History LC-A (HISA)

HISA 108C  The World Since 1650 - CAP  (3 credits)  

This learning community explores the paradox that humanity's least attractive activity sometimes inspires its greatest creativity. This learning community includes field trips to see the art and theater of war, plus readings in fiction and poetry. It focuses on the world in the period after the seventeenth century.

HISA 113C  The American Experience: The United States and the World  (3 credits)  

This learning community will focus on the international crises that America faced during the twentieth century. Specila emphasis will be placed on World War I, World War II and the Cold War. Students will read a variety of historical, literary and non-fiction works in these courses. These readings will be enriched by watching films and taking at least one out-of -classroom field trip.

HISA 113K  The American Experience: The City and the Workplace  (3 credits)  

This learning community traces the historical development of NYC through its workplaces and its architecture. Issues such as civic culture and higher learning; recreation, commerce and the urban landscape; urban planning; decline and revival in the 20th Century will intertwine with an analysis of the great achievements of modern architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Field trips are an essential element of this LC, and will include visits to neighborhoods, Times Square, and individual buildings.

HISA 113M  The American Experience: The Early American Legacy  (3 credits)  

This Learning Community examines just how much really changed in American women's lives from the colonial period to the present. Materials and projects will include an exploration of opportunities in the labor market; biography, autobiography, and memoir; and the diverse experience of women of different races, regions and/or socio-economic classes. Integrating literary and historical approaches, students will create their own analyses of the continuities and contrasts in the experiences of American women over time.

HISA 113R  The American Experience: Changing Roles of Women  (3 credits)  

This Learning Community examines just how much really changed in American women's lives from the colonial period to the present. Materials and projects will include an exploration of opportunities in the labor market; biography, autobiography, and memoir; and the diverse experience of women of different races, regions and/or socio-economic classes. Integrating literary and historical approaches, students will create their own analyses of the continuities and contrasts in the experiences of American women over time.

HISA 113U  The American Experience: The U.S. and the World  (3 credits)  

The history course will trace the transformation of the United States since World War I from an isolationist power to the dominant world power. English will use literature to explore the individual human experiences during this period, from 1914 to the 1980's.

HISA 131C  The Asian World: An Historical Survey  (3 credits)  

Asia is a region of enormous geographical, cultural, politcal and economic diversities, which carries over into the rich and varied cultures of Asian Americans. This course is designed as a survey of cultures in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Asian America. It provides students with an overview of the various cultural traditions in Asia and in Asian America from past to present. It deals with the forces of change that transformed different Asian societies into modern nation states, as well as the role of Asian Americans in the US. The development of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taosim, the role of scholars and warriors, the challenges of Western imperialism, the impacts of international warfare and the emergence of Asian American cultures are major topics to be covered. In addition to the required textbooks, we will read memoirs, works of literature and essays and watch videos to acquire a full understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures.