Registration Time!

Greetings all!  Every semester we produce an edition of the newsletter primarily dedicated to registration and advising.  Please read the contents carefully:  you will find many of your registration and advising questions answered.  And plan to attend one of the April 2 advising meetings (at 3:15 in HH113 or 7:00 in T111).
Also, do not forget to check the website (www.kean.edu/~hist) frequently, "like" us on facebook, and follow us on Twitter @KeanHistory!


You will not be able to register for classes until you have your advising block removed.  To have this block removed, you can either attend one of our pre-registration advising meetings (see below) or schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor.  See below for details and ALWAYS BRING YOUR GUIDESHEET TO ADVISING MEETINGS AND APPOINTMENTS!



Pre-Registration Advising Meetings:
  • Tuesday, April 2, 3:15 PM in HH113 and 
  • Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 PM in T111.
The Department of History will hold its pre-registration advising meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 3:15 PM in Hennings Hall 113.  We are also offering an evening advising session:  it is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, at 7:00 PM in Townsend 111.  Faculty members will be on hand to conduct advising, answer your questions, and remove advisement blocks.  Please bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations and/or degree audits (from KeanWise), and your questions!  If you need a clean GUIDESHEET, download one from the department website.  Click here for GUIDESHEET.
If you cannot attend the meeting, you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  To do so, first check his/her office hours on KeanWise, then send him/her an email to schedule an appointment.
When you meet with your advisor, bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations, degree audits, and any other relevant information.

Have questions about advising?

Start with Advising FAQs:
Please be aware that you can find answers to most of your advising questions on the History Department FAQs posted on the department webpage.  Try looking here first before you see your advisor.

Why do I have a hold on my account?

See University Academic Advisement Policy:

All undergraduate students will be required to receive academic advisement prior to registration. This advisement will be provided by the student’s faculty adviser.  An academic advisement hold will be placed on the student’s account until they have met with their advisor. Students can access their first major advisor information by logging into their KeanWISE account and clicking on the link Search Office Hour by Faculty/Advisor Name. (This link will only provide you with your first major advisor information.)
Students admitted into the following programs (EEO, EPIC, Passport, and Spanish-Speaking) will have an additional hold placed on their account. Students in these special admit programs are required to contact their respective program for removal of this hold prior to registration.

Students with a second major or content area will have a second major advisement hold placed on their account until they have met with their second advisor.  

History Teacher/Cert?

You will need to seek advising and have advising blocks removed by BOTH your history advisor AND your education advisor.  

All history/teacher certification majors should seek education advising from Professor Jerry Weiner in Hutchinson J334E.  He can offer advising and information you need about required education courses and fieldwork.  Please consult KeanWise for Professor Weiner's office hours.  He may be reached by email at jweiner@kean.edu, or by phone at 737-4009.

Specific Education advisors: 

Grades 9-12: Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir, J-334, lcahir@kean.edu

Grades 5-8: Dr. Frank Osborne, J-334, fosborne@kean.edu

Grades K-5: Prof. Patrick Ippolito, J-330, pippolit@kean.edu

Bilingual Ed: Dr. Gail Verdi, J-330, gverdi@kean.edu

Special Ed: Dr. Barbara Lee, J-317, blee@kean.edu

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification: Dr. Ethel Eaddy, J-102 eeaddy@kean.edu and www.kean.edu/~pbtc



When can I register?

To find out, follow this link to the registrar's "system availability" schedule: http://www.kean.edu/admin/uploads/Fall%202013%20System%20Avail%2003.05.13%20VPAA%20UPDATE.pdf


Have basic questions about registration?

Try the "Preparing for Registration" page on the registrar's website: 

Fall 2013 Courses by Category

Below you will find Fall 2013 history courses listed by category.  For a complete list, remember to consult the department website at 



GE 2023 sec 08 – Research and Technology (History majors only; petition required)


HIST 1000 - Civil Society in America
HIST 1030 - History of Western Civilization I
HIST 1040 - History of Western Civilization II
HIST 1062 – Worlds of History


HIST 3000 – Perspectives on History (petition required)
HIST 3301 - Public History II
HIST 3321 – Introduction to the History of Medicine
HIST 3860 – Jewish History to 1789 (Ocean Only)
HIST 3864 - World War I
HIST 4000 – Special Topics in History: History of the Book
HIST 4235 – The Industrial Revolution (Ocean Only)


HIST 2303 – U.S. History to 1877
HIST 2304 – U.S. History from 1877 to the Present
HIST 3010 – America through Film
HIST 3306 - 20th Century Black History
HIST 3324 – The American West (Ocean Only)
HIST 3326 - History of New Jersey
HIST 3331 - The History of Sports in the United States
HIST 3363 - America in the 1960’s: The Turbulent Decade
HIST 3999 - The American Experience in Vietnam
HIST 4367 - The History of American Immigration (Ocean Only)
HIST 4368 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 4370 - Modern Civil Rights Movement


HIST 3110 – Greek Civilization
HIST 3235 - Europe in the Eighteenth Century (Ocean Only)
HIST 3236 - The Tudor-Stuart Age: Society in Conflict
HIST 3244 – The Nazi Era: Germany before the Holocaust
HIST 3250 – The Rise and Fall of the British Empire (Ocean Only)
HIST 3260 - Renaissance Europe (Ocean Only)
HIST 3274 - Ireland: 1801-1977
HIST 3845 – Witchcraft in the Western Tradition
HIST 3864 - World War I
HIST 4233 - Tsarist Russia (Ocean Only)

World Areas

HIST 2381 – Colonial Latin America (Ocean Only)
HIST 2471 – East Asia to 1600
HIST 2510 – African History Since 1885
HIST 3381 – The History of Cuba
HIST 3400 - Diplomatic History of the Far East (Ocean Only)
HIST 3620 - Modern Israel (Ocean Only)
HIST 4121 – The Crusades
HIST 4384 - History of Brazil
HIST 4430 – Genocide in Asian History

Seminars and Independent Study

HIST 4990 Senior Seminar in History (petition required)

HIST 4991 Field Work and Seminar in Urban Studies
HIST 4995 Independent Study in History


HIST 4900 – Honors Seminar in American History (petition required)
HIST 4988 – Honors Thesis in History (petition required)

History Honors Program

The Department of History is pleased to announce that it is launching a new Honors Program.
  • Are you considering graduate school?
  • Are you considering law school?
  • Do you want the opportunity to do original historical research?
  • Do you want to be challenged as a historian?
If your answer to any one of the above questions is "yes," then you should strongly consider applying. Honors degrees tell graduate admissions committees and potential employers that you are a high achieving and hard working student and that you therefore deserve their consideration.
The History Honors Program can be completed in the same number of credit hours as the B.A. in history. It entails taking Honors Readings Seminars in US, European, or World history, completing an Honors section of Senior Seminar, and completing an Honors thesis in which you will be guided through the research and writing of a piece of original historical research.  

Honors courses offered this fall include: 

HIST 4900 – Honors Seminar in American History (Mercantini; petition required)
HIST 4988 – Honors Thesis in History (Hyde/Mercantini; petition required)
Admission to the program is by application
(click here for admission application and further information). Eligible students should have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and have completed 12 credit hours in history. Students whose GPA is lower than 3.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions about the program, contact Dr. Hyde and Dr. Mercantini via honorshistory@kean.edu.

Upcoming Events:


Faculty Lecture:  "Murderous Mormons and Meek Methodists: A Study of American Religious Violence from the Diaries and Journals of J.D. Gillilan," Dr. C. Brid Nicholson
Tuesday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., STEM 317

In 2000, the American United Methodist Church affirmed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) did not “fit within the bounds of Christian faith” and thus renewed a long standing religious dispute between the two. Methodist-Mormon relations had been strained since the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857 when a wagon train was attacked and a Methodist minister was murdered by members of the Mormon Church. In an attempt to show Mormons the error of their ways, the Methodist Church started an ambitious missionary program in Utah. J.D. Gillilan was one of the first Methodists sent there. When Gillilan finally left Utah in 1913, he was still considered the Mormon expert within the Methodist Church and his views of these “murderous Mormons” form a vital link in understanding the complicated relations between Mormons, the Methodist church and the wider world.

Genocide Awareness Week, April 4-11

Kean’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, in association with the university's Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Resource Center and Human Rights Institute, is convening scholars and activists who will alert the campus community to strategies for preventing genocide, providing refuge, teaching its lessons, and taking citizen-inspired action. It is all happening in one concentrated week – April 4-11 – as Kean’s second annual Genocide Awareness Week works to energize a local response to a considerable global crisis.  

Thursday, April 49-4 pm, Kean Hall Conference Center: “The Holocaust: Film, History, and Pedagogy,” a seminar with Stuart Liebman, Professor of Media Studies at Queens College and Senior Research Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. ($30. For details, call the Kean University Holocaust Resource Center, the seminar’s sponsor, at 908-737-4633.)

Friday, April 510-1 pm, Kean Hall Conference Center: “Raphael Lemkin: On the Occasion of the Publication of His Autobiography,” a mini-conference, featuring Donna-Lee Frieze, editor of Raphael Lemkin's autobiography (for release by Yale University Press in May); Peter Balakian, Armenian Genocide scholar; Robert Jay Lifton, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University; Annette Becker, Professor of Contemporary History at Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and 2012-13 Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Nancy Steinson, Lemkin's late-life close friend from the 1950s. (Refreshments: $10 suggested donation at the door.)

Sunday, April 71-3 pm on the East Campus: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS) Information Session at the Graduate College open house. Application deadline for fall admission is June 1st.

Monday, April 86:45 pm, Wilkins Theatre: Days of Remembrance program and candle lighting ceremony.

Tuesday, April 97-9 pm, STEM Auditorium: "The NJ Mandate: 20 Years of Instruction about the Holocaust and Genocide," with Governor Thomas H. Kean (invited); Holocaust and genocide educator Marcia Sachs Littell; Ryan Murray, HGS degree candidate; and Paul Winkler, Executive Director of the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education.

Thursday, April 11, 7-9 pm, Kean Hall Conference Center: "Asylum: Genocide Victims in the United States," with Hisham Osman, Secretary General of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project; Cambodian-American photojournalist Pete Pin; Joyce Reilly of the Darfur Resettlement Project; and Elissa Steglich, managing attorney of the American Friends Service Committee.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies programs and related offerings, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at dklein@kean.edu.

Banned Book Club

You are all welcome to join KUHS, Phi Alpha Theta, and members of the History faculty for a Banned Book Club Discussion and End-of-the-Semester (Dry) Speakeasy on May 2 at the Carriage House, Liberty Hall (time TBA).  Pick up a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby and start reading! 

At the May 2 event, we will hold a discussion of the book as one of the most frequently banned pieces of American literature, and celebrate the end of the Spring 2013 semester. 

(And in case you hadn't heard, a new movie version of the book, titled Gatsby and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is scheduled for release in May.  See the trailer here:  http://thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com)



Ongoing Exhibit:  "Ring for Service"

If you’re a fan of the smash hit Downton Abbey, get ready for the real thing at Liberty Hall Museum! From now until August 24, Liberty Hall examines the lives of the servants who worked in this mansion more than a century ago in the enlightening exhibit, Ring for Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House. In 1900, the needs of the Kean family who lived at Liberty Hall were met by the simple ringing of the servant’s bell. Who were the people who answered that call? For the first time ever, tours of the museum will highlight a typical day in the life of the servants, with the museum reinterpreted to focus on the places where the servants worked, slept and spent their leisure time.  Two servants’ rooms in the attic will also be part of the tour - the first time the attic will ever be seen by the public. The tour concludes in the basement, where the kitchen, laundry and servants' dining room was located.  As they walk from room to room, visitors will see a 1900s kitchen display complete with a sink, stove and various appliances, and the servants' dining room where the servants ate and spent their downtime.  The wine cellar will also be reopened for this exhibit.

Director of Museum Operations Bill Schroh greets guests at Liberty Hall's first Downton Abbey-themed brunch on January 19, 2013. Photo by Ben Gancsos.


Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The Museum is currently open for group reservations (10 or more guests), private events, and scheduled seasonal activities like the ones outlined above. Public tours of the museum resume on April 1, and run Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on the half hour. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean alumni, and $6 for children & seniors. Kean students and faculty are free. Please call 908-527-0400 or visit Liberty Hall online at www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information.
Wednesday, April 10: Afternoon Tea
Our springtime Afternoon Tea is the perfect place to sip tea, lunch on finger sandwiches, and nibble on delectable desserts while gazing at the formal English garden from the comfort of our glass-enclosed porch. A tour of Liberty Hall Museum will follow afternoon tea. 2 to 4 p.m. $40.00 per person; reservations required. Please call 908-527-0400.
Saturday, April 13: The Girls of Liberty Hall: A Children's Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show
Guests will be treated to a luncheon of scones, breads, finger sandwiches, sweet treats, lemonade, iced tea and sherbet punch on real china while watching a fashion show of reproduction historic children's clothing from colonial times through the early 20th century.  There will also be a dress up/play tent, games and prizes. 1 to 3 p.m. $25.00 per person; reservations required. Please call 908-527-0400.
Wednesday, April 24: Afternoon Tea
Our springtime Afternoon Tea is the perfect place to sip tea, lunch on finger sandwiches, and nibble on delectable desserts while gazing at the formal English garden from the comfort of our glass-enclosed porch. A tour of Liberty Hall Museum will follow afternoon tea. 2 to 4 p.m. $40.00 per person; reservations required. Please call 908-527-0400.

 Downton Abbey fans enjoy a champagne toast at Liberty Hall's Downton Abbey New Year's Brunch on January 19, 2013. Photo by Ben Gancsos.


Mark your Calendars

          April 2:  Advising Meeting, 3:15 PM, HH113

April 2:  Advising Meeting, 7 PM, T111

April 8:  Phi Alpha Theta at Kean Ocean, 7PM

April 10:  Lecture, Dr. Melodie Toby, “Jews in Africa and the African Diaspora,” 7:30PM, Union YM/YWHA, 501 Green Lane, Union

April 16:  Phi Alpha Theta Initiation Reception, 7PM, Carriage House, Liberty Hall

April 19:  Honors Convocation, 3:30 PM

April 23-24:  ORSP Research Days
    April 23: Lecture, Dr. C. Brid Nicholson, "Murderous Mormons and Meek Methodists: A study of American Religious Warfare from the Journals of JD Gillilan," 12:30PM, STEM 317
May 2:  Banned Book Club Discussion of The Great Gatsby and end-of-year party, Time TBA, Carriage House, Liberty Hall