California State University Approves a U.S. “History” Course That Teaches No History

And you really won’t if you’re a student at California State University–Sacramento, where the administration has just voted to allow undergrads to use a course in Anthropology 101 to fill a state-mandated course in American history as a requirement for graduation.

And Anthro 101 at Sacramento State sure isn’t a course that has anything to do with American history, or even any kind of history. Or indeed anthropology per se, as traditionally understood: the observation of isolated cultures, the study of human origins, and the acquisition of archaeological methodology and techniques.

Anthropology today is all about good old victimology, the air of the usual grievances by women and ethnic minorities, and LGBT activists.

Some excerpts from an Anthro 101 syllabus–subtitled “Cultural Diversity–at Sac State:

Course Description:

Anthropology 101 offers a critical examination of social diversity andcultural conflict in the contemporary United States. Ethnographic readings, lectures, and film analyze the politics of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality as configured through the dynamic interplay of history, culture and power.

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  • That makes perfect sense, why would anyone sign up for a history course to learn history?

    • eMan14

      Isn’t history gender phobic?

  • David

    Just as the death cult is expunging the history of the middle east, the commies will expunge the history of the west.

  • Alain

    Places that used to be places of higher learning have become places of propaganda and indoctrination where any intellectual questioning is forbidden. I find it unbelievable that people still spend good money for this crap.

    • I am amazed as well. How could any potential employer take a degree in Gender Studies seriously?

      • I once found myself in hostile blog territory trying to talk some girl into switching out of her “women’s studies” program. (I hadn’t actually known she was taking it. I just made some sarcastic comment about how she must have been in such a program, and lo-and-behold…) She wasn’t having it. She’s going to be a lawyer and she’s going to specialize in helping women, so she needs to study them.

        I asked her if there weren’t any adults – I don’t necessarily use the word in the chronological sense – in her life who cared enough about her to worry about her future. I say this as the proud possessor of an Anthropology BA.

      • Xavier

        That will take only a few years to become moot. Ask yourself why you wouldn’t hire an employee with the same degree you have?

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Like HR people?

    • eMan14

      Probably less than a generation away from our version of the Hitler Youth. Except with an older age range.

  • BillyHW

    Only hire STEM students, even for non-STEM jobs.

    • Minicapt

      The two-strikes solution.


  • Ron MacDonald

    Those who successfully complete the course get no credit for taking it.

  • FactsWillOut

    We need another McCarthy, on steroids.
    Teaching critical theory in schools is child abuse.

  • just a thought

    But it made so much sense in the 60’s
    Well, at least it was fun to listen to, back before they made it mandatory for everyone.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You just stole a joke that Bob Hope paid for.

      • just a thought

        I know. That’s where I got the concept. Thanks for noticing. ;-))

  • nobull

    How to fundamentally transform a nation – start with the kids. Within 3 generations, what was absurd, becomes accepted reality.

    Where we are today.