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History Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

HIST 001A

History of Western Civilization    3.0 Fa/Spr

Origins and development of civilization in the western world from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. This is an approved General Education course. CAN HIST 2.

HIST 001B

History of Western Civilization    3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of civilization in the Western world from the late Middle Ages to the French Revolution. This is an approved General Education course. CAN HIST 4.

HIST 001C

Modern World History    3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of civilization in a world context from the French Revolution to the present day. Central themes include the worldwide impact of industrialization, imperialism, nationalism, modernization, the World Wars, decolonization, the Cold War, and changes in the global economy. This is an approved General Education course.

HIST 012

Introduction to Classical Civilization    3.0 Spring

Origins and development of ancient Greece and Rome; politics, society, religion and mythology, archaeology, art and architecture, literature and philosophy of the Graeco-Roman world. (Core course for Classical Civilization Minor.) This is an approved General Education course.

HIST 035

Mexican Heritage in the United States    3.0 Fa/Spr

Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as CHST 035 which may be substituted.

HIST 050

United States History    3.0 Fa/Spr

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.

HIST 050H

United States History — Honors    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the University Honors Program; faculty permission.

Survey of American history from colonial era to the present. Examination of the growth of the United States and the institutions, individuals, and groups which contributed to it. Class discussion emphasized. An Honors in General Education program course. Satisfies requirement in California Administrative Code, Title 5, Education, Sec. 40404.

HIST 060

Introduction to the Middle East    3.0 Fa/Spr

Cultural and historical background of the Middle East, plus government, family, social classes, religion, politics, and conflict in the Middle East today.

This course is the same as MEST 060 which may be substituted.

HIST 101

Ancient Mysteries:    3.0 Fa/Spr
he Historian as Detective

Application of historical methodology to unusual interpretations and “mysteries” of the past. Examinations of “lost” supercivilizations (Atlantis), catastrophism (Velikovsky), and extraterrestrial intervention (ancient astronauts and von Daniken).

HIST 102

Ancient Civilizations    3.0 Fall

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of the ancient civilizations that are the focus of the sixth-grade history/social science curriculum in California public schools: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, the Hebrews, Greece, India, China, Rome.

HIST 110

Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations    3.0 Spring

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of the medieval and early-modern civilizations that are the focus of the seventh-grade history/social science curriculum in California public schools: the Islamic world, China, Japan, Europe, the Americas, Ghana, and Mali.

HIST 113

Catastrophes and    3.0 Spring
the Shape of Human History

Using a chronological frame, catastrophes like famine, war, plague, and death will be studied as modes for giving structure and meaning to human events. “Poetics of History” and mimesis will supply the analytical means for understanding the catastrophic foundations of cultural identities in narratives and representations from Homer to Speilberg and in various modes, including the epic, tragic, ironic, prophetic, religious, and historical. This is an approved General Education course.

HIST 115A

Technology to 1750    3.0 OddFall

This course is an introduction to the history of technology and engineering from ancient times to the early Industrial Revolution (300 B.C. to 1750 A.D.). It treats technology broadly in order to reach beyond the strict limits of machinery to include many human activities. Emphasis is placed on the development of technologies, and the relationships among technology, science, and culture.

HIST 115B

Technology Since 1700    3.0 EvnSprg

This course is an introduction to the history of technology and engineering, examining the period from the early Industrial Revolution (ca. 1700) to the present. Broad themes of the course include the evolution of different forms of technology; the development of the modern engineering profession; the relationship between science and technology; the different ways in which technological change has affected society, and the ways different cultures at different times have regarded technology and shaped its development.

HIST 118

The History of the Second World War    3.0 Inquire

The Second World War has been called the biggest event in world history. This course uses texts and films to examine its origins and its consequences. Particular attention is given to the European theater although the Pacific war is also covered.

HIST 119

Myth & History in European Cinema    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 001B or HIST 001C or one course in the Roots and Branches of Modernism Upper-Division Thematic.

Discusses the ways in which film reflects and shapes European society since World War I. Examines the relationships of history, politics, and cinema in Italy, France, Germany, Britain, and the former Soviet Union. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

This course is the same as FLNG 119 which may be substituted.

HIST 120

Modern European Thought and Culture    3.0 Spring

An exploration of the main currents in European intellectual history from the French Revolution to the present, emphasizing the rise of modernism in art, literature, philosophy, and the social sciences in the twentiety century. The focus will be on the analysis of primary texts by Marx, Freud, Nietzche, and other writers and thinkers. This is an approved General Education course.

HIST 122

Modern European Women’s History    3.0 Spring

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.

This course is the same as WMST 122 which may be substituted.

HIST 130

The American Indian    3.0 Fa/Spr

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. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as AIST 130 which may be substituted.

HIST 131

African American History    3.0 Fa/Spr

An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as AFAM 131 which may be substituted.

HIST 134

American Ethnic Origins    3.0 Fa/Spr

An examination of the various ethnic groups which came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as MCGS 134 which may be substituted.

HIST 135

Comparative Slavery    3.0 Fa/Spr

Comparative analysis of the institution of slavery which places slavery in the Western Hemisphere into global and historical context beginning with labor oppression systems in Asia, the Roman Empire, and Mediterranean cultures. The significance and impact of Africans on the cultural, economic, and political life of North and South American nations will be examined in detail. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as AFAM 135 which may be substituted.

HIST 136

Women and Gender in American History    3.0 Inquire

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. This is an approved General Education course.

This course is the same as WMST 136 which may be substituted.

HIST 137

Mexican Heritage in the    3.0 Fall
United States Before 1848

This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

This course is the same as CHST 137 which may be substituted.

HIST 138

Working in America    3.0 Inquire

This course surveys the history of labor and work (paid and unpaid) in America from the colonial era to the present. It examines topics and interpretations representing the “old” and the “new” labor history in the context of America’s industrial, economic, political, social, and cultural development.

This course is the same as AMST 138 which may be substituted.

HIST 144

America’s Vietnam Experience    3.0 Fall

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. This is an approved General Education course.

HIST 146

The United States in the Pacific    3.0 Fall

Examination of the political, economic, and cultural involvement of the United States in the Pacific Basin over the course of two centuries, as well as a consideration of the social, economic, and cultural impact of Pacific peoples upon the United States. This is an approved General Education course.

This course is the same as AAST 146 which may be substituted.

HIST 150

The American Environment    3.0 Spring

History of the attitudes, concepts, and public policy toward the American environment, including the natural, rural, and urban environments. Emphasis on the twentieth century. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic Course.

HIST 152

Education in America    3.0 Fa/Spr

A history of American education from colonial times to the present, including the forces responsible for the development of public education, the social and cultural life of the academic world of students and teachers, and the relationship of such individuals to educational institutions.

HIST 154

Volatile Decade: America in the 1960s    3.0 Spring

A review of the major developments in American society in the 1960s: foreign relations and war, politics and economics, culture and thought.

HIST 155

Technology and Science in America    3.0 EvnFall

This course explores the origins and significance of technological and scientific ideas, developments, and artifacts in American history from the colonial era to the present, viewing technology and science as social and cultural phenomena. An emphasis is placed on the social, cultural, political, and economic impact of technology and science in American history.

This course is the same as AMST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST 162

Islamic Religion    3.0 Fall

Beliefs, practices, and important texts of Islam; its relationship to the state and society; the role of Muhammad; the role of mystics. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as MEST 162 and R S 111 which may be substituted.

HIST 164

Middle East: Society and Culture    3.0 Spring

Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as MEST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST 169

Cultural Identity and Global Issues    3.0 Fa/Spr

Comparisons of the different directions of development between the Western and non-Western worlds during the modern period, particularly in the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Attention is placed on the tensions between secularism and religious fundamentalism in building national, cultural, gender, and revolutionary identities. Modernization is examined as both a process and a theory.

This course is the same as INST 169 which may be substituted.

HIST 170A

African History    3.0 Fall

Peoples, cultures, and economic systems of Africa before 1800, with emphasis on agricultural history, long-distance trade, state formation, and African religions. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 170B

African History    3.0 Spring

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. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 174A

East Asia Before 1800    3.0 Fall

Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from antiquity to 1800. Emphasis on common traditional heritage of China and Japan. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 174B

East Asia After 1800    3.0 Spring

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. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 175

Pacific Basin: Tradition and Transformation    3.0 Fall

An examination of the cultures of representative countries of the Pacific Basin area and the impact of the modern world upon these cultures. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as INST 100 which may be substituted.

HIST 178

Chinese Women and Social History    3.0 Spring

This course examines women in China from antiquity to the present day. Focus is on women’s roles in traditional society, formation and evolution of the patriarchal system, women’s resistance and accomplishments in history, and women’s emancipation movements under Western impact. Major issues include the role of socialism as savior of women and as appropriate strategies for Chinese women to adopt for achieving their feminist goals. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 179

Southeast Asian History and Culture    3.0 Spring

Historical and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. From traditional era to present, with emphasis on the twentieth century.

HIST 180A

History of Colonial Latin America:    3.0 Fall
Race, Ethnicity, and Class

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. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 180B

Modern Latin America    3.0 Spring

A broad survey of modern Latin America since independence from Iberia, highlighting the chaotic years of post-independence state building, the social and political consequences of Latin America’s integration into the global capitalist economy in the late nineteenth century, and the age of mass politics and revolutionary ferment after 1930. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course. Formerly HIST 080.

HIST 182

History and Politics of Mexico    3.0 Fa/Spr

An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as LAST 101 and LAST 101M which may be substituted.

HIST 190

Proseminar in Comparative History    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 001A; HIST 001B; HIST 001C; and 3 units of upper-division history.

Intensive reading and writing in one of several areas of historical comparison among the United States, Europe, and the non-western world, including economic development, political change, frontier societies, revolution, as well as other topics.

HIST 190E

Comparative Religious Histories    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HIST 001A; HIST 001B; HIST 001C; and 3 units of upper-division history.

A comparative study of the political role of religions in Western and non- Western cultures. Social consequences of religious beliefs, values, and ideals, from comparative ethical, as well as social-scientific perspectives. Relevant major developments of both historical and contemporary times. Comparison of the social consequences of religious political values with the social consequences of some secular political ideologies. Enrollment preference given to students in History/Social Science Subject Matter Preparation Program.

HIST 192

History and Social Studies    3.0 Fall
in the Secondary Schools

Prerequisites: 9 units of history and concurrent enrollment in another history class.

An overview of the history/social science curriculum at the secondary school level, incorporating exploration of learning styles, assessment strategies, lesson plans, and classroom management techniques. Thirty hours of field experience (a prerequisite for admission to the credential program) are included.

HIST 198

Special Topics    0.5-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-E for.5 to 3.0 units respectively. 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.

HIST 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

HIST 200A

Ancient Greece    3.0 OddFall

Origins, development, decline, and transitions in Bronze Age, Dark Age, and Archaic Age Greek civilization. Emphasis on the politics, social conditions, religion, philosophy, and culture of Archaic Greece and the early Persian Wars period (ca. 499-479 B.C.).

HIST 200B

Classical Greece    3.0 EvnFall

Development, decline, and transitions associated with the evolution of the Classical period of ancient Greek civilization during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Primary emphasis on the politics, social conditions, religion, philosophy, and culture of the “Golden Age” of the fifth century B.C.

HIST 201

The Age of Alexander    3.0 Inquire

Examination of the Greek world and the Persian Empire at the time of the rise of Macedon as a significant power under Philip II (r.359-336 B.C.E.) and during the life of Alexander the Great (r.336-323 B.C.E.).

HIST 202

The Legacy of Alexander    3.0 Inquire

Political, social, and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean world and the Middle East from the death of Alexander the Great through the Roman conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt, i.e., Hellenistic civilization (323 to 30 B.C.E.).

HIST 204A

Rise of Rome    3.0 EvnSprg

Political, social, and cultural history of the Roman world from its origins (Rome of the Seven Kings) down through the decline and collapse of the Roman Republic. Emphasis on the nature of Roman imperialism, social and cultural changes of the Second Century B.C., and the last century of the Roman Republic (the Age of Cicero and Caesar). Time frame of course: ca. 800-30 B.C.

HIST 204B

Roman Empire    3.0 OddSprg

Political, social, and cultural history of the Roman Empire of the Caesars from the origins of the Augustan Principate (30 B.C.) to the end of the Severan Dynasty (235 A.D.). Emphasis on Augustus and the Julio-Claudians, the achievements of Pax Romana, and the cultural transitions of the second century A.D.

HIST 205

Decline of Rome    3.0 Inquire

Examination of the Roman world from 180 to 602 A.D. Imperial crisis and recovery under the Dominate of Diocletian and Constantine; the Roman Empire and the Christian Church in the fourth century; Byzantine East, Latin West, and the barbarian invasions of the fifth and sixth centuries; the problem of the “decline and fall of the Roman Empire.”

HIST 206

Byzantine Civilization    3.0 Inquire

Examination of the Byzantine or East Roman Empire (330-1453) with emphasis on the sixth through ninth centuries and the Byzantine influence on Western Europe, Slavic Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

HIST 210

Medieval Civilization: 750-1400    3.0 OddFall

Consequences of the collapse of Carolingian rule, and the gradual shaping of a Christian Europe divided into autonomous regional political units. (Core course for Medieval Studies Minor.)

HIST 211

Renaissance Civilization: 1300-1550    3.0 EvnSprg

New ideas about power and social structure in fourteenth- and fifteenth-
century Europe: Humanism, socio-political transformations, secular attitudes in art and society.

HIST 212

The Reformation and    3.0 EvnFall
Early Modern Europe: 1400-1660

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.

HIST 213

Culture, Society, and Politics    3.0 OddSprg
from Machiavelli to Locke: 1500-1750

The development of distinct Western attitudes toward politics and society, as well as the issues and events (religious warfare, the discovery of new worlds, etc.) which gave rise to them.

HIST 214

Absolutism, Enlightenment,    3.0 Fall
Revolution, 1660-1815

The course covers monarchy and aristocracy in the old regime, the European Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. The emphasis is on similarities and contrasts between British and French outcomes.

HIST 215

The European Century: 1815-1914    3.0 Spring

A survey of European history from the defeat of Napoleon to the outbreak of the First World War. The emphasis is on the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, the growth of cities, the emergence of secular ideologies (liberalism, nationalism, and socialism), the reasons for European imperial expansion, the formation of a mass society, and the rise of the artistic and literary avant-garde.

HIST 216

Contemporary Europe, 1914-Present    3.0 Fall

An examination of the history of European society, politics, and ideas in the twentieth century. The emphasis is on the causes and course of the First World War, the rise of communism in the Soviet Union and of fascism in Italy and Germany, the emergence of modern culture in the interwar period, the causes and course of the Second World War, and the reconstruction of postwar Europe.

HIST 220A

Modern Russian History    3.0 Fall

This course traces the history of Russia from Kievan Rus to the 1890s as background to some of the issues and problems facing Russia today. The course also examines how Russian society and culture was shaped by geographical features unique to that region of the world and developed separately from the West.

HIST 220B

Russian and Soviet History    3.0 Spring

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.

HIST 221

Balkan History    3.0 Fall

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.

HIST 223A

Tudor-Stuart Britain: 1485-1688    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

To show the political, social, and cultural developments between the War of the Roses and the Glorious Revolution; to examine the transition from a medieval society to early modern Britain, including changes in the government and state, early expansion into Ireland and the New World, the English Civil War, and competing religious ideologies.

HIST 223B

Modern Britain Since 1688    3.0 OddSprg

The birth and development of the first “modern” society. Emphasis is on major political, social, cultural, and economic issues, including growth of the welfare state, parliamentary democracy, party politics, industrial and agricultural revolutions, British imperialism in Africa and southern Asia, and change in national identity.

HIST 224

The British Empire    3.0 Inquire

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.

HIST 225

Modern France    3.0 Spring

The civilization of France; emphasis on social, economic, and intellectual development. Revolutionary movements; the Second Empire; the foundations of the Third Republic; Vichy France; the Fourth and Fifth Republics; France in the contemporary European community.

HIST 227

Modern Spain    3.0 Inquire

Survey of Spanish history from unification in the fifteenth century to the present. Emphasis on the social and intellectual history of Spain plus its political development.

HIST 228

Modern Germany:    3.0 Spring
From Unification to Reunification

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.

HIST 230

Colonial America    3.0 Fall

Political, economic, and social forces in New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. British colonial system, international rivalry, and the war for the empire. 1607-1763.

HIST 231

The American Revolution    3.0 Spring

The founding events of the American nation; the crisis of colonial society, the War for Independence, the Confederation, the Constitution, partisan strife in the Federal Era, 1763-1800.

HIST 232

The Age of Jefferson and Jackson    3.0 Fall

Social, economic, and political history of the United States from the “Jeffersonian revolution” of 1800 through the Age of Jackson. 1800-1850.

HIST 233

The Civil War and Reconstruction    3.0 Fall

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.

HIST 234

Emergence of Modern America    3.0 Fall

An examination of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. Emphasis on the emergence of the labor, populist, socialist, and progressive movements; big business; the modern middle class; and an overseas empire.

HIST 235

The US in the Age of the World Wars    3.0 Fall

1914-1945. The growing integration of business, government, and society in an era of economic instability, world wars, and great cultural change.

HIST 236

Hiroshima to Watergate    3.0 Spring

1945 to 1974. The United States from Hiroshima to the present, its social structure and economic dynamics as the dominant world power in an age of revolution that includes an atomic arms race and a threatened natural environment. Formerly HIST 235B.

HIST 237

From Watergate to the Present    3.0 Spring

An historical perspective on major developments in American national life during the final decades of the twentieth century, including the emergence of the New Right, globalization of the economy, the “culture wars,” the end of the Cold War, the growth of multicultural diversity in the United States, the rise of the postmodern sensibility, and the information and communication revolution.

HIST 240

American Thought and Character    3.0 Inquire

Significant ideas in American history, 1607 to the present; the influence of Puritanism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and modern science upon American character and society.

This course is the same as AMST 240 which may be substituted.

HIST 242

American Social History    3.0 Fall

Focus on the evolution of American society and popular culture from colonial times to the present and on popular mores, attitudes, and perceptions of the world that arose from that society.

HIST 244

History of U.S. Foreign Relations    3.0 Spring

Problems and policies in U.S. foreign relations from 1787 to the present; factors influential in the formation of foreign policy. Emphasis on modern times.

HIST 252

The Westward Movement    3.0 Fall

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.

HIST 254

History of California    3.0 Fa/Spr

Social, economic, cultural, and political development from Spanish explorations to the present.

HIST 256

Recent Issues in Technology, Science,    3.0 OddSprg
and Medicine in the United States

This course covers recent issues in history and public policy relating to science, technology, and medicine in twentieth century America, focusing on the era from World War II to the present. It also considers the mechanics and politics of policy-making, adopting a case study approach to ethical, environmental, intellectual, and social questions from the atomic bomb to genetic engineering and health care reform.

HIST 260

The Ancient Near East    3.0 Inquire

Genesis and character of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia (Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Kassites, Assyrians, Chaldeans), Asia Minor (Hittites), Syro-Palestine (Ebla, Phoenicia, Israel), and Iran (Elamites, Medes, Persians).

HIST 261

Ancient Egypt    3.0 Inquire

Origins, development, transitions, and decline of Egypt of the Pharaohs. Examination of topics ranging from the late prehistory of Egypt down to the Persian conquest of the 520s B.C. Primary focus on the Archaic Period, Old, Middle, and New Kingdom phases of Egyptian civilization (ca. 3100-1080 B.C.).

HIST 262

Islamic Civilization    3.0 Fall

Islamic civilization 600-1800; religion, philosophy, law, education, literature, and political thought and activity.

This course is the same as MEST 262 which may be substituted.

HIST 264

The Modern Middle East    3.0 Spring

Social, intellectual, and political changes in Turkey, Iran, and the Arab countries in the twentieth century.

This course is the same as MEST 264 which may be substituted.

HIST 266

The Arab-Israeli Conflict    3.0 Spring

The development of Zionism and Arab nationalism since 1900; international politics and the creation of Israel; Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 to the present; politics and society in Israel; Palestinian refugees and guerrilla groups; P.L.O. and the Palestinian nationalist movement; efforts and prospects for Arab-Israeli peace.

This course is the same as MEST 266 which may be substituted.

HIST 271

History of East and Central Africa    3.0 Inquire

Social, economic, political, and cultural history of the present states of Zaire, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Mozambique. Emphasis on African resistance movements and the problems of the modern African state.

HIST 272

History of West Africa    3.0 Inquire

History of Africa west of the Cameroons. Emphasis on the role of Islam in empire-building, African social and political formations, European impact on the slave trade and imperialism, and the regaining of independence.

HIST 273

History of South Africa    3.0 Inquire

Examines historical interactions between African societies and European settler communities, racism and economic oppression under apartheid, international involvement in the region, and African nationalist organizations. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 276

Modern China    3.0 Fall

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. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 278

Modern Japan    3.0 Spring

History of Japan from the end of exclusion (about 1853) to the present, with emphasis on the modernization of Japan and the road to Pearl Harbor. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

HIST 282

Social Revolution in Latin America    3.0 Inquire

This course explores twentieth-century social revolutions in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, with additional consideration given to grassroots movements in Guatemala, El Salvador and, most recently, Chiapas. Evaluates the role played by the U.S. in the region, and considers whether the driving force of social revolution in Latin America is Marxism or nationalism/anti-imperialism.

HIST 289

History Internship    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an internship offered as 289A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. 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.

HIST 289D

Internship in Public History    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 294.

Occupational experience in public history with a private-sector firm, non-profit organization, or governmental agency.

HIST 290

Seminar: Interpreting History    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

Required of history majors; to be taken in the senior year. Relationship of the historian to the past and present. Criticism in the field of student choice. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

HIST 292

Archival Research Seminar    3.0 Fa/Spr

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.

HIST 294

Introduction to Public History    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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.

HIST 299H

Senior Honors Thesis    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 001A; HIST 001B; 12 upper-division history units; a grade point average in the top 5% of history majors; an interview; faculty permission.

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. ABC/no credit grading only. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

HIST 320

Graduate Seminar in European History    3.0 Fall

Intensive reading in selected periods of European history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

HIST 330

Graduate Seminar in United States History    3.0 Spring

Intensive reading in selected periods of United States history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

HIST 360A

Graduate Seminar in African History    3.0 Inquire

Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in African history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required.

HIST 360B

Graduate Seminar in Asian History    3.0 Inquire

Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Asian history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required.

HIST 360C

Graduate Seminar in Middle Eastern History    3.0 Inquire

Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Middle Eastern history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required.

HIST 360D

Graduate Seminar in    3.0 Inquire
Latin American History

Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Latin American history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required.

HIST 390

Historiography    3.0 Inquire

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.

HIST 392

Teaching History in College    3.0 Fall

Weekly seminars and supervision for students preparing to teach history in college. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory.

HIST 393

Topics in History-Social Science for Teachers    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Advanced study in topics reflecting K-12 social studies curriculum. An emphasis on the research and development of Standards-based, primary source-rich, assessment-driven units and lessons. Concurrent with institute offered by North State History-Social Science Project. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units.

HIST 394

Oral History: Theory and Practice    3.0 Inquire

Definition, purposes, and examples of oral history: interviewing, editing, and transcription techniques used in preparation of historical sources; field experience; and establishing and using oral history collections.

HIST 398

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 398A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

HIST 399

Master’s Study    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a master’s study offered as either a Master’s Thesis, identified as 399A-F,T for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively, or as a Master’s Project, identified as 399P for 1.0 to 3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.