CHIS 340 • Late Roman and Byzantine Empires (3 units)
Prerequisite: HIST 101 or consent of the instructor. Beginning in the late third century, this course covers the major people, places, events, and movements of the Roman Empire until its destruction by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Emphasizes the life and beliefs of the Orthodox Church and its relationship to Western Christianity.
HIST 352 • American Religious History (3 units)
A study of religious groups, institutions, and major figures in relation to American culture, from Native American religion until today. Development of religious thought, and analysis of contemporary religious scene. This course is housed in the Department of History and Political Science and is accepted as a CHIS upper division elective for the Religion major.
HIST 365 • Ancient Church History (3 units)
A history of the Christian church from the time of Christ until the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in 476 A.D. This class will study the religious world into which Christianity was born, the growth and theology of the early church, and its relationship to the larger Roman world. Students will learn about major leaders, events, and challenges that the early church faced. This course is housed in the Department of History and Political Science and is accepted as a CHIS upper division elective for the Religion major.
CHIS 400C • Christian Heritage (3 units)
This course explores our Christian heritage, showing how the community of believers has evolved over time, from the timeless creeds developed in the early Christian era, to the split between Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy, to the Protestant Reformation and the proliferation of denominations down to the twentieth century. The recent period highlights the rise of Pentecostalism and its place in the past century, the increasingly global sweep of the Church, and the relative decline of the European role in Christianity. The last section deals with the challenges and prospects of the twenty-first century and the roles available to our students.
HIST 425 • Topics in American Religious History (3 units)
The class will focus on one topic particular to American religious history and study it in detail. The topics could include: women in American religious history, new religions and cults, evangelical Christian culture in America, specific religious groups such as the Puritans or evangelicals. This course is housed in the Department of History and Political Science and is accepted as a CHIS upper division elective for the Religion major.
CHIS 420 • History of Pentecostalism (3 units)
Antecedents, Wesleyan and nineteenth-century holiness backgrounds; origin, development, and varieties of traditional Pentecostalism; some attention to the neo-Pentecostal or charismatic movement. Course may include field trips to significant southern California sites.
CHIS 451 • Renaissance and Reformation (3 units)
The transition from medieval to modern civilization, emphasizing those forces and persons which brought about change in Europe’s intellectual and religious outlook.
CHIS 470 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in church history. May be repeated for credit.
CHIS 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and division chair. May be repeated for credit.
CHIS 490 • Seminar in Church History (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of one topic in church history of particular relevance to upper division religion majors. May be repeated for credit.
* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.