Summer 2017

Round One June 5, 2017 - July 7, 2017

History 114 World History to 1500CE  9-1 T/TH  Arrieta

This class will examine humanities first agricultural endeavors to the first great world empires of the Classical period, to the introduction of Islam on the world stage. Developments in every aspect of the human experience are contextualized and explored using a global perspective to explore the foundations of science, politics, law, and artistic expression.

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D1-Lower Division,

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

History 110 and 111 or History 114 and 115 are required to complete the History Major

History 115 World History since 1500 CE 1:15-5:15 Arrieta

The study of World History allows us to see how globalization took shape, how something as simple as a trade route also brought advances in technology, cultural exchange and understanding, the machines of war, and new religious and spiritual belief systems. Looking at our world beyond the “New World” and “Old World” paradigm allows us to see the depth and richness of the human experience, and to connect with cultures and our own past. 

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D1-Lower Division,

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

History 110 and 111 or History 114 and 115 are required to complete the History Major

History 334 The Renaissance  1:15-5:15  Rodriguez

What do you get when you cross unending warfare, catastrophic plagues, decaying institutions, and great art? Why, the Renaissance, of course. If that's not enough to interest you, we also have witches, religious upheaval, conflicted humanists, lost explorers, and nobles who accidentally set themselves on fire.

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: Europe before 1500 or Europe after 1500

Round Three July 10, 2017 - August 11, 2017

History 120: US History to Reconstruction 9:00-1:00 M/W Sigmon

The struggle is real! Learn how Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans vied for power in the "New World" and how gender, race, and wealth affected the social, cultural, and political development of America from the colonial period to the American Revolution, the Civil War, Native settlement and conquest, and Reconstruction. 

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D2-Lower Division, AI American Institutions, US History

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

Requirement for the History Major

History 121: US History since Reconstruction 1:15-5:15 M/W  Englander

The struggle continues! From picking up the pieces after the Civil War and expanding rights to a greater segment of the population, to entering the economic, political, and often embattled world stage, this class explores how America has become the country we know today.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: D2-Lower Division, AI American Institutions, US History

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

Requirement for the History Major

History 320 Classical Greece 1:15-5:15 T/TH  Campbell

Democracy, philosophy, togas – these are some of the hallmarks of ancient Greece. But these are only a part of what made early Greek society unique. In this class we will explore ancient Greece from the early Mycenaean kingdoms and their collapse to the resurgence of Greek power in the Archaic and Classical periods. The Greeks arose as a distant people in an already ancient world, both learning from and challenging older more established powers. Greek cultural and political developments resulted in a formidable people who alone could stand up to the power of the mighty Persian Empire. Their potential was only limited by their inability to work together – a fractiousness that resulted in civil war. In this class we will look at the political and social developments of the Greeks from their earliest historical period to the end of the Peloponnesian War, which ushered in the era of Alexander the Great. Numerous primary sources will be used to explore the ancient Greeks and how they saw themselves and the world which they inhabited.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: Europe before 1500

History 450 History of California 1:15-5:15 M/W  Sigmon

Time magazine once noted, “If America is the land where the world goes in search of miracles and redemption, California is the land where Americans go.” This survey course will explore the history of California, from its native past to its present, as both a geographical place and as an idea as laden with expectation as the American Promised Land itself. Topics will include indigenous cultures and pre-contact California; exploration and conquest; frontier labor, economies, and societies; water and agriculture; urban growth and decline; migration and immigration; gender, race, ethnicity, and citizenship; political cultures and trends; Hollywood and the popular culture industry; and the perpetual myth of California as the Promised Land, or “America’s America.”  

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  American Institutions, California State and Local Government

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: US 

History 620 Pirates and Piracy 9:00-1:00 T/TH  Campbell

We all can imagine a typical pirate  - tricorne hat, weathered but occasionally fancy clothes, swords, guns, perhaps an eye patch and even a hook for a hand or a piece of wood for a leg or a talking parrot on the shoulder. The pirate has, for many of us, been romanticized, mythologized, and in many ways sanitized. The true history of piracy goes back thousands of years and spans the entire globe. In this course we will explore the many manifestations of piracy throughout world history, from the ancient Mediterranean to modern Somalia. Some examples of piracy that will be explored in detail are: the Vitalienbrüder, the Barbary pirates, pirates and privateers in the Caribbean Sea, the pirate armies of China and many others. Through the use of primary source documents, including pirate trials from the 18th century, and the work of specialists on the topic, we will examine what motivated piracy and how we, as historians, can categorize piratical acts. Pirates are not just an issue of the past – they remain a current problem threatening maritime security. Only by studying the history of piracy we can begin to understand its current manifestations.

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: Europe before 1500, Europe after 1500, Africa, Asia, Middle East, India, Latin America,

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