HST Course Descriptions
HST1000 World History I [CDiv] (3)
A survey of main trends, events, and themes separating and uniting major civilizations from the prehistoric to Early Modern Era (1650 CE).
HST1010 World History II [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.
HST1020 United States History (3)
Introduces American history and political institutions; especially designed for international students whose native language is not English.
HST1999 Independent Study in Political Science (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for individual study or research under the direction of an instructor. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures section on Independent Study.
HST2000 World History I [CDiv] (3)
A survey of main trends, events, and themes separating and uniting major civilizations from the prehistoric to Early Modern Era (1650 CE). The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
HST2010 World History II [CDiv] (3)
A survey of main trends, events, and themes separating and uniting major civilizations from the Early Modern Era (1650 CE) to the present. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
HST2020 World History [CDiv] (3)
Gives a brief survey of major civilizations, their evolution, and mutual influence. This special course is designed for Professional Studies students. Others may take it for credit as well.
HST2100 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.
HST2110 History of Political and Social Thought (3)
Analyzes various political philosophies in their specific historic context.
HST2120 Modern Western Thought (3)
Surveys the intellectual history of the Western world from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
HST2130 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.
HST2200 History, Culture, and Language of France I [CL] (3)
Surveys French history and culture from its origins in Gaul to the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century. Topics include politics, literature, art, and daily life. Taught in English with a French component. Included also is an introduction to basic French. Satisfies a French Studies Minor requirement and a History/Western Culture requirement.
HST2210 History, Culture, and Language of France II [CL] (3)
A continuation of HST2200 from the French Revolution to the present. Taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a French Studies Minor requirement and a History/Western Culture requirement.
HST2220 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.
HST2230 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.
HST2300 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.
HST2310 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".
HST2320 Modern America, 1932-Present (3)
Causes and results of the Great Depression, World War II, and Cold War; growth in the role of government; the liberal consensus; the Vietnam War; the struggles to expand the promise of America; Watergate; and the conservative revival are included in this class.
HST2330 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.
HST2340 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.
HST2350 California History (3)
Surveys California history and institutions. Meets state teaching credential requirement.
HST2400 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.
HST2410 Modern Times (3)
Provides a panoramic history of political, social, and cultural developments in the 20th century world.
HST2420 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.
HST2430 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. Fulfills three units of the Relision and Spirituality requirement.
HST2440 Environmental History/Environmental Justice (4)
This class approaches contemporary environmental issues-ecological degradation to global warming, resource depletion to sustainability-by considering their historical antecedents. Grounded, then, in environmental history, mostly but not exclusively in the United States, it also examines the various contemporary struggles for environmental justice and the challenge of re-imagining a world less dependent on fossil fuels and less wasteful of its natural resources. Students are responsible for at least fifteen hours of community-based learning per semester or one hour per week. Students will be allowed to choose a particular area of interest and participate in the community in some way exploring that interest.
HST2880 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.
HST2886 Special Topics in History (3)
Current issues or special courses may be offered periodically
HST2994 Teaching Assistant (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for outstanding history majors to earn credit for assisting instructors.
HST2999 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.