History - HIS

HIS 106 The Medieval World 3 Credits

The development of a distinctive European civilization between 500 and 1500. Emphasis on Europe's contacts and conflicts with the 'competing' cultures of Byzantium and Islam. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 107 History of Modern Europe to 1815 3 Credits

The major political, economic, social and intellectual currents in Western Civilization from 1500 to 1815. This course may be used for the European history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 108 History of Modern Europe since 1815 3 Credits

The major political, economic, social and intellectual currents in Western Civilization from 1815 to the present. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 109 History of Asia to 1800 3 Credits

Comparative study of civilizations, cultures, religions and institutions of the Far East, and South Asia. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: fall.

HIS 110 History of Asia Since 1800 3 Credits

The various independence and revolutionary movements and their evolution into the modern nation-states of Asia. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: spring.

HIS 123 History of the United States: The Colonial Period to Reconstruction 3 Credits

Introduction to major themes of American history through the Civil War including: the Columbian Exchange and colonization, American Revolution, paradox of freedom and slavery, emergence of a market economy, secession and Reconstruction. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 124 History of the United States: 1877 to the Present 3 Credits

Industrialization and urbanization of the United States with the accompanying social, economic and political problems; America's emergence as a major power in world affairs. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have received credit for HIS 126.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 125 America's Story I: The Early Years 3 Credits

This course introduces the major events, figures and themes of American history form the Colonial period to Reconstruction with an emphasis on discussion and presentation of material. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have received credit for HIS 123.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History), Oral Communication

HIS 126 America's Story II: The Later Years 3 Credits

The American Story is a course in American history that covers the late 19th century into the late 20th century as the U.S. evolved into a major industrial and international power. This course satisfies the oral communication attribute. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have received credit for HIS 124.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History), Oral Communication

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 131 Latin American History to 1830 3 Credits

Pre-Columbian Indian civilizations. Conquest and colonization. Economy, society, and the Church. Eighteenth century reforms and independence. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: fall.

HIS 132 Latin American History since 1830 3 Credits

Overview of economy and society. Upheavals and revolutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile and Mexico. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: spring.

HIS 201 United States Military History 3 Credits

The course encompasses traditional U.S. military history; strategy, battles, technology. However, it also focuses on sociopolitical and justice issues of the U.S. armed forces. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Justice

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 203 Castles, Bones and Battleaxes: Material Culture of the Medieval World 3 Credits

The class examines current trends in the study of medieval material culture and explores ways in which it can be shown to the public to illustrate the rich tapestry of the medieval world. This course may be used for the European history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 204 Soccer in Global History 3 Credits

Course focuses on the global history of soccer. This course may be used for the European or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 211 Women In The Western World 3 Credits

Comparative history of women in Europe, Britain and America from Renaissance to present. Deals with the changing role of women in society, politics and the economy and on the development of feminism as an intellectual and political force. This course may be used for the European or American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 212 Men and Ideas in History 3 Credits

Role of ideas in historical change. Relationship between the ideas of a particular period and the social, political and economic forces that helped to shape them. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 213 Twentieth Century Europe 3 Credits

Major political, economic, social and intellectual currents in Europe since 1900. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 220 The History of Food 3 Credits

Explores the evolving role of food in western societies from the middle ages to the present. Topics will include the medieval fascination with spices, Europe's adoption of 'New World' foods like potatoes and tomatoes, the role of food shortages and rationing in wartime, and the recent emergence of a diverse international 'foodie culture.' This course may be used for the European or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 226 History of Ireland 3 Credits

Examines political, social and cultural developments from medieval origins through invasion, conquest, colonization and finally independence from Great Britain. Special emphasis on the development of Irish nationalism and on the emergence of Eire as a modern European state. This course may be used for the European history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 229 The Violent Century in Films 3 Credits

The major events of the 20th century, including World Wars I and II, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the rise of Fascism and the Vietnam War. This course may be used for the European or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 230 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective 3 Credits

A historical survey of the Holocaust that places Nazi Germany's campaign to exterminate European Jewry during World War II (1939-45) in a broader historical context by tracing the history of anti-Semitism from its origins in late antiquity to the emergence of racial anti-Semitism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 235 From Jamestown to Yorktown: Making the United States 3 Credits

Explores the political, economic, social, and cultural stories of North America from the era of pre-European contact through the settlement of the English colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the 'revolutions' of the late seventeenth century, including the period of the American Revolution. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall.

HIS 236 From Washington to Lincoln: The Making of American Democracy 3 Credits

Class focuses on the story of American history from the end of the Revolutionary War to the end of the American Civil War, especially examining political, economic, social, and cultural issues. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: spring.

HIS 237 The Making of Modern America 1865-1920 3 Credits

This course offers a survey of the major themes of one of the most dynamic periods in American History. Among the topics covered are Reconstruction, urbanization, industrialization, mass migration, the closing of the western frontier, Progressive Reform and the Great War and its aftermath. We will interrogate a variety of written and visual sources to better understand the major conflicts of the period and how they were resolved. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 251 Sports in America 3 Credits

Investigates sporting endeavors from informal folk games to today's multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. Looks at the decline of amateurism, use of steroids, and practice of stadium welfare, as well as how America's sporting culture has shaped society and been influenced by industrialization, urbanization, and commercialization. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 254 First Peoples 3 Credits

The story of the first peoples of the Americas from their initial appearance 20,000 years ago down to the present, with a special emphasis on native North America. Includes a survey of the histories and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity, Field 4 (History)

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 260 Canada and the World 3 Credits

A survey of Canada's place in world history from the colonial period to the present. Among the topics examined are Native-Canadians, the British-French rivalry for North America, Canada's emergence as a nation within the British Empire, Canada-U.S. relations and the modern multicultural Canadian state. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 263 Wars of Latin America 3 Credits

Wars of independence and major conflicts of the nineteenth century. Military history of Mexican, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions. Border clashes and guerilla insurgencies of the twentieth century. Argentina's war with England. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: every other year.

HIS 280 The Making of Modern Africa 3 Credits

Development of modern Africa from the diverse societies of pre-colonial Africa through the impact of imperialism to an examination of the problems facing modern African states. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: every other year.

HIS 299 Historian's Craft 3 Credits

These courses are designed to introduce students systematically to the analysis of historical texts, the standards of historical writing, and the methods of historical research while exploring specific topics of historical interest. Topics vary each semester; a course in this category will be offered each year. Recent topics have included the Civil Rights Movement Revisited, The History of Everyday Life, and Stalinism and Nazism.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: fall and/or spring.

HIS 300 Historical Geography 3 Credits

Examines the interaction between the historical process and human, physical and cultural geography. Required for dual major in history and social studies education. This course may be used for the European or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every third semester.

HIS 302 Life and Theology in Colonial Atlantic 3 Credits

Investigates the story of the colonial Atlantic world through the life and experiences of one of America's founding fathers, such as the philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards, focusing on the early modern European context of which most colonists were heirs, the founding of the New England colonies in the 17th century. This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 1 (Religious Studies and Theology)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 306 American Religious Experience 3 Credits

Overview of major thoughts, movements and personalities of American Religious History from colonial era to the present. Catholicism used as a model, focusing on themes of immigration and Americanization as central to understanding religious landscape of the U.S. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 1 (Religious Studies and Theology)

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 309 World War I 3 Credits

A study of the origins, conduct and aftermath of the Great War from a global perspective. Emphasis on the diplomatic, social and military aspects of the War. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 331 British Monarchy 3 Credits

The history of Britain's monarchy from the end of the middle ages to the present. Emphasis on the transformation of the monarchy from the center of government in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to a largely symbolic, even vestigial constitutional mechanism in the twenty-first. This course may be used for the European history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Oral Communication

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 338 Britain's Global Empire 3 Credits

The growth and character of the British Empire from 17th century through the 20th. Emphasis on social, cultural and political impact of colonization and decolonization in such regions as India, Africa, the Caribbean and Australia. This course may be used for the European history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 339 Nazi Germany, World War II and the Holocaust, 1933-45 3 Credits

An intensive study of the Third Reich from Hitler's appointment as chancellor in 1933 to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. Course will focus on the political, diplomatic and military history of the Third Reich with special attention on the mass murder of European Jewry. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 342 The Global Cold War 3 Credits

In 1946 Winston Churchill proclaimed that an 'Iron Curtain' had fallen across Europe, dividing the world into two hostile camps--the 'freedom loving West,' and the 'Totalitarian East.' This course examines the history of the Cold War from the Soviet-dominated side of the Iron Curtain, focusing on events such as the arms race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war in Afghanistan. This course may be used for the European or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 345 The Soviet Union and After 3 Credits

This course examines the history of the Cold War between 1945 and 1991. It focuses on the attempts of the Soviet Union and the United States to extend their influence and models of development into Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe through armed interventions, covert operations, espionage, and propaganda. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 346 The Age of European Fascism, 1919-1945 3 Credits

A comparative analysis of fascist movements and regimes in Europe between the two world wars with particular attention devoted to fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 347 The History of Marxism 3 Credits

History of Marxism as an intellectual tradition, with emphasis on writings of Marx and Lenin, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Field 2 (Philosophy), Justice

Offered: every other year.

HIS 348 Twentieth Century Marxism 3 Credits

Examines the history of Marxist thought from the beginning of the 20th century to the collapse of the Communist regimes in central and eastern Europe in the turmoil of the early 1990s. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Ethics, Field 2 (Philosophy)

Offered: every other year.

HIS 350 America and the Holocaust 3 Credits

Explores the response of the United States to the Holocaust, the systematic extermination of an estimated ten to twelve million people, of whom six million were Jews, during World War II. It examines the implications of the American response to the Holocaust for the inequities and prejudices that remained at the core of American life in the mid-twentieth century.

Fulfills College Core: Justice

HIS 356 Twentieth Century China 3 Credits

Examines the evolution of Chinese society from the imperial era, through the world wars, the Communist Revolution and the re-emergence of China as a major economic and political power. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 358 Traditional Japan 3 Credits

This course examines the roots of Japanese history and culture from ancient times. Among the topics studied are early Japanese religion and society, the court culture of the Heian era, Japanese feudalism and the transition to the modern world in the Tokugawa period. Development of modern Japan from Restoration of 1868 to the present. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 365 U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1898 3 Credits

U.S. occupations in the Caribbean and Central America. The Mexican Revolution. The CIA operations in Guatemala and Cuba. The Cold War in Latin America. The Nicaraguan Revolution and turmoil in Mexico. This course may be used for the American or African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

HIS 370 Murder & Madness in Modern America 3 Credits

Focuses on American murder cases and episodes of madness since 1900, including assassinations, ideological killings, serial killings, spree killings, contract murders, and garden variety household murders. Also looks at how murderers have been punished and how murder stories have entertained American society.This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

HIS 372 American Revolution 3 Credits

Exploration of the political, social and constitutional issues in the era of American Independence. In particular we will try to answer the question, "Was the American Revolution truly revolutionary?" This course may be used for the American history or pre-1800 period requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 382 New York State History 3 Credits

This course explores the history of New York State from its colonial origins through the twentieth century in the context of major themes in American history. Special attention paid to slavery, ante-bellum reform movements, New York City, progressivism, immigration. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 386 The Civil War Era 3 Credits

Covers the events leading up to the War, including abolitionism and Bleeding Kansas. There will also be an in-depth examination of the military strategies and tactics of the War as well as the process of modernization that War engendered. The course will conclude with an analysis of the successes and failures of Reconstruction. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 387 Representations of the Holocaust in Film, Literature, Art and Music 3 Credits

For many historians, the defining moment of the twentieth century is the Holocaust -- the systematic and deliberate extermination of an estimated ten to twelve million people, of whom six millions were Jews. This course explores representations of the holocaust in literature and film since the end of World War II. This course may be used for the European history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Ethics, Field 3 (Literature and the Arts)

Offered: every other year.

HIS 394 Modern Middle East 3 Credits

History of Middle East from the last days of the Ottoman Empire through mandate system established by Versailles Peace Conference to struggle for independence during and after World War II. This course may be used for the African/Asian/Latin American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: every other year.

HIS 396 Politics and Society in American Film 3 Credits

This course explores the history of film, the quintessentially democratic art, in the United States with special attention to the origins of the moving pictures, Hollywood and its Golden Age, and the assault against the movies by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 399 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898 3 Credits

The rise of the United States as a world power since the Spanish-American War of 1898. The struggle against Germany in Europe. The Cold War against the Soviet Union and Communist China. U.S. military interventions and CIA operations in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 401 Historical Methodology 3 Credits

Methods of historical research and criticism, including consideration of basic bibliographical and reference works, note-taking, and evaluation of sources. Research paper required.

Restriction: history honors students and others with permission of chair.

Offered: spring.

HIS 405 History Seminar: US National Security 3 Credits

US foreign relations, military history and intelligence.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 406 History Seminar: Soccer in Global History 3 Credits

History of soccer in a global perspective.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 408 History Seminar: Social Movements through Song 3 Credits

Social Movements in US history as represented through music.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 409 History Seminar: Race in Early America 3 Credits

The issue of race in America from the early explorations to the 19th century.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 411 History Honors Thesis 3 Credits

Research and writing of a thesis to satisfy requirements for graduation with Honors in History.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and/or the chair.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: fall.

HIS 414 Black Lives Matter 3 Credits

Ever since Africans were brought to North America in chains, they have protested their enslavement and, once freed 250 years later, protested racial oppression in order to claim their identity as unique, equal, and empowered members of American society. This new Core Capstone course will consider the plight of African Americans in different historical periods, two seemingly antithetical objectives of black protest (assimilation and nationalism), and different methods to improve their lot. Behind leaders, such as Henry Highland Garnet, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Farmer, Malcolm X, and Alicia Garza, African Americans have pressed for fundamental human rights. Their methods of protest have included petitions, speeches, conventions, editorials, boycotts, marches, demonstrations, riots, lobbying, and social media. Throughout the course, we will consider the actions of the Black Lives Matter movement that emerged in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing by a self-appointed vigilante.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: Occasional.

HIS 421 Nature and the Arts of Angling, Restoration, and Contemplation 3 Credits

As an exercise in the genre of cultural history, this course is an introduction to the history, literary and cultural significance, and practice of fly fishing in America, as well as around the world. Students will also examine the religious themes and the 'spiritualization' often attached to fly fishing, which have been expressed in some of the most loved writings in the English language. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: once a year.

HIS 440 History Seminar: 20th century Genocide and Human Rights 3 Credits

Focuses on world genocides in the 20th century.

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 450 America and the Holocaust 3 Credits

Explores the response of the United States to the Holocaust, the systematic extermination of an estimated ten to twelve million people, of whom six million were Jews, during World War II. It examines the implications of the American response to the Holocaust for the inequities and prejudices that remained at the core of American life in the mid-twentieth century. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 460 The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt 3 Credits

Explores the decades popularly known as the Gilded Age and Progressive Era with special attention to Theodore Roosevelt, what he famously called 'the strenuous life,' and his efforts towards the achievement of a more just economic and social order. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: once a year.

HIS 470 American Women in History and Literature 3 Credits

From devilish corsets to the Devil wearing Prada, from separate spheres to glass ceilings, and from Settlement House Cookbooks to Julia Child, American women have had myriad experiences over the past centuries. This course will explore women's lives from various perspectives using the rich literature written by women of various backgrounds. Sources include fiction and non-fiction and include memoir, autobiography, political speeches, novels, shorts stories, and musical lyrics. Much of the literature reflects on how women have defined and redefined themselves as citizens and as individuals. This course may be used for the American history requirement for the history major or minor.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: occasionally.

HIS 498 Internship 3 Credits

Internships may be arranged with a variety of organizations including the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and the Coloured Musicians Club museum. Internships require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

HIS 499 Independent Study 3 Credits

Offers the opportunity to conduct a program of independent readings and/ or research on a topic of the student's choice under the supervision of a member of the History Department. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.