History Department Lower-Division Courses

HIST 1218 Survey of US History to 1877 (3)            

Examines the political, social, cultural, and economic development of the United States to 1877, from the colonial period through Reconstruction. The colonial foundations; political, economic, social and cultural developments in the emerging United States; the early agrarian republic; the Civil War and Reconstruction.           

HIST 1228 Survey of US History Since 1865 (3)       

Examines the political, social, cultural, and economic development of the United States since 1865, from the end of the Civil War to the present. The end of the Civil War; Reconstruction; problems of an increasingly urban and industrialized society; the United States in world affairs.

HIST 1418 World History, Pre-History to 1500 (3)  

This course explores human creativity in the formation of world civilizations, including religion, politics, economy, society, and culture in Mesopotamia, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe from ancient times to about 1500, or the beginning of Europe’s global expansion. It stresses individual and social innovations and discoveries as humans shaped their societies and encountered other peoples.  

HIST 1428 World History, Since 1500 CE (3)          

An examination of the evolution and revolutions of the modern world, from ca 1500 CE, the beginnings of European scientific innovation and global expansion, to the post-Cold War era. The course will examine the ways in which the revolutionary processes of modernization--scientific revolution, industrialization, human rights movements, imperialism, expanding global trade, industrialized warfare, national and social revolutions, nuclear proliferation, Cold War polarization, de-colonization, and international debt--have transformed the world’s diverse civilizations.

HIST 2000 Historian's Craft (3)        

The Historian's Craft is an introductory course that teaches students about historical methods, historical inquiry, and historiography. Students will practice interpreting and integrating primary source documents into historical narratives, critically analyzing secondary sources, critiquing documentary films and/or historical films, and evaluating digital history web sites, and developing skills framing historical questions and focused research topics. Students will also learn how to find and use sources, form historical arguments using sources, and organize and present research in oral and written form.

HIST 2100: Introduction to California History (3)

An overview of California geography; the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods; the rise of California to prominence in the twentieth century.  Designed to serve the needs of students in the Liberal Studies program.