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 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: Europe and the Mediterranean World (6 courses)

I. One lower-division introductory survey course:

  • HIS 41, The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HIS 65A, Medieval Europe: 200-1000
  • HIS 70A, Modern European History, 1500-1815
  • HIS 70B, Modern European History, 1815-Present

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 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.

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 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.

Nathaniel Deutsch
  • Title
    • Director of the Institute for Humanities Research
    • Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
    • Professor and Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations History of Consciousness Department, Jewish Studies, Literature Department, Stevenson College
  • Phone
    831-459-1924 (Message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 515 Humanities 1
    • 331 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Winter 2020: Tue. and Th., 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Please contact me by email in advance to make an appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Religion and Secularism, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, African American / Black Studies, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ethnography
  • Courses HIS 107, Religion and Modernity; HIS 196M, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 257, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 178A, Eighteenth Century European Intellectual History

Summary of Expertise

Modern Jewish history; Hasidism; African American Islam; history of eugenics in the United States

Research Interests

Currently examining the history of early Jewish ethnography

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Honors, Awards and Grants

Guggenheim Fellow
National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Honorable Mention, Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians for Best Book in Social and/or Intellectual History