Programs & Courses

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 of History prior to registration every semester.

Questions? Email: sally.charnow@hofstra.edu

  • Hist 006C:  History News-Europe 1 sh, R 4:20pm -5:45, Professor Charnow. This course offers an opportunity for directed reading of the Newspaper or periodical literature focusing on Europe and Europe related issues.
  • Hist 009, sec A Fascism and Anti Fascism, 1sh, MW 6:00pm – 7:25pm, Professor Pugliese. This course will run to coincide with a major 2-day conference (November 2-3) on contemporary anti-fascism. We will explore the historical and cultural roots of fascism and anti-fascism in the twentieth century.
  • Hist 010 (CC/HP): Intro to Global History 3 sh, M/W 2:40 -4:05, Professor Elsey. This course is an introduction to major historical processes of global scope. Themes will vary but may include diaspora and migration; the emergence of civilizations; worlds of slavery; gender and sexuality; empire and expansion; scientific revolutions; independence movements; and world wars.
  • Hist 013 (HP): Colonial to Civil War 3 sh, MWF 8:30-9:25, Professor Galgano. This course covers US History from the English settlement of North America to the conclusion of the American Civil War. Topics to be discussed include the creation of the Thirteen Colonies, the Imperial Crisis with Great Britain, the American Revolution and the founding of the new republic, the growth of political parties, western expansion and Manifest Destiny, African American slavery in Antebellum American, the spirit of reform, immigration and nativism, the Impending Crisis, and finally, the Civil War.
  • Hist 014F, sec 01 (HP): Black Italy 4 sh, MW, 2:40pm-4:35pm, Professor Pugliese. This course will examine the long history of cross-cultural interaction between the Italian peninsula, the Mediterranean basin, and Africa. Topics to include ancient Rome and the Punic Wars, Southern Italy as the first “globalized” culture, the religious tradition of “the Black Madonna,” the racialization of Southern Italy as “Africa” and migration to the Americas, the “conquests” of Libya (1911) and Ethiopia (1935-36), the political ramifications of contemporary migration to Italy, the history and intersection of Italian Americans and Black Americans, and the debate over Italian Americans and “whiteness.”
  • Hist 020, sec 01 (HP): Why History Matters: Immigration 3 sh, MW, 9:40am- 11:05am, Professor Åhr. Through the centuries, our world has been defined by many 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 (emigrants come immigrants), their fates and futures? Classes will combine lecture and discussion; and our texts are a combination of fiction and non-fiction, primary and secondary.
  • Hist 020, sec 02 (HP): Why History Matters: Immigration 3 sh, 11:20am – 12:45pm, Professor Åhr. See above.
  • Hist 030, sec 01 (HP):  Contemporary American Lives 3 sh, MW 11:20am – 12:45pm, Professor Eisenberg. In a biographical approach to historical understanding, the course considers the lives of four to six American men and women, chosen by the instructor to represent important aspects o American society since 1900.
  • Hist 037, sec 01 (HP): Genocide 3sh, MW 2:40pm – 4:05pm, Professor Ahr. Genocide has destroyed populations across the world. The course explores the history of organized mass murder. What explains such extremes of violence and the murder of whole groups of people? Examples will be drawn across time and geography to include discussion of genocidal policies and events in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 
  • Hist 072C, sec A (C) China and Japan since 1800 3sh, TR 4:20pm – 5:45pm, Professor Terrazawa. An examination of the modern transformations of China and Japan in response to the challenge of the West and the quest for modernity.
  • Hist 073, sec 01 (CC) The Modern Middle East 3sh, TR 2:40pm – 4:05pm, Professor Ruiz. Middle Eastern social, political, and economic history from 1500 to the present. Topics include the rise of the Ottoman Empire, the expansion of commodities such as coffee and tobacco, material culture, and life in the modern Arab world.
  • Hist 102, WI Investigating History – Genealogy and Local Research 4sh, MW 11:20am - 12:45pm, Professor Elsey. Do you ever wonder if anything you’ll do will make a difference in the course of history? Historians think about that question often. In this course, we will explore the relationship between what we often consider “private,” and broader political and social history. Students will complete genealogies of their families and connect them to historical events. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the process of conducting original research and making sense of the everyday, historians draw upon a wide range of sources including diaries, wills, tax records, census data, photographs, ship logs, newspapers, interviews, and so on. Likewise, we will explore a variety of sources, from family photo albums to census records to local archives.
  • Hist 103 (WI): Debating History 4 sh, TR 11:20am – 1:14pm, Professor 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 109 sec 01: Kings, Merchants, Peasant, and the Road to Revolution in Europe, 1648 -1789 3 sh, T/R 1:00pm – 2:25pm, Professor Charnow. This course examines monarchy, government, culture, and a rapidly changing society shaped by overseas expansion, international trade, and globalization. Topics may include absolutism, representative democracy, imperialism, global commerce and war, agrarian society, religion, the scientific revolution, gender, the beginnings of industrialization, and the rise of nationalism.
  • Hist 115/AFST 115 sec 01: African American History to 1865 3 sh, T/R 9:40am-11:05pm, Professor Sims.
    This course is designed to introduce students to the Black experience from African empires to the Reconstruction of the American South. Topics discussed include African heritage and cultural continuity, Black identities, enslavement, racial disparities, and protest and resistance strategies. Students will examine the legal codification of race-based slavery, the development of Black institutions, and African American participation in the American Revolution and Civil War. 
  • Hist 123, sec A: Origins of Modern Law 3 sh, TR 4:20pm – 5:45pm, Professor Ruiz. This course asks and answers the following questions: What is law? What is a crime? Whose interests do the law and the criminal justice system serve? From Ancient Rome to the present, there is a long history of keeping underprivileged and ‘dangerous’ populations under control. Using select case studies, we explore who creates and enforces modern law, which institutions punish lawbreakers, and how the justice system affects those with the least amount of power.
  • Hist 136, sec 01: Culture & Ideas in Modern Europe 3 sh, MW 11:20am – 12:45 pm, Professor Pugliese. Examines key thinkers in European society between the 19th- and 21st- centuries (e.g., Marx, Darwin, Freud), and the relationship between philosophy, politics, art, literature, and culture. Topics may encompass communism, 
  • Hist 137, sec 01: History of Russia from its Origins to 1856 3sh, MW 6:00pm – 7:25pm, Professor Rifkin.
    A study of such influences as Greek orthodoxy and the Tartar Conquest on the development of Russian society and its institutions. The role of "economic backwardness" and the compulsion toward modernization. The development of the autocracy and the rural peasant-serf style of life. The blossoming of Russian culture in the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution up through the Crimean War.
  • Hist 144, sec A: American Revolution 3 sh, TR 4:20pm -5:45pm, Professor Staudt. Emergence of the United States out of the struggle between the colonies and Great Britain. The “Great Debates” prior 1776; the Revolution
  • Hist 162C, sec 01: Protest & Reform in American History 3sh, TR 2:40pm – 4:05pm, Professor Eisenberg.
    This course interrogates the history of protest and social reform measures from the late twentieth century to the present through the lens of intersectionality – a framework that allows for interconnections of race, class, and gender – to reveal the ways that patterns of discrimination and exclusion from aspects of American society impacted Black Americans, Latino/a/x, the LGBTQ+ community, and working-class men and women. 
  • Hist 177A, sec A: The 60’s Reconsidered 3sh, MW 4:20pm – 5:45pm, Professor Eisenberg. The 1960's was a tumultuous time, usually remembered for its protest movements --civil rights, antiwar, and feminist groups. The period was also notable for the emergence of a "counter-culture," in music, sexual norms, attitudes towards family life and work.  In this course, we will examine these developments, but also consider the conservative political backlash, which had its roots in that decade, but which had a continuing impact up through the present. For our exploration, we will use films, memoirs, periodicals, and important secondary works.
  • Hist 187 WI: Seminar: 20th Century America: Epidemics, Diseases, and the Evolution of Medicine in the United States 4sh, TR 12:30pm – 2:25pm, Professor Sims. This seminar course will examine the prevalence of diseases and the evolution of medicine in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over the semester, students will identify early epidemics and diseases to understand the ways American medicine was restructured to address increasing public health concerns. Students will understand the threat of epidemic diseases to Americans’ lives, economic stability, and security. Students will explore grassroots responses to protect the well-being of many Americans, prevent untimely death, and expand the early concepts of public health.

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