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HIS 100 WESTERN CIVILIZATION

An introductory course designed to familiarize students with major historical issues from 1500 to the present. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIS 101 WORLD CULTURES

World Cultures will examine various civilizations in Africa, Asia and what is today called the Middle East. Our foci of study will include the role and impact that trade, education, science, philosophy, technology, famine, and war have had on the rise and fall of civilizations in these geographic regions. Throughout, our concern will be the “differences” and “similarities” between civilizations, countries, and peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIS 140 EARLY UNITED STATES HISTORY

A survey of the history of the United States, from pre-colonial North America to the end of the Civil War, that addresses important political, economic, social, scientific, and cultural developments. The course will include discussions of the role of class, race, and gender on U.S. history as well as the ways in which systems of labor, intellectual developments, and technological innovations shaped history. The course also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking necessary to form their own understanding of the past. Three credit hours. Prerequisites and/or Special Considerations:  RDG 125 and ENG 100, or higher placement. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HIS 150 CONTEMPORARY UNITED STATES HISTORY

A survey of the history of the United States, from the Era of Reconstruction through the twentieth century, that addresses important political, economic, social, scientific, and cultural developments. The course will include discussions of the role of class, race, and gender on U.S. history as well as the ways in which systems of labor, intellectual developments, and technological innovations shaped history. The course also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking necessary to form their own understanding of the past.  Three credit hours. Prerequisites and/or Special Considerations:  RDG 125 and ENG 100, or higher placement. Offered fall semester.

HIS 200 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

A comprehensive study of the historical impact of the Black community upon American society in the twentieth century. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 150 or SOC 100. Offered as needed.

HIS 298 SPECIAL TOPIC IN HISTORY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

HIS 310 URBAN HISTORY

A concentrated study of the development of American urban areas from Colonial times to the present. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 150 and SOC 100. Offered as needed.

HIS 315 HISTORY OF ETHNIC AMERICA

This course will focus on the history of various ethnic groups in America. This focus will include their historical roles, their socio-cultural perspectives and practices, and important historical and empowerment struggles involving education, employment, religion, language, the law, and organizing strategies for strengthening their ethnic group development so as to challenge, change, and expand America’s pluralistic theory, principles, and practices. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered spring semester in odd numbered years.

HIS 350 WORLD REVOLUTIONS IN THE 20TH CENTURY

This course examines revolutions and revolutionary movements of the twentieth-century, with a focus on making comparative evaluations and assessing the transnational character of revolutions. Through the prism of revolutions and revolutionary movements, and understanding them as part of the revolving violent and non-violent history of the nation-states, students will critically assess from a global perspective historical developments and transformations in the twentieth century. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered fall or spring semester.

HIS 360 THE SIXTIES: AN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

This course examines the meaning behind the events and changes brought about during the decade of the 1960’s. The political, social, and cultural movements of the decade are explored through the eyes of extraordinary and ordinary people. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered as needed.

HIS 370 MYTH OF THE MELTING POT: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN RACISM AND PREJUDICE

An exploration of the manner in which immigrants and minority groups have been treated in American society; detailed analysis and discussion of historical documents, articles, and books. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100. Offered as needed.

HIS 380 EUROPEAN HISTORY AND THE BERLIN WALL

A study of how the history of Europe in the twentieth century symbolically parallels the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered as needed.

HIS 390 HOLLYWOOD’S AMERICA: UNITED STATES HISTORY THROUGH MOVIES AND TELEVISION

A study of the American experience via movies and television against a backdrop of the United States’ cultural life in the late nineteenth century to the last decade of the twentieth century. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 200/ENG 201, any two Social Science courses, and junior standing. Offered as needed.

HIS 398 SPECIAL TOPIC IN HISTORY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

HIS 400 AMERICAN HISTORIOGRAPHY

This course will provide an in depth immersion into historical developments within a specific theme in American history that will be listed in the course schedule. Students will examine the interaction of cultural, political, social, economic, intellectual and technological issues leading to multiple and varied historical interpretations of topics within the chosen theme. Students may take this more than once as long as the theme is different. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 140. Offered as needed.

HIS 401 THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO

A study of the historical, geographical, sociological, religious, political, and economic developments of Buffalo. Emphasis is to be placed on the period following the burning of the city during the War of 1812 to the present day. This course also will focus on the city as a resource for primary research. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 200/ENG 201 and junior standing. Offered fall semester.

HIS 402 THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK STATE

This course covers the Empire State from the early occupation to the present. Emphasis will be on historical, geographical, sociological, political, and economic developments. These will be viewed within a multicultural context. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 140 or HIS 150 or junior standing. Offered spring semester; offered fall semester in odd numbered years.

HIS 410 WAR AND PEACE IN THE NUCLEAR AGE

This course examines the origins and evaluation of the nuclear competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and its impact upon the world. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered fall semester.

HIS 450 EARLY CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT

The history of the U.S. Constitution as a product of three hundred years of American legal and intellectual thought. Particular attention will be paid to those who wrote the Constitution, the philosophical influences on them, and the resulting debates at the Constitutional Convention. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 140 and POL 101. Offered as needed.

HIS 451 CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT

The history of the Constitution from the post-Civil War period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on Supreme Court decisions, how they affected reform movements, civil rights and civil liberties. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 150 and POL 101. Offered as needed.

HIS 456 HISTORICAL ISSUES

This course allows the social science group in the liberal arts division to offer specialty courses that are not included in our regular course offerings. Included are various histories of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Americas, United States and the Middle East. A student may take this course more than once for credit under different topics. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered spring semester.

HIS 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HISTORY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.