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HIS 101 World History I (3 credits)

World History I is the first course in a two-course sequence tracing the rise of world civilizations. The course examines social, political, intellectual and economic development of world civilizations from their emergence to 1600 C.E. This course examines the rise of civilizations in Europe, Africa and Asia, the development of world religious traditions, and the growing conflict between world civilizations.

HIS 102 World History II (3 credits)

World History II is the second course in a two-course sequence tracing the rise of world civilizations. The course examines the social, political, intellectual and economic development of world civilizations from 1600 C.E. to the present. The course examines the growth of the national state, imperialism, the decline of monarchy and the World conflicts of the 20th century.

HIS 103 History of Western Civilization (3 credits)

The first course in a two-course sequence: an historical survey of Western Civilization from its origins to c. 1600. It examines the political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual developments that shaped the West, including its relationship with other regions of the world. Topics covered include its origins in the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; medieval Europe and Byzantium; the Renaissance; European colonization; and the Protestant Reformation. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources.

HIS 104 History of Western Civilization (3 credits)

The second in a two-course sequence: an historical survey of Western Civilization from c. 1600 to the present. It examines the political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual developments that shaped the West, including its relationship with other regions of the world. Topics covered include the Scientific Revolution, early modern state-building, colonialism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the rise of modern political ideologies, imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and terrorism. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources.

HIS 105 Early American History (3 credits)

A survey of early American history emphasizing political, social, and intellectual trends. Students are introduced to works of major historians and to various interpretations of American history. The course will cover early American history from its beginnings through the early National period.

HIS 106 American History in the 19th Century (3 credits)

A continuation of HIS 105, covering American history from the early National period through the 19th century.

HIS 107 Modern American History (3 credits)

America in the twentieth century, covering the major trends and movements in modern American history. A continuation of HIS 105, HIS 106.

HIS 125 American Social History: A Film Study (3 credits)

A study of United States social and cultural movements since the late 19th century, with special emphasis on minority groups - Native Americans, African Americans, women, workers, immigrants, dissenters. In addition to lectures and books, the course will rely extensively on the use of media to illustrate the course of American history. No prerequisite.

HIS 207 History of the North American Indian (3 credits)

A survey of American Indian history with emphasis upon pluralistic beginnings, the culture of American Indian groups, Indian-White contacts, the impact of Federal Indian policy, and persistence and change in American Indian culture. No prerequisite, though it would be preferable to have taken HIS 105 and 106.

HIS 208 History of the Iroquois (3 credits)

This course will cover the history of the Iroquois peoples. It will describe the historical origins and development of the Iroquois Confederacy, and delve into issues that have had an inpact on the confederacy over the years. Current legal problems, such as land claims, gaming, and taxing authority battles will be analyzed and discussed.

HIS 209 History of American Women (3 credits)

A chronological and topical study of women as a group and as members of different social classes, from the colonial period to modern America. Women's contributions to American social, cultural, economic, and political life are emphasized, along with their struggle for civil, legal, and political rights.

HIS 210 History of Women and Medicine in America (3 credits)

A study of American medical theories and practice from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis is given to changing views of women's sexuality, women as patients, and as medical practitioners within the context of social and cultural history. Prerequisite: HIS 209 strongly recommended, or Permission of Instructor.

HIS 211 Russian History I (3 credits)

A survey of Russian history from the earliest times, emphasizing the Byzantine religious and cultural heritage. Students are acquainted with the Kievan Rus, the Moscovite Rus, and eventually with Imperial Russia. Special attention is given to the serf problem and to the revolutionary movement.

HIS 212 Russian History II (3 credits)

Begins with the reign of the last Tsar, continues with the revolution; war, communism, and the civil war; the "NEP" period and soviet consolidation; Soviet Union under Stalin; the USSR and the second World War; the Cold War Era.

HIS 213 End of Empire: British Imperialism Since 1900 (3 credits)

This course is a study of world history and global issues through an examination of the British Empire in the twentieth century. Students will assess how British power operated and how it controlled its huge far-flung Empire. Independence movements from both the British and indigenous populations' perspectives, and the lasting ramifications of British rule, will be investigated.

HIS 214 The Global History of Sexuality (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the scholarly study of the global history of sexuality. Its main focus is to help students develop an understanding of ancient Greek and Roman societies based on comparisons with African and Indian societies of the Early Modern and Modern periods. Students will reflect on the influence of Western society on non-Western cultures. They will explore the changing ways that individuals, moral authorities, the tribe/state and scientific experts have conceptualized sexuality and gender. Topics covered include: age and rites of passage; childhood and adulthood; marriage; conception, birth, infanticide; the family; love; male and female homosexuality; women and property; and sex and politics.

HIS 216 U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1914 (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to United States foreign relations from World War I to the present. We examine foreign policies of U.S. presidents, debates among foreign policy analysts, and the way other nations have regarded the United States. Topics include imperialism, spread of American culture, the Cold War, different approaches to international cooperation, unilateralism, multilateralism, the role of military force, and changes in U.S. national security needs.

HIS 217 History of Work in America (3 credits)

This course examines labor in the United States from the early 1600s to the present, with special emphasis upon the working class and organized labor after 1830. We will explore major themes in the changing nature of work including conditions, experiences, outlooks, and conduct of workers. Topics include the history of strikes, organizing, and unionism; pink collar work; slave labor and indentured servitude; the effects of war on labor conditions; and gender and race in the workplace.

HIS 219 History of European Women Since 1500 (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the history of women in Europe since the Reformation. Women in all parts of Europe, including Turkey and the European colonies, will be studied. Topics include women at work, in the family, in politics, and in communities as well as female heads of state, scientists, artists, and political activists. The course examines how European women, once defined by their family and marital status, have gained independence and individuality. The course also examines the effects on women of cultural and legal change since 1500. Sources focus on women's perspectives on their own lives. Representations of women in film, art, and literature will be used.

HIS 221 Mayas and Aztecs: An Introduction to the History of Ancient Mesoamerica (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico and Central America, advanced cultures begun long before the common era and lasting for several thousand years. These ancient and still mysterious peoples will be observed and examined, peoples who constructed vast cities and great pyramids some only recently rediscovered, who developed sophisticated calendars and writing systems still not completely understood, and who created religious and political systems that endure in modified forms to this day.

HIS 223 African American History Through the Civil War Era (3 credits)

This course examines chronologically and topically the development of African-Americans from Africa, emphasizing the West African kingdoms, through the Civil War Era. West African culture and social life will be discussed in order to show how that culture was exploited by Europeans in the development of the slave trade. Students will spend several weeks studying the development of the institution of slavery and how slaves psychologically adapted to that lifestyle. The course also emphasizes the development of free black communities in America during this period and the motivations for and efforts of African and non-African Americans to end slavery. The course concludes with a discussion of the reality and myth of Black participation in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

HIS 224 African American History 1890 to the Present (3 credits)

This course examines chronologically and topically the development of African Americans from the post-Civil War Era to the present. Students will examine African American responses to the legal institutionalization of segregation, self-help, education and the vote. Between discussions of Black participation in World Wars I and II, students will investigate the Harlem Renaissance and the development of jazz and the blues. Following a discussion of the Civil Rights Movement, the course will conclude with a discussion of Black conservatism. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

HIS 226 History of the Civil Rights Movement (3 credits)

This course examines chronologically the efforts by African Americans to obtain full civil rights from the pivotal period of 1940-1955 to the present. The class focuses on first-hand recollections of the Movement by African and non-African Americans, documentary and popular film representations of the Movement, and federal and state government responses to the Movement. The class discussions will seek to dispel the myths about the Movement while exposing the stereotypes, distortions, and romanticism that surround the Movement. An integral part of that discussion will be evaluating the strategies utilized by those advocating and those opposing the movement for civil rights. The course concludes with an extensive discussion of black conservatism and efforts to "turn back the clock" on civil rights gains. Prerequisites: ENG 103 and ENG 104.

HIS 240 The Plains Indians (3 credits)

This course is a study of the Plains Indians from their earliest beginnings to the present time. It will take a detailed look at the rise and development of Plains Indian societies, nomadic and village dwellers; the contact and conflict with Euro-Americans; the challenges faced by the Plains Indians to their traditional way of life during the early reservation years; and the struggle by the Plains Indians to retain tribal sovereignty, politics and culture. The course will make extensive use of visual artifacts, paintings, photographs and film to illustrate and analyze the historical and mythic images of the Plains Indians.

HIS 250 The History of Ancient Egypt (3 credits)

This course details the history of Ancient Egypt from the Neolithic through the Roman period. The course examines the development of history in the Nile River Valley, including the economic, political, social, and religious developments, which shaped the region and formed the basis for much of the later cultures of the Near East.  Topics covered include European colonialism and the development of early historiography in the Near East, state formation, the age of pyramid building and the reasons for monumental architecture, the significance of early documentation and the cultural legacy of literature, the rise of imperial Egypt, the art and significance of mummification, the tomb of Tutankhamun, and the impact of the Hellenistic age. Students will analyze the significance of primary sources in forming a historical narrative of Egyptian history.

HIS 261 The Civil War (3 credits)

This course will examine the American Civil War (1861-1865) in its many aspects. Such topics as the origins of the crisis, the break-up of the Union, the major military campaigns, the actions and motives of Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Davis, and other key players will be explored, as well as the legacy of the war for future generations of Americans. Though military affairs will be emphasized, social, political and economic topics will be covered as well. There will be an extensive use of media.

HIS 276 American West: Film Study (3 credits)

We will study the settlement of the American West as it has been reflected in popular literature and films, focusing on the distinction between the actual frontier experience and the way that experience has been presented to us in our entertainment. Special emphasis will be placed on the Plains Indian, the mountain men, and the cowboys.

HIS 286 The American Worker: A Film Study (3 credits)

This course studies the American working class since the late Nineteenth Century and how Hollywood film has depicted the struggle of working people to enhance their lives within the capitalist system. The course will explore through lecture, film and readings such topics as the rise of the union movement; the great strikes; ideological controversy within the labor movement; and the role played by African-Americans, women, immigrants and radicals in working class history. Students will view in class major films dealing with the working class, such as The Molly Maguires, Matewan, The Grapes of Wrath, On the Waterfront, Salt of the Earth, and Norma Rae.

HIS 292 Collision of Cultures: America and Europe (3 credits)

This course will explore the collision of cultures that resulted from the voyages of Columbus and the European contact with the American continents. The life and career of Columbus and the Spanish conquest of the new world will be covered. The impact of this conquest on both European and American cultures and on subsequent world history will be examined.