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.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
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.
Explore the history of the relationships, as well as the ebbs and flows of power, among the three branches of the US government.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.
Study Wales from the Middle Ages to the present to learn about its history and cultural heritage.
Explore the rich cultural history of the Inca from ancient and colonial to modern times.
Engage in an in-depth exploration of the glories and enigmas of ancient Maya civilization.
Join us via Zoom for six “walks” through the history of various Manhattan neighborhoods.
Explore Britain’s medieval legacy through some of its remarkable characters, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Gundulf of Rochester.
Explore the trends, tastes, and designs of those who commissioned the elegant 18th-century country houses of Georgian England.
Explore famous speeches and the characteristics that made them successful.
Uncover the politics, influence, imagination, and intrigues of the important Italian families of the early Renaissance.
Analyze the electoral process, including the anger and venom that have been part of US presidential elections since 1796.
Discover the aesthetic treasures of New York City’s public transportation system, both present and past.
Study the changes brought about by WWI, which altered the nature of political institutions, governmental structures, and social movements.
Explore the key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.
Examine the historical and social changes in Europe from the 15th to 17th centuries that influenced science, medicine, and culture.
Examine the political, economic, and cultural influence of the landmark decisions of the Roberts Court.
Learn about the history of the Syrian Civil War and analyze the involvement and responses of international players to the Middle East crisis.
Gain familiarity with major events and figures in New York City history through four walking tours and four lively slide-illustrated talks.
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.
Explore Islamic history during the first six centuries of its existence.
Explore the evolution of the American situation comedy and analyze popular sitcoms from different eras.
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 New York City’s cultural history from the 1910s to the 1970s through art, literature, and architecture.