Skip to main content

Spring Quarter 2025

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 course that focus on the period before 1800
"#" indicates course is a colloquium

Lower Division Courses

Course Title Instructor
HILD 2C United States History Hendrickson
HILD 7C Race and Ethnicity in the United States Martinez-Matsuda
HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia Matsumura
HILD 42 Anthropocene 3: The Industrial Revolution Gere
HITO 87 TBD   


Upper Division Courses

Course Title Instructor

HIAF 112

West Africa Since 1880


HIEA 114 Postwar Japan Matsumura
HIEA 131 China in War and Revolution, 1911-1949


HIEA 132 Mao's China, 1949-1976


HIEA 138 Women and the Chinese Revolution


HIEA 153 Social and Cultural History of 20th Century Korea


HIEU 106 Egypt, Greece, and Rome + Demetriou
HIEU 128 Europe since 1945 Hansen
HIEU 138 Imperial Spain, 1476-1808 + Devereux
HIEU 146 Facism, Communism, and the Crisis of Liberal Democray Europe, 1919-1945 Radcliff
HIEU 148 Europe and the World II, 1918-Present Biess
HIEU 171 Special Topics in 20th Century Europe # Biess
  None Offererd  
HILA 132 Modern Mexico: From Revolution to Drug War Violence Vitz
HILA 144 Topics in Latin American History + Murillo
HINE 115 Death and Dying in Antiquity Balberg
HISC 107 The Emergence of Modern Science Golan
HITO 100 The Craft of History Strasser
HITO 100 The Craft of History Klann
HITO 170 Making History Popular # E. Watts
HIUS 103 The United States and the Pacific World Man
HIUS 104 The Revolutionary Atlantic + Hanna
HIUS 114A California History 1542-1850 + Lewandoski
HIUS 123 History of New York City Kwak
HIUS 144 Topics in U.S. History + Lewandoski
HIUS 174 Race Wars in American Culture Man
HIUS 183 Topics in African American History # Graham

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

HIGR 206 Histories of the Body Henry
HIGR 209 Historical Pedagogy Hanna
HIGR 210 Historical Scholarship on Modern Chinese History Gerth
HIGR 230B Research Seminar in European History Gallant
HIGR 280 Research Seminar Devereux
HIGR 247B Research Seminar in Colonial Latin America Murillo
HIGR 248B Research Seminar in Latin America, National Period Vitz
HIGR 201 Visual Cultures of Science Pineda de Avila

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.