History

College of Arts and Letters

Program Description

History, in the broad sense, is the study of all human experience. It examines the people, institutions, ideas, and events from the past to the present. The study of history contributes to cultural literacy and develops critical thinking and other useful skills while helping students understand the present and plan for the future. Historical study provides a solid, fundamental preparation for careers in business, industry, government, and education. It also serves as excellent preparation for law school, foreign service, international work, urban affairs, historical consulting, and library science.

History is an academic discipline offering both breadth and focus. At Sacramento State, the History major includes four lower division survey courses and three upper division seminars. In addition, students choose seven upper division electives from a wide variety available. The flexibility of the major allows students to focus on topical areas such as: women's history, the history of particular geographic areas, cultural history, ethnic group history, economic history, military history, and history from the ancient world to that of the U.S. in the 20th Century. Teaching credential candidates should complete the History/Social Science Precredential Program.

The Sacramento State History Department has an extensive master's program, offering degrees through the Standard Program, and the Public History Option. The History Department also offers a joint Ph.D. in Public History in cooperation with the University of California, Santa Barbara. Applications for admission to the joint Ph.D. are available at the UC Santa Barbara Department of History.

Special Features

  • The History Department administers two interdisciplinary minors: Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor and the Hellenic Studies Minor.
  • The Capitol Campus History Resources Institute, Hellenic Studies Center, North Central Information Center, and the Center for Science, History, Policy, and Ethics are associated with the Department.
  • The California State Library, California State Archives, the Sacramento Discovery Museum, and the California State Railroad Museum provide a rich supply of materials for historical research. Sacramento State history students may use materials from these and other off-campus sources in their work.
  • Internships are available in a variety of public agencies and in some private enterprises. They are open to majors and other students with some history or related background. In the past, students have interned in a variety of California state agencies and in the Sacramento Discovery Museum. The Department office has a descriptive brochure on internships that students are encouraged to consult.
  • The undergraduate major in History at Sacramento State is designed to provide cultural enrichment and a sense of alternatives and perspectives, especially relevant in a society confronted with widespread institutional change. In addition to subject matter, the Department gives particular emphasis to various methodologies and ways of thinking about the past.
  • A minor in History can provide valuable support to majors in many other programs, such as Business Administration, Journalism, and Criminal Justice.
  • History courses also make excellent electives, contributing interest and variety to an academic program. Neither lower division nor upper division history courses are designed only for history majors or minors. The Department welcomes and encourages all students.

Career Possibilities

Pre-Law/Lawyer · Journalist · Pre-Theology/Clergy · Foreign Service · Teacher · Archivist · Researcher/Research Analyst · Museum Curator · State Park Historian · Librarian · Business-Person · Writer · Consultant · Historian · Banking · Market Research · Travel · Historical Societies

Contact Information

Jeffrey Wilson, Department Chair
LoriAnn Rodriguez, Administrative Support Coordinator
Tahoe Hall 3080
(916) 278-6206
www.csus.edu/hist

Faculty

AUSTIN, PAULA

BURKE, CHLOE S.

CASTANEDA, CHRISTOPHER J.

COHEN, AARON J.

DYM, JEFFREY A.

ETTINGER, PATRICK W.

GASTON, JESSIE

GREGORY, CANDACE

KLUCHIN, REBECCA

LAGOS, KATERINA

LAZARIDIS, NIKOLAOS

LINDSAY, BRENDAN

LINDSAY, ANNE

LUPO, M. SCOTT

NUMARK, MITCHELL

PALERMO, JOSEPH A.

REED, LORETTA

SIEGEL, MONA

SIMPSON, LEE M.A.

VANN, MICHAEL

WILSON, JEFFREY K.

 

Undergraduate Programs

BA in History

Units required for the Major: 42
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120
A minimum grade of "C-" is required in courses applied to the major.

Required Lower Division Courses (12 Units)
HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 17BUnited States History, 1877-Present 3
Select one of the following sets:6
Survey of Early Western Civilization
Survey of Modern Western Civilization
World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600
World Civilizations, 1600-Present
Required Upper Division Seminars (9 Units) 1
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills3
Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of United States History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of European History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of African History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Latin American History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of a Special Topic
Select one of the following:3
Senior Research Seminar: United States History
Senior Research Seminar: World History
Senior Research Seminar: Public History
Upper Division Electives (21 Units)
Select one course in U.S. History3
Select one course in European History3
Select one course in the History of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East3
Select four additional upper division history courses selected in consultation with an advisor12
Total Units42
1

Students should take HIST 100 in the second semester of their sophomore year; transfer students should take it in the first semester of their junior year after completion of at least 6 units of required lower division coursework. After completing the majority of their upper division electives and passing the Writing Placement for Juniors Exam, history majors should take one seminar from the HIST 192 series followed by one from the HIST 197 series. Typically, students take the HIST 197 seminar during their senior year.

Notes: 

  • Students should consult with a faculty advisor in their first semester at Sacramento State.
  • Study of a foreign language is recommended.
  • For substitutions in requirements, students should consult with a faculty advisor early in their program. Substitutions require the approval of the Department Chair.

Minor - History

Units required for Minor: 24, all of which must be taken in History; a minimum of 12 upper division units is required. Grade "C-" or better required for courses applied to the minor. Specific course requirements are:

HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 17BUnited States History, 1877-Present 3
Select one of the following sets:6
Survey of Early Western Civilization
Survey of Modern Western Civilization
World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600
World Civilizations, 1600-Present
Select 12 units of Upper Division History Courses12
Total Units24

Subject Matter Program – History/Social Science (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required: 72

Students seeking to major in history and to achieve subject matter competency for a secondary teaching credential should complete the following History/Social Science Pre-Credential Program. Students should seek advising with a History advisor at the earliest opportunity.

Required History Courses (39 Units) 1
Lower Division Courses
HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 17BUnited States History, 1877-Present 3
HIST 50World Civilizations, Beginnings-16003
HIST 51World Civilizations, 1600-Present3
Upper Division Seminar
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills (Recommended for second semester or sophomore year)3
Upper Division Courses
HIST 133Twentieth-Century World History3
HIST 183BCalifornia History, 1860-19703
U.S. History
Select one of the following:3
20th Century United States, 1890-1940
20th Century United States, 1941-Present
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
History of US Foreign Relations
The United States in Vietnam, 1940-1975
The American Vision
Social History of the United States
The City in US History
History of American Capitalism
American Environmental History
Popular Culture
Hollywood and America
History of Religion in the United States
American Immigration History
American Legal History
American West
American Labor History
Pre-20th Century U.S. History
Select one of the following:3
Colonial America
The Age of the American Revolution
Young Republic, 1790-1840
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840-1890
California History, 1542-1860
World (Non-U.S.) History
Select one of the following:3
Mediterranean Europe: From the Renaissance to the European Union
Great Ages and Issues in Modern European History
The Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
Europe, 1648-1815, The Age of Revolution
Europe, 1815-1914
World War I: Causes, Conduct, Consequences
World War II: Causes, Conduct, Consequences
Europe Since 1945
Democracy and Human Rights in the Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
The Crusades
Modern Germany, 1806-Present
British History, 1714-Present
Imperial Russia
Twentieth Century Russia
The Fall Of Communism
The Rise and Fall of European Colonial Empires
History Of Mexico To 1910
Revolutionary and Modern Mexico
Colonial Latin America
Modern and Contemporary Latin America
History of Africa Since 1800
Middle Eastern History to 1800
The Modern Middle East
Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder
South Asian History Civilization
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
History of International Relations in the 20th Century
Women/Ethnic History
Select one of the following:3
History of Women in Western Civilization, Prehistory-Middle Ages
History of Women in Western Civilization, Renaissance-Present
History of Women in Africa
History of American Women
HIST 171
The History of the Civil Rights Movement: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction, 1865-Present
Sex, Population, and Birth Control in America
The African-American Experience, 1603-Present
Mexican-American History
California Indian History
Required Seminar
HIST 191Seminar in Historical Interpretation and Analysis3
Interdisciplinary Seminar Course
HIST 198Summative Assessment for Teachers3
Additional Requirements Outside History (33 Units) 2
Early Field Experience
EDUC 170Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners3
Economics
ECON 1AIntroduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 1BIntroduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 113Economic History of the United States3
Ethical Perspective
Select one of the following:3
Exploring World Religions
Ethics
Ethics and Personal Values
Ethics and Social Issues
Geography
GEOG 100Themes In World Geography3
GEOG 121United States and Canada3
Government
GOVT 1Essentials Of Government3
or GOVT 150 American Governments
GOVT 35World Politics3
GOVT 180California State and Local Government3
Pluralism in American Society
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Diversity
Ethnic America
Politics of the Underrepresented
Ethnic and Race Relations
Total Units72
1

These courses should be listed on the student's graduation petition.

2

These courses are part of the History/Social Science Subject Matter Program. Many may be double counted for General Education credit. They are not normally listed on the student's graduation petition.

Graduate Program

The Master of Arts program in History introduces students to the use of the historical method, the critical investigation of problems in historical study, and the analysis and interpretation of primary source material. These skills are valuable in many professions, especially to students interested in pursuing graduate study culminating in the doctorate in History, experienced teachers of history in public schools, students who wish to teach in California Community Colleges, and to students seeking employment in archival management, oral history, consulting, and public sector historical research.

California State University, Sacramento is well situated to offer rich historical resources in several fields of study. The California State Archives, the California State Library and the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center offer unique opportunities for the study of Western and California History. The presence of many state and community agencies dealing with historic preservation offers possibilities for stimulating internships, and the history graduate program is also able to draw upon rich materials in a number of areas of United States, European, and world history located in the Sacramento State Library.

In addition to its standard MA program, the History Department offers an Option in Public History and a Ph.D. in Public History.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in the Standard and the Public History programs requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • an undergraduate major in History, OR a minimum of 27 semester units in History, or a closely related field, approved by the Graduate Coordinator. Fifteen of the units must be upper division and include one seminar from the HIST 192 series (or equivalent) and one seminar from HIST 197 series (or equivalent); and
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted and a minimum 3.25 GPA in History courses.

Students who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted to the degree program with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the admission application. The department Graduate Coordinator will specify courses to be taken by students with fewer than 27 units of history and/or without the required seminars. Work taken to remove such deficiencies may not be counted toward the master's degree.

Admission Procedures

Applicants should file two applications: one to the Sacramento State Office of Graduate Studies for admission to the University, and the other to the Department of History for classified status in the History master's program. Please check with the Department office for the official deadline.

All applicants, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, River Front Center 215, (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/.

Applicants must also file the following with the Sacramento State History Department:

  • a Department Application for Admission (available through the History Department office or Web site);
  • a statement of purpose of at least 250 words. This statement should include reasons for applying to the master's program, career objectives and an explanation of how the program will help achieve them, relevant professional training, experience, internships, or volunteer activities, and any non-academic skills, interests, or notable accomplishments that may be pertinent to the application;
  • two letters of recommendation. Letters should ideally come from university instructors, but if these are not available, any other credible source who can address qualifications will be acceptable (i.e., work supervisor, clergy, or community leader);
  • a set of transcripts from all colleges attended, including Sacramento State (unofficial transcripts will suffice);
  • academic writing sample (optional but highly encouraged).

Applicants will be informed of the Admission Committee's decision within six weeks of the Department's application deadline.

Advancement To Candidacy

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • completed at least 12 units in the graduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA, including at least one 200-level course;
  • determined with the History Graduate Coordinator whether to attempt the thesis, examination, or project (Public History and Specialized Options only) as the Culminating Requirement;
  • determined which department faculty member will supervise the student's work and act as his/her History advisor;
  • filed and received departmental approval of a Petition for Approval of Thesis/Examination/Project (only in the Public History and Specialized Options); and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

Students must file their Advancement to Candidacy in the semester prior to enrolling in HIST 500, Culminating Experience.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies and the History Office. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with his/her History advisor. The completed form is then returned to the Graduate Coordinator and the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

MA in History Standard Program - Comprehensive Option

Units required for the Major: 30
Minimum required GPA: 3.0

Required Courses (21 Units)
HIST 200History and Theory3
HIST 201Interpreting World History3
HIST 202Interpreting U.S. History3
HIST 400The Teaching of History in College (May be replaced with an additional HIST 280 or HIST 281 series course with approval of Graduate Coordinator)3
Select one of the following:3
Research and Writing in US History
Research and Writing in the History of the American West
Research and Writing in World History
Select one of the following:3
Reading Seminar in African or Asian History
Reading Seminar in Ancient or Medieval European History
Reading Seminar in Modern European History
Reading Seminar: Topics in World History
Select one of the following:3
Reading Seminar in Colonial or Early US History
Reading Seminar in Nineteenth Century US History
Reading Seminar in Modern US History
Reading Seminar: Topics in United States History
Electives (6 Units)
Select 6 units 16
Culminating Requirement (3 Units)
HIST 500Culminating Experience 23
Total Units30
1

Elective courses in History (graduate seminars or upper division courses) and up to 3 units from fields, as approved by History. HIST 280 and HIST 281 series courses may be repeated and counted in this area if the course topic is different.

2

Students may not enroll in HIST 500 until all "Incomplete" grades received up to that point are completed. Students who receive "Incomplete" grades in coursework after enrolling in HIST 500 will not receive final approval on thesis or examination until a passing grade has been assigned to incomplete coursework.

Note: A foreign language is not a degree requirement. However, students who plan further graduate study in History are encouraged to study French, German, or another foreign language since proficiency in two foreign languages is usually required in doctoral programs.

MA in History Standard Programs - Specialized Option

Units required for the Major: 30
Minimum required GPA: 3.0

Required Courses (18 Units)
HIST 200History and Theory3
Select one of the following:3
Interpreting World History
Interpreting U.S. History
Select one of the following:3
Research and Writing in US History
Research and Writing in the History of the American West
Research and Writing in World History
Select three of the following:9
Reading Seminar in African or Asian History
Reading Seminar in Ancient or Medieval European History
Reading Seminar in Modern European History
Reading Seminar: Topics in World History
Reading Seminar in Colonial or Early US History
Reading Seminar in Nineteenth Century US History
Reading Seminar in Modern US History
Reading Seminar: Topics in United States History
Electives (9 Units)
Select 9 units 19
Culminating Requirement (3 Units)
HIST 500Culminating Experience 23
Total Units30
1

Elective courses in History (graduate seminars or upper division courses) and up to 3 units from related fields, as approved by the Graduate Director. HIST 280 and HIST 281 series courses may be repeated and counted in this area if the course topic is different.

2

Students may not enroll in HIST 500 until all "Incomplete" grades received up to that point are completed. Students who receive "Incomplete" grades in coursework after enrolling in HIST 500 will not receive final approval on thesis, examination, or project until a passing grade has been assigned to incomplete coursework.

No more than 9 units of supervisory courses (see the following) may be counted toward the degree.

HIST 295History Internship3
HIST 297Advanced Internship3
HIST 299Special Problems1 - 3
HIST 400The Teaching of History in College3
HIST 500Culminating Experience3

Note: A foreign language is not a degree requirement. However, students who plan further graduate study in History are encouraged to study French, German, or another foreign language since proficiency in two foreign languages is usually required in doctoral programs.

MA in History - Public History Concentration

Units required: 36 including 9 units of supervised professional internship
Minimum required GPA: 3.0

The Public History Program offers a two-year course of study leading to the Master of Arts as a degree option within the History Department. The program provides an integrated professional curriculum that includes specialized project and internship experience in several concentrations including: archives and manuscripts, business history, oral history, public history research and analysis, and historic preservation. All students pursue a common course of study, gain professional experience through a series of internships, and complete a master's project or thesis within their area of program specialization.

Program requirements meet the educational guidelines of the Society of American Archivists, the Oral History Association, and the National Council on Public History. Graduates are qualified for listing on the Professional Register of Public Historians maintained by the California Committee for the Promotion of History.

All applicants must meet the requirements for admission as a classified graduate student in History. Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to submit both verbal and quantitative scores from the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination with their admission application.

Applications are available from the History Department Office. Students who are not enrolled in the program may take public history courses on a space available basis, with instructor permission.

Required Courses (12 Units)
HIST 202Interpreting U.S. History3
HIST 203Public History Principles and Techniques3
HIST 282AResearch Seminar in Public History3
Select one of the following:3
History and Theory
History and Memory
Elective Courses (12 Units)
Select four of the following: 112
Reading Seminar in Colonial or Early US History
Reading Seminar in Nineteenth Century US History
Reading Seminar in Modern US History
Reading Seminar: Topics in United States History
Archives and Manuscripts
Oral History
Museum Studies
Historic Preservation
Special Topics in Public History
Internship Requirement (6 Units)
HIST 295History Internship3
HIST 297Advanced Internship3
Culminating Requirement (3 Units) 2
HIST 500Culminating Experience 33
Total Units33
1

No more than one seminar from the HIST 281 series can be included as a Public History program elective.

2

Students complete either a master's thesis or master's project under the guidance of the Public History faculty. Students will make an oral presentation and defense of their thesis/project before a committee of at least two faculty members including the director of the MA thesis/project.

3

Students may not enroll in HIST 500 until all "Incomplete" grades received up to that point are completed. Students who receive "Incomplete" grades in coursework after enrolling in this course will not receive final approval on thesis or examination until a passing grade has been assigned to incomplete coursework.

Doctoral Program - Ph.D. - Public History

The joint doctoral program in Public History offered in cooperation with UC Santa Barbara provides training in public history, particularly in the following professional fields: history of public policy; cultural resource management; business and institutional history; and community and local history. Supporting courses are offered in oral history; archives and records administration; museum management; historic preservation; historical editing; and policy and litigation support.

Prospective applicants for the joint Ph.D. program should have completed a Master's degree in history, public history, or a related field (in unusual circumstances, highly qualified candidates can be admitted without the MA).

Applicants should provide the following information to the Graduate Program in Public History at UCSB: the appropriate application forms; transcripts of completed academic work; GRE scores; three letters of recommendation; and an essay explaining the applicant's reasons for seeking a Ph.D.

The Joint Public History Committee will review applications for admission and select the individuals to be admitted to the joint doctoral program.

Students admitted to the program must spend at least one academic year in residence on each of the two campuses.

In addition to the required research seminars and professional coursework, students will complete an internship assignment and report.

To complete the doctoral program, students must pass a combination of written and oral examinations in four fields. These fields are typically: a general field (usually U.S. History); a specialized field within the general field; a third field encompassing the dissertation topic; a cognate field outside the department (e.g., art history, anthropology, political science).

In addition, each student will: pass one foreign language examination; complete a dissertation; and serve as a research or teaching assistant.

Questions about the program should be directed to Sacramento State Professors Aaron Cohen (916) 278-7209 or Lee M. A. Simpson (916) 278-6628 and UCSB Professor Randy Bergstrom (805) 893-2644.

How to Read Course Descriptions

HIST 4.     Survey of Early Western Civilization. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Survey of the earliest civilizations with emphasis on the contributions of the Hellenic, Roman and the Medieval eras to the West. Continues to the close of the Middle Ages. Stress is placed on social, economic, as well as political factors.

HIST 5.     Survey of Modern Western Civilization. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Survey of the development of western civilization from the Renaissance to the present day. Stress is placed on social and economic, as well as political, factors.

Note: Not open for credit to students receiving prior credit in HIST 105.

HIST 6.     Asian Civilizations. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Introduction to major developments in the histories and cultures of China, Japan, and India -- origins of civilizations, great empires, religions, growth and spread of cultures, alien invasions, Western impact, nationalist movements, modernization, and characteristics of contemporary society.

HIST 7.     History of African Civilizations. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Introductory survey of the history of Africa from earliest times to the present. Major topics include: origins of humanity and society, civilizations of the Nile Valley, the peopling of Sub-Saharan Africa, African societies to 1500, pre-colonial Saharan and Sub-Saharan Africa, Colonial Africa and the emergence of modern states in Africa.

HIST 8.     History of Islamic Civilizations. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Introductory survey of the history of Islamic societies of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East from the 6th century to the present. Focus will be on both continuities and the discontinuities that distinguish them from one another. Topics will include: religious, political, social, and cultural development in Islamic civilization during the premodern period, and reform, western imperialism, nationalism, and religious politics in the modern period.

HIST 15H.     Major Problems in U.S. History. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), United States History


A survey of topics in American history from the colonial period to the end of the twentieth century. Subjects may include reform movements, immigration, racial problems, religion, politics and the role of women.

Note: Fulfills graduation requirement for U.S. History and Race and Ethnicity.

HIST 17A.     United States History, 1607-1877. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), GE AREA D, United States History


Basic historical survey of the rise of American civilization from colonial beginnings through the rebuilding of the union during Reconstruction.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 17B.     United States History, 1877-Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: United States History, Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), GE AREA D


Basic historical survey of the growth of urban-industrial American civilization and its rise to world power, 1877-present.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 18.     Health, Medicine, and Science in America, 1600-Present. 3 Units


This course will examine science, medicine, and public health in America from the colonial era through the present.

HIST 21.     First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Understanding Personal Development (E)


Introduction to the nature of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. Designed to help students develop academic success strategies and to improve learning skills. Students will interact with fellow students to build a community of academic and personal support. Introduces history as an academic discipline by requiring students to interpret historical information about issues such as academic freedom and the development of racism.

HIST 50.     World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Study of some major civilizations of the world from the beginnings of civilization to 1600. Covers the classical and medieval traditions of the West as well as at least two major non-western cultures.

HIST 50H.     Honors World Civilizations I: Beginnings to 1600. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open only to Honors students.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Intensive survey of major civilizations of the world from the beginnings of civilization to 1600. Covers the classical and medieval traditions of the West as well as at least two major non-western cultures.

HIST 51.     World Civilizations, 1600-Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Survey of the development of the major civilizations of the world from 1600 to the present. Stresses the dynamism and expansion of the West, the interpenetration of cultures in the modern era, and the resurgence of non-western independence in the 20th century.

HIST 51H.     Honors World Civilizations II: 1600 to Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open only to Honors students.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Intensive survey of the development of the major civilizations of the world from 1600 to the present. Stresses the dynamism and expansion of the West, the interpenetration of cultures in the modern era, and the resurgence of non-western independence in the 20th century.

HIST 100.     Introduction to Historical Skills. 3 Units


Introduction to the skills of secondary and primary source research, critical analysis of documentary sources, historical reasoning and the preparation of written reports. Attention to research procedures, record-keeping, citation, and bibliography.

Note: Open to History majors who have completed at least 6 units of required lower division coursework. Recommended for second semester of sophomore year.

HIST 101A.     Language and written culture in Ancient Greece. 3 Units


This is part of the two-semester hybrid course on Ancient Greek language and written culture. The language component of the course is taught online through interactive language-teaching website, while the weekly meetings are mainly discussions on Ancient Greek texts in translation. The focus in this first part is on basic grammatical rules, the reading and construction of simple sentences, and the study of Greek written culture from its beginnings to the Classical Period.

HIST 101B.     Language and written culture in Ancient Greece. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 101A


This is the second part of a two-semester hybrid course on Ancient Greek language and written culture. The language component of the course is taught online through an interactive language-teaching website, while the weekly meetings are mainly discussions on Ancient Greek texts in translation. The focus in this second part is on advanced grammar, the reading and understanding of long passages, and the study of Greek written culture from the Classical Period to the Roman era.

HIST 102A.     Culture and Language in Modern Greece, 1821-1909. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


This is the first part of a two-semester hybrid course on modern Greek language, history, and culture. This course is an introduction to the main cultural forces in history and literature that shape modern Greek society. It explores the historical development of modern Greek culture from the period of the Greek War of Independence to the present. Students will also obtain a basic level of modern Greek grammatical rules, the reading and writing of simple sentences, and basic everyday conversation skills.

HIST 102B.     Culture and Language in Modern Greece, 1909-Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Student must complete HIST 102A with a minimum "C-" grade or better.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


This is the second part of a two-semester hybrid course on modern Greek language, history, and culture. This course is an introduction to the main cultural forces in history and literature that shape modern Greek society. It explores the historical development of modern Greek culture from the period of the Greek War of Independence to the present. Students will also obtain a basic level of modern Greek grammatical rules, the reading and writing of simple sentences, and basic everyday conversation skills.

HIST 103.     Mediterranean Europe: From the Renaissance to the European Union. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Traces the development of Southern European countries from the Renaissance to European Union membership. These two "rebirths" for Europe had a unique impact on Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece. Focuses on the political, economics, and cultural aspects of these Mediterranean countries.

HIST 104A.     Ancient Science. 3 Units


An examination of the theories, experiments, and calculations of Green and Roman scientists as well as the work of major contributors to astronomy, natural philosophy, medicine, and technology in the ancient period.

HIST 105.     Great Ages and Issues in Modern European History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), Humanities (Area C2)


Advanced analysis of topics in modern European history from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is placed upon primary sources and contemporary as well as historical interpretations of the sources.

Note: Not open for credit to students receiving prior credit in HIST 5.

HIST 106.     Everyday Life and Society in Antiquity. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2), Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI)


An overview of social beliefs and practices in a variety of ancient cultures, including Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East chronologically ranging from Late Prehistory to the rise of Christianity. All the examined themes are approached comparatively and on the basis of ancient historical evidence, consisting of both texts and archaeological materials.

HIST 107.     History of the Physical Sciences. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Further Studies in Area B (B5)


Study of the development of the major physical laws presently used in describing our physical world. Some considerations of the influences of these developments on other areas of knowledge and on society in general.

Cross Listed: PHSC 107; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 108.     Ancient Egypt: History Culture. 3 Units


Overview of the history of ancient Egypt from prehistory to the Roman conquest, combined with a study of cultural development in areas of ancient Egyptian religion, art, and literature.

HIST 109.     History of Modern Greece. 3 Units


Introduces the fundamental events and figures that shaped modern Greek history and politics. Topics will include: the Greek War of Independence, the Megali Idea, the Asia Minor Catastrophe, and Greece's entry into the European Union. No prior knowledge of Greece or Greek language assumed.

HIST 110.     The Ancient Near East: A Cultural History. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Growth and development of Ancient Near Eastern civilization with emphasis on Mesopotamia and Egypt as the foundation of ancient Mediterranean civilization. Religion, literature, art and social institutions will all be stressed as integral elements in an historical process.

HIST 111.     Ancient Greece. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Political, social, and cultural development of Greece from the Mycenaeans to the post-Alexandrian world with emphasis on Fifth Century Athens and on a reading of Thucydides.

HIST 112.     Ancient Rome. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Rome from its foundation to Justinian with emphasis on its political institutions, their strengths and weaknesses, social structure, the ancient economy, paganism and Christianity, and the end of ancient civilization.

HIST 113.     Early Medieval Europe. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


The transformation of Mediterranean civilization from Late Antiquity to its three heirs: Western Europe, Byzantium and Islamic Civilization. Topics include: Late Antique Christianity, monasticism, economic and trade structures, Islamic conquests, Carolingian civilization, medieval archaeology and technology, and the origins of manorialism and feudalism.

HIST 114.     Europe in the High Middle Ages. 3 Units


Flourishing of European civilization from the Gregorian reform (11th century) until the end of the Middle Ages. Emphasizes the development of Latin Christianity, the formation of national communities in France and England, and the multi-faceted crisis of the 14th and 15th centuries.

HIST 115.     The Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. 3 Units


Survey of the development of Italian City States and their relation to Northern Europe; an examination of the relationship among commerce, capitalism and secular culture; a survey of Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

HIST 116.     Europe, 1648-1815, The Age of Revolution. 3 Units


Political and social survey of Europe with emphasis on (a) the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment, (b) absolute monarchs and enlightened despots, (c) the American and French Revolutions, (d) Napoleon I, and (e) art, society and popular culture.

HIST 117.     Europe, 1815-1914. 3 Units


Consideration of historical trends in 19th Century Europe. Emphasis on Germany and France. Attention is devoted to liberalism, conservatism and nationalism; the industrial revolution, national unification, nationalism, imperialism and the rise of socialism.

HIST 118A.     World War I: Causes, Conduct, Consequences. 3 Units


Political and social development of Europe from the beginning of the 20th Century to the accession of Hitler to power in 1933 with emphasis on relations among the Great Powers.

HIST 118B.     World War II: Causes, Conduct, Consequences. 3 Units


Critical examination of political, military, social, and cultural transformations in the era of the Second World War. Particular emphasis will be placed on diplomatic relations between the Great Powers, military conduct during the war, the experience of fascism, the causes and ramifications of the Holocaust, and the war's cultural and political legacy in Europe.

HIST 119.     Europe Since 1945. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Examination of major developments in Europe since the end of World War II. Topics include: the basic intellectual structures of the 20th century; the origins of the Cold War; the rise of the EEC; decolonization; the political and social upheaval of the l960's; détente; and the new preoccupation with nationalism and ethnic identity.

HIST 121.     Democracy and Human Rights in the Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon. 3 Units


Explores the crucial social, cultural, intellectual, and political legacies of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic years (1789-1815) in France and across the globe. In particular, examines ideas and policies regarding religious toleration, democratic participation, slavery, gender, and nationalism.

HIST 122A.     History of Women in Western Civilization, Prehistory-Middle Ages. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), Humanities (Area C2)


Emphasis on the lives and experiences of women as they relate to the fundamental characteristics of Western culture. Topics include women and religion, production and economic institutions, reproduction and family structures, power and politics, women's self-definition.

HIST 122B.     History of Women in Western Civilization, Renaissance-Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2), Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI)


Emphasis on the lives and experiences of women as they relate to fundamental characteristics of Western culture. Topics include women and industrialization, the modern state, the development of feminism, feminism and socialism, revolutionary and reactionary movements.

HIST 123.     The Crusades. 3 Units


The Crusading movement from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Explores the eight "official" Crusades, and explores the concept of "crusading" as Christian Holy War. Extensively covers the intersection of Byzantine, Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish cultures in the Middle Ages, and incorporates religious, social, military, and political, history.

HIST 124A.     Warfare: Alexander to Napoleon. 3 Units


Conduct of war from 336 B.C. to 1815. Social and political consequences; development of weaponry, strategy and tactics; Great Captains.

HIST 124B.     European Warfare from the French Revolution to the Present. 3 Units


Study of the inception, conduct and impact of European warfare from the French Revolution to the present. Students will be required to complete one or more projects designed to increase their understanding of modern warfare and its implications.

HIST 125.     Modern Germany, 1806-Present. 3 Units


History of Germany from the fall of the Holy Roman Empire to the present. Topics will include the rise of German nationalism, the formation of the German nation-state, the Nazi era and the Holocaust, and postwar Germany's development.

HIST 126.     Evolution of Christianity to the Reformation. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Christianity from Jesus to Martin Luther. Emphasis on the evolution of Christian thought and institutions and the relationship of the Church to popular culture and secular powers.

Cross Listed: HRS 126; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 127.     Evolution of Christianity Since the Reformation. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


European Christianity from the Reformation to the present. Emphasis on the evolution of Christian thought, the co-existence of the Catholic and Protestant traditions, and the relationship of religious and secular values in European society.

Cross Listed: HRS 127; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 128A.     Medieval England To 1485. 3 Units


Examines the developments of English history from the Celtic Bronze Age to the fifteenth century. Issues of race and ethnicity, gender, social classes, political ideology, religious toleration, economic developments, and artistic achievements will be examined in particular detail.

HIST 128B.     Tudor and Stuart England, 1485-1714. 3 Units


History of England from the consolidation of royal power under Henry VII to the Hanoverian succession. Emphasis on the Tudor Renaissance and Reformation, the growth of England's international status under Elizabethan, Stuart rule, the Civil Wars, the dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell and the Restoration.

HIST 128C.     British History, 1714-Present. 3 Units


History of the British Isles from Hanoverians to the Present. Emphasis upon the rise of Parliament, industrialization, reform, rise of labor, the two World Wars, the Welfare State and contemporary Britain.

HIST 129A.     Medieval Russia. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Emergence of modern Russia from the principalities of medieval Russia. Emphasis on Eastern European, Byzantine, and Eurasian contributions to Russian history.

HIST 129B.     Imperial Russia. 3 Units


Emergence and collapse of imperial Russia as a continental world power from 1600 to 1917. Emphasis on the role of monarchy, a changing society and economy, and the growth of the educated public in the development of a distinctive imperial Russian culture and its final destruction in revolution.

HIST 129C.     Twentieth Century Russia. 3 Units


Revolutionary origins of the Soviet Union, its rise as a global superpower, and its sudden dissolution. Emphasis on the major political, economic, social, and cultural trends that defined Soviet civilization, as well as the Soviet legacy for contemporary Russia and the world.

HIST 130.     The Fall Of Communism. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Causes and consequences of the dramatic transformations in the political, economic, and cultural life of the Soviet Union, eastern Europe, and China after 1970. Topics include "real-existing" socialism, Gorbachev and the revolutions of 1989, the emergence of China, impact on the non-socialist world, and implications for the future.

HIST 132.     Topics In World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 50.


Designed for students who want to acquire multiple subject teaching credentials. Examines world history from a topical perspective, focusing on large themes and trends. Builds upon the detailed history taught in the HIST 50.

HIST 133.     Twentieth-Century World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 51 or HIST 51H


A survey of the major international themes and historical processes that shaped the twentieth century. Designed for History majors and present or prospective teachers of history.

HIST 134.     The Rise and Fall of European Colonial Empires. 3 Units


This course covers the origins of European colonialism in the Iberian expansion, the development of English and Dutch empires, the role of spices, slaves, sugar, and opium in the making of the modern global economy, the " New Imperialism" of the 19th Century, the anti-colonialist and nationalist movements, and the final collapse of the empires after World War II.

HIST 135A.     History Of Mexico To 1910. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Emphasizes Meso-American culture, the creation and flourishing of Spanish colonial culture, the independence movements, and the trials and tribulations of nationhood in the 19th century.

HIST 135B.     Revolutionary and Modern Mexico. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Political, social, economic and cultural history of the Mexican upheaval, from 1910 to 1920, and the development of Modern Mexico since 1920.

HIST 138A.     Colonial Latin America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), GE AREA D


Survey course in the history of Latin America from the late fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century.

HIST 138B.     Modern and Contemporary Latin America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D, Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI)


Survey course in the history of Latin America from the early nineteenth centry to the present.

HIST 140.     Modern East Asian Cinema. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), Arts (Area C1)


Survey of the development of cinema in Asia, focusing primarily on cinematic masterpieces from China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Focuses on directors, actors, and studios that left a lasting mark on cinema history. Also focuses on how Asian aesthetic sense differs from the Hollywood norm. Prerequisite:GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

Cross-listed: ASIA 140; only one may count for credit.

HIST 141.     History of Africa Since 1800. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


European control in Africa, African primary resistance and proto-nationalist movements, decolonization and post-independence, nation-building to present.

HIST 142.     History of Women in Africa. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Examines the role of African women in politics, religion, the economy, the family and the arts from ancient times to the present. Considers the varying status of women in different regions of the continent. Also looks at the impact of kinship structures on women, development issues, and African responses to feminist discourse.

HIST 143A.     Middle Eastern History to 1800. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Surveys the history of the Muslim Middle East from the age of the Prophet Mohammed to the late Ottoman Empire. Topics include: the Islamic religious revolution; the splintering of the Islamic community into Sunnis, Shias and other Islamic minorities; the impact of Islam upon the European West; the Crusades; and Western influence at the end of the 18th century.

HIST 143B.     The Modern Middle East. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Surveys Middle Eastern history from 1800 to the present. Topics include: the late Ottoman Empire; World War I and state creation; western imperialism; Arab nationalism; Zionism; state building; modern economies and traditional societies; Islam and the modern state; and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

HIST 144.     Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder. 3 Units


Examines the domestic and international political, social, and economic context of the overthrow of Indonesian President Sukarno, the mass murder of perhaps a million individuals associated with the Indonesian Communist Party, and subsequent US-backed military dictatorship of General Suharto.

HIST 145.     South Asian History Civilization. 3 Units


South Asian history from the Indus Valley Civilization to the 1947 partition of British India to the nation-states of India and Pakistan. Topics include: development of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism; rise and fall of the Mauryan, Mughal, and British empires; Indian philosophy, art, literature; South Asian expressions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; elite and popular religious syncretism; gender and sexuality in South Asia; Portuguese and British colonialism; South Asian nationalism; and the life and thought of Mahatma Gandhi.

HIST 146A.     Cultural History of Japan to 1800. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


History of traditional Japan stressing developments in literature, drama, art, religion and philosophy in the context of political, social and economic development. Movies, slides and readings in Japanese literature will be used.

HIST 146B.     Modern Japan, 1800-present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Roots of modernization in late feudal Japan; Western impact; political, economic and social modernization; the growth and decline of democratic institutions; militarism and World War II; U.S. occupation; and Japan's impressive "success story" 1950-present.

HIST 146C.     The History of Manga. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


A survey of the history of manga (Japanese graphic novels) that will trace the historical antecedents of manga from ancient Japan to today. The course will focus on major artists, genres, and works of manga produced in Japan and translated into English.

HIST 147.     History of Buddhism. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Examines in cultural and historical perspective, drawing from ancient and contemporary sources, the key practices and ideas of Buddhist traditions in India, China, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Japan and other surrounding regions; as well as the most recent spread of these practices and ideas to Europe, North America, and Australia.

Cross listed: HRS 147

HIST 148A.     China: Antiquity to 1600 AD. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Historical development of China from the Neolithic period to the end of the 16th Century. In addition to texts and records, other sources such as archaeology, literature, and art will be examined to gain understanding of and appreciation for the longevity of China as a culture and a polity. Traditionally neglected groups such as women and the lower classes will be emphasized.

HIST 148B.     China, 1600 to Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


The transformation of China since the 17th Century. Examines the internal tensions of population growth and social unrest, as well as external pressures of encroaching imperialism and modern values of freedom and democracy. Revolution, communism, modernization, and nationalism will be addressed.

HIST 149.     The Making of Modern Southeast Asia. 3 Units


Examines the historical formation of Southeast Asia, how European colonization integrated Southeast Asia into the global economic order, and how the region became a critical strategic zone in the Second World War and the Cold War. Traces the centuries long formation of nations of Southeast Asia, the second half will focus on political and economics developments of the 20th Century.

HIST 150.     Colonial America. 3 Units


Development of the British mainland colonies from exploration, contact, and settlement to the age of the American Revolution. Topics include: background to colonization; mercantilism, the emergence of a multicultural society; regional variation; Native Americans, slavery, women and family, community formation, religion, education, Enlightenment in America, European rivalries, imperialism.

HIST 151.     The Age of the American Revolution. 3 Units


Causes and consequences of the American Revolution. Topics include: Whig ideology, popular politics, loyalism, economic concerns, the western frontier, Native Americans, African-Americans, and women during the era, the course of the war with Great Britain, the Confederation and Constitution, social consequences of the Revolution.

HIST 152.     Young Republic, 1790-1840. 3 Units


Beginnings of government under the Constitution; the U.S. in a warring world; Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson; market economy, canals and factories; nationalism, the debate over slavery, and emerging sectionalism.

HIST 153.     Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840-1890. 3 Units


Political history of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include sectionalism; slavery, westward expansion, secession, the conduct of the war, industrialization, and the changing status of African Americans.

HIST 154.     20th Century United States, 1890-1940. 3 Units


U.S. response to urban, industrial growth from the origin of the Spanish-American War to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Progressivism, Imperialism, World War I, the decade of the 1920's; Depression and the New Deal.

HIST 155.     20th Century United States, 1941-Present. 3 Units


Social, economic, and cultural challenges and achievements in U.S. life as they are reflected in political history. Emphasis upon domestic affairs, supplemented by foreign concerns that have presented fundamental choices to the American people.

HIST 156.     The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST17B.


Examines the key events and ideas that helped shape American politics and culture in the 1960s. Special emphasis placed on political power, race and racism, the role of dissent and social activism, and nonviolent civil disobedience. Covers the Vietnam War, the African-American Civil Rights movement, the Chicano movement, the women's movement, the counterculture, as well as social conflict and its resolution.

HIST 157.     History of International Relations in the 20th Century. 3 Units


Survey of the history of international relations (political, military, economic, cultural, and environmental) in the 20th century. Covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, with emphasis on global events and issues from non-U.S. perspectives.

HIST 158.     Military History of the United States. 3 Units


Survey from the colonial militia to the present, including all military branches, with emphasis on the U.S. Army. In addition to doctrine, operations, weapons and warfare, focuses on the interrelationship of the military with the economic, social and political concerns of the American nation.

HIST 159.     History of US Foreign Relations. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D, United States History


Diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural relations between the U.S. and the world from 1789 to the present, with emphasis on the 20th Century; focus on transformation of U.S. into a global power.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 160.     The United States in Vietnam, 1940-1975. 3 Units


Case study of the making of foreign policy through seven presidencies. Identifies the causes of an American war in Vietnam and examines that involvement as a representative example of post-World War II U.S. globalism. Consideration of the domestic impact of the War and a critical examination of the "lessons" learned from it.

HIST 161.     The American Vision. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D, United States History


Media survey of American life from the beginnings to the present. Integrates slides of American art, architecture, popular culture, and technology with history, literature and contemporary music.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 162.     Social History of the United States. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: United States History, GE AREA D


Survey of topics in American social history from the colonial period to the middle of the Twentieth Century. Subjects may include reform movements, immigration, racial problems, religion, medicine, and the role of women.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 163.     The City in US History. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Role of the city in the American experience, with emphasis on the rapid urbanization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention given to the attractions and problems of urban life and to proposals for reforming the cities.

HIST 164.     History of American Capitalism. 3 Units


Survey of U.S. business from the colonial era to the present that places U.S. business in a global context. Examines how individual entrepreneurs and regulators have contributed to the development of the modern American political economy.

Cross Listed: GOVT 164; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 165.     American Environmental History. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Traces the changing relationship between human society and the natural environment from pre-colonial era to the present. Focuses on the interplay between industrialization and nature, and examines past and present environmental movements.

Cross Listed: ENVS 165; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 166.     Popular Culture. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Understanding Personal Development (E)


Focuses on entertainment and everyday life in America from the beginnings to the present. Enhances the students' understanding of how popular culture reflects and shapes the larger issues and institutions of American life.

HIST 167.     History of American Women. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D, United States History


Study of the role of women throughout American history with emphasis on the suffrage movement, abolitionism, and birth control. Considers the emancipation of women and their role in contemporary society.

Note: Fulfills state graduation requirement for U.S. History.

HIST 168.     Images Of America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), Humanities (Area C2)


Interdisciplinary survey of major events, trends and figures in American history viewed through American literature, visual arts, music and architecture. The arts in America are studied in relation to major ideas, significant personalities and important historical events from the period of the early republic to the present.

Cross Listed: HRS 168; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 169.     Hollywood and America. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Chronological survey of American films and their cultural significance from the 1890's to the present. Focus on films produced in Hollywood, the contexts in which they were created, and the impact of Hollywood as a mythical place in the development of American culture.

Cross-listed: HRS 169; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 170.     History of Religion in the United States. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Study of religion in American life from the colonial era to the present. Covers theology, religious ethics, patterns of worship, the variety of religious institutions, and relations between church and state. Relates religious change to other historical developments such as immigration, industrialization, reform movements, and politics.

HIST 171A.     American Indian History to 1840. 3 Units


History of North American native people from before the European invasion to 1840. Particular attention given to the formation of indigenous societies before and during European colonization of the Americas and to the experience of Indian cultures, societies, and nations in the early U.S.

HIST 171B.     American Indian History since 1840. 3 Units


History of North American native people from 1840 to the present. Particular attention given to Indian nations' engagement with the Indian policies of the United States and the persistence and adaptation of American Indian cultures, societies, and identities in the modern U.S.

HIST 173.     The History of the Civil Rights Movement: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction, 1865-Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D, Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE)


Examines the campaign for civil rights waged by African Americans from the Reconstruction era through the present. Treats the movement's roots, goals, main organizations, and its relationship with African American culture in this period. Includes a comparison with the experiences of Mexican Americans and Native Americans.

HIST 175.     Sex, Population, and Birth Control in America. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: GE AREA D


Explores efforts to control reproduction in America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It examines the medical and legal institutions that shaped public policy and the general public's response to efforts to regulate citizens' reproduction, sexuality, and healthcare. It also investigates how race, ethnicity, class, and gender determined the types of reproductive choices available to Americans.

HIST 176.     African Cultural Heritage in the Americas. 3 Units


Focuses on the legacies of African cultural and social systems among the diasporic Africans in the Americas in the 19th and 20th centuries. Primary focus is on the U.S., but also examines African retentions in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, and South America.

Cross Listed: ETHN 176; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 177.     The African-American Experience, 1603-Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: United States History, Race & Ethnicity Graduation Requirement (RE), GE AREA D


Gives students an understanding of African-American history from the colonial period to the present. Focuses on African-Americans as active agents in shaping U.S. History, and analyzes the issues, ideas and strategies they have developed and used in their struggle for justice and equality.

Note: Fulfills the state graduation requirements for U.S. History.

HIST 178.     Mexican-American History. 3 Units


Explores the contours of Mexican American history from the Spanish colonial experience through the present. Examines the roots of the Chicano community in the U.S. conquest of the Southwest, the twentieth-century immigration experience, the development of diverse Chicano communities after 1900, and the struggles for full civil rights in American society. Compared with the experiences of African Americans and Native Americans.

HIST 179.     American Immigration History. 3 Units


Study of immigration in American life. Particular attention given to the shifting causes and patterns of immigration, similarities and differences among the experiences of immigrants in the U.S., nativism, the development of immigration restrictions, and the effects of immigration on the life of the nation over time.

HIST 180.     American Legal History. 3 Units


Examines the interaction of law, society, and politics in America from the colonial period to the present, with special emphasis on law as an arena of social and cultural conflict. Major topics include the development of the common law in early America; the law of slavery and its impact on constitutional development; the role of the law in defining controversies over race and gender; legal thought and education; and the role of the Supreme Court in 20th Century America.

HIST 181.     Transnational Radicalism in America, 1871-1940. 3 Units


This course explores the intersection of anti-authoritarian ideologies, transnational migration and anarchist movements in the United States. It will focus on the time period of 1871 through 1940 and the ways in which concepts of "liberty" informed radical movements. Topics may include: European and Caribbean origins of anti-authoritarianism, immigrant enclaves, radical labor, anarchism, anarchist periodicals, and selected liberation movements.

HIST 182.     American West. 3 Units


Study of the Spanish and Indian frontiers, the advance of the Anglo-American settlers, and the emergence of the modern West.

HIST 183A.     California History, 1542-1860. 3 Units


Study of the people, institutions and cultural influence of Spanish-Mexican California and the changes brought by U.S. conquest and the Gold Rush.

HIST 183B.     California History, 1860-1970. 3 Units


Study of the social, political and economic evolution of California from construction of the first continental railroad link to the present, focusing on issues which are still significant in the state.

HIST 184.     California Architecture and Urban History. 3 Units


A survey of the history of California architecture and its impact on the urban environment from Native Americans to the 20th Century. Particular attention will be given to architecture as a statement of social, economic, and political empowerment.

Cross Listed: ART 118B; only one may be counted for credit.

HIST 185.     California Indian History. 3 Units


Historical study of California's native people and Indian-white relations from the Spanish colonial era to the present.

HIST 186A.     The California Gold Rush. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.


Study of the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental influences of the California Gold Rush in the contexts of state, national, and world history.

HIST 186B.     History of California Water. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.


Study of the history of water in California, including its social, cultural, legal, economic, political, land use, and environmental significance.

HIST 187.     Topics in United States History 1600-1900. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 17A.


Designed for students who want to acquire multiple subject teaching credentials. Examines United Stated history between 1600 and 1900 from a topical perspective, focusing on large themes and trends. Builds upon HIST 17A.

HIST 188.     American Labor History. 3 Units


Survey of the history of working people in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Topics include labor systems from slavery to wage work, strategies of labor organizations, race and labor, radicalism and reform, immigration and labor, labor and leisure, women and work, and globalization.

HIST 189.     California Dreamin': A Cultural History of California since 1840. 3 Units


Study of the cultural history of California as reflected in the humanities - art, music, literature, and film - from early American settlement and conquest to the present.

HIST 191.     Seminar in Historical Interpretation and Analysis. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 100 and (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W).


Reading seminar in philosophy of history, historical methodology, and historical reasoning. Special focus on the instructor's field of expertise. Designed for History majors and present and prospective teachers of history.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192A.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of United States History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of United States history. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective teachers of history.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192B.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of European History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of European history. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective teachers of history.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192C.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109 M/W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of Asian history. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective history teachers.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192E.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of African History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109 M/W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of African history. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective history teachers.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192F.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Latin American History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109 M/W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of Latin American history. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective history teachers.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 192Z.     Seminar in Recent Interpretations of a Special Topic. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109 M/W.


Reading seminar in recent scholarship and current trends in the interpretation of a special topic. Designed especially for History majors and present and prospective history teachers.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 194.     Oral History: Theory and Practice. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M/W.


Introduces students to the theory and practice of oral history. Examines ethical and legal issues as well as problems of accuracy in memory. Students will also learn how to conduct, transcribe, and edit oral histories and develop oral history projects.

HIST 195.     History Internship. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the faculty internship director.


Supervised work and project experience with history-related agencies and organizations, developing entry level skills.

Credit/No Credit

HIST 195T.     History Pre-credential Internship. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 17A, HIST 17B, HIST 50, HIST 51, and HIST 100; permission of instructor.


Supervised classroom observations and historical research to assist with curriculum development in secondary grade level history classrooms, with accredited schools, teaching related agencies and organizations. Students improve historical research skills, content mastery, and develop knowledge of using primary sources in history teaching. Students are exposed to secondary grade level history classrooms and observe instructional methods.

Note: Limited to upper division majors in the pre-credential program and students who have an interest in teaching history at the secondary level.

Credit/No Credit

HIST 196B.     Clio: Editing and Publishing in History. 3 Units


Seminar devoted to learning the editing and publishing side of the history profession. Students will produce the student history journal Clio.

HIST 197A.     Senior Research Seminar: United States History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W.


Research seminar in historical writing in which students will complete a research paper in United States History based on primary sources. Subject will vary according to instructor. Recommended for the second semester of the senior year.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 197B.     Senior Research Seminar: World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W.


Research seminar in historical writing in which students will complete a research paper in world history based on primary sources. Subject will vary according to instructor. Recommended for the second semester of the senior year.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 197C.     Senior Research Seminar: Public History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W.


Introduction to bibliographic and research skills in secondary and primary sources, and the development of expertise in writing historical reports. Particular attention to regional research libraries, manuscript repositories and archival facilities.

Note: Not open to lower division students.

HIST 198.     Summative Assessment for Teachers. 3 Units

Corequisite(s): HIST 100.


Capstone seminar that serves as a bridge between academic preparation and entry into a professional teacher credential program. Students will examine social science-history in the State curriculum framework, reflect on subject matter preparation, focus on middle and high school social science teaching and learning, investigate and evaluate resources pertinent to instruction, and explore current issues in education.

HIST 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual projects or directed reading. Open only to students who appear competent to carry on individual work.

Credit/No Credit

HIST 200.     History and Theory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified standing in History or instructor permission.


Study of the theoretical schools and debates that have most influenced historical research and writing in the modern era. Introduces students to both important theoretical texts and their applied use. It is designed to provide an intellectual foundation for subsequent graduate-level history seminars.

Note: Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course.

HIST 201.     Interpreting World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified graduate status in History or instructor permission.


Study of historical interpretations of major issues and problems in world history. Helps students to define world history as a field and to consider different approaches to teaching and/or researching world history topics.

HIST 202.     Interpreting U.S. History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified graduate status in History or instructor permission.


Study of historical interpretations of major issues and problems in US history. Helps students to define US history as a field and to consider different approaches to teaching and/or researching US history topics.

HIST 203.     Public History Principles and Techniques. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Provides an introduction to public history by surveying the major topics in the field through readings, discussion, and guest lectures. Students will learn about the history of public history, employment opportunities for public historians, and public historical issues.

Note: Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course.

HIST 209A.     Research and Writing in US History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified standing in History or instructor permission.


Research seminar in fields of special interest. Topics will be announced each semester.

HIST 209B.     Research and Writing in the History of the American West. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Research seminar in fields of special interest in the history of the American West. Topics will be announced each semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 209C.     Research and Writing in World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Research seminar in fields of special interest in the history of regions outside the U.S. Topics will be announced each semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 280A.     Reading Seminar in African or Asian History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature on a topic in African or Asian history. The area or topic to be studied will change from term to term.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 280B.     Reading Seminar in Ancient or Medieval European History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature on a topic in ancient or medieval European history. The area or topic to be studied will change from term to term.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 280C.     Reading Seminar in Modern European History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature on a topic in early modern or modern European history. The area or topic to be studied will change from term to term.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 280Z.     Reading Seminar: Topics in World History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature in world history. The area of topic to be studied will change from term to term.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 281A.     Reading Seminar in Colonial or Early US History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature of a particular period or topic in colonial North American or early U.S. history; the era or topic to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 281B.     Reading Seminar in Nineteenth Century US History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature of a particular period or topic in nineteenth century U.S. history; the era or topic to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 281C.     Reading Seminar in Modern US History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of the significant historical literature of a particular period or topic in U.S. history after 1900; the era or topic to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 281Z.     Reading Seminar: Topics in United States History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified status in History or instructor permission.


Extensive reading and analysis of significant historical literature of a particular period or topic in U.S. history; the era or topic to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided the period or the topic is different.

HIST 282A.     Research Seminar in Public History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Professional training in the research and analysis of cartographic, archival, architectural, and artifactual sources related to public history. Attention to such research areas as cultural resources management, environmental impact, and historic sites and structures.

HIST 282B.     Archives and Manuscripts. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Professional training in archives and manuscripts administration. Historical development of archives and manuscripts administration, theoretical concepts that underlie the discipline, integration of these concepts into practice, and various uses of archival resources.

HIST 282C.     Oral History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Professional training in oral history, with attention to the field's historical and theoretical development. Emphasis is placed on the methodology of oral history in the context of selected public history topics. Students learn to prepare for, conduct, transcribe, and edit oral history interviews.

HIST 282D.     Museum Studies. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Intensive introduction to museum theory, practice, and management. Concentrates on providing an understanding of museums including museum exhibitions, collections, and acquisition policy. Students will have opportunities for practical museum experience and for meeting museum professionals.

HIST 282E.     Historic Preservation. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Overview of the different aspects of historic preservation, including downtown revitalization, neighborhood organization, historic site management, preservation legislation, preservation education and historic architecture. The history of historic preservation in the U.S. Students will engage in on-site visits to historic sites.

HIST 282F.     History and Memory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Classified standing in Public History, History or instructor permission.


Study of theoretical schools and debates regarding the formation, transformation, and transmission of collective memory. Draws upon theoretical literature on group memories from the social sciences and humanities, and it examines the importance of this literature for public and academic historians.

HIST 282Z.     Special Topics in Public History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or instructor permission.


Intensive seminar in a particular topic related to public history studies. Topics may include urban history, California history, demographics, visual history and public history.

HIST 295.     History Internship. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status and permission of faculty internship director.


Supervised work and project experience with history-related agencies and organizations, developing entry-level professional skills.

Note: May be repeated for credit

Credit/No Credit

HIST 297.     Advanced Internship. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HIST 295 and permission of the faculty internship director.


Professional work experience in a specialized field of public history, with training and supervision as part of the Capital Campus Graduate Program in Public History.

Credit/No Credit

HIST 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Open only to students who appear competent to carry on individual work; May be repeated for credit.

Credit/No Credit

HIST 400.     The Teaching of History in College. 3 Units


Seminar devoted to the teaching of college history. Students will intern in lower division courses.

HIST 500.     Culminating Experience. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced to candidacy.


Credit given upon successful completion of one of the following: A.) Thesis. An original contribution to historical knowledge, which includes the statement of a problem, a review of pertinent literature, the collection and presentation of relevant material, a conclusion, and a formal bibliography, all presented with appropriate documentation; OR B.) Project. A significant undertaking appropriate to public history, based upon the relevant literature, research skills, and applied expertise in areas of professional concern. Available for MA, Public History Option students only; OR C.) Comprehensive Examination. Structured and supervised reading programs for MA candidates preparing for the History Comprehensive Examination.