Courses

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Lower Division

HIST 104. Western Civilization to 1650 (3) FS. Origin and growth of human communities in the Western world. Development of various social and political organizations, cultural milieu, and relationships to the rest of the world. [GE.]

HIST 105. Western Civilization, 1650 to Present (3) FS. Diverse development of Western political and social institutions. Impact of economic, political, scientific, and technological change. Varieties of cultural milieu. Relationships to the rest of the world. [GE.]

HIST 107. East Asian History to 1644 (3). China, Korea, and Japan from prehistory to 1644. Early China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam: their history and arts. [GE.]

HIST 108. East Asian Civilization Since 1644 (3). China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam from 1644 to the present, emphasizing the maturing of East Asian civilization as it encountered the West. [GE.]

HIST 109. Colonial Latin American History (3). Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America to 19th century independence movements. [GE.]

HIST 109B. Modern Latin America (3). Major themes/problems in history of Latin America from early 1800s (independence) to present. [GE.]

HIST 110. United States History to 1877 (3) FS. Selected topics. Sources and conditioning factors of American social, political, and economic systems to 1877. Meets requirement in US history established by California legislature.

HIST 111. United States History from 1877 (3) FS. Selected topics. Sources and conditioning factors of American social, political, and economic systems from 1877. Meets requirement in US history established by California legislature.

HIST 199. Discussion Lab (1). Discuss readings, films, and/or computer resources. [Rep 3 times.]

HIST 210. Historical Methods (4). Nature of history; historical consciousness; historians’ craft; use of primary/secondary sources. Recommended first course in the major. One of four units is individualized instruction on assigned essay.

HIST 211. Intro to History for Teachers (4). Research skills, citation, primary/secondary sources, critical thinking, historical methodologies, historiography, alignment with K-12 social science standards. Emphasis on writing and discussion. (Coreq: SED 210, SED 410.]

Upper Division

HIST 300. The Era of World War I (3). Social, economic, diplomatic, political, and military background before and developments during war. Emphasis on origins and outbreak of war; total war; trench warfare; Bolshevik Revolution; peace settlement; and war’s aftermath. [GE.]

HIST 300R. The Era of World War I, Research Seminar (1). Embedded writing workshop. Students write a 10-12 page research paper. Includes: primary and secondary literature review, library research methods, analysis, organization, and peer editing. [Coreq: HIST 300. Rep once.]

*HIST 301. The Era of World War II (3). Social, economic, diplomatic, political, and military background before and developments during war.
Emphasis on totalitarianism; appeasement; propaganda; conduct of war; civilian experiences of war; post-war settlement; beginning of Cold War. [GE.]

HIST 301R. The Era of World War II, Research Seminar (1). Embedded writing workshop. Students write a 10-12 page research paper. Includes: primary and secondary literature review, library research methods, analysis, organization, and peer editing. [Coreq: HIST 301. Rep once.]

HIST 305. The American West, 1763-1900 (3). Diverse American peoples and their frontier experiences between Appalachians and Pacific Coast. Four units to be taken by majors only. [GE.]

HIST 305M. The American West Depth Experience (1). Embedded writing workshop. Students write a 10-12 page research paper. Includes: primary and secondary literature review, library research methods, analysis, organization, and peer editing. [Coreq: HIST 305. Rep once.]

HIST 311. World History to 1750 (3). Survey of the major events, trends, structures, and crosscultural interactions in World History prior to 1750. Starts with rise of “civilization” in Mesopotamia and concludes with the European Enlightenment. For those planning to teach elementary school or social science single subjects.

HIST 312. World History from 1750 (3). Survey of the major events, trends, structures, and crosscultural interactions in World History from 1750 to the end of the Cold War and rise of a multi-polar world. For those planning to teach elementary school or social science single subjects.

HIST 313. Ancient Egyptian Civilization & History (4). Culture and history to end of Pharaonic Age. Pyramids; governmental and social institutions; art and religious developments. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 314. Ancient Greek Civilization & History (4). From beginnings to death of Alexander the Great. Bronze Age, Homeric epics, rise of the city-state, Sparta, democracy at Athens, civilization of the Golden Age, rise of Macedonia. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 315. History & Civilization of Rome (4). From legendary founding to Christianity’s triumph. Imperialism, the Republic, the Principate, reasons for Rome’s decline. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 322. The Age of Knights & Monks (4). Europe from 900 AD to beginnings of Renaissance. Life under feudal system, medieval warfare, church/state relations, crusades, major heresies, development of European nations, Gothic architecture, medieval synthesis, Black Death. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 326. History of Mexico (4). Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian indigenous societies to present-day EZLN uprising in Chiapas. Focus placed upon political, economic, environmental history, and foreign relations with the United States. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. Rep.]

HIST 327. History of Brazil (4). Political, economic, and social/cultural history from the colonial era to the present day. Special emphasis on the legacy of African slavery and on Brazil’s multi-cultural society. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a pre- or corequisite. DCG-n.]

HIST 329. Imperial China (4). Through lectures, readings, discussions, and research assignments, Imperial China provides students with an intensive introduction to Chinese history from the Bronze Age through the Ming Dynasty. [Prereq: HIST 210 ©. History majors and Chinese Studies majors only. Offered every other year.]

HIST 338. Modern Chinese History (4). Political/social events from Opium Wars to the present. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 339. Modern Japanese History (4). Political, social, and economic events from Tokugawa shogunate to present. Westernizing/modernizing processes. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 342. Musketeers, Witches, and Kings (4). Early Modern Europe. Social, cultural, intellectual, religious, economic, political developments from late Reformation to Napoleon. Emphasis on popular belief/culture, baroque kingship, everyday life, eighteenth-century ‘public,’ political culture of French Revolution. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 343. French Revolution & Napoleon (4). Traces origins, outbreak, progression, and legacy of French Revolution and Napoleon. Special emphasis on socio-economic, intellectual, cultural, and political developments and on historiography. [Prereq: HIST 210 ©. Offered occasionally.]

HIST 345. Imperialism (4). Study of European imperialism with emphasis on 19th/20th centuries. Exploration of details of imperialism as well as role of race, gender, mission, language, and art in shaping colonial interactions. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. DCG-n.] HIST 348. Modern Germany (4). History/Historiography, 1517-present. Emphasis on ‘special path’ of German history, Lutheran Reformation, Thirty Years War, rise of Prussia, unification under Bismarck, world wars, and Germany’s role in Cold War and EU. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 349. Renaissance & Reformation (4). Western Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. An exploration of the artistic vision, intellectual revival, and religious conflicts of the period, and the foundation of nation states. [Prereq: HIST 210 ©. Offered occasionally. Rep twice.]

HIST 350. History of the Soviet Union (4). Covers all aspects of the Soviet experiment from the revolution of 1917, through the Stalin years, and through the long decline and sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 353. Modern Britain (4). Britain from the Act of Union: Parliament to Devolution; the Industrial Revolution and its cost; the rise and loss of Empire; and the establishment and fate of the welfare state. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 368. Colonial & Revolutionary America (4). Growth of English mainland colonies in 17th and 18th centuries, culminating in war for American independence. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 369. Age of Jefferson & Jackson (4). Battles over constitutional interpretations from 1787 to 1830s. Biographical emphasis. Development of political parties, social and economic reforms, states’ rights. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 371. Civil War & Reconstruction (4). Dissolution and reunification of American Union, 1861-77. Rebellion and secession; military campaigns; wartime civil rights; constitutional, political, social crises. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 372. Rise of Modern America, 1877- 1929 (4). Industrial and urban growth; rise of big business and big government; US as a world power. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. DCG-d.]

HIST 374. Contemporary America, 1929 to the Present (4). Impact of depression and war; economic growth and political conflict; emergence of US as superpower and affluent society. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 375A. US Foreign Relations, 1789-1943 (4). Survey main themes from American Revolution through 19th century; then 1890s until World War II covered in greater depth. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 375B. US Foreign Relations, 1943-Present (4). From World War II to present day, emphasizing themes such as domestic politics, US visions of its role in the world, the media, and changing world conditions. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. Rep once.]

HIST 377. Vietnam Wars (4). Vietnamese history, French colonialism, American involvement and the military, social, cultural and political results to understand the multi layered after effects of the Vietnam Wars in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and the world. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have instructor approval. DCG-n.]

HIST 383. California History (4). Historical analysis of factors producing the complex, diverse commonwealth of California. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 384. 20th Century American West (4). Experiences of men/women in America’s most racially diverse region. Legacy of conquest in the American West; concurrent struggles for cultural dominance, profit, and property. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or
have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 387 / ANTH 387 / ECON 387 / GEOG 387 / INTL 387 / PSCI 387. International Education Colloquium (1). Earn credit by attending International Education Week events the week before Thanksgiving and participating in an online discussion forum. Mandatory pre-event meeting in September. [CR/NC. Rep once.]

HIST 389 / WS 389. Women in United States History (4). Women’s roles in thought and society from colonial period to present. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 391. Special Topics & Interdisciplinary Studies in History (1-4). Topics announced in class schedule. Examples: cold war, novel as history, Puritanism, 20th century US science and technology, Arab/Israel conflict, South Africa. [Prereq: appropriate upper division work or IA. History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. Rep.]

HIST 392. Special Topics in European History (1-4). Special topics in European history that may include major events, themes, or historical periods. Topic varies. One of four units is individualized instruction on assigned topics. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. Rep.]

HIST 393. Special Topics in Non-Western History (1-4). Special topics in world regional history will vary. [History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair. Rep.]

HIST 394. History Conference (1). Opportunity for students to be historians by presenting an original research paper in a conference setting. Students must attend preliminary meetings and all parts of the conference for credit. [Rep twice.]

HIST 396. International Latino Film Seminar (1). This seminar presents and discusses three films from the Hispanic world, in Spanish with English subtitles. [CR/NC. Rep 3 times.]

HIST 420. Interpreting History for Teachers (3). Capstone course in history for the Social Sciences Education major that is performance based, enabling students to demonstrate the ability to connect their studies to state education standards. [Prereq: HIST 110 or HIST 111.]

HIST 423. Portfolio for Teaching Majors (1). Critically assess own progress and skills acquisition in the history major teaching track. [CR/NC.]

HIST 482. Internship in History (1-3). Field observation and placement in a public or private nonprofit agency. [Prereq: IA. CR/NC. Rep.]

HIST 490. Senior Seminar (4). Directed, individual investigation. Prepare senior research paper. Apply techniques of historical research and criticism. [Prereq: completed lower division history requirements and senior standing. History majors must take HIST 210 as a prerequisite or have consent of the department chair.]

HIST 491. Mentoring (1-3). Advanced majors gain experience as teaching assistants working with a diverse body of students. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

HIST 493. Portfolio Assessment for History Majors (1). Critically assess own progress and skills acquisitions in the history major. [Coreq: HIST 490. CR/NC.]