Course Offerings

COURSE OFFERINGS IN HISTORY (HIST)

Lower Division

140. World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization
Activities and achievements of humans through the rise and diffusion of civilizations in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas to about the dawn of the Christian era. (Also offered as ANTH 140. Students may not receive credit for both.) (GE=D3) (4 units)
142. World Civilizations II, the Civilizations of the East and West
Major civilizations of the past, including the Mediterranean world, ancient India and China, the Byzantine, Islamic, sub-Saharan African and Amerindian Empires, Europe in the Middle Ages and the connections between and among some of these societies from approximately 100 B.C.E. to about 1450 C.E. (GE=D3) (4 units)
144. World Civilizations III, the Expansion of Europe
Rise to dominance of the European states and their impact throughout the world, 1500 C.E. to the present. (GE=D3) (4 units)
146. American Civilization
Historical development of the fundamental values of the American culture and the influences of these in selected areas of American life. This course meets the state code requirements in the U.S. Constitution and in U.S. history. (GE=D1) (4 units)
200. United States History to 1877
Survey of the history of the United States from the colonial beginnings to 1877. This course meets the state code requirement in U.S. history. It also meets the state code requirement in the U.S. Constitution when taken in conjunction with HIST 201. (GE=D1) (4 units)
201. United States History, 1877 to the Present
Survey of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. This course meets the state code requirement in U.S. history. It also meets the state code requirement in the U.S. Constitution when taken in conjunction with HIST 200. (GE=D1) (4 units)
270. California History
Cultural and political history of California from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics will include Native cultures, Spanish colonization, the mission system, Mexican rule, the Mexican war, the gold rush, the state constitution, Progressive-era political reforms, and immigration. Meets the subject matter requirements for the Liberal Studies degree, in preparation for teaching grades K-8. This course meets the state code requirement in state and local government. (4 units)

Upper Division

305. Ancient and Medieval Europe
Institutions, culture and political development of Europe in the ancient and medieval periods from circa the eighth century B.C.E. to 1350. (4 units)
306. Early Modern Europe, the Renaissance to 1815
Institutions, culture, and political development of Europe from the Renaissance to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Formerly HIST 300. (4 units)
307. Modern Europe, 1815 to the Present
Institutions, culture, and political development of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the present. Formerly HIST 301. (4 units)
312. Historical Archaeology
Use of archaeological methods to study historic peoples. Historical and archaeological methods and their results. Focus will be primarily on North America from A.D. 1492 to modern times. (Also offered as ANTH 312. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
316. Archival Practices
Applied approach to archival methods, the accessioning, de-accessioning, cataloging, calendar composition, storage of objects and archival materials, loan procedures, policies and legal issues. Field trips and projects required. Also offered as ANTH 316. Students may not receive credit for both. Formerly HIST 322. (4 units)
318. Museum and Archive Management
General overview of the management of museums and archival collections. Field trips and projects required. Formerly a topic under HIST 392. (Also offered as ANTH 318. Students may not receive credit for both.) Formerly HIST 327. Prerequisite: HIST 323 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
320. History of Ancient Greece
Greek history from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations to the reign of the Roman Emperor Justinian in 527-565 C.E. (4 units)
321. History of Rome
Roman history from earliest times to the end of the Roman Empire in the West. (4 units)
323. Introduction to Public History
Introduction to public history, focusing on museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, and the diverse media employed in the production of public history. Projects and field trips are required. (4 units)
324. Introduction to Oral History
Introduction to oral history, focusing on the origins of the oral history movement, the issues involved in oral history, interviewing techniques, and the diverse media and technologies employed in the production of oral history. Oral history projects are required. (4 units)
326. Historic Preservation
Examination of the methods, theories, and issues in historic preservation. Field trips and projects are required. Prerequisites: HIST 323 and 324, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
329. Topics in Public History
Examination of topics in public history, including local history, conservation, historic architecture, living history and material culture. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: HIST 323 and 324 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
330. Topics in Oral History
Examination of topics in oral history, including regional or ethnic groups, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, or the Vietnam War. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: HIST 323 and 324, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
340. African-American History, 1620-1865
History of African-American people in the United States during the slave era. Examines the lives of slaves, the slave owners, and the system that bound them together as well as the place of free blacks in American society. (4 units)
341. African-American History, 1865-Present
Social, cultural, political and economic history of African-American people from emancipation to the present. Places special emphasis on African-American agency, self-development and self-determination. (4 units)
342. American Indian History
Social, cultural, political, and economic history of American Indians. Special emphasis placed on American Indian agency, sovereignty and diversity. (4 units)
344. Women in U.S. History, 1620-1865
Examines women's roles in American history from colonial times through the Civil War. Special emphasis on the diversity among the lives of women. Formerly HIST 513. (4 units)
345. Women in U.S. History, 1865-Present
Examines women's roles in American history from 1865 to the present. Examines the diversity of women's experiences and their struggles for social, economic, political and cultural equality. Formerly HIST 513. (4 units)
346. Women in the Black Freedom Movement
Examines the roles of women in the struggle for social justice and black equality in America. Treats the historical background to the movement including the key women activists of the civil rights decade, 1954-1964. (4 units)
349. Early American Biography
Early American history through the medium of biography and related primary source documents. (4 units)
350. The American Colonies, 1607-1783
The thirteen colonies from European origins to the attainment of independence. (4 units)
351. The Evolution of American Democracy, 1783-1840
Analysis of the development of American society, politics and economy during the Confederation, Federalist, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Eras. (4 units)
354. Civil War and Reconstruction
Background and causes of the Civil War and the problems of Reconstruction. (4 units)
356. The United States, 1877-1917
Transformation of the nation between the end of Reconstruction and entrance into World War I. (4 units)
357. The United States, 1917-1945
Principal developments in American life from World War I to the end of World War II. (4 units)
358. United States in World War II
The United States homefront during World War II, focusing on social, economic and constitutional issues. (4 units)
359. The United States, 1945-1980
Major changes in the United States between the end of World War II and 1980. (4 units)
360. American History Through Film
Explores the cultural, social and economic issues that have shaped American history through the study and analysis of feature films. (Not a course in film studies or criticism.) Formerly a topic under HIST 395. (4 units)
368. The United States, 1960s
Examines political, social, and cultural changes in the United States during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. (4 units)
370. History of California
Political, economic, social and cultural development of California from Spanish times to the present. This course meets the state code requirement in state and local government. (4 units)
371. California Indian History
Social, cultural, political, and economic history of California Indians. Special emphasis placed on California Indian agency, sovereignty and diversity. (4 units)
375. Museum Methods
Examination of the management of museums and archival collections, including accessioning, cataloging and storage of objects. Field trips and projects are required. (Also offered as ANTH 375. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
376. Exhibit Design
Examination of the theories and methods used in designing exhibits for museums, libraries, and historic houses, focusing on interpretation and exhibit creation. Some exhibits may be implemented in the Anthropology Museum. Field trips and completion of an exhibition brief are required. (Also offered as ANTH 376. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisites: HIST 323 and 325 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
377. Historical Documentaries
Examination of the development and role of historical documentaries in American society, focusing on the role of the historian in the research and production of the documentaries as well as a critical analysis of the individual productions and their historical, material and intellectual content. (4 units)
379. The History of Madness
Concepts of "madness" from an historical, global and comparative perspective from the eighteenth century to the present day, including the social construction of madness and views of mad people themselves. (4 units)
380. History of World Religions
Historical development of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. (4 units)
383. Classical Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the classical Islamic period in the Central and Western (North African and Ottoman) Islamic lands. Considers the development of Islam as a religion and civilization, the expansion of the Islamic world, and the rise of the Ottoman empire. (4 units)
384. Modern Middle East
Survey of the history of the Middle East since the eighteenth century, emphasizing the political and social history of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and the Levant (Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Syria, Jordan). Prerequisite: HIST 383 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
385. Africa to 1500
Deals with the main themes of African history to 1500: Ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean intercommunicating zone during the Phoenician, Greek and Roman empires, Christianity, trans-Saharan and other intra-African trading and exchange networks, Indian Ocean trading system, Islam and Islamization, development of African state systems and "stateless" sociopolitical constructs. (4 units)
386. Africa 1500 to 1870
Deals with the main themes of African history in the period following western European expansion and the developing world trade system that resulted. Topics covered include African political development, development and abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade, discussion of trans-Saharan and Indian ocean slave and commodity export trades, and comparison of various social systems that developed on the continent. (4 units)
387. Africa 1870 to Present
Deals with the main themes of African history since 1870, including European partition of the continent, resistance to partition and colonial rule, systems of colonial rule in Africa, Christianity and Islam during the colonial period, independence movements, post-colonial states and development issues. (4 units)
388. The Rise, Decline and Legacy of Apartheid South Africa
Development of racial segregation and apartheid policies in twentieth century South Africa. Explores the causes and consequences of the rise and collapse of apartheid. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. (4 units)
389. Images of Africa
Examination of cultural construction of Africa through various forms of media created by Africans and non-Africans from the 17th Century to the present. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. (4 units)
390. History of Modern Mexico
Survey of Mexican history from the nineteenth century wars of independence to the present. (4 units)
391. Chicano History
Mexican-Americans in the United States from the Colonial period to the present, with special emphasis on the Southwest. (4 units)
395. Topics in History
Examination of topics of interest in history. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
396. Topics in History
Examination of topics of interest in history. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (2 units)
399. Community Service Project
Credit for performing academically related tasks in such agencies as governmental, social service and educational institutions. May be repeated for a total of four units. No more than four units of credit for community service project courses may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: a project proposal must be approved by the department in advance of enrollment. (1-2 units)
400. Early Medieval Europe
Survey of the political, economic, and social transformation of Europe from the fall of Rome through the eleventh century. (4 units)
401. Late Medieval Europe
Survey of the political, economic, and social transformation of Europe during the high Middle Ages, from the eleventh century to the fourteenth century. (4 units)
402. Renaissance and Reformation
Principal political, economic, intellectual and religious developments in Europe from about 1300 to 1648. (4 units)
403. The Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment
The period from 1648 to 1789, emphasizing the development of the modern state, the new scientific movement and the growth of revolutionary ideas. (4 units)
405. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
The rise of Nazi Germany with a focus on the intertwined worlds of perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust. (4 units)
406. European Intellectual History
The intellectual history of Europe from the Renaissance to the present. (4 units)
409. Twentieth Century Europe
Political and cultural history of Europe from the rise of fascism to the fall of communism. (4 units)
410. Hitler's Europe
Development of totalitarian ideologies focusing primarily on the theory and practice of National Socialism in Germany during the period 1918-1945. (4 units)
422. 20th Century Americans
Biographical focus on key American leaders who affected the course of 20th century American history. (4 units)
426. Ancient and Early Imperial China
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments of China from earliest times to the founding of the Sui Dynasty (589 C.E.). (4 units)
428. Medieval China
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in China from the founding of the Sui Dynasty (589 C.E.) through the fall of the Ming Dynasty (1644). (4 units)
429. Modern China I, 1644-1911
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in China in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). (4 units)
431. Modern China II, 1911-1949
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in China from the fall of the Qing Dynasty (1911) through the founding of the People's Republic of China (1949) Formerly HIST 430. (4 units)
432. Modern China III, 1949-present
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in China from 1949 to the present. (4 units)
433. Modern Chinese History in Fiction and Film
Retrospective and contemporary film and fiction are used as a window onto the political and cultural developments of China in the twentieth century. (4 units)
435. World War II in the Pacific
Major themes surrounding World War II in the Pacific, its context and impact (1931-1945) Formerly HIST 434. (4 units)
440. Modern Japanese History
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Japan from the late Tokugawa era and the Meiji Restoration (1868) through the present. (4 units)
450. History of Southern Africa
History of the region of Southern Africa, including early African settlement, including early African settlement, colonization, apartheid, independence and contemporary developments. (4 units)
451. The History of Health and Medicine in Africa
Health and disease in Africa from the pre-colonial period to present day, the connection between science, medicine, colonialism, the construction of difference, and responses to western bio-medicine. (4 units)
465. Modern Central America
Survey of the political, economic, and social history of the five major Central American nations-Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica-from their independence in the early 19th century to the present. (4 units)
466. Foreign Relations of Latin America
Survey of the foreign relations of the nations of Latin America with special emphasis on U.S.-Latin American relations. (4 units)
467. Latin American History Through Film
Cultural, social, political and economic issues that have shaped Latin America through the study and analysis of feature films and associated readings. (4 units)
469. Colonial Latin America
Survey of Spanish colonial system beginning with discovery of America and continuing to the independence period. (4 units)
470. Modern Latin America
Survey of the development and interaction of modern Latin American institutions in the major nations of Central and South America. (4 units)
480. History of Christianity I
Historical development of early Christianity from its origins to the fall of Rome. (4 units)
481. History of Christianity II
Historical development of Christianity from the fall of Rome to the eve of the Protestant Reformation. (4 units)
485. Arab-Israeli Conflict
Survey of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, concentrating on the evolution of political Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, the Palestine Mandate, and the wars and peace negotiations between Israel and neighboring Arab nations, and between Israel and the Palestinians since 1948. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. (4 units)
486. Modern Iran
Examines the political, economic, and social history of Iran from the fall of the Safavid Empire in 1722 to the present, with emphasis on the Pahlavi era and the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. Prerequisite: HIST 383 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
487. Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History
Examines the modern political, economic, and social history of either Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Syria or Saudi Arabia. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: HIST 383 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
491. Nationalism and Conflict in the Middle East
Investigates the origins and evolution of nationalism and national identity in the Middle East, and the relationship between nationalism and conflict in the region. Course utilizes a variety of materials that include explanatory theories of nationalism, secondary monographs, primary writings of Middle Eastern nationalists, and social biographical portraits of the lives and experiences of "ordinary" non-elite Middle Eastern men and women. Prerequisites: HIST 383 and 384 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
492. U. S. Media and the Middle East
Explores the evolution of U.S. news media coverage of events in the Middle East during the twentieth century and the complex links between news reporting, public opinion, and American foreign policy in the region. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. Prerequisites: HIST 383 and 384 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
493. Iran-U.S. Relations
Explores the evolution of the relationship between Iran and the United States from 1857 to the present. Readings will draw from primary and secondary sources, including documents, memoirs, biographies, and monographs emphasizing political and diplomatic encounters. Prerequisites: HIST 383 and 384 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
494. Proseminar in History
Historiographical seminar introducing advanced junior-level students to a specific topic or sub-field of history. Provides training and introduction to historical argumentation and criticism with an emphasis on secondary works and contrasting interpretations. Prerequisite: HIST 394 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
495. Politics of Oil
Survey of the history of the petroleum industry and its impact on global politics and economics, with an emphasis on the Middle East and United States foreign policy. Prerequisites: HIST 383 and 384 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
500. Tudor and Stuart England
Principal political, social, economic and religious developments of England from 1485 to 1688. (4 units)
501. Britain, 1688-1901
Principal political, social, economic and religious developments in Britain in the age of revolution and reform, from the Glorious Revolution to the death of Queen Victoria. (4 units)
503. Europe Since 1945
Europe since 1945, emphasizing the evolution of supranational political, economic, diplomatic, and military institutions in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. (4 units)
510. Modern France
History of French culture, society, and politics from the fall of Napoleon to the present. (4 units)
520. Tsarist Russia
Principal political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Russia from the Kievan state to the Soviet state, c. 900-1917. (4 units)
521. The Soviet Union
Principal political, social, economic, and cultural developments in the Soviet Union since 1917. (4 units)
535. Studies in European National History
Historical development of individual European nations (for example, Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, Spain) in the modern period. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
540. Constitutional History of the United States
American constitutional development from English and European origins to the present day. This course meets the state code requirement in U.S. history and U.S. Constitution. Prerequisite: HIST 200 or 201, or PSCI 410 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
541. U.S. Citizenship and the Law
History of citizenship in the United States from colonial period to the present including global and comparative perspectives. Formerly a topic under HIST 395. (4 units)
550. Senior Assessment
Assessment of the student's academic progress through preparation and submission of a portfolio of completed course work. Composition of a reflective essay providing evidence of acquired skills. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: senior standing. (2 units)
556. Foreign Relations of the United States
Survey of American foreign policy with special emphasis on America's rise to world power in the 20th century. (4 units)
560. History of the American West
Survey of the western expansion of the American nation. (4 units)
565. Immigration and Ethnic American History
Comparison of the major ethnic groups in American history, and processes of immigration, migration, and ethnic identity formation. (4 units)
575. Internship in History
Supervised work and study in work situations involving historical skills. May be repeated once for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: major in history and consent of the internship coordinator or department chair. (4 units)
594. Research Seminar in History
Senior-level seminar focused on the use of historical primary sources with the final goal of producing a substantial research paper. Involves seminar discussions and individual meetings with instructor. Prerequisite: HIST 494 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics in historical research. A total of four units in HIST 595 may be applied toward the history major and eight units in HIST 595 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2-4 units)
597. Senior Honors Project
Original research in an area of historical studies, culminating in a major research report receiving approval of the history faculty. Enrollment limited to students whose formal application for departmental honors is approved. (5 units)

 

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