Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

PROGRAM CODE: 1A31266

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the History major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer (AA-T in History) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in History or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. History is the study of change over time. Historians analyze cause and effect, construct narratives from primary sources, and try to explain the actions of people in the past. Students in history courses learn more than dates, names, and events. They also learn how to interpret, debate, and draw conclusions. History majors acquire a broad perspective on the human experience and appreciate how the past has shaped the present. While a baccalaureate degree is still recommended, completion of this degree is excellent general preparation for careers in education, law, historical research, historical preservation, government, journalism, media, and communication.

To earn an AA-T in History students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in the History major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC);
  3. elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units of CSU transferable coursework;
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core (6 units):
HIST 170 CHistory of the United States I3
or HIST 170HC Honors History of the United States I
HIST 171 C History of the United States II3
or HIST 171HC Honors History of the United States II
List A - Select either HIST 110 C/110HC or HIST 112 C/112HC and History 111 C/111HC or HIST 113 C/113HC (6 units):6
Western Civilizations I3
Honors Western Civilizations I
World Civilizations I
Honors World Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II3
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations II
Honors World Civilizations II
List B Group 1 - Select 3 units from the following: Any History course not pertaining to the U.S. or Europe (HIST 112 C/112HC and HIST 113 C/113HC may be taken if not used in List A):3
World Civilizations I3
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II3
Honors World Civilizations II
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of the Middle East3
History of Africa3
List B Group 2 - Select any History course (may be taken if not used from List A or from List B Group 1 (3 units):3
Western Civilizations I3
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II3
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I3
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II3
Honors World Civilizations II
History of Africa3
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
Survey of British History I3
Survey of British History II3
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of Mexico3
History of the Middle East3
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC)3
Women in United States History3
History of California3
Total Units18