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History Courses


(with descriptions for Special Topics courses and seminars)

Questions? Call (516) 463-5604 or email: Simon.R.Doubleday[at]hofstra.edu

Summer 2018

SS1: HIST 30 DL: Contemporary American Lives (HP), 3 sh, online, Katrina Sims.  Protest, radicalism, and anarchy in the United States in the mid-twentieth century.

SS2: HIST 14C DL: US History, Reconstruction to the Present (HP), 3 sh, online, Louise Kern. 

SS2: HIST 144: The American Revolution, 3 sh, Mon-Thurs, 11.00am-1.10pm, Michael Galgano.

SS3: HIST 20: Why History Matters (HP), 3 sh, online, Johan Ahr.

SS3: HIST 165 sec. 1: American Civil War and Reconstruction, 3 sh, James Coll.

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.