American History (3)

This course begins with the exploitation of African peoples as slaves in the U.S. and culminates in a study of the efforts by African-Americans to move beyond their past. The study looks at the institution of slavery, its elimination in the Civil War, the plight of Black people in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s to the present.

HIS 350-America: Gilded Age to Great Crash (3)

This course covers the United States from Reconstruction through the Stock Market Crash. Development of the United States during the most intensive phase of industrialization. Special emphasis on national, social, political, and economic developments. Prerequisite: HIS 214.

HIS 355-Europe: Foundations of the Modern World (3)

This course covers European history from the post-Napoleonic era through the First World War. Special topics will include the Congress of Vienna, the spread of democracy, nationalism, imperialism, materialism, the Belle Epoch, and the First World War. Prerequisite: HIS 114.

HIS 357-Women in American History (3)

This course is a historical study of the condition, status, and role of American women from colonial times to the present. Changes and continuities in women’s lives and in attitudes towards femininity will be examined in relation to the development of the religious, domestic, social, and political spheres in American society.

HIS 361- History of Societies and Cultures in Africa (3)

This course will provide a broad historical survey of African societies and institutions from the earliest traces of human culture to the emergence of independent nations in the modern era. It will be especially concerned with the evolution of the social, political, religious, and technological aspects of society, and the subsequent impact of conquest, colonialism, and the current international economic and political order.

HIS 365- History of Pre-Modern Asia (3)

This course explores the early civilizations and development of East Asia from a historical perspective, focusing primarily on China and Japan, but also including some aspects of Korea and Vietnam. It examines the emerging cultures and societies of the reigning dynasties, as well as the expansions of these civilizations with the West, up until the 1600s. This interdisciplinary history course examines literature, religion, history, and political-economic factors to interpret change in East Asian societies. It is designed to help students experience a historical tradition outside the Western experience, to provide the opportunity for students to encounter primary

sources in translation, and to introduce different approaches to the study of history. Lectures and readings will balance the survey method with an emphasis on the rich particulars of biography, scenes from daily life, literature and films.

HIS 367- Asia in the Wider World (3)

This course is a survey of the major civilizations of Asia, ranging from the Indian Subcontinent, through Indochina and Indonesia, to China and Japan. The focus will be on the key social, political, religious, and cultural developments of the major peoples from their beginnings to the present. Various primary and secondary sources will be used in the form of lecture, readings, and films.

HIS 368- History of Modern East Asia (3)

This course explores the development of modern East Asia from a historical perspective, focusing primarily on China and Japan, but also including some aspects of Korea and Vietnam. It examines the struggles of these four countries to preserve or regain their independence and establish their national identities in a rapidly emerging modern world order. This interdisciplinary course examines literature, religion, history, and political-economic factors to interpret change in East Asian societies. It is designed to help students experience a historical tradition outside the Western experience, to provide the opportunity for students to encounter primary sources in translation, and to introduce different approaches for the student of history. Lectures and readings will balance the survey method with an emphasis on the rich particulars of biography, scenes from daily life, literature, and films.

HIS 384-Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible (3)

Introduction to the geography, history, and archeology of Israel in biblical times. (On location; considerable study prior to going to Israel is required.)

HIS 385- Rome Field Study Trip (3)

The travel course is intended to introduce the student to the historical, social and religious world of Ancient Rome by visits to its significant archaeological sites. Special attention will be given to the setting for the ministry of Paul and nascent Christianity.

HIS 386-Greece/Turkey Field Study (3)

This course engages the historical, geographical, and cultural setting of ancient Asia Minor and modern Turkey. The program will visit archaeological sites important in the history of Rome and Greece during their domination of Antolia (Plain of Issus, Sagalassos, Ephesus), as well as historical and religious sites that mark the presence of Christianity in the days of the Apostles (Tarsus, Antioch, Laodicea) and the Byzantine era (Hagia Sophia). Students will be encouraged to encounter and understand aspects of modern Turkish life through personal contacts, dialog and visits to religious and cultural sites (Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace).

HIS 410-Recent American History (3)

This class studies the United States since the Great Depression. Topics of study will include: the 1920s, the New Deal, World War II, and post-War developments. Prerequisite: HIS 214. Junior status or permission of instructor required.

HIS 412-The Second World War (3)

This upper division course examines the greatest conflict in human history, the Second World War. Students will examine the causes and events of the Second World War, the diplomatic and military trends of the period, the blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, D-Day, the Holocaust, the domestic front, and the roles played by individual leaders such as Mussolini, Hitler, and Churchill. Ultimately, the Second World War defined an entire epoch in world history, altering the international system, leading to the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as world powers.

HIS 414- Russia: 1800 to Present (3)

In this course, we will examine the society, identity, economic and cultural landscape of Imperial Russia in the late 18th century. In the period before the 1917 Russian Revolution, we will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Russia and western Europe. Out study will continue with the causes and effects of the Russian Revolution and the establishment, and eventual breakdown, of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

HIS 415-Contemporary Europe (3)

This class will cover European history from 1919 until today. Special emphasis will be placed upon the Treat of Versailles, the rise of the Bolsheviks, the Great Depression, Nazi Germany, World War Two, the Cold War, and modern thought and culture. Prerequisite: HIS 114. Junior status or permission of instructor required.

HIS 433-History of Religion in America (3)

The history of Christian and non-Christian religions and the cults in America.

HIS 470-Senior Seminar (3)

Analysis of selected problems in history, historiography, and philosophy of history. Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of instructor required.

HIS 480-Independent Study (1-3)

Independent study in an approved topic in History. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.

HIS 490-Internship (1-3)

The practical application of historical knowledge in an applied setting will be studied. The location and nature of the internship for the Learning Contract must be approved by the Department Head and the Dean.

HIS 499-Teaching Assistantship (3)

Directed practices in college teaching of history. This course is intended to insure that History majors are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibilities, notably grading, sectional discussions, and review sessions. It will also present a mechanism for students to gain some teaching experience. Consent of instructor required.