History Course Descriptions

History Course Descriptions

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HIS 126 – America 1500-1877 

(3) Y
American survey to 1877. Emphasis on
competing empires, colonial life,
Revolutionary era, antebellum era, Civil
War and Reconstruction.

HIS 127 – America 1877-Present

(3) F, S
US history survey since 1877. Emphasis on
social movements, major wars, economics,
politics, international affairs, and culture.

HIS 135 – The African American Experience

(3) F, S
Survey of the political, economic, and social
legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in North
America and the Caribbean. Special focus on
African-American history from 1619 to the present. 

HIS 145 – Asia and the World

(3) Y
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 207 - Medicine & Society in America

(3) O 
Exploration of the interplay between healthcare
and social issues in America since the Civil War.
The course illuminates the interaction between
medical science and the way attitudes toward
medicine and medical providers have evolved. 

HIS 266 – Modern Europe

Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. Emphasis on liberalism,
socialism, nationalism, fascism, communism,
and democracy.

HIS 304 – The American Revolution

(3) Y 
Causes, course and outcomes of the American
Revolutionary War. Same as HIS 504. 

HIS 305 – Civil War and Reconstruction

(3) Y
Background and causes of the Civil War,
major campaigns, and civilian war effort; 
political, economic, and social problems
of reconstruction.

HIS 306 – The American West

(3) O
Examination of the American West from
European settlement to the present.
Emphasis will be placed on settlement,
the Plains Wars, the evolution of cities,
myths, and culture. 

HIS 308 – The United States in the World

(3) O
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

(3) O
Study of economic, social, and political
developments with particular emphasis
on local history.

HIS 312 – American Immigration and Migration

(3) O
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

(3) O
Comparative historical study of
American women and gender across
time and in a diverse range of communities.
Power, work, family, and sexuality.

HIS 316 – America’s Industrial Revolution

(3) O
Social, economic, intellectual, technological,
and cultural causes and effects of
America’s Industrial Revolution.

HIS 323 – Civil Rights and African American Nationalism

(3) O
Development of civil rights and black
power movements, and how liberal and
nationalist ideology shaped the politics,
economics, and culture of the African
American community.

HIS 324 – Resistance, Race, and Labor

(3) O
Race and its impact on the development
of the American working class.

HIS 325 – Making Public History

(3) O 
Students will combine research on local
topics with hands-on-experience to create
professional quality radio, television, and/or
online productions, and/or traditional museum
exhibits. Projects vary by semester. Same as
JLM 325. 

HIS 334 – History of Colonial Africa

(3) O
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

(3) Y
How social dynamics, industrialization,
nationalism, and gender shaped South

HIS 343 – Modern Japan

(3) Y
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

(3) Y
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
world power.

HIS 345 – Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process

(3) Y
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

(3) IR
Japanese imperialism from 1895-l945.
Modernization, expansion, the Sino-
Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War,
imperialism and World War II in the
Pacific theatre.

HIS 348 – Science, Technology, and Industry in East Asia

(3) IR
Transformation of traditional science
and technology in China and Japan.
Westernization and rise of industry.

HIS 364 – Foundations of the European World

(3) O
Looks at the foundations of Western
Civilization as seen in the civilizations
of ancient Mesopotamia, the Near East,
the Mediterranean, and Medieval Europe. 

HIS 367 – Central Europe
(3) O
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, and Italy. 

HIS 371 – Russian History

(3) IR
The origins and development of the
Russian peoples and state to the eve of
the Bolshevik Revolution.

HIS 372 – Modern Russia

(3) IR
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 376 – British History 1688 to the Present

(3) IR
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

(3) O
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

(3) IR
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

(3) Y
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
or permission.

HIS 456 – Guided Historical Research

(3) Y
Continuation of History 455. Substantial
piece of original research written to professional
standards required.
Prerequisite: History 455.

HIS 470 – History Internship

(3) IR 

HIS 490 – Independent Research and Study

(3) IR
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:
U=Summer Session
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. 


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Sherri Cash, Ph.D.

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