History

Historical knowledge provides a context for understanding the present and preparing for the future. The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree offers a broad range of courses designed to enable students to comprehend how the community, nation, and the contemporary world have been shaped by historical events and forces. By studying history of many societies and cultures we gain perspective on our own. These courses may be taken to satisfy General Education requirements or to meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts in History for Transfer (ADT) degree.  The ADT in History degree prepares students to seamlessly transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in History or a related major.

Upon Successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Practice and analyze democratic civic engagement.
  2. Demonstrate and evaluate relationships between local, national, and international issues, movements, and ideas.
  3. Demonstrate cultural competence, language skills, cross-cultural adaptation skills, and critically reflect upon their own social, historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts.
  4. Evaluate the impact of globalization upon inequality, privilege, perspective, social conditions and institutions, power structures, difference, and social change.
  5. Describe contemporary social and political values, and assess their historical and global linkage.
  6. Demonstrate a range of skills including: research, documentation, analysis, evaluation, communication, contextualization, teamwork, observation, and cultural competency by relating social science concepts and theories to issues of importance to local communities.
  7. Demonstrate college level reading, writing and critical thinking in the formulation of research assignment/s, and demonstrate effective skills in finding, evaluating, interpreting, and using both primary and secondary sources.
  8. Identify, develop, use, and assess tools and methods for community change and social justice.

Associate Degree Transfer Requirements:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Required Core
Units: 6
HIST 1
United States History through Reconstruction (Active)
3
HIST 2
United States History Reconstruction to the Present (Active)
3
LIST A:
Units: 6
HIST 4A
Global History Before 1500 (Active)
3
or
HIST 7A
History of Western Civilization (Historical)
3
HIST 4B
Global History After 1500 (Historical)
3
or
HIST 7B
History of Western Civilization (Historical)
3
LIST B: Select one course below or HIST 4A or HIST 4B if not already used (3 units)
Units: 3
HIST 3
History of California (Historical)
3
HIST 5
Women's Lives in Early United States History (Active)
3
HIST 6
Women's Lives in Recent United States History (Active)
3
HIST 12
Mexican American Cultural History (Active)
3
HIST 21
Ancient Americas: A History through Art (Historical)
3
or
ART 21
Ancient Americas: A History through Art (Historical)
3
LIST C: Select one course or any course from LIST B not already used (3 units)
Units: 3
ANTH 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Active)
3
ANTH 5
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (Historical)
3
ANTH 6
Culture and Politics of Africa (Historical)
3
ART 1A
Art History (Active)
3
ART 1B
Art History (Active)
3
MUS 1A
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
MUS 1B
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
POLS 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
PSYC 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
POLS 9
Global Social Change (Historical)
3
SOC 9
Global Social Change (Historical)
3
SOC 1B
Introduction to Sociology: Social Problems (Active)
3
SOC 3
Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity (Historical)
3
SOC 4
Sociology of Gender (Active)
3
THEA 1
Theatre History: Greece to Restoration (Historical)
3
Units Required for the Major: 18
Units:  
Double Counted Units: CSU: 9 - 18; IGETC: 9 - 18
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units: CSU: 12 - 21; IGETC: 14 - 23
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 55-57

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HIST 1United States History through Reconstruction (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. History of the United States from the time before European contact with the Americas through Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on distinctive patterns of political, economic, social, intellectual, and geographic developments within their global context. At the conclusion of the course, the student should understand major themes in the history of the United States, and be able to explain various ways in which ideas about federal vs. state power, ethnicity, class, and gender divisions have influenced the nation's development. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: HIST 130) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
HIST 12Mexican American Cultural History (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. The Mexican American experience as influenced by society in the United States. Emphasis will be on the historical and contemporary contributions made by the Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and Mexican American. Emphasis will also be on the social, economic, and political milieu of the Mexican American within the context of the American society. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as HUM 12. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
HIST 2United States History Reconstruction to the Present (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. History of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis will be placed on distinctive patterns of political, economic, social, intellectual, and geographic developments within their global context. At the conclusion of the course, the student should understand major themes in the history of the United States, and be able to explain various ways in which ideas about federal vs. state power, ethnicity, class, and gender divisions have influenced the nation's development. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: HIST 140) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2016.
HIST 21Ancient Americas: A History through Art (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A critical survey of history through the arts of pre-Columbian natives of North, Central and South America. The course will cover major societies and events from the appearance of major civilizations through the initial colonization efforts of European nations. Due to the distinct history of the Americas, this course uses the arts - architecture, sculpture, ceramics and painting, among others - of ancient societies as a primary source material. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as ART 21. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2013.
HIST 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and/or local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by the faculty supervisor, and when appropriate community agencies. A maximum of six units may be earned. These courses do not transfer to UC. They may transfer to CSU. Check with a counselor. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Fall 2010.
HIST 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
HIST 3History of California (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A study of California's history from pre-contact with Europeans to the present day. Social, cultural, economic, political and environmental issues will be explored towards an understanding of California's history. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HIST 4AGlobal History Before 1500 (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Beginning with the agricultural revolution, this course examines the development of global society before 1500. With attention to the interactions between humans and environment, developing states, cultures, economies, and social structures are examined in global context. The course emphasizes historical, analytical, and research skills. It asks students to analyze the evolution of global values, beliefs, and practices, as well as the conditions and results of social change. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: HIST 150) ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
HIST 4BGlobal History After 1500 (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Beginning with the European Renaissance, this course examines the development of global society after 1500. With attention to the interactions between humans and environment, developing states, cultures, economics, and social structures are examined in global context. The course emphasizes historical, analytical, and research skills. It asks students to analyze the evolution of global values, beliefs, and practices, as well as the conditions and results of social change and globalized human activity. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: HIST 160) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HIST 5Women's Lives in Early United States History (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This survey course begins with pre-contact peoples and extends to the end of the nineteenth century. The class examines the construction of womanhood through United States history, and the effects of gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation upon women's experiences. Students will study the contributions of various individual women and groups of women in creating the modern United States, and will analyze social, political, economic, and cultural forces affecting women to both join and resist movements for social change. Students will also learn to apply contemporary feminist theory to traditional historical approaches. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
HIST 6Women's Lives in Recent United States History (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. The class examines the construction of womanhood in the US during the twentieth century. The class explores the effects of gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation upon women's experiences. Students will study the contributions of various individual women and groups of women in creating the modern United States, and will analyze social, political, economic, and cultural forces affecting women to both join and resist movements for social change. Students will also learn to apply contemporary feminist theory to traditional historical approaches. ADVISORY: English 250 (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
HIST 7AHistory of Western Civilization (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A study of major elements in Western heritage from the ancient world to the eighteenth century. Course will survey intellectual, political, social, economic and cultural development of the Western World. (C-ID: HIST 170) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
HIST 7BHistory of Western Civilization (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A study of major elements in western heritage from Renaissance Europe to the present. Emphasis is on ideas, attitudes and institutions basic to western civilization of enduring interest. (C-ID: HIST 180) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
HIST 98Special Topics (0.5-3.0)Active
0.5-3.0 Lecture. Special topics courses examine current problems or issues of interest to students within a specific discipline area. For topical content information, consult with the appropriate department chairperson. For transfer status, check with a counselor. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.

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