California History Center

California History Center

Spring 2014 Courses

The California History Center academic program serves as the vital link in the partnership between the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the California History Center Foundation. On average, 20 academic courses are offered each year through the CHC program. Courses are offered during the day, evening, and on weekends, and most courses are transferable to four-year institutions as electives.

California History Center

The following courses will be offered Spring quarter 2014 through the California History Center. Please see the History Department class listings section of the Schedule of Classes.

To sign up for a class, apply for admission and register online. For more information or questions, call the center at 408.864.8712


Fortress to Park: The Presidio and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Course: HIST-052X-95, 2 units
CRN: 42847
Instructor: Chatham H. Forbes Sr.

Founded before the City as protector of Mission San Francisco de Asis and other interests, the Presidio has been integral in the history of San Francisco. Through wise foresight it has been transformed into a unique National Park.

Lectures in Room: CHC,
6:30 PM - 10:20 PM: Thursday, April 24, 2014; Thursday, May 8, 2014
Field Studies:
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, April 26, 2014: San Francisco Presidio Sites;
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, May 10, 2014: Golden Gate North Shore Sites

Contact: chforbessr@msn.com

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Saving San Francisco Bay

Course: HIST-107X-95, 2 units
CRN: 42848
Instructor: Chatham H. Forbes Sr.

Key to the California water system, the San Francisco Bay estuary system is ceaselessly in motion, river and ocean mingling to support myriad life in its waters.

Lectures in Room: CHC
6:30 PM - 10:20 PM: Thursday, May 22, 2014; Thursday, June 5, 2014
Field Studies: 
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday [date to be announced at first class meeting]:
     Alviso, Don Edwards Wildlife Preserve;
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, June 7, 2014:
     Fremont, Bay Interpretative Center

Contact: chforbessr@msn.com

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The Politics of Trade Unionism in California

Course: HIST-051X-95, 2 units
CRN: 42861
Instructor: Crystal Hupp

This course will examine the politics of trade unionism in California, with a particular emphasis on Bay Area union activities.  Despite a lack of strong union activity in the tech industry that has made its home in the Bay Area, unions were and, in many cases, still are strong political entities in the Bay Area and throughout the rest of California.  We will examine a wide variety of unions in this course, including their activism, internal political struggles and influences on local, state and federal governments.  Topics include, but are not limited to, government employee unions, agricultural unions and music industry unions.

Lectures in Room: CHC
6:30 PM - 10:20 PM: Monday, April 28, 2014; Monday, May 12, 2014
Field Studies: 
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Friday, May 2, 2014;
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Contact: crhupp@gmail.com


California History Center
Building: CHC
Contact: Tom Izu
Phone: 408.864.8986
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Last Updated: 3/18/14