Santorum: California universities don’t teach American history

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum sounded off against California higher education in Wisconsin Monday, saying that some of the state’s universities do not teach American history.

“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,” Santorum said. “It’s not even available to be taught.”

But UC spokesperson Brooke Converse told Think Progress, which originally reported the story, that all University of California undergraduate programs require students to study American history and institutions, though the exact requirements vary by campus.

Santorum has expressed critical views of higher education in the past. He once said that President Barack Obama wants everyone to go to college because they are “indoctrination mills.” He also told George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” that colleges are bastions of liberalism that are hostile to students who are conservative, among other remarks.

J.D. Morris is the university news editor.