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Social Sciences Division

Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

For more information contact:
Ann Yarchin

Division Coordinator
ayarchin@gwc.cccd.edu
714-892-7711 x58125

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HISTORY

Students choosing this major will study a range of historical subjects including United States History, World History, and Western Civilization. In addition, students will learn how to identify historical significance, to analyze historical evidence, and to construct historical arguments based on primary and secondary sources. Completion of this major will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of History and equip them with the skills of a historian. Students will be prepared to work toward a baccalaureate degree in History at the CSU level.

Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer degree focuses on a critical analysis of the past in order to understand how it has influenced our identities and shaped today’s societies. Students choosing this major will study a range of historical subjects including United States History, World History, and Western Civilization. In addition, students will learn how to identify historical significance, to analyze historical evidence, and to construct historical arguments based on primary and secondary sources. Completion of this major will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of history and equip them with the skills of a historian. Students will be prepared to work toward a baccalaureate degree in History at the CSU level.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the structure, pace, and causal agents of changing historical contexts.
  • Employ interpretative skills to reach reasoned conclusions from historical evidence.
  • Evaluate cultural, socio-political, and economic contexts through historical time.
  • Below is a recommended sequence for this transfer major.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA in History for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core: 6 units
History G170 – History of the United States to 1876 – 3 units
History G175 – History of the United States since 1876 – 3 units

List A: 6 units
History G161 – World History 1 – 3 units
History G180 – Western Civilization 1 – 3 units
History G162 – World History 2 – 3 units
History G185 – Western Civilization – 3 units

List B: (one course from each group): 6 – 8 units
Group 1:
History G161 – World History 1 – 3 units
History G162 – World History 2 – 3 units

(If not used in List A)
History G120 – Asian Civilizations – 3 units
History G136/Anthropology G136 – Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerican and the Southwest – 3 units
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
History G121 – History of American Women – 3 units 
Sociology G133 – Racial and Ethnic Relations in America – 3 units
Chinese G180 – Elementary Chinese 1 – 5 units
French G180 – Elementary French 1 – 5 units
Spanish G180 – Elementary Spanish 1 – 5 units
Vietnamese G180 – Elementary Vietnamese 1 – 5 units

Group 2:
History G110/Economics G120 – Economic History of the United States – 3 units 
History G132 – History of Britain and Ireland I – 3 units
History G135 – History of Britain and Ireland II – 3 units
History G140 – California History – 3 units

Total units: 18-20


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer

Semester 1
History G170 (Core) – History of the United States to 1876 – 3 units
History G175 (Core) – History of the United States since 1876 – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Choose two courses, one from each group (six units):
History G161 (List A) – World History 1 – 3 units
or
History G180 (List A) – Western Civilization 1 – 3 units
and
History G162 (List B) – World History 2 – 3 units
or
History G185 (List A) – Western Civilization 2 – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Choose one course:
Chinese G180 (List B) – Elementary Chinese 1 – 5 units
or
French G180 (List B) – Elementary French 1 – 5 units
or
History G120 (List B) – Asian Civilizations – 3 units
or
History G150 (List B) – History of Latin America – 3 units
or
History G121 (List B) – History of American Women (Spring only) – 3 units
or
Sociology G133 (List B) – Racial and Ethnic Relations in America – 3 units
or
Spanish G180 (List B) – Elementary Spanish – 1 units
or
Vietnamese G180 (List B) – Elementary Vietnamese 1 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Choose one course:
(List B group 2)
History G110 – Economic History of the United States – 3 units
(Economics G120)
or
History G132 – History of Britain and Ireland I – 3 units
or
History G135 – History of Britain and Ireland II – 3 units
or
History G140 – California History – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major total: 18-20 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 12 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 13-17 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

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HISTORY G110 – 3 Units
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Economic History of the United States
(Same as: Economics G120)
A survey of US economic development from colonial origins to the present, evaluating the various agents of growth. Emphasis is on the changing nature of American capitalism as well as U.S. involvement in the global economy. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G120 – 3 Units
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Asian Civilizations
This course compares and contrasts geographic and demographic patterns and the dynamics of primitive, modern, and transitional Asian societies. Major political, economic, sociocultural developments, and religious traditions of India, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia will be presented in an historical perspective. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G121 – 3 Units
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History of American Women
(Formerly known as: History G165)
This course allows students to explore United States History through the perspective and experiences of American women. Students will compare cultural contructs of gender with the reality of women’s lifestyles and their contributions to economic, political, and social change. The emphasis will be on the twentieth century woman. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G132 – 3 Units
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History of Britain and Ireland I
This course is a survey of British and Irish history from the Neolithic Age to the 17th century. It explores how various cultures (Celtic, Pictish, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, and Norman-French) struggled for supremacy and survival over several thousand years culminating in the ascendancy of England. Major topics include Celtic culture, Roman imperialism, Viking impact, Norman conquest and the reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G135 – 3 Units
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History of Britain and Ireland II
This course is a survey of British and Irish history from the 17th century to the present day. Content spans the major political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual forces that have shaped the UK and Eire. Historical emphasis is placed on constitutional development, the preconditions and process of Industrial Revolution, Scottish Highland Clearances, Irish potato famine, Irish partition, the origins and consequences of British imperialism, World Wars, and contemporary British and Irish cultural life. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.  Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G140 – 3 Units
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California History
This survey course traces the transformation of California from the prehistoric era to the present, highlighting the uniqueness of the state. This course will offer a colorful array of stories examining the diverse geography of the region and the many peoples who, over the centuries, have made California their home. Topics include the Indigenous peoples of California, early explorers, Spanish missions, Mexican ranchos, the Bear Flag Revolt, the California Gold Rush, Statehood, the Railroad era, Progressive Era reforms, Hollywood, the “West” as myth and memory, the Great Depression Era, World War II development, suburbanization, conflict and activism in marginalized populations, the new conservatism, ecological issues, the changing politics of the state and current events. Recommended for transfer students. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G150 – 3 Units
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History of Latin America
A survey of Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the interplay of Iberian, African, and Indian influences upon social and cultural evaluation. Also stressed are Latin American relations with the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G161 – 3 Units
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World History 1
(Formerly known as: History G190, World History to 1500)
Advisories: Geog G100 Students are advised to have a basic knowledge of global geography
A broad survey of the early development of civilizations around the world. The course examines geographic and human influences and compares the differences and similarities in the early civilizations. The survey goes up to the period of broad cultural contacts of the 15th century. Recommended for transfer students. C-ID: HIST 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G162 – 3 Units
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World History 2
(Formerly known as: History G195 World History Since 1500)
This course is an exploratory survey of diverse cultural, political, and socio-economic societies in numerous geographical arenas of the world since 1500. The course also addresses unique historical developments and concepts from the Early Modern Era to the current day. Students will also assess contemporary challenges of global interaction and interdependence. Recommended for transfer students. C-ID: HIST 160 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G170 – 3 Units
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History of the United States to 1876
A survey of American historical development from the founding of English colonies through Reconstruction. The course emphasizes the evolution of political, economic and social institutions and ideas. Recommended for transfer students. Essential for history and political science majors. C-ID: HIST 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G175 – 3 Units
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History of the United States since 1876
A survey of American history since the Civil War. The course emphasizes the development of the modern American society and economy, and American participation in world affairs. Recommended for transfer students. Essential for history and political science majors. C-ID: HIST 140 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G180 – 3 Units
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Western Civilization 1
(Formerly known as: History of Western Civilization 1)
This course explores the concept of Western Civilization from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia via civilizations in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe to the Renaissance (c.1500). The emphasis is on a wide spectrum of human creativity, ideas, beliefs, institutions and endeavor. Throughout the time period the dynamics of change and continuity will be questioned and analyzed. Recommended for all transfer students majoring in the liberal arts, the humanities or the social sciences. C-ID HIST 170 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

HISTORY G185 – 3 Units
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Western Civilization 2
(Formerly known as: History of Western Civilization 2)
This course explores the concept of Western Civilization from the Renaissance (c.1500) to the modern era. Topics include Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, Constitutionalism, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Romanticism, Nationalism, Totalitarianism, and Consumerism. The dynamics of change and continuity throughout the period will be questioned and analyzed. Recommended for all transfer students majoring in the liberal arts, the humanities or the social sciences. C-ID: HIST 180 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in History will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Historians as Educators
Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers
Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
Think Tanks

Historians as Communicators
Writers and Editors
Journalists
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians as Information Managers
Archivists
Records Managers
Librarians
Information Managers

Historians as Advocates
Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work
Foundations

Historians in Businesses and Associations
Historians in Corporations
Contract Historians
Historians and Nonprofit Associations

Careers listed are from the American Historical Association website www.historians.org

Full-time faculty:

Sunshine McClain
Instructor, History
A.A. in Social Studies at Golden West College; B.A. in History at California State University, Fullerton;  M.A. in History at University of California, Irvine.
smcclain@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711x 51048
Office ADM 213

David W. Moore
Professor, History
B.A. (Honors), University of Greenwich, London England; M.A. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England; further graduate study: University of Northumbria; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
dmoore@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711 x58264
Office ADM 228

Part-time faculty:

  • Bernadette Davis
  • June T. Dinh
  • Sharon K. Evanshine
  • Michelle Ferry
  • Giovanni  Hortua 
  • Joseph G. Karpenski
  • Melinda Klein
  • Todd E. Menzing
  • Jon Mochizuki
  • Ryan Schwarzrock
  • Paul Swendson