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History, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_HIST
Control number: 31116
Financial aid: Eligible 

History is the study of past human events and ideas that continue to inform the present. The study of primary sources (i.e. original documents and objects) fosters essential critical thinking, analytical, and interpretative skills for students. Multiple voices and conflicting interpretations of sources encourages a healthy skepticism of preconceived information and challenges students to ask essential questions, to explain historical causality, to pose new interpretations, and to conduct their own research using historical evidence. An understanding of the past, moreover, enables students to better understand their identity and to contribute to their society as more informed citizens.

The Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in History focuses on a critical analysis of the past to understand how it has influenced our identities and shaped today’s societies. Students choosing this major will study a range of historical subjects including United States History, World History, and Western Civilization. In addition, students will learn how to identify historical significance, to analyze historical evidence, and to construct historical arguments based on primary and secondary sources. Completion of this major will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of History and equip them with the skill set of a historian. Students will be prepared to pursue a baccalaureate degree in History.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the structure, pace, and causal agents of changing historical contexts.
  2. Employ interpretative skills to reach reasoned conclusions from historical evidence.
  3. Evaluate cultural, socio-political, and economic contexts through historical time.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses – Core
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
List A
Select one course from each of the following groups:6
Group 1
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
Group 2
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
List B
Select one course from each of the following groups:6
Group 1
HIST G161World History 1 13
HIST G162World History 2 13
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
Group 2
HIST G161World History 1 13
HIST G162World History 2 13
HIST G180Western Civilization 1 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 2 13
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G140California History3
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
Major Total18
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted6-15
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)9-20
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
HIST G161World History 13
or HIST G180 Western Civilization 1
HIST G162World History 23
or HIST G185 Western Civilization 2
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area C1: Arts course3
Select one of the following:3
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics (UC or CSU transferable)3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math (CSU transferable only)3
Units15-16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select two of the following NOT already taken:3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
Units15-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units5-8
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G140California History3
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
Units11-15
Total minimum units required60