Undergraduate Courses

All courses are three units unless indicated otherwise.

HIST 101 
World Civilizations to 1500
Surveys the history of the world from the early river-valley civilizations to the year 1500. Emphasis upon Afro-Eurasia and the Americas. Subject matter includes politics, society, religion, and global interactions. May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for HIST 201.

HIST 102 
World Civilizations to  Present
Surveys the history of the world from the 16th Century to the present. Examines transcultural interactions, colonialism, revolutions, industrializa­tion, the world wars and the origins of the modern world. May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for HIST 202.

HIST 130 
U.S. History 1500-1877
A survey of the development and changing historical interpretation of the American institutions and society from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Special attention to the interplay of European, American Indian, and African cultures in this development. Themes include immigration, colonial formation, Indian-white contact, constitutional development, economic change, religion, slavery, race relations, status of women, westward expansion, reform, and political parties. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 230.

HIST 131 
U.S. History 1877-Present

A survey of the development and the changing historical interpretation of institutions and society in the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Special attention to the interplay between races and cultural diversity and conflict. Themes include immigration, constitutional development, politics, economics, religion, reform, the growth of the United States as a world power, status of women, westward expansion, and urbanization. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 231.

HIST 300 
Thematic Topics in History
Thematic topics in History. Topics may come from any world area or be comparative. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units. Students should check the class schedule for listing of actual topics.

HIST 301 
Historical Methods and Writing
Offers an introduction to historical methodology and theory. Explores the various approaches historians take to their study and the variety of tools historians use, including digital history. Students will produce an original research project based on primary sources, in engagement with existing historical scholarship.

HIST 304A
Ancient Rome: City and Empire
Intensive, three-week, travel-study summer course in the city of Rome. Focuses on the history of ancient Rome through its capital city. Consists of in-class lectures/discussions and visits to sites and museums of histor­ical and cultural interest including the Forum, Colosseum, and Pantheon along with an excursion to Pompeii. Corequisite: HIST 304B.

HIST 304B 
The Cultural Legacy of Ancient Rome
Intensive, three-week, travel-study summer course in the city of Rome, this course will focus on the cultural legacy of ancient Rome up to modern times. Consists of lectures/ discussions and visits to sites and museums of historical and cultural interest, including the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican, along with an excursion to Florence. Corequisite: HIST 304A.

HIST 305 
Early Industrial Britain, 1688-1850
Charts the early economic transformation of Britain and its role in shaping issues of politics and constitutional forms; surrounding the developing of class, gender, and social relationships; framing questions of empire and imperial policy; and cultural and intellectual expression. Uses Britain’s industrialization as a case study to isolate structural components of that process within the particular situation found in Britain from 1688-1850.

HIST 306 
History of Internationalism and Human Rights
A course in intellectual history that considers the history behind the idea of human rights in the modern world. Explores how historical ideas about universalism and human nature from the 18th century forward led to challenges to the nation-state system as the dominant model of international society. Subjects include abolitionist movements, anti-imperialism, self-determination and humanitarian agencies, with special emphasis on the League of Nations, United Nations, and the challenges that human rights pose to questions of national sovereignty. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for 300G.

HIST 307 
The Politics of Irish Nationalism
Presents Irish History both as case study in European nationalist movements and as model for British colonial/ imperial relations. Examines impact of nationalism and colonialism on state-building, economic development and cultural/intellectual life. Particular emphasis on relationship between nationalist movements, colonial policy, and political violence. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300B.

HIST 308 
National Cinema and National History in 20th Century Europe
Explores the history of how European national identities were created, defined and sustained in the 20th Century through the new medium of motion pictures. Examines the creation of national cinemas in several countries including Germany, France and the Soviet Union. Considers films and filmmakers as manufacturers of national identities and myths both in support of and in opposition to European states in the 20th Century as a way of understanding a nation’s history.

HIST 309 
Ancient Middle East
An overview of the social, political, and cultural developments of the civilizations of the ancient Middle East, including Mesopotamia (Sumer, Akkad, and Babylonia), Eqypt, Isreal, Phoenicia, Asia Minor, Assyria, and Persia, and the interactions among them.

HIST 310A 
Ancient Greece 1: From the Bronze Age to the End of the Persian Wars
An overview of the development of the social, political, and cultural institutions of ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age kingdoms of the Minoan and Mycenaean periods through the development of independent city-states in the Archaic period (particularly Sparta and Athens) and ending with the Greek victory in the Persian Wars in 479 BCE. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 310.

HIST 310B 
Ancient Greece 2: The Classical and Hellenistic Periods
An overview of the development of the social, political, and cultural institutions of ancient Greek civilization from the “Golden Age” of Athens in the fifth century BCE, through the Peloponnesian War and the conquest of Alexander the Great, to the end of the Hellenistic period and the absorption of Greece into the Roman Empire. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 310.

HIST 311A 
Ancient Rome 1: The Republic
An overview of the development of the social, political, and cultural institutions of ancient Roman civilization from the founding of Rome, through the creation of the Republic and overseas expansion, to the dictatorship of Julius Caesar and the collapse of the Republic. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 311.

HIST 311B 
Ancient Rome 2: The Empire
An overview of the development of the social, political, and cultural institutions of ancient Roman civilization from the creation of the Empire by Augustus, through the Pax Romana and the rise of Christianity, to the “decline and fall” of the West and the creation of the Byzantine Empire in the East. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 311

HIST 312 
The Ancient World in Film
An examination of modern cinematic and television depictions of the mythology, drama, and history of ancient Greece and Rome, including the Trojan War, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, gladiators, and early Christianity. Special emphasis is placed on understanding why the ancient world is such a popular setting for modern films, how accurately such films portray the ancient world, and how they serve as vehicles to express modern concerns and ideologies. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300M.

HIST 313 
Europe in the Middle Ages
Explores European history from the 5th until the 14th century. Includes the Carolingian world, the Roman Catholic church, popular religion and movements of dissent, feudalism, the crusades, the formation of medieval kingdoms and city-states, and artistic and cultural patterns in the high and late middle ages

HIST 316 
Gender and Authority in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
An exploration of gender ideologies and practices in traditional European society. Evaluates the social meanings of sexuality and the ways they shifted over time. This survey begins with a political and social consideration of gender in the Greco-Roman world. It then studies images and roles for men and women in medieval and early modern Europe. Subjects considered include: sexual ideologies, labor and domestic roles, the regulation of sexual practices by church and state, and the use of gendered imagery in the construction of political authority. Meets major requirements in women’s history.

HIST 317 
Renaissance and Reformation of Europe
Europe in the era of the Renaissance and Reformation. Explores the rise of nation states in an era of profound religious change. Examines demographic and economic transformation as well as the beginnings of European expansion.

HIST 318 
Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe
Changes in European thought, art, and society from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Treats the development of two European cultures — elite and popular — in response to religious change. Examines literacy and printing, scientific thinking, and developments in political theory.

HIST 319 
Industrialization of Europe
Economic growth and social change in 19th Century Europe. Analyzes the processes of industrialization and their relation to class formation, gender, and politics.

HIST 320 
The Age of Empire
Explores 19th Century European imperialism and its 20th Century retreat. Focuses on competition between European states; develop­ments in colonial government and administration; effects of contacts with non-Europeans on European culture and society; and independence/ liberation movements.

HIST 321
Nationalism and Unification in Europe
Explores the movements for unification and national recognition in 19th and 20th Century Europe. Includes the unification of Germany and Italy, the dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian empire, movements for indepen­dence in eastern Europe.

HIST 322 
Interwar Europe 1918-1939
Political, economic, and cultural/artistic responses to WWI in Europe. Explores the attraction of totalitarian political ideologies, the aftermath of the Paris Peace Conference, economic upheaval in the Great Depression, and the coming of WWII. Subjects include the rise of Nazism, the Spanish Civil War, Modernist movements in thought and the arts, the rise of Stalinism, and peace and appeasement.

HIST 323 
Society and Culture in Modern Europe
Changes in European thought, art, and society from the rise of romanticism to post-modernism.

HIST 324 
The Enlightenment and European Society
Examines the tumultuous and world-changing ideas of the Enlightenment of 18th Century Europe. Looks at challenges to traditional views of religion, knowledge, politics, gender and peoples on other continents.

HIST 325 
Revolutionary Europe
Examines revolutionary movements in modern European history, from the French Revolution of 1789 to the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. Examines what distinguishes “successful” revolutions from “failed” ones, and looks at the role of ideas, economic interests, and gender in the making of each revolution.

HIST 326 
Europe Since 1945
Political, economic, and social developments in contemporary western Europe since the end of World War II. Themes include European relations with the United States and issues of "americanization"; political and economic integration and rivalry; terrorist, radical and youth movements since the 1960s; demographic trends and issues of immigration/multiculturalism.

HIST 327 
Women in Modern Europe
The experience of women in Europe from the 17th Century to the present. Themes include changes in the definition of women’s roles, legal and political status, education, with attention to the impact of industrialization, the cult of womanhood, war, state family and welfare policies on women’s lives. Meets major requirements in women’s history.

HIST 330 
The Constitution and American Society
Origins and writing of the U.S. Constitution and the political and social issues that have arisen as the Supreme Court and others have interpreted, amended, and implemented the basic law of the United States.

HIST 331 
Law, Sexuality, and American History
Explores the legal regulation and cultural construction of sexual expres­sion, marriage, and gender identity from the colonial period to the present in the United States. Special attention will be paid to the impact of law on ideas about citizenship and race. Meets major requirements in women’s history.

HIST 332 
Women in the United States
The changing roles and status of women from the colonial period to the present. Explores the way women and society have continuously redefined work, family, law, education, and political activity. Meets major requirements in women’s history.

HIST 333
British Empire in the Americas, 1497-1775
Examines the creation of the British empire in the Americas from a global perspective, exploring its impact on populations, societies, and politics in the Americas, Africa, and England. Makes comparisons with the process of empire-building in Latin America and Franco-America.

HIST 334 
Foundations of the African-American Experience
The experience of African-Americans in American society from the colonial period to 1865. Includes an investigation into African heritage, the middle passage, antebellum African-American culture, enslavement, the struggle against slavery, the position of free blacks, and emancipation.

HIST 335
The African American Struggle for Equality
A survey of the development of traditional and legal segregation, the challenge provided by civil rights movements and related themes such as black separatism and nationalism.

HIST 336A 
The U.S. Historical Experience: The Revolutionary Era
Explores eighteenth century British America with a focus on the American Revolution. Looks at the Revolution’s intellectual origins in American and European thought and culture, its social and political origins, and its consequences for American culture, society, and politics through the 1790s

HIST 336B 
The U.S. Historical Experience: United States Early Republic
An intensive consideration of the crucial first 50 years of the United States, with particular attention to the development of key political institutions and the dramatic expansion of the national economy. Subjects include the consolidation of the two party system, the growth and limits of the federal government, developing sectionalism, early industrialization, the elaboration of the Southern slave system, and the rise of gender-based, religiously inspired reform movements.

HIST 336C 
The U.S. Historical Experience: The Civil War Era, 1845-1877
Focuses on the process of division, war, and reunion from 1845 to 1877. Examines the social and economic structures of the United States in the antebellum period and the evolution of the political crisis that led to the South's secession and to civil war. Treats the Union and Confederate home fronts during the war and analyzes major military strategies and battles. Devotes a high priority to the experience of African-Americans throughout this period. Finally, it looks at the successes and failures of the efforts to reunify and reconstruct the nation in the post-Civil War years. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300A.

HIST 336D
The U.S. Historical Experience: The Progressive Era, 1884-1920
Focuses on the "Progressive Era" in American life. A time of enormous change and development and a period that saw numerous reforms at the local, state, and national levels. Examines the major forces changing American life, such as industrialization, finance capitalism, urban growth, burgeoning immigration, trade unionism, the urban poor, and the plight of laborers, women, and minorities. Looks at the perceived loss of traditional values and the sharp conflicts between urban and rural areas. Finally, analyzes the nation's rise to become an international, military, economic, and financial power. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300B.

HIST 336E 
The U.S. Historical Experience: Prosperity, Depression, and War: The United States from 1920-1945
An exploration of society in the United States from 1920 to 1945. Between these years the United States moved from seemingly widespread prosperity through the Great Depression and into WWII. All of these phases induced profound changes in American society which will be monitored by examining how Americans from diverse backgrounds responded to the challenges of these eras. Covers such issues as the intolerance of the 1920s which included the "Red Scare" and a renewal of racism; the class divisions of the 1920s which became so apparent during the depression, and the impact that WWII not only had on American society as a whole, but specifically on women and minorities. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 342.

HIST 336F 
The U.S. Historical Experience: The United States in the Cold War Era
A history of society and culture in the United States since World War II, with particular attention to the social movements of the period, as well as the impact of the Cold War. Focuses on the struggle of Americans from diverse backgrounds for inclusion and equality, with special attention to the links between the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, the Student Movement, the Antiwar Movement, and the Chicano Movement. Examines the backlash to multicultural inclusion in the 1980s. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 340.

HIST 337 
American Indian Response to White Expansion
The historical experience of American Indians from the arrival of Europeans to the end of the 19th Century.

HIST 338A 
Modern U.S. Indian Policy
Development of U.S. Indian policy and responses of Indian people since the imposition of the western reservation system in the nineteenth century. Considers allotment, reduction of the Indian land base, the Indian New Deal, termination, and demands for self-determination and sovereignty. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 338.

HIST 338B
Native Communities in Southern California from Colonization to the 20th Century
Students will read, consider, and discuss in detail scholarly studies in the history and ethnography of native communities in Southern California, beginning with the background of colonization (beginning in San Diego in 1769) and write a substantial research paper dealing with a specific theme. (For example, the paper might concern the experience of indige­nous women, the construction of native leadership, or the development of a specific event through time, such as the exile of the Cupeños from Kupa and Agua Caliente.) May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300J.

HIST 339 
The American City
The development of urban areas in the United States and their influence on American thought, life, and economic development from the colonial period to the present.

HIST 340 
Environmental History of the United States
Considers the complex relationship between humans and the natural environment in the United States. Specific subjects include: the Native American interaction with the environment, nature’s influence on European colonization, the role of natural resources in America’s national development, the human attempt to control nature in the industrial era, the emergence of conservation and preservationist movements at the end of the nineteenth century, and the development of current environmental issues and concerns over the course of the twentieth century. May not be taken by students who have received credit for HIST 300R.

HIST 341 
Ideas in America
The development and change of social, political, religious, and economic ideas in American History from the colonial period to the present.

HIST 342 
History of Sports in the United States
Surveys the history of organized sports in the United States, with special attention to the interaction of sports and gender, race, and economic issues. May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for HIST 300D.

HIST 343 
Religion in the United States
Religious traditions studied in the context of changes social, cultural, and political traditions of the United States from 1600 to the present.

HIST 344 
The American Frontier as Symbol and Myth
The frontier as a metaphor for the hopes and fears of Europeans and Euroamericans from 1492 to the present, as seen in the works of writers, philosophers, political theorists, movie makers, historians, and others.

HIST 345 
The Immigrant Experience
Patterns of migration to and the experience of immigrants in areas now part of the United States. Themes include the role of the family, neighborhood, church, and work; patterns of assimilation and acculturation; formation of political and social institutions; and the impact of immigration on the country.

HIST 346
Development of the American Frontier
The development of population, social institutions, resources, transportation, and markets along the moving line dividing indigenous and non-Indian societies from the beginnings of European colonization in the present-day United States to the early 20th Century.

HIST 347 
California History
Beginning with the diverse native cultures of the region, the course explores the impact of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. control. Traces the origins of contemporary issues through the area’s economic development, multi-ethnic immigration, and evolving political institutions, and provides a survey of the human response to a place called "California."

HIST 348 
United States Film History
Introduction to the history of film in the United States from its inception at the turn of the 20th Century to the present. Explores the many facets of U.S. film and looks at the manner in which the film industry developed during the course of the 20th Century. Looks at the evolution of film making and the manner in which film not only shaped but also reflected the historical moments in which it was born, with careful attention to the manner in which film reflects American society’s tensions over race, class, and gender. 

HIST 349
Foreign Policy of the United States
Foreign policy of the United States from the American revolution to the present.

HIST 350 
Chicana/o Experience in the Borderlands
Examines the experience of people of Mexican descent (1840s-1980s) in the “borderlands” including territory in Mexico and the southwestern United States. Emphasizes the Chicano Movement as socio-political process that generated a distinctive interdisciplinary interpretation of history, “Chicano Studies.” A Chicano Studies approach will be used to examine three borderlands topics: labor, migration, and gender relations. Students will use historical methods to analyze a variety of historical sources.

HIST 352  
Mexico, Past and Present
Starting with the indigenous civilizations in the 16th Century, through the period of Spain’s imperial rule, the 19th Century wars of independence, the Revolution of 1910, and up to the present day, students are introduced to one of the most important and fascinating nations in the region. The evolution of economic, political, and social systems are traced with an emphasis on themes of ideology, identity, and resistance. Students practice basic historical methods in the required assignments. 

HIST 355 
Women in Latin America
Focuses on women and gender in 19th- and 20th-Century Latin America. Students will explore the evolution of the historiography, recent research and first-hand testimonial sources. Connections between gender, race, and class will guide the discussion. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300T.

HIST 356
Culture and Identity in Latin America
Exploring indigenous, European, and African elements, this course encompasses Latin American nations which trace their origins to the Spanish and Portuguese empires. The theme of identity guides the discussion of cultural expressions in the aural, literary, plastic, and visual genres. The goal of national cultural unity contrasts with alternative notions of diversity, and the nation-state is the terrain where this cultural debate takes place. The time-period will be limited to the 19th and 20th centuries, allowing students to study contemporary cultural expressions as well as current historical analysis.

HIST 359 
A History of Brazil
Starting with the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 16th Century through the long colonial period, independence, the Brazilian Empire, and, in the 20th Century, periods of alternating republican and military rule, this course introduces students to the fascinating experience of the other Latin America. Themes of race and economic modernization suffuse the political and cultural evolution of this nation. Syncretism in Brazilian culture and society emerges as a central theme.

HIST 360 
Classical Asia
Introduces students to a selected body of classical texts from Asia, which include philosophical treatises, religious tracts and literary masterpieces that have become the intellectual foundation of Asian civilization. Focuses on culture and ideas, and helps students understand the historical and intellectual roots of contemporary Asia.

HIST 361 
Modern East Asia
Examines the history of East Asia since 1600 and focuses on major social, cultural, and political developments in the region. Particular attention will be paid to themes related to tradition/modernity, reform/ revolution, and nationalism/ colonialism. May not be taken by students who have received credit for HIST 300Q.

HIST 362 
China and the West
An exploration of the relations between China and Europe since the 16th Century. Special attention to internal change, religion, and economics as well as diplomacy and politics.

HIST 363 
Modern China
Examines Chinese history since the 17th century. Major themes include the Manchu conquest in the 17th century, the expansion of the Qing Empire in the 18th, the encounter with the West in the 19th, the rise of nationalism and communism in the 20th, and the emergence of China as a world power in the 21st century.

HIST 364  
Image and Reality — Film and Modern Chinese History
Examines modern Chinese history by looking at a group of selected popular films produced in that country during the last 70 years. By analyzing the images and motifs of these selected films, students will discuss the recurring themes and concerns as expressed by the Chinese filmmakers and seek connection between these visual manifestations and the nation’s modern history.

HIST 365 
Modern Japan
Japanese History from the mid 19th Century to the present with special attention to the interplay between traditional institutions and modernization, and on the expansion of Japan.

HIST 367 
Women in China
Survey of women's history in traditional China with an emphasis of the late imperial period (16th to 18th centuries). Students will read Western feminist theories together with historical records on Chinese women. The objectives of the class are: (1) to critically evaluate the universalistic claims of Western theories; (2) to learn how to ask new questions about Chinese women; (3) to gain an understanding of the ways Chinese women actually experienced their lives, and (4) to examine issues related to feminism and women's studies from a comparative perspective.

HIST 369
Southeast Asia in the Era of European Expansion
An exploration of Southeastern Asia and its cultural and political response to European expansion into Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Indo-China, and the Philippines.

HIST 370 
Early African History
Part I survey of African history discusses the culture expressed through the lives of the elite and the ordinary people, art and literature, and the ritual and belief systems of the African civilizations from the earliest times to 1800. Specific issues include the invention of agricultures, art and oral literature as historical records, centralization of state and urbanization and commerce, observance of religious and ritual ceremonies, and the impact of all these developments. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 270.

HIST 371
Modern African History
Part II survey of African history examines the political, socio-economic, and cultural issues in Africa (particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa), from 1800 to the present. Issues considered include Africa’s increasing economic and political transformation before European intrusion, colonial occupation and African resistance, African response to colonial overrule, and the coming of independence and Africa’s challenges in world affairs. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 271.

HIST 374 
Africa Under European Imperialism 1880-1975
Studies European imperialism in Africa and its political economic, and socio-cultural impact. Emphasizes the various theories about imperialism, including Marxist, dependency and modernist theories, especially pertaining to the motives, policies, and legacies of the colonial imperialist activities.

HIST 375 
African Nationalism and Independence
Explores the rise of African nationalism since the 1940s, and the course of Africa’s regaining of independence. Pays specific attention to the leading personalities in the struggle for independence and their nationalist philosophies. The political, economic and cultural challenges of African nationalism today such as disunity and conflicts, and the poor state of the economy and education, will also be examined.

HIST 379 
Africa and the World in the 20th Century
Thematic rather than chronological study of Africa and the world in the 20th century. Focuses on select global themes such as Pan-Africanism,communism, the Cold War and the United Nations organization, and explores how they have variously influenced the course of African history.

HIST 380
The Middle East, 600 to 1700 C.E.
Explores the history of the region from the rise of Islam to the eighteenth century. Emphasizes the social and cultural background and circumstances of the rise of Islam, the formation and development of the early caliphate, the rise of Islamic successor states, the age of Ottoman and Safavid "gunpowder" empires, forms of cultural expression such as art and literature, the role of women and ethnic and religious minorities, and the integration of the Middle East into an emerging world system.

HIST 381
Comparative French Colonialism: From the Caribbean to Indochina
Compares French colonialism in a variety of contexts, such as Haiti, Algeria and Vietnam. Examines the perspective of the colonizers and the colonized, using works of colonial theory, history, literature, and film. Explores the economic, cultural, political, and social aspects of colonialism French-style, from the eighteenth century to the present.

HIST 382
Travel and Contact in the Early Modern World
Examines encounters between people from different cultures in the early modern period (Approximately 1500-1800). Students will read travel and captivity narratives, along with scholarly analyses of travel and of intercultural contact. Focuses on how cultural differences were regarded and managed by different peoples and different states.

HIST 383
Women and Jewish History
What was it like to be both a woman and a member of a minority group, in the diverse locales where Jews have lived? Examines the experiences of Jews in various parts of the world by focusing on the lives of women, using several historical case studies. Also covers important themes and changes affecting Jewish history, such as religious tradition, emancipation, assimilation, anti-Semitism, immigration, Zionism, the Holocaust and feminism.

HIST 384 
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Examines the history of women and gender in the region from the rise of Islam to the present. Emphasizes historiographical approaches; the roles of women in early Islamic societies and later empires; issues concerning class, ethnicity, and religion; work, marriage, and family; colonialism, nationalism, and modernity; and women’s participation in twentieth-century social and political movements. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300F. Meets major require­ments in women’s history.

HIST 385 
The Middle East, 1700-Present
Explores the history of the region from the eighteenth century to the present. Begins with the question of imperial decline and investigates the cultural and political responses of Middle Eastern societies to the challenges of European colonialism and imperialism, the emergence of nationalism, nation-state building, and modern social, political, intellectual, and religious movements. Emphasis on the historical background and development of contemporary issues, such as revolution, Islamism, women's rights, and globalization.

HIST 386 
Haiti and World History
Covers Haitian history from Columbus’s arrival to the present. Studies Haiti under French colonialism, during the Haitian Revolution, and after independence. Focuses on the multiple challenges that Haiti faced after independence, from internal struggles to international hostility. Gives special attention to Haiti in the twenty-first century and to issues of globalization and development. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for HIST 300-6.

HIST 387 
History of the United Nations
Focuses on the creation and development of the United Nations as an international actor since 1945. Includes: UN as successor to League of Nations; creation of UN and UN system; development of UN missions (e.g., peacekeeping, human rights); the international Cold War; interna­tional politics of de-colonization and the Non-Aligned movement. Provides a critical examination of analysis of the claims and behavior of the UN over time.

HIST 388 
History of War in Modern Society
War has been one of the greatest agents of change in world history, and it has shaped irrevocably the world in which we live. This course explores modern war and the idea of war since the late 18th Century and focuses on the transition in the 20th Century to the realities of both "total" wars and "world" wars; considers the role of war in modern state-building, in social movements and institutions, and in intellectual and artistic expression. An important aspect involves a consideration of the intellectual, philosophical and cultural history of war, including the development of the ethics of war in an international context. This is not a course in military history.

HIST 390
Science and Technology in the U.S. History
Considers the interaction of science and technology with the historical development of the United States, from Franklin's experiments with electricity to the computer revolution in Silicon Valley, including discussions of the impact of Darwinism, the influence of electrical, communication, and transportation systems on our society, and the innovations in physics, biochemistry and earth science that shape our weaponry, our medicine, and our interaction with the environment.

HIST 393 (1 unit)
Experiential Learning for Future Teachers
Prepares prospective history teachers through independent study, directed readings, and experiential learning under the guidance of an instructor, with special emphasis on using technology in the history classroom. Requires minimum of 35 hours teaching experience. Several short analytical papers required. Enrollment Requirement: Restricted to Social Science Waiver Program students who have received consent of instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 350. 

HIST 394
History and Geographic Information Systems
Investigates how geographic information systems can strengthen analysis of historical events. Learn how to use GIS software and the mapping of information to understand the history of immigration, urbanization, business, and popular culture.

HIST 398A (1 unit) 398B (2 unit) 398C (3 unit)
Independent Study
Directed readings under the guidance of an instructor. Several short analytical papers required. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor and discipline advisor.

HIST 400
Seminar in European History
An intensive look at selected areas of European History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 430 
Seminar in United States History
An intensive look at selected areas of United States History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 440 
Seminar in Latin American History
An intensive look at selected areas of Latin American History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 450
Seminar in African History
An intensive look at selected areas of African History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 460
Seminar in World History
An intensive look at selected areas of World History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 470
Seminar in Asian History
An intensive look at selected areas of Asian History. A capstone course for history majors in which they draw from their previous work and write a paper focusing on their primary theme. Prerequisites: HIST 301.

HIST 495A (1 unit) 495B (2 units) 495C (3 units)
Internship

On-site work for a historical agency such as an archive or museum, or providing historical research for a business or public agency. Requires assigned readings in theory and historical background, and a sustained project. May be repeated for a total of three (3) units. Arranged upon request through the History discipline. Prerequisites: Fifteen (15) units of upper-division History work, and consent of supervising faculty and discipline advisor.

HIST 499 
Independent Research
Development of an extended research paper using primary and secondary sources in consultation with a faculty advisor. Enrollment Requirement: Fifteen (15) units of upper-division History work including HIST 301. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor and discipline advisor.

Graduate Courses

HIST 501 
Historical Perspectives on Media
Explores the history of media communication and popular culture as well as the relationship between the change in media over time and the messages that they convey. Enrollment restricted to graduate students;advanced undergraduates need consent of instructor to enroll.

HIST 502 
History and Applied Media Technology
Introduction to various techniques in applying media technology to present historical research and interpretation. May include, but is not limited to, online instructional techniques, web-based archival preservation or museum presentations, multimedia presentations of historical findings, and video presentations of historical topics. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructor to enroll.

HIST 510 
Experiential Learning in Public History
Introduction to the field of public history, combining graduate level training in the theory and methods of public history with a minimum of 30 hours of an internship in a field placement. This course will consider issues in archival techniques, museum exhibition, oral history, historical preservation, and local history. May be repeated for a total of six (6)units. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructor to enroll.

HIST 512 
Teaching History: Theory and Practice
Introduction to the issues and techniques involved in the effective teaching of history at all levels. The course will cover the historical context of history teaching; major themes in world and U.S. history; and methods that teachers can use to involve students in actively learning about the past. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of technology in the classroom. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructor to enroll.

HIST 513A (1 unit) 513B (2 units) 513C (3 units)
History Teaching Practicum

Practical applications of teaching history in the college or university classroom for graduate teaching assistants. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Graded Credit/No Credit.

HIST 518 
Advanced Seminar in Ancient History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in Ancient History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 528 
Advanced Seminar in European History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research in the historical literature of a topic in European History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 538 
Advanced Seminar in United States History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in United States History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll. undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change.

HIST 558 
Advanced Seminar in Latin American History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in Latin American History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 568 
Advanced Seminar in Asian History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in Asian History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 578 
Advanced Seminar in African History
Examination of the dominant historiographical themes and issues and advanced research on a topic in African history. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 588 
Advanced Seminar in Middle Eastern History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in Middle Eastern History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 591
Advanced Seminar in World History
Exploration of primary and secondary sources and advanced research on a topic in World History. Advanced undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units as topics change. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructorto enroll.

HIST 595 
The Philosophy and Practice of History
Readings in the nature of historical inquiry and methodological issues. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent ofinstructor.

HIST 599 
Directed Readings in American History
Individual or small group exploration of the historical literature of a particular field through reading, discussion, and writing. May be repeated for up to nine (9) units. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

HIST 601
The Philosophy and Practice of History
Exploration of the nature of historical inquiry, including historiography, different genres of history, and methods of research used in advanced historical writing. Introduction to core philosophical debates abouthistorical methods and to texts exemplifying different kinds of historical writing. Students must earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher to apply toward a Master’s degree in History. May be repeated for a total of six (6)units. Only three (3) units may be applied toward the Master’s degree in History. Enrollment restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Arts in History Program, or to other graduate students who have obtained consent of instructor.

HIST 620 
Directed Thesis Research, Writing, and Media Presentation
Faculty supervision of the research and writing of the thesis project and/or development of the media presentation of research findings. Graduate students who have completed 18 units or more toward the
M.A. in History degree and are working on their thesis proposal or their final thesis/digital history project must remain continuously enrolled in this course. May be repeated up to seven times, but only six (6) units may be applied to the M.A. in History degree. Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Prerequisite: HIST 601 with a grade of B (3.0) or higher.

HIST 699A (1 unit) 699B (2 units) 699C (3 units)
Independent Study in Advanced Historical Issues
Intensive independent study of advanced historical issues based on secondary and/or primary sources. May be repeated, but only six (6) units may be applied toward the Master of Arts in History degree.