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.

Ancient Civilizations
3.0 Fa/Spr

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. (004492)

Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations
3.0 Fa/Spr

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. (004493)

The Modern World
3.0 Fa/Spr

Examination of the developments and events that are the focus of the tenth-grade history-social science curriculum: the French Revolution, industrialization, imperialism, the world wars, totalitarianism, the Cold War, nation-building in the Third World, and global economic and technological integration. This is an approved General Education course. (004491)

Global Environmental History Before Columbus
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course treats the global history of human interaction with an effect on the environment and changing ideas about it from the late Paleolithic Age to 1492. The course is intended as an introduction to major themes, techniques, and sources of environmental history. (020205)

Global Environmental History After Columbus
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course treats the global history of human interaction with an effect on the environment and changing ideas about it from 1492 to the 21st century. The course is intended as an introduction to major themes, techniques, and sources of environmental history. (020206)

European Civilization
3.0 Fa/Spr

Development of civilization in the Western world from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. This is an approved General Education course. (004490)

Introduction to Classical Civilization
3.0 Fa/Spr

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. (004497)

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. (004500)

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. (004501)

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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as CHST 135. (001974)

Comparative Slavery
3.0 Fa/Spr

Comparative analysis of the institution of slavery which places slavery in the Western Hemisphere into a 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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as AFAM 206. (000139)

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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as AIST 230. (000382)

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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as AFAM 231. (000138)

Mexican Heritage in the United States Before 1848
3.0 Fall

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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as CHST 234. (001976)

Islam
3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as RELS 202, and MEST 261. (004515)

Historians and Historical Methodology
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 and at least two 100-level history courses with a grade of C- or higher.

(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. (004507)

Ancient Mysteries:
The Historian as Detective
3.0 Fa/Spr

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). (004511)

Catastrophes and the Shape of Human History
3.0 Spring

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 Spielberg and in various modes, including the epic, tragic, ironic, prophetic, religious, and historical. This is an approved General Education course. (004518)

Comparative Religious Histories
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, 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. (004577)

Technology to 1750
3.0 OddFa

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. (004521)

Technology Since 1700
3.0 EvnSp

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. (004522)

Myth & History in European Cinema
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or HIST 110.

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. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. This course is also offered as FLNG 315. (003772)

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. (004526)

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 twentieth century. The focus will be on the analysis of primary texts by Marx, Freud, Nietzche, and other writers and thinkers. (004528)

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 also offered as WMST 326. (004531)

American Ethnic Origins
3.0 Fa/Spr

An examination of the various ethnic groups that 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 US Diversity course. This course is also offered as MCGS 332. (004540)

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 also offered as WMST 335. (004541)

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 also offered as AMST 340. (000403)

The American Environment
3.0 Fa/Spr

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. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004539)

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. (004548)

Technology and Science in America
3.0 EvnFa

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 also offered as AMST 343. (000407)

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. (004546)

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. (004549)

History of the Middle East
3.0 Fa/Spr

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 Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as MEST 362. (004550)

African History Before 1800
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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 270. (004532)

African History After 1800
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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 271. (004533)

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 Global Cultures course. (004622)

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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 275. (004560)

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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 276. (004561)

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 Global Cultures course. (004565)

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. (004566)

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

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 Global Cultures course. (004568)

Modern South America
3.0 Spring

A survey of South America since independence from Iberia, highlighting the chaotic years of post-independence state building, the region's integration into the global capitalist economy in the late nineteenth century, and the age of mass politics and revolutionary ferment after 1930. The final weeks focus on South America's experience with military dictatorship and current transitions to democracy. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004495)

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 course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as LAST 350. (004558)

History Internship
1.0-4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (004674)

History and Social Science in the Secondary Schools
3.0 Fall

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. Forty-five hours of field experience (a prerequisite for admission to the credential program) are included. (004578)

Special Topics
0.50.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

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. (004579)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004580)

Ancient Greece
3.0 OddFa

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.). (004582)

Classical Greece
3.0 EvnFa

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. (004583)

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.). (004584)

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.). (015754)

Rise of Rome
3.0 Inquire

Political, social, and cultural history of Rome from its origins (within the world of pre-Roman Italy) down to Rome's emergence as the dominant power of the Mediterranean world. Emphasis is on the development of the Roman Republic's government, the nature of Roman imperialism, and social and cultural changes of the Second Century B.C.E. Time from of the courses is ca. 800-146 B.C.E. (015803)

The Age of Caesar and Augustus
3.0 Inquire

Political, social, and cultural history of Rome and the Roman Empire from the crises of the Later Roman Republic down to the emergence of the Augustan Principate and the rule of the Caesars. Emphasis is on the conflicts that culminated in the collapse of the Roman Republic, the restoration of order under Augustus, and the cultural achievements of the Age of Cicero and the Augustan Golden Age. Time frame for the course is 146 B.C.E. to 14 C.E. (004586)

Roman Empire
3.0 OddSp

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 (435 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. (004587)

Decline of Rome
3.0 Inquire

Examination of the Roman world from 235 to the 480s C.E.: Third Century imperial crisis (235-284); recovery under the Dominate of Diocletian and Constantine (284-337); the Roman Empire and the Christian Church during the Fourth Century; Byzantine East, Latin West, and the barbarian invasions of the Fifth Century; the problem of the "decline and fall of the Roman Empire." (015753)

Byzantine Civilization
3.0 Inquire

Examination of the Byzantine or East Roman Empire (630-1453) with emphasis on the sixth through ninth centuries and the Byzantine influence on Western Europe, Slavic Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. (004591)

Medieval Civilization: 750-1400
3.0 OddFa

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.) (004588)

Renaissance Civilization: 1300-1550
3.0 EvnSp

New ideas about power and social structure in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Europe: Humanism, socio-political transformations, secular attitudes in art and society. (004592)

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

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. (015755)

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

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. (004595)

Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution, 1660-1815
3.0 Fall

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. (004598)

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. (004601)

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. (004602)

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. (004529)

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. (004530)

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. (004543)

Tudor-Stuart Britain: 1485-1715
3.0 Fall

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. (004523)

Modern Britain Since 1715
3.0 Spring

Political, social, and cultural history of the British Isles from the unification of the kingdom through its devolution. This course explores the impact of democracy, empire, industrialization, nationalism, and globalization upon the peoples of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. (004619)

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. (004613)

Modern France
3.0 Spring

Emphasis on cultural, institutional, and intellectual origins and developments. Carolingian Empire to France in the contemporary European community. (015756)

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. (004520)

Modern Germany: From Unification to Reunification
3.0 Spring

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. (004519)

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. (004626)

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, 1763-1788. (004627)

The Early American Republic
3.0 Fall

Social, cultural, and political history of the United States from the federalist period to the U.S. - Mexico War, 1789-1850. (004628)

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. (004629)

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. (004631)

The US in the Age of the World Wars
3.0 Fall

1914-1945. An examination of American society in an era of world wars, economic instability, and great cultural change. (004632)

Hiroshima to Watergate
3.0 Spring

1945 to 1974. The United States from Hiroshima to the 1970s, 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. (004633)

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. (004635)

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 also offered as AMST 440. (000413)

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. (004638)

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. (004646)

History of California
3.0 Fa/Spr

Social, economic, cultural, and political development from Spanish explorations to the present. (004634)

History of the American South
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HIST 130.

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. (015800)

U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914
3.0 Fall

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. (015801)

U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1914
3.0 Spring

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. (015802)

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

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. (004648)

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). (004585)

Early Egypt
3.0 Inquire

Problems associated with studying early Egyptian history; prehistory and the origins of Egyptian civilization; primary focus on Archaic and Old Kingdom Egypt, especially on the Age of the Pyramids. (004654)

Ancient Egypt
3.0 Inquire

Political, social, religious, and cultural history of Egypt from the First Intermediate Period through the Late Period with principal emphasis on the Middle and New Kingdom Periods. The time frame of the course is ca. 2200 to 525 B.C.E. (015847)

Islamic Civilization
3.0 Fall

Islamic civilization 600-1800; religion, philosophy, law, education, literature, and political thought and activity. This course is also offered as MEST 463. (004649)

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 also offered as MEST 464. (004650)

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 also offered as MEST 466. (004618)

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. (004621)

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. (004620)

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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 375. (004661)

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 Global Cultures course. Formerly HIST 376. (004660)

Social Revolution in Latin America
3.0 Inquire

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. (004647)

Internship in Public History
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 494.

Occupational experience in public history with a private-sector firm, non-profit organization, or governmental agency. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (015915)

Seminar: Historical Research and Writing
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 290, and senior status.

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. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (004581)

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. (004707)

Introduction to Public History
3.0 Spring

The application of historical scholarship to non-academic pursuits, including historic preservation, management of records and resources, public policy, and private consultancy. Emphasis on development, objects, ethics, and methods of the public history profession. (004714)

Portfolio Evaluation
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Assessment of subject matter competence in History-Social Science. (015848)

Senior Honors Thesis
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HIST 110; 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. ABC/no credit grading only. (004731)

Graduate Research Seminar
3.0 Spring

Intensive readings and methods seminar culminating in a substantial research paper. Topics chosen by instructor. Written and oral presentation of research required. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (020860)

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Graduate Seminar in Ancient History
3.0 Inquire

Intensive reading in selected periods of ancient history. This seminar exposes graduate students to major historiographical issues and debates in the field. (020861)

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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. (004739)

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. (004742)

Graduate Seminar in Post-1877 U.S. History
3.0 Inquire

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. (020862)

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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. (004765)

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. (004763)

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. (004764)

Graduate Seminar in Latin American History
3.0 Inquire

Intensive reading in selected periods and topics in Latin American history. Written and oral presentations of reading and research required. (004766)

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. (004736)

Teaching History in College
3.0 Fall

For students preparing to teach history in college. Weekly seminars are supplemented with laboratory hours in which students are assigned by the course instructor to work as an intern for an undergraduate course taught by a History Department faculty member. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory. (004767)

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. (004768)

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. (004740)

Independent Study
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004769)

Master's Thesis
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. (004770)