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History Courses


Questions? Call (516) 463-5604 or email: Simon.R.Doubleday@hofstra.edu (Fall 2018) or Stanislao.Pugliese@hofstra.edu (Spring 2019)

Fall 2018

HIST 006M, sec A: Dangerous Ideas, 1 sh, M, 4:30-5:55pm. Each week, a different faculty member, incl. Profs. Sally Charnow and Simon Doubleday, explore how powerful ideas can be dangerous, destabilizing, transformative.  

HIST 010: Intro to Global History [Gender and Sexuality] (CC) (HP), 3 sh, MW, 4:30-5:55pm, Brenda Elsey. Focus on gender and sexuality, and “big” questions about inequality, power, and violence. Attention to women's lives embodying global change, from Pocahontas, Malinche, and Empress Hu, to Marie Curie and Rosa Parks.

HIST 010: Intro to Global History [Environment] (CC) (HP), 3 sh, TR, 11:10am-12:35pm, Mario Ruiz. Focus on global environmental history, antiquity to the present. Explores environmental thought and action around the world to provide a cultural, intellectual, and political context for engagement with the environment in modern times.

HIST 012: Western Civilization II (HP), 3 sh, TR, 4.30-5.55pm, Sally Charnow.

HIST 013: US: Colonial to Civil War (HP), 3 sh, MWF, 10:10-11:05am, Michael Galgano.

HIST 14C MS (mid-semester course; registration not yet open): US History, Reconstruction to the Present (HP), 3 sh, MW 6.30-8.30pm, John Munz.

HIST 014F, sec 01: NYC and 9/11 (HP), 4 sh, TR, 2:15-4:10pm, Mario Ruiz. Events preceding Sept. 11 attacks; NYC’s development as magnet for architecture, art, film, and tourism. Personalized projects reflecting on effects of 9/11 attacks. Field trips: Empire State Building, Hofstra’s Sept. 11 Project Collection, 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

HIST 014F, sec 02: Immigrant Experiences (HP), 4 sh, MW, 9:10-11:05am, Katrina Sims. Explores histories of Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latino and Haitian immigrants on Long Island, New York.

HIST 014F, sec 03: Israel & Palestine (HP), 4 sh, MW, 9:10- 11:05am, Johan Ahr. Relationship between Israel and Palestine since period before statehood.

HIST 014F, sec A: New Amsterdam/Levittown (HP), 4 sh, TR, 4:30- 6:20pm, John Staudt. New York’s rich political, cultural, social, and economic past, from its Dutch colonial origins to the late twentieth century.  Students will experience history as a living subject with visits to regional historic sites, museums, and cultural centers.

HIST 020, sec 01: Why History Matters (HP) [9-11 and Its Aftermath], 3 sh, TR, 11:10-12:35pm, Carolyn Eisenberg. U.S. foreign policy responses to September 11, 2001, incl. ongoing "war on terror," using the historical literature, journalistic accounts, memoirs and films to consider the causes and consequences of these policies.

HIST 020, sec 02: Why History Matters (HP) [9-11 and Its Aftermath], 3 sh, TR, 2:20-3:45pm, Carolyn Eisenberg [see description above].

HIST 020, sec F3 [part of First-Year Cluster w/ RHET 7, DRAMA 9: freshmen only]: Why History Matters [Protest] (HP), 3 sh, TR, 9:35-11:00am, Sally Charnow. Protest has a long history. Revolutions, social movements, nationalism, religious and ethnic conflicts, and civil rights continue to be a hallmark of the modern age.

HIST 037: Genocide (HP) 3 sh, MW, 9:05-10:30am, Johan Ahr.

HIST 071: China & Japan to 1800 (CC), 3 sh, TR, 2:20-3:45pm, Yuki Terazawa. Impact of Confucianism and Buddhism, unification of China under the First Emperor, and the age of the samurai warriors.  

HIST 073: The Modern Middle East (CC), 3 sh, TR, 12:45-2:10pm, Mario Ruiz.

HIST 102: Investigating History [World War I in Europe], 4 sh, TR, 2:15-4:10pm, Sally Charnow. WW1 took millions of lives, led to the fall of four empires, and transformed global map. We examine the various factors that led to the outbreak of war, the circumstances that turned the war into a total global war, and the war’s aftermath.

HIST 103: Debating History [Thomas Jefferson], 4 sh, TR, 9:05-11:00am, Carolyn Eisenberg. Examines complex, paradoxical career of Thomas Jefferson, an eloquent and far-seeing contributor to US democracy who was also a slave owner, whose relationship with Sally Hemmings has triggered particular historical controversy.

HIST 106A: Ancient Greece and Rome I, 3 sh, TR, 12:45-2:10, TBA.

HIST 116: African-American History 1865-Present, 3 sh, MW, 2:55- 4:20, Katrina Sims. Examines the barriers erected that impeded full inclusion of African Americans in US society after the Emancipation Proclamation, and how African Americans were able to transcend some of them, albeit momentarily.

HIST 132: Europe 1939 To Present, 3 sh, MW, 4:30-5:55pm, Johan Ahr.

HIST 142: Latin America: 1810-Present (CC), 3 sh, MW, 12:50-2:10pm, Brenda Elsey.

HIST 173: Modern China (CC), 3 sh, TR, 4:30-5:55pm, Yuki Terazawa. China’s encounter with the West under the Qing dynasty; focus on the Opium Wars, China’s responses to Western and Japanese imperialism, and the rise of the Nationalist and Communist parties in the 1920s, culminating in Communist takeover.

HIST 174: Modern Japan (CC), 3 sh, TR, 11:10-12:35pm, Yuki Terazawa. From the regime of the warrior (samurai) class as the ruling elite, through Japan’s transition to modernity, focusing on the 1868 Meiji Restoration; World War II in Asia and the Pacific; and Japanese-American Internment during the war.

HIST 177C: Historical Problem-Solving. 3 sh. TR, 9:35-11:00am, Stanislao Pugliese. How might a knowledge of history help us more effectively to address—or even solve—complex problems in the present or the past? Students craft individual reading lists based on topics freely chosen in consultation with instructor, developing valuable skills.

HIST 187: Seminar: US History [Epidemics, Diseases, and the Evolution of Medicine in the US], 4 sh, MW, 4:30-6:25pm Katrina Sims. This course will examine the prevalence of diseases and the evolution of medicine in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over the course of the semester, we will examine how epidemic diseases destabilized American’s lives, disrupted their economic stability, and threatened national security.

Spring 2019

HIST 008D, sec 01: Dangerous Ideas: Anti-Fascism (24551) 1 SH, TR 8:00-9:45 AM, Stanislao Pugliese. From its earliest manifestations in the 1920s to its contemporary manifestation as “Antifa” in the US, this mini-course examines the history and ideologies of resistance to Fascism and Nazism.

HIST 008E, sec A: Egyptian Book of the Dead (24550) 1 SH, W 6:30-7:55 PM, Mario Ruiz.
Mini-course studying a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey toward the realm of the gods and eternity.

HIST 010, sec A: Intro to Global History (CC, HP) (24552) 3 SH, TR 4:30-5:55 PM, Yuki Terazawa. Global interconnections from early modern period to present. Focus on imperialism, European colonialism, nationalism, anti-colonial resistance, Eurocentrism, and statelessness.

HIST 013, sec 01: US: Colonial to Civil War (HP) (24553) 3 SH, MWF 9:05-10:00 AM, Michael Galgano.

HIST 014S, sec 01: Shop ‘Til You Drop (HP) (22571) 4 SH, MW 9:10-11:0 AM, Sally Charnow. Examines the rise of urban life with its new realms of consumer pleasure. We explore the burgeoning commerce of the late 19th century and its impact, changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, fashion, conspicuous consumption, the birth of advertising, and protests and popular movements organized around issues of consumption.

HIST 014S, sec 02: New York And Slavery (First Year Connections Seminar) (HP) (22572) 3 SH, TR 2:220-3:45 PM, Alan Singer. African-American history with a focus on slavery, and the struggle to end slavery in New York City and State in the era before the American Civil War.

HIST 020, sec 01: Why History Matters: Migrations (HP) (22573) 3 SH, MW 12:50-2:15 PM, Johan Ahr. Mass immigration and emigration have been a repeated motif in western history. Today, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain, have become conduits to the European continent for people fleeing poverty and violence. What does this mean for the future of these migrants and their hosts?

HIST 020, sec 02: Why History Matters: Migrations (HP) (22574) 3 SH, MW 2:55-4:20 PM, Johan Ahr. See above for course description.

HIST 029, sec 01: American Lives: Dissenters (HP) (22972) 3 SH, TR 11:10 AM- 12:35 PM, Carolyn Eisenberg. Many of the most important social and political changes in American life have occurred because millions of people protested. Often these movements were led or inspired by extraordinary individuals, who were able to articulate grievances and offer solutions to deeply entrenched social problems. Using biographies and memoirs, we will consider the role of individuals and of mass movements in expanding the rights of immigrants, laborers, African-Americans and women during the period 1900-present.

HIST 029, sec 02: American Lives: Dissenters (HP) (22972) 3 SH, TR 12:45-2.10 PM, Carolyn Eisenberg. See above for course description.

HIST 072C, sec 01: China & Japan Since 1800s (CC) (23483) 3 SH, TR 12:45-2:10 PM, Yuki Terazawa. An age when East Asia faced challenge of the West. Focus on Japanese colonialism and the modern history of Korea; the Opium War, the Meiji Revolution, and World War II in East Asia.
HIST 102, sec A: Investigating History (21688) 4 SH, TR 9:10-11:05 AM, Katrina Sims. Introduction to researching and writing history through the lens of women in the United States.

HIST 103, sec 01: Debating History: Watergate (22575) 4 SH, TR 2:15-4:10 AM, Carolyn Eisenberg. How did Watergate become a major political scandal, bringing down a recently elected President who had won every state in the union, except Massachusetts? What was the relationship between the domestic crimes and the ongoing war in Southeast Asia?

HIST 106 B, sec 01: Ancient Greece & Rome (II) (HP) (23718) 3 SH, TR 2:20-3:45 PM, Anne Chen. History of the Roman Empire from conquest of Greece (146 B.C.E.) to fall of the Empire itself (476 C.E.).

HIST 109, sec 01: Western Europe 1648-1789: Kings, Merchants, and Peasants (24554) 3 SH, MW 2:55-4:20 PM, Sally Charnow. Focal points may include absolutism, representative democracy, imperialism, global commerce and war, agrarian society, religion, the scientific revolution, gender, and the Enlightenment

HIST 122, sec 01: Modern Britain (24555) 3 SH, MW 9:05-10:30 AM, Johan Ahr. Pivotal role of Britain in forging the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars, and its role in late twentieth-century Europe.
HIST 124, sec DL: American Way of War (22267) 3 SH, ONLINE COURSE, James Levy.

HIST 144, sec 01: American Revolution (24556) 3 SH, MW 12:50-2:15 PM, James Coll.

HIST 147, sec 01: US: 1900-1945 (24557) 3 SH, MWF 10:10-11:05 AM, Michael Galgano.

HIST 162C, sec 01: Protest and Reform (HP) (23618) 3 SH, TR 12:45-2:10 PM, Katrina Sims.
Uses the lens of intersectionality – allowing for interconnections of race, class, and gender – to reveal how discrimination and exclusion from aspects of American society impacted African Americans, Latino/a/x, the LGTBQ community, and working-class men and women.

HIST 168A, sec A: Special Topics: World War II in Asia and the Pacific (24655) 3 SH, TR 6:30-8:20 PM, Yuki Terazawa. Background of Western and Japanese imperialism and colonialism in the region; conflicts between China and Japan in the 1930s; the 1937 Nanjing Massacre; military prostitution and sexual slavery; Japanese-American Internment, 1945 Tokyo Bombing, and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No prerequisite.

HIST 177A, sec A: Special Topics in American History: Native American History – US Relations (24558) 3 SH, TR 4:30-5:55 PM, John Staudt.  Native American-US relations from invasion and colonization, examining intersection of Native and European-American histories and exchanges in the Northeast, Southeast, Great Plains, Northwest, and Southwest.

HIST 178G, sec 01: Special Topics in Global History: Ancient History and Archaeology (24559) 3 SH, TR 11:10 AM-12:35 PM, Anne Chen. Always wanted to be Indiana Jones? Using case studies from the ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and Egyptian worlds, this course introduces the history of the discipline, explores the evolution of its methods, and considers how the nature of these methodologies affects our understanding of the past.

HIST 183, sec A: Seminar in Modern European History: World War I (24455) 4 SH, MW 4:30-6:25 PM, Sally Charnow. In what ways was World War I the end of the 19th century? Why did so many believe it was the war that would end all wars? How did it set the stage for the rise of fascism and Nazism in Europe? How did World War I reshape cultural and intellectual forms such as art, theatre, and psychology? The causes of the war, women at home and at the front, and the consequences of trench warfare. The main requirement of the course will be 20- page research paper based on primary and secondary sources.