HIST 110. World History to 1500 (3)
Introduction to major developments in world history from the emergence of complex societies until 1500 c.e. Examines processes of social, cultural, political and economic change throughout this period and emphasizes comparisons of and interconnections between, major world civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 111. World History Since 1500 (3)
An introduction to the major developments in world history from 1500 to the present. The course examines the processes of social, cultural, economic and political change throughout this period and emphasizes the production of global cultures and reactions to them. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 145. African Civilization to Modern Times (3)
Introduction to the history of the societies of sub-Saharan Africa. (Cross-listed with AFRS 171.)
HIST 150. Western Civilization to 1500 (3)
An introduction to the major topics, themes, literature and dreams of Western Civilization, from its ancient origins to the early modern era. (Available for General Education, C2 Humanities.)
HIST 151. Western Civilization since 1500 (3)
An introduction to major social, political, intellectual and cultural developments in modern Western Civilization from the Renaissance to the present. (Available for General Education, C2 Humanities.)
HIST 161. The History of Latin America from Pre-Columbian Times to Today (3)
Learn about the important historical contributions made by indigenous peoples, Africans, Europeans, and immigrants from all over the globe to the rich history of what comes to be known as Latin America. Explore the history of the Maya, Mexica, and Inca civilizations. Understand the violent encounters between indigenous peoples and Europeans; the rise of independent states; the revolutions that rocked Haiti, Mexico, and Cuba; and the most pressing issues facing Latin America today. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)
HIST 185. Middle East from 600CE to the Present (3)
Explore the historical development of various regions from North Africa to Southwest Asia. Examine milestones in the history of this part of the world including the emergence of Islam, Abbasid culture, the Mongol conquests, gunpowder empires, European imperialism, and the rise of modern Middle Eastern states. Understand the diversity of experiences that continue to shape these areas into the present. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.)
HIST 192. History of Modern East Asia (3)
A survey of major developments in the history of East Asia from 1800 to the present. Focuses on political, economic, social and cultural transformations in China and Japan during this time period, with some attention to related developments in Korea and Vietnam. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)
HIST 196A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in History (3)
Selected topics in history with course content to be determined.
HIST 210. A History of the Jewish People (3)
Study of the Jewish people from their beginnings in the ancient Near East to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. (Cross-listed with JS 210.) (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.)
HIST 270. The United States to 1865 (3)
Survey of the political and social development of the U.S. through the Civil War. (Available for General Education, D2 American History, Institutions and Ideals.)
HIST 271. The United States Since 1865 (3)
Survey of the political and social development of the U.S. since the Civil War. (Available for General Education, D2 American History, Institutions and Ideals.)
HIST 296A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in History (3)
Selected topics in History with course content to be determined.
HIST 301. The Historian’s Craft: Reading, Research and Writing History (3)
Introduction to the search for and criticism of historical sources, the issues and controversies concerning the interpretation of these sources, “schools” of historical interpretation, organizing the materials and data of research, and the rewards and pitfalls of historical writing. Normally open only to History majors and Liberal Studies majors with a History concentration. History majors must pass this course with a grade of “C” or better in order to graduate.
HIST 303. Themes in Western Civilization Before 1500 (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Intended to introduce upper division students to the concepts and unresolved problems that have shaped the development of Western Civilization prior to 1500. (Available for General Education, C2 Humanities.)
HIST 304. Themes in Western Civilization After 1500 (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Themes in the institutional, political, socioeconomic and cultural development of Western Civilization since 1500. (Available for General Education, C2 Humanities.)
HIST 305. Cultural History of the United States (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. American people’s evolving patterns of life in such areas as religion, education, art, architecture and music, reading matter, sports, travel, family life, and, in recent times, motion pictures, radio and television. Emphasis is placed on the values and implications revealed by the range and popularity of cultural choices. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 341. Modern Europe Since the French Revolution (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Explore important developments in the history of Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. Investigate social and political unrest, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, the World Wars, and the construction of the European Union. Understand the forces that have brought Europe together and torn it apart. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 342. The World Since 1945 (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. This course examines the Cold War and its international aftermath, decolonization, revolutionary movements, national development across a variety of cases and trends in the global economy. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 345. War in History and Film (3)
Movies, images, and texts have historically shaped popular support for and opposition to war, created heroic figures, reinforced ideals of gender and race, and promoted nations and nationalism. Develop a critical understanding of historical perceptions of war by analyzing film, history, and literature.
HIST 349A. Women in American History Through 1848 (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of women’s roles and status through 1848. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)
HIST 349B. Women in American History Since 1848 (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of women’s roles and status since 1848. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)
HIST 350. History of Women (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Roles and contributions of women from ancient times to the present. Special emphasis is given to the development of women’s movements from the 18th century to the present. (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 366. Popular Culture and Society in Latin America (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. This course will offer students the opportunity to explore and understand the complexities of Latin American societies in the 19th and 20th centuries through the historical analysis of different forms of popular culture, defined broadly as those religious, artistic, athletic and political expressions arising from different segments of society. (Available for General Education, E Lifelong Learning.) (IC)
HIST 369. History of American Indians (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Interaction of white and Indian, as well as Indian and Indian, in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. (Available for General Education, F Comparative Cultural Studies.)
HIST 370. Questions in American History to the Civil War (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examine American history from early indigenous societies to the U.S. Civil War. Learn about Native American cultures, European and African migrations, and regional patterns of settlement. Understand the development of slavery, democracy, women’s rights, capitalism, and westward expansion. (Available for General Education, D2 American History, Institutions and Ideals.) (IC)
HIST 371. Questions in American History Since the Civil War (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Deepen your understanding of modern American history by delving into issues such as immigration, migration, urbanization, and suburbanization. Examine social movements and civil rights from Reconstruction to the twenty-first century. Investigate political and economic tensions in America and the rise of the U.S. as a global superpower. (Available for General Education, D2 American History, Institutions and Ideals.) (IC)
HIST 374. Hollywood and History (3)
Explores the relationship of classic Hollywood movies to the political, social and cultural history of 20th century America. By placing each film in its historical context and examining it as a primary source, students will learn to evaluate the extent to which American movies have expressed or challenged the dominant political themes and social and cultural values of a particular historical era.
HIST 380. Los Angeles: Past, Present, Future (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Multidisciplinary investigation of the Los Angeles urban area—its patterns of population and resources distribution; its historical, economic, social and cultural developments; and policies models designed to cope with its problems—and to develop its potential as an ethnically diverse metropolis on the Pacific Rim. Application of social science methodology. Series of faculty and guest speakers, weekly discussion sessions and field trips. (Cross-listed with POLS 380 and URBS 380.) (Available for General Education, D1 Social Sciences.)
HIST 396A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in History (3)
Selected topics in history with course content to be determined.
HIST 409. History of the Jews in the Modern Era (3)
A history of the Jewish people from the 17th century to the present. Principal themes include the transformation of the traditional community, the changes in Jews’ political status, the emergence of modern anti-Semitism, and ethnic and gender distinctions within Jewry. (Cross-listed with JS 409.)
HIST 409A-Z. Historical Field-Study (3)
Prerequisites: HIST 301; Completion of lower division survey courses. Historical study conducted off-campus at historical locations in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. This course augments previous classroom work by immersing students in the topic’s environment. Fee required.
HIST 410. The Ancient Greek World (3)
Discover the history of the Greeks from Athenian democracy to the conquests of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture from the Mediterranean to central Asia. Hone your critical thinking skills through encounters with Socrates, Plato, and the earliest historians Herodotus and Thucydides.
HIST 411. Rome from Republic to Empire (3)
Trace the history of Rome from its mythic origins, to a resilient republic, to an empire that stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia. Understand what it meant to be a citizen of Rome. Explore the tensions between rich and poor, the might of the Roman legions, and the many debates about Rome’s decline.
HIST 415. The Byzantine World (3)
Byzantine history and civilization, from the founding of Constantinople in 324 A.D. to the Turkish conquest in 1453.
HIST 417. California for Educators (3)
Prerequisite: Available to Liberal Studies, Pre-Credential and ITEP students. Examination of California, focusing on its political, social and economic growth, its settlement, its population patterns, resource exploitation and human-environment interaction. Spatial and temporal variation of these factors is emphasized. (Cross-listed with GEOG 417.)
HIST 420. Medieval Europe (3)
Political and institutional history of Europe in the Middle Ages. (Credit may not be received for both 420 and 320.)
HIST 424. A History of the Medieval Middle East, 600-1258 (3)
Preparatory: HIST 185. This course will trace the development of religion, government, culture and society in the Middle East in the Early Islamic period (600-1258 CE). This course will first focus on Islamic conceptions of religion, law and government. It will then examine the effect that these conceptions had on the Muslim community and on the communities of conquered peoples in the Middle East during this period. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 425. History of the Early Modern Middle East (3)
Recommended Preparatory: HIST 185. This course will trace the history of the Early Modern Middle East from the Mongol destruction of Baghdad in 1258 to the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1798. It will focus on political events, but there also will be substantial discussions of cultural, economic and social history. The aftermath of the Mongol invasions and the rise and development of the Gunpowder Empires, including the Mamluks, Ottomans, il-Khans and Safavids, will be emphasized. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of these empires and the cultures that developed under their control with each other and with non-Middle Eastern states and cultures. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 426. A History of the Modern Middle East 1798-1979 (3)
Preparatory: HIST 185. This course will trace the development of religion, government, culture and society in the Middle East in the modern period (1798-1979 CE). This course is designed to be an investigation of different perspectives on the history of the Middle East from 1789, the date of Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, until roughly the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The focus of this class will be on individual and collective reactions to the dramatic changes happening during this period. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 427. Israel’s History and Peoples (3)
A history of the modern State of Israel, from the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism to the present time. The conflicts between Jews, Palestinians, and imperial and regional powers will be examined, as well as the relations between the diverse peoples that constitute Israel’s multicultural, multireligious, and multinational society. (Cross-listed with JS 427.)
HIST 428. History of the British Empire (3)
At its height, the British Empire was the largest empire in the history of the world. Explore the causes and consequences of British imperialism from its origins in Ireland and North America to its spectacular collapse in Asia and Africa. Learn about the American Revolution from the British point of view, the growth and abolition of slavery, the opium trade, the British Raj in India, and the rise of anti-colonial leaders including Gandhi.
HIST 429. History of Chocolate: Commodities in World Exchanges (3)
Recommended Preparatory: HIST 301. This course explores the history of chocolate with an emphasis on the impact and meaning that cacao and chocolate have had on societies around the world from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. Class discussions will focus on the production and consumption of cacao and chocolate as a means to uncover larger historical processes such as indigenous pre-Columbian societies, the Columbian exchange, the expansion of global capitalism, slavery, industrialization, and post-colonialism. From this survey of chocolate in history, students will gain a greater understanding of how a crop has influenced, and is influenced by myriad historical processes.
HIST 433. Public History (3)
Introduction to the theory, history and practice of public history (the presentation and interpretation of history for the general public). Available for graduate credit.
HIST 434. European Colonialism (3)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Examines the expansion, consolidation, management, disintegration and consequences of the modern European empires, focusing on the ambiguities of identity produced by the encounter between European, American, African and Middle Eastern and cultures. Topics include such cultural constructions as cannibalism, exoticism, orientalism, primitivism, racism and tourism.
HIST 435. African History to the 19th Century (3)
History of the societies of sub-Saharan Africa from the early Iron Age to the 19th century.
HIST 436. Africa, Africans, and the World Since the Slave Trade (3)
Most of Africa was controlled by Africans until the Scramble for Africa. Explore how Africans confronted European imperialism and how the ensuing struggle reshaped the continent. Understand how Africans responded to this challenge, as Ethiopians and Liberians, for example, maintained their independence and by contrast the Congolese and South Africans confronted economic exploitation and settler colonialism. Investigate the political systems that emerged at the end of the colonial period, the challenges and crises that independent countries have faced, and the place of Africa in today’s world.
HIST 441. History of World War II (3)
Study of World War II as a watershed experience in modern history, with coverage of the European and Pacific theatres of war, diplomatic strategies, and the impact of the war on the domestic scene.
HIST 444. Renaissance and Reformation (3)
Learn about the Italian Renaissance, the spread of European humanism, popular belief and witchcraft, the Protestant Reformation, the Wars of Religion, and the Scientific Revolution.
HIST 446. 19th Century Europe (3)
Investigate major transformations in European history from Napoleon to the First World War. Learn about the Industrial Revolution; the emergence of liberalism, socialism, and nationalism; the spread of imperialism; changing gender roles; and the rise of a consumer society.
HIST 449. Russia to 1917 (3)
Russian History covering the beginnings during the Kievan period and Muscovy to the establishment of the Romanov dynasty, Imperial Russia and the October Revolution in 1917. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 450. Russia Since 1917 (3)
Starting with the collapse of Imperial Russia and the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the course examines the Soviet period in Russian history, including industrialization, Stalinism, the Great Patriotic War, the USSR as a superpower and the demise of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 453. Modern Britain (3)
Chronological and thematic survey of social, political, cultural, economic and intellectual developments in Britain from 1688 to the present. From world power status to national decline, this course covers such topics as industrialization, political reform, sex and gender roles, the impact of war, and the tensions of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society.
HIST 456. Modern France (3)
Review of French social, cultural, economic, military and political history from the fall of Napoleon to end of the Cold War. Examines in detail the social turmoil caused by France’s many revolutions and major wars during the period. Special emphasis on the effect of class and social conflict on its modern history.
HIST 457. Modern Germany (3)
German social and political development since the time of the French Revolution.
HIST 461. Latin America: The Colonial Period (3)
Formation of the Spanish and Portuguese empires in Latin America, tracing the development of society, government and culture.
HIST 462. 19th Century Latin America (3)
Examination of the struggle for independence and the social, political and economic development of Latin American nations from 1810 to 1914.
HIST 463. 20th Century Latin America (3)
Study of Latin American history since 1914, with emphasis on the impact of modernization upon the traditional order, efforts toward inter-American understanding, and greater interaction with the contemporary world.
HIST 465. The Caribbean Area Since 1492 (3)
Changing role of the Caribbean area in the affairs of Europe, Anglo-America and Latin America, and the development of the region as a unique political, social and economic community.
HIST 466. Mexico (3)
Internal development of Mexico and how it has affected hemispheric and world affairs. Special attention is devoted to Mexico’s interaction with the U.S.
HIST 468. Social and Intellectual History of Latin America (3)
Study of the principal elements and trends in Latin American Civilization, with emphasis on society, the humanities and philosophy.
HIST 470. The United States: The Colonial Period (3)
Origins and development of the 13 American colonies, from the beginning of settlement to the end of the French and Indian War.
HIST 471. American Revolution and Constitution, 1763-1800 (3)
Development of an American nation, from the start of revolutionary activity to the end of Federalist control.
HIST 472. The United States: The Era of Expansion, 1800-1848 (3)
Growth of the nation from the election of Jefferson through the age of Jackson to the completion of continental expansion at the end of the Mexican War.
HIST 473A. The United States: Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Social, economic and political origins of sectionalism; the Civil War and its legacy to later generations.
HIST 473B. The United States: 1877-1920 (3)
Interpretive survey of the political, cultural, diplomatic and social history of the U.S. during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through World War I.
HIST 474A. The United States: 1920-1960 (3)
Interpretive survey of the political, cultural, diplomatic and social history of the U.S. from the end of World War I through the election of John F. Kennedy.
HIST 474B. The United States: 1960-Present (3)
Interpretive survey of the political, cultural, diplomatic and social history of the recent and contemporary U.S. from the election of John F. Kennedy to the present.
HIST 475. Women in Modern United States History: 1920-Present (3)
Study of the roles, status and contributions of women in the U.S. from 1920 to the present.
HIST 476. Youth Culture in the 20th Century United States (3)
Examines the phenomenon of “youth culture” as it evolved in the United States during the 20th century. In surveying the experiences of young people from a variety of racial, economic, regional and ethnic backgrounds, it will explore how America’s youth have helped shape both the nation’s political and popular cultures. The course also will focus on how adults have sought to keep various social forces from “corrupting” their children and how young people have responded to their elders’ efforts.
HIST 479B. U.S. Economic History Since 1865 (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate students must have instructor’s consent. Recommended Corequisite: ECON 300. Examines the growth and development of the U.S. economy from the end of the Civil War to the present. Among the themes to be considered are the relationship between the state and the private sector in a free market economy; the rise of big business and corporate capitalism during the Gilded Age; efforts to come to terms with the new industrial economy on the part of government, individuals and such special interest groups as farmers, labor and small business; the origins, effects and economic legacy of the Great Depression and the New Deal; the impact of the Cold War on the U.S. economy; and the social and economic impact of deindustrialization and globalization. Available for graduate credit.
HIST 481. The American West Since 1848 (3)
Settlement of the last American frontiers from 1848 to 1890 and the evolution of the modern Far West as a distinctly important region during the 20th century.
HIST 485. Diplomatic History of the United States Since 1914 (3)
Analysis of the U.S. foreign policies since 1914, with emphasis on the origins, nature and results of America’s involvement in the World Wars, the Cold War and global international affairs since the 1950s.
HIST 486A. History of Los Angeles (3)
Evolution of the metropolis of Los Angeles from pre-Spanish days to the present.
HIST 488. California (3)
Political, economic, social and intellectual growth of California from Spanish times to the present, with emphasis on current characteristics and problems.
HIST 489. A History of the African-American People in the United States (3)
Examination of basic themes and issues in the history of the African-American people in the U.S. and the relevance of those themes and issues to the patterns of today.
HIST 490. Traditional China (3)
Study of political, economic and social history of China from antiquity to the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644.
HIST 491A. Modern China (3)
Survey of political, economic and social history of China from the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 to the Republican Revolution of 1911, with special emphasis on early Manchu success, China’s response to the impact of the West and the Manchu decline.
HIST 491B. The Rise of Communist China (3)
Historical analysis of the Chinese Communist movement from its inception to the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with special emphasis on Mao Tse-tung’s early revolutionary thought and strategy.
HIST 493. Modern Japan (3)
Analysis of domestic and international political developments and cultural evolution from the last days of feudalism through the modern century of the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods.
HIST 494SOC. Internship Program (3)
Pre-professional practicum in a history-based field, open to History major and minors with 3.0 GPA.
HIST 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in History (3)
Selected topics in history with course content to be determined.
HIST 497A-Z. Proseminar (3)
General principles of historical research, with application to specific areas of history and historiography. Grade of “C” or better is required to receive credit for this course.
HIST 498. Tutorial in History (1-3)
Reading and discussion in a specific field or on a specific topic in a small group. May be repeated: 6 units maximum. Grade of “C” or better is required to receive credit for this course.
HIST 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)
HIST 505. Archival Theory and Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Introductory course on the essentials of archival administration. Topics include archival theory, the history of archives in the U.S., the development of collecting policies, techniques for preserving historical materials and arrangement and description of collections.
HIST 506. The Archival Profession (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Topics include management of archival programs, automated archival systems, budgeting, space facilities planning, career opportunities, grant writing, and historic preservation and fundraising.
HIST 508. Practicum in Archival Administration (3)
Prerequisites: HIST 505; Graduate standing or instructor consent. Application of the theory of archival administration, including collection, preservation, arrangement and exhibition of historic materials. Students may complete the practicum at one of several sites, including the Urban and Old China Hands Archives at the CSUN University Library, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Natchez Mississippi Courthouse Record Project.
HIST 510. Colloquium in Greek and Hellenistic History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Covers historiographical writings on important developments in Greek and Hellenistic history from the Bronze Age through the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars and the trial of Socrates, and concludes with a discussion of Hellenistic Greece and the influence of Greek culture in the broader Mediterranean world.
HIST 511. Colloquium in Roman History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Directed historiographical readings and discussion focusing on Roman history from the Republic through the fall of the Empire.
HIST 531. Colloquium in Modern World History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Designed for students who will one day teach world history, as well as those who are interested in trans-national, trans-regional integrative history. Provides a practical and theoretical approach to world history since 1500 by exploring the vibrant and volatile debate over “The Rise of The West.” Topics include industrialization, imperialism, global trade, environmental change, military technology, migration and slavery, and the role of culture in economic development.
HIST 541. Colloquium in Modern European History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Survey of major historiographical debates in modern European history, including the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of bourgeois society, nationalism, imperialism and the First and Second World Wars.
HIST 545. Colloquium in the History of the Middle East (3)
Prerequisite: HIST 185. Recommended Preparatory: HIST 424 and 426. This course is an examination of major themes in Middle Eastern history from the Arab/Islamic conquest to the present. Possible topics include examinations of cultural, economic, intellectual, religious and social history. The course will underscore historiography and the effect of modern political debates on the history of the region. Readings will include major scholarly works and primary sources in translation.
HIST 546. The Holocaust and Genocide for Educators (3)
An overview of the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of varied resources for educators, including film, photographs, literature, art, music, documents and other primary source materials. (Cross-listed with JS 546.)
HIST 562. Colloquium in Latin American Social and Economic History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Focuses on the relationship between economic change and social structures in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. By the end of the semester, students will have achieved an understanding of the social and economic events that combined to produce the societies and nations that constitute Latin America today. Emphasis on critical reading, in-depth class discussions and the ability to present written analyses of the covered material. Major themes may include pre-Colombian civilizations, slavery, Latin America and the world economy, growth and development, inequality, import substitution industrialization, neo-liberalism and globalization.
HIST 563. Colloquium in Latin American Political, Institutional and Military History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Examines the historical evolution of the political and institutional structure in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. By the end of the semester, students have achieved an understanding of the political development of the Latin American states within a broad social and economic context. Emphasis on critical reading, in-depth class discussions and the ability to present written analyses of the covered material. Major themes may include colonial institutions, caudillismo, oligarchic regimes, U.S. interventions, revolution and reform, populism, armed forces in politics, dictatorships and return to democracy, and political neo-liberalism.
HIST 570. The American Revolution (3)
This course will help students come to terms with the late 18th century imperial crisis that brought about the rise of the independent U.S. Readings and discussions will focus on the origins, progress and results of the American Revolution.
HIST 572. Colloquium in 19th Century U.S. History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Examination of the major social, economic, political and cultural themes in the U.S. during the 19th century. Topics include the industrial, market and transportation revolutions; slavery; the Civil War and its aftermath; the rise of the (urban) middle class; the frontier and territorial expansion; and the cultural life of Victorian America.
HIST 574. Colloquium in Recent U.S. History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Directed historiographical readings surveying major political, social, cultural and economic trends in the U.S. from 1832 to the present. Topics include the Great Depression, World War II, anti-communism, the origins of the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, student unrest, Vietnam, and the Reagan years.
HIST 577. Colloquium in U.S. Social and Intellectual History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Directed readings focusing on selected topics in the social and intellectual history of the U.S.
HIST 585. Colloquium in U.S. Southern History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Readings in history of the American South from the colonial era through modern times, with special emphasis on issues of regional identity, class and race relations, slavery, popular culture, regional politics and the continuity of southern culture.
HIST 586. Colloquium in U.S. Women and Gender History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Directed readings on selected topics in the history of women and gender in American society from colonial times to the present.
HIST 594. History Internship Program (3)
Places M.A. students in pre-professional internship positions in public, nonprofit, advocacy, and commercial institutions where they earn credit in a directed program of applied field study. Interested students should contact the History Department’s internship coordinator in advance of the semester in which the internship will be undertaken. Available to students enrolled in the History M.A. program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
HIST 595A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses (3)
HIST 596A-Z. Selected Topics (3)
HIST 601. Theory and Historiography (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Sophisticated, graduate-level introduction to history as a discipline. Surveys the development of history as a discipline, examines the various genres of historical writing, explores issues and problems of historical interpretation, and considers the how historians use theoretical models from other disciplines to shape their work. Readings include seminal works by major historians.
HIST 610. Research Seminar in Ancient Greek History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Focus on ancient Greek history from Solon to Demosthenes. Topics include Athenian democracy, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, Sparta, social and intellectual history, Greek historians and modern historiography.
HIST 612. Research Seminar in the Roman Empire (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Seminar on the Roman Empire from the Julio-Claudians to the fall of the empire in the West. Topics include social, political and intellectual history, the rise of Christianity, the transformation of the empire, theories about the fall of Rome and studies of individual historians of the period.
HIST 630. Research Seminar in World History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. In addition to discussing the methodological issues involved in studying and researching world history, each student writes an original, primary source-based research paper on a topic in world history that is trans-national, regional or comparative in focus.
HIST 641. Research Seminar in Modern European History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Research seminar concentrating on selected topics in European history since the French Revolution.
HIST 660. Research Seminar in Latin American History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Research seminar concentrating on topics in the history of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Students will conduct an in-depth examination employing original (primary) sources on a specific problem or issue in the history of Latin America.
HIST 671. Research Seminar in Colonial American History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Research seminar concentrating on selected topics in American history prior to the American Revolution.
HIST 673. Research Seminar in the Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Research seminar concentrating on selected topics in the history of the Civil War and its immediate aftermath.
HIST 674. Research Seminar in Recent U.S. History (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Research seminar concentrating on the U.S. in the 1980s. Students focus on a specific topic within this period or closely related to it that is suitable for primary-source research that can be done at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, the CSUN University Library or other local archives. The main requirement is the preparation of a seminar paper of approximately 25 pages in length.
HIST 681. Research Seminar in the U.S. West (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Students conduct an in-depth examination employing original (primary) sources relating to a problem or issue in the history of the U.S. West.
HIST 692A-Z. Selected Topics in Research (3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Graduate Research Seminar in Selected Topics. Students read selected scholarship on the topic indicated and write an original research paper using primary and secondary sources. Successful papers may be developed and revised in HIST 698D: Graduate Culminating Project.
HIST 694. Practicum for Teaching Assistants (3-3)
Prerequisite: Classified standing. Working under the close supervision of departmental faculty and assigned to a specific undergraduate History course, students gain experience in creating assignments, grading papers and exams, leading discussion and review sessions, and giving lectures. Students have the opportunity to discuss issues and problems in teaching. May be repeated once for credit.
HIST 695A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses (3)
HIST 697. Comprehensive Examinations (3)
This course consists of two written examinations taken during or following the semester in which students complete all their other requirements for the degree, including 30 units of coursework. Students may register for this course only once.
HIST 698. Thesis (3)
Students may enroll after they have completed 30 units of coursework and had their formal program approved. Students work on their thesis and take the written Proficiency Exam in their second area of study. Students have a 2-year limit in which to finish their thesis from the time they enroll in this course.
HIST 698D. Graduate Culminating Project (3)
Prerequisites: HIST 601 and two Graduate Level History Research Seminars. This culminating graduate course requires students to demonstrate their mastery of the historian’s craft. Students will revise an existing research paper that they produced in one of their graduate research seminar classes and transform it into a piece that could be submitted as a conference paper, a scholarly writing sample, and/or an article for publication. Students will prepare a cogent twenty-minute oral presentation of their work. This course is to be taken in the student’s final semester
HIST 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)