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History, Associate of Arts Degree Major

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Banner Code: 3_AA_HIST

Control Number: 18219

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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. Critically evaluate the social, cultural, political and/or economic characteristics of past societies and explain 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 Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Requirements for the Major section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — AA/AS Local Degree GE: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
HIST C161World History 13
HIST C162World History 23
HIST C170United States History to 18763
HIST C175United States History since 18763
Program Electives
Select two of the following:6
Cultural Anthropology
Survey of Art: Prehistory through Late Gothic
Survey of Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
Economic Issues and Policy
History of Ethnic Minorities in the United States
History of Ethnic Minorities in the United States
World Regional Geography
Latin American History and Culture
History of American Women
Chicano History
History of Britain and Ireland 2
History of California
The American West
Western Civilization 1
Western Civilization 2
American Government
Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to Sociology
Units Required for Major18
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units for Degree60