History Department 4000-Level Courses

HIST 4020 Public History (3)

This course explores 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.                       

HIST 4030 Archives and Special Collection (3)

This course will introduce students to the history, theory, principles, and management of archives and special collections. Topics will include an overview of the profession, selection and appraisal, arranging and describing materials, preservation/conservation, disaster planning, content management, digitization, and archival management.

HIST 4040 Oral History (3)

This course introduces students to the process and best practices of oral history. The skills emphasized in this course will include identifying interviewees, interview techniques, ethical and legal considerations, methods of preservation, digitization of materials, transcription, and public presentation of the finished product. Students will gain practical experience in project management and understanding of the issues related to documenting community history faced by public historians.         

HIST 4210 Citizenship and Civil Rights in the United States(3)

This course will examine the history of American citizenship and Civil Rights. The course will explore the context and ideological origins of the Republic’s foundational documents, and the meanings of concepts such as equality and citizenship as they have evolved in American history. The course will also examine significant episodes, movements, and court cases in United States history that have tested, redefined, broadened, or narrowed the meanings of citizenship rights and protections, and equality and freedom. Finally, the course will explore how concepts of equality in the United States have evolved from the recognition of equality before nature, to guarantees of equality before the law, and to beliefs in the promise of equality of opportunity. (War and Freedom/Americas).                 

HIST 4220 Mexican-American History (3)

This course explores the history of Mexican Americans from Indian, European, and African origins to the recent past. It will examine the historical heritage held in common by Mexican Americans as well as the diversity that exists within this group. It will also study the challenges that Mexican Americans have faced and the ways in which they have organized to combat these challenges. Finally, it will explore the intra-group tensions and conflicts that have arisen over the historical period of the course. (Identities/Americas).   

HIST 4230 African-American History (3)     

This course examines the history of African Americans from the colonial era to the recent past.  It will examine the historical experiences of African Americans and their changing status in American history.  These experiences include slavery, emancipation, gaining citizenship rights, segregation, and civil rights movements. (Identities/Americas)

HIST 4248 Film and Identity in History: (3)  

This course will provide a broad overview of cinema in the United States and explores the ways that films have constructed various versions of historical pasts. It will examines the ideological framework of films from the silent era through the 1990s. It will focuse on elements of historical thinking as they apply to film studies, while encouraging students to draw connections between historical events and filmic depictions of those events. In addition, it will explores the tension between films "about" an era and films "of" an era. This course will study film as a depiction of a past and as a text about the era when the film was made. (Identities/Americas)

HIST 4410 Gender in East Asia (3)   

This course examines the concept and representation of gender in China, Japan, and Korea.  We will analyze several major themes in East Asian gender history, which include (but are not limited to) the discrepancy between “traditional” norms and “reality” for men and women; women’s agency in social change; the diverse experiences among women and men of different ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and regions; conceptions of masculinity and femininity; the body and society; and the relationship between feminism and nationalism. (Asia/Identities)

HIST 4420 Japan’s Empire, 1895-1945 (3)   

This course examines the political, social, and economic development of Japan’s empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when much of the world’s territory was carved into a handful of colonial empires.  While Japan began as a victim of imperialism, it later became an aggressor.  We will explore the peculiarities of a non-Western, late-developing imperial power by looking at different aspects of the Japanese empire and imperial Japan, including imperial ideology, the political economy of empire, metropolitan and peripheral agents promoting expansionism, and the technologies of colonial rule.  By considering the Japanese case in comparative terms, we will gain a more nuanced understanding of Japanese imperialism and the history of modern Japan. (Empires/Asia)

HIST 4430 Nationalism in Modern Pacific (3)          
This course examines the rise and divergent outcomes of nationalist movements in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Pacific Asia. It begins with an overview of the traditional economic systems, political administration, culture, society, and thought of this region in order to gain a better understanding of the later interaction between selected Pacific Asian countries and western colonial powers. We then explore the impact of imperialism, modernization, and twentieth century conflicts on the development of nationalism, ultimate independence, and emerging democratic and communist governments. (War and Freedom/Asia)

HIST 4440 Citizen Shanghai: From Treaty (3)         

This course will examine the social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai as a lens through which to understand the making of urban China and its citizens’ modern identities.  Topics will include the formation of the city, commercial development, nationalism and social protest, labor organization, aspects of culture and criminal activity, and contemporary society. (Identities/Asia)

HIST 4510 History of Euro Empires 1500-2000 (3) 

This course will begin with an introduction to theories and definitions of imperialism and colonization, and a discussion of the motivations of, and explanations for, the European quest for colonies.  The course will then focus on one empire in particular, depending upon the instructor. The implications of imperialism for the rulers and their citizens, as well as the impact of conquest and colonization on those who were invaded, ruled and dominated will be examined.  Documents will be consulted which will reveal the voices of all those concerned with, and affected by, the imperial process. Formal and informal imperialism, the tools of imperialism, gender and imperialism, resistance to imperialism, decolonization and post-colonial societies will be among the topics covered in this course. May be repeated for credit if instructor and imperial focus are different. (Empires/Europe)

HIST 4528 Plagues and Public Health: Epidemiology and Society since 1800 (3)

Epidemiology is “the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.” This History course will survey the societal factors and events that influenced epidemiology’s development and will explore the cultural, political, religious, demographic, economic and ethical impact that public health agencies have had on an increasingly globalizing society from the 19th century to the present with occasional references to earlier periods. Prerequisites: Junior status or higher and either (1) complete JYDR or (2) co-requisite any JYDR course. Satisfies general education Quality of Life and upper division Area C.

HIST 4638 Building an Empire: A History (3)

This course explores the many ways that Rome built a state and then an empire, both geographically and materially. It examines how the Romans, from the creation of their famed republic to their expansion throughout the Mediterranean Sea, the Romans deeply influenced the West during roughly 1,000 years of existence. Beyond important political innovations, the Romans also built the infrastructure of a vast state. With an emphasis on Rome’s innovations and revolutionary ideas, this course will cover the breadth of its history, including the gradual spread of Christianity throughout the state. Contemporary documents, images, and film help highlight this fascinating history. (Empires/Mediterranean)

HIST 4640 Pagans and Christians in the Roman World (3)

This seminar examines the integral role of religion in ancient Rome, from its earliest history through the rise and success of Christianity in Rome’s Mediterranean empire. The course emphasizes an understanding of the religious life of the ancient Romans, the principles and expressions of “paganism,” the early character and struggles of Christianity, its challenge to the Roman social and political order,  and particularly its experience and development within the context of Roman society. The effect of Christianity on Rome, as well as classical influences on Christianity, will be explored. Primary documents and visual sources are used extensively to explore these topics. (Identities/Mediterranean)

HIST 4670 The Ottoman Empire (3)

This course covers the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to the birth of the secular Republic of Turkey in 1923. The course will pay particular attention to imperial relations with the neighbors, its economy and society, and gender issues in the context of orientalism. It will also consider the Ottoman Empire’s global legacy in architecture, culture, the culinary and calligraphic arts, and Sufism. (Africa/Middle East/Empires).

HIST 4770 Special Topics (3)

Focused study of a particular period or theme in history. The specific topic will be determined by the instructor. 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 4800 Independent Research (3)

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply historical methods and skills in a supervised independent research project. Prerequisites: HIST 3008, 15 units of upper-division History course work, and consent of supervising instructor. May be repeated for up to 3 units total. Students will be expected to present their research at a student research competition, undergraduate conference or other public forum, history department student symposium, or submission to a journal.           

HIST 4860 Applied History (3)

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply their historical skills and their knowledge of the discipline in an internship or service learning experience in libraries, archives, museums, corporations, or other public agencies. Prerequisite: Fifteen units of upper-division History coursework and consent of supervising faculty instructor. Credit/No Credit.

HIST 4908 Senior Seminar (3)          

The required capstone course for students pursuing the BA in History, Senior Seminar explores the nature of the discipline, its many subfields, historiography, and methodology. 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 historical 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 3008 or its equivalent and senior standing.