History Courses

HIS 102

This course will introduce students to the discipline of Public History including museum studies, oral history, and public commemoration, among other avenues for the preservation and dissemination of history to and for the public. Special attention will be paid to public debates over the commemoration of historical events.

1.00 c.u.
Community Orientation & Citizenship
HIS 104
Also Known As: WMS 104

(Also WMS 104) This course surveys some of the major themes relevant to a gendered understanding of politics, society, and culture. The course introduces gender as a central category of analysis, among others, for critical inquiry, and it examines the experiences of women and men to offer a conceptualization of what gender means for individuals both as citizens and as community members.

1.00 c.u.
Community Orientation & Citizenship
HIS 105
Also Known As: AFS 105

(Also AFS 105) This course will offer a broad survey of African peoples and the African Diaspora in the world, beginning with their African origins. Special attendtion will be paid to the elslavement of Africans, colonization and the resultant freedom struggles undertaken by Africans and the African Diaspora.

1.00 c.u.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 106

This course will introduce students to the myriad forms of geography: physical, cultural, social, religious, and economic, around the globe at various points in time. Of particular concern will be the various movements leading to modern globalization.

1.00 c.u.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 116

(Also LAC 116) This course will offer a broad overview of historical and contemporary issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Special attention will be paid to the experiences of Latin American and Caribbean peoples; national, ethnic, and racial identities; waves of migration within the region and beyond; and US-Latin American and Caribbean relations. The course will draw on interdisciplinary materials, including scholarly articles, and fiction.

1.00 c.u.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 207
Also Known As: AFS 207

(Also AFS 207) This course begins with the history of Africans in continental Africa and their forced removal and enslavement in North America and continues through the Abolition movement, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. This course will examine the creolization of Africans in what became the United States, and the resultant religious, cultural, and political traditions. This is the first course in the African American History sequence.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness, Writing Intensive
HIS 215

This course will address the historical background for current problems of globalization in areas selected from the following: histories of globalization, colonialisms, the unequal distribution of wealth, global health, including a history of plagues, world trade, ethnic wars and their consequences, terrorism, culture and globalization.  

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
with a final grade of C- or better.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 216
Also Known As: LAC 216

(Also LAC 216) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean from Conquest to Independence. Special attention will be paid to encounters between various peoples; the economic, political, and cultural institutions of the colonial period; and the wars for independence that ended colonialism. This is the first course offered in the Latin American-Caribbean survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills, Writing Intensive
HIS 219

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of writing history. Students will learn to both identify and make historical arguments, use primary and secondary sources to appropriately support an argument and successfully sustain an argument throughout academic papers of varying lengths. Students will develop their writing by editing and revising multiple drafts of papers.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills, Writing Intensive
HIS 225
Also Known As: AFS 225

(Also AFS 225) This course explores the African American struggle for freedom after Reconstruction. Of articular concern will be the economic, political, social and cultural struggles that African- Americans waged to secure freedom and justice in the face of racial segregation and injustice. This is the second course in the African- American survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills, Writing Intensive
HIS 226
Also Known As: LAC 226

(Also LAC 226) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean since Independence. It will pay particular attention to the colonial legacy; the abolition of slavery; economic development; twentieth-century social movements and revolutions; and relations with the United States. This is the second course offered in the Latin American- Caribbean survey. 

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills
HIS 227

This course studies the major world communities in their independent development before European exploration. Students will compare the social and political structures, family structures, economics and technology, religious belief systems, and cultures of the major societies of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 233

This course provides for the in-depth study of the people, society, culture, or movements during a particular historical period or for comparative analysis of societies, cultures or movements of people or ideas during particular periods, or other historical moments. This course also allows for the in-depth study of particular historical events. The topic and methods of evaluation will be defined by the instructor of the course. Offered most Spring and Fall semesters.

Please contact your instructor for specific topic.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills
HIS 234

This course will introduce students to best practices in collecting and analyzing oral history interviews. The traditional role of oral history interviews in historical preservation will be explored as will the oral tradition in many historically underrepresented cultures.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
HIS 237

This course surveys both˙ Western and non- Western civilizations and cultures from 1500 to the present. Emphasis is on the political, social, and cultural developments of the major civilizations; the interactions between those civilizations; and the development of a global community since 1500. 

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness
HIS 244

This course examines the colonization process of early North America through the making and near unmaking of the United States in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars respectively. Special attention will be paid to competing notions, definitions, and laws regarding citizenship and exclusion. This is the first course in the United State survey. 

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills, Writing Intensive
HIS 251

This course examines selected aspects of the history of the United States and its people as reflected in the experience of New Jersey and New Jerseyans. Topics include immigration and ethnicity, cultural expression, political change, religion, urbanization, business and technology, architecture, and landscape transformation.. Prerequisite: WRT 106 with a final grade of C- or better.

Please contact your instructor for specific topic.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
HIS 254

This course will focus on the social, political, and economic changes that took place between Reconstruction and the present,thus propelling the United States into a position of global dominance. This course is the third and final course in the United States History sequence. Corequisite: WRT 106.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Multi/Transcultural & Global Awareness, Writing Intensive
HIS 267
Also Known As: ENG 267

(Also ENG 267) This course will examine the evolution of the English language by reading texts (e.g. Beowulf, Chaucer, the King James Bible) to trace the development of the language from Old to Modern English. In order to explore the debates about language in modern America, we will also examine the evolution of the controversies surrounding African-American English.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Communication Skills
HIS 300
Also Known As: WMS 300

This course will examine the treatment of people monetarily improverished by public and private institutions from the colonial period to the modern ear. Changing theories, practices, and attitudes about the poor and about poverty are the focus of study. Of central concern to this course is the response of poor peoples to these policies and the ways in which they resisted and organized. Each student will write a major (20 page) research paper for the course. This course will alternate between a United States history course and a Latin America Caribbean history course.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: HIS 219 Writing History
Or permission of the Instructor.
Writing Intensive
HIS 333

This course provides for the in-depth study of the people, society, culture, or movements during a particular historical period or for comparative analysis of society's, cultures, or movements of people or ideas during particular periods, or other historical moments. This course also allows for the in-depth study of particular historical events. Each student will write amajor (20 page) research paper for this course. The topic and methods of evaluation will be defined by the instructor of the course. Prerequisites: HIS 219; WRT 107.

Please contact your instructor for specific topic.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: HIS 219 Writing History
With prior permission of the Instructor.
Writing Intensive
HIS 361

(Also LAC 361) This course will examine the “democratic” Revolutions in the United States, France, and Haiti. Precipitating events, choices, and outcomes will be analyzed through the process of comparing and contrasting the revolutions in each location. The treatment of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities will be given special consideration when considering ideas of citizenship and nationhood. Each student will write a major (20 page) research paper for this course.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: HIS 219 Writing History
Writing Intensive
HIS 400

This course provides and opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned about historical thinking, historical research, and historical writing. History majors and Eduction co-concentrations will develop and complete a research project that requires a (25-35 page) paper based on both primary and secondary sources in their concentration. While the course will be taught by one professor, students are required to consult the head of their concentration in planning and carrying out their research. All students will present the results of their project to the college community. This course is the final major requirement undertaken by History majors and Education co-concentrations.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: HIS 219 Writing History
And two 300 level history courses with a final grade of C- or better; permission of the instructor required.
HIS 405

This course is designed to give students a semester long experience working with a community organization or agency. Selected students doing a History internship will design a program with the head of their concentration and the selected agency. This experience is intended to give students professional experience in the discipline. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

1.00 c.u.
Permission of instructor.

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