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HIST 310 California History

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Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

This course explores the history of California from pre-contact through the present. Topics include the civilizations of indigenous Californians; Pacific exploration; Spanish colonization; mission, pueblo, and rancho life; American expansion and the Gold Rush; railroad, agricultural and mineral booms; Progressive reform; the impact of the Great Depression and World War II; conflicts around water and environmental resources; counterculture, civil rights, and modern conservative movements; and the growth of Silicon Valley.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E1a, E5b, E5c
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C2 or D and US-3), UC (IGETC Area 3B or 4)