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California State History

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This course provides students with the political, economic, and social history of California. Topics include pre-Columbian California; the early exploration and founding of California; the Gold Rush, the Railroad Era, and current challenges faced by the state.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    California Beginnings: Pre-Columbian, Early Exploration, and Founding

    • Discuss the role of Father Junipero Serra and the Fransiscans in the settlement of California.
    • Discuss the cultural values and social structures of California Indians.
    • Describe milestones in the Spanish exploration and settlement of California.
    • Analyze the mission system and its influence as a tool of assimilation

    Current Challenges

    • Analyze factors that resulted in massive population growth in California since World War II.
    • Summarize short-term and long-term economic challenges facing California.
    • Discuss the political, economic, and social changes that will affect the future of California.

    The American Conquest and the Gold Rush

    • Analyze the significance of the Gold Rush on California history.
    • Describe conditions experienced by the Forty-Eighters and the Forty-Niners.
    • Analyze the motivations for the United States' annexation of California.

    The Railroad Era and Economic Growth

    • Assess the significance of the Central Pacific Railroad on California's growth and development.
    • Summarize the relationship of business and politics during the Railroad Era.
    • Identify factors that led to the revision of the California state constitution.

    California History and Ethnic Conflict

    • Discuss anti-Chinese sentiment in California history.
    • Describe factors leading to Japanese American internment during World War II.  
    • Discuss the ethnic conflicts associated with Hispanics in California.
    • Describe the racial conflicts associated with African Americans in California.  
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