History Course Descriptions
HIS 124 – America Before the Twentieth Century
American history from early colonial
times to late 19th century. Emphasis on
colonial life, Revolutionary Era, Civil
War and Reconstruction, and Industrial
HIS 125 – America and the World
(3) F, S
Major social, economic and political
events since the late nineteenth century.
Special focus on foreign policy, international
economic relations, and cross-cultural
HIS 135 – Africa and the Atlantic World
How contentious relationship between
Africans, Amerindians, Europeans, and
Arabs transformed the cultural, economic,
philosophical, political, religious, and
social institutions of Africa, the
Americas, Europe and the Middle East.
HIS 145 – Asia and the World
World history from an Asian perspective.
Cross-cultural interaction, political,
economic, social, and cultural exchange
from the eastern Mediterranean region
to Pacific Ocean.
HIS 155 – Introduction to Historical Research Methods
(1) F, S
History as a field of study, including
basic methods of historical research and
writing, and familiarity with different
schools of historical thought.
HIS 165 – Europe and the World
(3) F, S
World history from a European perspective.
Developments in Europe in a crosscultural
context and their influence on
other parts of the world.
HIS 200, 300, 400 – Selected Topics
(1–3 hours each) IR
Topics in various aspects of history. May
vary from year to year. Prerequisite:
Permission of the instructor.
HIS 202 – Introduction to East Asian History
Survey of East Asian traditions and
modern development in the Asian-
HIS 266 – Modern Europe (3) Y
Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. Emphasis on liberalism,
socialism, nationalism, fascism, communism,
HIS 305 – Civil War and Reconstruction
Background and causes of the Civil War,
major campaigns, and civilian war effort;
political, economic, and social problems
HIS 308 – The United States in the World
Development of United States foreign
policy from the Early National period to
present, emphasizing popular thought
and different concepts of the national
HIS 311 – History of New York State
Study of economic, social, and political
developments with particular emphasis
on local history.
HIS 312 – American Immigration and Migration
Analysis of (1) sources, impact, and
assimilation of immigrants from colonial
times; (2) internal migration, focusing
on movement of black population and
Puerto Ricans to urban areas since
World War II.
HIS 313 – U.S. Women’s History
Comparative historical study of
American women and gender across
time and in a diverse range of communities.
Power, work, family, and sexuality.
HIS 315 – The City in the United States
The rise of the city in America as an economic,
political, and cultural institution
from the colonial times to the present
with special emphasis on the problems
of the twentieth century.
HIS 316 – America’s Industrial Revolution
Social, economic, intellectual, technological,
and cultural causes and effects of
America’s Industrial Revolution.
HIS 322 – America’s Aged through History
Place of aged in three phases of
American history: rural stage, industrial
age, and post-World War II period.
Attention to popular attitudes toward
older people, demographic changes, and
rise of pensions and retirement.
HIS 323 – Civil Rights and African American Nationalism
Development of civil rights and black
power movements, and how liberal and
nationalist ideology shaped the politics,
economics, and culture of the African
HIS 324 – Resistance, Race, and Labor
Race and its impact on the development
of the American working class.
HIS 334 – History of Colonial Africa
African societies and European powers
from 1870 to present. Africans’ resistance
to and accommodation of colonialism;
use of African labor; rise of African
nationalism and independence movements;
and post-colonial conditions.
HIS 335 – History of Modern South Africa
How social dynamics, industrialization,
nationalism, and gender shaped South
HIS 343 – Modern Japan
Social, economic, and political history of
Japan since Tokugawa times.
Development of capitalism, struggles for
human rights and democracy, ultranationalism
and world war, the economic
miracle and its aftermath, and popular
HIS 344 – Modern China
The revolutionary transformations that
have dominated the experience of 20th century
Chinese people. Imperialism,
nationalism, status of women, communism,
cultural revolution, the “capitalist
road,” and China’s present ascent to
HIS 345 – Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process
Principles underlying American constitutional
government with special refer
ence to interpretation of the Federal
Constitution. Prerequisite: Government
and Politics 101. Same as Government
and Politics 345.
HIS 347 – Japanese Imperialism and the Pacific War
Japanese imperialism from 1895-l945.
Modernization, expansion, the Sino-
Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War,
imperialism and World War II in the
HIS 348 – Science, Technology, and Industry in East Asia
Transformation of traditional science
and technology in China and Japan.
Westernization and rise of industry.
HIS 367 – Central Europe
The Hapsburg Empire, its dissolution in
1918, and the nation-states which
replaced it. Emphasis on the post-World
War I states of Austria, Hungary, and
Czechoslovakia. Discussion also of
Germany, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia,
HIS 371 – Russian History
The origins and development of the
Russian peoples and state to the eve of
the Bolshevik Revolution.
HIS 372 – Modern Russia
From Tsarist Russia on the eve of
Bolshevik Revolution through rise,
development and demise of USSR, to
emergence of post-Soviet Russia.
Emphasis on governmental structures
and political processes. Same as GOV
HIS 375 – War and the Military in Historical Perspective
Evolution of warfare and military establishments
in the western world from
Greek and Roman times to the present.
HIS 376 – British History 1688 to the Present
Britain from eighteenth to twentieth
centuries with emphasis on political
events, technological and economic
developments, Napoleonic Wars, reform
movements, Victorian period, colonialism,
and loss of international authority.
HIS 381 – Germany in the Nazi Era
Historical antecedents in the Empire,
World War I, and Weimar Republic.
Analysis of social organization, political
structure, and economy before and during
World War II. Diplomacy, military
operations, occupation regimes, resistance
movements, the “final solution,”
and aftermath of the war.
HIS 443 – Japan in the Age of the Warrior
Social and political origins of the warrior
class from earliest times to 19th century.
Prerequisite: History 105, 106, 202, or
permission of instructor.
HIS 455 – Historical Methods
Training in historical research involving
location of sources, their critical evaluation,
organization and writing of scholarly
papers. Also an introduction to
work of the more significant historians
of the past. Prerequisite: Junior standing
HIS 456 – Guided Historical Research
Continuation of History 455. Substantial
piece of original research written to professional
Prerequisite: History 455.
HIS 490 – Independent Research and Study
Individual reading or research in a historical
topic of interest, with the program
to be arranged by agreement
between the student and his or her
instructor. May be repeated.
Prerequisites: upper level (junior or senior)
status and permission of instructor.
Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).
Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year
The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.