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.
Learn more about the Diploma in Historic Preservation Studies.
Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to New York City’s only bird and wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Explore the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
Discover New York City of the 19th and early 20th centuries through the novels of Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser.
Become familiar with the spirit of the Secession Movement and explore the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna.
Study the architecture of New York City’s public spaces and examine how their designs help New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy the great outdoors.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Explore how English country house gardens have evolved over centuries and what they reveal about English history and taste.
Learn about the diplomatic events that lead up to the collapse of the pre-1914 European system, the consequences of which resulted in WWI and WWII.
Explore the stories and history of the dealers, collectors, and art museums that made New York City a premiere destination to view great art.
Give back to the community and hone your cross-cultural communication skills by volunteering to teach English as a second language.
Explore the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the 21st century that have extended and complicated our understanding of nature.
Read and discuss Italian writers who grapple with the “Southern Question” and the South’s highly disputed place in Italy.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Learn the stories of both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, told against the rich background of a fast-growing mercantile city with global reach.
Spend an afternoon discussing key passages from the 4,000-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh, a work at the headwaters of written literature.
Read and discuss Sumerian and Babylonian poems and hymns to the goddess Ishtar, while comparing them to the Bible’s Song of Songs.
Explore the works of great artists, musicians, and writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
Explore the key role of Australia in 21st-century current affairs by examining the social and cultural landscape of the country.
Explore the culture of New York City in the 20th century prior to the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression.
Discover how New York City’s fascinating past illuminates its vibrant life today.
Gain valuable insights from New York’s movers and shakers, who will help you to take full advantage of the City’s cultural resources.
Experience the culture of New York City in the 1930s, including WPA mural art, Federal Theatre projects, the Ziegfeld Follies.
Explore the legacy of Central Park—one of the greatest works of art of the 19th century—in the context of the history of New York City.
Explore NYC’s rich history of political activism, including the fight for workers’ rights, racial justice, and gender and sexual equality.
Explore the major constitutional issues that are involved in the administration of criminal justice, and examine how race pervades them.
Explore the contrasting legacies of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs on the fabric of New York City.
Explore the legacy of the man known as the “master builder” of mid-20th-century New York City.
Gain a historical perspective on the white working class, a demographic whose members and political power have seen great change since WWII.
Study the cultural and sociopolitical history of Britain in the art deco era, from art and architecture to political upheavals and royal scandals.
Uncover the varied and remarkable history of English villages, including Yorkshire, Devon, Finchingfield, Grantchester, Bampton, and Cornwall.
Unravel the greatest mysteries of the universe, including the Big Bang, supernovae, and black holes, in this introductory astronomy course.
Explore how socioeconomic conditions, fear of communism, and the use of violence led to the rise of fascism in Italy after World War I.
Explore Britain’s medieval legacy, from architecture and decorative arts to illuminated manuscripts and literature.
Trace the development of the United States as a superpower, from the 19th century to the Vietnam War.