HIST - History

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course provides an introduction to the political, military, intellectual, cultural, technological, religious, and economic features of western civilization from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. It also considers the relationship between Europe and the United States, and between Europe and the wider world. Finally, the course discusses contemporary Europe.

  • The course examines the history of the Mafia from its origins to the present day. How the Mafia works and has succeeded as well as approaches, including those by civil society organizations, to combating the Mafia are also examined. Attention is paid to examples of Mafia enterprises, its past and present role in politics, and its evolution from a regional organization to one with an international reach. A research project, with both a paper and an oral presentation, is required.

  • This course is an introductory survey of American history from the early Native Americans and European colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include native cultures, European heritage, the colonial experience, revolution and the new republic. Emphasis will be placed on the fomation of the Constitution, reform movements and political compromises. Special attention will be paid to the common institutions in American society and their affects on different groups.

  • This course gives an overview of recent Italian history. Students will trace the history of Italy from the end of the Second World War to the current crisis facing Italy. Topics will include: the birth of the Republic, the clash between the Christian Democrats and the Communist Party in the 50s, the economic boom, terrorism in the 70s and of the "opposite extremes," the political degeneration of the 80s, "Tangentopoli," and the new political system in the Berlusconi era.

  • Students will be introduced to the history of New York State, from the pre-colonial Iroquoian hegemony to modern New York. The focus will be on the social, political, cultural, and economic developments and events that made New York the Empire State. Special emphasis will be placed on the individuals who contributed to state growth in these areas. Students will complete a research paper/project.

  • This course is an introductory survey of American History from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. Topics include western migration, the impact of industrialization and urbanization, the rise of organized labor and the rise of the United States as a world power. The course will cover aspects of the social, political, and economic life of the people of the United States, with a special focus on unity and diversity, during the 19th - 21st centuries.

  • This course allows students who have successfully completed a history course to continue study in that subject. A student may contract for one to four credit hours. However, directed study may be contracted by a student only with the approval of the directing instructor and the department chairperson.
  • This course will introduce students to the relationship between Western countries and Africa over the last five centuries and today. Particular attention will be paid to the political, economic, and cultural links established between Europe and Africa, including the imperialist occupation and exploitation of Africa by Europeans.

  • This class surveys global military history during the 20th century, with particular emphasis on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. It examines the origins of major and minor conflicts; the political, social, and economic context of modern warfare; changes in strategy, tactics, logistics, intelligence, battlefield technology, and other salient features of warfare; the contributions of political leaders and major military commanders; and the effects of modern warfare on soldiers and civilians. This class will feature student presentations and a research paper.