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HIST 1113  Hist of West Civil Since 1648

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the political, military, intellectual, cultural, technological, religious, and economic features of Western Civilization from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. It also considers the relationship between Europe and the United States, and between Europe and the wider world. Finally, the course discusses contemporary Europe.

HIST 1123  History of the Mafia

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The course examines the history of the Mafia from its origins to the present day. How the Mafia works and has succeeded as well as approaches, including those by civil society organizations, to combat the Mafia. Attention is paid to examples of Mafia enterprises, its past and present role in politics, and its evolution from a regional organization to one with an international reach. A research project, with both a paper and an oral presentation, is required.

HIST 1143  Surv of American History I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is an introductory survey of American history from the early Native Americans and European colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include native cultures, European heritage, the colonial experience, revolution and the new republic. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of the constitution, reform movements and political compromises. Special attention will be paid to the common institutions in American society and their affects on different groups.

HIST 1223  Contemporary Italian History

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course gives an overview of recent Italian history. Students will trace the history of Italy from the end of the Second World War to the current crisis facing Italy. Topics will include: the birth of the Republic, the clash between the Christian Democrats and the Communist Party in the 50s, the economic boom, terrorism in the 70s and of the "opposite extremes", the political degeneration of the 80s, "Tangentopoli," and the new political system in the Berlusconi era. Particular attention will be devoted to foreign policy, focusing on Italy's role in the international arena with emphasis on the birth of the European unification process. As a member of NATO and as a country in the Mediterranean, Italy will be analyzed as a bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa.

HIST 1333  Mediterranean Culture & Histry

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This introductory course examines the historical, cultural and religious evolution of the peoples surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The main topics covered are the region's ancient civilizations (Greece, Rome, Germanics, and Byzantines); its major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam); the relationships between and among the Mediterranean countries; the various Mediterranean family forms; and the regional challenges and opportunities created by globalization.

HIST 2153  Surv of American History II

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is an introductory survey of American History from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. Topics include western migration, the impact of industrialization and urbanization, the rise of organized labor and the rise of the United States as a world power. The course will cover the social, political, cultural and economic life of the people of the United States, with a special focus on unity and diversity during the 19th and 20th centuries

HIST 3003  World History I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is designed to give the student a broad outline of world history. The students will study civilizations from the earliest humans through the classical world and beyond to the age of cross-cultural interaction and trade in the early 1500 CE. The student will be exposed to the traditions and cultures of the world to aid in weaving the story of human civilization. Early civilizations covered in the course include Mesopotamia, Indus, Chinese, Persian, Greek, Roman, Mesoamerican, European, as well as Islamic. Artistic and intellectual achievements and technological breakthroughs will be discussed throughout the course.

HIST 5133  Africa and the West

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will introduce students to the relationship between Western countries and sub-Saharan Africa over the last five centuries and today. Particular attention will be paid to the political, economic, and cultural links established between Europe and Africa, including the imperialist occupation and exploitation of Africa by Europeans. Historical topics covered will include the slave trade; European exploration of Africa; the diaspora of Africans in the West, and of Europeans in Africa; racial attitudes; patterns of economic development and impoverishment; the political evolution of European colonial regimes in Africa; and the process of decolonization, including its political, economic, and social consequences. Contemporary topics covered will include political instability and poverty in Africa; the AIDS crisis; the legacy of colonialism and white settlement; the democratization of African political systems; and competing approaches to African development.

HIST 6133  The World at War: 20th Century

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This class surveys global military history during the 20th century, with particular emphasis on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. It examines the origins of major and minor conflicts; the political, social, and economic context of modern warfare; changes in strategy, tactics, logistics, intelligence, battlefield technology, and other salient features of warfare; the contributions of political leaders and major military commanders; and the effects of modern warfare on soldiers and civilians. This class will feature student presentations and a research paper.