The Department of History and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. This major familiarizes the student with the political, economic, social, intellectual, and artistic experiences of peoples all over the world and develops personal skills of research, organization, writing, and analysis. It is excellent preparation for graduate study in law, education, and public administration.
The Department offers courses which may be applied toward the interdisciplinary minor in Justice and Peace.
Bachelor of Arts: History
|In addition to major requirements, students must meet Core Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements.|
|PS001||Introduction to American Government||3|
|PS002||Introduction to Comparative Government||3|
|United States History
Six units chosen from HY163A/B and HY170
Six units chosen from HY134A/B, HY150, and HY153
|Area Studies (Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle
Six units chosen from HY162, HY180, HY184, and HY190
|HY101||Methods and Methodology||3|
|HY101S||Statistical Software in Behavioral Science Research||1|
|HY197||Capstone: Versions of Utopia *||3|
|Upper-division History Electives||6|
| * (pending approval)
Total Major Requirements
|Other Degree Requirements*
and General Electives
* Other degree requirements include Core Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., Career Development, U.S. History).
| Total Unit Requirement
The distribution of units evenly among U.S., European, and Area Studies (6, 6, and 6) is only a recommended, not a required distribution. Because of the large number of general elective units available, the Department usually recommends a double major.
Minor Requirements: History
|PS001||Introduction to American Government||3|
|PS002||Introduction to Comparative Government||3|
|Upper-division units in History, approved by Department Chair||9|
In courses listed with both lower-division and upper-division, a separate syllabus is required for each. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
HY004A/104A Western Civilization (3)
Surveys Western Civilization from the prehistoric period to the Renaissance and Reformation. Not open to Freshmen.
HY004B/104B Western Civilization (3)
Surveys Western Civilization from the Renaissance to the contemporary world. HY104B requires permission of Department Chair. Not open to Freshmen.
HY007/107A World History [CDiv] (3)
A survey of main trends, events, and themes separating and uniting major civilizations from the prehistoric to Early Modern Era (1650 CE).
HY007B World History [CDiv] (3)
A survey of main trends, events, and themes separating and uniting major civilizations from the Early Moderan Era (1650 CE) to the present.
HY017 United States History (3)
Introduces American history and political institutions; especially designed for international students whose native language is not English.
HY101 Methods and Methodology (3)
Cross-listed with PS101. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY101S Statistical Software in Behavioral Science Research (1)
Prerequisite: MA102 or permission of instructor.
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in HY101 or PS101.
Cross-listed with PS101S. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY102 History of Western Culture (3)
Surveys the ideas, people, and movements that have shaped the modern western world. Does not satisfy an upper-division History requirement for History majors.
HY108 World History [CDiv] (3)
Gives a brief survey of major civilizations, their evolution, and mutual influence. This special course is designed for Intensive Liberal Studies students. Others may take it for credit as well.
HY118 History of Political and Social Thought (3)
Analyzes various political philosophies in their specific historic context. Cross-listed wMarch 28, 2012)
Surveys the intellectual history of the Western world from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Cross-listed with PS128.
HY134A/B History, Culture, and Language of France [CL] (3)
Cross-listed with CL134A/B and FR134A/B. See French listings for course description.
HY149T Teaching Assistant (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for outstanding history majors to earn credit for assisting instructors.
HY150 Nazi Germany (3)
Investigates the development of Nazism in Germany with special emphasis upon the historical/cultural roots in the 19th century as well as the personality of Adolf Hitler. Cross-listed with PS150.
HY152 Sex and Myth in History (3)
Surveys Western attitudes toward love and sexuality and their relationship to myth and religion from prehistoric times to present. Cross-listed with PS152.
HY153 Europe since World War II (3)
This course provides an overview of European history and politics since the end of WWII, using a narrative history, publications of international organizations, memoirs, films, novels, and essays. The course considers European societies as a whole, though also focuses on individual nations to illustrate specific developments. Recovery after the war, the Cold War, the collapse of communism, the emergence of supranational organizations and the development of the European Union, and the impact of globalization are among the topics covered in this course. Cross-listed with PS153.
HY156 Novels as History (3)
Explores the interplay between the "facts of fiction" and the "fiction of facts." Introduces some of the recent theories on reading novels as valuable and legitimate historical narrative. Selected novels, from different historical settings, are read and analyzed in light of these theories. Cross-listed with EN156 and PS156.
HY158 Modern Times (3)
Provides a panoramic history of political, social, and cultural developments in the 20th century world. Cross-listed with PS158.
HY159 History and Politics in Films (3)
Introduces some of the basic concepts and categories in film theory along with an exploration of how historical facts and narratives translate into cinematic images. Cross-listed with PS159.
HY162 Latin American Area Studies [CDiv] (3)
Reviews geography, history, and politics in light of colonialism and independence of the states of Latin America with emphasis on current international relations. Cross-listed with PS162.
HY163A American History, 1607-1877 (3)
Surveys American history from the colonial period to the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. Topics covered include the founding of colonies in the New World, social and economic change in the eighteenth century American colonies, the American Revolution and the making of the Constitution, politics in the early republic, territorial expansion, slavery, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Cross-listed with PS163A
HY163B American History, 1877-Present (3)
This survey of American history considers the nation's rise to industrial and economic preeminence in the world and the tumultuous social, cultural, political, and international changes of the "American century". Cross-listed with PS163B.
HY170 The Constitution (3)
Cross-listed with PS170. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY173 Political Psychology (3)
Cross-listed with PS173 and PY173. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY174 Gender and the Law [CDiv] (3)
Cross-listed with PS174. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY177 History and Politics of the Civil Rights Movement in the
United States [CDiv] (3)
Traces the history of the social and political movement for achieving justice and equality in the United States. Although the course's focal point is the struggle of African-American people to end racial injustice, it discusses a number of other movements, including women's rights, freedom of speech, environment, and labor, which together made the middle decades of the twentieth century the crucible for the emergence of a new vision for a more diverse and just United States. Cross-listed with PS177.
HY178 America's Ethnic History [CDiv] (3)
In contradistinction to other courses on U.S. History, this course explores the histories of subaltern racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. The course emphasizes the struggles of subaltern people to achieve a just solution to the American project of forging a nation out of diverse people. Cross-listed with PS178.
HY180 African Area Studies [CDiv] (3)
Surveys African events in the light of precolonial, colonial, and modern developments. Cross-listed with PS180.
HY181 Islam and the West [CDiv] (3)
Gives a brief survey of the encounters between Islam and the West in four periods: the early Age of Islam, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and the recent decades. Cross-listed with PS181 and RS181.
HY184 Asian Area Studies [CDiv] (3)
Cross-listed with PS184. See Political Science listings for course description.
HY189 California History (3)
Surveys California history and institutions. Meets state teaching credential requirement. Cross-listed with PS189.
HY190 Middle East Area Studies [CDiv] (3)
Studies the geography, history, politics, economics, and culture of the states of the Middle East with emphasis on Islam and its impact on the region; familiarizes the student with a key geopolitical region. Cross-listed with PS190.
HY190M Model Arab League [CDiv] (1)
Corequisite: HY190 or permission of the instructor.
Model Arab League (MAL), like its better known exemplar the Model UN, is an educational program aimed at educating students about the Arab world and the twenty two states that comprise the Arab League. MAL holds an annual event in a number of regions throughout the US. Students from each of the participating universities form a delegation representing one of the 22 Arab states in a three day assembly organized by MAL. In preparation for sending a delegation to this assembly, students study economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Arab country that they represent in that year's MAL event. Cross-listed with PS190M.
HY195 Special Topics in History (3)
Current issues or special courses may be offered periodically.
HY197 Capstone: Versions of Utopia (3)
Intended to be taken close to a student's graduation, this is a summative course in which students learn to synthesize their learning over the course of the program by means of articulating their own visions for a better society. Cross-listed with PS197.
HY199 Independent Study in History (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for independent study or research under the direction of an instructor. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures section on Independent Study.