Americas and Africa

The Americas and Africa caucus invites students to explore the complex history of intercultural encounter, exchange, and conflict that connects South, Central, and North America and the diverse nations of Africa. Courses in this concentration locate these regions within larger global movements of people, goods, and ideas. Major topical themes in the concentration include Indigenous history, African diaspora, immigration, gender, labor, religion, social movements, politics, and critical history of race. Courses in this concentration extend from the colonial era to the modern day and reflect interdisciplinary approaches to historical practice.


Major Requirements

The history major requires a minimum of 12 unique courses. At least eight of the 12 required courses must be upper-division (HIS 100-199). A maximum of four courses, including the introductory survey course, may be lower-division (HIS 1-99).

Region of Concentration: Americas and Africa (6 courses)

I. One lower-division introductory survey course:

  • HIS 10A, United States History to 1877
  • HIS 10B, United States History, 1877 to 1977
  • HIS 11A, Latin America: Colonial Period
  • HIS 11B, Latin America: National Period
  • HIS 30, The Making of Modern Africa

All of the above courses satisfy the Ethnicity and Race (ER) general education requirement.

II. Four additional Americas and Africa courses, three of which must be upper-division

III. One Americas and Africa exit seminar: HIS 190-series, HIS 194-series, or HIS 196-series

Historical Skills and Methods (1 course)

IV. HIS 100, Historical Skills and Methods

HIS 100 introduce history majors to historical methods and provides preparation for advanced historical research. Students develop critical reading, historical analysis, research, and disciplinary writing skills. HIS 100 also satisfies the Textual Analysis and Interpretation (TA) general education requirement.

Catalog of Course Requirements

The History Catalog of Course Requirements indicates what region(s) of concentration and what chronological distribution requirement(s) individual history courses may apply toward.

Breadth Requirements (4 courses)

V. Two courses from each of the remaining two regions of concentration:

Upper-Division Elective (1 course)

One additional upper-division history course of your choice from any of the three regions of concentration

Distribution Requirements

Of the 12 courses required for the major, at least three must meet chronological distribution requirements. One must be set before 600 A.D., and two must be set in periods prior to the year 1800 A.D.

Intensive Major Option

The intensive history major offers students a pathway to enrich their study of history, refine their skills in writing and research, and receive a designation on their transcripts that signals their ambition and accomplishment to potential employers and graduate schools. All history majors are eligible to declare the intensive track, including junior transfers. If a student attempts but does not complete the intensive track they may still graduate with a standard history degree, provided the appropriate major coursework has been completed.

Americas and Africa Faculty

David Henry Anthony III

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David Brundage

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4645 (office), 831-459-2555 (message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 222
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Monday, 3-5 pm, and by appointment
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Grace Peña Delgado

  • Title
    • Co-Faculty Lead, Mellon SSRC-DPD
    • Associate Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2738 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 542
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Fridays at 9:00 AM and by appt.
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Marí­a Elena Dí­az

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Lisbeth Haas

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2304 (office), 415-377-2232 (cell)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 541 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Thursdays, 3-4pm and by appointment
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Catherine A Jones

  • Title
    • History Undergraduate Program Director
    • Associate Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2927 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 272 Stevenson College
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Wednesdays, 2-4:00 p.m., and by appointment
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Matthew Lasar

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Amy Lonetree

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3098 (office), 831-459-1924 (message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • 241 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: By appointment
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Matt O′Hara

  • Title
    • History Department Chair
    • Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
    • Humanities Division
  • Phone
    831-459-5199 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 537
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Tu. 12-1 or appt.
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Gregory E. O′Malley

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1426 (office), 831-459-2555 (message)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 220 Stevenson College
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Wednesdays, 9-11 AM, or by appt.
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Eric Porter

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-5287 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 235
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Tuesdays, 9:45am to 11:45am, or by appointment
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Marilyn Westerkamp

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Department
    • History Department
    • Stevenson College
  • Phone
    831-459-3427 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, Office 273#
  • Office Hours Mondays 12:30-2:00
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Alice S. Yang

  • Title
    • Stevenson Provost
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Department
    • History Department
    • Stevenson College
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2328 (provost office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, Stevenson Provost Office
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30, Stevenson provost office
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