SUNY Adirondack and Open SUNY are offering an online course on New York State History for the 2015 Spring semester. You may register through either institution and you do not need to be a matriculated student.
The semester begins on January 20th and ends on May 8th. The course is a 200-level undergraduate course, but students may work at the graduate level.
The course was created by and is moderated by Edward Knoblauch. “Much of the course is taught by comparing different texts on the same or similar topics,” Knoblauch to Thew New York Hsitory Blog. “For example, students will view the first half hour of Ric Burn’s video ‘New York,’ read David Hammack’s review and Firth Fabend’s reaction to the video, and Jaap Jacobs’ entry ‘New Netherland’ from the Encyclopedia of New York State. Students will then discuss the materials.”
The course will include Native Americans, New Netherland, colonial New York, revolutionary New York, the industrial revolution, literature and the arts, urbanization and suburbanization, and new York government and politics.
You can find more information about the course online.
SUNY Adirondack: http://www.sunyacc.edu/academics/onlinelearning/enroll