Core Courses and Electives-- Spring 2019

History Department Spring 2019 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/Teaching Methodology Courses

(Majors only, minors with approval)

Dr. Xin Fan

Section 01 (12731) W 4:00-6:20PM

Description/Theme: As historian William Appleman Williams asserts, empire is “a way of life [that] defines the … character of a culture and society.” As citizens of the twentieth-first century, we have to acknowledge not only imperialism’s role in shaping the society where we live in, but also its lasting impact on the formation of our identity. This course serves as an introduction of this important topic to students in history. In class, we will read some foundational literature from John A. Hobson and Vladimir Lenin to Eric Hobsbawn and Edward Said. To substantiate theoretical inquiries with evidence from primary sources, we will develop a critical understanding of imperialism in the context of world history. Students will write an eight-page paper investigating one aspect of empires/imperialism in history as the final class assessment.


Dr. MaryBeth Sievens

Section 01 (13010) TR 3:30-4:50

Theme/Description: Americans who lived in the Antebellum U.S. (approximately 1820-1860) experienced dramatic political, economic, and social change. The development of a capitalist economy, the beginnings of industrialization and consumerism, the birth of numerous social and political reform movements, the evolution of a two-party political system, increasing immigration, westward expansion, and, of course, the escalation of sectional conflict around the issue of slavery transformed the nation. This Capstone Seminar will provide students with the opportunity to explore these important changes and to conduct in-depth primary and secondary source research on one aspect of these transformations. Students will use their research findings to build arguments analyzing how and why these changes occurred as well as evaluating the consequences of these developments.

SSED 205 Economics in Global History

Dr. Peter McCord

Section 01 (13912) MWF 10:00-10:50AM

In Economics in Global History, we will attempt to understand the historical processes that explain patterns of trade and development around the world, and how those patterns affect not just economics but politics, war, history, society and culture. The process of increasing trade and interaction around the world is sometimes called "Globalization"--in the long view Globalization is a process underway since the beginning of written human history.  In the shorter view (that will have much greater emphasis in this course), it is the history of rapid change since the beginning of the end of the Cold War, from 1973 to present.  By studying Global Economic History we will gain understanding into the changes in the status and rights of women and human rights in the developing world, the role of international organizations and non-governmental organizations, and the relationship between the World Bank and IMF and economic development in non-Western regions, among many other factors.  The goal of the course is to achieve a greater understanding of today’s world, how it functions and how and why it has emerged into what it is today, from the context of the flows of Global Economic History over the last century. Course also meets Fredonia Foundations Requirement in Other World Cultures/Global Perspectives & Diversity.


Prof. Patrick Newell

Section 01 (13167) R 5:00-7:20PM

Theme/Description: The course complements the student teaching practicum in Adolescence Social Studies Education. Candidates receive detailed instruction in the completion of the applied teaching and learning projects associated with their student teaching placements.


Survey Courses

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

Dr. David Kinkela

Section 01 (14241) TR 9:30-10:50

Theme/Description: 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' 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.


Dr. John Staples

Section 01 (14242) MWF 12:00-12:50PM

Theme/Description: The course offers a broad overview of Modern European History, focusing on the economic, social, political and cultural transformations from the fifteenth century to the present. Emphases vary with instructor, but the course will engage students with complex questions and ideas that shaped Europe's past and its connection to rest of the world.



Applied Learning Courses

(Open to all. Will not fulfill Fredonia Foundations)

Dr. John Staples

Section 01 (14240) MWF 10:00-10:50PM

Theme/Description: HIST 202 will combine historical research in the archives with practical experience creating a biographical dictionary to serve the local and regional community. We will begin in the archives, researching people from Chautauqua County's past. In class we will focus on building the skills to tell their 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 Biographical Dictionary." The biographical accounts that you research and write will be the first entries on this new public resource. In "HIST 202: From the Archives to the Web" you will learn and apply skills in research, writing, and publishing. More than that, you will leave a permanent mark on SUNY Fredonia as a founding contributor to this new project.

[HIST 202 fulfills the History Major requirement in applied history. There are no prerequisites; it is appropriate for students at all levels.]


World Regional Civilizations and Upper Level Courses

(Open to all, prereqs may be needed)

Dr. Jacqueline Swansinger

Section 01 (14243) TR 11:00-12:20PM

Theme/Description: The course is a survey of Islamic history and cultures from Mohammed to the Napoleonic era (550 C.E. to 1790 C.E.). It explores a basic chronological model of Islamic history and cultures that will aid students in developing a skeleton periodization. It will introduce the basic building blocks, Islamic names and terms, historical maps, historical data, visual, literary and scientific sources that aid understanding of another society.  It will introduce Islam as a religion, an empire, and a world system, complete with cultural beliefs, laws, social behaviors and structural change over time, challenging Orientalist concepts. And it will help students to make rational comparisons between the West and the Middle East, in political, economic and social terms.


Dr. John Arnold

Section 01 (14352) TR 11:00-12:20PM

Theme/Description: This course explores the transformation of the Roman world from the Late Antique Empire through the formation of the monotheistic theocracies of the Carolingian Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate. Includes Late Antiquity, the Germanic invasions and kingdoms, the Byzantine Empire, the emergence of Islam and the Caliphate, Charlemagne, and the Viking Era.


HIST 323 Victorian Britian

Dr. Eileen Lyon

Section 01 (14385) MWF 10:00-10:50AM

This course explores the transformation of Great Britain from an agrarian country governed by landed patricians to a nation directed by a commercial middle-class. It also investigates the rise of democracy, an industrial economy, an urban society, public opinion, and a populist monarchy.


Dr. Najia Aarim

Section 01 (14244) TR 3:30-4:20

Theme/Description: This course explores the experiences of Asian Americans from the mid-19th century to the present. The term Asian American refers to immigrants from Asia as well as Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian, and Southeast Asian ancestry. Topics will include theories of race and ethnicity; Asian diasporas in the United States; immigration and settlement issues; work and labor systems; racial ideologies and anti-Asian movements; gender, family and communities; Asian Americans during WWII, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights and post-Civil Rights era; Asian-American activism and resistance; Asian Americans in American popular culture; Asian-American cultural expressions and social organization; and American nationalism and debates over American citizenship.


HIST 353 U.S. Consumer Culture

Section 01 (14245) TR 12:30 - 1:50PM

This course examines the historical development of a consumer culture and its effects. Throughout this course we will explore such topics as the roots of consumer culture; the role of the industrial revolution; the development of marketing; and how consumption altered American life and culture in the 20th century.


Drs. Jennifer Hildebrand and Sandra Liggins

Section 01 (13830) MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM

Theme/Description: Significant changes occurred between World War I and World War II in the United States and in the African American community.  Urbanization, industrialization, and migration set the stage for the development of a “New Negro” and a flowering of literature, art, and music often referred to as the Harlem Renaissance.  This course will examine the social and political changes occurring from the 1910s-1930s from an interdisciplinary perspective that particularly highlights the history and literature of the period. An emphasis will be placed on the ways that African Americans sought to control the representations of blackness in the public mind and the debates and differences of opinion that arose among participants in the movement.  
co-taught with Saundra Liggins.


Dr. Markus Vink

Section 01 (14247) TR 12:30-1:50PM

Theme/Description: This course deals with the topic of cross-cultural contacts or encounters between representatives of the Dutch East India Company (or VOC after its Dutch initials), one of the great northern European chartered companies founded in 1602, and indigenous cultures and societies across the Indian Ocean World, the ‘cradle of globalization’, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, from China and Japan in the Far East to South Africa in the Far West.



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