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 October 23 advising meetings (at 3:15 in HH113 or 6:45 in T111).

Do not forget to check the website (http://history.kean.edu/) 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, October 23, 3:15 PM in HH113 and 
  • Tuesday, October 23, 6:45 PM in Townsend 111.
The Department of History will hold its pre-registration advising meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 3:15 PM in Hennings Hall 113.  We are also offering an evening advising session:  it is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6:45 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 avail


Have basic questions about registration?

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

History Courses by Category

Below you will find Spring 2013 history courses listed by category.  For a complete list, remember to consult the department website at http://history.kean.edu/courses.


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

HIST 3300 - Public History I

HIST 3852 - History of Science

HIST 3861 - Modern Jewish History

HIST 3865 - World War II

HIST 4876 - Human Evolution and Modern Society



HIST 2303 – U.S. History to 1877

HIST 2304 – U.S. History from 1877 to the Present

HIST 3010 – America through Film (Ocean Only)

HIST 3306 - 20th History of the Black American 1900-Present (Ocean Only)

HIST 3326 - History of New Jersey

HIST 3329 - History of Religion in America

HIST 3331 - The History of Sports in the United States (Ocean Only)

HIST 3363 - America in the 1960’s: The Turbulent Decade

HIST 3365 - From Immigrants to Citizens: History of Latinos in the US

HIST 3999 - The American Experience in Vietnam

HIST 4317 - Colonial America

HIST 4367 -  The History of American Immigration (Ocean Only)

HIST 4368 - The Civil War and Reconstruction

HIST 4370 - Modern Civil Rights Movement

HIST 4900:  Honors Seminar in American History



HIST 3232 - Medieval Europe: History and Civilization II

HIST 3235 - Europe in the Eighteenth Century

HIST 3236 - The Tudor-Stuart Age: Society in Conflict (Ocean Only)

HIST 3260 - Renaissance Europe

HIST 3273 - Ireland: Mystique and History

HIST 3274 - Ireland: 1801-1977 (Ocean Only)

HIST 4233 - Tsarist Russia: From the Muscovite Period to the Great Emancipation

HIST 4234 - Revolutionary and Soviet Russia, and Beyond  (Ocean Only)

HIST 3242 - Europe Since 1870 (formerly HIST4237)  (Ocean Only)

HIST 4241 - Weimar Germany


World Areas

HIST 2381 – Colonial Latin America

HIST 2472 - Modernization of China and Japan 1600 to the Present

HIST 2510 – African History Since 1885

HIST 3400 - Diplomatic History of the Far East in the 19th and 20th Century (Ocean Only)

HIST 3410 - China in the 20th Century

HIST 3600 - Historical Survey of Islamic Civilization in the Near East (Ocean Only)

HIST 3610 - The Ottoman Empire

HIST 3620 - Modern Israel (Ocean Only)

HIST 4384 - History of Brazil


Seminars and Independent Study

HIST 4990 Senior Seminar in History
HIST 4991 Field Work and Seminar in Urban Studies
HIST 4995 Independent Study in History 

History Courses for Winter Session

The Department of History will offer three winter session courses:

Hist 1000:  Civil Society in America (online; Perkiss)
Hist 1030:  Western Civilization I (online; Hyde)
Hist 3326:  History of New Jersey (online; Mercantini)

Winter session runs from 1/02/13 to 1/17/13.

History Honors Program

The Department of History is pleased to announce that it is piloting a new Honors Program.  Students admitted to the program will complete two Honors Readings Seminars, an Honors section of Senior Seminar, and a Thesis Research Seminar, as well as additional writing requirements.  In doing so, students will assemble a portfolio of outstanding work suitable for demonstrating readiness to take on graduate-level work.  

The first Honors Course, History 4900:  Honors Seminar in American History, will be offered in Spring 2013 by Dr. Mercantini.

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 slightly lower than 3.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine potential for success in the program.

If you have questions about the program, contact Dr. Hyde and Dr. Mercantini via honorshistory@kean.edu.

GE 2023:  Research and Technology

The history department is now offering its own sections of the required GE 2023 Research Methods course.  The course will be offered in Spring 2013 by Dr. Regal and Dr. Perkiss.  Their sections are open to history majors and will provide an introduction to the methods of historical research and writing.  Having completed this course, you will possess a stronger foundation in historical approaches to research and be better prepared for upper-level history courses.   


HGS Study Delegation to Genocide Sites

July 3-16, 2013: HGS Study Delegation to Multinational Sites of Former Genocide. Explore the history and memory of genocide in comparative perspective, with visits to Poland (the Holocaust) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (The Bosnian War). Students can apply for subsidies. Contact Dennis Klein at dklein@kean.edu for details.

KUHS Horrors in History Event

 In honor of Halloween, the History Department and the Historical Society are presenting the 3rd annual Horrors in History  event, featuring Dr. Elizabeth Hyde’s lecture: “Kings, Queens, and Witches: Leonora Galigai and the Politics of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century France.” 

The event will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 3:15-4:30 PM at the Liberty Hall Carriage House. 

The lecture will be followed by refreshments and a tour of Liberty Hall.  

See you there!

Presidential Election--of 1864

Don’t  Change Horses in Mid-Stream”

 Lincoln, McClellan, New Jersey and the Election of 1864

Public Lecture 

Monday, October 29   9:30 AM   OCC Theater

Kean University Ocean Campus


Monday, October 29 3:15PM Kean Hall 127

Kean University Union Campus

George C. Rable

Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History
University of Alabama

                                                                                               Author of

·         God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War (2010)

·         Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! (2002)   Winner of the Lincoln Prize

·         The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics (1994)  A History Book Club Selection

·         Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism (1989)

·         But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction (1984)

Sponsored by the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy

Contact Information: 732-255-0400, Ex. 2375

Election Year Events

Our 2012 presidential election themed events continue.  Following celebrated presidential historian Robert Dallek's lecture on “The Making, and Unmaking, of Presidents,” (held October 12), and "From ‘I Like Ike’ to Will.I.Am” (held October 16), Historian George Rable will present a lecture  on  “Lincoln, McClellan, and New Jersey in the Presidential Election of 1864.”  Details above!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Writing Workshops

Our first writing workshop of the semester was a great success.  University Librarian Luis Rodriguez offered those present a fantastic review of the electronic primary and secondary resources available through the library.  

The Department of History will continue to offer writing workshops this semester.  Scheduled workshops include:

November 12:  Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30 PM, T111

November 13:  Writing Workshop, 7 PM, T111

In the meantime, note that you can always get help with writing with the resources available on the Department of History website at http://history.kean.edu/resources/how-to-cite-sources-research.

History (Banned) Book Club!

This year the History Book Club is taking its theme (and book selection) from Banned Books Week, observed around the nation last week, from September 30 to October 6.  Banned Books Week is a collaborative effort on the part of librarians, publishers, book sellers, journalists, and educators to raise awareness about the banning of books and censorship in history and in contemporary society.  For more information about Banned Books Week and databases and lists of the most frequently banned books, see http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek.  

The Kean University Historical Society (KUHS) and Phi Alpha Theta are taking inspiration from Banned Books Week in choosing our book club selection for Spring 2013.  KUHS has narrowed its choice to The Great Gatsby and Green Eggs and Ham?  (For a list of the most frequently banned books, click here.) 

Final selection will be made at the next KUHS meeting:  plan to attend to make your preference known, and planning the event.  The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 1 at 3:30PM in T111.  Watch for additional emails and newsletters for further information.

New Exhibit at Liberty Hall:  Ring for Service:  The Role of Servants in a Country House

If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey,” the smash-hit British drama on PBS, well, get ready for the real thing at Liberty Hall Museum. The new exhibit at Liberty Hall will examine the lives of the servants who worked in the mansion more than a century ago. In 1900, the needs of the Kean family who lived at Liberty Hall were met by the simple ringing of the servant’s bell. The bell summoned servants, who were expected to respond quickly. Who were the people who answered that call? For the first time ever, Liberty Hall will take a look at these people whose stories are very important to the history of this great home.

Tours of the museum will show a typical day in the life of the servants. The museum has been reinterpreted to highlight the places where the servants worked, slept and spend their leisure time.  Throughout the tour, visitors will “meet” servants, dressed in their livery, doing their work in various rooms.  For example, the butler will greet the guests at the front door; a parlor maid will be serving tea in the Victorian Parlor.  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 servant’s dining room was located.  As they walk from room to room, visitors will see a 1900’s kitchen display complete with a sink, stove and various appliances, and the servant’s dinning room where the servants' ate and spent their down time.  The wine cellar will also be opened for this exhibit because the Butler was in charge of the room. 
Tours of Liberty Hall Museum run Monday - Saturday from 10am - 2:30 pm on the half hour. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean Alumni, $6 for children and seniors. 
Kean Students and Faculty are free. Call  908-527-0400 or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information. Follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/libertyhallmuseum.

Mark your Calendars

October 25:  Elizabeth Hyde, Halloween Lecture:  “Kings, Queens, and Witches:  Leonora Galigai and the Politics of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century France,” 3:15-4:30PM, Carriage House

October 29:  George Rable, Lecture:  “Lincoln, McClellan, and New Jersey in the Presidential Election of 1864,” 3:15-5PM, Location TBA

November 1:  KUHS Meeting, 3:30PM, T111

November 12:  Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30 PM, T111

November 15:  KUHS Meeting, 3:30PM, T111

November 13:  Writing Workshop, 7 PM, T111

November 15:  KUHS Meeting, 3:30PM, T111

November 18:  Lecture, Dennis Klein, “Change and Continuity in Modern Jewish History,” 1PM, Union YM/YWHA, 501 GreenLane, Union

November 29:  “The End is Here:  2012 and the Apocalypse,” Brian Regal, Chris Bellitto, Frank Argote-Freyre, 3:15 PM, Carriage House

December 3:  Lecture, Doris Bergen, U of Toronto, “Witnesses to Atrocity:  Religious Morality, German Military Chaplains, and the Holocaust,” 7PM, Wilkins Theatre