History Course Descriptions

HIS 100 SURVEY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the origins and development of Western civilization from ancient times through 1715. Emphasis on social, intellectual and political development. May not be taken by students who have taken HIS 114. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 102 SURVEY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of the study of Western civilization from 1715 to the present. May not be taken by students who have taken HIS 115. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 114 THEMES IN EUROPEAN HISTORY 1450-1815

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

To develop an understanding of the principal themes in European history from the High Renaissance through the Napoleonic Revolution: political, economic, social and cultural. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 115 THEMES IN EUROPEAN HISTORY 1815-1970

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus 

To develop an understanding of the principal themes in European history from the Congress of Vienna to the post World War II period: political, economic, social and cultural. 3 hours a week, 1semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 122 (CLA 122) THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE: THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the Greco-Roman culture and civilization. Special attention will be given to the political, social, economic and cultural life of both peoples against the world setting in which they both rose, flourished and declined. This course may be offered for classics or history. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 152 CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of selected controversial issues in the field of current history. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 170 AMERICAN HERITAGE I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A historical study of the United States from its colonial beginnings through Reconstruction. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 172 AMERICAN HERITAGE II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of the study of United States history from Reconstruction to the present. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 202 THE NON-WESTERN WORLD

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of major non-western civilizations from the 16th century to the modern era. This course provides a knowledge and understanding of social, economic and cultural issues as seen from a global perspective. Emphasis will be on Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 205 ART IN AMERICAN LIFE (ART 215)

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An intensive study of the architecture, painting and sculpture in America from the 17th century to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the art resources in New York and Long Island. Illustrated lectures, discussions, visits to museums and galleries. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 210 MODERN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of contemporary Africa south of the Sahara with emphasis upon internal history in the 20th century from the viewpoint of current situations. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 220 EAST ASIA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The history and culture of China, Korea and Japan with an emphasis upon understanding the contemporary scene in light of the past. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 224 SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of post World War II developments in India, Pakistan and Southeast Asian countries in light of past history. Emphasis will be on the rise of nationalism, problems of a social and economic order and an evaluation of world involvement in the areas. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 225 THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the history of the Middle East with special emphasis on the origins of contemporary problems. Topics include the rise of nationalism and religious fundamentalism, the legacies of Ottoman and Western rule and the East-West conflict. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 229 THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the major events and people; and the social, economic, political and cultural trends that have shaped the African-American experience since 1619. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 232 MODERN RUSSIA

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analysis of the economic, intellectual, social and political changes in Russia from the time of the Great Reforms to the present. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 240 HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS (MAT 241)

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Development of mathematics from ancient days to recent times. Lectures, readings and discussions. Prerequisite: MAT 205. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 241 (ART 241) THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF ITALY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the art and history of Italy. Topics among others that may be covered include: Rome–republic and empire in classical times; Renaissance through Baroque 1300–1650. This class includes a trip to Italy to explore the culture of cities and countryside firsthand. Team-taught and interdisciplinary. Restricted to honors program juniors. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 242 (ART 242) THE CULTURES OF SPAIN

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the art and history of Spain. This class includes a trip to Spain, for an introduction to the culture of cities such as Barcelona, Sevilla and Madrid, along with nearby sites related to the course content. Team-taught and interdisciplinary. Restricted to honors program juniors. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 243 (ART 243) HISTORY AND ART OF MODERN FRANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the history, art and culture of France from 1850 to 1950. It includes a class trip to France. Team-taught and interdisciplinary. Restricted to honors program juniors. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 250 LATIN AMERICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Iberian civilization in America from its colonial period to the present. Focus will be on the emergence of selected countries as modern nations and upon Latin America in hemispheric and world affairs in the 20th century. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 251 CARIBBEAN HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of Caribbean history that explores the legacies of colonialism and migration within the Spanish, British and French Caribbean from the colonial period to the present. The course will examine the transatlantic slave trade, plantation economies, emancipation, revolution, post-colonialism and contemporary events in the Caribbean. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 255 A HISTORY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A thematic survey of southern Africa, which eventually becomes the Republic of South Africa. Themes include colonialism, slavery, resistance, racism and apartheid, the emergence of democracy and South Africa’s regional and international relations. 3 hours a week, 3 semester, 3 credits. Offered as needed.

HIS 261 ENGLAND FROM THE ROMAN CONQUEST TO THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Particular attention will be given to the development of Parliament, legal institutions and common law, the decline of medieval kingship, the Tudor revolution in government and the Civil War. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 266 ENGLAND SINCE 1688

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Particular attention will be given to the structure of the 18th-century society and politics, the transformation of English society by the Industrial Revolution, the growth of democracy, imperialism and the impact of two world wars on Great Britain. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 267 HISTORY OF IRELAND

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Survey of Irish history from pre-historic times to the present. Emphasis will be on both political and cultural heritage, as well as on social and economic  problems. The origins of the Northern Irish question will be explored in depth. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 274 LONG ISLAND IN HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of Long Island history from its geological origins to the present day. Long Island will be analyzed both as a distinct region and as a case study in the broader history of America. Of primary importance will be an examination of the ethnic, cultural, political, social and religious diversity that developed over time and gave to the island its identity. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 276 HISTORY OF NEW YORK: STATE AND CITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analysis of the history of New York from its Dutch beginnings to the present day. In addition to the study of particular events, issues and individuals of importance to the state’s history, the emergence of New York City as a commercial, cosmopolitan center will be examined within the context of the region’s overall development. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 301 MEDIEVAL EUROPE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The emergence of European civilization from the decline of the Roman Empire to the visitation of the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 303 THE RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Western Europe will be examined between 1300 and 1550: humanism, the Renaissance arts and sciences, political experimentation, capitalistic and commercial developments, expanding world horizons and religious conflict. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 305 EARLY MODERN EUROPE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Western Europe, 1550–1715, will be examined as a time of religious and political conflict. Attention will be given to the rise of modern states, mercantilism, the scientific revolution and the Baroque culture. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 307 THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON 1789-1815

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the crises and eventual collapse of the Ancient Regime and the era of the French Revolution. The causes and course of the Revolution, the Napoleonic Revolution and the long-lasting effects of the era will be covered in depth. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 308 19TH CENTURY EUROPE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analysis of the forces for change in 1815 and 1914 and their impact on individual Western European states. Special consideration will be given to the rise of cities, the growth of national identities and the tensions leading to the outbreak of World War I. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 309 THE 20TH CENTURY WORLD

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the 20th century from the first world war to the radical divisions that dominate the modern world. Europe is the focus, but since so much of the century’s history is international or even global, non-European history will also be explored. Special attention will be paid to the rise of communism, Nazism and fascism, world wars and genocide, imperialism and decolonization and the beginnings of the new Europe as the century ends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 310 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Principles and problems in American diplomatic history in periods of national and world crisis. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 311 UNITED STATES FOREIGN RELATIONS TO 1914

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of United States foreign relations from its colonial origins to the beginning of World War I. The course will examine the transition from British colony to nation, the expansion of that nation across the continent and the emergence of the United States as a world power. Prerequisite: HIS 170 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 312 UNITED STATES FOREIGN RELATIONS SINCE 1914

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of United States foreign relations from the beginning of World War I to the present. Topics include Wilson’s foreign policy, the isolationist inter-war years, World War II and the Cold War. Major themes include the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy, perception of the United States at home and abroad, the rise of the United States as a world power and globalization. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 315 MODERN JAPAN

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of Japanese history from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present. The course will emphasize industrialization, nationalism, social and political movements, war and empire, postwar occupation, the economic miracle, continuity and divergence in the postwar period. Prerequisite: 6 history credits. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 321 AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Discussion on selected topics of the non-political aspects of American history, including economic influences, racial contributions, literary, artistic and scientific trends as well as religious problems and reform movements. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 325 AMERICAN COLONIAL SOCIETY 1607–1763

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the origins and maturation of the American colonies from the founding of Jamestown to the dawn of the American Revolution. The course will emphasize the political, economic and social dynamics of the various colonial societies. Particular attention will also be given to the interaction of the peoples of early America. Prerequisite: HIS 170 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 327 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA 1763–1789

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the social, cultural and political history of the period 1763-1789. The course will emphasize the causes and consequences of the American Revolution and the development of a new nation and new governments. Prerequisite: HIS 170 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 329 EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD 1787–1848

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will study United States history from the implementation of the Constitution in 1787 to the rise of sectionalism in 1848 including the beginning of political parties, the growth of nationalism, international relations and the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian periods. Prerequisite: HIS 170 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 335 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of why the crisis occurred when it did, of the main actors in the tragedy and of the short and long range consequences of the War Between the States. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 340 AMERICA IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE 1877–1930

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of America’s rise to power from the end of Reconstruction to the Great Depression. Emphasis will be on industrialization and society’s attempts to respond to the problems and implications that accompanied it. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 345 POST-WAR AMERICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An exploration of America from the beginnings of the Cold War to the century’s end. Emphasis will be placed on the major social, political, economical, cultural and technological developments that created contemporary America. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 350 THE HOLOCAUST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the fate of European Jews during World War II. The subject will be approached from a variety of perspectives, including the history of anti-Semitism, the history of state sponsored ethnic murder, the rise of Nazism and details of the World War II. The German persecution of Gypsies, communists and other minorities will also be examined. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 360 THE VIETNAM ERA

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A seminar on the Vietnam War from its origins in the 1950s to the current debate over the legacy of the conflict. Competing interpretations of America’s involvement in the war and its consequences for her political culture will be analyzed. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 363 IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITY: THE QUESTION OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A historical and contemporary examination of how immigration, race and ethnicity have helped shape both American national identity and personal identity. Students will explore the political, social and economic aspects of the four main waves of immigration with emphasis on how minority populations adapted to American culture, while at the same time, changing American culture in the process. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 370 SELECTED THEMES OR TOPICS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will deal with historical problems and developments not covered in depth in the regular course offerings of the department. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in areas of interest to both faculty and students. With permission of the department chair. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 380 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Intensive study in a selected area of English history. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 381 SEMINAR IN IRISH HISTORy

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Intensive study in a selected area of Irish history. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

HIS 390 DIRECTED READINGS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Readings and tutorials arranged for the individual student with a faculty member in a field of the faculty member’s special interest. Students should have a general background of the period in which they wish to read. With permission of the department chair, 2 or 3 credits.

HIS 410 SEMINAR IN HISTORICAL METHODOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the principles of historical criticism and the methods of historical research. Seminar includes an examination of a restricted field of history as a laboratory subject and the beginning of the required thesis for seniors. Required of all history majors in junior year. 3 hours a week, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 411 SENIOR THESIS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Seniors complete the required thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: HIS 410 and HIS 422, 2 credits. Fall of senior year.

HIS 422 HISTORIOGRAPHY – SEMINAR

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A seminar exploring the nature of history and various approaches to history. Readings and discussions of selected great historians from earliest times to the present, including both Western and non-Western civilizations. Required of all history majors in junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 435 SUPERVISED INTERNSHIP

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The student will spend four or six hours per week as an intern in a historical society, museum, a city library, or any other agency that will provide an experience in historical methodology and research. The professor, the student and the agency representative will work out the contractual terms of the course. Open to history majors and concentrates, 2 or 3 credits.

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