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History Department 400-Level Courses

History 401 The Renaissance
Seminar examining the major figures and developments of the Renaissance. Use of primary sources and audiovisual materials to explore such themes as humanism, changes in the arts, political ideas and developments, the family and society. Emphasis on the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisite: HIST 300 or satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

History 402 The Reformation
Seminar examining the origins, course, and consequences of the religious reformation of the sixteenth century. Use of primary sources to explore the ideas and actions of the major figures of the age within the broader context of European societies. Prerequisite: HIST 300 or satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

History 404 Pagans and Christians in the Roman World
A seminar-style course for both undergraduate and graduate students, the course examines imperial Rome as a religious state, from its classical roots to the rise and success of Christianity. The emphasis of the course is on understanding religious life in Roman society, the principles and expressions of paganism, the early character and struggle of Christianity, its challenge to the Roman social order, and particularly its experience and development within the context of Roman society. The effect of Christianity on Rome, as well as classical Rome's role in shaping Christianity, will be explored. Primary documents and visual evidence are used extensively to explore these topics.

History 406 The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991
The October Revolution of 1917 and the struggles of the civil war brought to power in Moscow upon the rubble of the Russian empire a political party committed to the socialist transformation of society, culture, the economy, the world order, and individual human consciousness.  This course will explore the nature and significance of the Soviet experiment, the controversies to which it has given rise, and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped the formation, transformation, and ultimate collapse of both the Soviet system and the Soviet Union.

History 413: The Middle East in World History, 600-1453
This course covers the Middle East in world history from the birth of Islam in the early seventh century to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.  Using primary sources in translation the course will seek to bring to life several aspects of the region: its politics and society, scientific explorations, technological enterprises, cultural diversity, the pursuit of the creative arts, travel and spirituality.

History 421 Gender in East Asia
The evolution of sex and gender as they have been influenced by traditional thought systems and by social and economic developments over time. Topics include ideas about masculinity and felinity, division of labor, economic and legal status of women, marriage and dowry, sexuality and the female body.

History 422 Medieval and Early Modern Japan
The history of Japan from the earliest times to the beginning of the nineteenth century, focusing on religion, politics, economic development, social trends and elements of the history of ideas. The course also examines Japan's mythic tradition, culture and social structure and its interaction with mainland civilizations.

History 423 Modern Japan
All major aspects of Japanese history since 1800, including politics, economic trends, sociocultural and intellectual changes, and foreign relations. Important themes include the conflict between local and foreign ideologies, the socioeconomic roots of World War II from the Japanese perspective, the development of Japanese science and technology, and Japan's contemporary economic and political prominence.

History 424 Early and Medieval China
This course is a survey of the early history of China—the genesis of characteristic Chinese institutions and modes of thought from antiquity to the fall of the Tang dynasty (618-907).  Topics include the archeological origins, rise of textual traditions, development of political and economic institutions, philosophical debates, social structures, popular religion, and foreign relations.

History 425 China from 900 to 1800
This course examines the bureaucratic-gentry elite, the growth of urban centers, and the spread of print technology and its role in the dissemination of elite and popular cultures during the Song dynasty (960-1279); the Mongol conquest of China and its impact on native political institutions and cultural expression; the founding of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the reverberations of the sixteenth-century economic boom in the realms of social mobility, intellectual ferment, and gender norms; and the splendors and tensions of the multiethnic Qing dynasty (1644-1911) in the eighteenth century.

History 426 China since 1800
This course reviews the fall of the Qing dynasty, the impact of Western imperialism, reform efforts, the rise of Chinese nationalism, new political structures, World War II, and the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  The course then focuses on the PRC from 1949 to the present.  Topics include the Communist Party and the structure of the state, interpretations of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong thought, foreign relations, intellectuals and society, peasant life, human rights, and recent economic developments.

History 427 The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
An analysis of the nature and significance of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods and of their impact on the history of France and modern Europe.

History 433 Hitler's Germany
An analysis of German society and politics between the two world wars. Topics considered are the failure of democracy, the Nazi rise to power, Nazi social and cultural values, preparation for war, and the character of leadership.

History 436 Inter-American Relations
The evolution of the concept of an American Hemisphere and the role of the United States in Latin America.

History 440 Twentieth-Century U.S. Diplomatic History
An examination of the American world role from the 1890s to the 1970s.

History 441 Ancient Mexico
The development of Pre-Hispanic civilizations in Mexico from the Olmec to the Aztec.

History 442 Colonial Mexico
The historical evolution of Mexico from Pre-Columbian times through the coming of the Spaniards and the Colonial Period to the War of Independence.

History 443 Modern Mexico
The political, economic, social, and cultural development of the peoples of Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

History 445 The American West
This course focuses on the myth and reality of the American West. It covers colonization exploration, development, politics, geography, economics, and social and ethnic groups in the west. Special topics include Native Americans, the role of the federal government, and the emergence of the modern West.

History 446 History of the American Empire
This course examines the development and maturation of the American Empire.  Beginning with the founding fathers, American foreign policy makers have envisaged the United States as an empire.  This course traces the development of the American Empire from its first expansion into Native American lands, the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, the expansion across the North American continent, and the extension of an unique American empire into this hemisphere and eventually all regions of the world. 

History 453 Environmental History of the United States
The history of Americans and their environment. The course will focus on attitudes, policy, and concepts relating to the environment, from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on the conservation and environmental movements and the development of environmental law and policy.

History 454 Rebellion in America 1945-1970
This course examines cultural change in the United States after World War II, tracing the origins, growth and impact of the rejection of basic assumptions about American life, the ways in which that revolt was commercialized, and the accommodation of many of its ideas with mainstream values.  Major topics include the struggle for racial equality, the power of popular music, the “bohemianization” of popular culture, and the realities of Vietnam.

History 462 Women and Gender in the Modern Trans-Atlantic World
A comparative history of women in North America and Europe since 1700. The course investigates changes in the legal status, social roles, and behavior of women of different classes, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. It examines the rise of women's and feminist organizations with a focus on their impact on their societies, as well as their influences in Europe and across the Atlantic in North America. Major upheavals such as war, political revolutions, dictatorships and genocide and how they affected women will also be investigated.  GRE

History 464 The American South
This course examines the distinctive economic, social, political, and cultural history of the American South from the colonial era to the recent past.  The course will explore the South’s evolution from a society with slaves to a slave society, the changing relationship between white and black southerners, the development of Jim Crow segregation and disfranchisement, and change and resistance to change during Reconstruction, in the New South era, and during the Civil Rights Movement.

History 465 History of African-Americans to 1865
The history of black America during the era of slavery. Topics covered include African origins, the slave trade, slavery during the colonial and national periods, the Civil War and emancipation.

History 466 History of African-Americans Since 1865
The struggle for equality since the Civil War: reconstruction , the rise of Jim Crow, Black organizations, the Harlem Renaissance, Negroes in depression and war, the civil rights and black power era.

History 467 American Indian History
The history and culture of Native Americans north of Mexico, from the colonial period to the present.  The course will address cooperation and conflict in relations between Indians and Euro-Americans, as well as Native American cultural persistence and adaptation. GRE

History 468 Mexican-American History
A history of Mexican Americans from Spanish colonization to the recent past. Examines Indian and Spanish roots, the Mexican-American War and its consequences, the struggle for civil rights, and contributions to the development of the United States.

HIST 477 Special Topics (1-5)
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.

HIST 481 History of Southern Africa (5)
This course examines the political, economic, and social changes that occurred throughout southern Africa during this period, with particular attention to life before colonialism, slavery and the slave trade, the rise of African states, the impact of colonialism, resistance to colonialism, nationalism and independence, and the problems and prospects facing independent African states.

HIST 489 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units)
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.

HIST 490 Senior Seminar (6)
One of two options majors may select as the culminating course for the history degree, Senior Seminar explores the nature of the discipline, its many subfields, historiography, and methodology. Whereas Senior Seminar’s theme may vary with the instructor, the course regularly considers such topics as objectivity, types of historical writing, and the state of the discipline. Senior Seminar students undertake a lengthy research project that demonstrates their developed skills in gathering and analyzing evidence, incorporating the views of other historians, and communicating their findings in a clear and well-organized paper. Prerequisite: a “C” or better in HIST 300 or its equivalent and senior standing.

HIST 492 Seminar in Public History (6)
One of two options majors may select as the culminating course for the history degree, this course explore the application of historical research beyond the traditional academic setting. Topics include museums and historic sites, archives, historical organizations, government agencies, and business. The course will have a special focus on historic preservation and community history projects, and will include field trips and guest speakers from the public history field. Prerequisite: a “C” or better in HIST 300 or its equivalent and senior standing.

HIST 497 Cooperative Education (5)
The Cooperative Education program offers a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience is contracted by the Cooperative Education office on an individual basis, subject to approval by the department. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and the faculty liaison (or course instructor), working with the field supervisor. Students are expected to enroll in the course for at least two quarters. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading are the responsibility of the departmental faculty. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Department will determine application of credit.

HIST 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Admission with consent of department chair.