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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 Summer, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

A Day at Machu Picchu

Explore the rich cultural history of the Inca from ancient and colonial to modern times.

2020 Summer
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A Day with the Maya: Visiting Chichen Itza

Engage in an in-depth exploration of the glories and enigmas of ancient Maya civilization.

2020 Summer
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A History of Manhattan's Changing Neighborhoods

Join us via Zoom for six “walks” through the history of various Manhattan neighborhoods.

2020 Summer
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Significant and Controversial Presidential Elections and Campaigns in American History

Analyze the electoral process, including the anger and venom that have been part of US presidential elections since 1796.

2020 Summer
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The Foundations of the Modern World

Examine the historical and social changes in Europe from the 15th to 17th centuries that influenced science, medicine, and culture.

2020 Summer
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The Syrian Civil War and Cold War Politics in the 21st Century

Learn about the history of the Syrian Civil War and analyze the involvement and responses of international players to the Middle East crisis.

2020 Summer
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Wine Online: From the Old World to the New World

This course will give you a foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation.

2020 Summer
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A Holistic Look at Iran: Economics, Religion, Politics, and More

Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.

2020 Summer
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Italian I

Acquire the basic pronunciation, vocabulary, useful expressions, and fundamental grammatical notions for effective communication in Italian.

2020 Summer
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International Relations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.

2020 Summer
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A Brief History of Wales

Study Wales from the Middle Ages to the present to learn about its history and cultural heritage.

2020 Summer
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Walking and Talking New York

Gain familiarity with major events and figures in New York City history through four walking tours and four lively slide-illustrated talks.

2020 Summer
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A Food History of New York

Explore the history of New York City’s food culture.

A History of Rome: From the Founding of the City to the Death of Emperor Justinian

Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.

Churchill: Britain's Incomparable Leader

In this course, delve into Winston Churchill’s life—a roller coaster of bitter failures and glorious achievements.

England's Bath: Three Centuries of Scandals and Celebrities

Explore life in the English city of Bath, from its Roman and medieval history to its height of popularity in the 18th and early-19th centuries.

England's Medieval Heroes and Heroines

Explore Britain’s medieval legacy through some of its remarkable characters, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Gundulf of Rochester.

From Russia with Love? The Mueller Investigation and the Transformation of American Politics

Study the origins and ongoing effects of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Georgian England: From Country House to City Mansion

Explore the trends, tastes, and designs of those who commissioned the elegant 18th-century country houses of Georgian England.

Great Modern Speeches: From Roosevelt to Churchill, from Kennedy to King

Explore famous speeches and the characteristics that made them successful.

Great Trials in American History

Examine influential and controversial trials and decisions that have affected American history, from the colonial period to today.

NYUSPS Curated Lectures

Sample from a breadth of interesting topics that will be showcased, over the course of a day, by featured faculty and other renowned guest lecturers.

New York Behind the Scenes: Eating and Sleeping in New York City

Examine the rich history of hospitality and dining in New York City by visiting some of the City’s most famous restaurants and hotels.

Petty Tyrants and Princes: The Fabled Families of Italy

Uncover the politics, influence, imagination, and intrigues of the important Italian families of the early Renaissance.

The Design and Architecture of New York City's Public Transportation System

Discover the aesthetic treasures of New York City’s public transportation system, both present and past.

The Development of the Modern European State: 1914-1989

Study the changes brought about by WWI, which altered the nature of political institutions, governmental structures, and social movements.

The Evolution of American Free Speech

Explore the key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.

The Italian Response to the Holocaust

Explore the complexities of Italian history before and during the Holocaust, and examine why so many Italians risked their lives to help Jews.

The Roberts Court and 21st-Century Cases

Examine the political, economic, and cultural influence of the landmark decisions of the Roberts Court.

Themes in Early New York City Cultural History

Study New York City’s history, from the earliest European encounters with Native Algonquian peoples to the Gilded Age.

Travel Accounts from Tudor England

In this illustrated course, read fascinating accounts of travelers through Tudor England, uncovering rare insights into English life in that era.

US Religion and Politics

Examine the historical narratives necessary to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the United States.

The Legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: From Roberto Bolano to Valeria Luiselli

Explore the work of novelists who rely on the fusion of the magical and the real to portray the complexities of Latin American identity.

1914: The History of the Descent into World War I

This full-day course will trace the origins of World War I, from its beginnings in the French Revolution to its volcanic eruption in 1914.

An Introduction to Islamic History

Explore Islamic history during the first six centuries of its existence.

Global Hotspots Through Foreign Film

Watch powerful foreign films that serve as catalysts for post-screening discussions about present-day issues in the associated geopolitical regions.

History of American Television: The Sitcom

Explore the evolution of the American situation comedy and analyze popular sitcoms from different eras.

More World Cities: London, Paris, and New York in the 20th Century

This course covers art, architecture, politics, planning, and urban technology in London, Paris, and New York in the 20th century.

Reading Ancient Greek

If you have a basic knowledge of ancient Greek, use your skills to read and discuss an ancient Greek work that changes each semester.

The Changing City: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

In eight illustrated lectures, see how New York neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.

The Cityscape: Paintings, Prints, and Photographs from Around the World, 1500 to the Present

View the history of cityscape art, from Bellini’s paintings to Wiltshire’s drawings, including the great tradition of urban printmaking.

Themes in 20th-Century NYC Cultural History

Explore New York City’s cultural history from the 1910s to the 1970s through art, literature, and architecture.

Women in the Ancient Near East

Using existing literature and art, explore women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere of the Ancient Near East.

The Muslim Ban and Refugee Crisis in a Historical Perspective

This course will trace how the intertwined histories of the Middle East and United States set the stage for the contemporary moment.