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  • HIST 3A- WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 - (3 Units:)
    (CAN HIST 14)

    To a greater extent than ever before, American citizens and their country are interdependent on the rest of the world, and not just the so-called "Western World." We need to see ourselves as part of a world community--even if seen through a Western perspective. This course surveys the various civilizations of the world up to 1500 AD, stressing the inter-connectedness of various cultures even in ancient times. There will be an attempt to explore the "common denominators" among the several great civilizations, also stressing such universal issues as freedom.There is considerable emphasis on the Greek, Roman, and other civilizations most influential to us, while also dealing with the other civilizations and their inter-relationships. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall, Spring. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 3B- WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 (3 Units):
    (CAN HIST 16)

    Course will cover the period of 1600 to the 1980's and will focus on the making of the modern world. Inter-locking themes will include the discovery of the New World and the rise of Capitalism, the resistance to this new economic system by the non-white world, the spread of Imperialism and the division of the world in the "core" (industrial) and "peripheral" (non-industrial nations) of the First and Third World. National revolution and rebellion especially in the 20th century will be examined as well as the end of the "Third World" and the rise of the Pacific Rim as a model of national and economic development. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall, Spring. (No prerequisite)

  • HIST 5A - BRITISH HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS TO 1713 (3 Units):

    A survey of British history and institutions from prehistory to the 18th Century. Special attention to the development of British society and cultural achievements as well as to political evolution. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC.(No prerequisite)

  • HIST 5B- BRITISH HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS SINCE 1713 (3 Units):

    A survey of British history and institutions from 1713 to present. Special attention to the development of British society and cultural achievements as well as to political evolution. Emphasis on British domestic and foreign policies of the 20th Century. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (No prerequisite)

  • HIST 6A- HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST (3 Units):

    Background of China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. China studied in depth beginning with the arrival of the West and China's relation to trade, missionary activity, and colonialism. Reforms and rebellions, the fall of the Ch`ing Dynasty. China's grouping towards becoming a modern state. Japanese institutions and Japan's swift rise to world power status in relation to the U.S. and China. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 6B- HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST (3 Units):

    Probe into the evolving power struggle between Japan, China, and the Western powers. Colonial areas examined and compared. World War II; power vacuums, the involvement of the US, the rise of communist power. Some attention to Southeast Asia. Emphasis on a comparison of contemporary China and Japan. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 7- HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORY (3 Units):

    Surveys the evolution of the Chicano in America, including their contributions and special problems. Emphasis will be placed upon current issues having the most impact upon America and the Southwest in particular. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 8A-B- LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (3-3.0 Units):

    A political, social, and cultural history of the Americas, both North and South, from earliest origins to the present. Includes study of the foreign relations of the American republics. The first semester (8A) deals with the colonial era and the second semester (8B) with the national period. Emphasis is placed on Mexico and the Caribbean area plus the major nations of South America. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. HIST 8A offered Fall, HIST 8B offered Spring. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 13- AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (3 Units):

    The progression of the Black American's slave experience to the present. Emphasis on the struggle for social, political, and economic parity. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall, Spring. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 14- WOMEN IN UNITED STATES HISTORY (3 Units):

    Basic background in US history will be assumed and helpful. History of women in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Emphasis on changing roles women have played in society, family, and work. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 16- HISTORY OF THE INDIANS OF THE UNITED STATES (3 Units):

    A survey history of Native America from the time of contact (1500) to the present. Course will focus on Indians of North American, but will also focus to a lesser degree on American tribes, civilizations, and kingdoms of the South America and Hawaii. The anthropological background, settlement patterns, erosion of traditional culture and values conquests by whites, genocide, the theft of the West by whites, the reservations system, the tragedy of Native America today and the rise of Native courses. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC. Offered Fall, Spring. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 17A- HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1876 (3 Units):
    (CAN HIST 8)

    American civilization through the Civil War era. Native American European antecedents will be studied. Colonial and revolutionary periods will be analyzed as well as the formation of a new nation. Gender and race issues will be examined in light of nation building. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC credit limitation). Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST H17A- HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1876 (4 Unit):
    (CAN HIST 8)

    This is the first half of the survey course on the history of the United States. The honors format requires a greater degree of outside reading material and a greater amount of time devoted to class discussion than in the regular courses ( and consequently less time on actual contents of text, which good readers seldom need). Particular attention will focus on the variety of interpretations and viewpoints on many of the more important events and developments relating to the period from 1607-1877. Four lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation). (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 17B- HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1876 (3 Units):
    (CAN HIST 10)

    A survey of the history of the United States from 1876 to the present. The course will focus on economic, political and social history in order to understand the casual factors that created the United States. Gender and ethnic history will be examined in light of the development of the United States and how diverse groups contributed to the historical reality of the United states. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation). Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST H17B- HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1876 (4 Units):
    (CAN HIST 10)

    A survey of the history of the United States from 1876 to the present. The course will focus on economic, political and social history in order to understand the casual factors that created the United States. Gender and ethnic history will be examined in light of the development of the United States and how diverse groups contributed to the historical reality of the United States. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation). Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 18- HISTORY OF MEXICO (3 Units):

    Social, economic, and political history of Mexico from the pre-Columbian period up to the present. Present-day Mexican society as a product of the region's geographical position in relation to the rest of Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Enables the student to have a greater grasp of Mexico's development and its position in the world community. Three lecture hours per week. CSU. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 20- HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA (3 Units):

    A survey of the history and geography of California. The course will cover all aspects of the development of what is today known as California, including those contributions made by Indians, Spanish, Mexican, and early Anglo inhabitants. Special emphasis will be laid upon critical issues of the present for teachers in the primary grades. Three lecture hours per week. CSU, UC (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 21- HISTORY OF RUSSIA (3 Units):

    Russian history through Kievan, Muscovite, Imperial, and Soviet periods. The agrarian problem, great reforms, radical movement, the revolution of 190t. Attention to the Revolution of 1917 and to Russian international and internal politics since 1917. Three lecture hours per week. CSU. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 22- THE INFORMATION AGE (3 Units):

    The trans-disciplinary course analyzes the profound technological, social, political and cultural revolution the world had undergone in the period of 1970 through the early 21st century. This history course will provide students with the analytical tools necessary to understand their place in the 21st century. Six lecture hours per week for nine weeks. CSU. (No prerequisite) This course may be taken four times.


  • HIST 28- SPECIAL TOPICS (Variable Units):

    See special Topics listing


  • HIST 29- INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 Units):

    See Independent Study


  • HIST 45- PTK STUDY TOPIC SEMINAR (1 Units):

    This is a lecture series based on the Phi Theta Kappa International honor society study topic for each year. Faculty members will be invited to speak on their areas of expertise as they relate to those study topics. One lecture hour per week. CSU, UC. (No prerequisite. Credit/No Credit). This course may be taken four times.


  • HIST 50- UNITED STATES HISTORY (3 Units):

    A survey of American social, political, and economic institutions from colonial origins to recent times. Course specifically designed for fulfillment of requirements of high school diploma and for non-transfer students. Three lecture hours per week. (No prerequisite. Grade option)


  • HIST 55- HISTORY OF THE VICTOR VALLEY (3 Units):

    This course will draw on a large body of source material and information gathered over a long span of years in the community as well as recently acquired and discovered material to trace the development and changes of lifestyles and ways of life from one generation to another. There will be some attempt to tie local developments to national trends and events while also attempting to discover what is unique and significant about the experience of living in the high Mojave Desert during the era from 1850 to the present. Three lecture hours per week. Offered Spring. (No prerequisite. Grade option)


  • HIST 60- MOJAVE DESERT HISTORY WORKSHOP (3 Units):

    This is a research and writing course utilizing the raw materials of local history for the task of attempting to assemble a history of the Victor Valley area and neighboring regions. The class will build on the excellent material already assembled in the Mojave Magazine and related oral history interviews already gathered by previous classes and individuals. Three lecture hours per week. (No prerequisite)


  • HIST 101- HISTORY (FIELD TRIP) OF MOJAVE ROAD (0.5 Units):

    A driving tour of the Historic Mojave Road that will take students from Needles to Barstow. Along the route, students will visit sites in the Fort Paiute, Lanfair Valley, Camp RockSprings, Cima, Soda Springs, Afton Canyon, and Camp Cady areas. Throughout the tour, students will learn of the historical and political significance and contributions to the development of the road, as well as reasons for intermittent conflicts leading to periods of abandonment. Led by noted regional historian Dr. Leo Lyman, this tour is rich in the culture and history of the Mojave Desert. Twenty seven laboratory hours (field trip with lectures enroute. (No prerequisite)



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