College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Graduate Course Descriptions

HST 501: Advanced Methods
Advanced historical research methods, including use of electronic databases and internet resources. Interpretation and contextualization of primary source materials as well as annotation of secondary sources. 4 seminar units.

HST 540: Readings in Ancient World History
Documents and scholarship of the ancient period. Emphasis on world historical developments and methods. From prehistoric origins to the rise of civilizations and the appearance of Bronze Age cultures; classical civilizations in America, China, India and the Mediterranean.

HST 541: Readings in World History: The Middle Period
In-depth study and analysis of common themes, issues, documents in medieval world civilizations. 4 seminar units. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 542: Readings in World History, the Modern Period
In-depth study and analysis of common themes, issues, documents in modern world civilizations. 4 seminar units. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 560: Readings in U.S. History, I
In-depth graduate study and analysis of major themes, problems, and trends in U.S. history from Colonial times to the Civil War. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 561: Readings in U.S. History II
In-depth graduate study and analysis of major themes, problems, and trends in U.S. history from Reconstruction times to present. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 562: Readings in California History
Graduate level study and analysis of major themes and controversies in the history of California from the Spanish era through the present. 4 hours seminar. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 570: Contemporary Historiography
Close reading and analysis of recent trends in historiography- feminist and gender theory, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, memory studies, narratology, and other post-modern and post-structuralist approaches to history. 4 seminar units. Prerequisite: HST 501 or permission of instructor.

HST 600: Independent Study
Independent study of a particular subject under faculty supervision (2 units, may be repeated. Only 4 units will count toward degree)

HST 650: Seminar in Theories of World History
Analysis of theories of universal, comparative, and world history, especially the "world systems" theories of Braudel, Wallerstein, Abu-Lughod, Gunder Frank and their critics. Alternative approaches to the problem of world history (4 units)

HST 691: Seminar in History Topics
Focus on selected areas or topics of interest (World or U.S., depending on Instructor) (4 units, may be repeated for different topics)

HST 696: Master's Thesis
Research and writing the MA thesis under faculty supervision (5 units)

HST 697: Comprehensive Exam Preparation
Individual study for the comprehensive examination (1 unit)

HST 699: Continuing Enrollment. (0 units)