History Department Student Learning Outcomes

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Students who complete an AA degree in History will be able to:

  • Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the area and during the period under study
  • Understand the diversity of the human experience as influenced by geographical location, race, ethnicity, cultural traditions, gender and class
  • Analyze historical processes that shape individuals and communities, drawing on detailed knowledge about the history of the area under study
  • Think critically about the varieties of experience found in the historical record of the United States, exploring diversity as a critical component of history
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and understand how each are used to make historical arguments
  • Assess, use, and synthesize different kinds of evidence from a variety of historical sources to make a coherent argument about the past
  • Effectively conduct research and write a coherent historical essay or research paper that articulates a clear argument, effectively uses  interprets multiple forms of evidence, identifies arguments in secondary historical texts, and uses appropriate citations
  • Understand the difference between opinions and substantiated scholarly claims

Course Offerings and Learning Outcomes

HIST 4: World History to 1750

A survey of major themes and events in world history from the earliest civilizations to 1750. Emphasis will be placed on the rise of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; the early Indian, Chinese, Latin American, and African empires, and European expansionism and global encounters.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Arts and HumanitiesSLO: Students who complete History 4 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, three major turning points in world history before 1750.

HIST 5: World History from 1750

A survey of major themes and events in world history from 1750 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas, late 18th and early 19th century political revolutions, the Indus- trial Revolution, imperialism and colonialism, and 20th Century nationalist movements and revolutions.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Arts and HumanitiesSLO: Students who complete History 5 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, three major turning points in world history from 1750.

HIST 7: Social and Economic History of the U.S. to 1876

Surveys the American social and economic experience from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Featured topics include colo- nization; westward expansion of Europeans; the interaction of Native American and Euro- pean cultures; merchant and early industrial capitalism; motives for and consequences of independence from Great Britain; develop- ment and economic implications of federal government; slavery, indenture and free labor; immigration; conflict between the agrarian/ republican and urban-industrial/federalist visions of America; military involvements, and conditions of private and family life.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 7 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the evolution of the the U.S. economy and social structures.

HIST 8: Social and Economic History of the U.S., 1877 to the Present

Surveys the American social and economic ex- perience from Reconstruction to the present. Featured topics include the emergence of big business; labor and unionization; focus shifts from agriculture to manufacturing to services; government’s role in regulating industry and taming business cycles; immigration and in- ternal migrations; urbanization; gender roles and family structure; technological change; living conditions; the distribution of wealth; African American legal rights and economic realities; effects on Native Americans of U.S. expansion and federal oversight; economic globalization; overseas military actions, and new challenges to security and liberty.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 7 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the evolution of the U.S. economy and social structures from 1877 to the present.

HIST 9

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 9 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the intellectual evolution and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

HIST 11: Perspectives of Peace Studies

A comprehensive study of nonviolent philoso- phies and movements from the ancient world to the present, with particular emphasis on Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements they led.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete Peace Studies will be able to analyze the effectiveness of Gandhian non-violence in historical movements.

HIST 12: Revolutions and Revolts

Examination of the origins, phases, and results of selected revolutions throughout modern world history. Analyze from a com- parative perspective interpretations of the causes; phases; results of the revolutions; and how issues of gender, race, and class shaped these revolutions.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 12 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, the causes and effects of selected revolutions and revolts.

HIST 15: The Vietnam War

A study of the Vietnam War, including an examination of how the United States be- came involved, how this war was waged, and reactions to the policy in the United States and within the international community. An analysis of the legacies of the Vietnam conflict will be covered as America confronts world problems today.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Critically analyze, with reference to historical evidence, the evolution of the American intervention in Vietnam's civil war.

HIST 16: History of the United States to 1876

History of the United States from its colonial origins through the period of the Reconstruc- tion, in terms of cultural, economic, political, and social developments as influenced by geographical and cultural expansions and sectional conflicts.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Critically analyze, with reference to historical evidence, the evolution of U.S. politics, economics and culture to 1876.

HIST 17: History of the United States Since 1876

Focuses on U.S. history from the Reconstruc- tion period to the present, relating to such areas as Industrial Revolution, reform move- ments from the Progressives to the New Deal, overseas expansion, collective security in for- eign affairs, and other foreign and domestic issues since World War II.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete Hist 17 will be able to critically analyze, with reference to historical evidence, the evolution of US politics, economics, and culture since 1876.

HIST 19: United States Since 1945

Survey of the United States and its world relationships following the close of World War II. Special emphasis will be given to the Cold War, American social ferment, political history, the development of the Civil Rights Movement, and American foreign policy through Persian Gulf War.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Critically analyze, with reference to historical evidence, the evolution of U.S. politics, economics and culture since 1945.

HIST 20: Ethnic Cultures of the United States

A general overview of the sociological, psychological, and historical background of selected ethnic groups in the United States. Topics include social, political, and economic factors, as well as intergroup relationships, prejudice, discrimination, affirmative action, immigration, assimilation, and social change. Also listed as SOC 20. Credit given in either area, not both.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 20 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the development cultural identities within the U.S. social structure.

HIST 21: Women in United States History: A Multicultural Perspective

A survey of U.S. women’s history from the 18th century to the present. Focus will be placed on uncovering the similarities and differences in the historical experiences of women based on their class, racial, and ethnic identity. Concentration is on the changing roles of women in the family, community, labor force, and political system, and explo- ration of the evolution of gender roles and identities.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 21 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, the evolution of female identity in American culture.

HIST 22: Basic United States History

Survey of American history and interpretation of institutions from the colonial period to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students will be able to critically analyze, with reference to historical evidence, the notion of the United States population as a single united people.

HIST 25

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 25 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the evolution of the U.S. West as a distinct region.

HIST 27: Latin America: Pre-European to Independent Nationhood

A survey of the heritage of Latin America from a cradle of civilization in the pre-European era to the beginning of nationhood. The emphasis will be on the political, economic, cultural, and social history of this period. The student will be introduced to pre-European America, the Iberian background, European conquest and dominance, the movements to end European dominance, and the creation of Latin America.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 27 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the evolution of Latin America as a region before 1800.

HIST 28: Latin America: 1800 to the Present

A survey of the political, economic, cultural, and social history of Latin America. Review the development of Latin American nations since independence from European conquest and occupation. Examines the relationship of Latin American nations with the rest of the world, with special emphasis on relations with nations of the Western Hemisphere.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 28 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the evolution of Latin America as a region since 1800.

HIST 29: Film and History in Latin America

Students evaluate films on Latin America in the context of historical research on similar episodes or issues. Films will focus on the social and psychological consequences of colonialism, forced labor systems, religious beliefs, and “Modernization.”

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences

HIST 30: History of Mexico

Provides a general survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian to present. Includes the political, social, economic, and cultural growth of the Mexican nation.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 30 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to Mexico's evolution from its pre-Columbian roots to a modern nation.

HIST 32: California History

Historical heritage and development of California, with emphasis on economic, political and social factors which have influenced development from the pre-Spanish period to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 32 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to California's evolution as an economic, cultural and political entity within the United States.

HIST 33: The Political/Social History of Chicanos/as

Considers the principal developments in Chicanas/os history from the 16th century to the present. Students explore the history of Chicanas/os, and the manner in which the cultural patterns have been retained or redefined by life in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to their migration and settlement of the American Southwest; their interaction with the Anglo newcomers; and the transformation of their society after the Texas Revolution and the U.S.- Mexican War; the role of urbanization and immigration within that transformation; regional variation within the Chicanas/os community; and Chicanas/os contributions to the development of American society.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 33 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the development of a Chicano/a identity.

HIST 40: English History to 1688

A survey of English history from the Roman conquest to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Emphasis is placed on the Tudor and Stuart monarchs, especially Henry VIII and Elizabeth the Great.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 40 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, three major turning points in English history before 1688.

HIST 41: English History Since 1688

A survey of English history from the Glori- ous Revolution to the present. Includes an overview of the economic, political, social, cultural, and scientific developments from 1688 to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 41 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, three major turning points in English history since 1688.

HIST 61: History and Politics of Russia: Soviet Period to the Present

Survey and evaluation of the Russian Revo- lution followed by an analysis of the major forces which shaped the Soviet Union’s political, economic, and social systems. Course also includes the collapse of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 61 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, the evolution of the Russian experience.

HIST 62: European History to 1650

Survey of the historical developments of Europe from the Ancient Mediterranean to 1650. Includes an overview of the economic, political, social, cultural, and scientific devel- opments from the emergence of the Greek Empire to the Thirty Years War.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 62 will be able to identify three major trends in European history before 1650.

HIST 63: European History Since 1650

Survey of the historical developments of Europe from the Age of Absolutism to the present. Includes an overview of political, social, cultural, and scientific developments from the era of 17th Century nation building to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 63 will be able to identify three major trends in European history since 1650.

HIST 70: History of Asia to 1800

Survey of major social, religious, political, economic, and cultural traditions of Asia to 1800. Emphasis is placed upon the historical development of India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 70 will be able to identify three major trends in Asian history since 1800.

HIST 71: History of Asia Since 1800

A continuation of History of Asia to 1800, with an emphasis on issues of moderniza- tion, adaptation, and cultural change since 1800.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 71 will be able to identify three major trends in Asian history since 1800.

HIST 72: History of China

A survey of the history of China from Ancient Era to the present. Social, political, geographic, economic and cultural aspects of development will be covered.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 72 will be able to identify three major trends in Chinese history.

HIST 74: History of the Middle East to 1800

A survey of the cultural, economic, and political history of the Middle East from An- cient Era to 1800 C.E. with an emphasis on the rise, spread, and development of Islam. Explores how Islam developed out of earlier Middle Eastern societies and built upon those continuities, and examines the expansion and development of Islam and its interaction with pre-Islamic Middle Eastern societies and the West until 1800 C.E.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 74 will be able to analyze, using historical evidence, the historical evolution of the Middle-East as a region.

HIST 75: Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East

A survey of the major political, economic, religious and social institutions and move- ments of the Middle East from 1800 to the present, with special emphasis on the prob- lems of developing Middle Eastern nations, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and the political and economic implications of Middle Eastern oil. Includes a brief introduction to Islamic religious institutions, terrorism and militarism, with special emphasis on the importance of these institutions to the contemporary scene.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 75 will be able to analyze, using historical evidence, the politics, economics and culture of the contemporary Middle-East.

HIST 80: Introduction to Contemporary Africa

A survey of African history from ancient Egypt to the present. Focus will be on the nature of early African empires and societies, the impact of the slave trade, responses to imperial conquest and colonial rule, the rise of nationalist movements and the regaining of political independence, and the contem- porary challenges facing postcolonial African states and peoples. Also listed as PS 80. Credit given in either area, not both.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Student who complete History 80 will be able to analyze, using historical evidence, the politics, economics and culture of contemporary Africa.

HIST 81: African American History

Focuses on African American history. Emphasis will be placed on the African peoples’ experiences in the United States. Included will be discussion of African-American leaders from 1619 to the present, special epochs, and trends. Covers factors that influenced the changes of attitudes of and towards African Americans.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral SciencesSLO: Students who complete History 81 will be able to analyze historical evidence pertaining to the unique African-American traditions.

HIST 135

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Student who complete History 135 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, the evolution of American letters, art, and culture.

HIST 260

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Explore Russian cultural traditions, art and religion in an historical context which shape current events.

HIST 270

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Explore Asian cultural traditions in art and religion in an historical context and reflect on modern Asia

HIST 275

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Discuss historical basis of current events in the Middle East.

 

Updated 2-10-11