Courses

A regional history of the southeastern United States. The course examines the South from its Native American origins to its antebellum opulence, from the devastation of the Civil War to the development of the modern Sun Belt. An important sub-theme of the class is the journey of African Americans.

A regional history of the trans-Mississippi west. Major political, social, and economic events relating to the Western United States are explored.

Study of California history from the period of European contact through the early years of the 20th century. Special attention is given to the origins, means, and consequences of Spanish expansion into Alta California, to the emergence of Mexican California and to its accelerated Americanization after the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The closing weeks of the course will include attention to themes that, though rooted in the earlier period, continue to shape present-day California. Among those themes are water policies, immigrations, and the consequences of California's great size and of its location on the Pacific.

Develops a historical perspective on major political, economic and social issues from the early 20th century "invention of California" through depression, war, and prosperity to the challenges of continuing growth and declining resources today.

Covers the relationship between science and religion in American thought and culture from the early 19th century through the 20th century. Natural theology, the impact of Darwin, the higher criticism, and culture wars are some of the topics covered in this course.

This course explores the modern history of San Francisco, with particular emphasis on the period from the late 19th century to the present, covering the city's political, economic, cultural, and social evolution.

Selected review of the social history of the American peoples. Topics may include social mobility, class structure, social movements, gender roles, race and ethnicity, generational differences, the "American Dream," and individualism.

This course considers the history of Judaism and Christianity to the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE. Topics include: the diversity of ancient Judaism, the emergence of early Christianity ;the rise of Rabbinic Judaism and the organized Church ;and the Jewish-Christian debate in the first centuries after the death of Jesus.

This class will introduce the history of the relationships between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Middle Ages. Students will investigate the circumstances in which these groups interacted and consider related historical issues including the perception of minorities, migration and diaspora, acculturation and assimilation, religious violence, and war and peace.

History 491 is required for the Dual Language Historical Research Certificate. DLHRC students must take History 491 twice, Cr/NC, both times with a co-requisite 4-unit DLHRC elective course (see History Department website for courses) where a portion of the readings and research will be done in a language other than English. Face to face.

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