History AA-T Degree

History is the study of the people and events of the past, especially their social and political effects. History ranges from the study of wars, religion, technology, industrialization and urbanization to social movements, political movements and cultural developments. Students in history courses learn more than dates, names, and events. They also learn how to interpret, debate, and draw conclusions. History majors acquire a broad perspective on the human experience and appreciate how the past shaped the present. A History degree is an excellent general preparation for careers in education, law, historical research, historical preservation, the national and state park systems, government, journalism, media, and communication.The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer, also called the History AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in History. Students earning the History AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a History major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core Courses
HIST 017US History through Reconstruction3
HIST 018US History from Reconstruction to Present3
HIST 003History of World Civilization I3
or HIST 005 History of Western Civilization I
HIST 004History of World Civilization II3
or HIST 006 History of Western Civilization II
Select 2 courses, one course from each area (6 units):6
Area 1 - Diversity Course (3 units)
Any Core course not already used3
COMM 017Intercultural Communication3
ENG 021Intro Latin American/Chicano Literature3
ENG 022Intro to African American Literature3
ENG 024Native American Literature3
PS 002Introduction to Comparative Governments3
PS 004Introduction to International Relations3
SOC 014Introduction to Race & Ethnicity3
SOC 015Mexican American Culture & Society3
Area 2 - History Course (3 units)
ANTH 002Cultural Anthropology3
HIST 021California History3
HIST 023Latin American History3
GS 010Global Studies3
Required Subtotal18
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).