Spring Quarter 2018

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 D. Gutierrez
HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia W. Matsumura
HILD 14 Film and History in Latin America B. Cowan
HITO 87 Global History of Drugs (Freshman Seminar)

C. Edington

HITO 87 What is American Capitalism? (Freshman Seminar)

N. Kwak


Course Title Instructor
HIAF 113 Small Wars and the Global Order J. Prestholdt
HIEA 144 Topics in East Asian History: Mapping Rivers in Modern Chinese History P. Braden
HIEU 123 Ancient Greece from Classical Athens to Cleopatra (+) D. Demetriou
HIEU 144 Topics in European History: Germany from the Reformation to the End of the Thirty Years War: Religion, Politics and Culture U. Strasser
HIEU 156 History of the Soviet Union, 1905–1991 R. Edelman
CANCELED HILA 121B History of Brazil, 1889 to Present J. Graham
HILA 122 Cuba: From Colony to Socialist Republic Staff
HILA 144 Topics in Latin American History: Economic History II-From Silver to Cocaine C. Hunefeldt
HINE 116 The Middle East in the Age of European Empires (1798–1914) B. Tasyakan
HINE 119 US Mid-East Policy Post-WWII J. Peterson
HINE 126 Iranian Revolution in Historical Perspective A. Gheissari
HISC 110 Historical Encounters of Science and Religion (+) R. Westman
HISC 131 Science, Technology, and Law T. Golan
HITO 114 History of Modern Vietnam C. Edington 
HITO 133 War and Society: The Second World War J. Neuheiser
HITO 155 Race, Sport, and Inequality in the Twentieth Century (DEI) M. Morales
HITO 192 Senior Seminar in History Photographing Atrocities N. Kwak
CANCELED HIUS 113 History of Mexican America D. Gutierrez
CANCELED HIUS 123 History of New York City N. Kwak
HIUS 131 Cultural History from 1865 to 1917 R. Klein
HIUS 133 The Golden Age of Piracy (+) M. Hanna
HIUS 139/ETHN 149 African American History in the Twentieth Century R. Williams
HIUS 144 Topics in US History: Race and Oral History in San Diego L. Alvarez
HIUS 151 American Legal History since 1865 M. Parrish

Upper Division Courses


Course Title Instructor
HIEU 164 Special Topics in Early Modern Europe: Early Modern Women Wikipedia Project U. Strasser
HILA 162 Special Topics in Latin American History: Amazonia-A History of Rubber C. Hunefeldt
HISC 180 Science and Public Policy T. Golan
HITO 178 A History of Seafaring M. Hanna
HITO 180 Housing in the Developing World N. Kwak
HIUS 186 Topics in US Economic History M. Henrickson

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 203/SOCG 247 Madness and Society C. Edington
HIGR 281 Global History Approaches to the Modern Era J. Prestholdt
HIGR 215B Research Seminar in Modern Chinese History K.Gerth
HIGR 217C Historical Scholarship on Pre-Modern Chinese History: Late Imperial Chinese History, 1200-1800 S. Schneewind
HIGR 219A Research Seminar in Modern Korean History T. Henry
HIGR 222 Historical Scholarship on European History, since 1850 R. Edelman
HIGR 223B Research Seminar in Medieval History N. Caciola
HIGR 230B Research Seminar in Modern European History T. Gallant
HIGR 256 Readings in Ancient Roman History E. Watts
HIEU 264 Special Topics in Early Modern Europe: Early Modern Women Wikipedia Project U. Strasser
HILA 262 Special Topics in Latin American History: Amazonia-A History of Rubber C. Hunefeldt
HILA 267 Scholarship on Latin American History in the Colonial Period D. Murillo
HIGR 239 Seminar in Science Studies R. Westman
HIGR 240 Colloquium in Science Studies R. Westman
HISC 280 Science and Public Policy T. Golan
HITO 278 A History of Seafaring in the Age of Sail M. Hanna
HIGR 267B Research Seminar in United States History R. Plant
HIUS 280 Housing in the Developing World N. Kwak
HIUS 286 Topics in US Economic History M. Henrickson

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.