Past,Current & Upcoming Graduate Courses




CRN: 28016

Catalog Title: History of Slavery and Race in the United States

Taught by: Dr. McPherson


This is a graduate level course on the history of slavery and race in the United States. In this course, we will explore major themes in the field, engage contemporary debates, and consider issues of research and methodology within the field of African American history around issues of race and slavery. The goal of this course is to provide graduate students with a broad understanding of the history of slavery and race in the U.S.  Students should expect to produce a term paper (approx. 3000 words) in addition to class presentations and weekly writing assignments.  Although this course examines historical scholarship and engages historical interpretations, students from other academic disciplines are welcome.


Questions? Contact Dr. McPherson at

CRN: 28017

HIST 222
Catalog Title: Reading Seminar in Late Antiquity

Taught by: Dr. Salzman


The Decline and Fall of Rome

Tuesdays: 3:10-6:00

HIST 222.  Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published on the eve of American independence, has fueled a continuing stream of western intellectuals and scholars to ponder the last centuries of Rome.  The vitality and longevity of Rome’s empire, which had united three civilizations and three continents under a single government , still makes study of its fall “good to think with.”  Most recently, for instance, Kyle Harper’s, The Fate of Rome (2017), which focuses on environmental factors that undermined Rome, is indicative of this phenomenon. But what did people living in the Roman Empire in the fourth through sixth centuries ( the period now called late antiquity), think of these events?  What difference did Christianity make in this process?

This course will consider Roman and Greek responses to the key crises that have led to the dominant paradigms for explaining not just the “Decline and Fall of Rome,” but the rise of new cultural, political, and religious institutions.   Not just what happened, but how the narratives of these events were used to advance the interests and shape the identities of key groups – women, barbarians, soldiers, senators, clerics - are the focus of this class in the pivotal centuries that brought the demise of the Roman Empire as a single political system and the rise of Byzantium and the Germanic Kingdoms. 

We will read secondary texts in conjunction with certain primary texts.  We will focus, in particular, on Augustine’s City of God, which was written in response to the Sack of Rome in 410.  To better understand the fate of Rome, we will also consider examples from comparative ancient empires, as that of Ancient China studied by Walter Scheidel.

All readings will be in English.


Questions? Contact Dr. Salzman ext. 1991 -  Office: 6603 Humanities -


CRN: 28018


Taught by: Dr. Lehmann


The primary goal of this two-quarter graduate seminar is to guide you in the process of preparing and writing a major research paper. In the first quarter, we will discuss readings on different methodological approaches, research strategies, and source interpretation. You will also start to define and develop a manageable research project. The second quarter will be devoted primarily to written and oral presentations of your research and peer reviews of your fellow students’ work.  


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CRN: 27433


Taught by: Dr. Trafzer


History 276 A and B provides graduate students an opportunity to research primary and secondary sources focused on Native American History and write a research paper prepared to be submitted to a scholarly journal.  The professor works one on one with every student to conceive, research, assess, interpreted, organize, and edit a research paper of high quality.  Students select their research topics in consultation with the professor to ensure the paper can be researched, written, edited, and completed in two quarters.  Students interested in learning how to research and write historical works for publication will benefit from this seminar.  


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Catalog Title: Reading Seminar in American History: United States, 1877 to the Present

Taught by: Dr. Weber

History 201C was part of a three part seminar series designed to introduce the graduate student to the historiographical discussions among historians. It was once required and considered the common touch stone for students entering US graduate studies. As such, it attempted to introduce and engage various historical questions. It introduced methodology, the formation of questions, and, of course, the process of critically evaluating the arguments presented.
This ten week seminar will focus on a series of questions, debates and new challenges about the history of the period from 1877 to the present. Learn about the long 20th century and the debates and questions which have helped shape the written history.
Among these questions are:
-Nationalism, Internationalism and “global visions.”
-The state: what is it and how do we understand the Progressive Period, the New Deal, and the unmaking of the New Deal in a neoliberal age?
-Social movements and feminisms:
-white supremacy: changing discourse over race and racial categorizations, whiteness, white supremacy and other perspectives on understanding a centuries old issue in the US. Will present in relation to the first and second Reconstruction and mass incarceration.
-The New Capitalism studies: Scholars are revisiting the nature of capitalism and capitalism society. While this began with scholars of slavery this ‘new’ capitalism studies expands its reach to explore the nature of the economic system in which we live.
-US Imperialism: a long view approach to US imperialism
-Labor and Working Class: While the 20th century saw the height of union organizing in the great industrial strikes of the l930s and the rise of strong unions, by the mid-1970s and after, the shifting nature of the US and world economy presented different kinds of work and the increasing exclusion of labor from any sort of industrial ‘deal.’ Yet the recent teacher strikes and national networks, the near ‘general strike’ by transportation workers augurs a different future and different reactions by workers.
Questions? Contact Dr. Weber at

HIST 211
Catalog Title: Reading Seminar in the Roman Empire

Taught by: Dr. Salzman

The History of the Roman Empire through its Cities
“The city is a wonderfully complex entity. It can be defined as either a physical space of architecture, or as people living in a single place, or as both of these. Within these definitions a myriad of other elements emerge that make the city a very slippery object of analysis. This is as true for the multiple entities characterized as ‘the Roman city’ as it is for any other urban form.” – R.S. Laurence, E. Cleary, and G. Sears, The City in the Roman West, c. 350 BC-c. AD 250 (Cambridge, 2011).
This course analyzes some of the key historiographical debates and materials for studying the history of the Roman Empire by focusing on its cities – the “wonderfully complex entities” that emerged as key to the stability and longevity of the Roman state. We will begin with the challenges that Augustus faced after 31 BC and conclude with Constantine in the early fourth century. The seminar will focus on how the state and its emperors fostered the growth and development of the empire through its cities. We will combine study of ancient texts with relevant secondary readings. Topics will include urban networks, capital cities, religious practices, ties between city and countryside, Romanization, imperialism, identity formation, and gender. One particular focus will be the city as the locus of religious action and ritual, and recent arguments to the contrary.
Required Reading (to buy):
Required- Tacitus. Complete Works of Tacitus. McGraw-Hill. (The Oxford Editions of Annals, Agricola and Georgics are excellent as well.)
Optional – at your discretion:
*Cooley, A.E. Res Gestae Divi Augusti. (Cambridge, 2009).
*Dench, E. Empire and Political Cultures in the Roman World (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018).
*Morley, N., Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy (Cambridge, 1996).
*Robinson, T. Who were the First Christians? Dismantling the Urban Thesis (Oxford,
Readings will be in English. There will be an optional meeting each week for those students who wish to translate and discuss relevant readings in Latin for an additional two credits.
Questions? Contact Dr. Salzman ext. 1991 - Office: 6603 Humanities -

HIST 213

Taught by: Dr. Salzman

Readings in Latin Literature
This two-credit course will focus on readings from the first-century CE in Latin, with special attention to the Annals of Tacitus, the Letters and Speeches of Pliny, and the Moral Epistles of Seneca. All readings in Latin. We will meet once a week for one hour.
Mondays. Time: TBA.
Questions? Contact Dr. Salzman ext. 1991 - Office: 6603 Humanities -

HIST 250

Taught by: Dr. Hughes

New Directions in Historiography: Hauntology and Critical Histories of Ghosts
This seminar begins with Derrida’s Spectres of Marx to think about historical hauntings as a critical analytic. We move on to read historians writing about diverse times and places who have placed ghosts and the spirits
of the dead at the center of their reflections. Ghosts haunt us from the past, especially from the death worlds of European colonialism. We use the lens of ghosts to imagine critical, decolonial histories and to consider how historiography can be deployed as a justice-driven project. Students will write a final research paper applying the theories and methods of the class to their specific field of study.
Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer Hughes at:


Taught by: Dr. Michels

Part Two of HIST 251A offered in winter 2019
A general research seminar in history including European, continental European, British, Russian, ancient, and Latin American history. Includes readings in archival and research methods. Also includes a major research paper based on extensive use of primary source material.
Questions? Contact Dr. Michels:


Taught by: Dr. Gudis

Preservation/Conservation Practicum
This practicum trains students in strategies of public engagement and interpretation of Southern California’s cultural landscape, and will focus on the history of the logistics industry (the movement and distribution of goods) and its social, economic, and environmental impacts on our region. We will choose key sites and stories of environmental justice to focus on, following a route that traces a shipping container as it enters the Ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach, is transported onto a succession of freight trucks and rails through Southeast LA, and heads east to the Inland Ports of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, home to over a billion square feet of distribution warehouses. Our work in the class (curating images, producing digital essays, conducting interviews, brainstorming engagement projects) will contribute to the traveling exhibition, digital platform, and public programs of the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of universities and issues-based organizations whose current initiative is on migration, climate, and environmental justice. Questions? Contact Dr. Gudis at

HIST 262
Catalog Title: Museum Studies

Taught by: Dr. Molly McGarry

This course is a graduate level introduction to the history of museums, the field of museum studies, and the theoretical and practical issues confronting curators and public historians in the United States today. Although our primary focus will be on the politics and practice of exhibiting public histories, we will also explore
questions of collecting and display in art, natural history, and anthropology museums; private collections, cabinets of curiosity, and dime museums; popular uses of history in culture, commerce, and heritage tourism; digital and virtual museums; and monuments and memorials.
Questions? Contact Dr. McGarry:

Catalog Title: Seminar in Twentieth-Century United States History

Taught by: Dr. Lloyd

This is the second half of the graduate research seminar in twentieth-century U.S. history. Students who completed 275A will now conduct the research necessary to execute the plan designed in the first half of the course and write a chapter-length paper.
Questions? Contact Dr. Lloyd:


Catalog Title: Oral History Practicum

Taught by: Dr. Megan Asaka

This practicum is intended to provide hands-on training in conducting and digitizing oral history interviews through a collaboration with the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of universities and local organizations that produce public humanities projects on urgent social issues. Our focus will be on the rise of Southern California’s logistics industry (the movement and distribution of goods) and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of Amazon and other e-commerce retailers throughout the Inland Empire. Interviews conducted during the quarter will be included in a national travelling exhibit on migration and environmental justice, as well as other digital platforms.
Questions? Contact Dr. Asaka at

HIST 254
Catalog Title: Reading Seminar in Historical Theory and Methods

Taught by: Dr. Denver Graninger

Problems in Archaic Greek history (ca. 1200-479 BCE)
This graduate seminar provides an introduction to some key trends and problems in the study of the history of the ancient Greek world from the fall of the Bronze Age palaces until the Persian Wars. A central focus will be the ancient sources for and modern historiography of urbanism in the Greek world ca. 1200-479 BCE, with detailed treatment of Crete, Sparta, and Athens. No knowledge of ancient Greek language is required; no knowledge of ancient Greek history assumed. Graduate students from throughout CHASS are welcome to enroll and may contact Prof. Graninger at with questions.

HIST 260
Catalog Title: Historic Preservation

Taught by: Dr. Catherine Gudis

Seminar in Historic Preservation and the Politics of Place
This graduate seminar in public history is intended to introduce the histories, theories, and practices of historic preservation in the United States. It poses central questions regarding the politics of place, the historical forces shaping racialized landscapes, and the meanings we affix to the built and natural environment. Does place matter? Is preservation merely a means of capital accumulation that “saves buildings” but displaces people, especially of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, as it paves paths to gentrification? How and why has preservation been enacted in the U.S., and with what economic and social impact or agendas? These are a few of the questions we will consider in this seminar as we situate preservation in its broad cultural and historical context, and explore contestation around memory and memorialization. Throughout, we will consider critical and creative ways in which site-based interpretation – from tours to soundscapes to performance – can mobilize participatory forms of public memory and tactical forms of urbanism. Since preservation is a field with job opportunities, assignments will be geared to student interest; you might want to complete the steps for landmarking a building to gain work experience, or you might seek, instead, to develop a tour, propose a curated program, create alternative historical signage, or come up with other research or engagement projects addressing sites and issues in other geographical regions, beyond the U.S. Questions? Contact Dr. Gudis at


Taught by: Dr. Brian Lloyd

This course is designed to assist graduate students in the work of conceiving, researching, and writing an original piece of scholarship, grounded in primary sources, in 20thC U.S. history. During the first (Winter) quarter, we will concentrate on two tasks: a) discussing together a number of books and essays selected with an eye toward illuminating the interplay of theme, argument, and method; and b) fixing the thesis and research plan that you will develop and execute in the Spring quarter (in 275B). Throughout, students will shape their projects by sharing ideas and experiences with classmates and through individual conferences with the instructor.
Questions? Contact Dr. Lloyd at

HIST 277

Taught by: Dr. Fariba Zarinebaf

Early Modern World: The Ottoman Empire & Europe Studies of the Mediterranean World have usually marginalized the Ottoman Empire as an Islamic ‘other’ bent on conquest and conversion, a view that reflects western historical images of the empire after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. This course will correct this view by placing the Ottoman Empire at the center of European world system and will focus not only on military interactions on land and sea but also on cultural, commercial as well as diplomatic encounters. We will tackle historiographical issues as well as the new research directions and archival material. We will also use travelogues, literary sources as well as visual material to study encounters as well as the representations of the Ottoman Empire in Europe and vice versa. Students will be required to write short essays on readings, do presentations and write a lng research paper. Textbooks: Daniel Goffman, The Ottoman Empire and the Early Modern World Fariba Zarinebaf, Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red Course Material, ilearn.
Questions? Contact Dr. Zarinebaf at


Taught by: Dr. Steven Hackel
This course offers an introduction to readings in American Colonial History. The aim of the course is to introduce graduate students to broad themes in the field and to some recent historiographical approaches and debates. This course is not an investigation into the antecedents of the United States. That is not our goal. Our goal is to understand the full range of societies in North America before 1750 and to grasp the general contours of the issues that historians working on that period have found most important. We will cover a huge range of territory and peoples during out short time together.

Taught by: Dr. Robert Patch
Introduces students to some of the most significant historiographical approaches or traditions developed for the study of colonial Latin America. The course does NOT try to impart the basic knowledge or factual material needed to be an "expert" in Latin American history. Rather, the materials class encourages students to improve their critical understanding of history and historiography while at the same time providing an introduction to some of the basic themes of colonial Latin American history. These themes are: native Americans, Africans, Euro-Americans, colonialism, slavery, race, women, gender, state formation, and the collapse of the colonial regimes. It is hoped that the intellectual perspective and knowledge acquired in the course will help students to teach themselves in the future and perhaps to teach colonial Latin American history at the college level. The course is designed to be suitable for Latin Americanists as well as for those whose primary emphasis is not Latin America, and therefore the assigned readings are in English.

HIST 238
Taught by: Dr. Megan Asaka
Oral history has played a central role in expanding the range of voices and experiences included in the production of historical knowledge. As a people-centered practice, oral history offers a view of the past not available through other sources, yet also raises critical questions about power, subjectivity, memory, and archival representation that are at the heart of historical inquiry. Thus, this course is not only about oral history, but also uses oral history as a lens through which to interrogate how we come to know what we know about the past. In addition to examining the theoretical foundations, ethical issues, and new directions in oral history research, this class will also discuss the varied uses of oral history as well as its limits for practitioners and scholars through case studies in history, anthropology, and public humanities.

HIST 254
Taught by: Dr. Ann Goldberg
Will cover thematic and methodological trends in the historical profession over the last circa 30 years. Examples include: cultural history, microhistory, gender history and transnational history. Monographs primarily from European history.