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History (HIST)


HIST 021  U.S. History 1  (5)
Covers U.S. history from pre-Colombian times through Reconstruction. Explores topics in political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic and military history. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in READ 084 or eligible for READ 094 and ENGL 081.
HIST 022  U.S. History 2  (5)
Covers U.S. History from Reconstruction to contemporary times. Explores topics in political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic and military history. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in READ 094 and ENGL 081.

HIST 024  Pacific Northwest and Washington State History  (5)
Examines the emergence of the modern Pacific Northwest beginning with the earliest geological creation of the region and continuing with Native American habitation, contact with Euro-Americans, the development of trade and early settlement, the development of an industrial economy, the cycle of 20th century wars and depression, and the post-World War II emergence of the Pacific Northwest.
HIST 101  The Ancient World  (5)
Introduces the major world civilizations from pre-history through the medieval epoch, approximately 1300. Emphasizes socio-political formations, cultural and religious expressions of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Asia, Africa, and Europe. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST 102  Early Modern World  (5)
Introduces the major world civilizations from the medieval to the modern epoch, approximately 1800. Emphasizes the Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Science and Enlightenment, Colonial and Trans-Atlantic Age, Age of Revolution, Ming and Qing China, and Age of Empire in the Middle East. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirements for AA degree.
HIST 103  The Modern World  (5)
Introduces world history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes include industrialization, cultural revolutions, political modernization, colonialism and decolonization, world wars, Cold War, globalization, terrorism, and other contemporary problems. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 120  History of the Movies  (5)
Examines the emergence of movies as a form of popular culture during the early decades of the 20th century, traces their development through the introduction of sound and color, the competition with the new medium of television, and concludes with the movie's emergence as a pervasive world culture at the beginning of the 21st century. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 122  History of Australian Movies  (5)
Examines the emergence of a unique Australian cinema during the early decades of the 20th century, the struggle to maintain independence from the Hollywood and British film industry, and the development of an internationally recognized Australian style in the later decades of the 20th century. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST 135  The United States Since 1940  (5)
Surveys U.S. history since 1940. Explores topics in social, cultural, intellectual, economic, political, military and foreign affairs history. Studies the contributions of minorities and women to U.S. history. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 194  Special Studies-History  (1-3)
Students develop a unique experience while working at local museums. Students learn or work with a local historical organization in gathering, preserving, organizing and managing of historical records at the local, state and federal level; and learn procedures in determining and preserving historic sites. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.

HIST 220  History of American Civilization  (5)
Examines the history of the United States through the process of becoming a modern world power. Gives attention to immigrants of North America; the conquest, and colonization of the continent; the contribution of minority groups, nation-building and myth-making; sectional and regional conflicts; industrialization and post-industrialization; and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor’s permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 224  African-American History  (5)
A broad survey of African American history. Begins with an overview of West African cultures prior to the rise of the slave trade and ends with a discussion of modern events. Topics include the rise of slavery in the Americas, the origin and development of American ideas about race, the formation of an African-American culture, the Civil War and emancipation, the era of Jim Crow, and the struggle for civil rights from the 18th century to the present. Explores various interpretations and theoretical ideas about African American history. Shows that African American history is central to U.S. history. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 226  Asian-American History  (5)
Explores the experiences of Asians in the U.S. from the period of immigration to the present. Emphasizes the immigrant experience, the impact of exclusionary immigration laws, the development of ethnic Asian-American communities, and post-1965 developments. Surveys the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Asian-Indian, and Southeast-Asian refugees. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
HIST 228  Latinos in the United States  (5)
Examines the historical, social and economic experience of Latinos in the United States. Begins with the Spanish borderlands in the 16th century and ends with contemporary affairs. Explores the histories of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and Central Americans in the United States within the context of U.S. relations with the countries of origin and changes over time in the U.S. society and economy. Assesses the historical construction of race and ethnicity, gender, and the changing forms of identity. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 230  20th Century Europe  (5)
An in-depth study of Europe in the 20th century. Themes include 19th century legacies and end of the century crisis, artistic and cultural change, two world wars, a cold war, wars of decolonization, economic growth and decline, political unity, protest, and fragmentation. Focuses on political, cultural, and intellectual themes. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 231  Modern Asia  (5)
Deals with the historical factors that shaped the domestic and international relations of China, Japan, and Korea. Focuses on the evolution of political and economic power of those countries from 1850 to the present. Gives attention to the role of religious and philosophical backgrounds and to the changes that occurred in the economic, social and political structures of these societies. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST 232  Renaissance and Reformation  (5)
Examines intellectual, religious and cultural change during the Renaissance, Reformation and scientific revolution in Europe, approximately 1350-1650 CE. Gives attention to Renaissance politics and society. Explores Reformation from religious and cultural perspectives, as well as competing early modern cosmologies through a comparison of the witch-hunting craze with the nascent world of modern science. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 233  History of Latin America  (5)
Surveys the history of Latin America from its indigenous, Iberian, and African roots through contemporary affairs. Assesses the historical construction of racial, class, and gender inequalities. Emphasizes the historical diversity of the region and examines common social, economic and political problems. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 235  History of Great Britain  (5)
Examines the history of Britain from the island's first inhabitants through the long and difficult struggles to become the United Kingdom. Gives attention to the various social and political groups that have dominated British life during the past and the present. For the London quarter, particular attention is given to the city of London as the center of British life and culture. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 237  History of Australia and New Zealand  (5)
Examines the history of the Australasian nations of Australia and New Zealand from the first human inhabitation of Australia some 60,000 years ago and the Maori settlement of New Zealand some 900 years ago through the long and often difficult processes of becoming the modern island nations of Australia and New Zealand. Gives attention to the various groups who have migrated to Australasia, the European exploration and colonization of the area, the development of settlements and colonial governments, the move to nationhood in the late 19th century, and the emergence of the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand in the 20th century PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST 240  The Civil War  (5)
Studies the events and conditions leading to the Civil War, the conflict itself, and the war's legacy. Begins with a review of the roots of slavery in the British colonies, the consolidation of slavery as a major institution, and its increasing influence in the polarization of the young republic. Examines a number of important developments such as the Missouri Compromise, Manifest Destiny, the divisive events of the 1850s, the election of Abraham Lincoln, the constitutional crisis and secession, the Confederacy and Unions political, economic, and military strategies, the reality of total war, the military campaigns and decisive battles. Concludes with an examination of the legacy of conflict. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL&101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 245  The Second World War  (5)
Examines the history of World War II from its long-term origins in the post-WWI era, through the rise of dictators and imperial conquest in the 1930's. Examines key figures and events of the war: from Hitler to FDR; from the nature of warfare to domestic fronts; from Pacific to the European theaters; from the Holocaust to the atomic bombs. Gives special attention to the various ethnic, religious, and political groups affected by World War II. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST 250  The Vietnam War  (5)
Traces the background of the Vietnam War to the eventual direct involvement of the United States, Russia and China in the revolt of the Vietnamese against French colonialism in Indo-China. A major portion of the course deals with the period from the defeat of the French at Dienbienphu in 1954 to the defeat of South Vietnam by the North in April 1975. Examines recent historical interpretations and debates over the war. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST 299  Independent Study-History  (1-5)
Permits a student to pursue a special field of interest under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: Five credits of history at the 100 or 200 level plus instructor's permission.

HIST& 136  U.S. History I  (5)
First quarter survey of U.S. history commencing with Native American origins and concluding with Reconstruction. Emphasizes the contributions of minority groups in the development of U.S. society. Focuses on major interpretations and revisionist schools of historical literature. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST& 137  U.S. History II  (5)
Second quarter survey of U.S. history, commencing in 1877 and ending with contemporary affairs. Emphasizes the contributions of minority groups to the development of American society. Focuses on major interpretations and revisionist schools of historical literature. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

HIST& 214  Pacific Northwest History  (5)
Examines the emergence of the modern Pacific Northwest beginning with the earliest geological creation of the region and continuing with Native American habitation, contact with Euro-Americans, the development of trade and early settlement, the development of an industrial economy, the cycle of 20th century wars and depression, and the post-World War II emergence of the Pacific Northwest. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
HIST& 215  Women in U.S. History  (5)
A brief survey of gender and U.S. history from pre-Colombian times to the present. Explores topics in cultural, ethnic, intellectual, political, social, and economic history. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.