History of California


This course covers the development of California from the earliest times to the present, examining themes of immigration, the environment, ethnic and racial relations, and the mythical California "state of mind".

As few as 12 weeks

What you can learn.

  • List major turning points in California's history, identifying those that played the largest roles in shaping California into its current form
  • Produce arguments in both informal and formal styles, employing relevant evidence to craft persuasive answers to historical questions
  • Explain the historical roots of current conditions and events in California, illustrating clear connections between past and present

About this course:

This course covers the economic, social, intellectual, and political development of California from earliest times to present. Transferable for UC credit.

Fall 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
Future Offering (Opens July 31, 2023 12:00:00 AM)
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Formerly numbered XL 163. Midterm and final exams are proctored online; additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam.

Enrollment limited to 25 students. Visitors not permitted. 

Course Requirements
Conquests and Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936 by Lisbeth Haas
Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California by Dawn Bahulano Mabalon
Backcountry Ghosts: California Homesteaders and the Making of a Dubious Dream by Josh Sides

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