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COURSES CURRENTLY OFFERED

3 Asian American History (3 units). History 3 examines and compares the diverse historical experiences of major Asian American groups since the mid-nineteenth century. Topics that this course will cover include: origins of emigration; the formation and transformation of community and political identity; gender and family life; interethnic and generational conflict; interracial unions; and the changing roles of Asian Americans in American society. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

4A History of Western Civilization (3 units). History 4A is a survey of the political, economic, social, cultural and religious development of western civilization from prehistoric times through the Protestant Reformation. Subject areas covered include Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Old Testament, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the rise of Christianity, the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

4B History of Western Civilization (3 units). History 4B is a survey of the political, social, economic and cultural development of western civilization from 1600 to the present. The course starts with the 17th century revolutions in England, which paved the way for the later industrial revolution, the French revolution and the rise of the middle class. Nationalism, socialism, and imperialism are covered in the 18th century, while the Bolshevik and Communist revolt in China, World Wars I and II, and the contemporary age are featured in the 20th century. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

5A World History: Prehistory to 1500 (3 units). History 5A provides a comparative, interactive investigation and analysis of World History as related to the development of the modern world. Five geographic regions surveyed include: Asia/Pacific Islands, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Students are acquainted with the major historical trends and developments in World History from Prehistory to 1500. The methods of historical analysis and interpretation are addressed through survey of cultural, economic, political, social and technological similarities and differences between civilizations. Students examine issues relevant to understanding race, culture, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities and sexualities in human societies through World History. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

5B World History From 1500 (3 units). This course provides a comparative and interactive investigation of World History as related to the development of the modern world. Five geographic surveyed include: Africa, Asia/Pacific Islands, Europe, North and South America. Students are acquainted with the major historical events and trends in world history from 1500. Historical analysis and interpretations are surveyed through comparative examination of the economic, cultural, political, social and technological commonalities and differences between human societies. Students examine the implications of race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexualities in human societies over time. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

8A History of the Americas (3 units). Beginning with a study of the physical area of the Americas, the history of the two continents is studied from the arrival of the indigenous peoples from the Asian mainland to the independence movements and the formation of new governments of the early 19th century. The formation of Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the 16th, and the French and English colonies in the 17th century also are covered. Special attention is paid to the role of women and men in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English colonies. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

8B History of Latin America (3 units). To understand the nations of the Americas today, this course includes the history of Canada, the United States and the Latin American nations from 1825 to the present. The 19th Century involved industrialization as well as political change. The effect on women and men is followed by an analysis of 20th Century developments. The revolutions in Latin America and the interaction among the three areas conclude the course. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

12 African American History (3 units). History 12 is a survey of the roles and experiences of African-Americans from colonial times to the present in the historical development of the United States. The course includes the beginnings and implications of slave trading, the institutionalization of slavery through law, the rise of the abolitionist movement and the struggle for equality from the Reconstruction Period to the present. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

14 History of the Native North Americans (3 units). History 14 is a history of Native North Americans who lived in the area which is now the United States from pre-European settlement to present day. This course includes the primary political, economic and social factors of American historical development, emphasizing their effects on Native Americans. In conjunction with this historical perspective, the course accentuates the ecological lifestyle of the Native Americans, exclusive of the Indians of Mexico. Credit/No Credit Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

16 Mexican American History (3 units). History 16 is a history of the United States and the Mexican-American experience from the Colonial Period to the present. The course will emphasize the role and life experiences of Mexican-Americans in the historical evolution of the political, economic and socio-cultural institutions of the United States. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

17A United States History (3 units). History 17A is a survey of the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the pre-Colonial period through the Civil War. Topics covered include indigenous and European influence on the development of the colonies, the causes and consequences of the War of Independence, the origin and principles of the US Constitution, early industrialization, westward expansion, foreign policy, slavery and its impact on race relations, abolition and other reform movements, and the Civil War. This course may also be taught in a Distance Learning Format. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

17B United States History (3 units). A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural development of the Unites States from Reconstruction to the present. Topics covered include Reconstruction, Native American culture and western settlement, Industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Twenties, the New Deal, and World War II. Also covered are domestic, social, and foreign policy issues of the post-World War II period from the 1950s through the 1990s, including reform movements, Vietnam, the Civil Rights and other ethnic movements, the Feminist Movement, popular culture, and post-Cold War foreign policy. This course may also be taught in a distance learning format. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

20 History and Geography of California (3 units). This course examines California geographic regions, the Native Americans of California, discovery, institutions of Spanish California, developments in the Mexican period, the early American period, economic foundations of the state, political growth and institutions of American California, race and California history in the 20th Century, and state and local government. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.


 

 
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