Course Descriptions

HIST 100 History of Western Civilization I (3 units)

This course surveys the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean Region in the ancient, medieval and early modern eras. Topics include: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Hebrews, the Minoans, Greece, Rome, the development and spread of Christianity, Europe during the medieval, Renaissance and Reformation periods, and the Age of Exploration.

HIST 101 History of Western Civilization II (3 units)

This course explores the history of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present. The focus is on examining and analyzing the historical trajectories European societies followed out of the Middle Ages to the modern world. Topics include the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Age of Exploration and Conquest, the Atlantic exchange, absolutism, constitutionalism, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolution, industrialization, modern nationalism, imperialism, World War I, World War II, and post-war Europe. Intellectual, art, gender, and class history will be integrated throughout the course.

HIST 104 World History I (3 units)

This course explores the origins and development of diverse societies and civilizations of the world from the Paleolithic era through 1500. The focus of this class is on examining and analyzing the ways in which the world’s peoples and societies compare, connect and/or diverge. Broad themes and major turning points, such as migration, trade, state-building, the Neolithic Revolution, and the development of the first civilizations, lead us to raise questions about the nature of the human experience both past and present.

HIST 106 World History II (3 units)

This course explores diverse civilizations and societies of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas from 1500 to the present. The focus of this class is on examining and analyzing the ways in which the world’s peoples and societies compare, connect and/or diverge. Themes such as imperialism, industrialization, globalization, and the environment are examined, as well as cross-cutting global phenomena and ideas, such as race and racial difference, nationalism, and feminism.

HIST 201 U.S. History through 1877 (3 units)

This course explores U.S. history from pre-Columbian times to 1877. The focus is on the political, economic, social and cultural forces that have shaped the nation and the varied experiences and contributions of the diverse peoples of America. Topics covered include indigenous cultures, European colonization, the American Revolution, Constitution, American institutions, slavery and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIST 202 U.S. History from 1877 to the Present (3 units)

This course explores U.S. history from 1877 to the present day. The focus is on the political, economic, social and cultural forces that have shaped the modern nation and the varied experiences and contributions of the diverse peoples of America. Topics covered include the Gilded Age, “roaring 20s,” Great Depression, World Wars, the sixties, the Reagan era, the War on Terror and the Obama presidency.

HIST 242 African-American History (3 units)

Explores and analyzes the experiences of African Americans in U.S. history. Subjects include: African societies, the slave trade, the evolution of a race-based slave system in America, the evolution of African American culture, abolitionism, the Civil War and Reconstruction, segregation, the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement, and current issues.

HIST 245 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S. (3 units)

Historical introduction to race and the interconnected experiences of diverse racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups. Special attention is paid to the ways in which race and ethnicity have intersected with immigration, class, and gender to shape American institutions, social life, and identities over time. Grassroots struggles for liberation and justice, from early abolitionism to the Immigrant Rights and Black Lives Matter movements, are also examined.

HIST 246 History of Latinos in the U.S. (3 units)

Explores the history of Latinos in the United States from the pre-Columbian heritage to the present. Topics include, the formation of Latino/a communities and identities, including Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American and other communities; racial, gender and class differences; U.S. foreign and domestic policies and their impacts; the struggle for civil rights; Latino/a contributions to the development of the U.S.; and current issues.

HIST 247 Women in U.S. History (3 units)

Explores and analyzes the experiences of women in U.S. history. Topics include: women's rights, feminism, and the struggle to achieve equality; women's contributions to the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the United States; the impacts of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality on women's lives and identities; and current issues.

HIST 422 Modern Latin America (3 units)

This course explores and analyzes the history of Latin America from independence to the present. The focus is on the social, political, economic and cultural developments that make Latin America unique. Themes such as nation-building, neocolonialism, democracy and dictatorship, social revolution, African and indigenous cultures, women and gender, the Cold War, globalization and relations with the United States and the world are all considered.

HIST 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.