BCC - History Department - Course Descriptions
History

Courses Offered

GEOGRAPHY

GEO 10
3 rec 3 cr
World Regional Geography
This course introduces geographical concepts and perspectives and builds basic map skills and locational knowledge of countries, cities, physical features and regions. Issues addressed include climate change, the global economy, natural resource use, culture, and geopolitics.
Corequisite: RDL 02 or ENG 02 if required.
Flexible Core - World Cultures & Global Issues

HISTORY

HIS 10
3 rec 3 cr
History of the Modern World
Exploration of outstanding political, intellectual, philosophical, social and economic trends, movements and events from mid-18th century to present. Analysis of forces that have shaped the modern world.
Prerequisite: A passing score on the CUNY/ACT Writing Skills Assessment Test and a passing score on the CUNY/ACT Reading Skills Assessment Test
Flexible Core - World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 11
4 rec 3 cr
Introduction to the Modern World
Exploration of outstanding political, intellectual, philosophical, social and economic trends, movements and events from mid-18th century to present.  Analysis of forces that have shaped the modern world.  This course is identical in academic content and in assessment to HIS 10, but adds a fourth developmental hour and limits class size to 28 to allow the instructor to work closely with students in English/Reading remediation to assist them in building a conceptual framework as well as developing academic comprehension, expressive and interpretive skills.
Prerequisite: RDL 01 and ENG 01 if required 
Corequisite: RDL 02 or ENG 02 or ENG 10.
Flexible Core - World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 13
3 rec 3 cr
History of the Ancient World
Four major River Valley civilizations—Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China—will be covered. Examination of the florescence and decline of Greek and Roman civilizations. Focus on significant achievements of each people, assessing their impact on contemporary cultures as well as their legacy to ours. Readings from religious texts, poetry, drama and philosophy.
Flexible Core - World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 14
3 rec 3 cr
The Individual and Society in Medieval History 
Effects of major ideas, social and economic changes, political concepts and their impacts upon the society of the West during the Middle Ages. Emphasis on interaction of these aspects within the cultural context of medieval Europe. 
Prerequisite: Passing scores on both the CUNY/ACT Writing Skills Assessment Test and CUNY/ACT Reading Skills Assessment Test.
Flexible Core - Individual and Society

HIS 15
3 rec 3 cr
Intellectual and Social History of Modern Europe
Effects of major ideas in Western society from the 18th century in their political and cultural context. The revolutionary dynamic in democracy, romanticism and conservatism, changing situation of religion, role of women in modern society, socialism in 19th and communism in 20th centuries, interaction between philosophy and politics extending from idealism to existentialism, class conflict and social stability, racism and egalitarianism, scientism and irrationalism.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 20
3 rec 3 cr
The American Nation: The Political & Social Development of a People
The American Nation (HIS 20) is a one-semester survey of American history covering significant political, social, and cultural currents of the last 400 years. This class will introduce students to the major developments of the American past, with a focus on how they influenced Americans’ lives and how they were influenced by Americans’ actions. Students will analyze how these developments helped shape American society and the United States’ role in the global community.
Prerequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - US Experience in its Diversity

HIS 23
3 rec 3 cr
Social and Intellectual History of Modern America
Fundamental concepts of the American experience that permeate our lives today, including puritanism, class consciousness, prejudice, violence, feminism, and pragmatism.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.
Flexible Core - US Experience in its Diversity

HIS 24
3 rec 3 cr
The History of American Foreign Relations
Major developments in the foreign relations of the U.S., from the American Revolution to Vietnam, and their domestic and international effects. Emphasis on the policies of this century; evolution of the republic into a world power and the consequent tensions and crises. Origins and progress of efforts at international cooperation and peace.
Prerequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - US Experience in its Diversity

HIS 27
3 rec 3 cr
Modern History of the Far East
China, Japan and Korea in the modern period; political and cultural institutions; structure of oriental societies; advances of the West and the effect of imperialism; industrialism, agrarian reforms; Communism; problems of the post-World War II period.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 28
3 rec 3 cr
Women: The Historical Perspective
This course examines the ways in which women in different times and different eras have shaped and been shaped by the societies in which they lived. The influence of cultural ideas about gender on women’s lives and women’s part in shaping and challenging those ideas receive particular attention.
Prerequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - Individual and Society

HIS 31
3 rec 3 cr
Modern Latin American History
Historical development of the Latin American area through the 19th and 21st centuries.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 34
3 rec 3 cr
History of Science and Technology
Major developments in science and technology in the Western world and their impact on man and society. Growth and interaction of science and technology from the dawn of civilization to the present day.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 35
3 rec 3 cr
History of Africa
This is an introductory survey of the history of Africa from the pre-colonial period to the post-independence era. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the course will cover some of the major themes in African history including pre-colonial social and political hierarchies, state formation, internal and external trade, the slave trade and slavery, Imperialism, nationalism and liberation struggles, and post-independence, contemporary issues. Throughout the course attention will be drawn to the diversity of the African experience as well as the political, social and economic interactions between Africa and the global community
Prerequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 36
3 rec 3 cr
History of Modern Russia
The history, culture, and economic and social development of Russia in modern times, with some emphasis on Russia’s relations with her neighbors in Eastern Europe.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 37
3 rec 3 cr
African-American History
The African experience; development and abolition of slavery in America; reconstruction after  the Civil War; migration out of the South; manifold consequences of urban relocation; Black education, church and arts; writing of Black Americans including Frederick Douglass and Franklin Frazier.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 45
3 rec 3 cr
The History of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Modern World
An introduction to the political, economic and social explanations for genocide, mass murder and ethnic cleansing in twentieth century Europe, Africa and Asia.  Case studies will include the murder of Greeks and Americans at the beginning of the century, the Holocaust, and genocide in Rwanda and Darfur.
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 51
3 rec 3 cr
History of New York City
This course examines the social, economic and political history of New York City from its Dutch origins in Lenape territory to the present, with emphasis on immigration, innovation, conflict and consideration of the city’s role in the U.S. and global economy.
Prerequisite: ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - US Experience in its Diversity

PHILOSOPHY

PHL 11
3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Philosophy
Fundamental questions of human experience, and basic problems of philosophy; survey of major philosophers (classical and modern).
Corequisite: ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core - Individual and Society

PHL 90
3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Religion
Humanistic and academic orientation to study of religion, treating each of the major world religions systematically.  Course includes both historical and contemporary material.
Corequisite: ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.

 

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