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History, Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer


Historians analyze the economic, political, social and cultural characteristics of past societies and why these characteristics change over time. Students studying in this discipline will gain a greater understanding of the roots of the modern world and an appreciation for the cultural and global diversity of the human experience. History majors learn how to critically evaluate primary and secondary source materials and how to construct logical written or oral arguments clearly supported with evidence. These skills in critical thinking and communication are broadly applicable and highly sought after by employers, making history an excellent course of study for students seeking a general liberal arts education. History is particularly useful for students considering careers in teaching, law, communications, journalism, librarianship, archival and research work, public administration, and a wide variety of public service and government careers.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a well-structured argument supported with relevant evidence which evaluates the social, cultural, political and/or economic characteristics of past societies and how and why these characteristics change over time.
  2. Analyze the meaning of primary and/or secondary historical sources and their significance as evidence.
  3. Evaluate the impact of social and cultural diversity upon the development of past societies.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).

Requirements for the Major

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
HIST C170United States History to 18763
HIST C175United States History since 18763
List A
Select six units of the following:6
World History 1
Western Civilization 1
World History 2
Western Civilization 2
List B
Select one course from each of the following two areas:6
Area 1
World Cultures
World Regional Geography
Latin American History and Culture
History of American Women
Chicano History
World History 1 1
World History 2 1
Comparative Government and Politics
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Perspectives of Sex and Gender
Area 2
Any history course from List A or List B Area 1 not previously used to fulfill a requirement or:
Cultural Anthropology
Survey of Art: Prehistory through Late Gothic
Survey of Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
Contemporary Art History
Cultural Geography
History of Britain and Ireland 2
History of California
The American West
History and Appreciation of Music
History of Rock Music
History of Jazz
American Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Required for the Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total for Degree60