Global History (BA)

 

The Global History major is derived from the field of global history, which emphasizes interactions and collisions between and among cultures. The major offers undergraduates the chance to become specialists in their chosen period of the history of the world, either prehistory-500 CE, 500-1650, or 1650-the present. After completing the required three-part survey in global history, students choose the period that most interests them and pursue electives and research topics from it. Electives cover a wide range of topics, but all of them embrace the principles of global history rather than producing students with a narrow and specialized geographic focus. The required skills courses introduce students to the major schools of historical thought, varied techniques and approaches to doing historical research, and provide them with the opportunity to do original research in their capstone seminars.

Credits required. 39                            Four Year Academic Plan

Coordinator: Professor Matthew Perry, Department of History, (212-237-8814, mperry@jjay.cuny.edu)

Advisor: Professor James DeLorenzi, Department of History (646-557-4653, jdelorenzi@jjay.cuny.edu)

Honors option: To receive Honors in Global History, a student must complete an extended senior thesis over the course of their senior year (two semesters) while achieving a 3.5 grade point average in their major courses. Eligible students may enroll in the honors track as upper juniors (having accumulated at least 75 to 90 credits) by meeting with the major coordinator.

Additional information: Students who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2014 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-2014 on the College website at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/academics/654.php.

Course descriptions are now available at CunyFirst.


PART ONE. Introductory Subtotal: 3 credits

Required

HIS1XX Doing History

PART TWO. Survey of Global History Subtotal: 9 credits

Required

HIS 203 The Ancient World
HIS 204 The Medieval World
HIS 205 The Modern World

PART THREE. Research and Methodology Subtotal: 6 credits

Required

HIS 240 Historiography 
HIS 300 Research Methods in History

PART FOUR. Chronological Tracks Subtotal: 15-18 credits

Students will complete six elective courses (18 credits). History majors who are in the Honors track will complete five elective courses (15 credits). Two of the elective courses for all students must be at the 300 level or above. Students will choose one of three chronological tracks: Prehistory to 500 CE; 500-1650 to the Present. At least four elective courses (12credits) must be taken from the declared chronological track. A maximum of one course from Category D (General Electives) may be applied to the elective requirement.

Category A. Prehistory to 500 CE

ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global & Historical Perspectives
HIS 252 Warfare in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
HIS 254 History of Ancient Greece and Rome 
HIS 264 China to 1650
HIS 269 History of World Slavery (to 1650 CE) 
HIS 270 Marriage in Medieval Europe
HIS 282 Selected Topics in History (when topic is appropriate)
HIS 323 History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 354 Law and Society in Ancient Athens and Rome 
HIS 362 History of Science and Medicine: Prehistory to 1650
HIS 364/GEN 364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory to 1650 
HIS 366 Religions of the Ancient World
HIS 370 Ancient Egypt
HIS 374 Premodern Punishment: Crime and Punishment before 1700
HIS 375 Female Felons in the Premodern World

Category B. 500-1650

ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global & Historical Perspectives
HIS 201 American Civilization-From Colonial Times Through the Civil War
HIS 208 Exploring Global History (if topic meets appropriate time period)
HIS 217 History of New York City
HIS 224 A History of Crime in New York City
HIS 256 The History of Muslim Societies and Communities
HIS 264 China to 1650
HIS 269 History of World Slavery (to 1650 CE) 
HIS 270 Marriage in Medieval Europe
HIS 282 Selected Topics in History (when topic is appropriate)
HIS 323 History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 356GEN 356 Sexuality, Gender and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law
HIS 362 History of Science and Medicine: Prehistory to 1650
HIS 364/GEN364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory to 1650
HIS 374 Premodern Punishment: Crime and Punishment before 1700
HIS 375 Female Felons in the Premodern World
HIS 381 The Social History of Catholicism: 1500 to the Present
HIS 383 History of Terrorism
HIS 3XX African Diaspora History I: To 1808
MUS 310 Comparative History of African American Musics

Category C. 1650 to the Present

ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global & Historical Perspectives
HIS 201 American Civilization – From Colonial Times Through the Civil War
HIS 202 American Civilization – From 1865 to the Present
HIS 206MUS 206 Orchestral Music and the World Wars
HIS 208 Exploring Global History (if topic meets appropriate time period)
HIS 217 History of New York City
HIS 219 Violence and Social Change in America
HIS 224 A History of Crime in New York City
HIS 225 American Problems of Peace, War, and Imperialism, 1840 to the Present
HIS 242/LLS 242/POL 242 U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
HIS 256 The History of Muslim Societies and Communities
HIS 265/LLS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
HIS 274 China: 1650 – Present
HIS 277 American Legal History
HIS 281 Imperialism in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East
HIS 320 Topics in the History of Crime and Punishment in the United States
HIS 323 History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 325 Criminal Justice in European Society, 1750 to the Present
HIS 340 Modern Military History from Eighteenth Century to the Present
HIS 356/GEN 356 Sexuality, Gender and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law
HIS 381The Social History of Catholicism in the Modern World
HIS 3XX African Diaspora History I: To 1808
HIS 3XX African Diaspora History II: Since 1808
MUS 310 Comparative History of African American Musics

Category D. General Electives

One course from Category D may be applied to Part Four Electives

HIS 100 Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 
HIS 106 Historical Perspectives on Justice and Inequality
HIS 127 Microhistories: A Lens Into the Past
HIS 131Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
HIS 144 Reacting to the Past
HIS 208 Exploring Global History
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World


PART FIVE. CAPSTONE SEMINAR Subtotal: 3-6

All Global History majors will complete a capstone seminar in their fourth year, which unites students from all three chronological tracks in the study of a particular theme, complete a research paper, and present their work at a departmental colloquium.

Required

HIS 425 Senior Seminar in History

For Honors Track students only - required

HIS 489 Independent Study

Note: Students in the Honors track will enroll in an Independent Study (HIS 489) with a faculty mentor in the first semester of their senior year, and then in HIS 425 the following semester.

Total: 39 credits