Winter 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

Freshman Seminars

Course Title Instructor
HITO 87 Ming China in Short Stories Schneewind


Lower Division Courses

Course Title Instructor
HILD 2B United States History Klein
HILD 7B Race & Ethnicity in the United States Man
HILD 11 East Asia and the West, 1279–1911 Lu
HILD 30 History of Public Health Gere

Upper Division Courses

Course Title Instructor
HIAF 113 Small Wars and the Global Order Africa and Asia Prestholdt
HIEA 112 Japan: From the Mid-Ninteenth Centure Through the U.S. Occupation Matsumura
HIEA 124 Life in Ming China Schneewind
HIEU 102 Roman History Watts
HIEU 128 Europe Since 1945 Neuheiser
HIEU 107 Pagan Europe and its Christan Aftermath Caciola
HIEU 146 Fascism, Communism and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy Europe 1919-1945 Radcliff
HIEU 156 History of the Soviet Union, 1905-1991 Edelman
HIEU 158 Why Hitler? How Auschwitz? Hertz
HILA 121B History of Brazil, 1889-Present Cowan
HILA 124 History of Women and Gener in Latin America Cowan
HILA 118 Suberting Sovereignty: US Agression in Latin America 1898-Present Lettieri
HINE 100 The Hebrew Bible and History Balberg
HINE 118 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century Wasef
HISC 106 The Scientific Revolution Westman
HISC 115 History of Modern Medecine Gere (Canceled)
HIUS 112 The U.S. Civil War Plant
HIUS 146 Race, Riots and Violence in the United States Alvarez
HIUS 152B A Constitutional History of the United States since 1865 Vandevelde


Course Title Instructor
HIEU 160/260 Topics in Ancient Greek History Demetriou
HIEU 171/271 Special Topics in Twentieth Century Europe Neuheiser
HIEU 178/278 Soviet History Edelman
HILA 168/268 Scholarship on Latin American History in the Ninteenth Centry Vitz
HISC 180/280 Sciene and Public Policy Golan

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 209 Historical Pedagogy Schneewind
HIGR 211 Historical Scholarship on Modern Japanese History Matsumura
HIGR 223B Research Seminar in Medieval History Caciola
HIGR 226 Modern Spanish History Radcliff
HIGR 228 Historical Scholarship on Greece and the Balkans, 1768-1923 Gallant
HIGR 240 Colloquium in Science Studies Staff
HIGR 280 Science and Public Policy Golan
HIGR 257B Historical Scholarship on Modern Middle East, Colonial Period Provence
HIGR 281 Global History: Approaches to the Modern Era Prestholdt

New and Topical Course Descriptions

HILA 144. Topics in Latin American History: Economic History, From Silver to Cocaine
We will engage case studies as related to Latin American societies throughout time (1500-2000), a historically founded comparison based on the evolution of commodity chains and how they organize the international division of labor. From silver to cocaine.

HIEU 171/271. Topics in European History: The Two Germanies since 1945
Demilitarization, Democratization, Denazification, and Decentralization: These were the four “Ds” that the allied victors set as their goals for Germany’s future in 1945. The story of the two German states that quickly emerged under the conditions of the Cold War can be understood as a constant struggle to achieve these goals. What is a true democracy? How could the perpetrators of the Holocaust be turned into trustworthy Democrats, and how could a democratic Germany contribute to a peaceful post-war international order? This seminar seeks to explore the different paths that the capitalist West and the communist East took after 1945, emphasizing the extent to which policies in both states were always dependent on one another. In particular, it will take a look at calls for democratization in both German states since the 1960s, including the 1968 student revolution in the West and the East German civil rights movement that evolved in the late 1980s. Finally, the course will analyze how the legacies of both German states continue to shape Germany after reunification and how today’s Germany deals with challenges to democracy in light of its totalitarian past.        

HILA 162/262. Topics in Latin American History: The History of Sex and Sexuality in the Americans
This class has it all: cross-dressing nuns, murderous drag queens, puritanical revolutionaries, and just a glimmer of sexual witchcraft. We will use these and other stories to consider what sex, sexuality, and gender meant across time and space in the Americas. The class will explore, compare, and challenge approaches to the history of sexuality and gender in Latin America. Our principal questions will include the following: How do people think about sex and social relations? What can we know about how people thought about or “felt” sex and gender in the past—and how can we know it? What makes the way that sexual norms work particular to specific places, times, and groups of people—and what makes them broader than that? Can we identify peculiarly “Latin American” or “American” approaches to sex and gender? How have gender and sexuality in this hemisphere changed over time, broadly speaking?

HISC 176/276. History of Medicine in East and Southeast Asia
This course introduces students to new and classic works in the history of medicine in East and Southeast Asia. Topics will include epidemic disease and state vaccination campaigns; opium and drug control; mental illness and asylums; earthquakes and disaster technologies; colonialism and public health; venereal disease and prostitution. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of experts and institutions and forms of scientific exchange and collaboration across the region.

HIUS 181/281. Topics in Twentieth Century United States History: U.S. in the World
Where in the world is the United States? Although American history is by definition, nationally bounded and typically told chronologically from colonial to modern times, historians have recently begun tearing apart the nation-state as a “natural” and ever-present organizing principle. More often than not, the history of Americans falls outside the nation-state – when mass migration takes place, for instance, or when borders are disputed or regimes collide. As Tom Bender summed up neatly, “we must understand every dimension of American life as entangled in other histories. Other histories are implicated in American history, and the United States is implicated in other histories.”

HIUS 181/281. Topics in Twentieth Century United States History: Militarism and U.S. Empire
The United States currently maintains the largest military presence around the world.  This class will explore the political and economic rationale of U.S. militarism, as well as its social, cultural, and environmental consequences.  Themes include settler colonialism, tourism, the built environment, indigeneity, and racialized, gendered, and sexualized forms of labor and exploitation.

HIUS 188/288. Topics in Culture and Politics: The Gilded Age
"The Gilded Age,” a term coined by Mark Twain, refers to a period in United States History (1870s to about 1900) when owners of huge concentrations of capital achieved unprecedented power within all branches of the federal and state governments. It was also a period in which the expansion of global markets in labor and commodities contributed to a dramatic reorientation of American culture. This course considers these related transformations from different perspectives with particular attention to the themes of class, race and ethnic conflict, rural crisis, racial ideology, gender identity, mass consumption, industrial work, commercialized leisure, and colonialism. The goal of the course is to enable students to sharpen their critical, analytic, verbal and writing skills in addition to familiarizing them with diverse interpretations, approaches, and sources. Prerequisites: upper-division or graduate standing and department stamp.