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History Courses


(with descriptions for Special Topics courses and seminars)

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Hist 006I: History & the News: The Middle East, 1 sh, W 10:10-11:05am, Mario Ruiz. Emphasis on the Middle East.

Hist 006K: History & the News: The United States, 1 sh, M 2:55-4:50pm, Carolyn Eisenberg. Emphasis on the United States.

Hist 14S, sec. 01: The Trump Presidency (HP) 4 sh, MW 12:50-2:45pm, Carolyn Eisenberg. In this seminar, we will consider the elements of continuity and change which will include an examination of the 2016 Presidential election and the sequel. We will also explore some of the major policy debates that have emerged in both foreign and domestic affairs and consider the consequences for people at home and abroad. Material for this class will include books, articles and use of the mass media. There will be guest speakers and some relevant outside trips [First Year Students only]. 

Hist 14S, sec. 02: Paris: City of Light, City of Love, the Capital of all the World (HP) 4 sh, MW 2:55-4:50pm, Sally Charnow. This interdisciplinary history course will use a variety of primary sources (including first-hand accounts from individuals, fiction, poetry, theatre, painting, architecture, philosophy) and secondary sources to study the development of Paris from 1815 and 1914 [First Year Students only].

Hist 14S, sec. 03: NYC Before & After 9/11 (HP) 4 sh, TR 2:15-4:10pm, Mario Ruiz. One of the common assumptions Americans share is that the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center changed New York City forever. In this course, we’ll examine this assumption by studying how New York changed before and after 9/11 [First Year Students only].

Hist 20, sec. 01: Why History Matters: From the Paris Commune to Communism (HP) 3 sh, MW 9:05-10:30am, Sally Charnow. We will explore protest, mutiny, and revolution in Europe from 1870 to the present day.

Hist 20, sec. 02: Why History Matters (HP) 3 sh, MW 12:50-2:15pm, TBA.

Hist 29: American Lives (HP) 3 sh, MWF 9:05-10:00am, Michael Galgano. This course views our nation’s history from the Colonial period until the dawn of the 20th Century. Potential subjects may include notables such as Benjamin Franklin, Lewis & Clark, Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass, among others. The goal is to establish the impact made by these individuals, not only on their times, but ours as well.    

Hist 30: Contemporary American Lives (HP) 3 sh, MWF 10:10-11:05am, Michael Galgano. This course covers the saga of the Roosevelt family, perhaps America’s greatest political dynasty. Particular attention will be paid to Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, especially regarding his role as “Trust Buster,” conservationist, and wielder of the “Big Stick;” Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the architect of the New Deal and Commander-in-Chief during World War II; and Eleanor, with her work as revolutionary First Lady and advocate for a just and peaceful world.      

Hist 72C: China and Japan since 1800 (CC) 3 sh, TR 11:10-12:35pm, Yuki Terazawa.

Hist 100: Honors Essay. To be arranged in consultation with professor.

Hist 102: Investigating History, 4 sh, TR 9:10-11:05am, Katrina Sims. In this course, students will examine historical documents from the 1960s to the present, conduct original research utilizing the Long Island Collection holdings in special collections, and deliver a presentation on their findings. By the end of the semester, students will have an understanding of how intersectionality (race, class, and gender) shaped individual’s experiences in the United States.

Hist 103: Debating History: Student Protest: An Inspiring Example or Colossal Failure? 4 sh, MW 9:10-11:05am, Carolyn Eisenberg. Among the most discussed developments of the 1960's was the emergence of a powerful student movement focused on issues of peace, racial equality and educational reform. For some observers, this was one of the most exciting developments of the decade. For others, it was a dismaying display of privilege -which polarized society and undermined the causes for which young people ostensibly stood. In this class, we will examine competing perspectives on the student movement using journalistic accounts, formal works of history, memoirs, films and videos.

Hist 106B: Ancient Greece and Rome (II) (HP) 3 sh, MW 2.55-4:20pm, TBA.

Hist 114: Manufacturing Modernity: The Industrial Revolution and the Social Transformation of Europe, 1848-1914, 3 sh, MW 12:40-2:15pm, Sally Charnow.

Hist 115: African-American History to 1865, 3 sh, TR 12.45-2:10pm, Katrina Sims.

Hist 124: American Way of War, 3 sh, TBA, James P. Levy [Distance Learning Course].

Hist 136: Culture and Ideas in Modern Europe, 3 sh, TR 9:35-11:00am, Stanislao Pugliese.

Hist 153: From Manifest Destiny to Empire: U.S. Foreign Policy to 1945, 3 sh, MW 4:30-5:55 pm, John Staudt.

Hist 162C: Protest and Reform in American History (HP) 3 sh, TR 2:20-3:45pm, Katrina Sims.

Hist 168D: Special Studies in Asian History: Disability, 3 sh, TR 12:45-2:10pm, Yuki Terazawa. This course will investigate the history of disability, centered on Japan, but it also introduces materials on Europe and elsewhere to bring in comparative perspectives. Included also is the issue of the atomic bomb survivors, called the hibakusha, who experienced discrimination by local Japanese people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No background in Japanese history is required.

Hist 173: Modern China (CC) 3 sh, TR 4:30-5:55pm, Yuki Terazawa.

Hist 178C: Special Topics in History: Medieval Spain, 3 sh, TR 2:20-3:45pm, Simon Doubleday. Medieval Spain has been widely invoked as a cultural example of coexistence and tolerance; paradoxically, others have seen it as a paradigm of a “clash of cultures”. We will examine the dynamic history of the many competing realms of the peninsula (including Aragón, Catalonia, Castile, Galicia, Navarre, and al-Andalus), in the period from the arrival of the Visigoths to the reign of the Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella, with a sixteenth-century ‘epilogue’ culminating in the rise of a Spanish Empire. 

Hist 189A, Seminar: Environmental Histories, 4 sh, TR 4:30-6:20pm, Mario Ruiz. This seminar places environmental history in a transnational/global perspective and examines themes that include the rise of urbanization, warfare, the spread of epidemic diseases, and global warming. The main requirement of the course is a 20-page research paper. Before you complete and turn in the paper, you will move through several stages involving a number of preliminary assignments.

Hist 192/Hist 194: Independent Reading and Research in History, 1-3 sh: To be arranged in consultation with professor.

Hist 199: Internship in History, 3 sh. To be arranged in consultation with professor.