History Associate in Arts Degree


The History Associate in Arts Degree is designed to prepare students to acquire basic historical knowledge and academic skills, both to transfer to a four-year institution, and to understand historical causes of current events. History is the study of change over time. Historians analyze cause and effect, construct narratives from primary and secondary 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 develop a broad perspective on the human experience, and appreciate how the past shaped the present. A History degree is an excellent general preparation for careers in education, law, historical research, historical preservation, government, journalism, media, and communication. This degree requires 18 units in the major, in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Courses (6 units):
HIST 170 F History of the United States to 1877 (formerly History of the United States I)3
or HIST 170HF Honors History of the United States to 1877 (formerly Honors History of the United States I)
HIST 171 F History of the United States Since 1877 (formerly History of the United States II)3
or HIST 171HF Honors History of the United States Since 1877 (formerly Honors History of the United States II)
List A - Restricted Electives (6 units):
HIST 112 F World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly World Civilizations I)3
or HIST 112HF Honors World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Honors World Civilizations I)
HIST 113 F World Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly World Civilizations II)3
or HIST 113HF Honors World Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Honors World Civilizations II)
Restricted Electives: List B, Group 1 (3 units)3
African Civilizations to 18803
African Civilizations since 18803
Ancient Egypt3
Asian Civilizations I (formerly HIST 160AF)3
Asian Civilizations II (formerly HIST 160BF)3
Introduction to the Middle East3
Women in United States History3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Restricted Electives List B, Group 2 (3 units)3
Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization I)3
Honors Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)
Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)3
Honors Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Honors Western Civilization II)
Survey of British History I3
Survey of British History II3
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AF)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BF)3
United States Environmental History3
History of California3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Explain causation, change and continuity, and historical complexity through analysis of historical evidence and arguments.

Outcome 2: Develop and present one’s own historical conclusions by crafting convincing and well-supported arguments.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate historical empathy through analysis of globally diverse historical sources and perspectives.