Course Listings


HIS 102--Introduction to African-American Studies - WR
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 - WR
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 - WR
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 - WR
A survey of Western civilization from the building of pyramids to the age of faith, chivalry, crusades and cathedrals. It will explore the ancient Mediterranean region—Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, and Rome—and developments in this region and the rest of Europe up to 1300. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 106--Western Civilization: Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era - WR
A survey of Western Civilization from the 1300's to 1815 focusing on the Italian Renaissance, the Reformation, the Counter Reformation, the conquest and colonization of the Americas, European imperialism, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 108--Western Civilization: Modern Europe - WR
Europe from the Industrial Revolution to Unification. A survey of developments which followed the Industrial Revolution including the revolutionary era, the development of nationalism, European imperialism, the world wars, fascism, decolonization, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and European unification. Three class hours. (SUNY-WC)
HIS 111--History of the United States to 1865 - WR
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 - WR
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 153 formerly HIS 253--Traditional East Asian History - WR
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. (SUNY-OWC)
HIS 154 formerly HIS 254--Modern East Asian History - WR
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. (SUNY-OWC)
HIS 211--History of Sport in the United States - WR
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 - WR
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 - WR
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 240--The City in American History - WR
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 257--Women in the United States: An Historical Perspective - WR
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 275--History and Cultural Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights - WR
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 - WR
See the Department Chairperson.