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The General Catalog:
History Course Listings

 

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HISTORY 1, History of Western Civilization I   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers the development of Western civilization from its beginning in the valleys of the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates through the Reformation. This course will acquaint students with the cultures of the Near East, Greece, and Rome; the medieval period; the Renaissance; and the Reformation. *Maximum credit allowed for History 1, 2 and 35, 36 is one series (two courses).

 HISTORY 2, History of Western Civilization II   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a study of Western civilization from the time of Louis XIV to the present including new philosophical concepts, literature, art forms, and social and economic development as well as political evolution. *Maximum credit allowed for History 1, 2 and 35, 36 is one series (two courses).

HISTORY 3, History of British Civilization I   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers the growth of British civilization from Roman times to the Restoration of 1660. The course includes the significant political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual facets of British culture during this period and places them within a larger context of Western Civilization.

HISTORY 4, History of British Civilization II   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers a history of Britain from the Restoration of 1660 to the Second World War. The course includes the major political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual facets of British civilization during this period and studies the connection between Britain and the Continent and the tie between Britain and its colonial empire.

HISTORY 5, History of Latin America 1   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This is a lecture and discussion course on Early Latin American history. The course covers the Colonial Period (1500-1821). Focus is placed on political, social, cultural, and economic developments.

HISTORY 6, History of Latin America 2   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This is a lecture and discussion course on the historical development of Latin American History from independence to the present. Focus is placed on political, social, cultural, and intellectual developments. A study of Central America and the Caribbean is included.

HISTORY 10, Ethnicity and American Culture    3 units

Transfer: UC (meets UC Berkeley American Cultures graduation requirement), CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies Santa Monica College’s American Cultures requirement.

This course provides a survey of ethnic groups in America from precontact to the present, including Native Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos, emphasizing the forces prompting emigration and immigration, their roles in shaping American society and culture, their reception by and adaptation to American society, as well as an examination of contending theoretical models of the immigrant experience in America.

HISTORY 11, History of the United States through Reconstruction    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) + satisfies CSU U.S. History graduation requirement • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of the United States from the colonial period to post-Civil War Reconstruction, this course addresses developments in American culture; ethnic, racial, gender, and class relations; politics and the economy. It also considers American interaction with other nations, including both foreign policy and the relationship of domestic developments to the larger history of the modern world.

HISTORY 12, United States History Since Reconstruction    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) + satisfies CSU U.S. History graduation requirement • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of the United States from post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present, this course addresses developments in American culture; ethnic, racial, gender, and class relations; politics; and the economy. It also considers American interaction with other nations, including both foreign policy and the relationship of domestic developments to the larger history of the modern world.

HISTORY 13, History of the U.S. after 1945    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This is a lecture and discussion course which examines and analyzes the development of the U.S. from 1945 to the present. Attention is given to the political, social, intellectual, cultural, and economic changes in American society. Such topics as the welfare state, McCarthyism, presidential power, foreign policy, consumerism and affluency, intellectuals and society, The New Frontier, the Great Society, Radicalism and popular culture, Vietnam, Watergate, and Reaganism are discussed.

HISTORY 15, Economic History of the U.S.    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) + satisfies CSU U.S. History graduation requirement • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a chronological study of American economic history by major areas, including agriculture, industrial development, money, banking, and transportation. The roles of business, labor, and government are given a particular emphasis.

History 15 is the same course as Economics 15. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

HISTORY 16, African American History   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a survey of African American history from Africa to the present. An emphasis is placed on the American experience and legacy of racism, and the influence of African Americans on the social, economic, and political development of the United States.

HISTORY 19, History of Mexico   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of the history of Mexico from independence to the present, this course focuses on important social, cultural, political, and economic patterns in Mexico’s history. The impact of the U.S. relationship with Mexico will be analyzed.

HISTORY 20, History of California   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a survey of California history from the earliest times to the present. Attention is given to the contributions of Indian, Spanish, and Mexican cultures as well as to the political, economic, and social problems that have accompanied the rapid growth of the state in the past century.

HISTORY 21, History of Russia   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course surveys Russian events from the Stone Age to the present, focusing on factors that have led Russian leaders to build powerful, centralized governing institutions, and the efforts of the Russian intelligentsia to reform or topple those institutions. Since writers represent the soul of the intelligentsia, their novels, short stories, and poems will constitute the bulk of the reading assignments.

HISTORY 22, History of the Middle East   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course surveys the history of the Middle Eastern region, from the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent to the present. The course will examine the religious, ethnic, and national differences that have taken root there, the outside powers that have influenced the area, and the nations and peoples that exist there currently.

HISTORY 24, History of East Asia to 1600   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is an introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of East Asia up to the year 1600.

HISTORY 25, History of East Asia since 1600   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is an introduction of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of East Asia since the year 1600.

HISTORY 26, South Asian Civilization 1   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of South Asia civilizations from the Indus Valley civilization through the Mughal Empire, this course will highlight the major events and themes in the development of South Asian civilization, offering an overview of the various social, intellectual, cultural, political, and economic patterns in the region that encompasses present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. 

HISTORY 29, Jewish History   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is an introductory survey of the Jewish people and history from biblical times to the present. Focus is on the development of major institutions, ideas, religious and cultural movements, as well as the interaction between Jews and those amongst whom they have lived.

HISTORY 30, History and Literature of Contemporary Africa   3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None. 

This course analyzes the interpersonal and cultural tensions of 20th Century Africa as expressed in its literature and history. It explores the universality of this literature while at the same time recognizing its sources in the conflicts of modern history and society.

History 30 is the same course as English 32. Students may earn credit for one, but not both. 

HISTORY 33, World Civilizations I    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course provides a survey of world civilizations from the rise of humanity to 1500. The course will highlight major developments in the rise of humanity from early primitive conditions to the establishment of complex cultures. This activity will be explored through an examination of the impact human cultures have had on use of land, and the domestication of plants and animals in the various regions of the world. The major civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas will be examined in terms of their material culture as well as religious and philosophic ideas. A thematic approach will be used to contrast the bureaucratic, economic, technological, and political development to explain the rise and fall of the major centers of civilizations.

HISTORY 34, World Civilizations II    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of world civilization from 1500 to the present. This course will highlight major developments in human activity and endeavors, regionally, chronologically , and thematically. It will offer an overview of the social, intellectual, cultural, political, and economic patterns within which humans interact in a global framework.

HISTORY 38, African History I   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers the political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual activities of African civilization. It traces the influence of Africa and its peoples on the Caribbean area and Brazil. Forms of government, mores and folkways are considered.

HISTORY 39, African History II   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a survey of the people, politics, and history of Africa from 1900 to the present. Topics include European exploration, Christian and Islamic missionary activity, and colonial exploitation of people, land, and resources. African resistance, ethnic tensions, liberation movements, and state-building during the Cold War era will be examined as a response that past.

HISTORY 41, Native American History   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a survey of American Indian history from earliest settlement on the American continents to the present. The course covers the distinct cultures, historical developments, and interactions between Native American societies prior to the European invasion, the European arrivals, colonial settlement, westward movement, the late 19th Century wars, and the 20th Century concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ability of Native Americans and their culture to survive and contribute to U.S. history and culture.

HISTORY 42, The Latina(o) Experience in the United States    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4C (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course will provide a broad survey of the major Latino(a) groups in the United States, beginning with an examination of the politics of representation and knowledge, including the exclusion of the Latino(a) experience from “conventional” sources. An historical and demographic profile of the major Latino(a) groups (Chicanos(as), Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans and peoples from Central America and the Caribbean region), the impact of the changing economy as a major force affecting this population, and an examination of the various strategies that Latino(as) pursue will be included.

HISTORY 43, Mexican-American History   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

An introduction to 18th, 19th and 20th Century Southwest borderland history, this course covers the significant intellectual, cultural, social, political, and economic trends in Southwestern history with emphasis on the history of the Mexican-American.

HISTORY 45, U.S. Cultural History Honors Colloquium   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU (satisfies CSU U.S. History graduation requirement) • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers the history of the area which became the United States from pre-European contact to the Civil War, focusing on the culture and intellectual currents that contributed to and shaped the development of American society.

HISTORY 46, U.S. Cultural History Seminar    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU (satisfies CSU U.S. History graduation requirement) • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present, focusing on the cultural and intellectual currents that contributed to and shaped the development of American society. 

HISTORY 47, The Practice of History    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU •  Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course presents students with an overview of historians’ methods of research, analysis, and writing. It also introduces historiography and historical theory. Students will apply historians’ methods of critical reasoning and argumentation through a variety of writings including directed research on a historical topic of their choice. This course’s research area will also further students’ information competency skills.

HISTORY 48, Nonviolent Resistance    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) or 4 (Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

An examination of the causes of war and violence in world history and the various organized efforts to maintain peace and end wars. Nonviolent resistance movements will be emphasized.

History 48 is the same class as Philosophy 48. Students may earn credit for one but not for both.

HISTORY 50 A-Z, Topics in History    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None. • Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This series of courses deals with various contemporary topics in history, including the Vietname War and contemporary issues in women’s history.

HISTORY 52, Women in American Culture   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course deals with the cultural history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on change and continuity in defining the image and role of women in American life.

Above section 2298 is part of the Women’s College Program and is open to all students. See Special Programs section of schedule for additional information.

HISTORY 53, History of Religion    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is meant to provide an overview of the major themes and trends in the history of religion from prehistoric times to the present. The course will acquaint students with the historical developments and the essential principles of many religious traditions, expose them to some of the themes of interest regarding the roles that religions have played throughout history, and focus on the role of religion in the modern world. Case studies from a variety of religious traditions will be presented. Some of the religions considered will be Tribal Religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as other contemporary religions.

HISTORY 55, History of Science   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Various paradigms of science will be introduced and examined, beginning with the theories of the ancient Greeks and ending with contemporary debates in the field of physics. The emphasis will be on the fields of astronomy, physics, and mathematics. The course will examine how these fields develop, their relationship with philosophy, politics, religion, and society, and how they changed historically.

HISTORY 62, Asian American History   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A survey of Asian American history from the immigration period to the present, this course stresses the political, economic, social, and cultural factors which affected Asian Americans and their impact on U.S. history.

HISTORY 88A, Independent Studies in History   1 unit

Transfer: CSU 

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

HISTORY 88B, Independent Studies in History   2 units

Transfer: CSU 

Please see “Independent Studies” section.