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HIST 11200: World History 1500 to the Present
Instructor: Melson
This course is a survey of world history from the 16th century until the present. Our focus will be the evolution of global connections and interactions that led to unprecedented movements of people, ideas, technologies, and microbes during this time period. As novel forms of migration and rule crossed our world, they propelled new forms of domination and resistance. We will explore how these processes impacted the causes and consequences of the slave trade, imperial domination, decolonization, and nationalism. Specific case studies will illuminate these events by exploring how global processes effected local contexts and vice-versa. Particular emphasis will be placed on how historians analyze primary source material, interpret, and debate the past. Finally, this course will reorient students away from a western perspective to highlight global and alternative histories that are often ignored within broad historical surveys.

HIST 12100: Early Modern Europe 1500-1815
Instructor: Melson
The early modern period saw the Renaissance, the Reformations, the Age of Discoveries, the invention of print, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Contemporary observers interpreted these events as harbingers of new times, and speculated how society should or will be organized in the future. This course reads the major transformations of early modern Europe through the lens of these utopian visions. As we will see, the expectations of contemporaries were often not realized. Yet their writings reveal how scholars, priests, newswriters and ordinary people experienced and hoped to shape the world they were living in.
Fulfills Pluralism and Diversity requirement (Group D).

HIST 12200: 19th and 20th Century Europe (W)
Instructors: Mëhilli; Spritzer
History of modern Europe between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, covering Western, Eastern Europe, and Russia. The focus of this course is upon political history but topics related to economy, culture and the arts are included as well. We start with the French Revolution of 1789 and complete the course with the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union in 1991. We will analyze how the concept of Europe changed over time; how colonies turned into nation states, and how these nations transformed during the modern era; why, how, and when some states adopted totalitarian models; and how colonialism and totalitarianism came to an end in Europe after WWII. Themes include: the French Revolution and Revolutionary Wars, romanticism, liberalism, socialism and Marxism, 1848, empire and nation states, European imperialism, WWI, interwar radicalism, Nazism, fascism, and Stalinism, WWII, the Holocaust, cold war, European Union, the collapse of communism, and the creation of a new Europe. Lectures will be supplemented by weekly readings from the textbook and primary sources. Students will learn to work with primary sources and incorporate them into historical analysis.
Fulfills Pluralism and Diversity requirement (Group D). (W) Writing intensive course (W)

HIST 15100: United States from the Colonial Era to the Civil War (W)
This course will cover U.S. History broadly from the early period of European settlement to the conclusion of the Civil War. The course will include at least one focused study of a particular topic or event from this period. Writing Intensive Course (W)

HIST 15200: United States from the Civil War to the Present (W)
This course surveys some of the major developments in United States history from 1865 to the 1970s. Among the subjects covered are the struggles for justice of African Americans and women; the expanding scope and power of the federal government; and the increasing engagement of the United States with the world.
Writing intensive course (W)

HIST 25006: Men, Women, and Sex in 20th Century U.S.
Instructor: Hurewitz
This course explores how ideas about masculinity and femininity, and “appropriate” heterosexual and homosexual behavior have shifted over the last 100+ years in the U.S. We look at the emergence of sexual identities, and recent battles about abortion, AIDS, and sex education.

HIST 25017: Global Histories of Sex 
Instructor: Mitchell

HIST 25076: History of Modern South Asia
Instructor: Bhagavan
This course is designed to introduce students to the civilization(s) of the subcontinent from the coming of the Mughals in 1526 to the present. We will examine aspects of South Asia’s diverse political, social, and cultural histories. “South Asia” here refers to the contemporary countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. No prior knowledge of South Asian history or culture is expected or required.

HIST 27200: History of Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Instructor: John
This course explores key topics in the History of Latin America from the struggles for Independence through the present day. These include the rise of Latin American liberalism to upheavals like the Mexican Revolution, the birth of nationalist and populist mass politics, the Cuban Revolution and the counterinsurgency wars in Central America to the neoliberal" and "pink tide" trends of recent decades, and today's turbulence in many parts of the region. Using texts as well as music and video, we will study social, political and cultural aspects of the history of this varied and vibrant region whose importance for the U.S. and New York City in particular keeps growing.

HIST 29000: History Practicum
A writing intensive seminar intended to help history majors develop their skills as historians. Each section of this course may focus on a different historical theme and so students will encounter different readings and topics. But in all sections of this course students will learn to locate, critically assess, and interpret primary sources, both textual and non-textual; analyze and critique a range of secondary sources for both methodological and historiographical purposes; and develop, draft, and revise a strong and effective research paper by learning how to construct a thesis, organize a paper, devise a bibliography, and cite sources following the Chicago Manual of Style.
Writing Intensive Course.
Prereq: ENGL 12000; 6 cr in history and permission of the department.

HIST 30200: Greek History
Instructor: Claytor
From the Bronze Age ca. 3000 BCE to the Roman conquest. Emphasis on cultural and political contributions of ancient Greece.

HIST 31300: Europe in the Late Middle Ages
Instructor: Melson
The development of European civilization in the Late Middle Ages.

HIST 32100: History of the Holocaust
Instructor: Casper
This course examines the fate of European Jewry between 1933 and 1945. Following an introduction to Jewish history and the historical background of anti-Semitic ideology, we will cover: the rise and fall of the democratic Weimar Republic in the 1920s; the Nazi seizure of power; anti-Jewish policy and legislation in Nazi Germany; ghettoization in Nazi Europe; and, the conception and implementation of the Final Solution during the Second World War. Additional topics will include discussions of the Jewish Councils, Jewish resistance, life in the ghettos and camps, the Jewish Question and public opinion in Nazi-occupied Europe, and the reactions of the Allies, the Church, and world Jewry to the Holocaust.

HIST 32900: History of European Diplomacy
Instructor: Mëhilli
A survey of European diplomacy since the Congress of Vienna to the collapse of Communism.

HIST 33400: France During the Revolution and Napoleonic Era
Instructor: Spritzer
A study of 18th-century antecedents of the French Revolution, the Revolutionary decade, and the Napoleonic Era.

HIST 3411T: History of Jewish Music
Instructor: Ruben

HIST 3412F [AFPRL 39074]: Caribbean Diaspora in Britain
Instructor: Cantres 
This course will address and explore the widespread, significant influx of Africans and Afro-descended peoples to metropolitan Britain. Though Africans have been living in continental Europe for centuries, British colonialism’s twentieth century rise and fall brought unprecedented numbers of peoples from across Africa and its diaspora in the Caribbean and South America to British cities. Students will interrogate notions of diversity and inclusion, citizenship, and subjecthood in different British locales, with a special emphasis on London and Liverpool.

HIST 3412I: Mapping Jewish New York
Instructor: Welt

HIST 3412J: US Public History
Instructor: Bellows 
What do objects, monuments, and museums tell us about the past? How do historians preserve and interpret American artifacts, ephemera, monuments, and more for the general public? Students will consider the different abilities of historians to present elements of American history through battlefields, museums, living history sites, memorials, and more, and wrestle with questions of interpretation, representation, and historical accuracy.

HIST 3412K: Black Masculinity in 20th Century US 
Instructor: Haywood
This gender history course examines constructions of Black masculinity and how Black men’s claims to “manhood” shaped the discourses and strategies of Black Americans’ fights for racial advancement in the United States during the twentieth century. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, weekly readings will pay special attention to the social and cultural arenas in which Black Americans constructed Black masculinity, White Americans’ influence on those constructions, Black Feminist and some Black men’s critiques of certain constructions of Black masculinity and its manifestations, identity and sexual politics, and the ways in which Black masculinity has been both empowering and problematic for Black people’s broader freedom struggles in America.

HIST 3412L: Civil Rights, Hip Hop, and Racial Justice 
Instructor: Haywood
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years ...That sounds like a choice.” Rapper Kanye West came under fire for these comments. In 1966, Martin Luther King declared that “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” was “my own government.” He faced a national backlash. Are these two men, their ideas, effect on society, and the generations they represent more similar than we think…or worlds apart? This class explores this question, among others. This class critically engages written and visual texts, ranging from King’s writings to Malcolm X’s autobiography to Jay-Z’s Decoded, alongside civil rights documentary footage and rap videos. These diverse sources will challenge students to interrogate questions of Black leadership, Neoliberalism, “movement music,” and the Black freedom struggle from the Civil Rights era to the Post-Civil Rights era, and possibly, the Post-Hip Hop era.

HIST 34162: 20th Century Latin American Revolutions
Instructor: John

HIST 35900: Immigration and Ethnicity in the US
Instructor: Contreras
In this course we will examine the historical experiences of immigrants and their families in the United States with an emphasis on the variety of experiences among migrants, and the reasons for them. Learning Objectives include an understanding of the chronological sequence and historical context of foreign migration to the United States, the major issues and events of American immigration history, and the ability to analyze and contextualize relevant documents.

Fulfills Pluralism and Diversity requirement (Group D).

HIST 36700: Civil War and Reconstruction
Instructor: Dresser

HIST 38217: Jerusalem in the 20th Century
Instructor: Schor

HIST 38228: Refugees and the Making of the Modern World
Instructor: Rosenthal

HIST 38461: Hitler's Germany
Instructor: Hett
This seminar will deal with some of the major issues in understanding this catastrophic period in human history: the atmosphere of the Weimar Republic that gave birth to the Nazi movement, the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, the major aspects of the history of the Third Reich – the nature of Hitler’s rule, Nazi society, foreign policy, the Second World War and the Holocaust, and some of the efforts after the war to hold Nazis accountable for what they had done. Readings will include both primary sources in translation and secondary sources. By the end of the course students should have a good command not only of the basic narrative history of the Nazi era, but of some of the debates which it has aroused among historians and others. Students should also improve their skills in research and writing.

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