Courses are offered in American history, European history, and the history of selected non-European and non-Western cultures. The curriculum emphasizes not the rote recognition of facts, but the study of history as a means of developing critical intelligence and fostering an awareness of ourselves and our world through examination of the past, including examination of ways in which human beings have attempted to understand the meaning of historical events and issues. Courses offered through the department meet general education and transfer requirements in American history, humanities, and certain facets of the social sciences. In addition, courses may be taken to satisfy requirements for an Associate in Arts degree with a major in history.
The associate degree for transfer student completion requirements (stated in the SB 1440 law) area as follows:
Complete 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU transferable units.
Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
Complete and obtain certification of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) pattern.
Complete 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or Better (Title 5 § 55063). A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.