Spring Quarter 2019

Course descriptions can be found in the general catalog, topical course descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page, and syllabi may be found at courses.ucsd.eduAll courses listed on this page are subject to change.

Colloquia - H*** 160-190 
Graduate Courses - H*** 200+
"+" indicates courses that focus on the period before 1800

Lower Division Courses

Course Title Instructor
HILD 2C United States History M. Hendrickson
HILD 7C Race & Ethnicity in the United States L. Alvarez
HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia W. Lu


Upper Division Courses

Course Title Instructor
HIEA 115 Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Japan W. Matsumura
HIEA 133 Twentieth-Century China: Cultural History P. Picjowicz
HIEA 138 Women and Chinese Revolution W. Lu
HIEU 106 Egypt, Greece, and Rome D. Demetriou
HIEU 116B Greece and the Balkans in the Age of Nationalism (+) T. Gallant
HIEU 150 Modern British History J. Neuheiser
HILA 121A History of Brazil through 1889 (+) J. Graham
HILA 131 Modern Mexico: From Revolution to Drug War Violence M. Vitz
HINE 115 Death and Dying in Antiquity M. Balberg
HINE 116 The Middle East in the Age of European Empires (1798–1914) Staff
HINE 120 The Middle East in the New Century M. Provence
HISC 108 Life Sciences in the Twentieth Century Gere
HISC 110 Historical Encounters of Science and Religion (+) R. Westman
HISC 131 Science, Technology, and Law T. Golan
HIUS 108B History of Native Americans in the United States M. Klann
HIUS 113 History of Mexican America D. Gutierrez
HIUS 120D Race and Oral History in San Diego S. Man
HIUS 123 History of New York City N. Kwak
HIUS 130 Cultural History from 1607-1865 (+) R. Klein
HIUS 135 The Atlantic World, 1492-1803 (+) M. Wishon



Course Title Instructor
HIEA 171/271 Society and Culture in Premodern China (+) W. Lu
HIUS 180/ ETHN 134 Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society D. Gutierrez
HIUS 181/281 Topics in Twentieth Century United States M. Hendrickson

Departmental Approval

To enroll in a colloquium you will need to request Department Approval by using the Course Pre-Authorization Request tool. In the justification field please answer the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in taking the class?
  • Have you taken any history classes before?
  • Have you taken any other course on this period?
  • How heavy is your schedule? -- we will have a lot of reading and writing.
  • What kinds of papers have you written before? 

Graduate Courses

Course Title Instructor
HIGR 208 Graduate Professional Development S. Man
HIEA 271 Society and Culture in Premodern China W. Lu
HIGR 248B Research Seminar in Latin America, National Period C. Hunefeldt
HIGR 239 Seminar in Science Studies C. Edington
HIGR 240 Colloquium in Science Studies Staff
HIGR 257C Historical Scholarship on Modern Middle East, Postcolonial Era M. Provence
HIGR 265C Historical Scholarship on American History R. Plant
HIGR 267B Research Seminar in United States History N. Kwak
HIUS 280 Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society D. Gutierrez
HIUS 281 Topics in Twentieth Century United States History M. Hendrickson

New and Topical Course Descriptions

HIEA 144. Topics in East Asian History: Mapping Rivers in Modern Chinese History

Rivers and landscapes reflect the goals, anxieties, and capabilities of the humans who interact with them. Maps allow us to understand and analyze these relationships. To practice analyzing how rivers and Chinese society have shaped each other, this course begins with the present day and works backwards toward the early 19th century. This unusual perspective will help us to see the world as it is, and ask how it got this way. Beginning with today’s massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, we will look at hydro-engineering projects in socialist China since 1949. We will trace the roots of these schemes to the state-building efforts of the Nationalist government in the early 20th century, which arose from water control in China’s last dynasty, the Qing. In addition to scholarly readings and translated texts, we will use ArcGIS mapping software to ask and attempt to answer questions about the interactions between humans and hydrology.

HIUS 144. Race and Oral History in San Diego

This course examines the history of racial and ethnic communities in San Diego. Drawing from historical research and a range of interdisciplinary scholarship, we will develop a thematic, theoretical, and methodological toolkit for analyzing the experiences of racialized communities. We will explore how race impacted the history and development of San Diego and how “ordinary” folk made sense of their own racial identity and experiences. Toward these ends, students will conduct oral history and community-based research, develop public and digital humanities skills, and preserve a collection of oral histories for future scholarship on San Diego. All students enrolling in HIUS 144 are strongly recommended to also enroll in AIP 197T.

HIEU 144. Topics in European History: Germany from the Reformation to the End of the Thirty Years' War: Religion, Politics and Culture 

This course explores the history of Germany during the turbulent era from the eve of the Reformation (1500) to the End of the Thirty Years’ War (1648). We will pay particular attention to the religious divisions that, together with the great political diversity of the German lands, shaped Germany’s cultural landscape for centuries to come. This course will be reading-intensive, writing-intensive, and discussion-intensive.

HIEU 164/264. Special Topics in Early Modern Europe: Early Modern Women Wikipedia Project

Wikipedia -- a treasure trove of information or fountain of falsehoods? It all depends. For better or worse, many of us have come to rely upon Wikipedia as an easily available resource. But the quality of entries varies hugely across topic areas, and many areas end up receiving little to no coverage by the demographically selective group of contributing volunteers. This course takes a step towards representing an important historical subject matter more fully and accurately on Wikipedia. Students will research the lives of influential early modern European women, from writers and artists to nuns and queens, and contribute informed entries to Wikipedia. Because women matter. Facts matter. History matters. 

Freshman and Senior Seminar Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminars:

HITO 87. Global History of Drugs

This seminar introduces students to the history of drugs from a global perspective. Topics include the opium trade in Asia, the origins of international drug control, the war on drugs in the United States and Latin America and the rise of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the recent opioid epidemic.

Senior Seminars:

HITO 192. Photographing Atrocities

How has photography shaped the way we talk about the past? This class will examine some of the most famous images of the twentieth century, looking at the context and impact of each. We will read theory, history, and most importantly, look at a wide array of photographs and documentary films in order to understand how images are framed.