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History > Major

Major in History (35-38 credits)

NOTES:

  • All majors are required to write a 2-3-page "Exit Essay" as a requirement for graduation.
  • Only grades of C- or above will count for major courses.
  • At least half of the courses in the major plan must be taken at New Paltz.

 

  I. United States History..................................................................7-8 credits
      Choose two courses from the list below; at least one must be at the 200-level.

HIS221 US History to 1865
HIS222 US History Since 1865
HIS302 American Immigration
HIS303 The Empire State
HIS306 Progressive Era
HIS308 Indians of New York State
HIS309 Indians of the United States
HIS310 Indians of the Eastern Woodlands
HIS321 Colonial America
HIS322 The American Revolution
HIS323 Jacksonian America
HIS324 American Civil War
HIS325 History of New York City
HIS326 US South to 1897
HIS327 American Social and Cultural History to 1876
HIS328 American Social and Cultural History: 1877 to Present
HIS329 Postwar America
HIS332 U.S. Since Watergate
HIS367 Business and Society
HIS378 Latinos(as) in the United States
HIS379 US Foreign Policy Since 1898
HIS380 US Military History
HIS381 Prisons and Prisoners in the US
HIS383 Religion in the United States
HIS384 American Nationalisms
HIS385 The Gilded Age
HIS386 U.S. South Since 1877
HIS413 The American West
HIS461 Hudson Valley Culture
HIS467 The United States in Vietnam
BLK330 Race and Racism in US Hist
BLK331 The American Civil Rights Movement
WOM311 Women and Work
WOM316 History of Women in US to 1880
WOM317 History of Women from 1880 to Present
WOM423 Feminism in the U.S.

 II. European History........................................................................7-8 credits
      Choose two courses from the list below; at least one must be at the 200-level.

HIS205 The Jewish Experience
HIS207 Medieval Europe
HIS214 Modern Europe 1500-Present
HIS311 Modern Germany
HIS314 History of Ancient Rome
HIS317 World War II
HIS318 Europe Since 1945
HIS333 Soviet Union
HIS346 The Black Death
HIS348 Medieval Society
HIS349 Renaissance and Reformation
HIS350 Early Modern Europe
HIS351 The Enlightenment
HIS353 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS354 Early Modern Cities
HIS355 Medieval Towns
HIS357 History of England 1485-1815
HIS358 Modern Britain
HIS360 Modern Spain
HIS362 Medieval Spain
HIS363 Inquisition
HIS365 Jihad and Crusades
HIS371 Jews in the Middle Ages
HIS373 The Holocaust
HIS407 Intellectual History of 19th-Century Europe
HIS408 Intellectual History of 20th-Century Europe

III. Non-Western History: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East.........7-8 credits
       
At least one of these must be a 200-level course.

HIS200 Ancient World
HIS202 History of the Ancient Near East
HIS203 History of Ancient Greece
HIS216 Modern China
HIS243 Middle East to 1798
HIS244 Middle East Since 1798
HIS277 Latin American History to 1825
HIS278 Latin American History Since 1825
HIS315 History of China to 1800
HIS335 Modern Japan
HIS336 Religions of Asia
HIS337 Ancient India
HIS338 British India
HIS339 Indian Ocean World
HIS340 Iran
HIS342 Arab Mid East 2
HIS343 History of Islam and the Middle East 570-1918
HIS344 The Middle East in the 20th Century
HIS369 Ancient Israel
HIS370 Bible: Myth and History
HIS377 History of Mexico
HIS470 Age of "Discovery" 1415-1780
HIS480 Women in China
BLK200 Introduction To Africa
BLK201 Black History I
BLK202 Black History II
BLK231 Development of Afro-Latin Amer. Civilization (1492-1825)
BLK232 Contemporary Afro-Latin American Civilization Since 1825
BLK301 Survey of Pre-Colonial Africa to 1800
BLK302 Survey of Contemporary Africa: 19th Century to Present
BLK309 Introduction to Afro-Brazilian History
BLK311 Blacks in the Caribbean, 1492-Present
BLK325 History of Slavery in the Americas
BLK347 History of South Africa

 IV. History electives...........................................................................6 credits
      Must be upper-division (300- or 400-level) courses.

HIS302 American Immigration
HIS303 The Empire State
HIS305 Women in Early Modern Europe
HIS306 Progressive Era
HIS308 Indians of New York State
HIS309 Indians of the United States
HIS310 Indians of the Eastern Woodlands
HIS311 Modern Germany
HIS314 History of Ancient Rome
HIS315 History of China to 1800
HIS317 World War II
HIS318 Europe Since 1945
HIS321 Colonial America
HIS322 The American Revolution
HIS323 Jacksonian America
HIS324 American Civil War
HIS325 History of New York City
HIS326 US South to 1897
HIS327 American Social and Cultural History to 1876
HIS328 American Social and Cultural History: 1877 to Present
HIS329 Postwar America
HIS332 U.S. Since Watergate
HIS333 Soviet Union
HIS335 Modern Japan
HIS336 Religions of Asia
HIS337 Ancient India
HIS338 British India
HIS339 Indian Ocean World
HIS340 Iran
HIS342 Arab Mid East 2
HIS343 History of Islam and the Middle East 570-1918
HIS344 The Middle East in the 20th Century
HIS346 The Black Death
HIS348 Medieval Society
HIS349 Renaissance and Reformation
HIS350 Early Modern Europe
HIS351 The Enlightenment
HIS353 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS354 Early Modern Cities
HIS355 Medieval Towns
HIS357 History of England 1485-1815
HIS358 Modern Britain
HIS360 Modern Spain
HIS362 Medieval Spain
HIS363 Inquisition
HIS365 Jihad and Crusades
HIS367 Business and Society
HIS369 Ancient Israel
HIS370 Bible: Myth and History
HIS371 Jews in the Middle Ages
HIS373 The Holocaust
HIS377 History of Mexico
HIS378 Latinos(as) in the United States
HIS379 US Foreign Policy Since 1898
HIS380 US Military History
HIS381 Prisons and Prisoners in the US
HIS383 Religion in the United States
HIS384 American Nationalisms
HIS385 The Gilded Age
BLK301 Survey of Pre-Colonial Africa to 1800
BLK302 Survey of Contemporary Africa: Nineteenth Cent to Present
BLK309 Introduction to Afro-Brazilian History
BLK311 Blacks in the Caribbean, 1492-Present
BLK325 History of Slavery in the Americas
BLK330 Race and Racism in US History
BLK331 The American Civil Rights Movement
BLK347 History of South Africa
WOM311 Women and Work
WOM316 History of Women in US to 1880
WOM317 History of Women from 1880 to Present
WOM423 Feminism in the U.S.

  V. Method courses (required).............................................................8 credits
      HIS300 Historian's Craft (4)
      HIS492 Seminar in History (4)



Senior Thesis with Honors in History

For Liberal Arts majors, History provides qualified students an opportunity to research and write a thesis under the direction of a member of the department.  Successful completion of the 6-credit thesis with a minimum grade of B+ in each semester enables students to graduate with Honors in History, a distinction that appears on the College transcript.  Candidates for the program need a 3.5 average in History course work, a minimum of twenty-four credits in History, and approval of the chair of the Department of History. Application must be made during the pre-registration of the last semester of the junior year.  For further details, consult with the department chair.