Spring Quarter 2023

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 and Ethnicity in the United States R. Bermudez
HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia W. Matsamura
HILD 43 Anthropocene 4: The Great Acceleration, 1945-Present M. Vitz
HITO 87 Europeans Love/Hate America P. Patterson
HITO 87 What is Socialism/What Isn't P. Patterson
HITO 87 Intentional Communities K. Gerth
HITO 87 Piracy in Popular Culture M. Hanna


Upper Division Courses

Course Title Instructor

HIAF 113

Small Wars and the Global Order: Africa & Asia

J. Prestholdt

HIEA 114 Postwar Japan W. Matsamura
HIEA 131 China in War and Revolution, 1911-1949

B. Kletzer

HIEA 138 Women and the Chinese Revoution

W. Lu

HIEA 140R China since 1978

K. Gerth

HIEA 151 The Two Koreas, 1945 to Present

T. Henry

HIEU 106 Egypt, Greece, and Rome D. Demetriou
HIEU 114 USSR and Russia, 1917 to Present   R. Edelman
HIEU 115 Pursuit of the Millenium N. Aschenbrenner
HIEU 144 Topics: At the Center of the World: The Mediterranean, 1347-1799 A. Devereux
HIEU 151 Spain Since 1808 P. Radcliff
HIGL 127 Sport in the Modern World J. Ivey
HILA 102 Latin America in the 20th Century B. Cowan
HILA 121B History of Brazil: 1889 to Present J. Graham
HILA 135 Knowledge and Science 1500-1800 N. Pineda de Avila
HINE 100 The Hebrew Bible and History M. Balberg
HINE 118 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century H. Kayali
HINE 120 The Middle East in the New Century M. Provence
HINE 145 Islam and Science: The History of Science in the Middle East (600–1950) N. Shafir
HISC 117 History of Neuroscience C. Gere
HITO 100 The Craft of History M. Vitz
HIUS 103 The United States and the Pacific World S. Man
HIUS 120D Race and Oral History in San Diego Y. L. Espiritu
HIUS 133 The Golden Age of Piracy M. Hanna
HIUS 136 Citizenship and Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century

V. Martinez Matsuda

HIUS 139 African American History in the 20th Century D. Widener
HIUS 144 Topics: History of U.S. Foreign Relations K. Vandevelde
HIUS 157 American Women, American Womanhood 1870 to Present M. Klann



Course Title Instructor
HIEU 161 Topics in Roman History E. Watts
HIEU 164 Topics in Roman History: Catholic Missions in the Early Modern World: Spiritual Conquest & Cross-Cultural Exchange U. Strasser
HIUS 181 Topics in 20th Century U.S. History: History of Reproductive Rights R. Plant
HITO 178 A History of Seafaring in the Age of Sail M. Hanna

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

HITO 265 LGBT History T. Henry
HIGR 215B Research Seminar in Modern Chinese History K. Gerth
HIGR 221 Historical Scholarship on European History, 1715-1850 A. Devereux
HIGR 230B Research Seminarin European History T. Gallant
HIGR 247B Research Seminar in Colonial Latin America D. Murillo
HIGR 248A Research Seminar in Latin America, National Period B. Cowan
HIGR 274A Historical Scholarship on the Early Modern Middle East N. Shafir
HIGR 236B Research Seminar in History of Science T. Golan
HIGR 239 Seminar in Science Studies N. Pineda de Avila
HIGR 267B Research Seminar in United States History N. Kwak

New and Topical Course Descriptions

HILA 161.  History of Women in Latin America (4)

A broad historical overview of Latin American women’s history of focusing on the issues of gender, sexuality, and the family as they relate to women, as well as the historiographical issues in Latin American and Chicana women’s history.

To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg

HIEU 160: Topics/Ancient Greek History

To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg


HIEU 178: Soviet History 

Topics will vary from year to year. Graduate students are required to submit a more substantial paper. Questions about course contact Professor Robert Edelman.

To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg

HINE 186/286. Special Topics in Middle Eastern History (4)

Focused study of historical roots of contemporary problems in the Middle East: Islamic modernism and Islamist movements; contacts with the West; ethnic and religious minorities; role of the military; economic resources and development. Department stamp and permission of instructor.

To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg

HIUS 185. In the Public Interest (4)

In this seminar, we will examine the shifting boundary between what constitutes a public and a private concern in twentieth-century US history. We will consider issues such as civil rights, immigration, health care, and the regulation of financial institutions. 

To enroll: Submit an EASY request via webreg


Freshman and Senior Seminar Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminars:

HITO 87 A00: Pandemics, Panics, and Plagues

Professor: Patterson, Patrick

An exploration of the role that pandemic and epidemic illness has played in human history, focusing on the different ways in which people have responded to their fears, their mortality, their uncertainty about the causes of contagion, and their disastrous losses. We will study contemporaneous accounts from the distant and recent past, coupled with historical analyses and fictional depictions, to understand the long struggle to survive, control, and recover from the onslaught of deadly infection.


HITO 87 B00: What is Socialism? (And What Isn't)

Professor: Patterson, Patrick

Socialism has recently become a very hot topic in American politics -- something that people are fighting for and fighting against. Conservatives, libertarians, and others on the political "right" continue their long tradition of rejecting as "socialism" a wide range of policies they do not like. But many progressives and others on the "left", inspired by Bernie Sanders and like-minded activists, have recently started to embrace this term -- a label that many had long tried to run away from.