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Accounting 010
African Area Studies 016
African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures 013
Africana Studies 014
Agriculture and Food Systems 020
American History 512
American Literature
American Studies 050
Animal Science 067
Anthropology 070
Armenian 078
Art 081
Art History 082
Arts and Sciences 090
Asian Studies 098
Astrophysics 105
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Biotechnology 126
Business Analytics and Information Technology 623
Business Law 140
Cell Biology
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Chinese Studies 170
Cinema Studies 175
Cognitive Science 185
Communication 192
Community Development
Comparative Literature 195
Computer Science 198
Criminal Justice 202
Criminology 204
Dance 203, 206
Design 208
Digital Filmmaking 211
East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216
Economics 220
Education 300
Entomology 370
Environmental and Business Economics 373
Environmental Certificates
Environmental Planning and Design 573
Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior 374
Environmental Sciences 375
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European Studies 360
Exercise Science 377
Film Studies
Finance 390
Food Science 400
French 420
Gender and Media 438
Geography 450
Geological Sciences 460
German 470
Greek 490
Greek, Modern Greek Studies 489
Health Administration 501
Health and Society 502
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Public History Certificate
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Departmental Honors Program
General/Comparative History Courses (506)
African, Asian, and Latin American History Courses (508)
European History Courses (510)
American History Courses (512)
History/French Joint Major 513
History/Political Science Joint Major 514
Human Resource Management 533
Hungarian 535
Individualized Major 555
Information Technology and Informatics 547
Interdisciplinary Studies, SAS 556
International and Global Studies 558
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Jewish Studies 563
Journalism and Media Studies 567
Junior Year Abroad
Korean 574
Labor Studies and Employment Relations 575
Landscape Architecture 550
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latino and Caribbean Studies 595
Leadership and Management 605
Life Sciences
Linguistics 615
Management and Global Business 620
Marine Sciences 628
Marketing 630
Mathematics 640
Medicine and Dentistry
Medieval Studies 667
Meteorology 670
Microbiology 680
Middle Eastern Studies 685
Military Education, Air Force 690
Military Education, Army 691
Military Education, Naval 692
Molecular Biology
Nutritional Sciences 709
Operations Research 711
Organizational Leadership 713
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Physiology and Neurobiology
Planning and Public Policy 762
Plant Biology 776
Polish 787
Political Science 790
Portuguese 810
Psychology 830
Public Health 832
Public Policy 833
Religion 840
Russian 860
Sexualities Studies 888
Social Justice 904
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
South Asian Studies 925
Spanish 940
Sport Management 377
Statistics and Biostatistics 960
Study Abroad 959
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Theater 965, 966
Ukrainian 967
Urban Planning and Design 971
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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses History African, Asian, and Latin American History Courses (508)  

African, Asian, and Latin American History Courses (508)

01:508:110 Political Islam: Present and Past (3) Introduction to Islamic political thought and practice. Emphasis on how historical knowledge can help us to understand contemporary debates over the place of Islam in the modern world.
01:508:191,192 Global Topics (3,3) Study of special topics in global history at the introductory level.
01:508:200 Ancient Near East (3) Origins and development of the societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia Minor, and Palestine, through the period of the Persian Empire. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:200 or 01:685:200.
01:508:201 Islamic Civilization (3) Survey of Islamic societies from seventh-century Arabia to modern times. Religious, political, military, social, economic, and cultural institutions and organizational patterns.
01:508:205 History of the Modern Middle East (3) Shaping of Middle Eastern politics and society since 1800 out of the Islamic/Ottoman legacies and under the impact of modernity and Western encroachment. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:205 or 01:685:203.
01:508:209 Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives (3) Introduces students to the history of Jerusalem. Causes for and evolution of the profound attachment of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:280.
01:508:211 Modern Israeli Culture (3) Approaches modern Israel as a case study in creating a new national culture in relation to ancient history and traditions and a longstanding diaspora. Explores the evolution of Israeli culture between 1940s and the 1990s from an interdisciplinary perspective. Credit not given for both this course and 01:508:310, 01:563:310, 01:563:281, 01:685:310, or 01:685:281.
01:508:220 Ancient Africa (3) Precolonial African societies and kingdoms: family life, cities, Islam, growth and decline of states, impact of the slave trade, and African culture in the Americas. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:220.
01:508:221 West Africa (3) Politics in past and present states, rise of new social and economic groups, various reactions to the West during precolonial and colonial eras.
01:508:222 Modern Africa (3) Nineteenth-, 20th-, and 21st-century Africa: resistance and accommodation to colonialism; impact of Christianity; African workers and new elites; changing roles of women, nationalism, and revolution. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:222.
01:508:224 Women and Gender in African History (3) Issues in the history of gender in Africa: female slavery; women and power formations; women in production and trade; family and community; and gender and protest. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:224 or 01:988:224.
01:508:226 War and Violence in Africa (3) Explores the history of warfare and violence in Africa with a view toward understanding how war has shaped African states, societies, and economies. Topics include different patterns of military organization over time; evolution of weaponry, tactics, and strategy; and increasing prevalence of warfare and militarism in African political and economic systems.
01:508:230 The Making of Modern India and Pakistan (3) Introduction to the history of the Indian subcontinent from the advent of the Mughal Empire to the creation of the modern states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:230.
01:508:231 South Asian Civilization: The First Five Millennia (3) History and culture of South Asia from protohistoric beginnings in the Indus Valley to the late first millennium CE.Emphasizes processes of sociocultural change such as social organization and ideology, religious institutions and patronage, and the evolution of classical culture. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:231.
01:508:235 Business and Society in Historical and Contemporary India (3) Introduction to the long history of commerce and society in the Indian subcontinent up to the present. Includes study of the sociology of economic activity and its representation in popular culture.
01:508:240 Classical Asia (3) Introduction to the three great civilizations of Asia: India, China, and Japan. Emphasis on traditional family life, art, literature, and the spread of Buddhism.
01:508:242 Modern East Asia (3) Development of China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries: the response to Western imperialism; the rise of Chinese communism and Japanese fascism.
01:508:244 China and the United States (3) History of contacts between the two peoples since 1784. Concentrates on period from 1941 to present. Includes all aspects of cultural, economic, and political relations.
01:508:246 History of Chinese Civilization (3) Introduction to foundational elements of Chinese civilization and society from a historical perspective. Evolution of main Chinese intellectual, political, social, economic, and religious traditions and institutions from the Neolithic to the present period.
01:508:247 China, 1800 to the Present (3) Continuity and change in Chinese society, politics, culture, international relations, and the economy. Industrialization, rural life, nationalism, socialism, the party-state, gender issues, democracy movements.
01:508:250 Southeast Asia and the World (3) Introduction to Southeast Asia--one of the crossroads of the world--from ancient civilizations until the end of the 20th century. Includes the histories of Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timore Leste, and Vietnam.
01:508:255 Environmental History of Latin America (3) Mutual reshaping of physical environment and human society in Latin America, from pre-Colombian through contemporary times. Credit not given for both this course and 01:590:364.
01:508:260 Colonial Latin America (3) Study of formation of culture and society in Latin America through intermingling and merger of Native Americans, Iberians, and Africans.
01:508:262 Modern Latin America (3) Introductory survey of Latin America from Columbus to Castro with major emphasis on the political history (authoritarian, populist, and revolutionary movements) of the 19th and 20th centuries.
01:508:264 Latin America and the United States (3) Survey of the relations between the United Statesand Latin American nations from the 1780s to the present.
01:508:280 Early Native American History (3) Examines the images and realities of Native American cultures and histories from America before Columbus through the early period of European-Native American interaction.
(Formerly 01:508:379)
01:508:282 Modern Native American History (3) Examines the images and realities of Native American cultures and histories from the colonial period through the present day.
01:508:291,292 Topics in History (3,3) Study of special topics in global history at the intermediate level.
01:508:300 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (3) Evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past century. Emphasis on conflict's origins, dynamics, and complexities rather than on prescriptions for solution. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:300.
01:508:303 The Classical Age of Islam (3) Rise and expansion of Islam and formation of Islamic civilization in the Middle East from 600 to the demise of the Abbasid Caliphate ca. 1250. Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:303.
01:508:304 Ottoman Empire (3) Political, socioeconomic, and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1900, from frontier principality, to world empire, to post-Suleymanic crisis and change. Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:304.
01:508:305 Modern Turkey (3) Introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of modern Turkey, from its late Ottoman origins to the recent past.
01:508:306 War and Revolution in Iran and Iraq (3) Examines key episodes of conflict between Iran and Iraq in the 20th century, including Iran's Islamic revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and the two U.S. led wars on Iraq. Investigates the longer-term roots of conflict and its social, political, and ideological consequences.
01:508:307 Women and Society in the Islamic Middle East (3) History of women and gender relations in the Islamic Middle East: origins of gender inequalities; women's functioning within society; reality versus literary depictions; and recent transformations. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:308 or 01:685:307.
01:508:308 Jews in the Islamic World (3) Explores the cultural, religious, and political history of Jews in the lands of Islam. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:308. 
01:508:310 Israeli Culture (3) Formation of modern Israeli culture since the beginning of Zionist immigration to Palestine; its historical, social, literary, and artistic expressions. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:310 or 01:685:310.
01:508:316 Israeli Women: Historical and Literary Perspectives (3) Impact of socialism, nationalism, ethnicity, religion, and feminism on Israeli women's roles within the family, labor force, army, kibbutz, and politics. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:316 or 01:685:316 or 01:988:316.
01:508:318 Nationalism in Modern Africa (3) Development of African political thought from the 18th century to the modern period with a focus on nationalism. Topics will include African responses to European conquest and colonization; efforts to situate Africa in world history; the emergence of African independence movements; and the influence of race, class, and gender on nationalist thought.
01:508:320 History of Southern Africa (3) Precolonial African societies and kingdoms, family life, religion, European colonialism, and African nationalist and revolutionary movements. Emphasis on South Africa, apartheid, and the freedom struggle.
01:508:321 African Cultural History (3) History of African music, art, religion, and other cultural practices in social and political context. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:321.
01:508:324 Africans in the Americas (3) Africans in the Americas: Latin America, the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean, and the United States. Focus on the African background, slavery, and race relations.
01:508:325 Africa from the 15th to the 19th Centuries (3) Explores the history of Africa between the 15th and 19th centuries. Focuses on themes such as state formation, economic development, and the imperial conquest.
01:508:326 Islam in African History (3) Relation of Islam to the history of long distance trade, the rise of urban centers, shifting identity formations, gender dynamics, and religious conflict.
01:508:327 World War II and Africa (3) Focuses on the history of Africa's involvement in World War II and the impact of this involvement on African political and economic history, with special emphasis on the war's role in nationalist movements.
01:508:328 History of Health and Healing in Africa (3) Impact of colonial and postcolonial history on patterns of health and health care in sub-Saharan Africa. Focus on African responses to changing new medical technologies and cultures, and emerging patterns of disease.
01:508:330 Early Modern South Asia, 1500-1800 (3) The Mughal Empire between the 16th and 19th centuries and the making of modernity in the region. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:330.
01:508:331 Women in South Asian History (3) Origins and development of modern Indian feminist struggles in their historical contexts between the late-18th and late-20th centuries. Not open to first-year students. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:331.
01:508:332 Slavery in South Asian History (3) Covers military, monastic, and household forms of slave employment in the economy of the region between the 12th and 19th centuries. Also traces changes in the legal and economic statuses of slaves in the latter half of the period. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:332.
01:508:333 Culture and Power in South Asia (3) Explores connections between sacred power, "sciences," courts, nation-building and developments in music, dance, drama, and cinema. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:333.
01:508:334 Passages to India: South Asia through Travel Narratives (3) Introduces students to South Asian and comparative history through reading of travelogues by visitors from other civilizations, seventh century to 20th century.
01:508:335 Modern South Asia (3) Modern history of South Asia; focuses on the transition to and through colonialism.
01:508:336 South Asia, 1947 to the Present (3) Follows social and political development of South Asia after decolonization, assessing the developmental agendas and international relations of the new regimes. Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:336.
01:508:337 Pirates, Pilgrims, and Poets: Globalization in Indian Ocean History (3) Examines the history of globalization by looking at the Indian Ocean as a space of economic and cultural exchange. Themes include technology and exchange, politics and space, people and mobility, and culture and representation.
01:508:338 Asian Migrations (3) Traces the modern history and contemporary cultures of Asian migration, from approximately 1850 to the present. Explores how global historical trends, including overseas exploration, colonialism, capitalism, nation-building, and war, have shaped patterns of Asian migration.
01:508:340 Late Imperial Chinese Culture and Society (3) Chinese history from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Focus on power, gender, and ethnicity in a comparative framework of analysis.
01:508:341 Chinese Renaissance, 1000 to 1400 (3) History of China from 1000 CE to 1400 CE, exploring the social, cultural, and intellectual changes in the period beginning with the transition from the Tang to Song dynasties.
01:508:344 China's Socialist Revolution (3) History of socialism and revolution in China, emphasizing rise of Chinese Communist Party, its victory in 1949, and post-1949 People's Republic of China.
01:508:346 TransAsia: A Transnational History of Gender and Sexuality in Asia (3) Transnational history of Asia; how (trans)regional movements in peoples, ideas, commodities, technologies, and capital have shaped and been shaped by gender/sexuality.
01:508:348 Chinese Intellectual History (3) Key topics and themes of Chinese intellectual history from antiquity to the modern period.
01:508:349 Modern China through Film and Fiction (3) Use of film and fiction to examine selected topics in modern Chinese history: origins and rise of Chinese nationalism; geneses and development of Chinese social revolutions and political movements; trajectories of China's rise and transformation from a declining empire to a global power and evolving modern society.
01:508:352 Japan's Rise to World Power (3) Japan's emergence from 1800 to present. The path to industrialization, military expansion, and postwar recovery. Emphasis on changing lifestyles depicted in literature and film.
01:508:360 The History of Brazil (3) Social, economic, and political developments of the Colonial Period, the Independence Movement, the Empire, the First Republic, the era of Getulio Vargas, and the Second Republic.
01:508:362 Mexico (3) Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present with special emphasis on the 20th century and the Mexican Revolution.
01:508:365 Revolution in Latin America (3) Compares and contrasts the causes and effects of major revolutionary movements in 20th-century Latin America: Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Central America.
01:508:366 Central American Revolutions (3) Central America since independence. Topics include revolt and revolution; formation of repressive states and labor-repressive capitalism; emergence of reformist and revolutionary movements. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:391.
01:508:367 The Afro-Latin American Experience (3) Examines profound impact of African diaspora on Latin American societies where persons of African descent represent significant minorities and numerical majorities. Explores how Afro-Latin Americans remember the past and experience the present. Credit not given for both this course and 01:590:367.
01:508:368 Latin American Social History (3) Impact of economic development, immigration, and urbanization on lower- and middle-class life in the 19th and 20th centuries through literary and anthropological as well as historical sources.
01:508:369 Gender in Latin American History (3) Study of the position of men and women in Latin American society from pre-European times to the present.
01:508:370 The History of Cuba (3) Study of Cuba from pre-Columbian times to the present day. Deals with the long battle for freedom during the 19th and 20th centuries. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:390.
01:508:371 History of Puerto Rico (3) Examination from pre-Columbian to present times. Focus on Spanish colonial policy, slavery and land tenure systems, emergence of national identity, U.S. invasion and rapid economic changes, and population control and migration. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:371.
01:508:372 History of the Dominican Republic (3) From French invasion of Hispaniola to present. Role in Spanish Empire, U.S. control in transition to sugar economy, Trujillismo, U.S. invasion in 1965, and impact of migration on society. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:372.
01:508:374 Slavery in the Caribbean (3) Analysis of different institutions of slavery in the Caribbean and the rise of the plantation societies. Investigating the effects on Europe and the Western Hemisphere and its legacy. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:300.
01:508:383 History of Native American Women (3) Explores the lives and experiences of Native American women from 16th-century contact with Europeans through the present-day United States. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:387.
01:508:391,392 Historical Studies (3,3) Separate sections focusing on different topics at different times and in different areas. Specific titles available at time of registration.
01:508:393 Global Diasporas in Caribbean History (3) Intraregional migrations of Caribbean since 18th century. Theories and concepts of migration; slavery; Asian indentured workers; European and American presence; labor migration; Panama Canal; export economies; race; citizenship; transnational dynamics. Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:393.
01:508:410 Medieval Turkey, 1071-1481 (3) Origins and development of Turkish states in Asia Minor including Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, its successor beyliks, and early Ottoman Empire. Credit not given for this course and 01:685:410.
01:508:420 African Labor History (3) African labor history: precolonial labor mobilization, control, and resistance; working-class formation; the labor process and worker consciousness. Credit not given for both this course and 01:014:367.
01:508:424 African Cities Past and Present (3) Social, cultural, economic, and political history of African cities with focus on student-led comparative research. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite recommended: one course on Africa.
01:508:429 Research in African Historical Studies (3) Construction of the African past through extended study of sources for one region or theme. Requires research paper based on primary sources.
01:508:450 Society and Culture in Japan (3) Topical approach to traditional Japanese history. Focus on social institutions, the courtly and martial arts, and the endurance of traditional values in postindustrial Japan.
01:508:468 Issues in African-Brazilian History (3) Overview of history of largest African diaspora community in the world. Critical analysis of major issues in African-Atlantic diaspora studies. Selected readings in literature, oral history, African-Brazilian movement documents, and iconography. Open to juniors and seniors only. Credit not given for both this course and 01:014:410 or 01:590:410.
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