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A present shaped by the past

History is leveraged in the creation of laws, in how we understand and respond to societal issues, how culture develops, as well as how relationships start and fall apart on a global, national and local scale. Studying history allows you to put events, people and motivations in context across time and location, even when dealing with differing interpretations.

Programs of Study

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
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  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

History for Transfer

Associate of Arts for Transfer

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  • T
  • Online Options Available

Students earning the History for Transfer degree will acquire a broad perspective on the human experience and appreciate how the past has shaped the present. They will learn about major events and people of the past, especially their social, cultural and political effects. In addition, students will learn how to interpret, debate, and draw conclusions using primary historical sources.

This program assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code



18 Units

Why study history?

Historians are thought provokers, record keepers and serve to help define and articulate impactful events and people. From critical thinking to communication and research skills, studying history prepares you to not only be an informed citizen but to challenge your understanding and find solutions to unique problems. History majors often enter education and the law fields, with further common options including management, administrative support, and the library sciences.

What You'll Learn

  • Describe, explain, and evaluate historical information and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of historical processes.
  • Identify and analyze the sources of historical information and research methodologies.
  • Objectively explain critical issues in history and be able to use theories and debates to argue convincingly in defense of a position, selecting examples to illustrate points and organizing these appropriately.
  • Employ a variety of current historical methodologies in the research, analysis and evaluation of data.
  • Comprehend and demonstrate critical thinking ability including the understanding of alternative explanations and the forming of conclusions from the data presented.

Career Options

  • Teacher or professor
  • Lawyer
  • Policy maker
  • Politics and civil service
  • Librarian
  • Manager
  • Salesperson
  • Marketing and advertising specialist
  • Museum curator

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