History and Government

HG 101 World Civilization to 1550
3 credits (AS)
This course covers the period from the origin of human civilizations to the Renaissance. Through a thematic and comparative approach to world history, it is expected that by focusing significantly on the non-western regions of the world, but not excluding European cultures, it is hoped that the student will reach a greater understanding of and respect for the diversity of cultures around the world. (Offered fall term)

HG 102 World Civilization 1550 to Present
3 credits (AS)

This course covers the history of civilizations around the world from the Renaissance to the present day. Utilizing a thematic and comparative approach to world history, this course exposes students to the global structures, issues and events that shape the contemporary world. (Offered spring term)

HG 121 U.S. History to 1877
3 credits (AS)

Through an examination of the New World’s development from the coming of the Norsemen to Reconstruction, the student is expected to develop a more complete understanding of the factors that have made us what we are today. (Offered fall term)

HG 122 U.S. History 1877 to Present
3 credits (AS)

Through an examination of America’s past, from the Gilded Age through to the present, the student develops a greater understanding of the factors that contributed to America’s growth as an urbanized industrial society. (Offered spring term)

HG 131 Macroeconomics
3 credits (AS)

This course examines the economy considered as a whole. Topics include national income accounting, unemployment, inflation, determination of total output, monetary and fiscal policy, and the international economy. Emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s ability to analyze the economy and economic policies. (Offered annually)

HG 132 Microeconomics
3 credits (AS)
This course examines the behavior of consumers and firms in markets. Topics include supply and demand, elasticities, competition, product markets, resource markets, labor markets, income distribution and government policy. Emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s ability to analyze the economy and economic policies. (Offered each semester)

HG 141 Government and Politics of the United States
3 credits (AS)

This course is an examination of the national government and the American political system, and how the two differ. The course seeks to place contemporary governmental problems in their historical framework. Students examine the functioning and interrelationships of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government as well as political and interest groups. (Offered annually)

HG 143 State and Local Government
3 credits (AS)

State and Local Government is an issue-oriented introduction to the world of government ―close to home.‖ There is coverage of how laws are created (from idea through the entire legislative process), the relationship between the federal, state, and local governments, and the big players on the state and local front. In addition, the course focuses on real problems that many students will encounter in their own lives and careers such as: how to secure government funding for programs they are working on (child abuse, drug abuse, the arts, education); how to be effective at town meetings (taxation, school sports, local traffic); how education is funded; how communities bring jobs to their area (economic development); and election campaign issues.

HG 206 History & Sociology of the American Family
3 credits (AS)

This is a social history course, which uses sociological concepts to examine historical changes in the functions of American families and the lives of family members. Inquiries will address questions about rapid social change as it relates to (1) changes in the structures and functions of American families, (2) changes in the roles assumed by and role-conflicts experienced by children and adult family members, and (3) changes in the life cycles of family members. Students will examine the impact of major societal transformations – from hunting and gathering to sedentary agrarian to urban industrial/technological – upon family functions and upon the social experiences and development of children, adolescent and adult family members. (Offered on a rotating basis)   Prerequisite: EN 101 Academic Writing I or permission of the instructor

HG 208/308 History of Mexico
3 credits (AS)

This course introduces students to the people and history of Mexico from its ancient past through the present day, focused on developing students’ understanding of our ―distant neighbor‖ and enhancing students’ appreciation of its diverse culture. This course further seeks to increase students’ awareness of the relationship between past events and present realities through readings, discussions, and assignments intended to highlight such relationships. (Offered on a rotating basis)

HG 211/311 History of the African Diaspora
3 credits (AS)

In a span of almost four centuries, millions of Africans were transported to North America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands as slaves. Forcibly removed from their homelands and separated from their kin and societies, they were enslaved in a new world where all familiar customs were suppressed. This course examines how Africans, despite these brutal conditions, managed to reform their identities in a new world. Through a comparative examination of African experiences in different new world societies, students will gain an appreciation of the ways in which Africans created social identities and cultures for themselves in these trying conditions. (Offered on a rotating basis)  Prerequisites: EN 101 Academic Writing I for 200 level and EN 201 Academic Writing II for 300 level or permission of the instructor.

HG 212/312 History of Africa
3 credits (AS)

This course introduces students to the general themes of African history from the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mali to the current day. Particular attention is paid to the basic patterns of indigenous African civilizations and the impact of outside forces upon those patterns. This investigation helps students understand how African responses to the slave trade, European imperialism, and the spread of world religions such as Christianity and Islam have created the world of modern Africa. Readings and discussion of selected case studies provide additional depth to students’ investigation of these topics.  (Offered on a rotating basis)  Prerequisites: EN 101 Academic Writing I for 200 level and EN 201 Academic Writing II for 300 level, or permission of the instructor

HG 223 Women in American History
3 credits (AS)

This course examines the economic, social, political and cultural experiences of women in American history. Students study historical themes central to explaining our country’s history from the perspective of women. (Offered on a rotating basis)

HG 241 Comparative Government and Politics
3 credits (AS)

Working on the assumption that what happens in other countries is important to us all, this course examines the governments of the industrialized democracies, the European Community, the former Soviet states, and Third World nations, in an attempt not only to find similarities and differences, but also to apply lessons from their development to the future growth of the United States.  Prerequisite: HG 141 Government and Politics of the U.S. 

HG 261 Comparative Political Ideologies
3 credits (AS)

This course examines major political philosophies of the 20th Century and their impact on the systems of government in different world areas. In addition to studying the basic principles of liberal democracy, communism and fascism, the course focuses on the successes and failures of these ideologies and the political challenges facing both developed and developing nations.

HG 301 Models of Society
3 credits (AS)

In this interdisciplinary course, students analyze and apply theoretical models drawn from the social sciences including, but not limited to, geography, economics, history, and political science. Topics discussed include the impact of geography on economic and environmental issues, international economic systems and theories, individual and collective economic and political decision-making, political systems and theories, and manifestations of authoritative and subaltern status in national and international contexts. (Offered alternate years)

HG 310 Modern Latin America
3 credits (AS)

This course traces the political, social, cultural and economic evolution of the nations of Latin America from the Independence period through the present day. Particular attention is paid to the diversity of experience and culture generated by the interaction of the region’s indigenous, African, and European peoples. (Offered on a rotating basis)

HG 320 New York State History
3 credits (AS)

This course will facilitate an understanding of the ways that New York State played a vital role in the economic, political, and social development of the United States of America at national and local levels. The village of Cazenovia is located near the sites of tragic battles, religious evangelism, abolition activities, the quest for women’s rights, and many others. We will discuss several of those places. Other topics that will be covered include the diversity of New York’s citizens, immigration, activism, culture, race, and industrial and technological developments from the earliest Native American inhabitation to the present day.

HG 325 United States in the 1960’s
3 credits (AS)

This course undertakes an intensive study of what is arguably the most domestically divisive—and intellectually challenging—decade in our nation’s history. Using primary sources, books, novels, and culture iconography in a seminar format, the student will create a scholarly, rather than a ―pop culture‖ assessment of the period. Subjects discussed will include: The Legacy of the 1950’s; Civil Rights for African Americans; The Student Movement and the New Left; Kennedy; Johnson; Vietnam and the Antiwar Movement; Civil Rights for Women; The Seminal Year of 1968. (Offered on a rotating basis)  Prerequisites: HG 122 U.S. History 1877 to Present or Advanced Placement High School American History, or permission of the instructor 

HG 333 Regional and Urban Economics
3 credits (AS)

Regional and Urban Economics is the study of the location of economic activity. We consider why cities form and grow; changes in urban form; changes in transportation technology; and the conditions that facilitate economic development. Two distinct aspects about location that are of interest to us are the distance from other economic activity and the income of households in a place. Relying heavily on market concepts developed in introductory economics, we study location theory for firms relative to markets, and explore issues related to government efforts to encourage growth. (Offered on a rotating basis)  Prerequisite: HG 132 Microeconomics or permission of instructor

HG 334 State and Local Public Economics
3 credits (AS)

The primary objective of this course is to provide the basis for evaluating both efficiency and equity of sub-federal taxation and spending. Many of the same issues are relevant for states and local governments as at the federal level, while some issues are altogether different. For example, federal governments do not need to be concerned about tax competition, but local governments do; and development is an inherently local activity. (Offered on a rotating basis)  Prerequisite: HG 132 Microeconomics or permission of instructor

HG 335 International Economics and Trade
3 credits (AS)

This course is an introduction to international economics and trade, with an emphasis on the evolution of various economic theories and discussion of global trends and areas of business opportunities. (Offered annually)  Prerequisite: HG 131 Macroeconomics and HG 132 Microeconomics

HG 358 International Law
3 credits (AS)
This course introduces the student to basic principles of international law, and the system of rules, institutions and procedures that regulate interaction among nations and between states and individuals. Students will examine international agreements, treaties, and charters, including the UN Charter, the Hague Convention, and the Geneva Convention. Students will be exposed to various methods used to resolve transnational problems in human rights and international criminal law. (Offered on a rotating basis) Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II or permission of the instructor

HG 375 Historical Methods
3 credits (AS)
Designed for the advanced Social Science student in history, political science, or pre-law, the course centers on the art of history – what it is – and the science of the historian – professional historical research. Students will be introduced to the varying ways of defining history, as well as to advanced techniques for library, oral history, statistical and archival research. (Offered annually) Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least 12 hours in HG coursework (exclusive of Economics), successful completion of EN 101 Academic Writing I, and EN 201 Academic Writing II