History Courses

HI-110 Introduction to Ancient Civilization

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

A historical survey of the development of the ideas and  institutions in Ancient China, India, the Near East, Greece, and Rome. Emphasis is on their political, economic, social, legal, religious, cultural, and intellectual achievements. Consulation of primary sources in translation.

HI-111 Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Western Civilization

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The development of Western civilization from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution; the major political, intellectual, religious, economic, and social movements which transformed Western civilization from a medieval to a modern society. Materials drawn from texts and original sources.

HI-112 Introduction to Modern Western Civilization

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The development of Western civilization from the French Revolution. Major political, economic, intellectual, social, and scientific forces considered. Focus is on the impact of major ideologies - including liberalism, socialism, and nationalism, as well as the emergence of totalitarianism. Readings include textual and original source material.

HI-113 Europe and the World Since 1945

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

A survey of Europe's political, economic, and cultural role in the post-war world. Topics include: characteristics of modern industrialization, the politico-economic and social changes of the "Third World", the population explosion and the depletion of natural resources, terrorism and revolution, nuclear proliferation.

HI-118 Ancient Greek History

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course surveys the development of Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the end of the Classical Period, discussing politics (For example, the origin of democracy), culture (For example, the origin of drama) and intellectual history. Reference will also be made to the influence of other advanced civilizations on Greece. Readings will be drawn from primary and secondary source material.

HI-125 Immigration and Ethnic Groups in American History

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Analyzes the American immigration experience and examines various ethnic groups that came to America; depicts their pre-immigration background and the historical causes of immigration; evaluates the impact of the immigrants on American history and of America upon the immigrants. Among themes to be examined are the historical development of the ghetto and American reception of immigrants.

HI-126 Women in America

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

An analysis of women in the history of American civilization. Examines the impact of changes in the economy, technology, law, culture, and society on the status of women and explores women's perceptions of themselves. Among topics considered are the work roles of women, the historical experience of women of differing classes and ethnic groups, women and reform in the nieneteenth century, the political activity of women before and after the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution, and current feminist movements.

HI-127 Growth of American Civilization I: Colonial Period Through Reconstruction

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The development of American civilization examined from its origins through the aftermath of the Civil War. Deals with vital political, economic, social, and cultural forces and institutions. The Revolutionary era, the Constitutional period, the Jacksonian, Civil War, and reconstruction eras, and such developments as sectionalism, nationalism, and industrialization are surveyed. Readings include textual and original source materials.

HI-128 Growth of American Civilization II: Reconstruction to the Present

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The development and growth of modern American civilizations examined. Emphais is on social. political, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the nation, concentrating on both internal developments and the roots of American expansion abroad. Themes discussed include immigration, nativism, the changing role of women, the Great Depression, the New Deal, America's wars, the United States as a world leader, civil rights and the growth of popular cultures. Readings include textual and original source materials.

HI-129 Recent American Civilization

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Concentration on the major forces which have shaped and influenced American life since 1945. Dynamics of our contemporary society, including the economic and cultural factors as well as the significant developments, with a view toward trying to understand how American values and the elements of a diverse nation relate to its role among other powers.

HI-133 Introduction to Modern East Asian Civilizations

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

This course is a survey of the history of East Asia, and will examine the social, cultural, political, economic, and diplomatic development of the region, including China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Topics of discussion include the impact of Western imperialism, strategies of modernization, the rise of nationalism, Asian communist movements, World War II, the Cold War and Post Cold War Era.

HI-135 History of New York State

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Empire State from colonial times to the modern era. Analysis of the forces and conditions that have made New York the financial and cultural capital of the United States. Secondary sources are supplemented by primary sources such as maps, diaries, journals, letter and government documents.

HI-136 African-American History

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Survey of major developments in the history of Africans in America from the colonial era to the present day. Themes wil include changes in the legal status of Africans in America, evolving ideas about racial identity, and the politics of civil rights. Topics will include the economics of slavery, African cultural survival, and the roles of religion and family in black communities. Major events surveyed include the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and recent changes in black America due to immigration.

HI-140 Latin American History I; Ancient Times to Independence (1500BC-1825)

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course is a survey of Latine American and Caribbean history from pre-Columbian times through the age of exploration, conquest, and colonization. The course will examine the social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations as well as those of the Spanish and Portuguese, English, French and Dutch Empires. Special emphasis will be given to the conflicts between indigenous and European cultures, their fusion and the emergence of a new and distinct Latin American civilization.

HI-141 Latin American History II: Independence to the Present

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course is a survey of Latin American and Caribbean history from Independence (1800) to the present. The course will focus on problems of nation-building, caudillismo, modernization, social change and cultural development. The experience of individual states will be examined, but specific emphasis will be given to the events and developments that are representative of continental-wide trends.

HI-144 Modern Economic History

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

History of the global economy from the development of capitalism to contemporary economic issues including finance, trade, industrialism, energy, and business organization. Readings will be drawn from primary and secondary source material.

HI-152 Women in World History: From Prehistoric Times to the Present

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

A comparative historical exploration of women's roles in public and private life in various world societies from the Paleolithic era to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the contribution women have made to political, intellectual, economic, and social developments within diverse cultures. Topics discussed will include: male and female perceptions of sex roles and gender norms in various societies; women's roles within the family; modes of social, economic, and political participation for women outside the family; female education, and gynecological knowledge. Readings will be drawn from a wide array of primary sources, as well as important secondary literature.

HI-153 War and Warfare in Western History: From Gunpowder to Desert Storm

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course surveys the evolution of warfare from Feudal times to the era of total war and the nuclear age. It will examine the nature of war, how it is used by the state to promote its interests, and how war impacts human society, its economy and political insitutions. A number of major battles from different periods will be analyzed with a view to understanding how strategy, battle-field tactics, as well as military organization and training, change in reponse to new technology and weaponds.

HI-154 History of Health Care

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Focus is on the changing conceptions of health and the process of defining and treating disease within the Western world. Includes a brief survey of primitive, ancient, and medieval heritage in health care. Concentrates on the period since the seventeenth century, encompassing American as well as European development. Topics include the history of public health, epidemiology, and teh role of nursing in health care.

HI-165 The European Renaissance

3 class hours  3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course will analyze the political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and gender history of the European Renaissance, from approximately 1300 to 1650. The class will focus on the start of the Renaissance in Italy, examine the spread of the Renaissance into Northern Europe, explore the issues invovled in new overseas encounters, as well as discuss the religious upheaval of the Reformation and Wars of Religion. A common theme will be grounding larger ideas associated with the Renaissance in the context of the social and cultural lives of men and women throughout European society. The readings for the class will focus on both primary and seconday sources.

HI-178, 179 Special Topics in History

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

This course is designed to enhance student understanding in an area not covered by current department offerings. Topics may change each semester, depending upon student and instructor interest. Course descriptions will be available in the Department of History office before registration. Students may repeat this course for credit, but may not repeat the same topic.

HI-181 History of the Second World War

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The course will examine the Second World War from a global perspective and include land, sea, and aerial operations. It will examine the battles and campaigns of the war, as well as the experiences of civilians behind the lines. It will encompass the war's cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, social, and technological dimensions, as well as postwar issues.

HI-185 The Holocaust

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

A study of the origins, events, results of and reactions to the Holocaust. Among topics discussed are: the sources of anti-Semitism found in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and early modern Europe; racism in the nineteenth century; the development of the modern German state; the rise of Nazism, the ghetto, Jewish resistance, and Christian efforts to aid the Jews; the world's reaction to the Holocaust; the effects on the survivors and their children; the literature of and the literary responses to the Holocaust and historical parallels. Readings include texts and literary and historical sources; films and eyewitness testimony are a significant part of the course.

HI-191 History of Genocide in the Twentieth Century

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

Major political, economic, intellectual, social, and scientific factors are considered in order to understand the cause and nature of genocides in a global setting. The course traces the development of the concept of 'Race" and the ideas and practices of annihilation and extermination in the twentieth century. Case-studies of, and comparisons amongst, genocides from 1890 to the present construct a global histor of the twentieth century in the context of genocide. Readings will be drawn from primary and secondary source material.

HI-195 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

3 class hours 3 credits

Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226) and BE-112 (or 205) or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test

The historical development of the three major Western religions. Among the topics to be discussed are: the relationships of the religions to the civilizations that encompassed them, major institutional developments, and the impact of modernity on their beliefs and practices.

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