# Title Days Time Location Instructor
/MDVST 200B Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Studies

Students attend and write responses to papers by visiting lecturers on topics in various fields of Medieval Studies. Themes will vary from year to year.

English  
2C World History
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 2CH.

Survey of the peoples, cultures, and social, economic, and political systems that have characterized the world’s major civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from 1700 to present.
Spickard  
4B Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 4BH.
 
Survey of the history of Europe in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, 800-1700. Discusses the major social, political, religious, and cultural characteristics and developments of the period, as well as key interactions between Europe and other parts of the world. Weekly discussion sections are an important feature of this course, enabling students to develop and expand upon material presented during the lecture hour.
Bouley  
4B Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 4BH.

Survey of the history of Europe in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, 800-1700. Discusses the major social, political, religious, and cultural characteristics and developments of the period, as well as key interactions between Europe and other parts of the world. Weekly discussion sections are an important feature of this course, enabling students to develop and expand upon material presented during the lecture hour.

Sonnino  
5 The History of the Present

Provides essential historical context for understanding major issues and developments in contemporary life; topics vary each year. Coverage ranges from the local to the global, and encompasses current events in politics, economics, social relations, welfare, science, religion, and popular culture.

O'Connor  
8 Introduction to History of Latin America

Deals with major issues in Latin America’s historical formation: pre-Hispanic cultures, Spanish conquest, role of colonial institutions, development of trade, eighteenth- century reform, independence, formation of nations; and identify major issues in current Latin American affairs.  

T. Araiza Kokinis
9 Historical Investigations: Methods and Skills

Through studying a particular topic in history, students gain insight into historical methods and skills. Course designed for freshmen and sophomore history majors or prospective majors. Others may enroll by permission of instructor. Topics vary by quarter and instructor.

Plane  
9 Historical Investigations: Methods and Skills

Through studying a particular topic in history, students gain insight into historical methods and skills. Course designed for freshmen and sophomore history majors or prospective majors. Others may enroll by permission of instructor. Topics vary by quarter and instructor.

Chattopadhyaya  
17B The American People
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 17BH.
 
Sectional crisis through progressivism. A survey of the leading issues in american life from colonial times to the present. The course focuses on politics, cultural development, social conflict, economic life, foreign policy, and influential ideas. Features discussion sections.
Perrone  
20 Science and the Modern World

Explores how science, technology and/or medicine have helped shape modern societies (roughly 1850-present). Themes include formation of scientific and technical communities, the interactions of science with political and popular culture, and the social context of knowledge production.

McCray  
49B Survey of African History
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Black Studies 49B. Not open for credit to students who have completed History 49B.
 
1800 – 1945. History 49-A-B-C is a general survey course designed to introduce students to major themes in African history. The course focuses on African civilizations and identities, European colonial conquests, governance and colonial economies, African resistance and engagement with global capitalism. Weekly discussion sections are an important feature of this course, enabling students to develop and expand upon material presented during lecture.
Miescher  
80 Chinese Civilization
Enrollment Comments: Same course as East Asian Cultural Studies 80.
 
A survey of the history of Chinese civilization from 2,000 BCE to the present, focusing on the origins and later development of political, social, economic, philosophical, religious, and cultural traditions.
Zheng  
88 Survey of South Asian History

An introduction to the history of the South Asian subcontinent, with emphasis on the period from 1500 CE to the present.

Chattopadhyaya  
102BF Black Revolutionaries
Course is designed for visiting instructors so that they may teach a course in their special field. May be repeated for credit provided letter designation is different.
Topics may vary per instructor.
Ware  
105CW Science and Technology in the Cold War

Examines the evolving relationships between science and Cold War geopolitics through key episodes from the natural as well as social sciences on both sides of the ideological divide. Topics examined include: science/state relationship, arms race, the military-industrial-academic complex, Big Science, government secrecy, the space race, environmentalism.

Aronova  
108LT History of Technology and Law

The incredible pace of technological change has changed the world forever. The internet and smartphones, plus cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, drones, virtual/augmented reality and Blockchain/Bitcoin pose fascinating legal and policy challenges.  This course will explore issues such as the tension between individual privacy and Silicon Valley business models; the debate between encryption and national security; the role of cybersecurity and hacking; and other key issues framing historical and current approaches to regulating advanced technology. 

S. Zipperstein
111F Achaemenid Persia

History of the Persian Empire from its formation under Cyrus II of Anshan (r. 559-530 BCE) to the conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (356-323 BCE).

Lee  
112D The Roman World in Late Antiquity

Focusing primarily on the rise of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, with some attention to the Germanic kingdoms, this course analyzes the process by which the late Roman Empire divided into three chief cultural, religious and political entities between the fifth and eighth centuries.  

 

Digeser  
115X Medieval Scandals
Explores medieval European politics and culture through a look at notorious scandals: Pope Joan, Heloise and Abelard, the persecution of the Templars, and the Fourth Crusade.
Lansing  
121C France in the Sixteenth Century

Politics, religion, and society and culture in France from the reign of Francois I to Henri IV. Topics include the French Renaissance, religious divisions and civil war, kingship and local authority, family and social hierarchy, and France’s relations beyond its borders. 

Bernstein  
125 Medieval Medicine: The Discourse and Practices of Medicine in the Middle Ages

Explores medical theory and practice in Western Europe and the Islamic World from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries. Medieval understandings of health, disease and how the body functioned are examined, along with strategies employed to combat injuries and illnesses.

Blumenthal  
135B Russian Empire, 1801-1917
1800-1917. A survey of Russian history from the reign of Alexander I to the Russian revolution.
 
Edgar  
136M History of U.S.-Mexican Relations

Recommended Preparation: WRIT 109HU.

Explores the history of U.S.-Mexican relations from 1821 to the present. Topics include: U.S. intervention in Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, the Good Neighbor Program, immigration, NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico border, and War on Drugs. Students will learn to read, interpret, and analyze foreign policy, primary, and secondary sources.
Castillo-Muñoz  
136W Women and Revolution

Examines women’s experiences in activism and revolutions in the United States and Latin America. A key question we will focus on throughout the course is: How do women’s experiences intersect with revolutions? Our readings, lectures, and discussions will engage topics such as race, class, work, motherhood, war, family, space, culture and political activism.  

T. Araiza Kokinis
141R Undergraduate Research Seminar in British Empire

Recommended Preparation: HIST 9 and WRIT 109HU.

Research in British social, cultural, economic, and political history. Students will conduct historical research in a seminar context, using both primary and secondary source materials, to produce an original and substantial research paper.
Henderson  
144J Race and Juvenile Justice in U.S. History

Examines the rise of the juvenile justice system in U.S. history, paying attention to the origins of youth incarceration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the establishment of asylums, orphanages, and reformatories. Attention is then paid to the twentieth century and the spread of the juvenile court movement. The course ends with a close look at recent developments, including In re Gault (1967) and racial and gender disparities.

Chavez-Garcia  
147R Undergraduate Research Seminar in African History

A seminar on a topic in African history. A research paper is required.

Chikowero  
148A Pre-Colonial Southern Africa

Explores the major socio-economic and political history of the Southern African region from around 1000 CE to the 1880s. Focuses on state making, economic systems, regional mobilities and international connections through trade before the advent of European colonialism.

Chikowero  
149IA Islam in Africa

Africa is the only continent with a Muslim majority, with more than a quarter of the world’s Muslims living there. Americans tend to associate Islam with Arabs, but Africans greatly outnumber Arabs in the religion. There are more Muslims in Nigeria than in Egypt, more in Ethiopia than Iraq. 1/6th of the world’s Muslims reside in sub-Saharan Africa. How did this come to be? How has the adoption of Islam by Africans shaped their history? And, conversely, how have Africans shaped Islam? We answer these questions by exploring 14 centuries of Islamic African history. We also explore Islam as a system of religious meaning by studying the teachings and writings of African Muslims.

Ware  
166C United States in the Twentieth Century

Political, cultural, social, and economic development of the United States from 1900 to the present: C. 1960-present.

Kalman  
167CA History of the American Working Class, 1800-1900

A survey of the origins and formation of the American working class from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century. Topics include workers and community, the coming of the industrial order, the 1877 labor strike, and workers and the trade union movement.

Adams
167Q Labor Studies Internship Research Seminar

Readings and assignments assist students in using historical/social science methods to develop a 20-page research paper on some aspect of their internship.

Cohen  
168B History of the Chicanos
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Chicano Studies 168B.
 
The history of the Chicanos from 1900 to the present. Explores issues such as immigration, second-generation experience, civil rights struggles, the Chicano Movement, the post-Chicano Movement, the role of women in Chicano history, and the new Latino millennials of the 21st century.
Castillo-Muñoz  
170B Law and Social Policy
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 148A or 148B.
 
Study of the identification formation, and consequences of social policy inthe U.S. over the past 200 years. Policies toward poverty, civil rights, family and population, health, education, crime, religion, and urban development are studied, among others.
Bergstrom  
175B American Cultural History

A study of dominant and alternative representations of American values and identity in high and popular culture.

Jacobson  
178A American Urban History

A study of the political, economic, social, and intellectual impact of the city upon American history, and the impact of history upon the growth of American urbanization.

B. Adams
184B History of China

Sixth to seventeenth centuries.  

Zuo
184T History of Traditional Chinese Thought

A study of traditional Chinese thought from the classical period to the beginning of the last imperial dynasty (500 BCE -1700 CE).   

Zuo
185R Undergraduate Research Seminar on Modern China

Recommended Preparation: HIST 9 and WRIT 109HU.

Research seminar in the history of modern China. Students will conduct historical research in a seminar context, using both primary and secondary source materials, to produce an original and substantial research paper.
 
Enrollment comments: Same course as CHIN 185R
Zheng  
187R Undergraduate Research Seminar in Japanese History

A research seminar on Japanese History. Course culminates in a 10-20 page research paper. Topics vary by quarter.

Roberts  
192R Undergraduate Research Seminar in Public History

Recommended Preparation: History 9 and WRIT 109HU

Students conduct field research on an original project in any sector of public history, which includes, but is not limited to preservation, government, media, historical societies and museums, archives, and teaching public history. An original and substantial research paper is required.
Bergstrom  
193C The Early Caribbean in the Atlantic World (ca. 1500 – ca. 1850)
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors.
 

Analyzes the Caribbean as a site of encounters between Native Americans, Europeans and Africans in the early modern Atlantic world. Key themes include indigenous societies; imperialism and settler colonialism; capitalism, piracy and smuggling; voluntary and forced migration; plantation societies, slavery and slave resistance; cross-cultural exchanges and creolization; revolution and abolition.

Covo  
194BH Senior Honors Seminar
Recommended Preparation: Writing 109HU.
 
Enrollment Comments: A 2-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 194BH. All 8 of the units for the course sequence may be applied toward the major.
 
Students taking part in departmental honors program will write a senior thesis on a research topic of suitable depth under close supervision of faculty mentors.
Blumenthal  
195IA Senior Thesis
Enrollment Comments: Students should enroll by instructor number. 8 units of credit will be awarded at the end of two quarters assigned for the thesis. A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 195IB.
 
A two-quarter individual research project, under the direction of a history professor selected with the advice of the departmental adviser to public policy students.
Bergstrom  
196JA-JC Internship in Scholarly Publishing

Through this year-long internship, students work under faculty direction to produce an issue of the UCSB History Department’s Undergraduate Journal. Students meet every two weeks and gain practical experience in scholarly publishing disseminating calls for papers, soliciting undergraduate contributions, locating peer reviewers, facilitating revisions with authors, and bibliographic and copywriting work. They also gain a working knowledge of the UCSB Library’s online publication platform, which will host the journal. Students utilize various digital humanities tools – podcasts, social media, and websites – to promote the undergraduate research being published in Journal as well as host an annual showcase of scholars’ work.  

Henderson  
201AM Advanced Historical Literature
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
 
A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor. AM. America.
Moore  
201E Advanced Historical Literature
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
 
This course will introduce graduate students to the contemporary historiography of the Roman Empire with special attention to the motivations, sustaining factors and consequences of Roman imperialism. Through reading and written work we will assess the extent to which this historiography reflects or advances current work on the history of gender, sexuality, race and the environment. Students interested in preparing an examination field in ancient Roman history are strongly encouraged to enroll. Expect to read the equivalent of one short monograph per week, to write short weekly response papers, and to participate in weekly group discussions
Digeser  
201E Latin Paleography
English  
201ME Advanced Historical Literature
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
 
A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor. ME. Middle East.
Family and Household in the Pre-Modern Middle East
This seminar will deal with the historiography of the family and household in the late medieval and early modern Middle East. This includes discussions of legal constructions of the family, the household as a personal and political institution, and the role of slavery in household construction.
Sample reading list:
Yossef Rapoport, Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society
Leslie Pierce, The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire
Jane Hathaway, The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power-Broker
Jan Hinrich Hagedorn, Domestic Slavery in Syria and Egypt, 1200-1500
Stephan Conermann and Gul Sen (eds.), Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire
Eric R. Dursteler, Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean

 
 
Sabra  
201S Topics in the History of Science
Repeat Comments: May be repeated for credit.
 
Intensive study of specific problems in the history of science. Topics vary from year to year, and students may therefore repeat the course for credit.
 
Winter 21: Reimagining the Global History of Science
The field of history of science has long been conceived as a western history that begins with
Europe and culminates in the United States. This course neither begins with Europe nor
culminates with the United States. Our aim is to construct a more geopolitically informed history of
science of use in the changing circumstances of the twenty-first century by connecting the histories of science broadly conceived since pre-modern time with the contemporary world through
historical scholarship and non-scholarly sources such as journalistic reportage. We will examine
how questions concerning science and technology get framed differently in different societies. At
the same time, we recognize that the course takes place in California and in English, that is to
say, that we have a local orientation and perspective as we study world history in translation. We
will examine how scholars conceived of the ways to move away from the Eurocentric roots of
the discipline and consider the historiographic growth in these areas as well as the theoretical and
methodological challenges that accompany this work. Spanning a range of disciplines, topics,
geographies, and time periods, we will explore polemics of modernity, progress and temporality;
geographical, cultural and racial identity; and imperialism, cosmopolitanism and nationalism.
Aronova  
202 Historical Methods
Enrollment Comments: Normally required of all entering M.A. candidates other than those in public history. Open to other students on a space available basis. Offered every fall quarter.
 
A general introduction to selected historiographical issues and historical methods.
Miescher  
205A Public Historical Studies

To acquaint students with relevant research methods (oral history, legal research, family history, government documents and sources, historical preservation, field research).

History 205A is a readings course in public history, that is, the work of professional historians outside of the university. We will explore a wide diversity of work done by public historians, in museums, historic sites, business, and government. Students will consider the constraints and opportunities offered to nonacademic historians, and explore the variety of ways historians engage with multiple publics to create knowledge about the past. This year the course will particularly emphasize race and racial justice in public history scholarship and practice and the work of Black and Indigenous public historians. 

Case  
209A The Academic Profession of History

This course provides students with the practical knowledge needed for obtaining an academic position, develops skills for effective teaching, and prepares students to deal with funding agencies, publishers, employers, and professional organizations.

Edgar  
210RA Race, Religion, & Revolution

How do human beings manage relations between the seen and unseen worlds? This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between spirituality and radical social change, especially, though not exclusively, among people of color. Visiting scholars and activists will workshop or present original research rooted in the humanities and social sciences and graduate students will read and respond to their work as they develop their own research questions. Short weekly reading responses and one 8-10 page paper are required each term. The goal is to foster collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on the intersection of racial, religious, and revolutionary thought and practice, irrespective of period or place. 2-quarter course.

Ware  
215B Research Seminar in Medieval History

A two-quarter course.

Lansing  
223A Research Seminar in Modern and Early Modern European History

Enrollment Comments: A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 223B.

A research seminar in selected topics in the history of Europe, 1500 to the present. 
 
Research Seminar in Modern and Early Modern European History (Winter-Spring). This two-quarter seminar will focus on researching and writing an article-length research paper or dissertation chapter. Any research topic related to Europe, including European empires and/or relations with European countries, from c. 1500-present, will be considered appropriate for this seminar. Our methodological focus(es) will depend on the projects of the participants. I expect to invite a few guest discussants on topics of interest to the class.
Bernstein  
266B Research Seminar in Recent U.S. History

A research seminar for graduate students interested in any aspect of recent U.S. history.

O'Connor  
289A Research Seminar in Chinese History

A seminar on selected problems in Chinese history. Some working knowledge of the Chinese language desirable but not necessary.

Barbieri  
292B Foundations of U.S. History, 1846 to 1917

A colloquium introducing the important issues, themes and literature in the history of the United States, from 1846 to 1917. Historiographical in nature the course assumes a basic familiarity with the period.

Jacobson  
295GS Gender and Sexualities Workshop

This year-long interdisciplinary colloquium brings together graduate students and UCSB scholars who study the histories of women, gender, or sexuality across time and space. It introduces students to current literature and contemporary debates through readings, discussion, and public presentations by visiting scholars, UCSB scholars, and graduate students. Participants will meet every other week. Preparation might include coordinating readings for discussion, writing a chapter/article for peer review, or presenting original research to colloquium members.  

Henderson  
295PH Colloquium in Public History

A year-long professional colloquium on major topics and new work in Public History. Leading practitioners share theory and practice of the discipline in talks, workshops and occasional field visits. Relevant reading and writing assigned. Meets three to four times per quarter.  

Winter 2021:

HISTORY 295PH (1 or 2 units), meets Fridays, 12-2:50 via Zoom;

One meeting per month (TBD), with public presentation from a working public historian/scholar/activist with faculty, students, staff and community covering major topics and new directions in Public History.  Additional meetings as recommended, but not required. The last hour of each session (1:50-2:50) is reserved for enrolled students and instructor with (usually) the guest(s) to provide deeper response to and/or analysis of the required readings.  Topics vary but are intended to represent some of the breadth and depth of public history scholarship and practice, both nationally and internationally. Brief response papers required (2-3 pp of all enrolled students) with those enrolled for 2 units completing a slightly longer (6-8 page) analysis on a mutually agreed-upon topic of public history literature.  Colloquium runs all year, and students enroll each quarter for the number of units they prefer; students not enrolled may also, of course, attend the colloquium, which is open to the entire campus community.

Plane  
295TS Workshop in the History of Technology and Science

Writing/reading workshop, professionalization seminar, and guest lecture series for graduate students working in area of history of science/technology. Meets monthly throughout the academic year.

McCray