History 450

California History • Fall 2017

Mexican-American cannery workers on break outside the Southern California Fish Co., 1947 (Los Angeles Public Library)

Assignments and Grading

Your success in this course depends upon strong, thoughtful work in each of the following:

  • Reading Quizzes = 30%
  • Midterm = 30%
  • Final Exam = 40%
  • Class Participation = Priceless

Below you'll find details for each of these requirements. Be sure to dates for scheduled quizzes and exams. Please note: make-up exams are rarely granted and only with official, written documentation. No make-ups for quizzes.

Reading Quizzes

Students will take 4 quizzes, each focused on required readings and films. All quizzes will be offered via iLearn. The lowest score will be dropped.

Midterm and Final Exam

Both exams will include short identifications and essay questions. Both will cover course readings, lecture material, and films. The final exam will be cumulative. The Midterm Exam will be held in class on Wednesday, October 11. The Final Exam will be held on Monday, December 18, from 1:30p to 4p in our classroom.

Class Participation

Regular attendance and active participation are not only critical to ensuring that we have a rich and lively learning environment, but they are also key to success in this course. Come to class prepared to share your perspectives, ask questions, and engage with your fellow classmates.

Classroom Policies


We will always begin promptly, so please arrive on time. Also, DO NOT pack up and begin to leave before lecture is over. Besides being a distraction to your classmates and to me, you will miss the important points that I save for the end.

Electronic Devices

Turn off all cell phones before class. If you choose to use a laptop or a tablet for note taking, be sure to turn off WiFi and aim to sit at the back of the class. Please be mindful that texting, web surfing, etc. pose a distraction to all those around you, to say nothing of how it limits your ability to catch key points in lecture and, thus, to succeed in the course.

Discussion Etiquette

When participating in class discussion, do be courteous and respectful. At times we will venture into topics that may spark debate. Diverse perspectives are always encouraged, but when disagreeing, please always strive to be generous and open-minded rather than dismissive.

Missed Exams and Quizzes

I will not make arrangements for make-up exams except for those who have a valid emergency. Routine illnesses, commute troubles, travel plans, work-related conflicts, etc. are not considered emergencies. Remember, exams are scheduled well in advance, so be sure to check the class schedule and plan accordingly. No make-ups for missed quizzes.

Filipino-American agricultural laborer, c. 1930 (James Earl Wood Photograph Collection)