History of California
CRN: 25069
6 Weeks - Distance Education course

On-Campus Requirements


HIST 139 History of California with Brian Waddington

Name  Brian Waddington
Email  bwaddington@citruscollege.edu
Phone  (626) 857-4039
Location  CI 124

Course Description
Pre-Columbian American Indian communities and political, social and economic development of the State of California from early Spanish settlements to the present. CSU;UC

Course Introduction
Begin the course by reading the Announcement link . Also, go to the Syllabus and Assignments link to get a sense of how your studies are organized and what type of work you will be asked to do.

Course Requirements
The syllabus will give you an idea of how your grade will be determined, along with other essentials such as required texts and contact information. You will be asked to do about twenty to fifty pages of reading per week, and you will need to turn in about seven essays that range from about two to three pages in length, along with a final exam essay.  There will also be frequent, required discussion board postings. Your final grade will also be based on discussion and participation. Discussion and participation will come through discussion board postings. Our History 139 course will have its discussion board hosted on Blackboard.

Technical Requirements
All students need to have a personal, private email address for their correspondence with the instructor. You will need to check your mail regularly, particularly after sending correspondence. In-home Internet access and a personal computer are highly recommended. Familiarity with accessing the Internet and sending email, along with good keyboard skills, are also highly recommended.

Instructor Contact
This is a demanding course and I think you will find it to be much more difficult than a traditional history course. I strongly advise that you seriously consider whether the online environment and the rigorous nature of the course will suit your learning style. If you have any questions regarding the course and its requirements and expectations, please contact me at bwaddington@citruscollege.edu   

Details regarding the course are set forth in the class website. When you go there (see below), pay particular attention to the syllabus section and the assignment section.  

Blackboard and WingSpan Information
(Notice:  All Blackboard courses will be available on the first day of classes)
Blackboard --> http://citruscollege.blackboard.com 
WingSpan --> https://wingspan.citruscollege.edu  

  • Update email on WingSpan so it will load to Blackboard
  • Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN number (six digits only) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change these on Blackboard requires you change them on WingSpan
  • Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis

Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the History of California course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.   


If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.