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. Matsumura


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 (+) Canceled 
HIEU 150 Modern British History J. Neuheiser
HILA 121A History of Brazil through 1889 (+) J. Graham
HILA 132 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) P. Tchir
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 (+) Canceled
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 Canceled
HIUS 130 Cultural History from 1607-1865 (+) Canceled
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 U.S. History: In the Public Interest 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 U.S. History: In the Public Interest M. Hendrickson

New and Topical Course Descriptions

HIEA 171/271: Society and Culture in Premodern China (+)

Explores premodern Chinese society and culture through the reading and discussion of classics and masterpieces in history. Examines how values and ideas were represented in the texts and how they differed, developed, or shifted over time. Requirements will vary for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. Graduate students are required to submit an additional paper. To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg

HIUS 180/280/ETHN 134. Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society 

Comparative study of immigration and ethnic-group formation in the United States from 1880 to the present. Topics include immigrant adaptation, competing theories about the experiences of different ethnic groups, and the persistence of ethnic attachments in modern American society. To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg

HIUS 181/281. Topics in Twentieth Century United States History: In the Public Interest

Throughout twentieth century U.S. history, policymakers and citizens struggled to define and redefine which issues were best settled between private individuals or local interests and which issues were so invested in the public and national interest that the federal government should intervene. In this seminar, we will examine the shifting boundary between what constitutes a public and a private concern in twentieth century U.S. history.  Topics will include immigration policy, civil rights, the rise of the right, health care policy, and income and wealth inequality. To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg


Freshman and Senior Seminar Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminars:

Why Do Europeans Love and Hate America?:
"Americanization" and "McDonaldization" in Europe spark controversy and even violent protests. Many treat imports of American culture with disgust. Yet the US is also admired, even loved, and demand for American things remains strong. We will study key forms of and resistance to Americanization.

The Seven Deadly Sins:
The seminar explores the history of “the seven deadly sins" (gluttony, lust, anger, envy, greed, sloth, and pride). We will learn how the “Seven Deadly Sins” have emerged against the background of earlier notions of sin. We will also look closely into each one of those “deadly sins,” considering why and how it came to be viewed as a sin and how it resonates in the world in which we live.

Biology and Society:
This course explores selected contemporary issues in biology, ethics and society in their historical context. Among the subjects addressed: genetic engineering, genetically modified foods and organisms, patenting life, pharmaceutical, the control and use of human genetic information, and more.