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History Department Courses

Note: There are no prerequisites for any History Department courses, however it is recommended students earn a “C” or “CR” grade or higher in English 110 or equivalent or ESL 119.

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History 100 Early World History 3 Units
A historical survey of civilizations from ancient times to 1500 C.E. with particular focus on Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Indian Subcontinent, Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and Oceania. Emphasis placed on the origins, development and interconnections of diverse cultures, political systems, social/cultural forces, major religions, noted empires, artistic/intellectual achievements and technological breakthroughs.
History 101 Modern World History 3 Units
A survey of world history from 1500 to the present with particular focus on modern Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. Emphasis will be placed on the origins of maritime exploration, artistic/intellectual movements, revolutions, nationalism, empires, technological breakthroughs, industrialization, imperialism, world wars, totalitarianism, decolonization and economic globalization.
History 103 Twentieth Century World History 3 Units
A global historical survey of the political, social, economic and cultural events that defined and shaped the 20th century. Particular emphasis includes height of European imperialism, First World War, rise of totalitarian regimes, Second World War, Cold War, decolonization and the rise of nation-states, genocides and civil wars, revolutions in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Middle East conflict, fall of the Soviet bloc, social and intellectual movements, scientific and technological breakthroughs, and economic globalization.
History 105 Early Western Civilization 3 Units
A historical survey tracing the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual events that have shaped and defined Western Civilization from ancient times to 1650. Emphasis is placed upon ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, eastern Mediterranean civilizations, pre and classical Greece, Hellenistic era, Roman civilization and empire, rise of Christianity and Islam, Byzantine Empire, medieval Europe, Renaissance and Reformation.
History 106 Early American History 3 Units
A historical survey tracing the political, social, and cultural events that have shaped and created the United States from pre-Columbian times to 1877. Emphasis is placed upon pre-Columbian past, European contact during Age of Exploration, colonial America, American Revolution, Constitutional and Federalist Era, Jeffersonian democracy, Jacksonian Era, Old South and slavery, Age of Reform, antebellum society, westward expansion, sectional crisis, American Civil War and Reconstruction. The course also explores the origin and development of significant American institutions, ideals, thought, constitutional features and various social and ideological struggles.
History 109 Modern American History 3 Units
A historical survey tracing the political, social, and cultural events that have developed and transformed the United States from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is placed upon Reconstruction, Big Business, Industrialization, Labor, Immigration, Native American Wars, Westward/Frontier Expansion, Gilded Age, Overseas Colonial Expansion, Progressive Era, World War I, Roaring 20s, Depression Era, World War II, Cold War, 1950s and 1960s, Civil Rights Movement, social and political movements/protests, late 20th and early 21st century domestic and international events. The course also explores the creation of significant modern American institutions, ideals, thought, ideologies and legal/constitutional features.
History 113 American Military History 3 units
This course introduces the student to military history of the United States from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on institutional, technological, social, political, cultural, and diplomatic contexts in times of peace and conflict. Major themes and coverage of noted wars will focus on three periods: colonial, continental expansion, and overseas expansion.
History 114 Comparative History of the Early Americas 3 Units
The Americas from ancient times to the nineteenth century. Emphasis on ancient American civilizations and the interactions among Native American, European, and African American cultures in the formation of new nations. The social, political, and cultural developments of the early United States, Latin America and Canada and their political systems.
History 115 Comparative History of the Modern Americas 3 Units
A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the modern Americas. Emphasis on interactions among Native American, European, and African American cultures and the social, political, and economic transformations of the modern United States, Latin America and Canada from the early nineteenth century to the present.
History 118 U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives I 3 Units
his course is designed to explore the role and development of the Mexican/Chicano/Chicana people in the history of the Southwest United States. An examination of significant aspects of United States history with emphasis on the social, economic, political and cultural implications to Mexican/Chicano/Chicana people in the United States. Beginning with pre-Columbian Mexico to the end of the 19th century, selected aspects of history will be highlighted for the purpose of examining the experiences and contributions of this unique indigenous ethnic group. The Federal Constitution is studied with special emphasis on the impact and effects on the Mexican/Chicano/Chicana ethnic group. Particular attention is given to political philosophies and impact of legislation on the Mexican/Chicano/Chicana community.
History 119 U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives II 3 Units
This course is designed to explore the role and development of the Chicano/Chicana people in the history of the Southwest United States. An examination of significant aspects of United States history with emphasis on the social, economic, political and cultural implications to Chicano/Chicana people in the United States. Beginning with the 19th century to the present period, selected aspects of history will be highlighted for the purpose of examining the experiences and contributions of this unique indigenous ethnic group. The Federal Constitution is studied with special emphasis on the impact and effects on the Chicano/Chicana ethnic group. Particular attention is given to political philosophies and impact of legislation on the Chicano/Chicana community.
History 122 Women in Early American History 3 Units
This course covers the social, political, cultural, economic and intellectual development of women in United States history from pre-European contact to 1877. Women’s experiences are placed in the context of the origins of American institutions and ideals.
History 123 Women in Modern American History 3 Units
This course covers the social, political, cultural, economic and intellectual development of women in United States history from 1877 to the present. Women’s experiences are placed in the context of evolving American institutions.
History 124 History of California 3 Units
Survey of the political, social, and economic development of the State of California from pre-Columbian Native Americans to the present. Emphasis upon European exploration and interaction with California’s Native Americans, Spanish colonization, Mexican California, statehood, late 19th century, pre-WWI Progressive Era, 1910s and 1920s, Depression Era, WWII, Post-WWII era, 1960s to the 1990s, and early 21st century. Course will also include a unit of study in California State and local government.
History 126 History of Mexico 3 Units
A general survey of the history of Mexico from its pre-conquest origins to the twenty-first century. Emphasis on the Toltec, the Maya, the Aztec and other native societies; the conquest; the interactions among Native, Spanish and African cultures; colonial society; independence; the Mexican Revolution; industrialization; urbanization; globalization; and the development of modern Mexico. Particular attention will be given to the social, political, economic and cultural transformation of Mexico across five centuries.
History 130 U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives I 3 Units
An historical survey of the indigenous people throughout the North American Continent from the earliest recorded knowledge to the period of 1850. Attention will be given to Indian perspectives of native and nonnative cultures. The influence of American Indians on the Federal Constitution and the political philosophies of early Americans will be studied. Indian political organization and its parallels and differences in early American political organizations and philosophies are studied. Particular attention is given to legislation and its impact on Indian culture and society.
History 131 U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives II 3 Units
An historical survey of the indigenous peoples of the North American Continent from the period of 1850 to the present. Attention will be given to contemporary, historical, political, and socio-economic issues affecting the American Indian nationwide, statewide and locally. Indian perspectives of native and nonnative cultures will be included. The Federal and State Constitutions are studied with special emphasis on the effects on the influence of the Indian culture and society. Particular attention is given to political philosophies and the impact of legislation and its impact on Indian culture and society.
History 135 Ancient Civilizations 3 Units
A historical survey tracing the political, social, intellectual and cultural events of the ancient civilizations within the Near East and Mediterranean basin from 3500 B.C.E. to 500 C.E. This course will focus on the contributions and achievements of civilizations within Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Asia Minor, the Levant, Crete, Greece, North Africa, and Rome and their significance in shaping Western Civilization. Further emphasis will be placed upon their political systems, religion, philosophy, science/technology, laws, role of women, and arts/literature.
History 136 Survey Medieval History 3 Units
A historical survey tracing the political, social, economic, intellectual, religious and cultural events that occurred during Europe’s medieval period c. 500-1500 C.E. The course begins with the decline of the Western Roman Empire and then focuses upon rise of Germanic kingdoms, role of the papacy, monasticism, establishment of Christendom, Carolingian Empire, feudalism, Vikings, England, German States, Eastern Europe, Muslim invasions, Crusades, Black Death, medieval philosophy and science, art and literature, role of women, gender and sexuality, and the demise of medieval era and birth of modern Europe. The course also explores the creation of significant lasting institutions, ideas, and thought from the medieval era that remains part of the present-day Western world.
History 137 History of East Asia 3 Units
A historical survey of China and Japan from prehistory to modern times. Emphasis on their comparative and intertwining histories with particular attention to historical origins, political institutions, social/economic structures, religious/philosophical beliefs, literary/cultural achievements, technological/scientific contributions, interactions with Korea and the West, participation in major wars, and current geopolitical status and power.
History 148 Emergence of the Modern Middle East 3 Units
A historical survey exploring the events leading to the creation and emergence of the modern Middle East. Ranging from the 7th century to the present, the course includes the origin and spread of Islam, Islamic dynasties and civilizations, Crusades, Ottoman Empire, Persia/Iran, interactions with and colonization by Western powers, rise of 20th century independent nation-states, creation of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 20th century wars and conflicts, famous political/religious leaders, intellectual/scientific accomplishments, and artistic/literary works.
History 154 Early History of Women in World Civilization 3 Units
This course covers the transnational/global concepts of gender, social, economic, political, cultural and intellectual/creative aspects of women in world society from prehistoric times to the early modern era (1500 C.E.). Societal structures, cultural norms, legal/sociological constructs, religious paradigms affecting women throughout Asia, Africa, Middle East, the Americas and Europe will be explored. The course will also focus upon gaining an understanding of women's past accomplishments, both major and mundane, as well as limitations, which may illuminate their present and future.
History 155 Modern History of Women in World Civilization 3 Units
This course covers the transnational/global concepts of gender, social, economic, political, cultural and intellectual/creative aspects of women in world society from 1500 C.E. to the present. Societal structures, cultural norms, legal/sociological constructs, religious paradigms affecting women throughout modern Asia, Africa, Middle East, the Americas and Europe will be explored. The course will also focus upon gaining an understanding of women's past accomplishments, both major and mundane, as well as limitations, which may illuminate their present and future.
History 180 U.S. History: Black Perspectives I 3 Units
A survey of United States history from colonial times to the American Civil War seen from the perspective and experiences of African-Americans. The course will begin with examining the historical backdrop of African peoples in continental Africa and the trace their story through early modern European contact, the slave trade, enslavement in the Americas, colonial America, the revolutionary and Constitutional era, the early Republic, participation in American institutions, sectional issues between North and South over slavery, the Civil War and emancipation. Course will also examine the contradictions, paradoxes and constitutional challenges of the American experiment of freedom alongside the institution of slavery. The course also explores the political, social, economic, legalistic, cultural, spiritual, literary and artistic life of African-Americans during this historical period.
History 181 U.S. History: Black Perspectives II 3 Units
A survey of United States history from Reconstruction to the present seen from the perspective and experience of African-Americans. The course begins with examining the historical backdrop of the Civil War’s aftermath and the emancipation of slaves and then traces the African-American experience through modern American history. Topics include Reconstruction, Jim Crow South, late 19th century, pre-WWI and the Progressive Era, WWI and the Roaring 20s, Depression Era, WWII and the home front, post-WWII era and segregation, Civil Rights Era, struggles of the 1960s and 1970s, and current times. Course also explores the contradictions, paradoxes and constitutional challenges, both federal and state, of the American experiment of equality alongside racial segregation and injustices. The course also explores the political, social, economic, legalistic, cultural, spiritual, literary and artistic life of African-Americans during modern American history.
History 194 Community Service Learning Experience 1 Unit
Community Service Learning Experience (CSLE) is a community outreach program which promotes the national agenda of volunteer engagement. The purpose is to provide students an opportunity to expand their citizenship consciousness while exploring options and careers in a selected area of study. This course include placement in a community based historical site, archives, museum, institute, research library or with K-12 history/social studies students.
History 199 Special Studies or Projects in History 1-3 Units
Individual study, research or projects in the field of history under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content and unit credit to be determined by student/instructor conferences and/or division. May be repeated for a maximum of nine units.
History 299 Selected Topics in History 1-3 Units
Selected topics in history not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Division of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences and International Programs in relation to community/student need(s) and/or available staff. May be offered as a seminar or lecture class.
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