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History Department Lower-Division Courses

History 202: Western Civilization I

The cultural, political, social, economic, and intellectual development of Western civilization from its origins in the ancient Mediterranean world to the end of the European High Middle Ages.  Readings in the literature and audiovisual explorations of the arts of Western civilization supplement the lectures.

History 204: Western Civilization II
The cultural, political, social, economic, and intellectual development of Western civilization from the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the end of the Napoleonic era.  Readings in the literature and audiovisual explorations of the arts of Western civilization supplement the lectures.

History 206: Western Civilization III
The cultural, political, social, economic, and intellectual development of Western civilization from 1815 to the present.  Readings in the literature and audiovisual explorations of the arts of Western civilization supplement the lectures.

History 210: World History I
Explores the emergence of world civilizations and the development of religion, politics, economy, society, and culture in Mesopotamia, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Stresses the formation, maintenance, and collapse of individual societies and the encounters between people of different societies to the early modern period. (GE C3)

History 211: World History II
Examines the increasingly globalized and interconnected early modern world. Includes the most significant developments in political organization, economics, religion, and culture. (GE C3)

History 212: World History III
Traces the evolution of the "modern" world. Attention given to social, cultural, political, economic, demographic, and ecological implications of the growing interdependence between world regions. (GE C3)

History 222: Modern Pacific Asia
An introduction to the histories of the Asian countries on the Pacific rim. The course provides a chronological survey of the modern political and economic history of each country but emphasizes the history of international relations and trade, especially with the United States.

History 231: Survey of US History to 1865
The colonial foundations; political, economic, social and cultural developments in the emerging United States; the early agrarian republic; the Civil War.

History 232: Survey of US History Since 1865
Reconstruction; problems of an increasingly urban and industrialized society; the United States in World Affairs.

History 240: Survey of Latin American History
The evolution of Ibero-American societies from ancient Native American cultures through Spanish and Portuguese colonization to nineteenth and twentieth century nation-states.

History 250: History of Africa
A survey of African history from the Paleolithic era through classical and neo-classical Egypt; the Bantu dispersion and the Iron Age; the Islamic hegemony and the Sudanic empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay; European exploitation and the slave trade; colonization and partition; and the modern liberation and independence movements.

History 270: Survey of California History
This course offers a concise history of the state from the pre-Columbian period through the Spanish and Mexican periods to the early 1900's. It emphasizes social, economic and cultural change as well as the development of institutions and the uniqueness of California's environment, population and politics.

History 277: Special Topics in History
Group investigation of a specific era or topic with individual research work, papers, and/or examinations as the instructor may require. May be repeated for different course content.

History 289: Experiential Prior Learning
Evaluation and assessment of learning, which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus, experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to post-graduate students. Interested students should contact the department office.