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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts

  • BA Major in History
    A bachelor of arts in history is great preparation for law school and graduate studies in a variety of disciplines, including public policy, business, development and museum management. History majors are well-positioned to pursue careers in government, communications and business.



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: Sally.Charnow@hofstra.edu

  • HIST 006K:  History and the News 1 sh, TR 2:40pm - 4:05pm, Professor D’Innocenzo.
  • HIST 010 01(CC/HP): Intro to Global History 3 sh,TR 2:40pm - 4:05pm, Professor Ruiz. This course combines temporal, geographic, and thematic approaches to global environmental history from antiquity to the present. In addition to addressing current controversies and future developments, we will explore environmental history around the world to provide a cultural, intellectual, and political context for our engagement with the modern period. Special attention will be paid to the role of disease, technology, warfare, and climate change.
  • HIST 011 01 (HP): Western Civilization 1 3 sh TR 9:40am - 11:05am, Professor Pugliese. Formation of the western tradition from classical antiquity, merging Judaic, Greek, Roman and Christian elements, to the derivation of distinctive and dynamic European offshoots in medieval and early modern times. Topics include Hebraic religion, civilization of the Greek city-states, Roman imperialism and law, the role of Christianity in western life, institutions and ideas of the middle ages and early modern Europe. 
  • HIST 014C 01 (HP): US: Reconstruction-Present 3 sh MWF 8:30am - 9:25am, Prof. Galgano. Intensive study of controversial issues from the aftermath of the Civil War to the early 21st century. The course is not chronological, but rather organized around themes of the faculty member's choosing. Conflicting points of view are addressed in lectures, readings, and discussions.
  • HIST 020 01 (HP): Why History Matters 3 sh MW 9:40am - 11:05am, Prof. Ahr. Through the centuries, civilization’s history has been defined by sundry migrations of scale—around the globe, back and forth. And the present is also such a moment of movement. Greece and Turkey, not to mention Mexico, have recently become conduits to the West for peoples fleeing poverty, oppression, and violence—in search of change, opportunity, and safety. What are the experiences of these migrants, their fates and futures?
    HIST 020 02 (HP): Why History Matters: Migrations in History 3sh MW 11:20am – 12:45pm, Prof. Ahr.  See above.
    HIST 020 03 (HP): Why History Matters: Transnational Fascism and Anti-fascism 3 sh TR 1:00pm – 2:25pm, Prof. Pugliese. This course will examine the history, ideologies, and consequences of fascism in Italy and Germany, the anti-fascist Resistance, and their contemporary manifestations around the world. Why did fascism appear when it did and what was new about it? Why was it so attractive to millions of people?  How did it spread around the world? What was the anti-fascist response and how effective was it? What are legacies of theses ideologies in populism after World War II? And why does all this matter?
    HIST 032 01 (HP): The American Jewish Experience 3 sh MW 11:20am – 12:45pm, Prof. Slabosky. This course provides a general introduction to American Jewish history, from the 1654 settlement of 23 Jews in New Amsterdam to the thriving community of today's United States and explores major themes of the American Jewish experience such as immigration, acculturation, socioeconomic progress, political behavior, anti-Semitism, Zionism, community formation, and contributions to popular culture. Highlighting the evolution of Judaism in America, the course contextualizes the history of religious life within the broader range of social experience and cultural expression.
  • HIST 072C 01 (CC): China and Japan since 1800 3 sh TR 2:40pm – 4:05pm, Prof.Terazawa. An examination of the modern transformations of China and Japan in response to the challenge of the West and the quest for modernity. Emphasis on China's and Japan's contrasting approaches to the redefined problems of state and society, nation formation, cultural orientation and modernization. 
  • HIST 102 WI: Investigating History: Women in the United States 4 sh TR 11:20am – 1:15pm, Prof. Sims. This course will introduce students to researching and writing history through a gendered lens. The course is structured to guide students through every aspect of researching including exploring archival holdings and writing such as peer-reviewing.  
  • HIST 103 WI: Debating History: 4 sh TR 12:30pm – 2:25pm, Prof. Ruiz. This course examines current historical debates and the process of writing modern history. We will discuss how the discipline of history has responded to multiple challenges in society– e.g., digitalization, globalization and environmental changes – as well as what history writing will look like in the future, how we can write the history of non-humans, and the challenges of crafting histories of memory, knowledge, and emotions.  
  • HIST 133 01: Modern Germany: 3 sh MW 2:40pm – 4:05, Prof. Ahr. This course explores the history of Germany from unification in 1870 to the present, with emphasis on World War I and World War II, the Holocaust, the partitioning of Germany, the nation’s reunification of East and West in 1989, and the fall of the Wall.  
  • HIST 138 A: Modern Russia: 1856 to present: 3 sh MW 6pm – 7:25pm, Prof. Iasilli. Historical roots of Russian society and institutions as transformed by the Great Reforms of the 19th century, the revolutions of the 20th century, the Stalin Era and the reforms of Khrushchev and Gorbachev. Examination of traditional Russian culture and government in the 19th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on continuity and change. Russia is compared and contrasted to the West. One of the themes is the gradual evolution of civil society up to and including the era of Perestroika.
  • HIST 154 01: US Foreign Policy 1945 to present: 3sh MW 11:20am to 12:45pm, Prof. Eisenberg. The end of World War II brought a profound change in America's global role. Themes may include the origins of the Cold War, the Korean Conflict, U.S. interventions in Latin America, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, end of the Cold War, and the ongoing war on terror.
  • HIST 162C (HP): Protest/Reform in American History 3 sh MWF 10:10am - 11:05am, Prof. Galgano.  Exploration of the broad theme of social change in American historical experience. Through a consideration of selected aspects of radical and meliorist reform traditions, the dynamics of the interrelationships between individual conscience and social institutions, and the role of personal and collective idealism and commitment in the attempt to redirect cultural traditions and transform social institutions are studied. Movements examined might include: abolitionism, temperance, anti-war movements and pacifism, civil rights and social equality movements, women's rights and Feminism, Anarchism and Socialism, Populism, Progressivism and the New Deal. 
    HIST 166 A: Re-viewing Vietnam 3 sh MW 4:20pm – 5:45pm, Prof. Eisenberg. An historical reconsideration of America's second-longest, most unpopular, and most divisive war in the context of the impact of Imperialism and Westernization on the traditional societies of Southeast Asia. Since special attention is given to the role of the media in shaping the popular understanding of the war, a television history of the conflict and selected cinematic materials are incorporated into class sessions.
    HIST 177A 01: Rethinking 9-11 and its Aftermath 3 sh MW 2:40pm – 4:05pm, Prof. Eisenberg. On the 20th Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the inception of the "war on terrorism," we can consider these dramatic events with the advantage of hindsight. In this class, we will analyze the attack itself, the impact on New York City and the important decisions made by the Bush Administration.  How did a "terrorist attack" become a reason for unending war? Class will see films, consult oral histories and memoirs,  and read major secondary works on these events.
    HIST 183 WI: Seminar-Modern European History 4sh TR 3:50pm – 5:45pm, Prof. Charnow. In what ways did World War I signal 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? We will explore these questions and topics such as 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.  

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