Program Description

Knowledge of the past is a prerequisite for understanding the present and preparing for the future. The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree offers an array of courses designed to enable students to comprehend how they, their nation, and the contemporary world have been shaped by historical events and forces. It is only by studying the history of other civilizations and cultures that we hope to gain perspective on our own. In addition to producing teachers and historical researchers, the AA‐T in History helps prepare students for other careers. Majoring in history is excellent preparation for students interested in a teaching career, the legal profession, or advanced work in the discipline. Students wishing to become business executives, administrators, and public servants profit immensely by gaining the methodological skills of the historian. Historians learn to gather, synthesize, analyze, and interpret evidence; they become skilled in presenting their conclusions to a general audience in a lucid and logical manner. History is an excellent foundation for a broadly based education in the liberal arts.  

The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.  All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 

REQUIRED CORE (6 UNITS)

  • HIST 007A ‐ United States History to 1876 (3)
  • HIST 007B ‐ United States History from 1876 (3)

LIST A: SELECT 2 COURSES FROM BELOW (6 UNITS)

  • HIST 002A ‐ History of World Civilizations to1500 (3)
    or HIST 001A ‐ History of European Civilization to 1715 (3)
  • HIST 002B ‐ History of World Civilizations from 1500 (3)
    or HIST 001B ‐ History of European Civilization from 1715 (3)

LIST B: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM EACH GROUP NOT ALREADY USED (6 UNITS)

Group 1

  • HIST 002A ‐ History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 002B ‐ History of World Civilizations from 1500 (3)
  • HIST 009A ‐ Latin America: Pre-Columbian to 1825 (3)
  • HIST 009B ‐ Latin America: 1825 to Present (3)
  • HIST 012 ‐ The North American Indian (3)
  • HIST 016 ‐ History of the Middle East (3)
  • HIST 018 ‐ History of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific (3)
  • HIST 019 ‐ History of China, Japan, and Korea (3)
  • HIST 025B ‐ Women in American Society (3)
  • HIST 027A ‐ Traditional Africa (3)
  • HIST 027B ‐ Modern Africa (3)
  • HIST 029A ‐ African American History to1865 (3)
  • HIST 029B ‐ African American History from 1865 (3)
  • HIST 030 ‐ History of Mexico (3)
  • HIST 031 ‐ History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3)
  • HIST 041 ‐ History of Asian Pacific Americans (3)

Group 2

  • ANTH 002 ‐ Cultural Anthropology (3)  
  • ANTH 003 ‐ Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • ECON 001A ‐ Principles of Economics (3)
  • ECON 001B ‐ Principles of Economics (3)
  • GEOG 002 ‐ Cultural Geography (3)
  • HIST 001A ‐ History of European Civilization to 1715 (3)
  • HIST 001B ‐ History of European Civilization from 1715 (3)
  • HIST 002A ‐ History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 002B ‐ History of World Civilizations from 1500 (3)
  • HIST 005A ‐ History of Great Britain to 1714 (3)
  • HIST 005B ‐ History of Great Britain from 1714 (3)
  • HIST 008 ‐ History of California (3)
  • HIST 025A ‐ Great Personalities in U.S. History (3)
  • HIST 025C ‐ The American West (3)
  • HIST 025D ‐ America's Relations with Other Nations (3)
  • HIST 025F ‐ America and the Two World Wars (3)
  • HIST 025I ‐ Issues of the Vietnam War (3)
  • HIST 045A - Religious Issues, Personalities, and Values (3)
  • HIST 050 ‐ History and Historians (3)
  • PHIL 037 ‐ Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • POLS 001 ‐ Introduction to American Government (3)  
  • POLS 002 ‐ Comparative Government (3)
  • RELG 001 ‐ Religious Issues, Personalities, and Values (3)
  • SOC 014 ‐ Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate through original written and/or oral analysis the ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in a global context.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and critique the value of varied sources of historical information including professional lectures, secondary texts, primary documents, visual arts, fiction, oral histories, community studies, and/or current journalistic reports.
  3. Demonstrate responsibility as self‐directed listeners, readers, and researchers.
  4. Compare and contrast the experiences and issues of subsets of minorities with that of mainstream in power, including concerns of race, class, and gender.
  5. Demonstrate respect for diversity of opinions on historical debates.
  6.  Apply the analysis of history to create a plan for fulfilling civic responsibilities as community and international citizens.

Units Required  

  • Required Subtotal: 18
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • Degree Total: 60