Course Descriptions

Your Department of History graduate adviser will help you map out an efficient and logical sequence of courses to accommodate scheduling.

Some graduate offerings in the Department of History are conducted during only one or two quarters per year. View the list graduate courses being taught in the current quarter.

Comprehensive List of Graduate Courses

201A-N, P-Q, S-T, W, X. Sources and General Literature of History (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. (A) Ancient; (B) Medieval; (C) Renaissance and Reformation; (D) Early Modern Europe; (E) Europe since 1815; (F) China to 1880; (G) China since 1880; (H) Britain; (I) Latin America since 1810; (J) American History to 1787; (K) United States, 1787–1896 (L) United States since 1896; (M) Middle East; (N) Modern Japan; (P) African Historiography; (Q) Cross-Cultural Women's History; (S) History of Science and Medicine; (T) Jewish History; (W) Sources and General Literature of History; (X) World History. May be repeated for credit when different subject area is studied.

202A-I. Major Issues in Historical Interpretation (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Fundamental issues and debates in the study of history. (A) Ancient; (B) Medieval Europe; (C) Modern Europe; (D) India; (E) Africa; (F) China; (G) Japan; (H) United States; (I) Latin America. Readings, papers, and class reports. May be repeated for credit when a different subject area is studied. — I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

203A. Research Seminar (4)

Seminar—3 hours; tutorial—1 hour.

Designed for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Individual research and analysis resulting in substantial research paper of publishable quality. Completion required of all Ph.D. candidates. The three courses must be taken in continuous sequence, ordinarily during second year. — I. (I.)

203B-203C. Research Seminar (4-4)

Seminar—3 hours; tutorial—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 203A.

Designed for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Individual research and analysis resulting in substantial research paper of publishable quality. Completion required of all Ph.D. candidates. The three courses must be taken in continuous sequence, ordinarily during second year. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) — II, III. (II, III.)

204. Historiography (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper.

Major issues in the philosophy and methodology of history. — I. (I.)

221. Medieval History (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: courses 121A, 121B, 121C recommended.

Topics in the history of medieval and early Renaissance Europe.

245. Modern European History (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 201E.

Primary sources and research methodologies in the history of modern France and Germany. May be repeated one time for credit. — III. (III.)

261. Latin American History (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: two courses in Latin American history; reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. — I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

271A-271B. United States History (4-4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 201J-L or 202H.

Research in literature, methods, and sources on aspects of United States history, culminating in each student completing a research paper in the field by the end of the second quarter. May be repeated for credit. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.)

291A. Chinese History (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Research on topics to be chosen by the students for the purpose of writing article-length papers. May be repeated for credit. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) — Bossler

291B. Chinese History (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Completion of article-length papers on topics chosen by students. May be repeated for credit. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) — Bossler

291C. Methods and Issues in Chinese History (4)

Seminar—2 hours; tutorial—1 hour. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Chinese; consent of instructor.

Readings in Chinese historical materials. Training in the use of Chinese reference works (including online resources). May be repeated for credit. — I. (I.) Bossler

292. College Teaching Internship (4)

Internship—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 300 (may be taken concurrently). Student prepares and teaches one lower division history course in a nearby community college under the supervision of a UC Davis instructor and a community college instructor. (S/U grading only.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

299D. Individual Study (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

Professional

389. Introductory Seminar for Teaching Assistants (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: must be enrolled in course 390. An introduction to the broad comparative and theoretical issues of teaching methods and techniques in history. (S/U grading only.) — I. (I.)

390. Teaching History in College (2)

Discussion—2 hours.

Designed for teaching assistants with emphasis on problems and procedures encountered by teachers of lower division classes at the university. (S/U grading only.)