HIST 201 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 202 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 203 United States to 1877
United States 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 204 United States Since 1877
United States Since 1877: This course offers a survey of the meaningful events in America's recent past that have shaped who we are as a people and a nation today. Special attention will be paid to the themes of race and the reformulation of national identity, the rise of the modern nation-state, presidential leadership, and the connection between capitalism and the rise of a consumer-based popular culture. Assignments include grading the best and worst twentieth century presidents, debating whether the 1920s flapper was a feminist, and advising international leaders on the direction of their foreign policy during the cold war. An effort will be made to connect each topic we examine to current events as they unfold in contemporary American life. 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 299 Intro to Research Techniques
Introduction to Research Techniques: This course will serve as an introduction to the research techniques and argumentative writing employed by historians and lawyers. Emphasis will be placed on introducing students to a wide range of primary source analysis, including standard legal materials, and exploring in depth how to craft an argumentative research paper. Students will be required to produce a substantial and originally researched paper at the end of the semester. This course fulfills the writing-intensive course requirement. 3 hrs.
HIST 301 History Conversations
History Conversations: History Conversations is a companion course to HIST 300, the practicum in historical research. It is a required course for history majors History Conversations will be team-taught by members of the history faculty. The instructors will select several current issues, texts, and problems of current interest and study them in seminar fashion with students. Topics and materials will vary semester by semester. Class meetings will be both on and off campus. This course is designed
for students mid-way through their history major. Prerequisites: HIST 201, 202, 203, 204, 299 or
permission of the instructors. 3 hrs.
HIST 303 Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece: An examination of Greek history from the Mycenaeans in the second millennium B.C.E. through the Hellenistic era, with special emphasis on Classical Greece (500-323 B.C.E.). Prerequisite: HIST 201 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.
HIST 304 Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome: A study of the history of Rome, from its founding to the disintegration of the Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries C.E. Prerequisite: History 201 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.
HIST 305 Medieval History
Medieval HIstory: An investigation of the thousand years known as the Middle Ages: the world of castles, cathedrals and universities; ladies and knights; peasants and burghers; dragons and unicorns. Prerequisite: HIST 201 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.
HIST 306 Early Modern Europe
Early Modern Europe: A survey of the history of Europe from the Renaissance to 1789. Topics include the 16th century rupture in Christendom, the growth of seaborne empires and national states, the scientific revolution, and the Enlightenment. Prerequisite: HIST 201. 3 hrs.
HIST 307 History of Latin America
History of Latin America: A survey of the forces and events which have shaped Latin America experiences from the sixteenth century to the present. 3 hrs.
HIST 309 Contemporary Europe
Contemporary Europe: An investigation of today's Europe, from the First World War to the present. Topics include the world wars, the holocaust, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the Cold War and the rise of the European Union. Prerequisites: HIST 202. 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 315 Oral History
Oral History: Examination of ways in which cultures were preserved in the past (folklore, folklife, handicrafts, etc.) and the study of and practice in the methodology of gathering and preserving historical information in oral form. 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 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. 3 hrs.
HIST 330 British History
British History: An investigation of the British historical experience through the study of the key moments and personalities which have shaped British history from William the Conqueror through the Tudors and Stuarts, to the Victorians and the present. Prerequisite: HIST 202. 3 hrs.
HIST 331 Russian History
Russian History: An investigation of the Russian experience through the study of the key moments and
personalities which have shaped Russian history from Kievian Russia to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 202. 3 hrs.
HIST 332 German History
German History: An examination of the experience of the German-speaking peoples from the devastation of the seventeenth century Thirty Years War, through eighteenth century Enlightenment, to the emergence of Germany as a major power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: HIST 202. 3 hrs.
HIST 333 Classical Political Thought
Classical Political Thought: This course introduces students to classical social and political philosophy
through analysis of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. It addresses enduring questions about the community, the individual, happiness, and justice. Other themes to be discussed include the ideal political order, the character of virtue or human excellence, the relationship between politics and other aspects of human life (such as economics, the family, and friendship), and the political responsibility for education. This class is both a study in intellectual history and a foundational course in political theory. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Students may also elect this course as POLS 333. 3 hrs.
HIST 334 Modern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought: This course examines and evaluates the challenge to classical social and political philosophy posed by such writes as Hobbes in the Leviathan, Madison in selected Federalist
Papers,Tocqueville in Democracy in America, Mill in On Liberty, and Weber in selections from several works. We consider the differing views of these authors on how best to construct healthy and successful political societies; the proper relation between politics and religion, and between the individual and the community; the nature of our rights; and the proper extent of human liberty and equality. This class is both a study in intellectual history and a foundational course in political theory. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Students may elect this course as POLS 334 or PHIL 334. 3 hrs.
HIST 335 The American Revolution
The American Revolution: A history of the American Revolution, this course traces the roots of revolution Back into the 18th century, and examines the consequences of the Revolution Into the early nineteent century. 3 hrs.
HIST 336 19th Century American West
Nineteenth Century American West: In this seminar, students will explore the American West as both a place and a process. As a specific place, "West" is a relative term, and, as a result, we will study three chronological and geographic "Wests": The Trans-Appalachian West, 1780-1840, The Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1870, and The Continental Empire, 1870-1910. These somewhat arbitrarily assigned boundaries, however, will be connected and woven together by our effort to understand the emergence of a distinctive American West. As many historians have concluded, the West (or Frontier, or Western Frontier) developed into a distinct region by the end of the nineteenth century as a result of a process, a
process shaped by the interaction of diverse peoples and forces. Throughout the semester, then, students will study how migration, settlement, economic development and conflict and accommodation among diverse populations shaped the emergence of a distinctly American region. Prerequisite: HIST 203 or 204. 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: HIST 203 or 204. 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: HIST 204, POLS 201. 3 hrs.
HIST 345 Religion in America
Religion in America: This course will provide students with a survey of the most important movements, people and events in American religious history from the settlement of the colonies to the present. The course will examine Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish traditions, as well as important cults and religious alternatives outside the traditional mainstream. Prerequisite: HIST 203 and 204. Students may elect this course as RELG 345. 3 hrs.
HIST 346 North Carolina History
North Carolina History: A careful study of the events and personalities which have shaped North Carolina. This course permits students to become actively engaged in historical analysis by focusing on local history, and in some cases, by visiting historic sites. Prerequisite: HIST 203 or 204. 3 hrs.
HIST 348 The New South
The New South: Scholars and amateur historians have long probed the question: What is the South? This simple question has proved difficult to answer. Is there something truly distinctive about the South or are the differences between the South and the rest of the nation imagined? This course explores such questions, placing an analysis of contemporary southern life, politics, and culture in their proper and rich historical context. Our examination of recent southern history will trace events back to their late nineteenth century origins. Throughout the course we will pay close attention to changing politics
of race and probe the unique expressions of southern culture -- all in order to unlock the answer to the question of southern distinctiveness. Prerequisites: HIST 204. 3hrs.
HIST 349 The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Civil War and Reconstruction: The Civil War and Reconstruction were the defining events of the nineteenth century if not the defining events in our nation's short history. Undertaking exactly how the nation arrived at the brink of war, divided, and finally, after horrible and bloody conflict, came back together again, will be the central task of this course. The course will be divided into three sections. In the first, students will explore the origins of the sectional conflict. Next students will examine the war
itself, asking questions about the inevitability of the Union's victory and the role of the African Americans in the process of emancipation. In the last section of the course the class will study attempts to reconstruct the relationships between whites and blacks, northerners and southerners in the wake of the Confederacy's defeat. Attention will also be paid to popular, current interpretations of the causes and meanings of the Civil War in popular culture. Prerequisite: HIST 203. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.
HIST 352 American Journalism
American Journalism: This course explores the history of journalism in America from the colonial period to the present. Though it will focus especially on print journalism, it will consider as well the revolutionary significance of electronic journalism. This course will trace the continuities and changes in the ways in which news is defined, gathered, produced, and critiqued in American life and politics; and it will investigate in detail the lives and times of some of America's more intriguing journalists, from Peter Zenger to William Lloyd Garrison; from Ida Tarbell and the "Muckrakers" to H.L. Mencken;
from early radio to TV news to the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: HIST 203 or HIST 204. Students may elect this course as COMM 352. 3 hrs.
HIST 353 US Top News Stories 1945-
"We Interrupt This Broadcast!" - America's Top News Stories Since 1945: This course in the history of American journalism examines the intersection of historical event and journalistic report and traces the complex ways in which journalism and history intersect, interact, compliment, and contradict each other. This course focuses specifically on the news stories that were part of the American experience since World War II. The Bomb, the Cold War, McCarthyism, the Kennedy Assassination, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and Watergate, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Clinton impeachment, the Iraq Wars and 9/11 - are some of the political stories from the past generation. But not all the top stories were political: the birth of Rock and Roll; the Women's Rights Movement; generational rebellion in the Sixties; the birth of the Internet - these too were some of the big stories since 1945. In the process of investigating these stories, this course will explore the effect of the media on the American experience, and the impact of the American experience on the structure, practice, and values of the American media. Students may elect this course as COMM 353. 3 hrs.
HIST 361 Ideas & Values in Conflict in Hist
Ideas and Values in Conflict in History: A study of decisive intellectual and moral conflicts involving individualism, humanism, obscurantism, fundamentalism, racism, nationalism, totalitarianism, socialism, Nazism, Communism, materialism and fanaticism. Seminar format. 3 hrs.
HIST 362 Contemp Ideas and Values
Contemporary Ideas and Values: Like its companion seminar, History 361, this seminar investigates those ideas and values which shape human events and perspectives. This course focuses on contemporary ideas and values, that is, those issues which shape today and will shape tomorrow. While HIST 361 is an excellent preparation for this course, it is not a prerequisite. Prerequisite: HIST 201 or 202. 3 hrs.
HIST 363 The History of Our Time
The History of Our Time: This seminar is an exercise in the historical imagination. It considers those events and persons which dominate today's headlines, and considers them from an historical perspective. Specific themes will vary from semester to semester, but may include, for examples, investigations of world conflicts, political controversies, social and economic developments, and cultural debates. Prerequisite: HIST 201 or 202. 3 hrs.
HIST 386 American Capitalism
American Capitalism: This course in business and history investigates the origins, dynamics, structures, and trajectories of American capitalism from its birth during the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s until today. While this course focuses on American capitalism as an economic and social system, it also studies the ways in which American capitalism shapes, and is shaped by, the wider
American experience. Prerequisite: History 204. 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. 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 upperlevel
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. 1 hr.