Past (and possibly future?) Class Offerings

  • Program in History, Languages and the Arts

A four year cycle of museum based classes:

Year One:  Ancient Civilizations, Late Ancient Empires, Ancient Americas

Year Two:  Greece, Rome, Pre-Christian Europe

Year Three:  Medieval History from the Western Perspective, Medieval History from the Eastern Perspective,  Renaissance

Year Four:  Early Modern and Age of Revolutions, Modern World

Classes can be taken at any time in the cycle.

  • Facing History and Ourselves

A year long class focusing on genocide and human rights.

  • Issues in Social Studies

with focuses in Europe, Pacific, Africa, North America, South America, and Asia.  Physical geography, human geography, politics, economics, environmentalism, mapping and statistics

  • Greek and Latin Roots of English and BEYOND

The origins of the English language through its Greek and Latin roots, as well as Germanic, Hebrew-Yiddish, Bantu and non-Bantu

  • United States History from the Native American Experience

A year long class focusing on the history of the United States, from the earliest Native American migrations to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • World History Through the African Perspective

A year long class moving through world history, but from the perspective of Africa.  We start with the earliest African civilizations, and move through Africa historically and geographically while keeping in mind what is happening outside the continent.  Special focus on ancient societies, Medieval and early modern period interconnections, resistance to colonialism, and Pan Africanism.

  • Art and Society

A year long survey of art from specific themes, such as identity, belonging, political issues, gender, psychological issues, power, and more.  Students help construct the syllabus from their interests and needs.

  • Holocaust and Human History

A year long class based on the Facing History and Ourselves curriculum, tightly focused on what happened during the Holocaust, the before and after, World War II, issues of belonging, and human rights.

  • Secular Bible

A year long class reading Bible from perspectives of history, anthropology, literature, and ethics.  Absolutely no religious background required or expected – this is strongly secular

  • Justice and Injustice

A year long class exploring issues in justice and injustice, through history, philosophy, law codes, international law cases, Supreme Court cases, and current events.

Paranormal and History

A year long world history class focusing on paranormal events and how they relate to history.  Topics include ancient religions and the paranormal, haunted castles (and what caused them to be “haunted”), battlefields, aliens and Cold War paranoia, etc.

  • Espionage and History

A year long world history class built around the use of espionage.

  • Anthropology and History of Magic

A museum based class on the various interpretations of magic:  divination, alchemy, transformation, spells and more

  • History of Weapons and Warfare

A year long world and US history class using warfare and weapons as a focus point.

  • World Cultures

Elementary level class on anthropology and sociology based at the American Museum of Natural History

  • The Hunger Games and History

Four classes devoted to specific themes in the Hunger Games and how they relate to world history.

  • Film and History

Analysis of contemporary film and the history it represents.  Films have included Apocalypse Now, Life of Brian, Night and Fog, Hotel Rwanda, The Help, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inglorious Basterds

  • Game of Thrones and History

Museum based one off classes focusing on the history that inspired the books and television shows

  • Doctor Who and History

Museum based one off classes focusing on the history surrounding specific Doctor Who episodes.

  • Rick Riordan at the Met!  Rick Riordan at the Brooklyn Museum! 

Museum based one off classes focusing on the history and mythology of the Rick Riordan worlds

  • Marvel, Mythology, History and More

Museum based one off classes focusing on Marvel characters and themes.

  • Star Wars at the Museum

One day classes which focus on the inspiration behind Star Wars, from the anthropology of Wookies to the Third Reich.

  • The Civil War and History

A series of museum based classes focused on the American Civil War