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Fall 2012

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HIS101 - World Civilizations 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the social, political, economic, environmental, religious and intellectual influences on the rise and fall of world civilizations prior to 1500 CE. Presents history from a global perspective, with an emphasis on the beliefs and contributions shaping the whole of the human community. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.

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HIS102 - World Civilizations 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the social, political, economic, environmental, religious and intellectual influences on the rise and fall of world civilizations from 1500 CE to the present. Presents history from a global perspective, with an emphasis on the beliefs and contributions shaping the whole of the human community.

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HIS104 - Western Tradition 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the political, social, economic and intellectual development of Western society from antiquity to 1500 CE. Explores the ways that ancient, classical and medieval societies shaped the development of contemporary Western thought and institutions. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.

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HIS105 - Western Tradition 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the political, social, economic and intellectual development of Western society from 1500 CE to the present. Explores how modern historical and cultural issues shaped the development of contemporary western thought and institutions. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.

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HIS109 - The American Worker
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores the development of the American labor movement from its formative years to the present. Focuses on the sociological, political and economic effects of the labor movement on the worker and society.

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HIS203 - United States History 1: Colonial Period to 1865
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys United States history from Pre-Columbian America through the Civil War. Focuses on the ideas and issues that shaped the emergence of the United States including institutional development, cultural transformation, and political evolution. Themes examined include: exploration and colonization, early America's relations with the British empire; the American Revolution; establishing the new republic, Jacksonian Democracy, the technological and economic development of the young nation, social and cultural life, westward expansion, the sectional crisis, and the Civil War. Introduces techniques of historical research and critical writing about the early history of the United States.

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HIS204 - United States History 2: 1865 to the Present
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys United States history from Reconstruction to the present. Focuses on the role of the United States among the community of nations and on the ideas and events that have shaped the development of our culture, government and institutions since 1865. Examines the following themes: Reconstruction, industrialization and its effects on American society, immigration and urbanization, progressivism, World War I, social and cultural changes of the Twenties, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, postwar affluence and social change, the Cold War and its end, the civil rights movement, Watergate, the Reagan Revolution, and the war on terrorism. Introduces techniques of historical research and critical writing about the modern history of the United States.

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HIS207 - American Military History Since 1898
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys the military history of the United States from the Spanish-American War to the present. Examines the development and use of the American armed forces in the context of the political, social, economic, intellectual and technological evolution of the nation. Prerequisite: HIS 203 or HIS 204 or a grade of 85 or better on the New York State Regents American history and government examination.

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HIS211 - New York State History
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys the development of the peoples of New York state from pre-history to the present. Focuses on the contributions diverse groups and individuals have made to political, social, economic and cultural fabric of New York State, and through this to the United States and global community. Introduces techniques of historical research and critical writing about the history of New York State. Prerequisite: HIS 203 or HIS 204 or a grade of 85 or better on the New York State Regents American history and government examination.

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HIS215 - The American Civil War
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the coming of the Civil War-tracing the causes from the rise of slavery in America and the creation of the Constitution to westward expansion and diverging economic bases – as well as the military, political, and cultural aspects of the war itself. (For students with a grade of 85 or higher on the NY State Regents Exam, this course may be used to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirement for American history. For all others, this course will count as a general education elective.)

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HIS224 - East Asian History
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the political, social, economic and intellectual development of the major cultures of East Asia from 1600 to the present. Investigates the influence of the Chinese model of civilization, the impact of Western imperialism and the economic and political transformations of the 20th century.

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HIS225 - History of the Middle East
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the geopolitical, social, economic and ideological development of the cultures of the Middle East from 1453 to the present. Explores the influence of Islam, and analyzes the emergence of imperialism, nationalism, modernization and fundamentalism in the modern Middle East.

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HIS227 - War of 1812 and Early American Republic
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the role of the War of 1812 in the development of the fledgling United States. Surveys the historical debate over the causes and consequences of this often forgotten conflict and investigates its impact on the evolution of the North American continent. Note: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirement in American History are required to meet one of the following criteria: successful completion of HIS 203 or HIS 204; or score 85 or better on the New York State Regents American History and Government examination.

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