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History Courses


(with descriptions for Special Topics courses and seminars)

Core Distribution codes: (HP) History/Philosophy; (CC) Cross Cultural; (WI) Writing Intensive

It is strongly recommended that students consult a professor in the Department prior to registration every semester.

Questions? Email: Yuki.Terazawa@hofstra.edu

Hist 006J (Cross-listed as Asian Studies Special Topics course): Atomic Bombing and Its Survivors (Hibakusha) 1sh, T/R 4:30-5:55 pm, Professor Terazawa. This course discusses the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of this year’s 75-anniversary commemoration. Ends in October.

Hist 010 (CC/HP): Intro to Global History: Sport and Politics 3 sh, MW 12:50pm -2:15 pm, Professor Elsey. In this course, we look at sport as a site of political protest and a lens to understand social movements with case studies of the Brazilian transition to democracy, apartheid in South Africa, and revolutionary Cuba.

HIST 14F (HP): Immigrant Experiences in the United States (HP), 4 sh, MW, 2:55pm-4:50 pm, Katrina Sims.
This course examines the experiences of immigrants on Long Island, New York. Since the 17th century when Dutch and English settlers inhabited the island, it has been occupied by diverse peoples with distinctly different religious practices, cultural traditions, ethnic identities, and languages. Over the course of the semester, students unearth the experiences of three of the largest immigrant populations on Long Island – Irish Americans, Italian Americans, and Jewish Americans. Additionally, we integrate the experiences of immigrants of the 20th and 21st centuries – Latino Americans and Haitian Americans. The multipronged approach includes a traditional learning component, wherein students explore archival documents ranging from personal letters to photographs. The course also uses an experiential learning process wherein students delve deeper into the topics introduced in class discussions by visiting the Tenement Museum and Rubin Museum in New York City.
Please note: This course satisfies a University graduation requirement in the Social Sciences category.

Hist 20, sec 01 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh, MW 9:05-10:30am, Professor Åhr. Focusing on the present, we study migrations of scale and why people flee poverty, oppression, violence, and the distress of their environment. What is the experience of such movement like; and what does it mean for the future of these migrants and their hosts?

Hist 20, sec 02 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh, MW 2:55-4:20pm, Professor Åhr. See above.

Hist 20, sec 03 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh, T/R 9:35-11:00am, Professor Eisenberg. Is the November Presidential election truly unique as some have claimed or is there significant continuity? In this class, we look at political contests from John F. Kennedy to the present in an effort to understand their dynamics, with a focus on the unfolding election.

Hist 20, sec 04 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh, T/R 2:20-3:45pm, Professor Singer. Focus on the impact of climate and environmental change in the past on different civilizations including Mesopotamia, Rome, Maya, Norse, Anasazi, and Mali and their implications for understanding the current climate catastrophe.

Hist 20, sec 05 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh, MWF 10:10-11:05 am, Professor Galgano. This course examines the dangers of political demagoguery in the United States, citing historic examples from the 20th century such as Huey Long, Father Coughlin, Joseph McCarthy, and George Wallace, as well as their negative legacies. 
Hist 29 (HP): American Lives 3 sh, MWF 9:05-10:00am, Professor Galgano. This course studies the lives and legacies of the following 19th century Americans: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Harriet Tubman, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Joseph Pulitzer, and Emma Goldman.
Hist 36 (HP): The Holocaust: Memory & Representation 3 sh, MW 12:50-2:15 pm, Professor Åhr. Introduction to Holocaust Studies, including history and aftermath, aesthetic representations, theoretical issues, and Holocaust memory: how have the terrible events of the past entered our consciousness and shaped our culture today?

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

Hist 102 (WI): Investigating History 4 sh, T/R 2:15-4:10 pm, Professor Charnow. Students learn how WWI on the Western front transformed the lives of citizens, soldiers, nurses, and civilians. We identify questions related to the War, critique primary sources (e.g. memoirs, novels, diaries) and secondary monographs, and write a short research paper.

Hist 103 (WI): Debating History: US & Egypt 4 sh, T/R 12:10-2:05pm, Professor Ruiz. This course will introduce you to the debates and controversies surrounding the American-Egyptian relationship from the 18th century to the present. We will discuss specific historical episodes that have transformed this relationship and why historians write about them.

Hist 124 (DL): The American Way of War 3 sh, TBA, Professor Levy. American military experience from the view of the “new” military history with a focus on the interrelationship of warfare with political, economic, and social institutions.

Hist 138: Modern Russia: 1856 to Present 3 sh, MW 4:30-5:55 pm, Michael Iasilli. An introduction to Russia that examines its revolutionary transformation into Soviet communism and how social norms impacted political organizing, national development, agency for women, the rise of Stalin, and the development of the modern Russian nation.

Hist 142 (CC): Latin America 1810 to Present 3 sh, MW 2:55-4:20pm, Professor Elsey. Projects of nation-state building, reform & revolution, globalization, and imperialism, focusing on Brazil, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mexico. Migration to the U.S. and reactions to neo-liberalism; historical roots of persistent poverty, political violence, and machismo.

Hist 144: American Revolution 3 sh, T/R 4:30-5:55 pm, Professor Staudt. This course examines the Revolution as an internal and external struggle; the origin of political parties; state’s rights vs. national government; cultural nationalism.

Hist 148: US: 1945 to Present 3 sh, T/R 11:10am-12:35 pm, Professor Eisenberg. This course highlights the period from 1945-1980, with topics such as the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, the Cold War, the growth of the suburbs, the Civil Rights revolution, Vietnam, the Great Society, the 1960s counterculture, and its conservative backlash.

Hist 159 (CC/HP): History of Disease and Health 3 sh, MW 8:00-9:25am, Professor Sims. A survey of the history of disease and health within a global perspective, mainly focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over the course of the semester, we examine the prevalence of disease and the evolution of medicine with special attention to the experiences of immigrants, refugees, and other minority communities.

Hist 177A, sec 01 Special Topics in American History: 2020 Election in Historical Perspective 3 sh, T/R 2:20-3:45 pm, Professor Eisenberg. The course will examine the unfolding presidential election, with attention to longer term trends. What role has personality played in recent elections? the ongoing conflict between liberalism and conservatism? the role of identity politics? the impact of the military-industrial complex? An underlying issue: can historical knowledge deepen our understanding of contemporary political conflict?
Hist 189A (WI): Seminar: Imagining Egypt 4 sh, T/R 2:15-4:10 pm, Professor Ruiz. This seminar explores how and why Europeans and Americans became enthralled with an imaginary Egypt beginning with Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 invasion to the present-day allure of mummies, pyramids, Cleopatra, and King Tut. You will choose a specific research topic dealing with the Euro-American enchantment of Egypt and write an original research paper. 
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.