History (HIST)

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HIST 101  World History to 1400  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of ancient and medieval world history. 3 hours lecture.  (004492)  
General Education: Social Sciences (D)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 102  World History since 1400  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of early modern and modern world history. 3 hours lecture.  (004493)  
General Education: Social Sciences (D)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 130  United States History  3 Units  GE  
Typically Offered: Spring, summer, fall  
Survey of American history. Development of the United States and its political, economic, social, and cultural institutions. From colonial times to the present. Satisfies requirement in California Administrative Code, Title 5, Education, Sec. 40404. 3 hours lecture.  (004500)  
General Education: US History  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
HIST 198  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours discussion.  (004509)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
HIST 205W  Global Environmental History (W)  3 Units  GC, GE, W  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
The course treats the global history of human interaction with the environment and changing ideas about it from the birth of farming to the modern age. It is intended as an introduction to major themes, techniques, and sources of environmental history and awareness of sustainability issues. 3 hours lecture.  (021642)  
General Education: Social Sciences (D)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures; Sustainable Course; Writing Course  
HIST 230  The American Indian  3 Units  GE, USD  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world. 3 hours lecture.  (000382)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Cross listing(s): AIST 230  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Sustainable Course; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 231  African American History  3 Units  GE, USD  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
An examination of the history of persons of African descent in the United States and its colonial antecedents. Emphasis is on understanding the experiences of and culture created by African Americans from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture.  (000138)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Cross listing(s): AFAM 231  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 235  Mexican American History  3 Units  GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. 3 hours lecture.  (001974)  
General Education: Ethnic Studies (F)  
Cross listing(s): CHLX 235  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
HIST 261  Islam and the World  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Introduces students to the history, faith, practice, and cultures of Islam, starting with the Late Antique Near Eastern milieu from which it emerged and tracing its development and geographic spread around the world to the present day. 3 hours lecture.  (004515)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Cross listing(s): MEST 261, RELS 202  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 300W  Historians and Historical Methodology (W)  3 Units  W  
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, HIST 101, HIST 102.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
(This course is required of history majors and is ideally taken the semester that the history major is declared.) Introduction to the discipline of history and historical methods. The course emphasizes the need to acquire writing and research skills appropriate to the discipline, as well as an appreciation for the importance of historiography or different historical interpretations. 3 hours seminar.  (021876)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Writing Course  
HIST 301  Greek History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Political, social and cultural history of the Greek world from the prehistoric period through the Hellenistic era. The classical period of the city-states of Athens and Sparta is the main focus of this course. Key themes include the development of the polis in Archaic Greece; the Persian Wars; Greek identity and culture; the Athenian democracy and empire; the Greeks' place in the broader Mediterranean world; and the role that classical antiquity played in the creation of the modern Greek state. 3 hours lecture.  (021305)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 302  The Roman Republic  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course examines Roman history from the founding of the city of Rome in the eighth century BCE to the early years of the Principate. This course focuses on the key political institutions, social practices, and cultural attitudes and ideas that shaped the Roman world during this time. Major themes and topics include the formation of Roman identity in the monarchic period; the nature of Roman imperialism; Roman state structures; the collapse of the Roman Republic, and Augustan Rome. 3 hours lecture.  (021306)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 303  Roman Empire  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only odd years  
Political, social, and cultural history of the Roman Empire of the Caesars from the Julio-Claudian emperors (14-68 C.E.) to the end of the Severan Dynasty (235 C.E.). Emphasis on the Julio-Claudian period, the achievements of Pax Romana, and the cultural transitions into Late Antiquity that emerged in the Second Century C.E. 3 hours discussion.  (004587)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 305  Catastrophe, Memory, and Society  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Spring, summer, fall  
A historical exploration of the ways in which societies around the world have responded to major catastrophes, both natural and man-made, such as plagues, famines, wars, and genocides. What does the response tell us about the social structure, politics, science and technology, and culture of the affected society? What are the long term impacts? How are these catastrophes remembered? 3 hours lecture.  (004518)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Global Studies Pathway; Health and Wellness Pathway  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures; Sustainable Course  
HIST 306  Food in World History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
In this course, through numerous empirical examples drawn from around the world, students explore how geography, migration, and other factors have contributed to the development of regional and ethnic diets. Students also study the causes and consequences of food insecurity and how food has played a central role in social identity formation and, therefore, human conflict. 3 hours lecture.  (021955)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 309  Romans of the East: The Byzantine Empire  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Political, social, and cultural history of the Byzantine Empire from the time of Diocletian and Constantine (ca. 300 C.E.) to the fall of the empire in 1453 C.E. The course focuses on key political institutions, social practices, and cultural attitudes and ideas that shaped the Byzantine world during this time. Major themes and topics include the nature and evolution of the Byzantine state; the empire under Justinian; Byzantium after the Islamic conquests; the Macedonian Renaissance and Imperial Revival; the Komnenian Empire and the Crusades; and society and culture in the late Byzantine period. 3 hours lecture.  (021628)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 310  Careers for Historians  1 Unit  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Introduction to career options for History majors, with an emphasis on exploration, advising, and skill development for professional success. 1 hour discussion.  (022122)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 1 unit  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 312  Medieval Europe  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only even years  
A political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Middle Ages. This course examines the transformation, centralization, fragmentation, and expansion of the West (including Byzantium and the Islamic world, as well as Europe) from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. 3 hours lecture.  (021307)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 313  Early Modern History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
A survey of European history from the Renaissance through the Age of Revolution. This course prepares students for 400-level courses in European history by introducing the social, cultural, and political history of the period, with special emphasis placed upon the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment. It also prepares students for careers in education by incorporating historical analysis skills required in K-12 classrooms. 3 hours lecture.  (021308)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 314  Modern Europe  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only odd years  
A survey of European history from the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 to the present. Among the topics covered is the first and second industrial revolutions, the emergence of political ideologies, the unification of Italy and Germany, the rise of the workers movement, the spread of imperialism, women's lives and the birth of the women's movements, modernism, the First World War and its consequences, the Russian Revolution, the emergence of fascism and Nazism, the Second World War and its aftermath, the birth of the European Community, experience of the Cold War in Europe, decolonization, and the collapse of communism. 3 hours lecture.  (021309)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 322  Russian and Soviet History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
The course covers the dramatic events of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and the evolution of Soviet and Russian history up to the present. Emphasis is on the social origins of the Russian Revolution, how a revolution for social democracy gave rise to one- party rule, and the chain of events which placed the Soviet Union on a path leading eventually to its demise in 1991 and the recasting of politics and society. 3 hours seminar.  (004530)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 323  The British Empire  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
The study of British overseas settlements in North America, Australia, and South Africa; colonial acquisitions in Africa, the West Indies, and Asia; role of imperialism in British industrial growth, and independence movements in the Empire. 3 hours seminar.  (004613)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 326  Gender and Sexuality in Modern European History  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
This course explores major themes and developments in the social and cultural history of European women from the 1700s to the present, including changing gender roles, attitudes toward sexuality, reproduction, and the family. In particular, the course examines women's struggle to define themselves and their roles in society and their impact on the social identities of men. 3 hours lecture.  (004531)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Gender and Sexuality Pathway  
Cross listing(s): WMST 326  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 328  Modern Germany: From Unification to Reunification  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only even years  
This course examines the main currents of German history from its first unification in 1870-71 under Bismarck to the reunification in 1989-90. The emphasis is on the nature of Imperial Germany, the German experience during the First World War, the political weaknesses and cultural innovations of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and of Nazism, the nature of the Third Reich, the causes and consequences of the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the experience of divided Germany in the postwar period. 3 hours seminar.  (004519)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 330  Race, Gender, and Empire  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only odd years  
This course provides historical and theoretical context for the analysis, critique, and substantive understanding of the intersections between race, gender, and empire in Western history since the 16th century. Framed as an investigation of power, domination, and resistance, the course examines the ways that historical actors have leveraged racism, heterosexism, and nationalism to sustain control, and the counteracting forces of those resisting domination. 3 hours lecture.  (021934)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 335  Gender and Sexuality in American History  3 Units  GE, USD  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Focus on the role gender plays in shaping and defining American history, from colonial times to the present. Analysis of relations between sexes, the family, and the struggle by women to achieve civil rights and social reform. The roles of race and class, and the rise of feminism. 3 hours lecture.  (004541)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Gender and Sexuality Pathway  
Cross listing(s): WMST 335  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 341W  American Environment (W)  3 Units  GE, USD, W  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Spring, summer, fall  
History of the attitudes, concepts, and public policy toward the American environment, including the natural, rural, and urban environments. Emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture.  (004539)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Agriculture, Food, and Environment Pathway; Sustainability and Climate Change Pathway  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Sustainable Course; U.S. Diversity; Writing Course  
HIST 350  America's Vietnam Experience  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Focuses on America's Vietnam experience. Emphasis on the domestic and foreign policy repercussions of U.S. involvement, the mythological and symbolic components of the war, and its legacies. 3 hours lecture.  (004546)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 351  Volatile Decade: America in the 1960s  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
A review of the major developments in American society in the 1960s: foreign relations and war, politics and economics, culture and thought. 3 hours lecture.  (004549)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 352  Early America to 1787  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
This course examines the pluralistic foundations of early American history from the pre-Columbian period through 1787. Through a diverse range of perspectives, it addresses the impact of indigenous-European encounters, the growth of the Anglo-European settlements in the Atlantic world, the origins and development of slavery, and the Imperial Crisis and Revolution, concluding with the period of instability following 1783 as Americans grappled with their fledgling nation¿s initial frame of government and rapidly expanding territory and populace. 3 hours lecture.  (021310)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 353  US History from 1787 to 1877  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
In-depth survey of American history between 1787 and 1877, focusing on major events and related historiographic debates. 3 hours lecture.  (021370)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 354  US History from 1877 to 1945  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
In-depth survey of American history between 1877 and 1945, focusing on major events and related historiographic debates. 3 hours lecture.  (021369)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 355  US History from 1945 to the Present  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
In-depth survey of American history between 1945 and the present, focusing on major events and related historiographical debates. 3 hours lecture.  (021371)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 361  Muhammad and the Qur'an  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course introduces students to the sacred scripture and prophet of Islam. Students study the biography of Muhammad (570-632) and the text of the Qur'an by situating it within the context of Muhammad's life and career. By the end of the course, students are able to appreicate how devout Muslims view Muhammad and the Qur'an, as well as ask critical questions raised by modern scholars of religion. 3 hours lecture.  (020263)  
Cross listing(s): MEST 302, RELS 302  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 362  Middle Eastern Empires  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Introduction to some major aspects of culture, society and the state in the Islamic Middle East, including Islamic religion, the Arab Empire, the family, law, roles of men and women, styles of living. Examination of the post-Mongol empires of Ottoman and Safavid, and their interaction with European powers in the early modern period. 3 hours lecture.  (004550)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Global Studies Pathway  
Cross listing(s): MEST 362  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 362W  Middle Eastern Empires (W)  3 Units  GC, GE, W  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Introduction to some major aspects of culture, society and the state in the Islamic Middle East, including Islamic religion, the Arab Empire, the family, law, roles of men and women, styles of living. Examination of the post-Mongol empires of Ottoman and Safavid, and their interaction with European powers in the early modern period. 3 hours lecture.  (021461)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Global Studies Pathway  
Cross listing(s): MEST 362W  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures; Writing Course  
HIST 363  The Modern Middle East  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Survey of the modern Middle East from Napoleon's Conquest of Egypt (1798) to the second Gulf War (2003). Examination of the decline and collapse of the Ottoman Empire, rise of Middle Eastern nation-states, nationalistic movements, and politics in Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab world. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, modernization, secularization, and Islamic resurgence. 3 hours lecture.  (021368)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Global Studies Pathway  
Cross listing(s): MEST 363  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 365  The Scientific Revolution  3 Units  GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Examination of the genesis of modern science from the 15th through 18th centuries, as new methods and discoveries transformed the older field of natural philosophy. Analysis of the relationship of science to broader themes of society, culture, religion, and the state. 3 hours lecture.  (022291)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Innovation, Design, and the Arts Pathway; Science, Technology, and Society Pathway  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 371  African History  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Africa since 1800. Establishment and demise of European colonial regimes, African resistance to foreign domination, African political systems, dilemmas of socio-economic development, and gender differences in modern African life. 3 hours lecture.  (004533)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures; Sustainable Course  
HIST 373  Premodern East Asia  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from antiquity to 1800. Emphasis on common traditional heritage of China and Japan. 3 hours lecture.  (004560)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 374  Modern East Asia  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from 1800 to the present. Emphasis on the transformation of the traditional heritage of China and Japan through revolution and modernization. 3 hours lecture.  (004561)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 377  Gender in East Asian History  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Focus on the role gender plays in shaping and defining East Asian history, from 19th century to the present. Analysis of gender construction, sexuality, the family, and issues of universal human rights in context of China, South Korea, and Japan. 3 hours lecture.  (021173)  
Cross listing(s): ASST 377  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 380  Colonial Latin America  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
An historical survey of pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, with emphasis on Aztec and Inca societies, Iberia's military, economic, and spiritual conquest, and the ways in which diverse colonial subjects resisted, adapted to, and assimilated colonial rule. Concludes by considering popular and elite culture in the late colonial period and tensions leading toward independence. 3 hours lecture.  (004568)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 381  Modern Latin America  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
A survey of Latin America since independence from Iberia, highlighting the chaotic years of post-independence state building, the region's integration into the global capitalist economy and the age of mass politics and revolutionary ferment after 1930. The final weeks focus on Latin America's experience with military dictatorship and current transitions to democracy. 3 hours lecture.  (004495)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 382  Modern Mexico  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history since 1810 while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. 3 hours lecture.  (004558)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); California Studies Pathway; Race, Ethnicity, and Sovereignty Pathway  
Cross listing(s): LAST 382  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 382W  Modern Mexico (W)  3 Units  GC, GE, W  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course introduces students to the panorama of Mexican history since 1810 while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. 3 hours lecture.  (021968)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); California Studies Pathway; Race, Ethnicity, and Sovereignty Pathway  
Cross listing(s): LAST 382W  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures; Writing Course  
HIST 389  History Internship  1-4 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Internships in history: either assisting instructors in lower-division courses or preparing multimedia presentations or discussion meetings; or work experience outside the academic program, in government agencies or in private historical societies, museums, and archives. 9 hours supervision.  (004674)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 398  Special Topics  0.5-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for .5 to 3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture.  (004579)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 399  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 0 hours supervision.  (004580)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 409W  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Christians, Romans, and Barbarians (W)  3 Units  W  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course offers a seminar on the later Roman Empire (or "Late Antiquity") from Diocletian (284 C.E.) to Heraclius (641 C.E.). Throughout the course, we focus on the key political institutions, social practices, and cultural attitudes and ideas that shape the late antique world during this time. Major themes and topics include the Christianization of the Roman world; the emperor Constantine; barbarian entry into the Roman world; the emperor Constantine; barbarian entry into the Roman world; the disintegration of the western empire in the fifth century; cultural change in the East under Justinian; economic and urban change (the end of the Roman city); and the intellectual traditions surrounding the "fall" of the Roman Empire. 3 hours lecture.  (021627)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Writing Course  
HIST 411  Renaissance Civilization: 1300-1550  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only even years  
New ideas about power and social structure in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Europe: Humanism, socio-political transformations, secular attitudes in art and society. 3 hours seminar.  (004592)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 412  The Reformation and Early Modern Europe: 1400-1660  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only odd years  
The breakdown of religious consensus among Europeans; the people and directions of Reform; technology and the military revolution of the period; rulers, people, and the idea of revolution; the reconsolidating of a European elite. 3 hours seminar.  (015755)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 419  Gender, Sex, and Power in the Soviet and Post-Soviet World  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course traces the interplay of gender, sex, and power from the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 to the collapse of the USSR in 1992, to the emergence of post-Soviet States. 3 hours seminar.  (021421)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 422  Balkan History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
The Turkish conquests of the 14th and 15th centuries, the diplomatically bedeviling "Eastern question" of the 19th century, the shots at Sarajevo that started the First World War, the creation and destruction of Yugoslavia, the war in Bosnia: conflicts in the Balkan peninsula have influenced and often dominated world affairs. This course traces political, cultural, and religious developments in the Balkan world. After an overview of the earlier centuries, the focus will be on the profound events and current problems of the 20th century. 3 hours seminar.  (004543)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 423  Tudor-Stuart Britain: 1485-1715  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only even years  
Political, social, and cultural history of the British Isles from the advent of the Tudors through the demise of the Stuarts. This course examines the transition from a medieval society to modern Britain, by focusing upon change and continuity in matters of government, religion, gender and the economy. 3 hours seminar.  (004523)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 429  Extreme Politics: Communism, Fascism, and Nazism in 20th Century Europe  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only odd years  
A comparative analysis of three totalitarian regimes, Soviet Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany. This course concentrates on the theories of fascism and totalitarianism, ideologies, relationships between party and state, quality of daily life, views on gender and women, nature of the police state and repression, experience of war, and the public memory of these regimes. 3 hours seminar.  (021311)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 430  Early America  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only odd years  
This course examines political, economic, social, and cultural forces in the colonial Chesapeake, New England, middle colonies, deep South, and Caribbean. Emphasis on Indigenous-European encounters, the development of English imperial policy, and the wars for empire, 1607-1763. 3 hours seminar.  (004626)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 431  The American Revolution  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only even years  
The founding events of the American nation: the Imperial Crisis and War for Independence, the critical period and framing of the Constitution, cultural life in the new nation, and the rise of partisanship in the early republic, 1763-1788. 3 hours seminar.  (004627)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 432  The Early American Republic  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Social, cultural, and political history of the United States from the federalist period to the U.S. - Mexico War, 1789-1850. 3 hours seminar.  (004628)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 433  The Civil War and Reconstruction  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Sectional conflict between rising industrialism and the Old South; abolitionism, secession, economic and social consequences of the war; reconstruction, political change, and continued sectionalism. 1850-1877. 3 hours seminar.  (004629)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 435  The US in the Age of the World Wars  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
1914-1945. An examination of American society in an era of world wars, economic instability, and great cultural change. 3 hours seminar.  (004632)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 442  The Westward Movement  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Effects of the "moving frontier" experience upon American development, with emphasis on the people and the land from the colonial era to the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar.  (004646)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 443  Gender and Sexuality in Early America  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only even years  
This course explores the political, economic, legal, social, and cultural dimensions of early American gender history, running from pre-contact Native American society through the period of the early American republic. It examines women's daily lives and experiences, illustrating shifting definitions of femininity and masculinity as crosscut by race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, region, and religion. Through discussion, readings, and research, this seminar illustrates themes that circumscribed women's opportunities in early America: sexuality, reproduction, and women's bodies; the political and legal status of women; women's labor, paid and unpaid; women in war; education and literacy; and consumption, among others. 3 hours lecture.  (021864)  
Cross listing(s): WMST 443  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 445  History of California  3 Units  USD  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Social, economic, cultural, and political development from Spanish explorations to the present. 3 hours seminar.  (004634)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 446  History of the American South  3 Units  USD  
Prerequisite: HIST 130.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Topics in the social, cultural, and political history of the American South. Topics may include the simultaneous rise of democracy and slavery, the rise and fall of Jim Crow, and political developments in the 20th century. 3 hours lecture.  (015800)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; U.S. Diversity  
HIST 447  Politics of Africa  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This is a comparative politics course, introducing students to the history and politics of Africa. Specifically, the course examines historical foundations, political and economic development, regime type and transition, ethnicity, and violence, using African cases as illustrations. 3 hours lecture.  (021829)  
Cross listing(s): AFRI 447, POLS 447  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 450  U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Covers the foreign relations of the United States from colonial origins to World War I. Emphasis is on diplomacy of the Founding Fathers, continental expansion, Pacific imperialism, and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power. 3 hours lecture.  (015801)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 451  U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1914  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Covers the foreign relations of the United States from World War I to the present. Emphasis is on the world wars, isolationism, Soviet-American relations, conflict in the Middle East, Vietnam, and the complex challenges in a multipolar world. 3 hours lecture.  (015802)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 463  Islamic Civilization  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Islamic civilization 600-1800; religion, philosophy, law, education, literature, and political thought and activity. 3 hours seminar.  (004649)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 473  Asia and the City  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course examines the political, social, and cultural development of three Asian megacities (Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo) in a comparative perspectives. Just like elsewhere in the world, these cities served as the locus of change in the midst of turbulent years of the twentieth century. We explore various political incidents as well as social and cultural landscapes of the cites as a lens through which to understand how Asia became what it is today. 3 hours lecture.  (021779)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 474  Modern Korea  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only even years  
This course examines Korean history from the opening of Korea in 1876 to the present. Main topics include the decline of the chosen dynasty, the rise of nationalism, the colonial experience (1910-1945), the liberation and division (1945-1948), the Korean War (1950-1953), and industrialization and democratization in the postwar era. Particular attention is devoted to how these events have shaped the historical trajectory of modern Korea as well as the everyday lives of people. 3 hours seminar.  (021782)  
Cross listing(s): ASST 474  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 9 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 475  Modern China  3 Units  GC  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
This course explores tradition and new trends in 18th and 19th century China, the Western impact and the Chinese response, the nationalist and the communist movements, changes in values and the society after 1949, and the ongoing economic reforms. 3 hours seminar.  (004661)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
HIST 480  Social Revolution in Latin America  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course explores twentieth-century social revolutions in Mexico, Cuba, Chile and Nicaragua. Additional consideration will be given to more recent phenomena in Venezuela and the Mexican state of Chiapas. Evaluates the role played by class, ethnicity, and gender in these movements and considers whether the driving force of social revolution in Latin America is Marxism or nationalist/anti-imperialism. 3 hours seminar.  (004647)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 482  Indigenous Latin Americans & Indigenismo  3 Units  
Prerequisite: HIST 300W.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
An historical sweep of Latin America's indigenous populations and their relationships with the non-indigenous from the time of Las Casas in the colonial period through the wars of independence and the early national period. We will spend the last several weeks of the course on the mid-twentieth- century political and cultural phenomenon known as indigenismo in Mexico and the Andes. 3 hours lecture.  (022111)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 489  Internship in Public History  3 Units  
Prerequisite: HIST 492, HIST 494.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Occupational experience in public history with a private-sector firm, non-profit organization, or governmental agency. 9 hours supervision.  (015915)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 490W  Seminar: Historical Research (W)  3 Units  W, GW  
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, HIST 300W.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This is the capstone course for History majors. It requires students to write frequently in different modes of discourse, concluding with the presentation and delivery of an extensive research paper based on both primary and secondary sources. 3 hours seminar.  (004581)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Writing Course; Graduation Writing Assessment  
HIST 492  Archival Research Seminar  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Introduction to archival research and source materials. Practical experience in locating, interpreting, and using the various kinds of primary documents that form the raw material of the historian's craft. 3 hours seminar.  (004707)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 494  Introduction to Public History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
The application of historical scholarship to non-academic pursuits, including historic preservation, management of records and resources, public policy, and private consultantcy. Emphasis on development, objects, ethics, and methods of the public history profession. 3 hours seminar.  (004714)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 495  Portfolio Evaluation  1 Unit  
Prerequisite: Senior standing.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Assessment of subject matter competence in History-Social Science. 1 hour discussion.  (015848)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 1 unit  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 496  Material Culture  3 Units  
Prerequisite: HIST 300W.  
Typically Offered: Spring only even years  
This seminar explores a special topic thorough the lens of material objects. It provides an introduction to the theory and practice behind the interpretation of artifacts as contextualized by their larger historical fabric. 3 hours seminar.  (022112)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 498  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar.  (004729)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 499  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision.  (004730)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 499H  Senior Honors Thesis  3 Units  
Prerequisite: 12 upper-division history units; a grade point average in the top 5% of history majors; an interview; faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Intensive study of historical method and of the use, interpretation, and presentation of evidence, leading to the production and public presentation of a scholarly project involving substantial research and earning a grade of B or higher. To be taken under faculty supervision for a total of 6 units in consecutive semesters. 9 hours supervision.  (004731)  
Grade Basis: ABC/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
HIST 600  Graduate Research Seminar  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Intensive readings and methods seminar culminating in a substantial research paper. Topics chosen by instructor. Written and oral presentation of research required. 3 hours seminar.  (020860)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 610  Graduate Seminar in Ancient History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods of ancient history. This seminar exposes graduate students to major historiographical issues and debates in the field 3 hours seminar.  (020861)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 620  Graduate Seminar in European History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods of European history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. 3 hours seminar.  (004739)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 630  Graduate Seminar in Pre-1877 United States History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods of United States history up to 1877. This seminar exposes graduate students to major historiographical issues and debates in the field. 3 hours seminar.  (004742)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 640  Graduate Seminar in Post-1877 United States History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods of United States History after 1877. This seminar exposes graduate students to major historiographical issues and debates in the field. 3 hours seminar.  (020862)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 660  Graduate Seminar in Middle Eastern History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Middle Eastern history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. 3 hours seminar.  (004765)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 675  Graduate Seminar in Asian History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Asian history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. 3 hours seminar.  (004764)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 680  Graduate Seminar in Latin American History  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Latin American history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. 3 hours seminar.  (004766)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 690  Historiography  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only odd years  
The evolution of historical thought and writing from antiquity to the twentieth century. Reading of selected major historians, writing of critical essays, discussion of basic trends. 3 hours seminar.  (004736)  
Grade Basis: Graduate Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 697  Independent Study  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 6 hours supervision.  (004769)  
Grade Basis: Report in Progress: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 698  Special Topics  1-6 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision.  (004779)  
Grade Basis: Report in Progress: CR/NC  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
HIST 699T  Master's Thesis  1-6 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision.  (004770)  
Grade Basis: Report in Progress: CR/NC  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division