History (HIST) Courses
College of Arts and Sciences
HIST 151 World History: To 1500 (3) History of the world from prehistoric origins to 1500. Satisfies General Education World Cultures requirement.
HIST 152 World History: From 1500 (3) History of the world from 1500 to the present. Satisfies General Education World Cultures requirement.
HIST 274 History of Hawaiʻi (3) A survey course in the history of the Hawaiian Islands from Polynesian origins to contemporary multi-cultural society. Traces the impact of major events and historical figures upon Hawaiian society and also considers the Hawaiian response to these changes. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)
HIST 300 Historical Methods (3) Methods of conducting historical research, including library, Internet, and archival research, in addition to an introduction to issues of professional historiography. Students will complete a wide variety of exercises designed to prepare them for historical work of the major. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 309 History of Asian Religions (3) The historical development of Asian religious traditions from their origins to the present, with an emphasis on the major traditions of India, China, and Japan. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 310 Hist of Japan I: Early Japan (3) Japanese history and culture from prehistory to the mid-seventeenth century. Topics include: origins of Japanese people and culture; the Imperial state; contacts with China and Korea; aristocratic culture, particularly the role of women; the samurai class and the Shogunates; Buddhism and Shinto; late medieval disorder and development; unification and pacification. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 310). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 311 Hist Japan II: Tokugawa to Mej (3) Japanese history and culture from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Topics include: samurai and the class system, political change, economic growth and social tensions; urban and rural evolution; popular culture and literature; Japan's isolation and reopening; collapse of the Tokugawa system; the Meiji Restoration; dissolution of the samurai class; social reorganization and rapid modernization; the Meiji Constitution and new Imperial state. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 311). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 312 Hist of China I: Early China (3) Chinese history and culture from prehistory through the Ming dynasty. Topics include: Chinese philosophy, culture, religion and literature; the Imperial State; family institutions; China's relationship with border societies; dynastic cycles and creative disorder; technology and economic change; education and the state examination system; Mongol invasion and empire; China's role in world trade. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 313 History Of China II: Qing (3) Chinese history and culture from the seventeenth century through the fall of the Qing in 1912. Topics include: fall of the Ming and establishment of the Qing Dynasty; Manchu-Han relations; economic growth and world trade; opium; international relations; reformers, reform movements and uprisings; adapting Western ideas and technology; collapse of the Qing. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 314 Hist of Jpn III: 20th Cent-Pre (3) Japanese history and culture from 1890 to present. Topics include: Meiji and 1947 constitutions; democracy and leadership; militarism and pacifism; evolving Imperial institution; economic growth and social change; tradition and modernity in Japanese culture; Japan's place in world systems and world culture. (Same as JPST 314). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 316 Pacific History I: To 1900 (3) Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia from pre-contact to 1900: Euro-American exploration, culture contact and colonial annexation. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)
HIST 317 Pacific History II: From 1900 (3) Continuation of HIST 316. Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia from 1900 to the present: colonial exploitation, decolonization, independence and the search for identity in the contemporary world. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 318 Hist China III: 20th Cent-Pres (3) Chinese history and culture from 1900 to present. Topics include: Fall of the Qing dynasty; Republic of China; warlordism; imperialism and Chinese resistance; Civil War, Communist reunification of the mainland; People's Republic under Mao Zedong; post-Mao Chinese economic reforms and leadership; Nationalist Taiwan's economic growth and slow democratization; international relations including overseas Chinese. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 319 European Women's History (3) Study of European women from pre-history to the twentieth century with emphasis on women's social and cultural roles in western history. Current feminist theory is also studied. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as WS 319)
HIST 321 Hist of Australia & N Zealand (3) Both Australia and New Zealand are part of the broader Pacific region, had colonies in the Pacific and continue to have significant influence in the islands. This course examines the origin and nature of their indigenous populations, the evolving nature of their settler communities with Great Britain in the nineteenth century and their development as independent nations in the twentieth century. Offered in Spring Semester only. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 322 The Bible and History (3) Selected books of the Old and New Testaments with reference to their historical and cultural background. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 323 Ancient Greece (3) Political, social, and cultural history of ancient Greece from the Minoan to Hellenistic periods.
HIST 324 Militarization in the Pacific (3) This course examines the role of militarization in the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Rim from the late 18th century to present day. Diligent attention will be paid to WWII in the Pacific, but the course will also consider social, political, and military history in Oceania as an extension of colonialism, as well as the subsequent reactions to that militarization. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 331 WW II in the Pacific Islands (3) A survey of the impact of World War II in the Pacific Islands. Topics covered include the Pacific Islands in the pre-war period. Effects of the battles and presence of foreign forces on Pacific Island societies, resulting changes in colonial relationships and the new strategic position of the Pacific Islands in the post-war period. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 332 Hawaiian Kingdom (3) History of Hawaiʻi from early migrations and settlement to the 1890's with emphasis on political and social history; formation of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, changes in land tenure, disease and depopulation issues, the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy, and annexation. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 333 Twentieth Century Hawaii (3) History of Hawaiʻi since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, covering the Republic of Hawaiʻi and the period under United States control - immigration, World War II, the labor movement and the red scare, Hawaiian renaissance and the sovereignty movement. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 336 Disease & Medicine in Hawaiʻi (3) With a focus on the nineteenth century, this course considers the role of health, disease and medicine in Hawaiʻi from the pre-kingdom era to contemporary times by bringing together the approaches of history and medical anthropology, with the understanding of (bio)medicine. Perceptions of health, the body and medicine and the impact of epidemic diseases in Hawaiʻi's cultural, social and political history from both Native Hawaiian and Western perspectives are examined. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 340 History of Religion in America (3) A historical and thematic study of the growth of religion in America from the seventeenth century to the present. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 341 Ancient Rome (3) Political, cultural, and social history of ancient Rome from the Etruscans to 476 C. E. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 352 History of Britain to 1776 (3) Political, social and cultural history of Britain from its origins in prehistory and Roman Britannia to the year 1776.
HIST 353 English History & Shakespeare (3) This course explores the relationship between the events of fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth century English history and Shakespeare's history plays. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 354 Intro to Islamic History (3) A history of the growth and development of Islam from the time of Muhammad to the present. Special attention is given to the relationship of Islam to the history and religious traditions of Europe. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 356 Medieval Europe (3) A survey of the social, intellectual, cultural, and political development of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the late seventeenth century. Topics covered include feudalism, religion, the crusades, trade, epidemic disease, warfare, the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 357 Renaissance & Reformation (3) Political, social, intellectual, religious, and artistic development of the Renaissance and the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 358 Women in Christianity (3) Examines issues relating to sex and gender throughout the history of Christianity. Emphasizing primary texts, the course will explore writings by Christian women and Christian writings about women. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as WS 358)
HIST 359 Christianity & Western Traditn (3) An introduction to the history and spirituality of Christianity and its relationship to "The Western Tradition" from its origins to the present. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 360 American Women's History (3) Study of American women from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Special emphasis will be on women's social and cultural roles. Current feminist theory is also studied. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as WS 360)
HIST 365 War & Empire in 18th Cent Eur (3) A survey of the social, intellectual, cultural, and political development of Europe from the War of the Spanish Succession to the advent of the Napoleonic era. Topics covered include absolutism, Enlightenment, mercantilism, military conflict, and revolution. Pre: Sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 375 Europe in The 19th Century (3) A survey of the social, intellectual, cultural, and political development of Europe from the Napoleonic era to the outbreak of the First World War. Topics covered include industrialization nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, warfare, and revolution. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 378 N. Amer Indig Cultr Survival (3) This course will cover a broad swath of Native American history from the past few hundred years in the context of cultural survival and resistance. The course will begin with a short background in Native American history, but will be more specifically focused on various examples of resistance and incorporation. (Same as WS 378).
HIST 380 United States: 1620-1789 (3) The political, social, and intellectual history of North America from the time of European contact until 1789. Topics include: Native American settlement and polity; European settlement; colonial America; causes and course of the American revolution; development of republican government; constitutional convention; ratification of the federal Constitution. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 381 United States: 1790-1865 (3) The political, social, and intellectual history of the United States from the Early National Period through the Civil War. Topics include: Marshall Court, market revolution and early industrialization, immigration, Jacksonian democracy, social reform movements, sectionalism, Mexican War, Civil War, emancipation. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 382 United States: 1866-1929 (3) The political, social and intellectual history of the United States from Reconstruction through the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Topics include: key Supreme Court issues, Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, racial tension, US imperialism, Progressivism, World War I, economic change. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 383 United States: 1930 - 1980 (3) The political, social and intellectual history of the United States from the Great Depression through the Carter Presidency. Topics include: FDR's New Deal, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, Kennedy's New Frontier, US involvement in Vietnam, the Watergate Crisis. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 385 Europe in Era Of World War I (3) A survey of the social, intellectual, cultural, and political development of Europe from the late nineteenth century to the interwar period. Topics covered include nationalism, imperialism, art, trade, culture and warfare. Special emphasis on World War I and its effect upon modern European development. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
HIST 390 Public History in Hawaiʻi (3) Within the context of the history of Hawaiʻi, this course examines the role of the historian in representing the historical narrative to the general public. Through exposure to the scholarship, issues, and debates surrounding public history we explore this new and developing field. Along with field-trips to various sites on our island, this course also includes a significant service-learning component. Pre: HIST 274 or instructor's consent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 391 Internship (3) The internship is intended to allow students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in public history in a public, private, or government agency/setting. May be taken for a total of six credits. Pre: HIST 390, instructor's consent, and pre-approved placement.
HIST 392 Japanese Women (3) History of women in Japan from the earliest historical eras, including the Heian aristocracy and evolving samurai culture, through the present. Topics include: property rights, family structures, the influence of religion and secular philosophies, effects of political and legal changes, women's role in the economy and its effect on their status and lives, and women's activism. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 392 and WS 392). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 395 Europe in Era Of World War II (3) A survey of the social, intellectual, cultural and political development of Europe from the interwar period through the cold Ware. Topics covered include: the Depression, Fascism, Totalitarianism, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and decolonization. Special emphasis on World War II and its effect upon modern European development. Pre: sophomore standing or instructor's consent
HIST 401 Women in Hawaiian History (3) This course examines the lives and contributions of women in the history of Hawaiʻi. It considers how events such as the arrival of foreigners, dismantling of the kapu system, the mahele, epidemics, political changes, world wars, etc., affected the social and cultural lives of women, men, children, and families. Course materials seek to understand how those gendered as "feminine" negotiated, accommodated, and resisted these changes over the last two centuries. (Same as WS 401). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 411 Family & Gender in Oceania (3) With a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, this course examines how historical changes affected the social and cultural lives of women, men, children, and families in Oceania. Throughout the course we will endeavor to explore gendered reconstructions of particular events in the history of the Pacific: historiography, exploration, disease & depopulation, missionization, education, imperialism, colonization and de-colonization in general. (Same as WS 411). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 415 Senior Seminar Pacific Studies (3) A reading and research seminar under the supervision of the Pacific Island Studies faculty aimed at demonstrating competence in research and writing on issues related to Pacific Island environments, culture, society, and economy. Pre: instructor's consent for students near completion of Pacific Islands Studies Certificate coursework. (Same as ANTH 435 and GEOG 435)
HIST 420 Mao (3) An in-depth investigation into the life, career and legacy of Mao Zedong, China's dominant twentieth century figure. Competing political and historical interpretations will be examined using biography, primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Pre: junior standing and previous coursework on Asian history or instructor's consent. Fall semester only. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 425 History Of Russia To 1700 (3) Development of Russian thought, institutions, society, and culture. Warfare, dynastic consolidation, and territorial expansion to 1700. Pre: one 300-level European survey course, or instructor's consent.
HIST 435 Russia Since Peter The Great (3) The development of Russian thought, society, government and institutions from 1700 to the Second World War. Special emphasis on Russian westernization and reform as they were encouraged or abandoned during the reigns of Russian leaders from Peter the Great through Stalin. Pre: one 300-level European survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 445 European Imperialism (3) The origins and development of European imperialism and its political, social, and environmental impact on the world. Special emphasis on the period from 1850 to the First World War. Pre: one 300-level European survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 455 Euro Intellect Hist Snce 1789 (3) Intellectual and cultural development of Europe since 1789. Ideas in the arts, philosophy, science, literature, and politics as they have affected Europe. Pre: one 300-level European survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 459 Germany Snce Frederick The Grt (3) Development of Germany since 1740 in political, social, and economic fields. Special emphasis on the growth of the Prussian state, German unification, the two World Wars and the rise of totalitarianism. Pre: one 300-level European survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 470 US in the World 1865-2003 (3) U. S. expansion, imperialism, diplomacy and foreign relations from 1865. Pre: one 300-level U. S. survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 471 US Constitutional History (3) U. S. Constitutional History including discussions of constitutional development, state sovereignty, civil liberties, freedom of contract, affirmative action, and the modern presidency. Pre: one 300-level U. S. history survey course or instructor's consent.
HIST 481 Land & Sovereignty in Pacific (3) Land is fundamental to traditional Pacific Island societies. Colonial rule meant a loss of both political sovereignty and, in many cases, significant amounts of land through private alienation and government acquisition. Using case studies, this course will investigate the historical relationship between land and sovereignty as Pacific people have sought to regain and maintain their independence. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
HIST 485 Seminar in World History (3) Investigation and discussion of major issues and events in world history. May be applied to any track, depending on area of research. Pre: one 300-level history course or instructor's consent.
HIST 486 Women in Ancient European Civi (3) Study of European women up to the year 800, with primary focus on the Mediterranean Basin. Themes encompass religion, social customs and economic activities. Pre: one of the following courses: HIST 319, 323, 341, 356, 360, or instructor's consent. (Same as WS 486)
HIST 490 Historiography & Resrch Mthds (3) Course focuses on historiography and research methods in history, resulting in a research paper in the student's area of emphasis for the Senior Thesis. Required of all history majors. Pre: senior standing and HIST 300, or instructor's consent.
HIST 491 Senior Thesis (3) Course focuses on the writing of a thesis paper on a topic in the student's area of emphasis. Required of history majors selecting the Thesis option. Recommended for students planning to enter graduate programs. Pre: HIST 490.
HIST x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.
HIST x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.
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