So Bizarre: Rick Santorum Claims California Universities Don't Teach American History

Last week, Santorum claimed most of the public universities in the University of California system do not offer American history courses.

Unsurprisingly, this claim is just as false as other anti-college statements he has irresponsibly relayed to constituents, including when he claimed college was an indoctrination mill that churned out liberals and the faithless — despite having three degrees under his collegiate belt. 

SANTORUM: "I was just reading something last night from the state of California. And that the California universities — I think it’s seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught."



Of the 10 UCS schools, only the University of California-San Francisco doesn't offer an American history course — and that is because it's a medical school that doesn't offer any humanities degrees. UCSF only offers degrees in Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine.

Every school in the University of California system also offers a history major and American history coures (the Cal State system is separate from the University of California system). 

Brooke Converse, a spokesperson from the UC system recently told blog ThinkProgress that all the UC schools (with the exception of UCSF) have to take a course in American history in order to graduate, but that the specific requirements vary per campus. In fact, most of the UC system requires their students to take a year's worth of American history courses and additionally a semester's worth of American government. 

The Colbert Report has also covered Santorum's statement, commenting on Santorum's source, "like all critics of higher education, Rick subscribes to the same West Coast news paper I do, it's the Something From the State of California News.

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