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Las Positas College is an inclusive, learning-centered, equity-focused environment that offers educational opportunities and support for completion of students' transfer, degree, and career-technical goals while promoting lifelong learning.

History Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

About the Program

The discipline of history helps to nurture an informed public and is, therefore, of vital importance to a democratic society. The program for the Associates in Arts in History for Transfer exposes students to the great historical arguments on these issues, and prompts students to think for themselves on these important topics. Students progressing toward the AA-T in History will learn the tools of critical thinking. They will be expected to apply their skills to a variety of historical narratives. The transfer degree is especially intended to assist students in transferring into the California State University System. Students completing the degree receive a guarantee of admission with junior status into the California State University System and will have completed the common core of lower division courses required for a CSU baccalaureate degree in the field of History or a similar major.

Career Opportunities

Historians with graduate degrees may teach at the high school, college, or graduate levels. They may also become researchers in both the public and private sectors and work in areas of public policy, the law, and international studies. The study of history develops important skills of thinking, analysis, and communication that are useful for any field of employment or further study.

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the AA-T in History, students are able to analyze and assess various types of historical sources.
  • Upon completion of the AA-T in History, students are able to compose an argument using historical evidence.
  • Upon completion of the AA-T in History, students are able to explain major historical developments in United States and World History.

Completion Requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or CA State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Required Core: (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
HIST 7 US History Through Reconstruction 3
HIST 8 US History Post-Reconstruction 3

List A: Select Two (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
HIST 1 Western Civilization to 1600 3
HIST 3 World History to 1500 3
HIST 2 Western Civilization since 1600 3
HIST 4 World History since 1500 3

List B: Select One Course from each Area (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
Area 1    
HIST 25 American Indian History 3
HIST 32 U.S. Women's History 3
Area 2    
HIST 14 History and American Cultures of California 3
HIST 28 History of American West 3

Total Units for the Major: 18

Additional General Education and Elective Units: 42

Total Units: 60

See the Las Positas College California State University General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.