Spring Quarter 2021

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 L. Alvarez
HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia W. Matsamura


Upper Division Courses

Course Title Instructor

HIAF 111

Modern Africa Since 1880

J. Prestholdt

HIAF 112

West Africa since 1880

S. Rosenfeld

HIEA 140 China Since 1978 K. Gerth
HIEA 151 The Two Koreas, 1945 to Present

I. Diederich

HIEU 105 The Early Christian Church G. Nathan
HIEU 114 USSR & Russia:1917 to Present R. Edelman
HIEU 140 History of Women and Gender in Europe (1800-Present) P. Radcliff
HIEU 128 Europe since 1945 J. Neuheiser
HIEU 144 Black Germany U. Strasser
HIEU 145 The Holocaust as Public History D. Hertz
HILA 119 Central America and US Intervention M. Vitz
HILA 122 Colony to Socialist Republic D. Widener
HILA 132  Modern Mexico

M. Vitz

HILA 144 Topics in Latin American History

N. Avila

HINE 118 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century H. Kayali
HINE 145 Islam and Science N. Shafir
HISC 102 Technology and World History N. Avila
HISC 119 Biology and Society T. Golan
HITO 87 Check Freshman Seminar Website
HIUS 120D Race and Oral History in San Diego L. Alvarez
HIUS 139 African Amrcn Hist/the 20th C B. Martin
HIUS 144 Topics in US History K. Vandevelde
HIUS 144 Native Women's History Topic M. Klann
HIUS 156 American Women's /American Womanhood R.Plant



Course Title Instructor
HIEA 171/271 Society and Culture in Premodern China (+) W. Lu
HIEU 178 Soviet History R. Edelman
HIUS 180 Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society A. Huezo

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

Crossfield Courses
HIGR 282 Topics in Global History T. Henry
HIGR 215B Research Seminar in Modern Chinese History M. Muscolino
HIGR 222 Historical Scholarship on European History since 1850 J. Neuheiser
HIGR 228 Historical Scholarship on Greece and the Balkans (1768-1923) T. Gallant
HIGR 230B Research Seminar in European History T. Gallant
HIGR 247B Research Seminar in Colonial Latin America D. Murillo
HIGR 239 Seminar in Science Studies C. Edington
HIGR 240 Colloquium in Science Studies C. Gere
HIGR 265C Historical Scholarship on American History D. Widener
HIGR 267B Research Seminar in United States History G. Hendrickson

New and Topical Course Descriptions

HIEA 171/271: Society and Culture in Premodern China (+)
Explores premodern Chinese society and culture through the reading and discussion of classics and masterpieces in history. Examines how values and ideas were represented in the texts and how they differed, developed, or shifted over time. Requirements will vary for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. Graduate students are required to submit an additional paper. 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


Freshman and Senior Seminar Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminars:

HITO 87 B00: 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 A00: 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.