Spring 2019 Course Catalog

History 101 Critical Thinking: Variable Topic

Critical Thinking: History, and Zombies  

Throughout the twentieth century, zombies have been one of our favorite scares. From films like Victor Halperin’s 1932 White Zombie to Marc Forster’s 2013 World War Z, from video games like Resident Evil to comic books like The Walking Dead, we have been fascinated by the reanimated dead. In many ways, what scares us tells us a lot about who we are. This class will ask the questions, “Why are we so frightened by zombies?” and “What does our fear of zombies tell us about ourselves?” We will look for answers in films, books, and other media, thinking critically about them and examining them primarily through the lenses of race, capitalism, and public health.

Fulfills GE A3- Critical Thinking Requirement

SF Studies SJ (Social Justice)

Lisy-Wagner: M/W 12:30-1:45

Critical Thinking: Dystopias:

For thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by dystopias or catastrophic and calamitous imaginings of the future.  We have used these dystopic visions to promote religious revelations, criticize and make sense of current conditions, and to create narratives that warn us off a certain historical path.  In every case, dystopias are firmly grounded in the historical moment in which they are created so they serve as revelatory documents as to that society found troublesome, unfair, or problematic. In this course, we are going to be examining multiple dystopias and using them as sources that allow us to think critically about specific historical periods and events. Our readings, assignments, and discussions will use dystopias to interrogate and analyze historical categories of analysis such as gender, race, class, and institutions.

Fulfills GE A3- Critical Thinking Requirement

SF Studies SJ (Social Justice)

Rodriguez M/W 2:00-3:15

History 114 World History to 1500CE

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

Arrieta: M/W 12:30-1:45,  W 4:00-6:45

History 115 World History since 1500CE

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

Behrooz: T/Thur. 11:00-12:15

                  Thur. 4:00-6:45

History 120 US History to Reconstruction

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

Leikin: T/Thur. 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15

Wolf: M/W 9:30-10:45

Englander: T/Thur. 2:00-3:15

History 121 US History since Reconstruction

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

Arrieta: M/W 9:30-10:45

               M 4:00-6:45

Leikin: T 4:00-6:45

Englander: T/Thur. 11:00-12:15

Viator: M/W 2:00-3:15

History 130 US History for FOREIGN STUDENTS

PREREQUISITE: Studied US History at a non-US high school.

This course covers the breadth of US History, starting with its European roots circa 1400-1600 CE and culminating with Roosevelt’s New Deal.  

Fulfills the following GE requirements: D-2 Lower Division, AI American Institutions US History

This course will NOT count towards the history major, nor will it count towards GE requirements for students who do not meet the prerequisites.

Germany: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

History 300 GWAR

PREREQUISITE: Successful Completion of ENGLISH 214.

Are you interested in how historians uncover historical documents and figure out what they mean?  Do you want to know how and why historical interpretations change over time?  Then join History 300 to learn the nuts and bolts of history research, analysis and writing.  This is where you'll learn all the secrets about being a real historian.

This course is required for all History Majors, who must pass with a C or better.  It cannot be taken CR/NC.

This course is the prerequisite for history Proseminars (HIST 640,642,644)

Hsu: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

Katz: M/W 11:00-12:15

          M/W 2:00-3:15

Pafford: W 4:00-6:45

History 303 Introduction to Oral and Public History: The Bay Area

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent; or consent of the instructor.

Utilization of oral history to explore the multifaceted dimensions of human experience in the history of the San Francisco Bay region, including ability and disability, gentrification and urban migration, community-building and contestations over race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US History.

Kudlick: Thur. 4:00-6:45

History 307 Monsters & Monstrosity: Historicizing Fear

This is NOT a history of monsters course.  This is a theory and methodology course through which you will develop the skills that will empower you to use monsters as an entry point to understanding moments of cultural significance.

We will be placing the monster historically, considering carefully questions such as:  What do our fears tell us about ourselves and others?  How are issues such as morality, sexuality, ethnicity, class, disability, or calamity expressed and dealt with through stories of monstrosity? What does our fascination with the violation of cultural norms and the order of nature say about our society?

Will we talk about vampires?  Absolutely.

Will we talk about ghosts? You betcha.

Will we be reading theory? Yes, but don’t let that scare you!

Fulfills the GE UD-C Arts and Humanities requirement.

SFStudies Global Perspectives (GP)

Majors may use this class towards the following areas of emphasis: US, Europe before 1500, Europe after 1500, Asia, or Africa

Kennedy: T/Thur. 11:00-12:15

History 313 Comparative History of Love and Sexuality

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it… Is it that simple? Do we all approach love and sex in the same way? This course will look at documents about love and sex in a variety of contexts – from different times, in different places, by a variety of people. We will be looking at a diversity of sources in order to examine what might be shared about this experience and what might be different in different contexts. Topics will include love and courtship, unions, sexual identity, prostitution, and pornography.

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

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP), Social Justice (SJ)

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis:  US, Europe pre 1500, Europe after 1500, or Gender, Sexuality, and the Body

Lisy-Wagner: M 4:00-6:45

History 315 History of Science from the Scientific Revolution to the Present

Europeans’ discovery of the Americas (which had, of course, long been known to indigenous Americans!), provided an epistemological shock to intellectuals throughout Europe. The Greek and Roman thinkers which provided the basis for Renaissance knowledge had not known about the Americas, had not even guessed at them. Over the course of the early modern period, experience became the most important source of knowledge, rather than ancient texts. The foundations of modern science were laid on this new and growing emphasis on experience and experiments as the sites of knowledge production. As industrialization began to take hold, the development of science and technology escalated. People began to understand their universe in ways incomprehensible to the natural philosophers of the early modern period, and with modern technologies began to exploit their world’s natural resources on an unprecedented scale. This course will start with what historians have (perhaps problematically) called the Scientific Revolution and follow the story through to the present day. The narrative will largely focus on scientific developments in Europe and the United States, but will strive to incorporate connections with Africa, Asia, and Latin America and to respect the scientific traditions in those regions. The course will also look at the symbiotic relationship between people and the environment, focusing both on the ways that humans impact their environment and the ways that the natural world impacts human events.

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

SF Studies Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP)

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis:  US, or Europe after 1500

Lisy-Wagner: M/W 9:30-10:45

History 323 Imperial Rome

The Roman Empire from the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.E. to the end of the Severan dynasty in 235 C.E. In addition to political and military developments, this course will focus on the demographic, technological, religious and social changes, which are characteristic of the later phases of classical antiquity.  The status of women, slaves and non-citizen populations will be extensively explored, and the interrelated nature of the larger Mediterranean world will be a special focus.
Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe before 1500, Empire and Imperialism

Campbell: M/W 12:30-1:45

History 334 The Renaissance

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.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe before 1500 and Europe after 1500

Rodriguez: W 4:00-6:45

History 342 The French Revolution and Napoleon

Heads roll in this action-packed class on the French Revolution and Napoleon.  Learn why everyone hated Marie Antoinette, why Louis XVI (among others) lost his head, how African slaves in the colonies liberated themselves, how French armies overran Europe in the name of liberty and fraternity, and how Napoleon “saved” the Revolution (or so he claimed). We’ll explore the many paradoxes of this period (slavery vs. liberty for all, natural rights vs. women’s “nature,” democracy vs. the guillotine, liberation vs. occupation) in order to witness the messy birth of modern political culture.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis Europe after 1500

Curtis: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

History 346 Recent European History

At the end of the 19th century, Europeans—through military, economic, political, and cultural power—seemed to dominate the globe and the future. Over the following hundred years, however, Europe became the central battlefield in three wars and saw its preeminence fade in the face of American ascendency, Russian power, and the diffusion of focus across the entire world. Amid these developments, Europeans became “modern” while struggling to come to terms with their past. We will explore the political, economic, and cultural aspects of European history over this period and find out what we can learn about great power(s) in decline.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe after 1500

Harris: T 4:00-6:45

History 349 Medieval Popular Beliefs

What do you get when you mix saints, vampires, ghosts, angels, and demons and add a dash of piety, ritual, and inquisition? The world's weirdest recipe?  A really bad novel? A political campaign? We are not sure either, but if you take Medieval Popular Beliefs you will learn how these things ingrained themselves into the medieval imagination and shaped how the people in the Middle Ages saw and understood the world around them.

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

Rodriguez: M 4:00-6:45

History 387 The Era of Globalization, 1968-2008

A survey of world history, 1968-2008, the era of Globalization in world politics and in the world economy.  Focus is on the wild reaction of elites to the wars and revolutions of the sixties.  We have to consider the oil shocks that completely reshaped the world’s money flows, the fall of the Soviet Bloc, the scramble for the spoils of Eurasia, the rise of revolutionary Islam in various forms, the emergence of new power centers in Russia and China, and the global economic crash of 2008.  Quite a wild ride.  Is it a prelude to world war three?  Usually globalism is described entirely in terms of economics and technology.  But I think ideas and power provide a more lucid story.  Time to demystify Globalization.  This is the world that has shaped our present and future.  Let us look it in the face, warts and all.

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: US, Europe after 1500, Asia

D’Agostino: Thur. 2:00-4:45      

History 400  History of Modern European Imperialism

This class is an introduction to the history of European Imperialism. In the course of the semester we will examine political, economic and cultural impact of European imperialism on the rest of the world. The course is divided into three parts. Part I is a survey of imperialism worldwide. This section is a basic survey of different European empires in the past five centuries. Part II focuses on a couple of important theories of imperialism from the early 20thcentury. Part III is a topical focus upon key themes—economy, violence, and migration—in the British Empire. 

This class will be conducted through a combination of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Your attendance is required and your participation expected.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe after 1500

Chekuri: T 4:00-6:45

History 418 Society and Politics in US History

Rebels, Resisters and Reformers. This course will examine several instances of rebellion, resistance and reform in American History. Subjects include Shay’s Rebellion, Slave resistance and rebellion, William Lloyd Garrison and the immediate abolitionists, the Knights of Labor, the formation of the CIO, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Feminist Movement. Each subject will be explored as a historiographical problem with in-depth reading of a variety of historians.

Fulfills the following GE requirement: American Institutions, US History,

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

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

Leikin: Thur. 4:00-6:45

History 424: The Era of the American Civil War

What were the causes, experiences, and consequences of the Civil War? The first part of the course will look at developments that led to the crisis of the union, including the expansion of the southern slave empire, northern anti-slavery and abolitionism, the Mexican War, and sectional conflict over the West. The second part will focus on the Civil War years, including military, political and social developments, the destruction of slave society, and the role of African Americans in their own emancipation. And the third part will examine Reconstruction, the meanings of freedom for African Americans, the post-war experiment in multi-racial democracy, and the historical legacy of the Civil War and its aftermath.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Postel: T/Thur. 11:00-12:15

History 427: The Roaring 20s, the Great Depression and Global War

Why did the United States enter the First World War and how did that change the country? Why did the “Roaring” 1920s give rise to the Harlem Renaissance and the 2nd Ku Klux Klan? What caused the Great Depression and how did Americans respond to economic collapse? How did the U.S. answer the rise of Nazism in Europe? Why did Japanese internment happen? What lay behind the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And to what extent do we still live under the shadows of these events? This course explores these and other questions about some of the most tumultuous years in the history of the U.S. and the world.

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

Postel: T/Thur. 2:00-3:15

History 450 The History of California

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, UD-D: Social Sciences

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

Sigmon: M/W 2:00-3:15

                W 6:00-6:45

Dreyfus: M 4:00-6:45

Livie: Online

History 451 Bay Area History and Society

Exploration of the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose, from a sociohistorical and global perspective. Exploration of various dimensions of the bay area's human and environmental composition and history, paying special attention to the built environment, immigration, globalization, race, and class.

Fulfills the following GE requirement: UD-D Social Science

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Haskaj: Online

History 461 US Foreign Relations 1913 – Present

In 1941, the publisher Henry Luce famously declared the 20th century to be “the first great American century.” Come learn how and why the United States became a superpower that has exerted its economic, cultural, military, and political influence all over the world

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Elkind: T/Thur. 11:00-12:15

History 465 American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present (Units: 3)

Effects of ethnic and race relations on American life from the closing of the frontier to the present: Russian Jews, American Irish, Mexican Americans, Japanese and African-Americans.

Fullfills the following GE requirements: U.S. History, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Global Perspectives, Social Justice

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Walker: M/W 12:30-1:45

History 469 American Childhoods: Past and Present

American childhoods through time and across cultures since the 17th century.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Corea: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

History 470 US Constitution to 1877

How did “we the people” create and maintain a new type of government amid revolutionary ideas and age-old disputes? How did we deal with human and political complications of slavery? We will play two historically-embedded live-action role-playing games to find out--‘from the inside’— what it was like to write and wrestle with the American Constitution. This class uses a game model system.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities, American Institutions US History, US Government and California State and Local Government

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

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

Harris: M/W 12:30-1:45

History 471 US Constitution since 1877

In the summer of 2016, Muslim American Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. soldier who had died in Afghanistan, famously asked Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump if he had even read the U.S. Constitution. In this class, students read the Constitution and study its history from the late nineteenth century to the present. We focus in particular on debates and discussions about the rights of immigrants, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, poor people, racial minorities, sexual and gender minorities, women, and workers

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities, American Institutions US History, US Government and California State and Local Government

SF Studies American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

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

Stein: T/Thur. 9:30-10:45

History 473 Unfree Labor in the Early US

What was American slavery like? How did it compare to other forms of bound labor such as servitude and apprenticeship? How did notions of race and gender shape the development of slavery, servitude, and apprenticeship? And how and why did "free labor"--meaning wage-based labor, or what some historians have referred to as capitalist labor relations--replace bound, "unfree" labor in the United States? We will work to answer these questions in this lecture-discussion course that covers the period from the 1600s to the Civil War.

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

Wolf: M/W 12:30-1:45

History 478: American Popular Culture History: Barnum to Reality TV

In this course, students will examine two centuries of American popular culture, from P.T. Barnum to reality TV. By exploring mass communication, consumer trends, technological innovation, and various forms of entertainment, students will uncover the role pop culture has played in American history, and how pop culture has helped shape small-'r' republicanism, individualism, identity, and community. Assignments will include a primary source-based essay, a midterm, and a final exam.

Fullfills the following GE requirements: U.S. History, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Viator: M/W 9:30-10:45

History 479 History and Literature of Baseball

Come see how US History is reflected in our favorite pastime, and how changes in capitalism, race relations, technology, and gender expectations have been reflected on the field of play.

Fulfills the GE UD-C Arts and Humanities requirement.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: US

Sigmon: M 4:00-6:45

History 485 History of Sexuality in the United States Since 1900

Examination of the history of sexuality in the United States since 1900, with emphasis on sexual desires, acts, identities, communities, and movements. Topics include the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, Trans, and straight cultures; sexual revolutions and counter-revolutions; and deployments of sexuality in times of peace, war, crisis, and change.  Sexuality’s relationships to class, gender, race, and (dis)ability will be explored, as will marriage, family, and reproduction; abortion, birth control, and sterilization; sex work and commercialized sex; free love, monogamy, and polyamory; obscenity, pornography, and sexual representation; sexual health and disease; sex education and sexual knowledge; sexual consent and violence; and the regulation and production of sexuality in society, culture, economy, politics, and law.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Justice and American Institutions: US History

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

Stein: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

History 490 The US and the World

If you’re interested in spies, political intrigue, nuclear anxiety, and psychological warfare, then this is the course for you.  We’ll examine both domestic and international developments during the Cold War, with a particular emphasis on intersections between decolonization and the superpower rivalry as well as the effects of the Cold War on American society.  This is a hybrid lecture-discussion course, and students will produce a research project on a topic of their choice related to the Cold War.

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: US, Europe after 1500, Asia

Elkind: T/Thur. 12:30-1:45

History 501 Latin America: The National Period

Latin America often gets a bad rap. How should we instead tell stories of Latin America’s history of hopefulness? How do we acknowledge the diverse energies Latin Americans brought to forging the political and cultural systems of their new nations as they emerged beginning in the early nineteenth century? For particular times and places they clarified what it meant to be a citizen. This course explores the similarities and differences of those experiences in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Latin America

Morrison: M/W 9:30-10:45

History 524 History of Mexico

In this course, students examine selected themes in Mexican politics, economics, and culture, from the Spanish conquest in 1521 to the present. The course focuses initially on the blending of Spanish and Indian civilizations, and the emergence of a Mexican identity from Mexico’s colonial period. Students then explore the process of nation-building after independence in the 19th century, and assess agrarian conflict and revolution in the 20th century. The state’s ascent as the dominant force in Mexican society, the peculiar nature of Mexico's "one-party democracy," and the exhaustion of such a system after the year 2000, are the main themes of the course’s second half.

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

Arrieta: M/W 2:00-3:15

History 569 Ancient Chinese Civilization

Prepare to be amazed by the rich array of heroes and antiheroes in the historical drama of ancient China. This course traces the evolution of Chinese civilization from the Neolithic through the end of the Tang dynasty, around 900. We will study the origin of Chinese civilization; the lives and thoughts of sagacious Confucians, care-free Taoists, Spartan Mohists, and Machiavellian Legalists; the unification of China by the tyrannical yet accomplished First Emperor of Qin; the rises and falls of subsequent dynasties Han, Six Dynasties, Sui, and Tang; the flowering of Buddhism; the opening of the legendary trade route Silk Road; and the formation of Chinese social and cultural tradition.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

SF Studies: Global Perspectives (GP)

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: China or Asia

Hsu: T/Thur. 9:30-10:45

History 572 Taiwan: History and Memory

Why is the small island nation (which is not even recognized as a nation) of Taiwan worth studying? Why does Taiwan rank higher in gender equality, happiness, and press freedom than China, Japan, and South Korea despite the lack of nation status and the constant military threats from People’s Republic of China? How has the relation between the United States and Taiwan changed in recent years? This course explores Taiwan’s colonial legacies, ethnic tensions, democratization, as well as social, cultural, economic, environmental, and international relations developments through a historical study of films and fiction that open a window on the tears and smiles of people who call Taiwan their home. .

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

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP) Environmental Sustainability (ES)

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: China or Asia

Hsu: T/Thur. 2:00-3:15

History 586 Bollywood and Beyond: Indian History Through Film 

Examination of Indian history since 1947 through Indian film. Introduction to modern Indian culture and society. Examination of films produced in each of the decades since 1947 to explore the changing political and social dynamics of India. The stories that are told through film capture everything from the dreams, desires, and fantasies of Indians to their complex political and social locations in an ever-changing society.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Asia

Chekuri: Online

History 600 Ancient Near East: Cities and Empires in Ancient Mesopotamia

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent.

History and culture of Ancient Mesopotamia from the Fourth Millennium B.C.E. through the creation and expansion of the Persian Empire in the First Millennium B.C.E.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe before 1500, Middle East

Campbell: M/W 8:00-9:15

History 605 Islamic World II:  1500 to the Present

This course is a study of Islamic civilization (the Middle East), history, and culture from the 1700 to the present.  It focuses on a core region (the area between Nile and Oxus rivers).  Topics for the first part of the course include politics and society in the 18th and 19th centuries, the impact of European imperialism on the region's economy and culture, the response of regional (especially Ottoman) reform movements.  Topics for the second half of the course include the transformation of empires into nation-states, the rise of Arab nationalism, Arab-Israeli conflict, and the history of Iran, particularly its two 20th century revolutions.  The course also seeks to explain the rise of political Islam in light of its historical context. 

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis:  Asia, Religion, or Middle East

Behrooz: T/Thur. 2:00-3:15

History 609 Approaches to the African Past

Working with language, physical evidence, images, oral testimony, and texts, we explore themes including the peopling of the continent, the construction of enduring societies, the experiences of colonialism and apartheid, the struggle for independence, and the quest for reconciliation and healing. 

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP),

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

Majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: Middle East

Morrison: M/W 2:00-3:15

History 611 Modern Africa

Pending

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

SF Studies: Global Perspectives

Hill: T/Thur. 2:00-3:15

 

PROSEMINARS:

HIST 640: Ancient Sexuality: From Egypt to Rome

Sexuality permeated nearly every aspect of the ancient Mediterranean World. It was present in religion, internal histories, and everyday life. It determined gender roles both within the household and in society at large, from the higher status held by women in ancient Egypt to the extreme misogyny found in Greece in Rome. It also helped define what was acknowledged as “appropriate” behavior for men and women. An important goal of this class is to have students move beyond the familiar and more comfortable understanding of sexuality that is embedded within our culture to understand ancient views of sexuality on their own terms. This will include the problematization of terminology, exploring the inadequacy of modern sexual categories with regard to antiquity. Students will be exposed to the problem through a variety of sources from Egypt, Greece, and Rome: primary sources (mythology, epistolary, historical, and literary – poetry and prose), secondary sources on these regions, and theory. The students will gain a broader understanding of the variable ways in which sexuality is expressed as well as specific points of comparison and contrast between Egypt, Greece, and Rome.​

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: Europe before 1500

Campbell: W 4:00-6:45

 

History 644 Black Atlantic

This course will explore how the connectivity of diverse cultures gave rise to something new and unique – the Black Atlantic. After a brief overview, four biographies of black individuals negotiating their inclusion respectively into Cuba, Brazil, the U.S. and Nigeria will be used to examine commonalities and differences of Black Atlantic experiences across place and time. These case studies range in time from the middle of the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century.

All history majors must complete a Proseminar with a grade of “C” or better. This course may not be taken CR/NC.

History majors may count this towards the following area of emphasis: US, Europe after 1500, Africa, Latin America

Morrison: M/W 11:00-12:15

History 644 History, Memory, and Justice

Should we tear down monuments to the Confederacy?  Should #Rhodes Fall in Africa and Britain? How do we memorialize the suffering of "comfort women" in the Pacific?  Should elementary school students study the California Missions? Should High School students be required or forbidden from learning about the Armenian Genocide? Who gets a mural on the Cesar Chavez building, and how do we decide? How do historians help answer these questions? Every historian (or historian-to-be) has to decide for themselves what their public role should be.  In this class, we will engage the issues of community-engaged and public history work, and you will complete an original work on the memory, commemoration, or public representation of an event from history -- any time, any place.  Suitable for students with any major area of emphasis.

Majors may count this course towards the following areas of emphasis: All 

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History 680 Archives or Historical Agency Internship

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent; major in history; and consent of department chair.

Internship with an archive or other historical agency. Development of knowledge, experience, and training in archival or historical agency work.

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History 690 Editing and Publishing the History Journal

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent, and HIST 300GW

Supervised experience in editing and production of an annual journal of research. Not applicable to major or minor fields in history. May be taken for a total of 4 units. (CR/NC grading only)

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History 697 Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent, and HIST 660 (may be taken concurrently), 

Tutorial leading to an honors project or thesis based on study of a topic. Topic to be determined by student and faculty member.

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