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History Associate in Arts

This degree program is useful for students preparing for careers in education and teaching, the law and legal field, journalism, government service, political science, museums and archives, consulting, and research. The history program offers a diverse transfer curriculum and is committed to equity-minded teaching in an atmosphere of academic excellence. History course offerings focus on global cultures, historically underrepresented groups in the United States, and the development of American Institutions. History courses help students develop and refine research, writing, and interpretive skills that are essential in navigating both society and their careers. History faculty create a vibrant intellectual campus culture and promote civic engagement through a variety of panels, presentations, and field trips.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Interpret and evaluate evidence by analyzing biases, patterns, trends, and relationships.
  • Evaluate and apply subject matter to students’ lived experiences and current events.
  • Analyze how power and privilege operate in society, through the categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
  • Develop and support arguments with evidence, including academic and organic (i.e. cultural, traditional, and experiential).
  • Research and explore career options and/or obtain experience in a career field.

Career Opportunities

Education Administrator1
History Professor/Historian1
Judicial Law Clerk1
Law Professor1
Legislative Assistant1
Legal Arbitrator, Mediator, and Conciliator1
Museum Curator1
Political Science Professor1
Research Historian1
Reporter, Correspondent1
Secondary School (K-12) Teacher1
Social Worker1
Writer, Author, Editor1


Bachelor Degree (B.A.) or higher required.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Select twelve units from any two of the following sequences:12
Early World History
and Modern World History
Early Western Civilization
and Modern Western Civilization
Early American History
and Modern American History
List A. Select one of the following:3
History of Race & Ethnicity in the United States
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives I
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives II
Kumeyaay History I: Precontact - 1845
Kumeyaay History II: 1846 - Present
U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives I
U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives II
U.S. History: Black Perspectives I
U.S. History: Black Perspectives II
List B. Select one of the following:3
Comparative History of the Early Americas
Comparative History of the Modern Americas
Women in Early American History
Women in Modern American History
History of California
The Modern Middle East
Culture, Art & Ideas of the United States
Arts & Culture of San Diego
Kumeyaay Arts and Culture I
Introduction to Native American Politics and Policy
Introduction to California Governments and Politics
Any course from List A not selected
Total Units18

Plus General Education Requirements