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    HST 110 Early America Survey (A,V)

    Surveys in interactive lecture format the dramatic history of America from Native-European first contact through the Revolution to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students analyze struggles over land, liberty and authority that yielded systems of power, patterns of resistance, and socio-political identities. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis, and writing. Closed to students who have completed HST211 or equivalent transfer course. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 113 Introduction to African American History (A,D)

    Examines the historical experience and conditions of persons of African descent within the American historical milieu. Crosslisted with AAS113. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 114 African-Amer Hist II 1865 to Present (A,S)

    Surveys the history of African Americans from 1865 to the present, covering such themes as emancipation, reconstruction, migration, urbanization, community formation and development, the political and cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s, affirmative action, the underclass, and the reparations debate. Makes students aware of the historical conditions and development of people of African descent in the United States along with their contributions to American society. Crosslisted with AAS114. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 118 History of American Capitalism (A,V)

    Explores the evolution of American capitalism from the purchase of Manhattan to the domination of Wall street. Students analyze the conquest and monetization of indigenous land; the centrality of enslaved labor to the creation of a world economic system; the power struggle between capital and labor in the creation of massive oligopolistic corporations; the "creative destruction of capitalism". Develops skills in critical reading, analysis, and writing. 3 Cr.

    HST 120 Modern America Survey (A,V)

    Surveys in interactive lecture format the dramatic history of America since the Civil War. Students Analyze diverse communities' struggles over wealth, rights, and authority that shaped systems of power, patterns of resistance, and socio-political identities during a period that saw the nation's emergence as a global power. Develops skills in critical reading, analysis, and writing. Closed to students who have completed HST212 or equivalent transfer course. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 130 Ancient World Survey (A,O)

    Ancient World Survey. Surveys in interactive lecture format the pre-1500 foundations of civilizations, the spread of world religions, the rise and decay of ancient societies, and the multiple encounters among them. Students practice global and comparative analysis of these major themes and situate human societies within that framework. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis and writing. Closed to students who have completed HST201 or equivalent transfer course. 3 Cr.

    HST 131 World Civilizations (A,O)

    This course takes an integrative and comparative approach to world civilizations and history from ancient times to the present day. Students will learn about early world civilizations and their religions and governments, while considering how these societies worked with and against their environments to achieve remarkable architectural and navigational feats. Students will address such issues as trade and scarcity before moving forward in time to consider the continued relevance of these ideas and histories today. 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 140 Modern World Survey (A,O)

    Surveys in ineractive lecture format post-1500 history including economic competition and exploitation; imperialism, nationalism, and decolonization; cultural encounters and ideologies; resistance to authority and exploitation; and technological change. Students practice comparative analysis while tracing growing global interdependence. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis, and writing. Closed to students who have completed HST202 or equivalent transfer course. 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 201 Ancient World Seminar (A,O)

    Explores in seminar format the foundations of pre-1500 civilizations, the spread of world religions, the rise and decay of ancient societies, and the multiple encounters among them. Students engage in global and comparative analysis of major themes and situate human societies within that framework. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis, discussion of historical texts and debates, and writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 202 Modern World Seminar (A,O)

    Explores in seminar format post-1500 history including economic competition and exploitation; imperialism, nationalism, and decolonization; cultural encounters and ideologies; resistance to authority and exploitation; and technological change. Students engage in global and comparative analysis of these major themes while tracing the growing interdependence of the world's societies and states. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis, discussion of historical texts and debates, and writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 211 Seminar in Early America (A,V)

    Explores in a seminar format the dramatic history of America from Native-European first contact through the Revolution to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students analyze struggles over land, liberty, and authority that yielded systems of power, patterns of resistance, and socio-political identities. Develops students' skills in critical reading, analysis, discussion of historical texts and debates, and writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 212 Seminar in Modern America (A,V)

    Explores in seminar format the dramatic history of the United States since the Civil War. Students analyze diverse communities' struggles over wealth, rights, and authority that shaped systems of power, patterns of resistance, and socio-political identities during a period that saw the nation's ermergence as a global power. Develops skills in critical reading, analysis, discussion of historical texts and debates, and writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 230 History of Women and Medicine (A,H,W)

    Cross-listed as WMS 230.

    Addresses key themes in the history of women in medicine with a transnational focus, both in terms of women as nurses, midwives and doctors, as well as patients. Looks at the medicalization of women’s bodies, reproductive issues, diseases and education. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 234 Puerto Rico & Puerto Ricans: Colony, Nation, Race, Diaspora (A,D,W)

    Explores through interactive lecture and discussion Puerto Rico as a Spanish and U.S. colony and homeland/patria for millions, and the Puerto Rican diaspora. Through films, music, and documents students analyze struggles that yielded evolving systems of power, patterns of resistance, and identities, especially in terms of race and gender. Develops skills in critical reading, analysis, discussion of historical texts and debates, and writing. Course requires a minimum grade of C (for General Education/Major/Minor/Certification) Crosslisted with HST234. 3 Cr.

    HST 235 The Vikings (A,H)

    Explores the origins, nature, and consequences of the "Viking-Age" -- a period between the 8th and 11th centuries C.E. when Scandinavians traveled across the seas as explorers, traders, conquerors, and colonists, setting in motion events that transformed their norther homelands, reshaped the rest of Europe, and touched the wider world. Course requires a minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 252 Oral History Interviewing Across Time and Place (A,H)

    A COIL course that trains students in the best practices of oral history, including interviewing skills, transcription, use of technology and analysis of interviews. Students will conduct interviews focusing on the college experience: of students of different backgrounds, alumni, family members and students at foreign universities. Students will develop communication skills that are applicable to a wide variety of future professions. **crosslisted with CMC252 *elective 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 302 History of Science and Technology in America (A)

    Examines the changing relationships among science, technology and American society as it developed from rural colony into modern, urban and industrial power. Assesses how government and private institutions influenced scientific and technological development and how that development affected the ways Americans worked, consumed, recreated, communicated, traveled and made war. 3 Cr.

    HST 307 The Computerized Society: History of the Computer in the USA (A,I)

    How has the history of the computer shaped our contemporary "digital" era? This course provides a past to our digital present, helping you get your grounding in today's wireless world. Through historical sources, we study how the computer relates to politics, economics, law, race, gender, class, culture, and other factors in recent American history? A particular focus is placed on the hidden history and continued relevance of women in computing. No previous digital or historical training is required, just an eagerness to explore our topic critically and creatively. Course requires a minimum grade of C for major/minor/certification. Crosslisted with CPS307. Course requires a minimum grade of C for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr.

    HST 308 American Environmental History (A)

    This course examines the changing relationships between people and nature over the course of American history, with a focus on the past century. It treats the “natural environment” as a critical factor in history and considers how human activities depended on and affected their world, traces changing environmental attitudes and policies, and assesses how Americans shaped the national (and global) landscape, thereby influencing the character of the U.S. economy and its human, animal, and plant communities. 3 Cr.

    HST 309 The Revolutionary War (A,V)

    Examines the United States' war for independence against Great Britain (1775-1783) and its immediate aftermath from a variety of perspectives, including its military, social, and international dimensions. Gives particular attention to the conflict as a civil war that intersected with class, racial, and ethnic antagonisms. Course requires a minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr.

    HST 310 American Indian History (A,V)

    Provides an overview of the history of North America's native people from the pre-Columbian period to present day. Addresses the diversity and commonalities of Indian culture and experience, the consequences of Indian-European contact, the nature of Indian-European relations and the evolution of Indian identity. 3 Cr.

    HST 311 Empire State: The History of New York (A)

    Empire State: The History of New York is a broad survey course designed to introduce students to the history of New York State from the pre-contact (the contact between the indigenous peoples of New York and Europeans and African newcomers) to the modern era. Themes include colonial New York, The industrial to the post-industrial eras. Special emphasis is place on New York's role in creating a diverse nation. Students will examine New Yorkers's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Rights Movement, and the broader "Rights Revolution" that reshaped notions of power, community and nation in post-World War II America. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 313 Slavery in the Antebellum South (A)

    Cross-listed as AAS 313.

    Provides a study of some of the dynamics of slavery in the South between 1800 and 1860. Includes firsthand accounts of observers and the political, economic and racial implications of this system. Compares the US plantation slavery to other slave systems in the Americas. Encourages students to borrow from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, literature, and economics, as well as from political and intellectual history. 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 318 Approaching Religion (A,I,W)

    Introduces students to disciplinary methods used by scholars in the humanities and the social sciences to study religion and its cultural artifacts, including literary, philosophical, and historical analysis. The course is structured as a series of case studies, in which different religious texts, traditions, and phenomena are analyzed from discrete and carefully defined methodological perspectives. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 320 Africa: Ancient and Precolonial (A)

    Explores the diversity of peoples and cultures in Africa from the earlier period of human history. Provides an overview of Africa's historical foundation and development. 3 Cr.

    HST 321 Modern Africa (A,I)

    Explores continuities and diversity in the African experience, focusing on the eras of colonization and decolonization (c.1870s-1970s). Students are introduced to major events in modern African history while engaging in discussions regarding central themes in African historiography, including cultural encounters, gender roles, the conflicting demands of tradition and modernity, religion, development, and violence. Cross-listed with AAS 321. 3 Cr.

    HST 325 Modern Irish History (A)

    This course examines the history of modern Ireland (1603-) by giving the students a broad understanding of all of Irish history. The course also explores Irish culture and in particular uses film, literature, and music to inform students about the everyday lives and worldviews of the Irish. Irish nationalism and the emergence of an independent Ireland will be areas of particular historical focus. 3 Cr.

    HST 327 American Military Experience (A,V)

    Presents a survey of American military history from the colonial period to present. Major themes include the changing experience of battle, combat motivation, systems of recruitment for the armed forces, the impact of technology on warfare, civil-military relations, the rise of the military as a professional institution, and the evolution of military doctrine. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 328 Women in America (A,V,W)

    Cross-listed as WMS 328.

    Focuses on the changing history of American women, including the intersections of gender and sexuality with ethnicity, race, immigration, and class. We analyze cultural images of American women, as well as individual and organized resistance to conventional definitions of womanhood as well as contemporary issues, including employment, reproductive freedom, and anti-racism. 3 Cr.

    HST 332 Witchcraft & Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1750 (A,H,W)

    Students will deepen their understanding of witchcraft and witch-hunting in early modern Europe through discussions of readings, writing assignments, and lectures. The relationship between women, gender and witch-hunting forms a major focus of the class. Other topics include elite and popular views on magic and witchcraft; the links between religion, the rise of the modern state and witch-hunting; and the decline of witch prosecutions. Crosslisted with WMS332. 3 Cr. Even Spring.

    HST 335 The Roman Empire (A)

    Investigates reasons for the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire. Explores Rome's imperial administration and cultural achievements, Rome's relations to Persia and the barbarian tribes, and reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire in the West but not the East. 3 Cr.

    HST 336 Medieval Europe (A)

    Introduces the social, cultural, religious, and intellectual life of medieval Europe from the fourth to the 15th centuries. Focuses on themes such as the ideals of piety, nobility, and chivalry that shaped medieval people's lives and how these changed or stayed the same over time. 3 Cr.

    HST 339 Latinx History of the United States (A,D,W)

    Latinx History of the United States is a course that offers a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of Latinx cultures and history in the United States. Students will explore the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship in the lives of Latinx peoples. This course spans over 200 years, evaluating the Latinx experience in various locations and times, from the first Spanish North American colonies to the rise of Latino/a studies departments on college campuses. Elective within major. Crosslisted with AAS WMS 339. 3 Cr.

    HST 341 Middle East Crisis: Historical Perspective (A,O)

    Explores reasons for the recurrent crises in the Middle East and their global implications, especially for the United States. Concentrates on 20th Century events which have direct consequences on events in the Middle East today. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 343 History of the Soviet Union (A,I,O)

    Highlights the multiple legacies of the Russian Empire; examines the Russian Revolution; explores the nature of the Stalinist regime; and seeks to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union. 3 Cr.

    HST 349 Europe in the 20th Century (A)

    Surveys Europe during the 20th century. Includes the emergence of racial nationalism, two world wars, decolonization, the rise and fall of communist regimes, and the impact of migration on European societies. 3 Cr.

    HST 354 American Film (A,W)

    Cross-listed as WMS354 and FLM354.

    Focuses on how American history has been presented on film. The course follows a chronological format and looks at important films about the crucial eras and events in US history, such as the Civil War, the West and the Sixties, as well as the history of film-making itself. Stresses the ideological function of films and the contrast between how historians and films present the past. 3 Cr.

    HST 357 Modern American Dream: Economics and U.S. Society & Culture (A,I,V)

    Examines the critical influence of economics on American society and culture since the late 19th century. Looks at the modernization of agriculture, industry, and labor, the emergence of mass consumption, the economics of foreign policy, and the influence of economics on race, gender, ethnic, and class relations during this period. In short, examines the many factors that influenced how people imagined and strived for the "American Dream" of economic success. 3 Cr.

    HST 359 History of European Women (A,W,Y)

    Cross-listed as WMS 359.

    Examines the history of European women since 1500, including traditional roles in political, economic, cultural and social life. Focuses on the changes over the centuries. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 360 Of Silk and Swords: Great Eurasian Empires (A,O)

    Surveys the history of empire building in Eurasia from Antiquity to the birth of the modern world. Topics include the political and cultural characteristics of empires and the role of trade and economy in the birth and growth of empires. A comparative approach to specific empires from Roman times up to the Mongol and Ottoman Empires illustrates historical diversity and commonalities. 3 Cr.

    HST 361 History of Japan: From Samurai to Godzilla (A)

    Studies Japanese political, economic and cultural history from the early Yamato state to the status as an economic superpower in the late 20th Century. 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 362 The History of World War II (A)

    Explores the major theaters and home fronts of World War II Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Views war from several perspectives: military-strategic and tactical, political, economic, ideological and social. Examines reasons for the war, and the nature of total, unlimited and national warfare. 3 Cr.

    HST 363 Islam (A,O)

    Explores the personality of Mohammed; his message; the evolution of classical Islam; its spread through Asia, Africa and Europe; the socio-economic expression of the Islamic ideal and its egalitarianism; the status of women; and the breakdown of a unified Islamic state. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 365 Beyond Veils and Magic Carpets: Islam's Golden Age (A,O)

    This course samples the highlights of classical Islamic civilization, between 700 and 1300. Primary sources in translation and major secondary works provide a thorough overview of Islamic culture, including examples of architecture, decorative arts, cityscapes, courtly and daily life, and scholarly and literary achievements. 3 Cr.

    HST 366 Modern Imperial Britain (A,I,O)

    Explores British national and imperial history from 1815 to the present. Students consider major events in modern British history while engaging in discussions regarding systems of dominance, modes of resistance, the concept of a liberal empire, nation building, changing notions of class, gender, race, and citizenship, and the role of Britain in the world today. 3 Cr.

    HST 367 Gender in the Islamic World (A,O,W)

    Cross-listed as ANT 367.

    We explore the dynamic tension between beliefs about the nature and proper behavior of men and women, and actual practices in a variety of Islamic societies, both historically and in the contemporary world. Specific case studies and theoretical works by both Middle Eastern and Western authors highlight the challenges of studying the economic and social implications of gender in Islamic societies. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 370 Career Development and History (B)

    Prepares students for career success by identifying usable knowledge and skills associated with their program of study, examining their personal strengths and interests, and completing a series of workshops and assignments designed to develop professional skills and explore career trajectories relevant to their academic major. 1-3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 371 Internship (B)

    Offers sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity for career exploration and skill development in history. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 375 Born in Blood & Fire: Latin America Age of Conquest & Empire (A,W)

    Analyzes the dynamics of Spanish and Portuguese conquest in the “New World,” from the 1490s, including gender dynamics; indigenous and enslaved African peoples’ active shaping of colonial rule, including racial concepts and practices; and the Catholic church’s regulation of gender relations. Examines regional diversity and the sudden collapse of the colonial system in the independence wars of 1810s. 3 Cr.

    HST 376 Modern Latin America (A)

    Analyzes 19th- and 20th Century Latin America's history of struggle against colonial legacies, as well as new forms of economic and military oppression associated with dependent capitalist development. Asks students to consider the meanings of national independence in a region sharply divided by race and class, where peasants, workers and women have fought for political rights, sometimes winning revolutions, and where foreign influences limit state autonomy. 3 Cr.

    HST 380 Digital History: Digital Methods for Historical Projects (A)

    Students learn how to use new digital technology to study and share knowledge about the past. No prior digital skills required for this course, just an eagerness to experiment and learn. Through a hands-on collective project focused on SUNY Brockport's own history, we investigate the ethical use of digital tools, database development, content management, digital publishing, multimedia storytelling, project management, digital sustainability, digital mapping, timelines, annotation, and basic audio and video production. In the fall of 2021, our project will focus on creating a prototype of a mobile application walking tour of art and history on the SUNY Brockport campus. Students will conduct research, complete oral history interviews, create and assemble digital assets, write text, and work individually and collectively on the research and development of our project. Requires a minimum grade of C for general education/major/minor/certification. Cross-listed with JRB380. 3 Cr.

    HST 381 Fannie Barrier Williams Project (A,D,W)

    The Fannie Barrier Williams Project is an ongoing digital public history inquiry into the life, times, and lasting historical significance of Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944), Brockport resident, first Black woman to graduate from the Brockport State Normal School (predecessor to SUNY Brockport), antiracist and women's rights activist, educator, writer, thinker, musician, visual artist. This is a project-based, experiential learning course. With guidance and support, each student produces a research project for a curated website, public symposium, and poster session. No advanced computer skills are required. While the course is grounded in historical inquiry, creative and Interdisciplinary approaches are very much welcome. Swing courses AAS & WMS 381 3 Cr.

    HST 385 Asian Civilization I, Antiquity to 1600 AD (A)

    Surveys the historical development of South and East Asian civilizations with emphasis on cultures of China, India, and Japan. Topics to be explored include the origins of East and South Asian civilizations, and their influence on neighboring areas, the origins of major thought systems in the Asian civilizations, and the development of national unity before 1600 A.D. 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 386 Opium to Hiroshima (A,O)

    This course surveys the historical development of Asian civilizations with emphasis on China, India, and Japan with some reference to Korea and Vietnam. Topics to be explored include 1) the decline of pre-European South and East Asian empires; 2) the emergence of nation-states in Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries; and 3) the involvement of the United States in the transformation. 3 Cr.

    HST 390 Research Methods (A,Y)

    Prerequisite: Completion of at least 3 of HST 201, 202, 211, and 212 or equivalents, with a minimum grade of C.

    Engages students in the creation of historical knowledge as they research, draft and polish a major research paper. Topics vary by instructor but in all sections students craft their own sub-topics, learn to use databases and research tools, and develop oral presentation skills. Required for History majors. Open to History minors and others by advisement. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 399 Independent Study in History (A)

    Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement.

    HST 407 American Environmental History (A)

    Examines the changing relationship between people and the natural environment over the course of American history. Focuses on how agriculture, resource extraction, nature conservation, industrial production and urbanization and suburbanization created opportunities for and limitations on American economic and social activity. 3 Cr.

    HST 409 American Mind—What Were They Thinking? US Intellectual Hist (A)

    How have Americans thought about themselves and their world? Is there such a thing as the American Mind? How have Americans contested who is part of it? We explore a diversity of past voices that remain relevant today. Students read, write, discuss, and have the opportunity to work on the Society for US Intellectual History (SUSIH) Review, acquiring digital editing, research, and project management skills. (swing course HST509) 3 Cr. Fall.

    HST 412 Public History (A)

    This introduction to “public history” examines how historians preserve historical memory and convey the ‘mystic chords of memory’ to the public. After considering the challenges of popularizing specialized knowledge, students examine the work and techniques of archives, popular historical writing, historical societies, museums, and oral history. The course culminates with a ‘hands-on’ project in one of those areas. 3 Cr.

    HST 413 The Rochester Reform Trail (A)

    Examines the role of Rochester in the history of the American Reform Movement. Topics include women’s rights, abolition, temperance, sabbatarianism, religious revivals and political economy. Also analyzes how time and place affected the development of reform. Finally, the course examines how these historical narratives are constructed and reconstructed in physical and virtual museum spaces like the Susan B. Anthony House, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, various Erie Canal museums, the proposed “Rochester Heritage Trail” and others. 3 Cr.

    HST 414 The Salem Witch Crisis (A)

    Explores the various ways historians have sought to understand the most infamous witch-hunt in American history. Focuses on scholarship that explores the Salem Crisis so students can trace an unfolding historiography and compare various approaches to understanding this event. Demonstrates the contingent/contested nature of historical knowledge and investigates the process of historical inquiry. 3 Cr. Summer.

    HST 416 The Invasion of America, 1492 - 1774 (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    Examines the history of North America from the advent of European expansion to the collapse of Europe’s North American empires (c. 1400 – 1800). Focuses on cultural encounters and exchange between Indian, European and African peoples; European methods of colonization; the struggle for imperial domination in North America; and the evolution of colonial societies with particular emphasis on Britain’s North American colonies. 3 Cr.

    HST 418 Early Republic: America 1789-1848 (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390.

    Students will examine the American nation from its founding to circa 1848. Topics include political change from Federalism to the Age of Jackson; the changes to finance, transportation and communications collectively known as the Market Revolution; the dominance and international significance of cotton agriculture and enslaved labor; the first Industrial Revolution and the fundamental social changes it engendered; the radical challenges to race and gender based systems of power. Students will complete a significant research paper based on one of the topics discussed in the course. 3 Cr.

    HST 419 Civil War and Reconstruction (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0. Cross-listed as AAS 419.

    Provides an intensive study of the Civil War era (1848-1877). Surveys the breakdown of the American institutions that led to the Civil War, followed by an examination of the War itself and its controversial aftermath in the Reconstruction era. 3 Cr.

    HST 420 America from Its Centennial to Pearl Harbor (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    Examines the period of dramatic change unleashed by America’s precipitous transformation from rural, agrarian, Protestant society into an urban-industrial giant reshaped by immigration. Explores the impact of these forces on the American economy, family life, religion, politics, education and international role. Ends on the eve of American entry in WWII after analyzing the impact of the Great Depression on the resulting New Deal. 3 Cr.

    HST 421 America Since 1929 (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    Uses the Depression as a watershed and then examines American society to the present. Features political change from Roosevelt to Reagan, foreign policy from Pearl Harbor to the present, and the evolution of popular culture since the 1920s. Also gives attention to economic and social developments, including the rise of the civil rights movement and the women’s and gay liberation movements. 3 Cr.

    HST 426 American Cultural History 1865-Present (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    Examines the emergence of modern American culture between the late 19th and early 21st centuries. Focuses on how nationalism and war, race and gender, industrial production and consumption, science and technology and mass education and entertainment affected the way Americans identified themselves and made sense of their world. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 427 The Material Culture of Early America (A)

    Investigates material culture and lived experience in the United States through the 18th and 19th centuries. Defining material culture to include various aspects of Early Americans’ everyday lives, the course includes discussion and analysis of various topics: clothing production and consumption; the cultural construction of hygiene; the meaning and utility of lived spaces; interior furnishings and their relationship to users; amenities such as the lighting and heating of homes; cultural expressions such as art, music and print culture; the shaping and reshaping of urban and rural land, time and soundscapes; the theoretical frameworks through which historians interpret these cultural productions. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 428 The 1960s in the US and the World (A)

    What happened between 1960 and 1970 in the Uniited States and the world and why did "The Sixties" become a highly fraught symbol (of social change, disruption, revolution, and reaction)? In this upper-level course, we investigate primary sources as well as debates among historians about politics, economics, culture, and more. 3 Cr.

    HST 430 World History on Film (A,I)

    Investigates the oft-complex topic of historical memory by looking at how filmmakers have shaped historical moments as part of their own lived history as well as for national and international audiences. Stresses the ideological function of films and the contrast between how historians and film makers present the past. Tackles still controversial topics like gender, sexuality, fascism, imperialism, cold war, and Islamic fundamentalism, all topics which play important role in national origins stories. 3 Cr. Spring.

    HST 434 Modern Caribbean History (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    As an advanced course, covers the French, Spanish, and British Caribbeans since the Haitian Revolution of the 1790s. Investigates how slavery and abolition, colonialism and nationalism, social and cultural movements, racism and dependency have forged this fascinating and paradoxical region. Considers questions of identity, especially for Afro-Caribbean women and men, in comparative framework. 3 Cr.

    HST 436 Medieval England and Ireland (A)

    This course examines the histories of medieval England and Ireland from the ancient Celts to the early 1500’s, with particular emphasis on the cultural foundations of each island’s early settlements and the comparative development of each under the rule of foreign invaders following the Norman invasion of England in 1066 and the English invasion of Ireland in 1167. We will focus on the cultural and social history of the peoples and institutions of early Britain and place them in the wider context of the European Middle Ages. Course requires a minimum grade of "C" (for General Education/Major/Minor/Certification) NYSED requires a minimum course grade of “B” (graduate sections) for certification. Swing course HST536. 3 Cr.

    HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History (A)

    Cross-listed as WMS 438.

    As an advanced course, examines the diversity of Latin-American and Caribbean women's experiences from the Iberian conquest to the 20th -century. Analyzes the gender dynamics of colonial, national, dictatorial and revolutionary states, economies and cultures, and the importance of women's movements and feminism. Includes discussion of Latina history in the US and of Latin-American and Caribbean masculinity in historical perspective. 3 Cr.

    HST 441 World War I (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with a grade of C or better, or junior status with a GPA of 3.0.

    Explores the Great War focusing on its causes, diplomacy, technology and medicine, social and cultural movements, women’s roles on the home front and war work, soldiers’ experience, as well as peace process and memory of the war. Students will produce a primary source research paper on their own as well as write shorter papers on the in-class reading. 3 Cr.

    HST 444 Sexuality, Gender, and Identity in Medieval Europe (A,W)

    Cross-listed as WMS 444; Studies European Middle Ages, ca.

    500-1500, particularly as women experienced them. Examines the perceptions medieval society fostered about gender; analyzes factors such as social class, work and professional status, legal structures, and sexuality and compares/contrasts their effect on women's and men's lives. 3 Cr.

    HST 445 The High Middle Ages (A)

    A Study of the European experience from the First Crusade to the Black Plague, the general crises of the mid-14th Century, and the new institutions of a rapidly expanding European culture. 3 Cr.

    HST 448 The French Revolution (A)

    Considers the Revolution's origins in the Old Regime and the Enlightenment before examining its political and cultural development as well as its immediate aftermath in the Napoleonic era and its influence on Europe in the 19th Century. 3 Cr.

    HST 452 Religion in American Civilization (A)

    Historical analysis of the role of religious ideas and movements as they have influenced and shaped the American experience and in turn been influenced by unique features of American life. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

    HST 455 The Black Death (A)

    The Black Death or "Plague" changed society, medicine, global trade, religion, and intellectual life from its outbreak in 1348 to 1700. As one microbe changed European society, it left in its wake a pessimistic fascination with death, but also a resolve to survive and discover causes and remedies for the plague, contributing to the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and Europe's transition to the modern. 3 Cr.

    HST 457 Dark Continent to Wakanda: the Image of Africa (A,D,I)

    Cross-listed as AAS 457 or HST 557.

    Students will analyze Western images of African nature, ranging from the idea of Africa as a Dark Continent to the images of Africa in recent films. We will consider how colonial travel, exploration, hunting, and movies constructed ideas about Africa and how those 'old' ideas continue to shape and create major controversies over conservation, tourism, hunting, and movie representations to this day. 3 Cr.

    HST 458 Overseas Empires, 1800-Present (A)

    Offers a comparative look at the rise and fall of the major overseas empires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the British, French, and Japanese Empires. The course is organized thematically and considers issues of gender, race, culture, lived experience, colonial resistance, nationalism, and decolonization. It also addresses the lingering impacts of overseas imperialism in our world of today and public awareness of these histories. 3 Cr.

    HST 462 US - Asian Relations (A)

    The topic of this course is war and peace that involved Asia and the United States since the turn of the twentieth century. By focusing on the human, cross-cultural dimensions of various conflicts in the domestic and international scenes, this course will encourage students to develop an understanding of the experience of war and peace through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing. (Research Intensive) 3 Cr.

    HST 466 Stalinism: The Soviet Union Under Stalin (A)

    Explores the origins, manifestations, and legacies of the "Stalinism" in the Soviet Union. Using a combination of primary and secondary sources, it interrogates the appropriateness of using the term "totalitarianism" in describing the Stalinist system, examines the impact of Stalinsim on "ordinary" Soviet citizens with a special emphasis on women and non-Russian nationalities, and questions the significance of Stalin's Revolutions and the Great Patriotic War in shaping the U.S.S.R. until its collapse in 1991. 3 Cr.

    HST 468 Cold War in the Soviet Union: Myths, Realities, and Legacies ()

    Prerequisite: HST390.

    Challenges Western stereotypes to illuminate the complexities of the history of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Primary sources and secondary scholarship allow students to gain a deeper understanding of everyday life in the USSR from the perspective of women, workers, intellectuals, and non-Russian nationalities. Special attention will be given to the Stalinization of Eastern Europe the de-Stalinization efforts of Khrushchev, the space race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the battle for influence over the emerging Third World , and the emergence of a dissident movement. Will also explore the collapse of the USSR and arguments regarding a new Cold War with Putin's Russia. 3 Cr.

    HST 472 The War on Terror (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390.

    This course introduces students to the roots and consequences of the so-called War on Terror, with special reference to its impact on politics, economy and society, in the US and other countries. Requires a substantial term paper; satisfies the Research-Intensive requirement for the major. 3 Cr.

    HST 478 Gender and Race in Modern America (A)

    Cross-Listed as AAS & WMS 478.

    This reading seminar will focus on ideas about, and the lived experiences of, gender and race from Reconstruction (1865) to the present. This course explores the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and examines a multiplicity of themes affecting differing women's lives. Discussions will include a focus on the historical social construction of gender, the impact of race, sexuality, reproduction, work, education, media, material condition (class), and women's agency. 3 Cr.

    HST 483 Digital History (A)

    Prerequisite: HST 390 with min grade of "C".

    Digital technology seems futuristic but how can we wield it to understand and communicate about history too. No prior digital skills required for this course, just an eagerness to experiment and learn by doing. Students develop basic digital fluency, acquire information literacy, and deepen their historical understanding through a mix of readings, discussion, scaffolded skills-development workshops, individual assignments, and one overarching project. We investigate the ethical use of digital tools for studying the past as well as database development, content management systems, text-mining and algorithmic analysis, data visualization, digital publishing, multimedia storytelling, project management and workflow, digital sustainability, digital editing, digital mapping, timelines, annotation... Swing course HST 583. 3 Cr.

    HST 485 Public History Internship (A)

    Combines a ‘hands-on’ public history internship experience with classroom seminars for discussing readings and sharing experiences. Students will intern in local or regional archives, historical societies, historians’ offices, and museums. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    HST 487 Wars in Asia Since 1750 (A)

    Swing course is HST 587. Students will examine how and why various kinds of war have taken shape in Asia since the 1750s-and their impacts on the region and the rest of the world. We will read, write, discuss, and explore rich, contested histories of key inter- and intra-national wars by paying attention to diplomacy, migration, science and technology, ethnicity, and ideology. 3 Cr.

    HST 499 Independent Study in History (A)

    Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester.