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HIS 1003 World History I

4 Credits

This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence in World History. It provides the student with an introduction to world history from before the Neolithic Revolution until about 1700, with emphasis on the ancient, classical and medieval worlds. Among the themes that receive special focus are men and women, cities and civilizations, religion and society, war and peace, and the development of globalization.

HIS 1004 World History II

4 Credits

This course is the second part of a two-semester sequence in World History from 1700 to the present, with emphasis on the evolution of new and merging civilizations and cultures. The themes of men and women, cities and civilizations, religion and society, war and peace, and the growth of globilization will continue to receive special focus.

HIS 2001 American Civilization I

4 Credits

This course is a comprehensive survey of American civilization, beginning with the European settlement of America and concluding with the Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on the social, political, and cultural evolution of the United States.

HIS 2002 American Civilization II

4 Credits

This comprehensive survey of American civilization begins with the closing years of the Civil War and continues to the present day. Emphasis is on the development of America as a world power, emerging social and economic issues, and the role of the United States on the world stage.

HIS 2003 History of England I

4 Credits

The period covered by this course, Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1688, witnessed the transformation of England from a medieval kingdom to a modern nation state. Emphasis will be placed on political, religious, social and economic development, although cultural and intellectual developments will also be touched upon where deemed relevant. Specific themes addressed include: the English Reformation, the English relationship with the countries of the so-called Celtic fringe (Scotland, Ireland and Wales) as well as the rise of parliamentary authority culminating in the Civil War and Glorious Revolution. Finally, the agricultural and commercial revolutions, which transformed Britain into a world power by the end of the Seventeenth Century, will be discussed in detail.

HIS 2004 Modern England

4 Credits

This period witnessed the emergence of Great Britain as the predominant diplomatic and economic power in the world. This course will examine the causes and consequences of England’s dramatic rise, including constitutional and political changes resulting in a gradually evolving democracy, the massive economic and social transformations wrought by the Industrial Revolution and imperial developments, which culminated in the control of one fifth of the worlds land mass. Also covered will be the emergence of the modern middle and working classes, the World Wars and the decline of the second half of the Twentieth Century.

HIS 2005 World Geography

4 Credits

Regional analysis of all of the geographical areas of the earth is the emphasis of this course including: study of geographical features and their interaction with culture, economics, history, and politics. The concept of boundary- natural, political, cultural, and economic is explored.

HIS 2006 American Social, Political, and Economic Systems

4 Credits

This course is a study of the United States emphasizing economic, political, and social problems. Topics include: affirmative action, the Bill of Rights, economic justice, crime, conservatism, and liberalism.

HIS 2007 American Economic History

4 Credits

This course is a study of American history from an economic perspective. Topics include the foundations of the American economic system, economic issues in the Constitution, the rise of a national monetary and banking system, the evolution of the modern corporation, the development of the United States as an industrial power, economic depression and global competition.

HIS 2008 African American History I


This course is a study of the history of African Americans from the origins of humankind in Africa and the Middle Passage to slavery in colonial America, blacks in the Revolution, the rise of southern plantation slavery, and the slavery crisis up to the Civil War.

HIS 2009 African American History II

4 Credits

This course begins with blacks in the Civil War and follows the story of African Americans through Reconstruction, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. Major emphasis will be placed on the Civil Rights years following the Second World War.

HIS2099 Topics in American History

4 Credits

This is an advanced course in the historiography of a particular period in American history. Completion of a major research paper will be required. Subject for consideration will be decided upon by the instructor.

HIS 3000 Twentieth Century Europe

4 Credits

The objective of this course is to explore in depth the events of the tumultuous twentieth century in Europe. At the century’s dawn Europe was in a position of unprecedented world dominance. The heavily industrialized economies of Western Europe had captured much of international trade. A half- dozen European states ruled most of Asia and Africa, the British Empire alone covered one quarter of the earth’s surface. Progress in economic, social and technological terms had generated a sense of confidence and in many cases arrogance amongst the peoples of the continent. Democracy was on the rise and it appeared that the future held infinite promise. Yet in August of 1914, the underlying tensions of economic and political competition, and ultimately nationalism brought this world crashing down. World War I in turn led to the Russian revolution, the corresponding appearance of Communism and a short time later Fascism. The Great Depression gave Adolph Hitler the opportunity to rise to power and by 1939 much of the planet was again engulfed in war. In the aftermath of WWII the continent was split into two, ideologically, hostile armed camps and the presence of nuclear weapons made the forty year Cold War a time of constant tension. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communism it appeared that peace was finally guaranteed in Europe for the first time in its history. Yet again, the closing decade of the century proved this hope chimerical, as events in the Balkans once more put the name Sarajavo in the news and gave us the term “ethnic cleansing.”

HIS 3001 Modern Russia

4 Credits

This course covers the period between Peter the Great (1682-1725) and the decline and fall of the Soviet Union. A major theme of these frequently tumultuous years is Russia’s struggle to narrow the economic, technological, and often cultural breech that existed between it and Western Europe. Another central aspect of Russian History during these years is the failure, at least up until the 1990s, of any form of limitation to be imposed on the authority of its rulers. For a number of reasons addressed in this course, absolute power, whether in the hands of the Czars or Commissars, was the political reality. Also considered is Russia’s unique geographical location making it simultaneously European and Asian.

HIS 3002 European Colonialism

4 Credits

In the nineteenth century a relatively small number of European nations came to dominate much of the rest of the world. In fact, by 1900 only four countries in Africa and Asia had successfully resisted the imperial onslaught. This course will examine the causes and long-term impact of the process of colonization. Particular attention will be paid to the ideological, political, and economic roots of the phenomenon. Other issues include: the resistance of indigenous populations, post-World War II independence, and the colonial legacy.

HIS 3003 Modern Ireland

4 Credits

The objective of this course is to survey the evolution of Irish Society from the establishment of the Protestant Ascendancy in the late seventeenth century to the creation of an independent nation in 1922. The emphasis will be on political, social and economic development. Key topics addressed in the course include the Great Rebellion of 1798, Catholic Emancipation, the Famine, the emergence of modern physical force Republicanism and the War for Independence.

HIS 3004 Modern Warfare

4 Credits

The focus on such an apparently brutal topic is justified on a number of levels. To begin with, there is no more dramatic event in the human condition, for it encompasses such basic elements as heroism, fear and tragedy. Secondly, it is undeniable that war has played a central part as an agent of political and social transformation. Finally, warfare can serve as a mirror in which the true nature of a society is reflected.

HIS 3005 Environmental History: An Introduction

4 Credits
This introduction to the field concentrates in the first instance on the environmental history of North America, ranging from Native American attitudes to the natural world through the impact of Europeans on different regions, the development of cities and suburbanization. Its central concern is the changing relationship of humans and their natural and built environments. It embraces topics as varied as the relationship of population and resources and changing attitudes to the environment as expressed in politics, arts and literature. Students will be encouraged to range beyond America, and explore issues in the environmental history of other geographical areas.

HIS 3006 European Social and Cultural History

4 Credits
This course examines the key issues in European social and cultural history, from the Black Death to the present, and provides the student with the opportunity to engage in some of the most lively historical writings of the last few decades.

HIS 3010 History of New Jersey

4 Credits

This course explores the history, geography, politics, and culture of the Garden State from its founding as a colony to the present day. It will also study the native inhabitants of the state and examine New Jersey's role in the development of the United States, including the state's role in the American Revolution and the Civil War. Designed for history majors and interested non-majors as well.

HIS 3099 Special Topics in History

4 Credits

These courses focus on selected topics in history and are designed to provide students with an opportunity for in-depth study of some topic having current professional or public interest that is not thoroughly addressed within the context of regular College offerings. Topics may differ each time a course is offered. Students should consult the course offering schedule and their academic advisor each semester.

HIS 3461 American Civil War

4 Credits
This course will explore the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War from the 1840s through 1877. Four broad themes will be examined: a0 the emergence of a crisis of union and disunion in 1840-1860; b) slavery, race, and emancipation as national issues, personal experience, and social process; c0 the experience of modern was for individuals and society; d) the political and social challenges of Reconstruction. The course will enhance the student's ability to develop three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking.

HIS 4000 Historical Method: The Art and Craft of the Historian

4 Credits
This course is a comprehensive study of the methodology of history as an academic discipline. It introduces students to the basics of historical research, the process of writing history, the theoretical perspectives used by historians today, and the implications of digital media in the researching and writing of history.

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