Armenian Studies

ARM 1A. Elementary Armenian

Beginning course in conversational and written Armenian. Not open to students with two or more years of high school Armenian credit.

Units: 4

ARM 1B. Elementary Armenian

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2, ARM 1A or permission of instructor. Second semester course in conversational and written Armenian. Not open to those with three or more years of high school Armenian credit. G.E. Breadth C2.

Units: 4
GE Area: C2

ARM 2A. Intermediate Armenian

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation A2, ARM 1B or permission of instructor. Review of grammar and emphasis on conversation and reading. G.E. Breadth C2.

Units: 3
GE Area: C2

ARM 2B. Intermediate Armenian

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation A2, ARM 2A or permission of instructor. Advanced conversation, composition, and reading. G.E. Breadth C2.

Units: 3
GE Area: C2

ARM 148. Masterpieces of Armenian Culture

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Survey of outstanding examples of Armenian culture including literary works by Naregatsi, Toumanian, Siamanto, Varoujean, and others. Survey of Christian Armenian architecture and music. G.E. Integration IC.

Units: 3
GE Area: IC

ARM 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ARMS 10. Introduction to Armenian Studies

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Introduction to the historical and contemporary experience of Armenians in American society. Examines issues of identity, ethnicity, immigration, genocide, and cultural heritage in the United States. G.E. Breadth D3.

Units: 3
GE Area: D3

ARMS 20. The Arts of Armenia

An introduction to Armenian architecture, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metal work, and textiles. All lectures are illustrated with slides. G.E. Breadth C1.

Units: 3
GE Area: C1

ARMS 45. William Saroyan

The ethnic experience in America, especially the San Joaquin Valley, through the writings of William Saroyan. The author's major literary successes will be read and compared with films made of these same works. Writing assignments of at least 2,500 words.

Units: 3

ARMS 50T. Studies in Armenian Literature

Various masterpieces of Armenian literature: David of Sassoun, Saroyan, historical literature, modern literature, Armenian American authors.

Units: 3

ARMS 105. Armenian Genocide in Comparative Context

(ARMS 105 same as HIST 105.) Review of theory and characteristics of genocide. Study of the Armenian Genocide as an example and show comparison with other genocides in the 20th century. Discusses role of international constituencies and prevention and lessons of genocide. (Formerly HIST 109T section)

Units: 3

ARMS 106. Armenians in North America

(ARMS 106 same as HIST 106). Study of six waves of Armenian migrations to North America from 1870-1995. Topics discussed include entry, settlement, work, family, community organizations, church, politics, culture, and integration in U.S. society. (Formerly ARMS 120T section)

Units: 3

ARMS 108A. Armenian History I: Ancient and Medieval

(HIST 108A same as ARMS 108A.) History of Armenia and Armenians from prehistoric times to the beginning of the modern era. The historical process will be considered from Armenia's point of view as well as from that of its neighbors: Assyria, Iran, Rome, Byzantium, the Arabs, the Seljuk Turks, the Crusades, the Mongols, and various Turkish dynasties.

Units: 3

ARMS 108B. Armenian History II: Modern and Contemporary

(HIST 108B same as ARMS 108B.) Overview of modern and contemporary Armenian history, including Armenia's relations with Persian, Turkish, and Russian empires, the Armenian Renaissance, the "Armenian Question," the Genocide, the Armenian Republic, Soviet Armenia, the Second Armenian Republic, and diasporan communities in America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Units: 3

ARMS 120T. Topics in Armenian Studies

Specialized topics in Armenian history, art, and culture, not normally covered in other Armenian Studies courses. Topics include the Armenian church, minor arts, film, the Diaspora, and the Genocide.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ARMS 120T. Armenian Cultural History

This course focuses on the cultural history of Eastern Anatolia, Armenia, and the Caucasus in the 12th - 14th century. During this period, the region passed under the control of the various Empires, and witnessed the rise of the Georgian kingdom. This course highlights continuities of socioeconomic institutions and practices as well as the emergence of regional norms that created a degree of stability in a highly dynamic period. Topics to be examined will include: demographic changes, processes of urbanization and social mobility, evolutions in gender and class roles, inter-communal relations between faiths, and the visual representation of power and legitimacy.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ARMS 121. Armenian Painting

History and development of Armenian painting with special concentration on the art of manuscript illumination and the origins of Christian art. All lectures are illustrated with slides.

Units: 3

ARMS 123. Armenian Architecture

History and development of Armenian architecture is presented in the context of early Christian architecture. There will be a survey of monuments from the fourth to the 17th centuries. All lectures are illustrated with slides.

Units: 3

ARMS 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ARMS 190H. Honors Independent Study

Designed for advanced undergraduate students who have successfully been admitted into the Armenian Studies Honors Program. Students will work closely with assigned faculty to develop a research proposal and to complete an honors thesis ready for publication.

Units: 3