A course designed to introduce students to Graduate Study at Union College. Students will complete entrance writing exercise and receive training in MyUnion, webmail and Chalk & Wire electronic portfolio.
(F, S) A study of the great civilizations of the ancient world designed to introduce students to the study of history and the historical study of religion. The course focuses on the origins and foundations of the first great civilizations, with special attention to the function of religion in the maintenance of civilization.The Fertile Crescent and eastern Mediterranean are the central focus, with particular attention given to Ancient Israel and Ancient Greece. Other ancient civilizations studied may include those of China, India, and Rome. An overarching topic central to the course is the transition from polytheism to monotheism in the mid-1st millenium BCE, a period commonly referred to as the Axial Age. Fall offerings of the course are for incoming freshmen only. Co-requisite: ENGL 100 or 101. Transfer students wanting to take an introductory level, non-U.S. history course in the fall semester are advised to take HIST 211.
(F, S) As part of the Humanities sequence and the sequel to HIST 110, this course examines the role of religion in the maintenance of Roman, Christian, and Islamic empires, with particular attention to religiously inspired art, architecture and literature. The course begins with an examination of the rise of the Roman Empire and proceeds to examine the Christian transformation of that empire from Constantine through the Middle Ages. The primary focus is "Christendom" in Western Europe with limited attention to developments in the Byzantine Empire. The rise and spread of Islam is also examined, with special attention given to the interaction between Christian and Muslim civilization.. The course ends with examination of forces that challenge the medieval political-religious establishment in Western Europe in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 101 and HIST 110. Co-requisite: ENGL 102.
(F, S) A study of such topics in global history as the building and maintenance of empire, colonization and de-colonization, impact of industrialization and secularization on societies around the world, nationalisms and revolutionary movements, and religious and ideological antagonisms (e.g., Islam and the West). The reading and interpretation of primary sources of historical information receives special attention. Course may be taken for credit more than once provided that the topic of the course is different each time it is taken.
(S) Gathering and criticism of data; bibliographies and aids; problems in historiography, composition analysis, and the final monograph. Regardless of the monograph topic chosen by the student, this course does not count toward either the United States or non-United States requirement within the major. This course must be taken in conjunction with another history course.
(F, S) As part of the Humanities sequence and the sequel to HUMN 112, this course begins with an examination of the Reformation, Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the religious wars in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Attention then shifts to the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment and their impact on society and culture, with particular attention to the rise of revolutionary ideologies and conflicts in England, France, and America. Requirements include papers and oral presentations. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 and HUMN 112. Co-requisite: HUMN 211.
(F) An introduction to the history and culture of Spain and Portugal and serves as the foundation course for upper-level courses dealing with the history and culture of those regions and Latin America. (Even Years Only).
(S) An examination of colonial society and culture, the Revolution, the Constitution, the early national period. Jacksonian Democracy, and historiography. Prerequisites: a previous 200-level course in history or permission of the instructor.
(F) A consideration of the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, Populism, Progressivism, World War I, and historiography. Prerequisites: a previous 200-level course in history or permission of the instructor.
(F) British history from the Roman occupation to the Glorious Revolution with emphasis on the development of the English people and state. Prerequisite: a previous 200-level course in history or permission of the instructor. (Odd Years Only).
(F) A study of British history from the Glorious Revolution to the present with emphasis on political and institutional development and the role of Britain in the world, including the rise and decline of the British empire. Prerequisites: a previous 200-level course in history or permission of the instructor. (Even Years Only).
(S) Selected topics on the nation's history since 1919, including the 1920s, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Revolution, and political and social developments since 1945. Prerequisites: a previous 200-level course in history or permission of the instructor.