History Department Courses
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Visit this page when you're planning to enroll in courses. It includes a list of all the courses that will be offered for the current or upcoming quarter and includes course descriptions for topical courses.
A tentative list of courses planned for the regular academic year.
Lists of courses we have offered in the past.
Frequently Asked Questions
Course descriptions can be found on the Courses page of the History Department's sections of the UC San Diego Course Catalog (see below). Topical course descriptions can be found on the Current Courses page of this website.
Colloquia are courses numbered 160-190 for undergraduate students, and 260-290 for graduate students. They are run more like graduate seminars than undergraduate lectures in that enrollment is capped at 20 (usually 15 undergraduate seats, and 5 graduate seats) to facillitate small group disscussions of the many assigned readings. The course culminates in a final research paper that for undergraduate students usually fulfills the Significant Writing Requirement for their college. Undergraduate majors are required to take one colloquium but may take more. Ungraduate students in the Honors Program are required to take two colloquia in addition to HITO 196-Honors Seminar.
Enrolling in a ColloquiumTo 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?