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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in 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 multi-cultural contributions. Courses cover the geographical globe from Eastern/Western Europe to Asia and the Americas.

Learn more about the program on the History website.

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, and 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, ethnic studies, 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.

Online Courses for History

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

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 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* 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 (24 units)

Select 24 units from the following:

HIST 3A World History from Prehistory to 750 CE 4
HIST 3B World History from 750 CE to 1750 CE 4
HIST 3C World History from 1750 CE to the Present 4
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE 4
HIST 4B History of Western Civilization: 700-1800 4
HIST 4C History of Western Civilization 1789-Present 4
HIST 17A History of the United States to 1815 4
HIST 17B History of the United States from 1812 to 1914 4
HIST 17C History of the United States from 1914 to the Present

Support Courses (12 units)

ETHN 1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4
Introduction to African American Studies 4
Introduction to Latinx Studies 4
Introduction to Native American Studies 4
Introduction to Asian American Studies 4
HIST 8 History of Latin America 4
HIST 10 History of California: The Multicultural State 4
HIST 18 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilization 4
HIST 20 History of Russia & the Soviet Union 4
HIST 54H Honors Institute Seminar in History 1
LIBR 10 Research Paper Search Strategies 1
or LIBR 10H Honors Research Paper Search Strategies 1
Total Units
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit History 2023-2024 in Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.