Core Courses and Electives--Spring 2020

History Department Spring 2020 Courses

  • Methods courses to develop strong research and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Applied learning courses to engage in direct application of skills, theories and models to real-world settings, creative projects or independent or directed research.
  • Survey courses in World, European, and U.S. History to better understand broad narratives of the past.
  • Coursework in World, European, and U.S. History at the 300-level to strengthen content knowledge and historical skills.

Research Seminars

(Majors only, minors with approval)

HIST 201
Dr. Steve Fabian,
MW 3:00-4:20PM
(CRN 12731)
This course explores the contest history of aparthied to provide an introduction to the methods and skills of historical analysis.  We will explore various types of historical sources, the approaches used by historians, and the tools of historical research and analysis. Students will learn how to do basic historical research; how to assess and interpret historical evidence; how to read a scholarly article; understand the meaning of historiography; and how to organize and present historical information using analytical writing. While the course focuses on a specific topic, in this case, South African apartheid, it seeks to draw on your breadth of knowledge to further develop your skills as young historians.
HIST 495
Dr. Jacky Swansinger,
W 4:30-6:50PM
(CRN 13010)
Senior Seminar is the curricular capstone of the major.  It is the final methodology course for the history or social study major.  The intent is to offer one final opportunity to demonstrate how your study of history over successive semesters affects your approach, research, management and writing on a topic of your choice. As potential historians, senior seminar offers you a chance to demonstrate how you value and utilize the basic building blocks of the field: reading, research, analysis, critical thinking and writing

Survey Courses

(Open to all, but primarily for Majors and Minors. Will not fulfill Fredonia Foundations)

HIST 223:

Dr. Peter McCord
MWF 10:00-10:50
(CRN 14241)

This course offers a broad overview of modern U.S. history. Emphases vary with instructor, but will engage students with complex questions about the United States's role as a global leader in an increasingly interconnected world. The course will challenge students to think about what was -- and what wasn't -- included in the U.S. history narrative they learned in high school.

HIST 233:

Dr. John Staples
MWF 12:00-12:50
(CRN 14242)

This course will review the intellectual, cultural, social and political developments of the Western World since the 15th century in search of a common past. It will focus particularly on the rise of nationalism and the creation of modern nation states through revolutions, wars, and ideas. The course will help provide students with a basis for understanding their own modern civilization.

Applied Learning Courses

(Open to all. Will not fulfill Fredonia Foundations)

HIST 202:

Dr. John Staples
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
(CRN 01-14240,
CRN 02-14632)

This course will combine historical research in the archives with practical experience creating local histories to serve a larger audience. We will begin in the archives, researching stories from Chautauqua County's past. In class we will focus on building the skills to tell these stories well, through careful research and good writing. We will also explore the nuts and bolts of publishing, formally addressing elements of the process ranging from properly citing primary and secondary sources, to copyright law, to copy-editing. In the end we will work together to create the new "Chautauqua County Online Dictionary."

HIST 202:

(crosslisted with INDS 302: Topics in Museum Studies)

Dr. Paul Lubienecki
M 10:00-12:50

The nonprofit sector includes a diverse array of organizations, all chartered with a particular public or collective purpose. Traditionally, these private nonprofit institutions such as museums historical associations and other cultural entities have served as vehicles for citizen participation, social responsibility, and collective action in the exploration of societal problems. This course introduces the nonprofit sector of organizations, the role(s) it plays in society and the administrative and practical duties expected to be performed by the various employees of these organizations.

200-Level Electives and World Regional Civilizations Courses

(Open to all, prereqs may be needed)

HIST 212:

Dr. Eileen Lyon
MWF 12:00-12:50
(CRN 14634)

The Nazi murder of six million Jews and perhaps 10 million other people during World War II, for the sole purpose of eliminating undesirable people, may be the seminal event of the 20th century. The introductory, multimedia course surveys the Nazi programs of mass murder, explores their historical roots, and examines their consequences for our world today.

HIST 282:

Dr. Ignacio Sarmiento Panez
TR 9:30-10:50
(CRN 14621)

An introductory survey of the history of early Latin America, from antiquity to the European conquest to the wars for independence in the early 19th century. Special attention is given to indigenous and African influences in the shaping of society and culture.

HIST 288:

Dr. Nancy Hagedorn
TR 11:00-12:20
(CRN 14635)

This course introduces the concept of the Atlantic World as a focus for study. Integrating and comparing the histories of Europe, the Americas, and Africa, the course will consider key interpretive themes, including European exploration and expansion; imperialism and colonialism; the emergence of an Atlantic economy; intercultural interaction and exchange; and the establishment of the African slave trade and the plantation economy.

Upper-Level Electives--European History

HIST 305:

Dr. John Arnold
TR 11:00-12:20PM
(CRN 14637)

General study of European development from 1300-1600. Emphasizes the Renaissance of the 14th century within a Late Medieval context. Topics include the Italian commune, social and cultural development within the Italian city-states, printing and print culture, the Republican tradition, the Northern Renaissance, and German federalism.

HIST 397:

(crosslisted with WGST 377)

Drs. John Arnold and Jeff Iovannone
TR 2:00-3:20PM
(CRN 14641)

Queer History explores changing concepts of gender and sexual expression as encountered across a variety of Western cultures during the past 2500 years. The first half of the course emphasizes the concept of "queerness" in Greek, Roman, and Medieval cultures. A "queer" analysis establishes normative and deviant gender performances and sexual expressions as understood within those cultures. This part of the course does not endorse the idea of a recoverable gay, lesbian, or transgender identity that exists across all times and places. Instead, this part of the course insists that gender and sexual expressions exemplify, reinforce, and intersect with a particular culture's political, social, and economic structures within a particular place and time. However, such "queer" figures as the cinaedus, eunuchs, chaste cross-dressers, the sodomite, and the "lesbian," may have possessed a sexual or gender identity and we will explore arguments both for and against that possibility.

Upper-Level Electives--Global History

HIST 310:

Dr. David Kinkela
(CRN 14363)

This course is an exploration into the study of the environment will call attention to the connections and interdependencies between Homo sapiens and the natural world and will emphasize the methodologies and analytical tools environmental historians use to examine the past. Much of this course will focus on the environmental history of the twentieth century, or what is often referred as the anthropocene, the most recent geological time where human-influenced environmental has been most pronounced. Too often this is a history of environmental catastrophes: pollution, environmental degradation, species extinction, epidemic diseases, and socio-economic destabilization. But also, occasionally, it is a history of reform, adaptation, and recovery. Both parts of the story will concern us.  

HIST 321:

Dr. Markus Vink
TR 12:30-1:50PM
(CRN 14638)

This course provides a survey of the history of the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of the Dutch Republic—the predecessor of the modern kingdom of the Netherlands— from the Burgundian and Habsburg periods to the Napoleonic era, ca. 1500-1800. It traces the origins of the United Provinces in the sixteenth century out of a bloody war against the mighty Spanish Habsburg Empire, its emergence as a leading world power in the seventeenth century when the ‘flying Dutchmen’ roamed the Seven Seas from the shores of Manhattan to Macau, and its subsequent decline in the eighteenth century and its conquest and incorporation into the French Empire of Napoleon Bonaparte.

HIST 368:

Dr. Xin Fan
TR 12:30-1:50PM
(CRN 14640)

Japanese history from the founding of the Tokugawa shogunate to the present. Covers political and cultural developments during the shogunate, the Meiji Restoration, domestic political and cultural developments, and Japan's interactions with the West and other East Asian nations in the 19th and 20th centuries

HIST 398:

Dr. Jacky Swansinger
TR 3:30-4:50
(CRN 14247)

This is an upper level history course of the Cold War viewed as dialectic between the core (United States and Soviet Union) and the periphery (rest of the world).  This course will focus on change over time and offer a strong social, economic, and diplomatic emphasis.

Upper-Level Electives--United States History

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