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 semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.
Explore the key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.
Learn the postwar history of China from the perspective of political, diplomatic, and economic history.
Discover the many impressive houses and palaces of Scotland that have played a significant role in history and popular culture.
Gain new insights into the Vietnam War and Watergate by examining recorded conversations.
Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.
Study New York City’s history, from the earliest European encounters with Native Algonquian peoples to the Gilded Age.
Understand what CRT really means and explore the debate around Critical Race Theory and Culturally Responsive Teaching.
In this course, we will explore the rich culture and history of Aztec civilization through the period of Spanish invasion and colonization. The...
This course focuses on the pronunciation, vocabulary, useful expressions, and grammatical structures that allow for effective communication in...
Follow the path from England’s awe-inspiring Canterbury Cathedral to the dramatic ruins of St. Andrew’s, overlooking the North Sea...
In four illustrated lectures, see how New York City neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.
Richard Nixon emerged victorious in the turbulent election of 1968 after serving as Vice-President throughout most of the 1950s and nearly...
Learn how our different identities relate to social norms and how we can become better allies for every member of our society.
Learn to develop meaningful relationships with allies in order to be an effective...
Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. This course will analyze the geopolitical...
Explore England’s historic cities and discover the splendors of the Georgian era.
Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. Explore French exofiction—a new literary...
Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.
Gain a community-based view of how neighborhoods use the New York City Landmarks Law to determine the future of their communities.
Explore the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and the Supreme Court’s decisions about religion in recent years.
Explore the United States Supreme Court’s major decisions during the last 20 years.
Tour landmark skyscrapers across America and learn about the Gilded Age barons who funded their construction.
Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.
Learn how to conduct successful social and racial justice campaigns.
Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. World War II was a critical challenge...
The United States’ relationship with Latin America has been and continues to be one of the most important and controversial relationships...
Explore how digital identities are created and manipulated.