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 2017 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.

Intricacies of Urban Planning: San José

Course: HIST-053X-95, 2 units, CRN: 44862
Instructor: Crystal Hupp

The downtown area of the City of San José has been under continual redevelopment for well over a decade. Revitalization efforts have created a wide variety of discussions and debates about the historical, cultural and social significance of nearly all of San José’s downtown buildings. This course will examine the political, social and cultural debates surrounding a cross section of significant landmarks in downtown San José. This course is designed to foster a deeper understanding of San José’s past, the intricacies of long-term urban planning and the social and cultural communities that have developed and grown with the landmarks themselves.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:20 PM:
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
 Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Field Studies: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Saturday, May 13, 2017
 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Mendez v Westminster School District

Course: HIST-055A-95, 2 units, CRN: 44863
Instructor: Nannette Regua

In 1947, the Mendez v. Westminster School District court case (Orange County, California) broke down legalized racial segregation and illuminated conditions of systematic racism and discrimination prevalent not only in California but the rest of the country. This important court case was a precursor to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case that ended segregation in the United States.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:20 PM:  
 Thursday, June 1, 2017
 Thursday, June 8, 2017
Field Studies: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, June 3, 2017
 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Saturday, June 10, 2017

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