Nov 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.


Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)


Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.


A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.


Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

For all undergraduate courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required.

For all graduate courses a “B” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “S/U” grade then a “S” grade is required.


No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the foreign languages. This applies only to lower division foreign language courses, not upper division courses. 


Unless otherwise stated in the course description, each course is letter graded with a P/NP or S/U option (unless required for your major or graduate program). The policy regarding Grading Options , can be found in an alternate section of the catalog.

More information about Course Substitutions  and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.


Global Arts Studies Program

   •  GASP 192: Internship in Global Arts
   •  GASP 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  GASP 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  GASP 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  HIST 005: History of Cartography
   •  HIST 008: Topics in World History
   •  HIST 010: Introduction to World History to 1500
   •  HIST 011: Introduction to World History Since 1500
   •  HIST 016: Forging of the United States, 1607-1877
   •  HIST 017: Twentieth-Century America
   •  HIST 020: History of the American West 1500 - 1849
   •  HIST 021: History of the American West, 1850-2000
   •  HIST 025: Introduction to Environmental History
   •  HIST 027: History of Food
   •  HIST 030A: Medieval Europe
   •  HIST 030B: Early Modern Europe
   •  HIST 031: Modern European History
   •  HIST 039: Topics in U.S. History
   •  HIST 040: History of Technology in Society I
   •  HIST 041: History of Technology in Society II
   •  HIST 042: The Body in Health and Disease - An Introduction to the History of Medicine
   •  HIST 055: Arts of the Islamic World
   •  HIST 060: The Silk Road
   •  HIST 070: History of the Middle East to 1500
   •  HIST 071: History of the Middle East since 1500
   •  HIST 080: History of China Through the Mongol Conquest
   •  HIST 081: History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
   •  HIST 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  HIST 092: Internship in History
   •  HIST 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  HIST 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  HIST 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  HIST 100: The Historian’s Craft
   •  HIST 104: Critical Jazz Studies
   •  HIST 106: Topics in the History of Women and Gender
   •  HIST 107: Topics in Urban History
   •  HIST 108: Topics in World History
   •  HIST 109: Topics in the History of Science and Technology
   •  HIST 110: Environmental History of the World
   •  HIST 111: The Legacy of Genghis Khan
   •  HIST 113: History of the Gunpowder Empires
   •  HIST 115: Topics in African History
   •  HIST 116: History of Decolonization in the Twentieth Century
   •  HIST 117: Topics in Regional or State History
   •  HIST 117R: Topics in Regional or State History: Research
   •  HIST 118: Topics in Environmental History
   •  HIST 118R: Topics in Environmental History: Research
   •  HIST 119: Topics in the History of Migration and Immigration
   •  HIST 120: Essence of Decision: Case Studies in History
   •  HIST 120R: Essence of Decision: Case Studies in History
   •  HIST 121: Asian Pacific American Music
   •  HIST 122: That’s the Joint: Race, Gender, and Migration in Hip-Hop History
   •  HIST 123: Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the United States
   •  HIST 124A: African American History to 1877
   •  HIST 124B: African American History 1877 to Present
   •  HIST 124BR: African American History 1877 to Present: Research
   •  HIST 125: African American Music
   •  HIST 126: Race and Nationalism in American Art
   •  HIST 127: Local Harvest, Global Industry: History of the Production and Consumption of Food
   •  HIST 128: The United States and the Vietnam War
   •  HIST 129: Introduction to Chicano History
   •  HIST 130: The Cold War, 1941-1991
   •  HIST 131: Topics in National History: “Manifest Destiny:” The United States and the World, 1840s-Present
   •  HIST 132: Intelligence and National Security, 1945-2000
   •  HIST 133: Topics in Nineteenth Century U.S. History
   •  HIST 134: History and Literature of the Great Depression
   •  HIST 135: Literature and History of the 1960s
   •  HIST 137: Gender, Race, and Slavery in American History
   •  HIST 138: Topics in Visual Culture
   •  HIST 139: Topics in United States History
   •  HIST 141: The African Diaspora
   •  HIST 142: Topics in Latin American History
   •  HIST 143: West Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World
   •  HIST 158: Topics in Middle Eastern History
   •  HIST 158R: Topics in Middle Eastern History: Research
   •  HIST 159: History of Iran
   •  HIST 165A: China in the Ancient World
   •  HIST 165B: From Tang to Song: China in the Medieval World
   •  HIST 165C: Late Imperial China
   •  HIST 165D: China in the Modern World
   •  HIST 169: History and Heritage of Tibet
   •  HIST 170: Law and Society in Early Modern England
   •  HIST 170R: Law and Society in Early Modern England: Research
   •  HIST 171: Modern European Intellectual History
   •  HIST 172: Europe and the Early Modern Atlantic World
   •  HIST 173: History of Ancient Roman Art and Architecture
   •  HIST 174: History of Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
   •  HIST 179: Topics in European History
   •  HIST 180: The Silk Road
   •  HIST 181: Historical Geography of North America
   •  HIST 187R: White Supremacy and White Violence in the US: Research
   •  HIST 191: History Capstone Seminar
   •  HIST 192: Internship in History
   •  HIST 193: Honors Thesis Research
   •  HIST 194: Honors Thesis
   •  HIST 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  HIST 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  HIST 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  HIST 200: The Uses and Abuses of the Past: History’s Role in Society
   •  HIST 295: Graduate Research

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