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".


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:

Since pre-historic times, people have come to California and established their societies. Successive generations of immigrants transformed the region from a small colonial outpost to a nexus of international economic, cultural, and social activity. This course covers the development of California from the earliest times to the present. Central themes include the role of the environment in the state's history, the dynamic process of ethnic and racial relations, immigration and migration, urbanization, and the mythological "state of mind" that continues to influence how we think about history in California today. Transferable for UC credit.

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