2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 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.


Course ID Title Units
HIST 4   World History to 1500 3
HIST 5   World History Since 1500 3
HIST 16   History of the United States to 1876 3
HIST 17   History of the United States Since 1876 3
  Select from Restricted Electives 6



Restricted Electives: Student select two courses - 6 units
HIST 11   Perspectives of Peace Studies 3
HIST 12   Revolutions and Revolts 3
HIST 15   The Vietnam War 3
HIST 19   United States Since 1945 3
HIST 20   Ethnic Cultures of the United States 3
HIST 21   Women in United States History - A Multicultural Perspective 3
HIST 27   Latin America - Pre-European to Independent Nationhood 3
HIST 28   Latin America - 1800 to the Present 3
HIST 29 Film and History in Latin America 3
HIST 30   History of Mexico 3
HIST 32   California History 3
HIST 33   Chicano - Latino American History 3
HIST 62   European History to 1650 3
HIST 63   European History Since 1650 3
HIST 70   History of Asia to 1800 3
HIST 71   History of Asia Since 1800 3
HIST 72   History of China 3
HIST 74   History of the Middle East to 1800 3
HIST 75   History of the Modern Middle East 3
HIST 78   History of Japan 3
HIST 80   Introduction to Contemporary Africa 3
HIST 81   African American History 3
ES 1   Multicultural Experiences in the United States 3
ES 3   Introduction to Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Cultures 3

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ECON 20; SOC 20; PS 4, 11, 80.
* Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation, see course description.

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 and to the Associate Degree – General Education Requirements in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements.

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