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This guide will help you become aware of high quality information on history.

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History Classes at Monroe College

History is “a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events" (

This guide will help prepare you for your classes and assignments with resources that we have at the library to help you in your studies.

In the course of your studies here at Monroe College, you might take classes such as:

American History I / American History II (LA130 / LA131)
LA-130: This survey course presents students with a broad overview of the people and events that have shaped America from 1776 to the Civil War. Major ideas, institutions, social groups, and crises are examined in historical context.

LA-131: This survey course offers a broad overview of the people and events that have shaped America from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is on the major ideas, institutions, social groups and crises that have helped to shape contemporary America.

Caribbean History (LA135)
LA-135: The Caribbean is a region that has experienced unique major historical and geographical changes. Various populations of people have migrated into the region. Over the years, these groups have interacted with the landscape and transformed it in many ways. This course uses the "eye" of the historian to survey some of these transformations, from the advent of the Amerindians around 500, to the Twentieth Century.

Foundations of Education (ED101)
ED-101: This course is an introduction to the history of education in the United States, including major theorists who have influenced American education. Students explore the concepts, laws, and regulations of the teaching profession in general and special needs education for early childhood through adolescent education. Students gain an understanding of learning and behavioral disabilities, within the foundation of education, from historical, legal, and social constructs. Additional Requirements: 20 hours of field experience. Fieldwork includes observation of Early Childhood learning environments.

History of the New York City Police Department (CJ208)
CJ-208: This course examines the history of policing in New York City from 1625 to the present. Students learn the evolution of security forces in NYC from the Shout and Rattle Watch, through the transformation of the Municipal and Metropolitan Police Departments into the modern NYPD. Newsworthy events, high profile cases, and their impact on the reformation of the NYPD are discussed.  

The Honors Experience (HN150) 
HN-150: This introductory Honors course is required for all students in the Honors Program. It utilizes New York City as a basis for interdisciplinary study of politics, economics, transportation, demographics, science and technology, labor, culture and the arts. The specific themes studied vary each academic year. The course requires extensive reading and writing assignments in conjunction with field trips and site visits to complement coursework. It culminates in the presentation of a final research project.

The Human Rights Movements in History (HN260)
HN-260: This interdisciplinary course uses the study of the Holocaust to investigate causes and lessons of other modern genocides. Readings, films, field trips, and guest lecturers offer students a range of perspectives. Students discuss and research genocidal conditions and responses. The course culminates in a final presentation reflecting students’’ own investigation and analyses. This course fosters the development of a community of scholars, guiding them to become global citizens and "up standers" for social justice.