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Department of History

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Chairperson: Kathleen Kutolowski; Distinguished Teaching Professors: Arden K. Bucholz, Jr., Owen S. Ireland; Professors: John W. Killigrew, W. Bruce Leslie, Salahuddin Malik; Associate Professors: John P. Daly, Kathleen Kutolowski, Jennifer M. Lloyd, Anne S. Macpherson, Kenneth P. O’Brien; Alison M. Parker, Wanda E. Wakefield; Assistant Professors: Katherine Clark, Morag S. Martin, Paul B. Moyer, Meredith Roman, James A. Spiller; Associate Professor Emeritus: Ronald W. Herlan.

The study of history lies at the heart of the liberal arts tradition, and has recently become an essential part of many pre-professional programs. At SUNY Brockport, a student may study history as part of the General Education requirements, may encounter it as a requirement for another major, or may major in it to prepare for careers in public service, education, advertising, writing, or most positions requiring intellectual flexibility, breadth of perspective and an inquiring mind. History majors may go on to graduate school, either in history itself or in professional areas such as law or business. The Department of History at SUNY Brockport offers a variety of courses designed to serve any of these ends.

I. History Major

The history major consists of 36 credits of history courses, 18 of which must be 300/400- level courses taken at SUNY Brockport. Only courses in which a grade of “C” or higher is received are accepted as part of these requirements.

Students entering the College as transfers may be exempted from HST 101 and 102 if they have completed six credits in Western Civilization courses at another institution. All other requirements are the same.

Number A. Mandatory Core: Credits
HST 101 & 102 Ancient World, Modern World 6
HST 211 & 212 Early America, Modern America 6
One course from the following list: 3
HST 336 Medieval Europe
HST 337 Early Modern Europe
HST 346 Renaissance and Reformation
HST 347 Europe's Long 19th Century
HST 359 European Women
HST 349 20th Century Europe
One course from the following list: 3
HST 341 Middle East Crisis
HST 361 History of Japan
HST 363 Islam
HST 375 Colonial Latin America
HST 376 Modern Latin America
HST 389 Modern China
HST 434 Modern Caribbean History
HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin-American History
HST 460 Modern Africa
HST 467 Modern South Asia
HST 487 Asian Survey
B. The History Seminar (HST 390) 3
Prerequisites (three of the following):
HST 101, 102, 211, 212.
C. Electives
Any five History courses; including at least one 400 level* course *400 level history courses require a major research paper. 15
Total: 36

II. History Major—Adolescent Social Studies Certification Track

History majors seeking certification to teach adolescent social studies must complete the following track in the major. Students should consult the section of the catalog for Education and Human Development, Adolescent Teacher Certification, for other requirements.

Number A. World History Credits
HST 101 Ancient World 3
HST 102 Modern World 3
B. American History
HST 211 Early America 3
HST 212 Modern America 3
C. European History
(one of the following) 3
HST 336 Medieval Europe
HST 337 Early Modern Europe
HST 346 Renaissance and Reformation
HST 347 Europe's Long 19th Century
HST 359 European Women
HST 349 20th Century Europe
D. History Seminar 3
HST 390 The History Seminar
E. Asian History 3
(one of the following)
HST 361 Japan
HST 388 Traditional China
HST 487 Asian Survey
HST 389 Modern China
F. Latin American History 3
(one of the following or HST 434 or 438 by advisement)
HST 375 Colonial Latin America
HST 376 Modern Latin America
G. African or Middle Eastern History 3
AAS 320 Pre-Colonial Africa
HST 341 Modern Middle East
HST 460 Modern Africa
H. Advanced American History 3
HST 420 or 421
(One of the following:) HST 411, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 426
I. Advanced Social Studies Methods 3
EDI 468, cross-listed as HST 468
Total: 36
J. Social Science Coreqisites (12 credits)
1. Sociology, Native American or African-American Studies(one of the following ) 3
A course on Naive Americans
A course on African-American history or society
SOC 210 Social Problemsf
2. Economics(one of the following) 3
ECN 100 Contemporary Economic Problems
ECN 202 Principles of Economics-Macro
3. Geography 3
ESC 102 Elements of Geography
4. Political Science 3
PLS 113 American Political Systems
Total 12

Note: The history major requires two 400-level courses, one of which must be “research intensive.”

History Minor
The minor requires 18 history credits, at least nine of which must be upper-division. Only courses in which students earn a grade of “C” or higher satisfy these requirements. At least half of the credits must have been completed at SUNY Brockport.

Phi Alpha Theta
The Department of History is proud to sponsor a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society. Juniors and seniors who achieve academic excellence are inducted into the chapter each spring.

History Courses

AMS 327 Survey of American History (A,V). Not open to students who have completed HST 211 or 212 or their equivalents. Will not count toward the major in history. Focuses on a narrative of American history through key events, turning points, and controversies. Lectures examine exploration, early colonization, the American Revolution, the Civil War, industrialization, immigration, World War II, and the cultural/social revolution of the Vietnam Era. 3 Cr.

GEP 170 Modern World Civilizations (A,G,O). Not open to students who have completed HST 101 or 102. Will not count toward the major in history. Presents an overview of modern world civilizations including and comparing both Western civilization and non-Western civilization. Focuses on key events, turning points, and controversies. Lectures examine creation of empires, religions, global economic shifts, creation of literature and art, gender, race, interaction of cultures and peoples, warfare and conquest, and globalization. 3 Cr.

HST 101 Ancient World (A,G,O). Cross-listed as HON 218. Conveys a global and comparative perspective on major themes in human history in the pre-1500 era and situates the historical experience of the West within that framework. Explores classical traditions of the several world civilizations, the spread of world religions, construction of ancient empires and societies, and the multiple encounters among them. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 102 Modern World (A,G,O). Cross-listed as HON 223. Conveys a global and comparative perspective on major themes in human history since roughly 1500 and situates the historical experience of the West within that framework. Focuses on the modern transformation of the West, its rise to global domination and the various challenges to that domination which have arisen over the past several centuries. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 113 Introduction to Afro-American History (A,D). Cross-listed as AAS 113. Examines the historical experience and conditions of persons of African descent within the American historical milieu. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 211 Early America (A,V). Provides a basic narrative survey of American political, economic, social and cultural history with an emphasis on early America. Includes topics such as unity and diversity in American society, the development of common institutions and how they have affected different groups, and America's relationship to the rest of the world. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 212 Modern America (A,V). Cross-listed as HON 212. Provides a basic narrative survey of American political, economic, social and cultural history with an emphasis on modern America. Includes topics such as unity and diversity in American society, the development of common institutions and how they have affected different groups, and America's relationship to the rest of the world. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 220 The American Experience - Honors (A,V). Cross-listed as HON 220. Provides a narrative survey of American political, economic, social and cultural history. Honors course with selected topics defined by each instructor. Includes topics such as citizenship and democracy, unity and diversity in American society, gender, race and power in American politics, and US foreign policy. 3 Cr.

HST 302 History of Science and Technology in America (A,I). Examines the changing relationships among science, technology and American society as it developed from rural colony into modern, urban and industrial power. Assesses how government and private institutions influenced scientific and technological development and how that development affected the ways Americans worked, consumed, recreated, communicated, traveled and made war. 3 Cr.

HST 304 Sport in World History (A). Introduces students to the ways in which a study of sport can help illuminate their understanding of major issues in history. Through the lens of sport they will look at issues such as nationalism, classism, racism and sexism as they have occurred around the world and across time. Reinforces what students have learned earlier in terms of how to read a monograph, how to develop a bibliography, and how to locate and abstract a scholarly article. 3 Cr.

HST 310 American Indian History (A,D). Provides an overview of the history of North America's native people from the pre-Columbian period to present day. Addresses the diversity and commonalities of Indian culture and experience, the consequences of Indian-European contact, the nature of Indian-European relations and the evolution of Indian identity. 3 Cr.

HST 313 Slavery in the Antebellum South (A,D). Cross-listed as AAS 313. Provides a study of some of the dynamics of slavery in the South between 1800 and 1860. Includes firsthand accounts of observers and the political, economic and racial implications of this system. Compares the US plantation slavery to other slave systems in the Americas. Encourages students to borrow from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, literature, and economics, as well as from political and intellectual history. 3 Cr.

HST 324 Gender, Power and Politics in America (A,W). Explores American politics from the 18th Century until today, emphasizing central tendencies and long-term patterns in the distribution and exercise of power in America with special attention to gender, interests, and ideologies. 3 Cr.

HST 327 American Military Experience Since 1900 (A). Following a chronological format, studies the relationship of military policy to foreign policy, the issue of war and peace, the conduct of diplomacy and military operations, the impact of technology on war and politics, organizational development of the armed forces, and the constitutional structure of civil-military relationships. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 328 Women in America (A,D,W). Cross-listed as WMS 328. Focuses on cultural images of American women, such as the Victorian lady, the flapper, and Rosie the Riveter, individual as well as organized resistance to conventional definitions of womanhood; and contemporary issues, including employment, reproductive freedom, and historiographical issues in women's history. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 335 The Roman Empire (A). Investigates reasons for the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire. Explores Rome's imperial administration and cultural achievements, Rome's relations to Persia and the barbarian tribes, and reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire in the West but not the East. 3 Cr.

HST 336 Medieval Europe (A). Introduces the social, cultural, religious, and intellectual life of medieval Europe from the fourth to the 15th centuries. Focuses on themes such as the ideals of piety, nobility, and chivalry that shaped medieval people's lives and how these changed or stayed the same over time. 3 Cr.

HST 341 Middle East Crisis: Historical Perspective (A,C). Explores reasons for the recurrent crises in the Middle East and their global implications, especially for the United States. Concentrates on 20th Century events which have direct consequences on events in the Middle East today. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 343 History of the Soviet Union (A,I). Highlights the multiple legacies of the Russian Empire; examines the Russian Revolution; explores the nature of the Stalinist regime; and seeks to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union. 3 Cr.

HST 344 Sex, Sin and Sorority: Women in Early American Republic (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 344. Explores the origins of the modern American woman. Seeks to describe and explain the ways women in America transformed their reproductive, productive, political, and personal lives during the first century of The Great American Republic, c. 1776-1876. Is aimed at a general audience and has no prerequisites. Entails lectures, reading, discussion, quizzes, and essay exams. 3 Cr.

HST 346 Renaissance and Reformation (A). Studies the origin and nature of the Renaissance, its evolution as a distinct cultural epoch, as well as its relationship to the mass religious movement known as the Reformation. Gives attention to the fine arts, literature, politics, economies and the intellectual climate of Europe between 1300 and 1600. 3 Cr.

HST 347 Europe's Long 19th Century (A). Surveys Europe's "long" 19th Century from 1789 to 1914. Includes the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, industrialization, imperialism, the growth of liberal democracy, capitalism and its critics, Victorian culture, women's suffrage. 3 Cr.

HST 349 Europe in the 20th Century (A). Examines European states' loss of political and economic hegemony in the world as they endured a series of crises—world wars, economic depression, totalitarianism, loss of empires—and political, economic, and cultural responses to this decline in the post-World War II era. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 351 Nazi Germany (A). Explores the creation and destruction of Hitler's Germany within the context of 20th Century Europe, and the ironies and complexities of this modern human catastrophe. 3 Cr.

HST 358 Family and Social Change in American History (A,D,W). Focuses on family structures and strategies, challenges to patriarchal families, and changing views of marriage and motherhood. Includes consideration of Native-American, black and immigrant experiences. Explores issues such as the women's rights movement on families and working mothers, single parents, and alternative families. 3 Cr.

HST 359 History of European Women (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 359. Examines the history of European women since 1500, including traditional roles in political, economic, cultural and social life. Focuses on the changes over the centuries. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 361 History of Japan (A,C). Studies Japanese political, economic and cultural history from the early Yamato state to the status as an economic superpower in the late 20th Century. 3 Cr. Fall

HST 362 The History of World War II (A). Explores the major theaters and home fronts of World War II Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Views war from several perspectives: military-strategic and tactical, political, economic, ideological and social. Examines reasons for the war, and the nature of total, unlimited and national warfare. 3 Cr.

HST 363 Islam (A,C). Explores the personality of Mohammed; his message; the evolution of classical Islam; its spread through Asia, Africa and Europe; the socio-economic expression of the Islamic ideal and its egalitarianism; the status of women; and the breakdown of a unified Islamic state. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 364 History of Britain (A). Studies the major political, social, economic, religious, intellectual and cultural developments in Britain from pre-Roman times to the eve of the Industrial Revolution by emphasizing dynamics of change such as ideas, personalities, and general forces. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 371 Brockport Career Exploration Course: History I (B). Cross-listed as BCE 348. Offers sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity for career exploration and skill development in history. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 372 Brockport Career Exploration Course: History II (B). See description of HST 371. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 375 Colonial Latin America (A). Covering 1450-1820, analyzes the dynamics of Spanish and Portuguese conquest in the "New World," indigenous peoples' active shaping of colonial rule, the importance of African slavery and race in colonial economies and societies, and the Catholic church's regulation of gender relations. Examines regional diversity, colonialism's enduring strengths, and the reasons for its rapid collapse in the independence wars of the 1810s. 3 Cr.

HST 376 Modern Latin America (A). Analyzes 19th- and 20th Century Latin America's history of struggle against colonial legacies, as well as new forms of economic and military oppression associated with dependent capitalist development. Asks students to consider the meanings of national independence in a region sharply divided by race and class, where peasants, workers and women have fought for political rights, sometimes winning revolutions, and where foreign influences limit state autonomy. 3 Cr.

HST 388 Traditional China (A,C). Studies the development and continuity of Chinese history from the early Chou period to Ch'ing dynastic demise; emphasizes the historical foundations of Chinese civilization; chronologically examines significant historical trends; and critiques the late Ch'ing and factors leading to reform, rebellion and revolution. 3 Cr. Fall

HST 389 Modern China (A,C). Studies the history of China from the Revolution of 1911 to the aftermath of the economic and social reforms of the late 20th Century: the issue of nationalism, militarism, war, and Marxism-Leninism; the rise of the Communist Party and the role of Mao Zedong; and salient political and socio-economic developments since 1949. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 390 The History Seminar (A). Required seminar for all declared history majors. Introduces students to the elements of historical methodology and research. Should be taken as soon as possible after completing three of the following: HST 101, 102, 211, and 212. 3 Cr. Every Semester

HST 399 Independent Study in History (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement

HST 401 Topics in American History (A). Studies selected issues and topics according to student demand and faculty interest. Defined by the instructor in accordance with the specific topic offered that semester. 3 Cr.

HST 407 American Environmental History (A). Examines the changing relationship between people and the natural environment over the course of American history. Focuses on how agriculture, resource extraction, nature conservation, industrial production and urbanization and suburbanization created opportunities for and limitations on American economic and social activity. 3 Cr.

HST 411 The New York Experience (A). Prerequisite: HST 211 or HST 212. Surveys New York state history from the hegemony of the Iroquois to today. Includes main themes such as New York as a microcosm of national experience, social pluralism, economic development and politics. 3 Cr.

HST 415 Natives and Newcomers (A). Prerequisites: HST 211 and HST 390. Provides an in-depth exploration of the context and consequences of Indian-European contact in early North America (c. 1400-1840). Topics include the nature of pre-contact Indian and European cultures; the impact of European disease, plants and animals on Native peoples; and the encounter of Indian and European cosmologies, economies and methods of warfare. Will also consider how Indian-European contact transformed constructs of gender, ethnicity and race. 3 Cr.

HST 416 Colonial North America (A,D). Prerequisites: HST 211 and HST 390. Examines the history of North America from the advent of European expansion to the collapse of Europe's North American empires (c. 1400-1800). Focuses on cultural encounters and exchange between Indian, European and African peoples; European methods of colonization; the struggle for imperial domination in North America; and the evolution of colonial societies with particular emphasis on Britain's North American colonies. 3 Cr.

HST 417 The American Revolution (A,D,W). Prerequisites: HST 390 and HST 211. Provides a study of the socio-political dimensions of American history from the beginning of the Revolution through the creation of the new nation, the Constitution, and the emergence of national-level politics. 3 Cr.

HST 418 The Early Republic (A). Prerequisites: HST 211 and HST 390. Examines in depth the young American nation from 1800 to 1848, the ages of Jefferson and Jackson. Focuses on the market revolution and the transforming social and political changes that followed in its wake and prepared the way for Civil War. 3 Cr.

HST 419 Civil War and Reconstruction (A). Cross-listed as AAS 419. Prerequisites: HST 211 and HST 390. Provides an intensive study of the Civil War era (1848-1877). Surveys the breakdown of the American institutions that led to the Civil War, followed by an examination of the War itself and its controversial aftermath in the Reconstruction era. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 420 America from its Centennial to Pearl Harbor (A). Prerequisite: HST 212. Examines the period of dramatic change unleashed by America's precipitous transformation from rural, agrarian, Protestant society into an urban-industrial giant re-shaped by immigration. Explores the impact of these forces on the American economy, family life, religion, politics, education and international role. Culminates with the Great Depression leading into the New Deal and WW ll. 3 Cr. Fall

HST 421 America Since 1929 (A). Uses the Depression as a watershed and then examines American society to the present. Features political change from Roosevelt to Reagan, foreign policy from Pearl Harbor to the present, and the evolution of popular culture since the 1920s. Also gives attention to economic and social developments. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 422 History of American Education (A). Prerequisite: HST 211 or HST 212. American education can only be understood in light of its past. Americans have long placed education at the center of national life, expecting it to cure social problems, shape cultural identities, and promote both individual mobility and social cohesiveness. Examines the evolution of American schools and educational beliefs with the context of social, cultural, political and economic change and places American education into an international perspective. 3 Cr.

HST 423 American Social History (A,W). Explores relationships involving social structure, individual experience, and everyday life; patterns of sex roles; family organization; work and leisure; immigration and mobility; and the development of new lifestyles. 3 Cr.

HST 424 The United States and the World (A). Prerequisite: HST 212. In the late 19th Century the United States burst on the international scene, quickly becoming the most influential society in history. Examines that dramatic trajectory through America's cultural, diplomatic, economic, educational, and political relations with other societies. Explores the impact of America on other societies and their impact on American society. 3 Cr.

HST 426 American Cultural History 1865-Present (A). Prerequisite: HST 390 or instructor's permission. Examines the emergence of modern American culture between the late 19th and early 21st centuries. Focuses on how nationalism and war, race and gender, industrial production and consumption, science and technology and mass education and entertainment affected the way Americans identified themselves and made sense of their world. 3 Cr. Spring

HST 434 Modern Caribbean History (A). Prerequisites: HST 102 and HST 212. As an advanced course, covers the French, Spanish, and British Caribbeans since the Haitian Revolution of the 1790s. Investigates how slavery and abolition, colonialism and nationalism, social and cultural movements, racism and dependency have forged this fascinating and paradoxical region. Considers questions of identity, especially for Afro-Caribbean women and men, in comparative framework. 3 Cr.

HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History (A). Cross-listed as WMS 438. As an advanced course, examines the diversity of Latin-American and Caribbean women's experiences from the Iberian conquest to the 20th -century. Analyzes the gender dynamics of colonial, national, dictatorial and revolutionary states, economies and cultures, and the importance of women's movements and feminism. Includes discussion of Latina history in the US and of Latin-American and Caribbean masculinity in historical perspective. 3 Cr.

HST 441 World War I (A). Explores the military aspects of the Great War (1914-18): the causes of the war, the German offensive, the Western and Eastern fronts, sea battles, technology and warfare, the entry of the United States, the disintegration of Czarist Russia, and the movements for peace. 3 Cr.

HST 445 The High Middle Ages (A). A Study of the European experience from the First Crusade to the Black Plague, the general crises of the mid-14th Century, and the new institutions of a rapidly expanding European culture. 3 Cr.

HST 448 The French Revolution (A). Considers the Revolution's origins in the Old Regime and the Enlightenment before examining its political and cultural development as well as its immediate aftermath in the Napoleonic era and its influence on Europe in the 19th Century. 3 Cr.

HST 460 Modern Africa (A,I). Cross-listed as AAS 460. As a course in 20th Century African history, surveys major patterns of pre-colonial Africa and examines the colonial experience and African struggles for independence. Also explores the problem of "development" in post-colonial African states. 3 Cr.

HST 467 Modern South Asia (A,C). Surveys the background of South-Asian nations under European colonialism and the movement to independence. Also examines the post-independence problems of the area and the contemporary impact of these nations on the world. 3 Cr.

HST 470 Consumerism in Europe and the World, 1600-Present (A). Research intensive, this course introduces students to the theory and history of consumerism in Europe, America and Globally. Students will read novels, monographs and articles pertaining to the history of shopping, advertising, fashion, globalization, cultural dissemination and effects on workers. They will focus on one aspect of consumer history from the 18th Century to the modern day to research, write and present a primary research paper. 3 Cr.

HST 487 Asian Survey (A,C). Surveys Asian cultures through films, slides, lectures, and textbooks. Using a chronological and regional approach, focuses on the unity and diversity of the peoples and cultures of China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. 3 Cr.

HST 495 Women, Gender and Class, 1920-1940 (A). Cross-listed as WMS 495. Examines and analyzes US women's experiences in terms of gender, class, and work. Introduces theories of women's and gender history and of gender and class analysis. Seminar format and expects committed student participation. 3 Cr.

HST 499 Independent Study in History (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

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