Credit Courses

(HIS) History

General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective
HIS 101 - History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3 credits)
[not recommended for students who have taken HIS 112] Introduction to the political, social, cultural, and economic events that distinguished Western civilization to 1648. Major topics include ancient Near Eastern civilizations, Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation. Examination of highlight works, including literary and visual sources. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective
HIS 102 - History of Western Civilization Since 1648 (3 credits)
[not recommended for students who have taken HIS 113] Introduction to the political, social, cultural, and economic events that have distinguished Western civilization since 1648. Major topics include Absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Industrialization, Nationalism, World Wars I and II, and recent trends. Examination of highlight works, including literary and visual sources. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective
HIS 105 - United States History to 1865 (3 credits)
Surveys American history to 1865 with emphasis on general concepts and processes. Examines colonial settlement and society, revolution and nation building, the market revolution and Jacksonian democracy, gender, slavery, and the Civil War. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective
HIS 106 - United States History Since 1865 (3 credits)
Surveys American history since 1865 with emphasis on general concepts and processes. Examines Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, Progressivism, World Wars, the New Deal, the Cold War, civil rights, gender, social class, and 21st century issues. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 107 - The Civil War (3 credits)
Examines slavery, sectionalism, the meaning of Union, racism, and the triumph of Industrial Capitalism. Assesses these issues from social, cultural, economic, and political perspectives to determine the causes, course, and effects of the American Civil War. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 109 - African American History (3 credits)
Studies the history of the African American from the beginnings in the 15th century to the present. Special emphasis on the investigation and analysis of the historic sources of the problems that African Americans confront in America today. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 110 - Film and History (3 credits)
An analytical and topical study of 20th century American social, cultural, economic, and political history as represented in film. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 112 - World History to 1500 (3 credits)
[not recommended for students who have taken HIS 101] Survey of world history from pre-history to 1500, examining the development of ancient societies in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Examines interactions among peoples of different societies including ancient Egypt and Nubia, India, classical Greece and Rome, the Islamic states, Han China, early Korea and Japan, and Andean and Mesoamerican societies. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 113 - World History Since 1500 (3 credits)
[not recommended for students who have taken HIS 102] Survey of world history from 1500 to the present, examining the development of societies in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Charts the development of individual societies in the Modern Age by focusing on interactions among diverse cultures and the driving forces of changes such as industrialization/technology, nationalism and colonization/de-colonization. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 122 - American Sports History (3 credits)
Examines sports' prominence in American life since the mid-19th century. Focuses on sports as a reflection of our social, political and economic make-up and on sports' ability to affect and shape our institutions. Particular attention is given to social class, race and ethnicity, gender, community, technology, and commercialization and the media. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 207 - American Constitutional History (3 credits)
Study of the Constitution's place in American history with emphasis on presidential authority, judicial interpretation, constitutional crises, the evolution of Federalism, and the status of civil liberty, past and present. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 210 - History of American Popular Culture (3 credits)
Explores social, economic, and political contexts through examination of the films, sports, television, music, print media, literature, and fads that shape, influence, and respond to cultural trends. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 213 - Twentieth-Century World History (3 credits)
Corequisite: ENG 101
Study of world history from the age of imperialism through the modern era. Focuses on the World Wars, the Cold War, colonization and decolonization, political ideologies, genocides, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, class, technology, poverty, terrorism, cultural history, and other global issues. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective
HIS 214 - The United States Since 1945 (3 credits)
Intensive study of American history since World War II examines World War II, the Cold War at home and abroad, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, social upheavals and new forms of cultural expression during the 1960s, gender and class, technology, and 21st century issues. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 215 - The Holocaust and Other Genocides (3 credits)
Prerequisite: HIS 102 or HIS 113 recommended
Analyzes the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries from an historical perspective. Specific topics include anti-Semitism in Europe, Nazism, the Final Solution, Armenian nationalism, the Khmer Rouge, and African genocides. Texts, testimonies, films, and other resources contribute to understanding events and responses. Particular attention is given to universal themes including prejudice, racism, evil, and moral responsibility. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 218 - History of Latin America (3 credits)
Survey of Latin America from pre-Columbian origins to current times. Topics include Indian civilizations, discovery and conquest, colonial rule, independence movements, as well as 19th century and current issues and events. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 220 - History of Daily Life in the Modern Western World (3 credits)
Examines the continuities and changes in daily life among ordinary people from the 17th century to the present. Although seemingly powerless for much of this period, certain social categories such as peasants, slaves, poor workers, and women played significant roles in the development of the modern world. This course explores those roles by studying the social and cultural aspects of daily life as revealed through a variety of primary sources and secondary studies. 3 lecture hours

General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 221 - History of American Women (3 credits)
Studies the role and lives of outstanding women in selected historical periods, focusing on composite historical forces that shaped their lives. Current research in anthropology, psychology, and sociology supplements the historical content. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours
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HIS 225 - History of England (3 credits)
Survey from the earliest period to the present with emphasis on significant aspects of the Celtic, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon heritage, medieval and renaissance England, and English achievements in recent centuries in government, social reform, and culture. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours
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HIS 226 - History of New Jersey (3 credits)
Surveys New Jersey history from the pre-colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on race, gender, ethnicity, social class, and the state's meaningful place in the larger story of American history. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours
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HIS 230 - Special Topics in History (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of instructor
In-depth and specialized variable studies of some of the major individuals and cultural forces in U.S. and world history. Content may vary each time the course is offered. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities / Historical Perspective / Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 231 - Women in Antiquity (3 credits)
Examines the legal, social, and cultural roles and status of women in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome through review of ancient literature, legal and economic texts, art, and archaeology, supplemented with scholarly commentaries. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Diversity and Global Perspective
HIS 232 - Women in Europe Since 1500 (3 credits)
Examines, through a variety of sources, the history of women in Western society since 1500. Through close readings and critical discussion of literature, legal and economic texts, art, as well as scholarly commentary, a deeper appreciation of the legal, social, and cultural roles and status of women in Europe from the Reformation to the present is developed. While focusing mostly on the historical conditions of women, this course also explores the history of gender and sexuality. 3 lecture hours
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HIS 238 - American History and Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum C grade
[also offered as ENG 238] An interdisciplinary examination of American literature and society with special emphasis on contemporary perspectives and the historical context in which texts were written. Focuses on American history and literature since 1865, covering such topics as gender, race, ethnicity and immigration, social class, the West, war, and popular culture. 3 lecture hours
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