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HIST 103 United States History to 1877
United States History to 1877: This course offers a survey of American history, beginning with an exploration of early Native American cultures and ending with a study of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The class will focus its attention on the important social, political, and economic issues at play that created the unique tapestry of American cultural life in the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods of American history. An effort will be made to connect developments in early American history to contemporary events shaping our lives. Students will be introduced to a range of primary source evidence from the American past, including diaries, speeches, laws, fiction, photographs, paintings, statistics, and the like. 3 hrs.

HIST 104 United States History Since 1877
This survey course will explore the development of US social, political, and economic history from the late 19th century through the present. Relying heavily on primary documents, the course will emphasize important social and political movements that shaped the country's evolution as well as the emergence of the United States as a major global power. Students will have the opportunity to conduct mini-research assignments that they will present in various forums including in-class presentations, online peer workshops, and through the creation of an on-line digital timeline. 3 hrs.

HIST 107 History of Latin America
This course surveys the forces and events which have shaped Latin America experiences from the sixteenth century to the present. Students explore the history of Latin America through primary accounts, academic studies, fiction, and group projects. Particular attention is given to social and cultural forms, racial and ethnic interaction, and the region's political trajectory. Students evaluate dependency theory, liberation theology, and other efforts to conceptualize and address systemic socio-economic dilemmas. The course also examines the historical roots of contemporary issues such as drug trafficking, migration, and alternative approaches to economic development. 3 hrs.

HIST 108 Perspectives in Global History
Perspectives in Global History: A survey of the fundamental aspects of human history from around the globe. This course is designed to increase student understanding of world history and provide crucial context for analyzing past and present events. Topical focus may vary from semester to semester, with broad attention to the history of multiple world regions as a consistent element. 3hrs

HIST 110 Emergence of the West
Emergence of the West: A survey of the history of civilization from the ancient world to the European crises of the seventeenth century, with emphasis upon the political, social and intellectual development of Western civilization. 3 hrs

HIST 111 West in the World
West in the World: A survey of the history of civilization from the end of the religious wars and the emergence of the great European powers to the crises of the twentieth century and nuclear age, with emphasis generally upon the political, social and intellectual development of Western civilization. 3 hrs.

HIST 113 East Asian Civilizations, 1400-Pres
East Asian Civilizations, 1400-Present: An introduction to the histories of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan from the 15th century to the present. This course examines the social, political, and religious interconnections that shaped East Asia prior to major Western incursion and the ramifications of the West in East Asia from the 18th century to the present. Despite their geographic proximity, China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan followed different patterns during much of their history. This course will examine those patterns, with an explicitly comparative approach, in the intellectual, socioeconomic and institutional raalms. Readings emphasize secondary scholarship and literature in translation. 3 hrs.

HIST 289 Seminar in US History
Seminar in U.S. History: This introductory seminar in U.S. history engages students in close examination of selected topics, highlights careful analysis of historical evidence, and close readings of selected texts. Students will also practice their writing skills by composing a seminar paper keyed to the seminar's work. Topics will vary. May be taken twice. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

HIST 291 Seminar in World History
Seminar in World History: This introductory seminar in world history engages students in close examination of selected topics, highlights careful analysis of historical evidence, and close readings of selected texts. Students will also practice their writing skills by composing a seminar paper keyed to the seminar's work. Topics will vary. May be taken twice. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

HIST 311 Research Seminar
Research Seminar: This seminar engages students in the research techniques and writing styles used by historians, attorneys, legal researchers, and others engaged in the systematic reconstruction of past events. Students will work with both primary and secondary materials, and will produce an originally researched project at the end of the semester. This course fulfils the writing-intensive course requirement for the history department. Prerequisite: none. 3 hrs.

HIST 320 Inventing the American Economy
Inventing the American Economy: After the American Revolution, the United States lacked a truly domestic economy and remained financially dependent on Great Britain. Yet, by the end of the nineteenth century, America had become the most productive and prosperous nation in the world. This course will explore the economic and political developments that fueled this transition and led to the invention of a uniquely American economy. In particular, we will investigate the rise of capitalism, the creation of a market economy, the public debates over capital and labor, as well as the political discussion of the proper relationship between government and economic development. Prerequisites: none. 3 hrs.

HIST 324 Immigration & Making of America
Immigration and the Making of America: This course will explore the major themes and debates in American immigration history. Topics will include key migration waves, immigration policy, acculturation and attitudes towards immigrants, with an emphasis on the post-Civil War period. Methodological issues in researching immigrant history will also be explored. Prerequisite: none. 3 hrs.

HIST 329 French Revolution & Napoleon
French Revolution & Napoleon: The guillotine! The Marseillaise! Revolutionaries! Romantics! Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette; Napoleon and Josephine; Beethoven; Wordsworth; Goethe; Goya; Mary Wollstonecraft; Horatio Nelson, Wolfe Tone, and Toussaint L'Ouverture - all this and much else rushes through the volcanic moment in French and European history that runs from the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 to the collapse of Napoleon's empire in 1815. This course will explore both the politics and the culture of this tumultuous generation, and examine the interrelationships among revolutionary politics, war, poetry (the Romantics, for instance) and prose, music (Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony for instance); and the visual arts (from David to Goya). While France will be the focus of the course, the materials studied will come from all across Europe, from Dublin to Berlin, from Copenhagen to Rome, from Madrid to Moscow. Prerequisite: none 3 hrs.

HIST 335 The American Revolution
American Revolution: This course is designed to explore the political, social, and economic developments in British North America between 1760 and1800. Students will study the events that precipitated the imperial crisis, the war itself, and the ideas and circumstances that shaped the nation-building effort following the military victory. Through an examination of both primary and secondary sources, students will be encouraged to investigate why British colonialists chose independence, to understand how the Founders defined nationhood, and to consider why such lofty principles and ideals failed to have a broader social impact. Prerequisite: none 3 hrs.

HIST 337 Invasion of the Americas
Invasion of the Americas: This course investigates the European discovery, conquest, and settlement of the Americas, from the mid-fifteenth century through the later seventeenth century, from the voyages of Columbus, through the Spanish "conquistadores," to the English and French settlements of North America. Prerequisite: none 3 hrs.

HIST 340 African-American History
African-American History: This course concentrates on the history of African Americans from the colonial period to the present. It introduces students to the historical literature concerning the course of slavery in the United States, its abolition and aftermath, as well as the experience of free blacks in the North and South. It focuses on the institutionalization of segregation and African American efforts to achieve equality in an unequal system, culminating in the civil rights movement of the recent period. Cultural history art, literature and music are integral to the course, as is the experience of African American women. 3 hrs.

HIST 341 Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement: In 1903, W.E.B. Dubois argued that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." This course explore s the unraveling of the color line in postwar America. Central to the task will be an analysis of the strategies and tactics grass roots activists employed in their assault on segregation. The class will also assess the tensions which emerged between a civil rights movement based on the principle of integration and a black liberation movement which emphasized self-separation. At the same time, the course will examine the creation of an African-American "movement culture" that found expression in music, literature, and the arts. Prerequisite: none 3 hrs.

HIST 344 Cold War America
Cold War America: The Cold War lasted for more than three decades. In that period the landscape of American politics, culture, and technology underwent dramatic change. This course will examine the Cold War (1945-1980) through the lenses of national and international policymaking, popular and social history, and new scientific technologies. From atomic birthday cakes and McCarthyism to anti-colonialism and civil rights, students will examine the Cold War as an era that re-shaped the political and social fabric of the United States and created questions that continue to inspire debate in American society to the present. Prerequisites: none 3hrs

HIST 349 Civil War America
Civil War America: The American Civil War was one of the defining moments in American history. In this course, students will explore the road to secession, the war itself, and the political effort to reunite the Union after four years of bloody conflict. Through the examination of both secondary and primary sources, students will also examine the meaning of this important event from a national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, political and moral perspective. Prerequisite: none 3 hrs.

HIST 354 Dragons & Dungeons: Medieval England
Dragons & Dungeons: This upper-level seminar will focus on politics and culture in Medieval England, that land of dragons and dungeons, from the reign of Richard the Lion-Hearted in the 12th century to the War of the Roses in the 15th century. Prerequisites: none 3hrs

HIST 355 The Russian Revolution: Lenin to Stalin
The Russian Revolution: This upper-level seminar investigates some of the most explosive events in modern times: the Russian Revolution, the birth of Communism, and the creation of Stalinist totalitarianism, epic events, filled with extraordinary characters like Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra; Rasputin; Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks; and Josef Stalin and his secret police. Prerequisites: none. 3hrs

HIST 356 Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany: This upper-level seminar will study the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Materials studied will include Adolf Hitler, and the Nazi leadership the Nazi Party's, ideology and supporters; Germany's role in the Second World War; and the Holocaust. Prerequisite: none 3hrs

HIST 364 ¡Viva México! Roots of the Mexican Nation
¡Viva México!: This course explores key moments in the history of Mexico from the pre-Columbian period to the present. . It introduces students to important discussions concerning the formation of modern Mexican society and culture. The class considers topics ranging from the Spanish Conquest, foreign interventions in the 19th century, the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, and the Mexican Revolution, to the roots of contemporary issues such as narco-trafficking and migration. Prerequisites: none 3hrs

HIST 370 Youth Revolution in China
Youth Revolution in China: This course examines the role young people played in shaping China's modern revolutionary period (1850-present). Readings include primary and secondary materials in translation. The course relies as well on the analysis of film, music, and artistic representations. Classroom discussion and a semester research project are required. 3 hrs.

HIST 389 Topics in US History
Topics in US History: Topics are announced annually. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

HIST 391 Topics in World History
Topics in World History: Topics are announced annually. Repeatable for a total of 6 hours. 3 hrs.

HIST 392 American Women
American Women: Derived from primary sources of women themselves, this study examines the central role of women in U.S. history. The study focuses on the period 1830 to the present, with particular attention given to race, region and class. 3 hrs.

HIST 449 Directed Readings
Directed Readings: Independent investigation of a topic through a program of directed readings. There will be an interpretive paper and oral examination conducted by department members. Open to majors with a B average in history after departmental approval of the topic. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

HIST 450 Independent Study
Independent Study: Independent investigation of a topic through the writing of a research paper; oral examination conducted by department members. Open to majors with a B average in history after departmental approval of the topic or project. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

HIST 495 Masterworks
Masterworks: Masterworks is the History Department's "capstone" course and is required of all history majors. All history majors conclude their study of history by creating a serious history project, such as a paper, a literature review, or some other project approved by the history faculty. Each student will complete this work under the personal guidance of the Queens history faculty and present this work both to the faculty and to other history students. Students in this course must also submit a portfolio of other work completed during their history study. This course is taken in conjunction with an upper-level history course, and must be taken by history majors as they complete their last 12 credit hours in history. Prerequisite: History 311; permission of the department. 3 hrs.

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