BCC - History Department - Course Descriptions
History

Courses Offered

GEO 10 – Introduction to Human Geography Introduces key geographical concepts, both cultural and physical. Considers how such geographic factors as location, landforms, climate, soil, and natural resources have shaped cultures and civilizations, and the role played by people in gradually altering their environments. Audiovisual materials such as maps, photographs, slides, and films are used extensively.
3 Credits
Corequisite: RDL 01 or ENG 01 if required

HIS 10 – History of the Modern World Exploration of outstanding political, intellectual, philosophical, social and economic trends, movements and events from mid-18th century to the present. Analysis of forces that have shaped the modern world.
3 Credits
Corequisite: RDL 02 or ENG 02 if required

HIS 11 – Introduction to the Modern World This course is identical in academic content and in assessment criteria to HIS 10, but adds a fourth compensatory hour to allow instructors to work closely with students to assist them in developing a conceptual framwork, effective note-taking techniques and written self expression. Additional exercises and assignments will be used to consolidate knowledge and learning skills. This course will be open only to students in RDL 01 and ENG 01. Class size will be limited to 30.
3 Credits
Corequisite: RDL 01 or ENG 01 if required

HIS 13 – History of the Ancient World Four major River Valley civilizations – Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China; examination of the efflorescence 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.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 14 – 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.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 20 – The American Nation: The Political and Social Development of a People Selected topics in American History raising issues related to values, ethics and morality. Ranging from the colonial period to the contemporary era, this course examines major concerns of the American people throughout their history and illustrates how ethical concerns persist throughout American History.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 23 – 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, pragmatism.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 24– 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 tension and crises. Origins and progress of efforts at international cooperation and peace.
3 Credits
Prerequisite:HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 25 – The Third world and the West: History of Modern Imperialism and Colonialism Survey of the world scene since 1870, especially in the building of colonial empires in Africa, Asia and Latin America; the rivalries among the imperialist powers; the relationship of imperialism to World War I and II the decline of colonialism; the rise of Soviet and Communist Chinese imperialism..
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 27 – 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.
3 Credits
Prerequisitie: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 28 – Women: The Historical Perspective The changing status of, and attitudes towards women from antiquity to 21st century America. A variety of historical materials are used to assess how women themselves and the image of women have changed. Analysis in historical perspective of feminine achievement and the dynamics of undertakings yet ahead.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 31 – Modern Latin American History Historical development of the Latin American area through the 19th and 20th centuries.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 35 – History of Africa Multidiscipline approach to the history of Africa; ancient and medieval African societies, era of slavery, geographic discoveries, missionary contact, imperialism and emergence of modern nationalism; the era of independence.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 37 – African-American History The African experience; development and abolition of slavery in America, reconstruction after 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.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 39 – History of the Caribbean Political, economic, social and cultural history of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti from Spanish discovery to present. Emphasis on Puerto Rican contributions to culture and society of the Caribbean area and the United States.
3 Credits
Prerequisite: HIS 10 or 11.

HIS 51 – History of New York City The aim of this course is to explore the social, political, and intellectual history of New York City from the colonial era to the present day. In particular, we will examine the structure of the "walking city," the transportation revolutions, the rise of the suburbs, and the impact of consolidation, foreign and domestic immigration, and social and racial segregation on the structure of the largest American metropolis.
3 Credits Prerequisite:
HIS 10 or 11.

 

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