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History is the study of the people and events of the past, especially their social and political effects. History ranges from the study of wars, religion, technology, industrialization and urbanization to social movements, political movements and cultural developments. 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 shaped the present. A History degree is an excellent general preparation for careers in education, law, historical research, historical preservation, the national and state park systems, government, journalism, media, and communication.


The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer, also called the History AA-T Degree, prepares students to transf​er to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in History. Students earning the History AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a History major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.


Eliu Benavides
Oceana Collins
Dept​. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses: 12 Units​
HIST 3 History Of World Civilization I 3
HIST 4 History Of World Civilization II 3
HIST 17 US History Through Reconstruction 3
HIST 18 US History/Reconstruction To Present 3
Select two courses, one course from each area: 6 - 8 Units
Area 1: DIVERSITY COURSE (3-5 units)​ ​ ​ ​
​ENG 21​ ​Intro Latin American/Chicano Literature 3​
​PS 2​ ​Introduction To Comparative Government ​3
​PS 4​ ​Introduction To International Relations ​3
​SOC ​14 ​Introduction To Race and Ethnicity ​3
​SOC ​15 ​Mexican American Culture & Society ​3
​COMM ​17 ​Intercultural Communication ​3
​FR ​1 ​Elementary French I ​5
​FR ​2 ​Elementary French II ​5
​FR ​3 ​Intermediate French I ​4
​FR ​4 ​Intermediate French II ​4
​GER ​1 ​Elementary German I ​5
​GER ​2 ​Elementary German II ​5
​ITAL ​1 ​Elementary Italian I ​5
​ITAL ​2 ​Elementary Italian II ​5
​JPN ​1 ​Elementary Japanese I ​5
​JPN ​2 ​Elementary Japanese II ​5
​SPAN ​1 ​Elementary Spanish I ​5
​SPAN ​2 ​Elementary Spanish II ​5
​SPAN ​3 ​Intermediate Spanish I ​4
​SPAN ​4 ​Intermediate Spanish II ​4
​ ​Area 2: HISTORY COURSE (3 units)​ 
ANTH 2 Cultural Anthropology 3
HIST 21 California History 3
  Required Subtotal 18-20
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.

2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog.