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History 210 - History of California - Gustavo Jimenez

Course:History of California
Professor:Gustavo Jimenez
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Welcome to History 210, a survey course on the History of California. We will be covering California history from Native American societies through the 20th century. 

We are an Online Live class, meaning we meet at the listed times on your schedule. All meetings will be recorded in case you are unable to attend. 

All the assignments for this course (quizzes, discussions, exams, and essays) will be completed and/or submitted entirely online.

Course Description

While covering all of California History in just one semester is nearly impossible, here are some of the topics that we will be going over in detail: 

  • the diverse geography of the nation-state of California;
  • Native California before the arrival of Europeans;
  • Spanish colonization and Alta California after Mexican independence;
  • mass migration to California and genocide against Native Californians during and after the Gold Rush;
  • railroads and the development of commercial agriculture during the Gilded Age;
  • Progressivism and reform during the early decades of the twentieth century;
  • Dust Bowl migration, Mexican Repatriation, and Japanese American Internment during the 1930s and 1940s;
  • socio-economic transformation of California during World War II and the Cold War;
  • California and the cultural politics of the 1960s and 1970s;
  • California and the Rise of the New Right;
  • rise of Hollywood and the tech industry;
  • rise of San Francisco and Los Angeles as major urban centers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


What to Expect in this Course

You can expect weekly lectures on significant topics in California History. In addition, discussions on current topics impacting California will take place weekly. 

In regard to work load, expect anywhere from 4-6 assignments, two exams (a midterm and final), and a class project (presentation or museum journal). 

Since we meet online live, make sure you have a working mic on your computer so that you can interact with the class. Your presence via webcam is encouraged, but optional. 

Types of Assessments

Research papers, discussions, and other assignments will be common throughout the course. You will always have plenty of time to submit. Late work will be accepted, with deductions taken. 

Exams will be online, and have specific due dates. Late exams will be accepted with deductions taken. 

The class project will be due at the end of the semester. 

Textbook Information

You will be required to purchase/rent the following textbook:

California, A History by Kevin Starr (2015 edition) 

ISBN: 978-0-8129-7753-0

About $20

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 08/08/2023 Sub#: 1621