Course Descriptions


History  (HIS) Courses

HIS 100 Early Western Civilization: Greeks to the Renaissance (3-0) 3 credits

This course explores the social, political, intellectual and cultural origins of the Western tradition in Europe, from Classical Greece (5th c B.C.E) and Imperial Rome through the Middle Ages, Italian Renaissance, Protestant Reformation and Age of Overseas Exploration (16th – 17th centuries C.E.). This course carries SUNY General Education Western Civilization credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 101 Modern Western Civilization: Enlightenment to the Cold War (3-0) 3 credits

This course examines the social, political, intellectual and cultural development of modern Western civilization, from the 18th century Enlightenment, through the French Revolution, Napoleon, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and the tumultuous events of the 20th century: WWI and WW2 and the Cold War. This course carries SUNY General Education Western Civilization credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 105 Regional History of the Finger Lakes (3-0) 3 credits

This course explores the economic, political, social and cultural history of the Finger Lakes region, from its early Native American origins to the present, focusing on the unique development of this part of New York State within the larger context of United States history. Using an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach, the course will cover such topics as the sources and methods of local/regional history, native-European contacts in the 17th and 18th centuries, the regional impact of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and more recent developments in the areas of transportation, business, viticulture, education and tourism.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 110 Early United States History (3-0) 3 credits

This course begins the exploration of the social, political, intellectual and cultural development of America from 1500 to 1865, covering such topics as the first European settlements, the American Revolution, Age of Jefferson, Westward Expansion, Slavery and the Old South, and the Civil War. This course carries SUNY General Education American History credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 111 Modern United States History (3-0) 3 credits

Modern US History explores the social, political, economic, intellectual and cultural development of America from 1865 to the early 21st century. It covers such topics as Reconstruction, industrialization, Western expansion, the Progressive era, the Great Depression, the New Deal, America's rise as a world power, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, Watergate, the Reagan Revolution and the post-9/11 War on Terror. This course carries SUNY General Education American History credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 112 Early World Civilizations (3-0) 3 credits

A survey of the political, economic, intellectual, and cultural development of major early global civilizations, from the Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 B.C.E) to the sixteenth century C.E. The course also examines the origins of many of the world’s foremost religions (Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam), and considers the myriad ways the ancient, medieval and pre-modern eras have shaped the contemporary world. This course carries SUNY General Education Other World Civilizations credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 122 Modern World History (3-0) 3 credits

A survey of modern world history since 1500, with particular emphasis on the histories, cultures, religions, ideologies and geography of the Middle East, China, Africa and other global regions. Significant attention will be given to the frequent, and consequential, interactions between Western and non-Western civilizations during the Age of Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War and the era of decolonization. This course carries SUNY General Education Other World Civilizations credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 206 North American Indian History and Cultures (3-0) 3 credits

This course introduces student to the historical and cultural experiences of the various indigenous populations of North American. Additionally, special emphasis will be given to a number of specific indigenous groups within the 10 cultural regions of North America as we examine this topic from a compassionate yet unromanticized historiographical and cultural perspective. In short, we will work from the premise that Native Americans were active participants in producing that past, both before and after the European contact as opposed to being solely victims of oppression; we do this in order to gain a greater appreciation for their rich and diverse history and cultural status today. Through the lens of anthropology and history, this course will discuss and examine the various native cultures of North America to include: their origins and cultural development through time; the underlying similarities and the wide range of variability within these native societies; the impact of European cultural systems on these groups, and finally, we examine Native American societies as they are today. Prerequisite: ENG 101. (Also listed as ANT 206) This course carries SUNY General Education Other World Civilizations credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 261 War and Society in the Age of Total War: WWI and WWII (3-0) 3 credits

This course focuses on the era of total war between 1914 and 1945, the Holocaust and the birth of the atomic age. The First and Second World Wars were history’s first modern, industrial, technological, total and global conflicts, whose legacy continues to shape the world today. Of particular interest will be the crucial interaction between war and society: how societies give form and substance to modern conflict and how wars, in turn, spark dramatic social, political and economic change. Co-requisite: ENG 101. This course carries SUNY General Education Western Civilization and Other World Civilizations credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 262 The Cold War: To the Brink of Armageddon (3-0) 3 credits

An examination and analysis of the causes, conduct, and impact of the U.S.-Soviet struggle for global supremacy between 1945 and 1991, popularly termed the “Cold War.” Particular emphasis will be focused on the "Forgotten War" in Korea (1950-53); the Cuban Missile Crisis (when the world tottered on the brink of nuclear holocaust), and the Vietnam War, the longest and most divisive conflict in American history. Prerequisites: ENG 101.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 265 The Black Death and Beyond: How Disease Has Changed History (3-0) 3 credits

This course investigates the manifold ways in which plague, smallpox, typhus and other diseases have shaped human history, from antiquity to the present. It also explores how civilization (urbanization, imperialism, war, medical and technological progress etc.) have, in turn, influenced the development of disease and helped determine the nature and course of history’s greatest epidemics/pandemics. Co-requisite: ENG 101. This course carries SUNY General Education Western Civilization credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HIS 269 The United States History since 1945 (3-0) 3 credits

This course focuses on “America’s Century,” from its victorious participation in the Second World War, through its rise to global political, military, economic and cultural preeminence during the Cold War, to the present. Using a variety of media and striking a judicious balance between foreign policy and domestic developments, this course covers the events, personalities and issues that have shaped Modern America. Major topics include, WWII, birth of the atomic age, McCarthyism, the mass consumer society of the 1950s, Cold War crises in Berlin, Cuba, Korea and Vietnam, LBJ’s “Great Society,” civil rights movement, Nixon and Watergate, the space race, Ford-Carter Years, Reagan Revolution, Clinton’s Middle Way, America after 9/11 and the Obama presidency. Prerequisites: ENG 101.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF