Europe and the Mediterranean World

The Europe and the Mediterranean World concentration offers students the opportunity to explore the histories of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, and connections between these places and the larger world. We look at the continual flow of ideas, people, and material goods across this region, from the earliest states in the ancient world until today. We examine how empires, colonialism, religion, culture, the environment, and social and economic forces, including the development of capitalism and of the nation-state, shaped these interactions in profound ways. Collectively, we trace over 5000 years of intersecting histories, examining linkages and conflicts forged by geography, trade, war, migration, imperial aspirations, colonial violence, religious and ethnic minorities, and struggles for liberation.

The caucus includes intensive study of the histories of Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as imperial, colonial, and transnational histories that trace the changing relations among these places. Major periods and areas of focus include the ancient and medieval worlds, oceanic empires in the early modern period (1450-1800), modern imperialism and colonialism, and decolonization and postcolonial states in the twentieth century.


Major Requirements

The history major requires a minimum of 12 unique courses. At least eight of the 12 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: Europe and the Mediterranean World (6 courses)

I. One lower-division introductory survey course:

All of the above courses satisfy the Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) general education requirement.

II. Four additional Europe and the Mediterranean World courses, three of which must be upper-division

III. One Europe and the Mediterranean World Comprehensive Requirement

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.

Students who enter UCSC as frosh are expected to complete HIS 100 by the end of their second year. Transfer students are expected to complete HIS 100 no later than their second term at UCSC.

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 C.E., and two must be set in periods prior to the year 1800 C.E.

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.

Elaine A. Sullivan
  • Title
    • History Undergraduate Program Director
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department, Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Center
  • Phone
    831-459-3109
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 236
  • Office Hours Fall 2020: Mondays 1:30-3:30pm, and by appointment; email *in advance* to set up remote meeting (via Zoom) during office hours.
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Egyptology; Archaeology; Digital Humanities; Virtual Reality, Immersive, and Augmented Reality Environments; Ancient World / Classics; History
  • Courses History 050: Pyramids and Papyrus: the History of Ancient Egypt, History 159A: Cleopatra to Constantine: Greek and Roman Egypt, History 189: @history: Doing History in a Digital Age, History 159B: Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt, History 159C: Temple and City: The Egyptian New Kingdom and the City of Thebes, History 159D: When Cities were New: the Rise of Urbanism in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, History 194S: Who Owns the Past?: Object Lives in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Research Interests

Research interests include landscape, temples and ritual sites, women and gender, and the use of digital toolkits in historical research.

Biography, Education and Training

 

Dr. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist. Her work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. She acts as the project coordinator of the Digital Karnak Project, a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak.  She is project director of 3D Saqqara, which harnesses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies and 3D modeling to explore the ritual and natural landscape of the famous cemetery of Saqqara through both space and time. 

Her field experience in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a UCLA project in the Egyptian Fayum, at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis.

Because of a broad interest in the history and material culture of the larger ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds, she has also excavated at sites in Syria, Italy and Israel. Dr. Sullivan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from Johns Hopkins University. Her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History is from Duke University.

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Publication Awardee, 2018-2019

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Awardee, 2015-2016

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2012-2013

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), National Lecture Program speaker, 2012-2013

UC Chancellor's Award for Post-Doctoral Scholarship, 2010

ARCE Dissertation Fellowship, 2005

Selected Publications