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SUNY-Maritime College Partners with History Channel for Online Courses

The State University of New York-Maritime College this fall will debut two new online courses developed in collaboration with The History Channel. Both courses are to be based around History Channel television series and will be offered for credit, marking the first time The History Channel has developed a course for college credit.

The two courses, The History of Technology and American Maritime History to 1870, are based around The History Channel's Engineering an Empire and Great Ships television series, respectively. The courses will be conducted by two Maritime College professors. The History of Technology course, led by Hartley Spatt, covers "major developments in technology and architecture and [analyzes] the ways these innovations have transformed societies throughout history," according to The History Channel. The History Channel programming will air on History Channel International through the duration of the course.

The American Maritime History to 1870 course will be led by David Allen and will cover "developments in American maritime history from pre Columbian times through the Civil War." Students participating in this course must purchase the Great Ships series on DVD.

The State University of New York as a whole serves some 424,000 students on 64 campuses. The Maritime College became a part of the system shortly after World War II and offers programs in marine engineering, naval architecture, international transportation and trade, and marine environmental science, among others.

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