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.
Learn how our different identities relate to social norms and how we can become better allies for every member of our society.
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.
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...
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Trace fin-de-siècle cultural developments in three metropolitan capitals that proved to be seedbeds of the birth of modernism.
Learn about the history and development of the Upper East Side and Upper West Side neighborhoods as we know them today.
Through lively online discussions, trace the history of the design of public spaces in New York City.
Gain an understanding late Victorian London through Henry James’s astute observations in his essays about the city he knew so well.
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.
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.
Learn the about the US Cold War policy of containment and its ripple effects that can still be seen and felt today.
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.
Learn the postwar history of China from the perspective of political, diplomatic, and economic history.
Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.
This course focuses on the pronunciation, vocabulary, useful expressions, and grammatical structures that allow for effective communication in...
Learn about the history of hip hop and its influence on global music, fashion, and culture.
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.
Gain a community-based view of how neighborhoods use the New York City Landmarks Law to determine the future of their communities.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.
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.