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History

Courses - HIST Graduate Level

501. Theories and Methodologies of History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Development of history as a discipline, major schools of historical interpretation, and recent developments in analysis and theory. Emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships of history with orther disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. A minimum B grade is required to continue in the graduate program.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505./405. Classical Japan (3)

Japan from prehistory to the fifteenth century. Connections to other Asian cultures, the influence of Buddhism, and development of Japanese esthetics exemplified in literature and art; dynamics of centralized vs. regional power; civil vs. military authority.

510. Selected Topics in the Literature of History (3)

Reading and discussion of major works and intensive study of bibliography and bibliographical aids. Includes a comparative history component.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

  • A. Ancient and Medieval
  • B. Modern Europe
  • C. Modern Middle East (SW Asia)
  • D. Latin America
  • E. World
  • F. United States
  • G. Asia

512. Chinese Emigration and Migration in the Modern Period (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Examines Chinese emigration and internal migration since the seventeenth century, in Southeast Asia, the Americas and Oceania, and Europe. Explores factors that have shaped Chinese emigration and migration in the modern period, as well as impact on world history.
Letter grade only (A-F).

516. Central Asia and Afghanistan from the Mongol Era to WWI (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
An introductory survey of the history of change and continuity in Afghanistan and Turkistan (currently Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) during the Mongol Era of the Thirteenth Century and the World War I.
Letter grade only (A-F).

518. Central Asia and Afghanistan, Twentieth Century (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing.
Introductory survey of the history of change and continuity in Afghanistan and Turkistan (currently Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) during the Twentieth Century.
Letter grade only (A-F).

531./431. The Middle East (Southwest Asia), 600-1700 (3)

Explores political, cultural, social, and economic developments in the region: emergence of Islam; creation and development of Islamic Empire; rise of dynastic successor states and "gunpowder" empires; European encroachment; and, integration into the emerging world system.

532./432. The Middle East (Southwest Asia), 1700-Present (3)

Explores political, cultural, social, and economic developments in the region: Modernization and reform; problems and impact of modernity and imperialism; state building; nationalism; and, Islamic revivalism.

540./440. The Silk Roads (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 211 or 131 or consent of undergraduate/graduate advisor.
Examines the Silk Roads from the first century BCE to the end of the fifteenth century CE from a world historical perspective. Emphasis is on economic integration, cultural diffusion, exchange and syncretism, and comparative demographic and political development.

541. Mediterranean World (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Focus on pre-modern Mediterranean world up to geographical shift of political power and wealth to the Atlantic world with an emphasis on the exchange and interaction of peoples and ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

542./442. The Indian Ocean in World History (3)

Prerequisite:Graduate Standing
Examines the Indian Ocean from 600 CE to the nineteenth century from a world historical perspective. Emphasis is on how the Indian Ocean connected diverse regions, societies and polities, and facilitated the circulation and modification of commodities, cultural practices and ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

543. The Early Modern Atlantic World (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Examines early modern Atlantic from a world historical perspective with an emphasis on cultural encounter and exchange, environmental interaction, and comparative colonial development from early Iberian maritime expansion through the Atlantic revolutions and wars of independence.
Letter grade only (A-F).

550. Foucault and His Critics: Making A Social Body (3)

Examines Foucaultian texts and works of other theorists in historical context. Also explores the ways in which historians apply Foucault's theories to investigations of social and political reforms of Modern Europe, specifically the history of mass culture and citizenship.
Letter grade only (A-F).

560./460. Slavery in Latin America (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
Systems of forced labor in Latin America since European arrival; the slave trade; slavery in economic context; resistance and negotiation; plantations and urban slavery; skaves int the independence wars; manumission and slavery abolition; Afro-latino Americans post slavery.

565./465. Painting as Power: The Politics of Visual Culture in the Early Modern Spanish Empire (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
Explores the history of the Spanish Empire (Spain and Spanish America) ca. 1500-1800 through the politics of visual culture (paintings, maps, clothing, festivals, architecture.) Historical focus on the social, cultural, and political implications of visual culture. Emphasis on the connections between metropolitan and colonial culture and politics and reading visual culture as historical documentation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

568./468. Public Art, Monuments, and Memory (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements, Upper-division standing
HIstorical examination of the role of public art and monuments in shaping civic identity and public memory in the United States. Traces the creative qays that artists and citizens alike have challenged official representations of American history and culture.

577A./477A. American Cultural History (3)

Development of American way of life treated in terms of values, behavior and institutions, themes of individualism, community, ethnic diversity and social reform.
Letter grade only (A-F).

577B./477B. American Cultural History (3)

Development of American way of life treated in terms of values, behavior and institution, themes of individualism, community, ethnic diversity and social reform.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Selected Topics in Comparative History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Selected themes in history involving cross-cultural and comparative approaches.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes

592./492. Proseminar in World History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Discussion and analysis of recently published historical works and materials from a world history perspective.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

595. Special Preparation (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of Graduate Advisor.
Special preparation for the M.A. examinations under faculty direction.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

611. Seminars in Ancient and Medieval History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Selected topics in ancient or medieval history.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

631. Seminars in European History (including Britain and Russia) (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Directed reading and research in the political, economic, social and cultural history of Europe.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

663. Seminar in Latin American History (3)

Directed reading and research in history, focusing on selected topics in Latin American history.
May be repeated for a maximum of six units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

673. Seminars in United States History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
Topics in domestic or international affairs from colonial times to present.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

682. Seminars in Asian History (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of upper division Asian history or consent of instructor.
Selected topics in Asian history.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

695. Directed Readings (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Readings on an individual basis.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Research on an individual basis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-4)

Planning, preparation and completion of non-curricular work in history for the master's degree.