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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