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History Department 300-Level Courses

History 300 Historical Writing
Advanced expository writing focusing on historical subjects; practical exercises in style, form, and argumentation; improvement of critical skills and powers of synthesis and analysis; historiography and historical research methods.Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in English 110 or its equivalent and upper-division standing.

History 301 Greece
A survey of the Greeks from the Bronze Age up through the conquests of Alexander the Great. Emphasis is placed on the reading of primary documents as a means of understanding the Greeks and their history. The Golden Age of Greece, the developments of democracy, Greek philosophy, religion, literature, and drama are explored, as are visual and archaeological evidence.

History 302 The Hellenistic Age and the Coming of Rome
From the conquests of Alexander the Great through the last days of the Roman Republic. A survey of Hellenistic philosophy, religion, literature, the arts, and politics is followed by an examination of Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean and the gradual disintegration of its cherished Republic, culminating in the death of Julius Caesar. Slides and primary works involve the student more closely in the study of Greco-Roman civilization.

History 303 The Roman Empire
From the last days of Rome's Republic and the establishment of the Empire under Augustus to the "Fall" of Rome in the West in the 5th c. A.D. The nature of Augustus' settlement, problems of political stability, the crisis of the 3rd c., recovery and collapse are explored, along with such topics as art, literature and religion, where special attention is given to the role of Christianity in the empire. Readings by contemporary writers, documents illustrating social history, and slides enhance the course.

History 304 Early Medieval Europe: AD 500-1100
A survey of Europe from the "Fall" of Rome up to the twelfth century. The course begins by focusing on the transformation of the ancient world and the question of the beginnings of medieval Europe, and concludes with a survey of the political and social climate at the dawn of the High Middle Ages. Primary documents cover such topics as feudalism, the spread of Christianity, struggles between church and government, and the Carolingian Renaissance. Contemporary documents and visual evidence are incorporated throughout the course.

History 305 Medieval Europe, 1100 to the Renaissance
European social, intellectual, economic, and political development from the dawn of the High Middle Ages ca 1100 to the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance.  Use of primary readings and audio-visual materials to explore such themes as economic recovery, the church and popular religiosity, the medieval synthesis, the arts, and the role of women.

History 306 Europe 1350-1648
Political, social, economic and cultural development of Europe from the Renaissance to the Peace of Westphalia. Primary readings and audio-visual materials are used to explore the Renaissance, the Reformation, the religious wars, commercial development, the scientific revolution, and the arts.

History 307 Europe 1648 to 1815
Political, social, economic and cultural development of Europe from the Peace of Westphalia to the Congress of Vienna. Primary readings and audio-visual materials are used to explore the Enlightenment, state-building, the French Revolution, the beginnings of industrialization, and the arts.

History 308 Europe 1815-1914
Political, social, economic and cultural development of Continental Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 309 Europe Since 1914
The European nations in two World Wars, use and character of totalitarian movements, social and economic development, new intellectual currents, and the revolt of Asia and Africa against European dominance. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 310 Modern France
Political, social, and cultural development of France from the Revolutionary era to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 311 Modern Germany
An examination of the social, cultural, and political background of Germany from the Failure of democracy to the rise of Fascism in nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 312 Modern Spain
Spanish history from the Spanish American War through the Civil War and Franco dictatorship to the contemporary period of constitutional monarchy. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

Interdisciplinary Studies 312 Plagues and Peoples: A Biohistorical Examination of Humans and Disease
This course, team-taught by a historian and a biologist, analyzes the relationship between pestilence and population, between humankind's historical achievements and its biological vulnerability, between history's most dramatic episodes and biology's most significant contributions.

History 313 Ireland Since 1800
Irish political, economic, social, and cultural history since the Act of Union with Great Britain. Ireland's transition from colonial status to independent republic will be the underlying theme of the course. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 315 England, 1485-1783
Political, economic, social, and constitutional development of the British Isles from the Tudor era to the end of the American Revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 316 England, 1783 to the Present
Political, economic, social, and constitutional development of modern Britain; and the role of Britain in modern European history. Prerequisite: HIST 102, 206, or equivalent.

History 325 The History of European Colonialism, 1500-1970
The development of European colonialism in modern history in terms of four major empires: the Dutch, English, French, and Spanish. One of the imperial powers will be used as a focus to be compared with the others. The course will examine voyages of discovery, conquest and settlement, imperial institutions, colonial reform, economic and cultural dependency, and decolonization.

HIST 327 History of African Colonial Independence
The history of African decolonization between 1922 and 1994, a process through which 54 new nations were born, resulting in the demise of imperial and settler colonies in Africa.   The course will examine the causes of African decolonization, the various factors that shaped it, its impact throughout the African continent, and the relationship of decolonization to freedom for the African peoples.

History 330 Historical Geography
An introduction to cultural geography and the adaptation of human societies to their environments across time. Using the framework of world history, major periods from early civilizations to contemporary societies are examined in relation to the significant regions of the world, emphasizing global connections.

History 340 Latin America
Latin American history from ancient origins through European colonial settlement to independent national societies. Emphasis twentieth-century political, economic, social cultural conflicts.

History 351 Colonial North America, 1492-1776
The age of discovery, the beginnings of European colonization, Puritanism, and the southern slave system. Political, social, and economic development of the Colonies to the outbreak of the American Revolution.

History 352 Revolutionary and Early North America, 1776-1828
Background and theory of the American Revolution. Politics under the Confederation and origins of the Federal Constitution. Origins of political parties and a national political life.

History 356 The Civil War Era, 1828-1877
A political, social, and economic history of the United States from the Age of Jackson to the end of Reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on the development of the North and South since 1828, the causes of the Civil War, the impact of the war itself on the nation, and the major consequences of Reconstruction.

History 357 Emergence of Industrial America, 1877-1917
A political, social and economic history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the entrance into World War I. Examines the responses of the American people and their institutions to rapid industrialization and social change in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

History 358 Rise to Globalism, 1917-1964
A political, social, and economic history of the United States as it moved through war and depression from being a world power to a superpower.

History 359 Recent America, 1960 - Present
A political, social, and economic history of the United States from the 1960's through the "Me Decade," the Reagan Revolution, the end of the Cold War, and down to the present.

History 370 Early California
An analytical investigation of major problems in California history: "civilization" and the mission system; secularization; the Bear Flag revolt; race, politics, and the Civil War; the anti-Chinese movement; railroad rule in government; Populism and the politics of discontent.

History 371 Modern California
An analytical investigation of major problems in modern California history: Progressives, reformers, and reactionaries; the status of agricultural labor; the depression and migration; the rise of Richard Nixon; the hippie movement; contemporary student rebellion; the organization of agricultural labor.