History Summer Courses

    Introduction to Native American History

  • HIS 9

    Session 1

    Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Native American Studies and the Indigenous experience. Topics include: history of United States-Indian relations; colonialism; sovereignty; identity; representation of Native Americans in popular culture; and contemporary efforts toward decolonization in indigenous communities. (Formerly Introduction to Native American Studies.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)

  • United States History to 1877

  • HIS 10A

    Session 2

    Focuses on the building of British American colonies and the establishment, disintegration, and reconstruction of the nation with an emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and gender impacted colonial development and structured the nation's agenda and the definition of citizenship. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER, IH.)

  • United States History, 1877 to 1977

  • HIS 10B

    Session 1

    Surveys the political, social, and cultural history of the United States from 1877 to 1977. Focuses on national politics with emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and gender changed the nation's agenda. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER, IH.)

  • Latin America: National Period

  • HIS 11B

    Session 1

    An introduction to the study of Latin American history from the Independence Wars in the early 19th century to the present. Topics include changing economic models of development, U.S. role, rural and urban life, women, nationalisms, populism, revolution, the military in politics, and the problem of democracy. (General Education Code(s): CC, IH, E.) 

  • Scientific Vocabulary and the Roots of the European Scientific Tradition (online)

  • HIS 60

    Session 2 

    Online only course. 

    Trains students in the principals that will help them make sense of Greco-Latin scientific and technical vocabulary. Introduces Greco-Roman natural philosophy and its general cultural context, and explains the historical relationship of that tradition to the emergence of modern European experimental science and technology. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

  • The Holocaust: Destruction of European Jewry (online)

  • HIS 71


    Focuses on the destruction of the Jews of Europe by Nazi Germany. Issues and themes are historically grounded and include works of literature, social sciences, philosophy, and film. Online course. (General Education Code(s): ER.) 

  • Making of the Modern World, 1750-1950

  • HIS 101B

    Session 2

    The history of the world from 1750. Focuses on the liberal project (the industrial and democratic revolutions) and its impact on the world—slavery and abolition, self-strengthening movements, race and class, imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. (General Education Code(s): CC, E.) 

  • Chicana/Chicano History

  • HIS 128

    Session 1

    A survey course on the social history of the Mexican (Chicana/o) community and people in the U.S. through the 20th century. Themes include resistance, migration, labor, urbanization, culture and politics. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER, E.) 

  • Colonial Mexico

  • HIS 134A

    Session 1

    Covers the social, cultural, economic, and political history of colonial Mexico (New Spain). Special attention paid to colonial identity formation, religion, and labor systems. Begins by examining indigenous societies prior to the arrival of Europeans and concludes with Mexico's independence movement in the early 19th century. (General Education Code(s): ER, E.)

  • Santa Cruz History: 1770-Present

  • HIS 139E

    Session 2

    Santa Cruz County was historically home to many Awaswas Ohlone-speaking tribes. Course traces the persistent multiethnic quality of the region as it became part of the Spanish empire, Mexico, and the United States. (General Education Code(s): TA.)