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Course Descriptions

HIST120M - Western Civilization to 1500 (3-0-3)

The course surveys the development of civilization in the western world from circa 3000 BCE to circa 1500 CE. This course will focus on the complex interactions of the social, religious, economic, ecological, and political factors that contributed to development of the Near Eastern, Mediterranean, and European cultures. This course will emphasize history as the record of human struggle and achievement and will explore patterns of change and continuity over time.

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills Social Sciences or Humanities Requirement)

HIST130M - Western Civilization - 1500 to the Present (3-0-3)

This course surveys the development of civilization in the western world from circa 1500 CE to the present. This course will focus on the complex interactions of the social, religious, economic, ecological and political factors that shaped the various eras of western history. This course will emphasize history as the record of human struggle and achievement and will explore patterns of change and continuity over time.

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills Social Sciences or Humanities requirement)

HIST202M - United States History to 1877 (3-0-3)

This course examines the political, social, and cultural development of the United States from settlement to 1877. It emphasizes political institutions, sectional rivalry and slavery, the development of nationalism, and the cultural development of the American people. The course concludes with the period of Reconstruction.

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M.

HIST203M - Topics in History (3-0-3)

This course will vary by semester. Historical topics will be chosen to reflect faculty and/ or student interest and will then focus on an in-depth coverage of that topic. All courses will focus on historical events, forces, personalities, ideas and values shaping the contemporary world. Critical thinking, speaking and writing skills will be emphasized, as well as the ability to analyze historical sources.

Prerequisite: ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better.

HIST204M - United States History - 1877 to the Present (3-0-3)

Covers the political, social and cultural development of the United States from the period following Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is on the urban industrial age, America as a world power and the challenges to and advances of human rights and cultural pluralism.

Prerequisite: placement into ENGL110M.

HIST215M - World Religions (3-0-3)

This course introduces the major religions of the world by surveying their origins, core beliefs, traditions and practices. The history and ‘world view’ of a number of religions is examined by way of themes, such as: sacred power; myths, art, and rituals; the problem of evil; and the relationship between cultures, ethics, and religions—with an emphasis toward observing the continuity and/or contrasts that exists between them. The key texts, figures, and ideas of major religions will be explored. Course prerequisite: ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better.