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History 499 Offerings – Fall 2015

 Frontiers and Nature – Dr. P. Cleary – U.S. – M/W 12:30-1:45

We will examine two major concepts as we consider treatments of US history: “frontiers” and “nature.”  We will explore the evolution of these ideas; the meaning of and debates over terms such as frontier, border, and borderlands; the rise of environmental history; and the ways in which these terms and approaches can be used to organize our understanding of important interactions and processes in U.S. History, especially the history of the “West” and American Indian history. Although you are not expected to have in-depth knowledge of this specific subject, you are expected to have a solid foundation in U.S. history. This seminar rests upon student discussion of readings, in-class oral presentations relating to the research project and short papers, the research paper, and the completion of the portfolio.

US History in a World History Context  – Dr. H. Wilford – U.S. – Th 6:30-9:15 pm
Traditionally, historians of the U.S. – a nation that originated in a deliberate act of separation from the “Old World” – have tended to view the course of American historical development as sealed off from world history, as “exceptional.” More recently, reflecting a set of phenomena known as “globalization,” scholars have stressed instead the inter-connections between American and World History, and have firmly placed the U.S. in a comparative and connective framework, noting the similarities as well as differences between American development and that of other nations, including imperial nations. This section of HIST 499 will survey American history from the sixteenth century to the present in a World History context, concentrating in particular on the relationship between U.S. foreign relations and domestic political culture in the twentieth century. The seminar rests upon student discussion of readings, in-class oral presentations relating to the research project and short papers, and the research paper.

War, Revolution, and Society in Europe’s Twentieth Century – Dr. C. Murdock – European – T/Th 2-3:15
In the first half of the twentieth century, a series of wars and revolutions transformed European societies, destroying old ways of life and defining new ones. This course will explore how large-scale ideas such as fascism, communism, and nationalism remade European politics, culture, and geography. We will examine how such ideas and the conflicts they spawned reshaped the lives and the worldviews of ordinary people across the European continent.

Race and Racism in Comparative Historical Perspective – Dr. K. Curtis – Africa and Middle East, Latin America, U.S., World – T/Th 2:00-3:15
This course will take a comparative approach to the modern history of race and racism, with a focus on the genesis of racial categories and the nature of racialized politics in three distinctive national contexts:  South Africa, Brazil, and the United States.  In addition to a theoretical orientation and comparative analysis, students will frame their own research agenda, leading to both a class presentation and a final research paper.  Students may complete the history capstone requirement for any one of four fields in the major through this course section. Depending on the focus of their research presentation and paper, in this section students can meet the 499 requirement for either
•             Africa and the Middle East;
•             Latin America;
•             United States;
•             or World History.

Formations of Identity in the Modern World: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Race and Nationality – Dr. A. Igmen – World – W 6:30-9:15 pm

This senior seminar explores the ways in which modern identities emerged around the world during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. It examines the various influential state-initiated projects of modernity, which established new ways of seeing gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and nationality. The seminar requires students to analyze oral and written primary sources with the support of the scholarship on modernity and identity studies, and encourages them to challenge the normative identity constructions.

** Please stop by the Department of History Office (FO2-106) to complete your 499 preference form for Fall 2015.  Forms are due by 5:00 April 20, 2015.  **


Oral History Program

402. Oral History Methods (1) Dr. Ali IgmenTo acquire basic skills and an understanding of the complex practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the practice of oral history, this one-unit course is offered every semester in the history department. It begins the third week of the semester and meets for eight class sessions. Students must also conduct a mini research/field work project.

498O. Directed Studies in Oral History (1-3) Dr. Ali Igmen
This course is individually supervised research, with the topic to be determined by the student. Student conferences are scheduled on an individual basis. Other courses with an oral history component:

301. Methodology of History (3) – Alkana, Berberian, Cleary, Shafer, Vatter

Oral history is one of the historical methodologies introduced in this class, required of all history majors, and students can elect to do an oral history project as part of the course requirement.

473. California History (3) -Quam-WickhamIn some sections of this course, oral history methodology is introduced and an oral history project is assigned

For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail:

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    Mon-Thur: 8-noon, 1-5
    Friday: 8-noon, 1-4

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 562-985-4431
    Office: FO2-106

    Mailing Address:
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

    Fall 2015 History Advising Schedule

    Department Chair Dr. David Shafer, FO2-102,
    Days/hour vary, please contact the department office

    Dr. Jane Dabel, FO2-202,
    Tuesdays: 8:00-9:00 am; 11:00-12:00 pm
    Thursdays: 8:00-9:00 am; 11:00-12:00 pm
    Fridays by appointment

    Ali Igmen, FO2-116,
    Mondays: 1:00-3:00 pm
    Wednesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm
    Thursdays by appointment

    Dr. Caitlin Murdock, FO2-203,
    Tuesdays: 11:00-12:30 pm
    Thursdays: 12:00-1:30 pm

    Dr. Eileen Luhr, FO2-122,
    Mondays: 3:00-6:00 pm
    Tuesdays: 1:30-3:30 pm

    The above hours are on a walk-in basis. Additional hours may be available by appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, e-mail the advisor directly. Please give them the courtesy of at least 24 hours to respond to your e-mail request.