History and Culture
- Explores Varying Interpretations of Historic Events
- Identifies Patterns and Trends
- Provides Lively Discussion and Debate
To understand the present, we first must know the past. These courses focus on the origins of civilization, explore the causes and effects of world events, and debate conflicting interpretations of past events. From the world stage to New York City’s five boroughs, examine how history impacts our lives today.
This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.
This course will consider the rivalry between the two most powerful countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as a kind of...
Take an exploratory journey from Paris to Sicily to uncover the breathtaking ingenuity of Europe’s medieval cathedrals. From the dramatic...
Explore the major events and fraught legacies of the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Learn how our different identities relate to social norms and how we can become better allies for every member of our society.
Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.
Almost a year into the Biden administration and with the congressional midterm elections next year, the United States continues to face serious...
What should we expect from the 21st century? A period of Great Power war, similar to the 20th century, or a long and commercial peace, similar...
Trace fin-de-siècle cultural developments in three metropolitan capitals that proved to be seedbeds of the birth of modernism.
Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.
Gain a community-based view of how neighborhoods use the New York City Landmarks Law to determine the future of their communities.
Learn the about the US Cold War policy of containment and its ripple effects that can still be seen and felt today.
Learn about the history of hip hop and its influence on global music, fashion, and culture.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Study past royal scandals to put the more recent events into historical perspective and to explore intriguing comparisons.
Through lively online discussions, trace the history of the design of public spaces in New York City.
From Peter to Putin: The Evolution of the Kremlin and Russia's Place in the World from Empire to the 21st Century
This course provides a narrative of modern Russian history that frames an analysis of contemporary Russian politics and leadership.
Gain an in-depth introduction to ancient Andean civilizations including the Inca, Moche, and Chavín cultures.
Examine the political and cultural significance of the Italian princely courts in their proper historical context through a literary lens.
Examine some of the key moments of presidential leadership throughout American history, with an eye to our own time.
Examine race and ethnicity in the ancient Western world through art, literature, and archaeology.
Explore the major constitutional issues that are involved in the administration of criminal justice, and examine how race pervades them.
Discover the aesthetic treasures of New York City’s public transportation system, both present and past.
Explore the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
Explore what privacy means today and how the right to privacy has varied over the course of American history.
Explore how socioeconomic conditions, fear of communism, and the use of violence led to the rise of fascism in Italy after World War I.
The Three Branches of Government in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Do They Form a "More Perfect Union"?
This course explores the history of the relationships among the three branches of the US government in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Explore the history of the relationships, as well as the ebbs and flows of power, among the three branches of the US government.
Learn the postwar history of China from the perspective of political, diplomatic, and economic history.
This course will give you a foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation.
Acquire the basic pronunciation, vocabulary, useful expressions, and fundamental grammatical notions for effective communication in Italian.
Explore New York City at the time of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.
Explore films depicting the American Midwest, discussing the movies, directors, history, and themes that distinguish them from other films.
Explore Islamic history during the first six centuries of its existence.
Watch powerful foreign films that serve as catalysts for post-screening discussions about present-day issues in the associated geopolitical regions.
If you have a basic knowledge of ancient Greek, use your skills to read and discuss an ancient Greek work that changes each semester.
Explore how art has been used as propaganda from early Greece to the United States in the 20th century.
Explore films of Jewish history and experience, discussing the movies, directors, and themes, as well as the contextual history and settings.
Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.