2019-2020 Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Associate of Arts

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The curriculum in the History program is designed to provide the transfer student with an understanding of the diversity of the human experience and the historical processes that have shaped individuals and communities throughout the world. It fosters critical thinking and the opportunity to achieve an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in History by providing the necessary breadth in the field, an introduction to the methods used in the study of history, and the ability to complete both major preparatory coursework along with courses required for general education. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering this major, earning an Associate degree may support entry-level positions such as: Museum and Historical Organizations, Cultural Resources Centers, or Legislative Support Staff Worker.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Understand the diversity of the human experience as influenced by geographical location, race, ethnicity, cultural traditions, gender and class.
  • Analyze historical processes that shape individuals and communities, drawing on detailed knowledge about the history of the area under study.
  • Think critically about the varieties of experience found in the historical record of the United States, exploring diversity as a critical component of history.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and understand how each is used to make historical arguments.
  • Assess, use, and synthesize different kinds of evidence from a variety of historical sources to make a coherent argument about the past.
  • Effectively conduct research and write a coherent historical essay or research paper that articulates a clear argument, effectively interprets multiple forms of evidence, identifies arguments in secondary historical texts, and uses appropriate citations.
  • Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the area and during the period under study.
  • Understand the difference between opinions and substantiated scholarly claims.

Total Units for the Major: 18

Associate of Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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