History Major

History Major

Requirements for the B.A. in Global History
 

The History Department's 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.

A checklist for majors is available here.

Part One. Introduction (Units: 3)
HIS 150 Doing History
     (Note: Students with more than 60 credits can substitute a 7th elective for HIS 150)

Part Two. Survey of Global History (Units: 9)
HIS 203 The Ancient World
HIS 204 The Medieval World
HIS 205 The Modern World

Part Three. Research and Methodology (Units: 6)
HIS 240 Historiography
HIS 300 Research Methods in History

Part Four. Electives (Units: 18)
Six elective courses (at least two must be at the 300-level). At least four elective courses must be taken from the declared chronological track.  A maximum of one course from Category D (General Electives) may be applied to this requirement.
     - Category A = The Ancient World (Prehistory to 500 CE)
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Category B = The Medieval World (500 CE to 1650 CE)
     - Category C = The Modern World (1650 CE to Present)

Part Five. Capstone Seminar (Units: 3)
HIS 425 Senior Seminar in History

NOTE: Students eligible for the honors track will take HIS 489 (Independent Study) in place of one of their elective courses.

Category A. The Ancient World (Prehistory to 500 CE)
ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global and 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 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. The Medieval World (500 CE – 1650 CE)
ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global and Historical Perspectives
HIS 201 American Civilization – From Colonial Times Through the Civil War
HIS 217 History of New York City
HIS 256 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 323 History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 356/GEN 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/GEN 364 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 The History of Terrorism
HIS 3XX African Diaspora History I: To 1808
MUS 310 Comparative History of African American Musics

Category C. The Modern World (1650 CE to the Present)
ART 222 Body Politics and Art in Global and Historical Perspectives
HIS 201 American Civilization - From Colonial Times through the Civil War
HIS 202 American Civilization - From 1865 to the Present
HIS 206/MUS 206 Orchestral Music and the World Wars
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 History of Muslim Societies and Communities
HIS 260/LLS 260 History of Contemporary Cuba
HIS 265/LLS 265 Class, Race, and Family in Latin American History
HIS 274 China: 1650 to 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 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 356/GEN 356 Sexuality, Gender, and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law
HIS 381 The Social History of Catholicism in the Modern World
HIS 383 The History of Terrorism
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
Note: A maximum of one course from Category D (General Electives) may be applied to the elective requirement for the Global History degree.
HIS 100 Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
HIS 106 Historical Perspectives on Justice and Inequality
HIS 127 Microhistories: A Lens Into the Past
HIS 131 Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
HIS 144 Reacting to the Past
HIS 208 Exploring Global History