Courses in the History Department explore the past in a variety of ways. Through a critical evaluation of the causes and significance of events in the past, students of history learn about the individuals, ideas, actions, and events that have shaped our present. History teaches students to think critically and to communicate their ideas in a more sophisticated fashion. It promotes an understanding of cultures and societies from the past while it helps students consider their own identities in the world of today. While the study of history is valuable in its own right, it also serves as a useful preparation for careers in law, public service, journalism, business, medicine, and education.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in history should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements. History department courses may meet both Social Science and Humanities general education requirements at UC, CSU, and private colleges and universities. 

Courses for CSU General Education Requirement: U.S. History and American Ideals

Students transferring to CSU institutions will need to meet the United States History and American Ideals requirement. While this is not part of CSU-GE Certification, students can be complete this requirement prior to transfer by completing one of the courses below. Contact a counselor for additional information. 

HIST 100United States History to 18773
or HIST 100H United States History to 1877 - Honors
HIST 101United States History: 1865 to Present3
or HIST 101H United States History: 1865 to Present - Honors
HIST 137Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Groups in U.S. History3
HIST 139The African American Experience in U.S. History From 18773
HIST 140Chicano Experiences in U.S. History3

Degrees & Certificates

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