Course Offerings

Bachelor of Arts in History

Course Offerings

Lower Division / Upper Division

Upper Division Fields:

United States History / European History / World Regions

Lower Division

HIST 1. Western Civilization I (3)
The Mediterranean and European world from prehistoric to early modern times. Social, political, intellectual, and artistic movements in the ancient Fertile Crescent, classical Greece and Rome, and in Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe. (CAN HIST 2)

HIST 2. Western Civilization II (3)
Survey of modern European culture since the 17th century. Impact of industrialization and urbanization; political revolutions and ideologies; intellectual, artistic, and religious movements; European imperialism; the two world wars and changing patterns in contemporary European life. (CAN HIST 4)

HIST 3. Colonial Americas (3)
Examines the colonial history of North and South America. Analyzes the impact of European colonization of Native American societies, the African slave trade, the evolution of colonial societies, and the independence movements in the 18th/19th centuries.

HIST 4. Introduction to Historical Skills (3)
Introduction to the varieties of writing in history. Students receive careful guidance in basic historical skills: writing book reviews, taking notes, conducting research, quoting and documenting sources, formulating thesis statements, and presenting research in both oral and written forms.

HIST 6. East Asian Civilization (3)
Introduction to the history and cultures of the East Asian countries, particularly China, Japan, and Korea. Examination of the East Asian mind as reflected in Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and in resistance to the challenges of the West.

HIST 7. African Civilization (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 157 prior to fall 1983. Survey of African history from ancient times to the present. Emphasis is on political, economic, and religious movements which have contributed to the rich diversity and the distinctive unity of African civilization.

HIST 8. Republics of Latin America (3)
Rise of the modern Hispanic American states since 1800: political, social, economic development.

HIST 9. Russian and Eurasian Civilization (3)
Introduction to the history, culture, literature, and visual and performing arts of Russia and Eurasia from the late medieval period to the present.

HIST 11. American History to 1877 (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Examines the history of the United States through 1877, looking at the significant events from the founding of the colonies through Reconstruction, including the role of major ethnic and social groups in the formation of the American nation. G.E. Breadth D1. (CAN HIST 8)

HIST 12. American History from 1877 (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Examines the history of the United States from 1877, looking at the significant events from the end of the Civil War to the present, including the role of major ethnic and social groups in the formation of the American nation. G.E. Breadth D1. (CAN HIST 10) Download a sample syllabus here (*.doc).

HIST 20. World History I (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. The economic, political and social development in world history from the earliest times to the modern period (1500). G.E. Breadth D3.

HIST 21. World History II (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. The economic, political, and social development in world history from 1500 to the present. G.E. Breadth D3.

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HIST 100. Historical Research and Writing (3)
Prerequisites: HIST 4, ENGL 1, upper-division standing. Individual guidance and criticism in research, writing, argumentation, and documentation. While engaging in historical research and writing, students gain a deeper appreciation of the discipline's theoretical and methodological concerns.

HIST 101. Women in History (3)
(Same as WS 101.) Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Historical survey of women's roles in history, with an emphasis on the emergence of the feminist movement. G.E. Integration ID.

HIST 102T. Topics in Women's History
(3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
(See WS 102T.)

HIST 103. History of Early Christianity (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 103A or 103B. Early Christianity from the first century to eve of Reformation.

HIST 104. History of Women and Men in Modern Europe (3)
Studies everyday lives of modern European women and men in historical context. Examines how gender identities and relations developed and changed through industrialization, revolution, wars, and social and political movements.HIST 105. Armenian Genocide in Comparative Context (3)
(Same as ARMS 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.

HIST 106. Armenians in North America (3)
(Same as ARMS 106.) Study of six waves of Armenian migration to North America from 1870-1995. Topics discussed include entry, settlement, work, family, community organizations, church, politics, culture, and integration in U.S. Society.

HIST 107. Modern Middle East (3)
Analysis of Middle Eastern history since Muhammad, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. The Middle East under European imperial domination; nationalist movements and revolutions; the Arab-Israeli conflict; the Middle East in contemporary world politics.

HIST 108A. Armenian History I: Ancient and Medieval (3)
(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 Turkic dynasties.

HIST 108B. Armenian History II: Modern and Contemporary (3)
(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.

HIST 109T. Studies in Middle East and Africa
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 110. Ancient Near East (3)
Ancient civilizations of the Middle East. History and culture of the Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians from the dawn of history to Alexander the Great and the ascendance of Greece.

HIST 111. Ancient Greece (3)
The history and culture of ancient Greece from the Minoan-Mycenaean periods through the Golden Age of Athens to the dissolution of the empire of Alexander the Great.

HIST 112. Ancient Rome (3)
The early history of Rome and the evolution of Roman society, politics, and culture through the republican and imperial periods.

HIST 114. Ancient Egypt (3)
The history and culture of Egypt from prehistoric times to the death of Cleopatra. In addition, Phoenicia and Carthage are briefly discussed.

HIST 115. Ancient Israel (3)
Ancient Israel from Abraham to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Jewish religious thought is discussed by placing the books of the Old Testament in their historical context.

HIST 116. Greek and Roman Religion (3)
Analysis of the religious ideas, customs, and practices of ancient Greeks and Romans from the time of Homer to the establishment of Christianity.

HIST 119T. Studies in Ancient History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 120. Byzantine History (3)
The Roman Empire in the East from the anarchy of the third century to the fall of Constantinople; political, military, and economic causes of its survival, the Church's role, and the Empire's relations with the Islamic, Latin, and Slavic world.

HIST 121. The Middle Ages (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 1 or permission of instructor. Medieval Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the Renaissance.

HIST 122. Medieval Culture (3)
Selected aspects of medieval life and culture such as warfare, commerce, art and architecture, learning and the university presented as manifestations of the medieval mind. Extensive use of visual materials.

HIST 124T. Studies in Medieval History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 125. Renaissance (3)
Social, intellectual, political, and economic factors that shaped Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries; humanism, foundations of the state; secularization and dissent within the church.

HIST 126. Reformation (3)
Analysis of the political, social, and intellectual movements associated with the 16th century religious upheaval.

HIST 127. Women and Power in Early Modern Europe (3)
Exploration of the roles of European women circa 1400-1800 A.D. Studies perceptions and representations of women and secular/religious constraints upon them. Also investigates women's own views and the ways in which they confronted and/or manipulated social strictures.

HIST 129T. Studies in Intellectual and Social History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Topics concerned with ideas and movements that have significantly shaped the course of history.

HIST 130. Europe in the 17th Century (3)
European culture, society, and politics from 1600 to the death of Louis XIV.

HIST 131. Europe in the 18th Century (3)
Intellectual, social, and political development of Europe from 1715 to the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte.

HIST 132. Revolutionary Europe (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 2 or permission of instructor. History of Europe from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution. Social and cultural consequences of Industrialization and the rise of Nationalism and Imperialism.

HIST 133. Europe in the 20th Century (3)
Narrative and interpretive account of 20th century Europe. Stress on the impact of World War I, the Communist and Fascist Revolutions, the economic recovery of Europe, and the loss of European significance in the world after World War II.

HIST 135. European Cultural History (3)
Analysis of European thought from the Enlightenment to the present. Major movements in philosophy, religion, literature, art, and architecture; ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, communism, nationalism, racism, and fascism. Emphasis on ideas of lasting and worldwide influence.

HIST 136. European Military History From Napoleon to Hitler (3)
Examination of strategic planning, tactical innovation, military systems, and campaigns from the time of Napoleon to Hitler. World wars of the 20th century with particular attention to their causes and consequences.

HIST 137. Historic Preservation (3)
History of historic preservation in the United States from 1816 to the present, and an introduction to the methodology involved in identifying, researching, and protecting sites, buildings, and neigh borhoods of architectural and historical significance.

HIST 138. World War II: A Global Conflict (3)
A detailed examination of the military, diplomatic, political, economic, social, and cultural impact of the Second World War. The causes, conduct, and consequences of the war are analyzed.

HIST 140. Modern France (3)
The culture, politics, and society of France from the Old Regime to the Fifth Republic.

HIST 141. Modern Germany (3)
Political and social developments from Bismarck to the present. Rise of Germany as a world power; failure of German democracy; Hitler and the Third Reich; politics of a divided Germany since 1945.

HIST 142. Tsarist Russia (3)
The political, economic, and social history of Tsarist Russia from 862 to 1917.

HIST 143. Russia and Eurasia in the 20th Century (3)
The political, social, cultural and economic history of Russia and Eurasia from the rise of communism to the present. Examines the rise of communism and its political and social structures. Explores Soviet systems, arts, literature, the dissident movement, and nationalities policies. Looks at the fall of communism, the end of the Soviet Union, and the new states that have emerged in its wake.

HIST 145. Spain and Portugal (3)
Development of the Iberian Peninsula from prehistoric to modern times.

HIST 149T. Studies in Modern European History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 150. England to 1485 (3)
Structure of the British government, society, and economic life from Roman times to The War of the Roses.

HIST 151. England and the Empire (3)
Rise of England and the British nation; spread of the English-speaking peoples and the transfer of British institutions; from 1485 to the modern era.

HIST 152. British History in Film (3-4; max total 4)
Discussion and written historical analysis of selected cinematic masterpieces in British history, from Henry II to the modern era.

HIST 153. Canada (3)
Analysis of the Canadian historical experience; from discovery, through French regime and British Empire, to modern transcontinental nation.

HIST 157. Modern Africa (3)
(Same as ANTH 134.) The history of Africa since 1800. Topics given special attention include the slave trade and its abolition, European exploration, the imposition of European colonial rule, African nationalism, the struggle for independence and Africa's rise to prominence in world affairs.

HIST 158. The American Civil War (3)
Looks at the causes of the Civil War (1861-1865) and its revolutionary consequences for American individuals and institutions. Devotes attention to military as well as political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the war.

HIST 159. Reconstruction in the United States (3)
Examination of a defining era for American citizenship, federalism, and modern race relations. Analysis of meaning of freedom for ex-slaves, status of the South, segregation, and Reconstruction's aftermath. Comparisons with Latin American/Caribbean post-emancipation societies.

HIST 160. The Great American Civilizations: Maya, Aztec, Inca (3)
Historical examination of the rise and fall of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca empires. Social organization, religion, technology, art, and scientific achievements of the pre-Columbian great American civilizations.

HIST 162. South America (3)
The history of South American republics, with an emphasis on such themes as in stability, economic development, political parties, and revolution.

HIST 165. Modern Mexico (3)
Nineteenth century origins of Mexican nationality. Development of modern Mexican culture from the Mexican Revolution to the present as compared to that of the Mexican American. Literature and art as an expression of the new Mexican culture.

HIST 166. United States -- Latin American Diplomacy (3)
History of the relations between the United States and Latin America, ranging from the Monroe Doctrine through the Good Neighbor Policy, Alliance for Progress, and the Caribbean Basin Initiative.

HIST 167. Social Revolution in Latin America (3)
Highlights Mexico, Cuba, and Central America in exploring the origins, social constituencies, and consequences of the major 20th century Latin American revolutions. Examines the impact of counterrevolutionary movements, foreign intervention, and the successes and failures of each revolution.

HIST 169T. Studies in Latin American History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 171. Early American History, 1607-1789 (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 11 or permission of instructor. First of a sequence of five courses covering the full period of history of the United States; colonial foundations; political and economic factors; social and cultural development through the founding of the new republic.

HIST 172. United States History, 1789-1865 (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 11 or permission of instructor. Political, economic, social, and cultural developments from the beginning of the Republic through the Civil War.

HIST 173. United States History, 1865-1914 (3)
The development of an increasingly urban and industrialized society from Reconstruction to the eve of World War I.

HIST 174. United States History, 1914-1945 (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 174A. The United States in world affairs; political, economic, social, and cultural developments and problems from 1914 to 1945.

HIST 175. United States History, 1945-Present (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 12 or permission of instructor. The United States in world affairs; political, economic, social, and cultural developments, and problems from 1945 to present.

HIST 177. American History in Film (3)
Analysis of significant films and documentaries on controversial aspects of American history. Emphasis given to placing film content in an historiographical frame work. Offered especially, but not exclusively, for prospective teachers.

HIST 178. History of African Americans (3)
(See AAIS 178.)

HIST 179T. Studies in United States History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Intensive study of special topics.

HIST 180. United States Military History (3)
An overview of American military history, with emphasis on the 20th century. Tactical and strategical analysis of American participation in armed conflicts. Study of the impact of technology and the evolution of tactics.

HIST 181. Westward Movement to 1848 (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 181A. The challenge of free land; development of British and United States western policies; problems of American migration to the interior, effects of the frontier environment upon the culture of the West.

HIST 182. Westward Movement Since 1848 (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 181B. Patterns of exploitation; role of the federal govern ment in the West: land policy, Indian policy; problems of communication; economic growth.

HIST 183. The Hispanic Southwest (3)
Exploration, conquest, and settlement of the Spanish Borderlands from 1513 to the Mexican War; contributions of Hispanic culture to the Southwest.

HIST 184. American Diplomatic History to 1898 (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 184A. Principles, ideals, and policies of the United States in diplomatic relations from 1775 to 1898.

HIST 185. American Diplomatic History, 1898-Present (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 184B. Principles, ideals, and policies of the United States in diplomatic relations as a great world power in the 20th century.

HIST 186. American Immigration and Ethnic History (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Covers America, land of immigrants. American immigration policy, regulations, and implementation. Ethnic formation and heritage retention or loss. Pluralism, assimilation, and national unity: e pluribus unum. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

HIST 187. California History (3)
Explores California history from before the Spanish conquest to the present. Themes include the cultural, social, political, and economic practices of the various immigrant and indigenous groups that have occupied the state. (Formerly HIST 188, HIST 189)

HIST 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

HIST 191. Modern Far East, 1843-1949 (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 191A. History of the Far East from the conclusion of the Opium War to the eve of Chinese Communist Revolution. Particular emphasis on China, Japan, and Korea.

HIST 192. Modern Far East, 1949-Present (3)
Not open to students with credit in HIST 191B. History of the Far East from the success of the Chi nese Communist Revolution in 1949 to the present. Particular emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

HIST 199T. Studies in Far Eastern History
(1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
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Upper Division Fields

United States History

HIST 101, 102T, 137, 153, 158, 159, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 177, 178, 179T, 181, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 190.

European History

(A) HIST 103, 111, 112, 116, 119T, 120, 121, 122, 124T, 125, 126, 130, 131, 150, 190.

(B) HIST 104, 129T, 132, 133, 135, 136, 138, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 149T, 151, 152, 190.

World Regions

HIST 105, 106, 107, 108A, 108B, 109T, 110, 114, 115, 157, 160, 162, 165, 166, 169T, 190, 191, 192, 199T.