Course Listings


HIS 102--Introduction to African-American Studies
This is an interdisciplinary exploration of the experience and initiative of people of African descent throughout the world. Students will be introduced to the history, religion, sociology, politics, economics, creative production and psychology of African peoples, especially in the United States. In addition, the course introduces a variety of perspectives, theories, practical applications and methods of studying African peoples and their social evolution.
HIS 103--African-American History I
Black interpretations of West African history and culture prior to the European invasions. The brutalizing impact of the slave trade on its victims and the accomplishments of the generations subjected to the distortions and degradation of American slave society before legal emancipation. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 104--African-American History II
Black evaluations of the Afro-American resistance to legal and cultural racism from the Civil War to the black revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. A clarification of the impact of this constant struggle on the character of black Americans is the main theme. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 105--Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval
A survey of Western civilization from the building of pyramids to the age of faith, chivalry, crusades and cathedrals. It will highlight our oriental heritage, Greece and Rome; Christianity, the Germanic invasions and medieval life with emphasis on the rise of the middle class and national states. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 106--Western Civilization: Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era
A survey of Western Civilization from the 1300's to 1815 focusing on the Italian Renaissance, the Reformation, the Counter Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 108--Western Civilization: Modern Europe
Europe from the Industrial Revolution to the Nuclear Age. An analysis of world developments which followed the Industrial Revolution including Capitalism, Nationalism, Imperialism, Socialism, World War I Fascism, World War II and post-war changes. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 111--History of the United States to 1865
A survey of the origin of the clash between the colonies and Great Britain, the framing of the Constitution, Jacksonian Democracy and its influence on the American character, the slavery issue, the growth of industry and territorial expansion. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 112--History of the United States Since 1865
A survey of the reconstruction of the nation after the Civil War, the rise of industrial and urban dominance, the struggles affecting agriculture, industry and labor, the growth of the American empire, and the increasing role of government in American life. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 211--History of Sport in the United States
A survey of sport from its earliest Native American, African and European roots to the sport and games-oriented contemporary society. Professional, amateur and intercollegiate sports for men and women, and the Olympic Games movement are examined in detail. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 216--Special Topics in History
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in history. Offerings are more specific and focused than the introductory surveys. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest.
HIS 219--Twentieth Century Europe
The course will survey social, cultural, economic, international, and political developments in the history of Europe in the twentieth century. Prominent topics will be the causes and effects of the two world wars, European imperialism and decolonization, the development of fascism and dictatorship, the two postwar economic booms and ensuing stagnations, the Cold War, the demise of the Soviet Union, and European unification. Three credits. (SUNY-WC).
HIS 225--Early Russian History
An examination of the unique development of Russia from its Viking beginnings to the great Russian Empire: the Mongol-Tartar invasion, Westernization and expansion under Tsar Peter and Catherine the Great, Napoleonic invasion, reforms and revolutionary movements, beginning of Marxism, Russo-Japanese War and the Revolution of 1905. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 226--Modern Russian History
Traces Russo-Soviet history from the last Tsar and the revolutions of 1917 to the present. It includes a brief review of Marxist and other revolutionary movements, Lenin and Stalin. U.S.-Soviet Alliance in World War II, origins of Cold War, contemporary internal and foreign aspects of Soviet policy. Three class hours.
HIS 230--The Civil War and Reconstruction
This course examines the steps, causes, people, and events that led to the Civil War, the war itself, and the postwar period of Reconstruction. Special emphasis is placed on the dynamics and conflicts between the agrarian South and the emerging industrial North, and the reasons behind the war's outcome. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 232--The United States in the Twentieth Century
Major social, political and economic problems of the U.S. with particular emphasis on the post World War II period. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 234--The Contemporary African-American Experience
A course of study dealing with the black experience in American life from 1933 to the present. Its main goal will be to study the significant events during this period that have impacted upon African Americans with particular emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement and its major personalities. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 240--The City in American History
A study of the rise of American cities from colonial times to present, discussing their contributions to American life, their problems of development, urban imperialism, bossism, urban reform, and the historic roots of the present urban crisis. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 253--Traditional East Asian History
The course will survey the histories of China, Japan, and possibly additional East Asian countries up to 1600. Topics will include the developments of the Chinese and Japanese emperorships, the development of the Japanese shogunate, and the developments of East Asian philosophies and religions and other elements of East Asian culture. Fall semester only. (SUNY-OWC)
HIS 254--Modern East Asian History
The course will survey the histories of China, Japan, and possibly additional East Asian countries from 1600 to the present. Topics will include the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty, Edo Japan, the Meiji Restoration, World War II in Asia, the Chinese revolutions of 1911 and 1949, the Korean War, and postwar developments in East Asia. Spring semester only. (SUNY-OWC)
HIS 257--Women in the United States: An Historical Perspective
This course surveys the diverse history of American women from European contact to the present, with special attention given to the extensive range of women’s experiences as shaped by race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity. Women’s relationship to and their actions in both the private and public sectors will be studied, along with varying conceptions of womanhood. In addition, the course examines how women in the United States have both influenced and have been influenced by the political, economic, social, and cultural development of American civilization. Three class hours. (SUNY H). Three credits.
HIS 259--World War I
An examination of the causes, conditions and results of "The Great War," with particular emphasis on the combatants of both major alliances, the Entente Cordiale and the Central Powers. Three class hours.
HIS 260--World War II
A survey of modern history from Hitler's youth in Vienna to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Three class hours.
HIS 262--The Cold War Era and the Vietnam War
This course examines the period 1945-1992--the years before, during, and just following the end of the Cold War. Special emphasis is placed on the nuclear age and its various impacts upon U.S. society; the Cold War conflict between the United States and the former Soviet Union; the ramifications of the United States' engagement in the Vietnam War; and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Three class hours. (SUNY-AH)
HIS 275--History and Cultural Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights
The Holocaust is studied as a transcendent narrative, a lens for exploring genocide and human rights. Building upon knowledge gained in American History and Western Civilization, both historical and cultural analyses are used to reflect upon the human capacity to marginalize, objectify, terrorize, and exterminate the "other" simply for existing. The course's major theme is that, theoretically and pragmatically, liberal democracy and human rights--clearly articulated and consistently enforced--are the only constraints against the "beast" of state-sponsored or state-initiated violence.
HIS 290--Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson.