History

History is a study of the past. The past not only defines our lives, society, and the world we live in today, but shapes the pathway to the future. Students of history study individuals, groups, communities, nations, people, and cultures from different times and places. Many different methods are applied to effectively learn about history. History students examine the past through different perspectives and apply various analytical techniques to raise questions and think critically about the past. In addition to learning about amazing events, history provides us with a better understanding of our present lives.

Although an AA history degree is a great personal accomplishment, career opportunities are limited. For career opportunities and social advancement, an AA degree in history must be followed through with at least a BA from a four year college/institution. For the best opportunities for careers and social advancement, BA in history graduates should pursue graduate level degrees in law, business, and teaching.

Degrees

Associate in Arts

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and articulate how past events are interconnected throughout the world.
  2. Recognize and articulate the many struggles and accomplishments of different cultural groups from past events.
  3. Analyze information and data to achieve a better understanding of present society in reference to the past.
Degree Requirements
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Core Courses (6 units)
HIST 17AUnited States History3
HIST 17BUnited States History II3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Group A - Choose two (6 units)
HIST 4A andWestern Civilization3
HIST 4BWestern Civilization II3
or HIST 5A andWorld Civilizations3
HIST 5AWorld Civilizations II3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Group B - Choose one (3 units)
ETHN 6History of Race and Ethnicity in America3
ETHN 7Indians of North America3
ETHN 15Mexican-American History3
HIST 29Women in American History3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
Group C - Choose one (3 units)
HIST 8California History3
HIST 11The World in the 20th Century3
or
Any course not selected above3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
TOTAL
18
Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed specifically for students planning to transfer to the CSU system. Associate in Arts in History for Transfer requirements, as stated in SB1440 law, requires students to complete the following:

  • a minimum of 18 units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district
  • 60 semester CSU-transferable units
  • California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Critical Thinking: Analyze information and data to achieve a better understanding of present society in reference to the past.
  2. Global Awareness: Recognize and articulate how past events are interconnected throughout the world.
  3. Personal and Social Responsibility: Recognize and articulate the many struggles and accomplishments of different cultural groups from past events.
Degree Requirements
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Core Courses (6 units)
HIST 17AUnited States History3
HIST 17BUnited States History II3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Group A - Choose two (6 units)
HIST 4A andWestern Civilization3
HIST 4BWestern Civilization II3
or HIST 5A andWorld Civilizations3
HIST 5AWorld Civilizations II3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Group B - Choose one (3 units)
ETHN 6History of Race and Ethnicity in America3
ETHN 7Indians of North America3
ETHN 15Mexican-American History3
HIST 29Women in American History3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
Group C - Choose one (3 units)
HIST 8California History3
HIST 11The World in the 20th Century3
or
Any course not selected above3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
TOTAL
18
Courses Descriptions

HIST 4A – Western Civilization (3 units)
Broad historical study of the major elements of the western tradition from earliest times to the Eighteenth century. Introduction of ideas, values, and institutions basic to Western civilizations.

HIST 4B – Western Civilization II (3 units)
Historical study of the major elements of the western experience for the Eighteenth century to the present. Includes major political and social developments that have revolutionized the modern mode of human existence.

HIST 5A – World Civilizations (3 units)
Survey of the experience of all peoples with vastly different cultures inhabiting a single globe. Emphasizes the interaction of humans with the environment based on experience, knowledge, and technology. Systems: economics, social, religious and political to c. 1500.

HIST 5B – World Civilizations II (3 units)
The experience of all the world’s people from the early modern era to the present. Emphasis is upon the interaction of people with the environment based upon the development of technology. Conflict with traditional systems and new(er) orders.

HIST 8 – California History (3 units)
Survey history of California from Native American cultures through Spanish, Mexican and American periods to the present. Includes California government, some emphasis on local history.

HIST 11 – The World in the 20th Century (3 units)
A survey of the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in the world during the 20th century.

HIST 17A – United States History (3 units)
Survey of U.S. history tracing the political, social, economic, and cultural development of American ideals and actions from the Pre-Revolutionary Period through the Civil War Era. Satisfies U.S. history portion of California State University Title 5-40404 requirement. (Also satisfies Government(s)/Constitution(s) portion when both 17A and 17B are completed.)

HIST 17B – United States History II (3 units)
Political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Focuses on the ideals, decisions, forces, institutions, individuals, events, and processes that affected the continuity and change during this time. Satisfies CSU Title 5, Section 40404, U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement when both HIST 17B and POLSCI 1 or HIST 17A are completed.

HIST 29 – Women in American History (3 units)
General introduction to the history of women in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the changing political, economic, social and ethnic history. Not open for credit to students with credit in WOMEN 29.