History AA

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Associate in Arts Degree
Program Information
The history major fosters an understanding of ourselves and our world through the study of the past, both remote and recent. The program develops critical thinking and a broad background in issues and ideas from our past. The major thus prepares students for transfer to B.A. programs in history. It also offers students fundamental preparation for careers in business, government, teaching, and a number of professional fields (for example, paralegal or law careers).

Transfer Information
Transfer students should consult the Transfer Information section in this catalog and the History or related major sections of the catalog for the specific institution to which they wish to transfer to determine admissions, general education, and major requirements. Consultation with an SCC counselor is advised.

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and explain the major historical events and forces in United States history to 1877.
  • analyze and explain the major historical events and forces in United States history from 1865 to the present.
  • analyze the explain the major historical events and forces in specific world regions and world history through 1500.
  • analyze and explain the major historical events and forces in specific world regions and world history since 1500.
  • recognize and interpret multiple forms of evidence such as visual materials, oral accounts, statistical records, and artifacts from material culture.
  • recognize the distinction between primary and secondary sources and understand how each is used to make historical claims.
  • critically analyze and assess historical evidence upon which different explanations and interpretations of historical phenomena are founded.
  • critically analyze how historians construct narratives and recognize that interpretations of the past change and are contested.
  • plan, organize, and construct, orally and/or in writing, historical narratives.
  • identify and explain the sequence of cause and effect of historical phenomena.
  • analyze societies in a comparative context and analyze one’s own society in the context of other societies.
  • understand the historical construction of differences and similarities among groups and regions.
  • recognize the influence of global forces and identify their connections to local and regional developments.
  • critically assess contacts among and within societies in terms of mutual (though not necessarily symmetrical) interactions, benefits, and costs.
  • explain how socially constructed categories (notably race, class, gender, nation, and ethnicity) can be analyzed to explain historical phenomena.
  • appreciate the role of geography in history and the constructed nature of geographical categories when thinking about geographical space.
  • comprehend that historical analysis is sensitive to context, comparison, interrelations and interactions, and contingency, and demonstrate an awareness that such sensitivity might well require rethinking assumed or traditional historical categories and narratives.
  • explain the uses—and the limitations—of historical comparison as an analytic tool.
  • explain how the contemporary world has been shaped by its historical development.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
The Associate in Arts degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.