Degrees and Certificates
History & Political Science,Associate in Arts
This course will trace the development of western culture from ancient times through the early modern era. A wide variety of topics will be explored including the origins of early civilizations, the contributions of Greece and Rome, the emergence of medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, exploration and colonization, and the rise of modern nation states. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying the ideas, people, and events that have helped to shape the modern world. In addition, this course will introduce students to a variety of essential skills such as discerning frame of reference in primary and secondary sources, hypothesis formation using the historical method of inquiry, writing persuasive essays, and documenting sources
This course provides an overview of European history from early modern times to the present. A wide variety of topics will be explored including the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, industrialization, the impact of ideas such as nationalism and socialism, imperialism, the Russian Revolution, the World Wars, the Cold War, and recent trends. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying the ideas, people, and events that have helped to shape the modern world. In addition, this course will introduce students to a variety of essential skills such as discerning frame of reference in primary and secondary sources, hypothesis formation using the historical method of inquiry, writing persuasive essays, and documenting sources. This course fulfills a General Education Core Requirement History/Political Science
A survey of the history of America in the 20th century, the course emphasizes the explosive growth of aviation as a major influence upon the economic, military, and societal development of the United States.
A study of the evolution of American constitutional law includes the drafting and ratifying of the Constitution and the doctrine of judicial review and chronicles the development of major constitutional principles.
This course will explore the effectiveness of movies as a source for understanding social history.Topics include modernization, the struggle to escape poverty, prejudice, family life in the suburbs, gender roles, and the rise of youth culture. We will study the accuracy of how our movies portray various social groups, from high society to the suburban middle class to gangsters, as well as what they reveal about changing attitudes, norms and problems faced by various segments of our society, from the gilded age and the roaring twenties to the end of the 20th century. Analytic writing, independent research and joining Netflix for the term will be required.
This course is designed for students with an interest in history who wish to strengthen their research skills. In this course, students "become" historians as they learn about the process used to study the past. Subjects addressed include understanding the nature of history and historical thinking, historiography, locating and critically assessing primary and secondary sources, applying the method of historical inquiry, citing sources effectively, and writing history.The approach to learning is "hands-on" as students investigate a topic of their own choosing. As a summative assessment, students share their original findings in a research paper and in a presentation to other students, faculty, and staff.