History (HST)

HST 201   Western Civilization I: Beginning to 1648   3 Units

In this course students will study the emergence of the major political, cultural, social, and economic developments of the Western world from the earliest times through the 17th century including the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern periods.

HST 202   Western Civilization II: 1500 to the Present   3 Units

The emergence of the modern Western world from the early modern period to the present will be covered in this course, including major political, cultural, intellectual, social, and economic developments.

HST 226   United States History   3 Units

This survey course of U.S. history from colonial times to the present will include the political, economic, social, and cultural development at each phase of the country's growth and progress through the study of colonization, independence, early nationhood, sectional strife culminating in the Civil War, reconstruction, economic expansion, prosperity, depression, imperialism, reforms, two world wars, and contemporary tensions.

HST 301   Eastern Civilization   3 Units

This survey course of the major themes of the political and cultural history of the Eastern world from its origins until modern times will focus on the Chinese and Japanese cultural traditions with some attention to other Asian motifs and an emphasis on an understanding and appreciation of the Eastern worldview and ethos.

HST 321   A History of Popular Culture   3 Units

Basic theories and approaches to the scholarly study of significant popular movements and customs in modern Western civilization will be presented in this course with special attention paid to the evolution of media and its effect on group identity, especially American popular culture in the 20th century. Offered alternate years.

HST 332   Ancient Greece and Rome   3 Units

The history of ancient Greece and Rome from the time of Homer to the fall of the Roman Empire will be examined in this course with particular emphasis on Greek and Roman politics, socio-economic life and structures, classical culture and philosophy, and the rise of Christianity. Prerequisite: HST 201 or HST 202 or CHST 201 or CHST 301.

HST 334   Medieval History   3 Units

The emergence of Europe from the early Middle Ages to the Italian Renaissance will be examined in this course including the feudal society, the Christian church, cities and commerce, art and learning, and the rise of kings and nation states. Particular attention will be given to Europe's Greek and Roman legacy as transmitted by the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations. Prerequisite: HST 201 or HST 202 or CHST 201 or CHST 301. Offered alternate years.

HST 336   The Renaissance and the Reformation   3 Units

Europe from the 14th to the 17th century, the transitional period between medieval and modern history, will be examined in this course including the Italian Renaissance, the Northern Renaissance, the Lutheran Reformation, the Calvinist and Anglican Reformations, and the Roman Catholic Counter Reformation. Prerequisite: HST 201 or HST 202 or CHST 201 or CHST 301. Offered alternate years.

HST 338   Modern European History   3 Units

This course will integrate various political, social, economic. and cultural phases of Europe's history from the 18th century to the present including the French Revolution; industrialization; imperialism; the unification of Italy and Germany; the major scientific, literary, and artistic developments; Communism and Fascism; the two world wars; and the Cold War. Prerequisite: HST 201 or HST 202 or CHST 201 or CHST 301. Offered alternate years.

HST 341   Early Modern England   3 Units

This course will present a thematic study of English culture and life from the reign of King Henry VIII through the war for American Independence with attention being paid to culture, governance, and factors that led to the expansion of the British Empire and the conflicts in North America. Offered alternate years.

HST 361   History of Propaganda and Persuasion   3 Units

This course will provide an academic approach to the decidedly non-academic and pervasive modes of communication that have shaped the modern world with attention being paid to wartime propaganda in the two world wars, political campaigns in America, and product advertising in market economics. Offered alternate years.

HST 371   Islamic Civilization   3 Units

This introductory course into the lands, peoples, and cultures of the Middle East from antiquity to modern times, will include the role of religion in shaping social and political institutions, and the influence of Islamic thought on the Arab world and conflicts in the contemporary Middle East. Offered alternate years.

HST 410   Mythology, Theology and Philosophy   3 Units

This course will begin with the mythology of the Ancient Egyptians, the theology of the Hebrews, and the philosophy of the Greeks, and trace the legacy of each strand of thought throughout the world with attention being paid to both the primary leaders and significant texts and how they shape divergent world views today. Recommended: HST 201 and 202 have been taken prior to this course. Offered alternate years.

HST 412   The U.S. Constitution   3 Units

This course will look at the origins of the American political system from the end of the Seven Years' War through the Louisiana Purchase and Marbury vs. Madison, with a focusing on government under the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, ratification controversies, the first political party system, and Jeffersonian vs. Hamiltonian approaches to government. Offered alternate years.

HST 414   The Courts and the Constitution   3 Units

The development of judicial interpretation of the U.S. Constitution from 1789 to the present will be examined in this course with an emphasis on the political, social, cultural, and economic context for key Supreme Court decisions. The case study method will be used to introduce students to legal reasoning, including controversial court decisions involving race, religion, gender, and limits of government authority.

HST 416A   Contemporary Global Issues   3 Units

This seminar course will be devoted to an in-depth examination of a major issue affecting the global community; exact topic to be determine by the instructor each semester.

HST 416B   Contemporary Global Issues   3 Units

This seminar course will be devoted to an in-depth examination of a major issue affecting the global community; exact topic to be determine by the instructor each semester.

HST 431   Women’s History   3 Units

This course will begin with the early modern era in Europe and will look at the intense interaction between the peoples of many continents and nations over women, the West, and the culture which have their roots in this period of exchange, colonization, and struggle. Offered alternate years.

HST 437   Great Cities   3 Units

This course will survey the history of one of the "great cities" of the world (culturally and intellectually significant urban centers of the past and/or present), with an emphasis on the record of development of urban space from literary, architectural, and other visual artifacts. Prerequisite: Spring course with travel component.

HST 451   The Enlightenment   3 Units

This course will focus on the 18th century Europe and America from the French Revolution to the fall of Napoleon; the expansion of education, science, and philosophy; the growth of the middle class; and the beginnings of industrialism. Offered alternate years.

HST 478   History of California   3 Units

The history of California from earliest times to the present with an emphasis on its Hispanic heritage will be the focus of this course.

HST 490   Internship: History   1-8 Units

HST 491   Advanced Topics in Social History   3 Units

This research-oriented course will allow advanced students to study one aspect of history in depth with a view towards either graduate study or a project for the President's Academic Showcase for Undergraduate Research.