California Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Studies
Dean: Joel J. Kassiola

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

California Studies Program
HSS 336
Director: Lee Davis


Minor in California Studies

Program Scope

The Minor in California Studies gives students the option to pursue a directed program of interdisciplinary study focused on California, which will appear on the students' transcript. This program encourages the development of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the peoples, cultures, cultural expressions, and environments of California, past and present.



Required Core

AMST 410/HUM 450 California Culture			3
HIST 450	History of California		3
Units selected from the following:		9
AIS 450	Perspectives of Native California 
AAS 300	Asian Americans in California
BLS 312	Kalifia: The Black Heritage of 

LARA 315	La Raza in California
Total for core		15

Elective Courses

Choose one course from each of the following 
categories: 9

Humanities and Creative Arts

ENG 531	Selected California Literature
NEXA 398	John Steinbeck and "Doc" Ricketts: 
Literature and the Sea
HUM/IAC 371	Art and Artists of California
HUM 376	San Francisco
IAC 370	Art and Artists of San Francisco

Behavioral and Social Sciences

ANTH 356	Archaeology of California
ANTH 352	People and Cultures of California
ECON 530	The Political Economy of the San 
Francisco Bay Area
GEOG 552	Geography of California
GEOG 651	San Francisco Bay Area Environ-
mental Issues
PLSI 473	California Politics

Natural Sciences.

BIOL 300	Nature Study
BIOL 305	Marine Plants and Animals of the 
California Coast
GEOL 250	Geology of the National Parks 
(by advisement)
GEOL 272	Earthquakes and the San Andreas 
GEOL 356	Geology of California
METR 356	California Weather Events
Total for minor		24

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