Academic Catalog

History

Program Description

The History department offers courses that explore political, economic, social, and cultural themes of the past with a strong emphasis on global understanding and multicultural contributions. Courses cover the geographical globe from Eastern/Western Europe to Asia and the Americas.

Learn more about the program on the History website.

Associate Degree for Transfer

This program also offers an Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more and review the degree requirements on the History AA-T listing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify connections between specific people, groups, events and ideas and larger historical themes, developments and topics.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources and draw valid historical interpretations from them.

Career Opportunities

A major in history is an excellent preparation for students who wish to enter the legal profession, politics, government service, sociology, travel careers, international trade, library science, elementary and secondary teaching. Today's students require a global comprehension for their careers and professions, as well as a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the multicultural aspects of the modern world that was shaped by the past. Enhancement with anthropology, geography, and political science is strongly urged.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

  • Major: 36

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include: 

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (24 units)
  • Support courses (12 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
Select 24 units from the following:24
WORLD HISTORY FROM PREHISTORY TO 750 CE
WORLD HISTORY FROM 750 CE TO 1750 CE
WORLD HISTORY FROM 1750 CE TO THE PRESENT
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 800 CE
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: 700-1800
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
HONORS HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1815
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1812 TO 1914
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT
Support Courses
Select 12 units from the following:12
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA: THE MULTICULTURAL STATE
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF ASIA: CHINA/JAPAN
HISTORY OF RUSSIA & THE SOVIET UNION
HONORS INSTITUTE SEMINAR IN HISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE RESEARCH
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE RESEARCH
Total Units36