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History is the study of human experience from the dawn of time to the present. It examines people, institutions, ideas and events of the past and the present. The primary objectives of the History program are: fulfillment of general education requirements for American Institutions, Humanities and Social Sciences; completion of the Associate of Arts degree; and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions and completion of general education requirements for students enrolled in four-year institutions.
The courses in this program emphasize a number of student learning outcomes, primary being the development of critical thinking and communications skills to analyze problems, conceptualize theses, develop arguments, weigh evidence and derive conclusions; development of the ability to articulate the critical thinking outcomes through writing and/or speaking or by other modes of communication; and the development of an awareness of civic responsibilities and a thorough knowledge of global issues.
*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
Most careers in History require education beyond the Associate degree and some require a graduate degree. This is not a comprehensive list, but some of the most common career options with History preparation include: archivist, business person, diplomatic corps, historian, journalist, lawyer, librarian, museum curator, park historian, professor, teacher and writer.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.