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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.

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Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

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:

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
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians as Information Managers
Records Managers
Information Managers

Historians as Advocates
Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work

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

Careers listed are from the American Historical Association website



Department Co-Chair: Sunshine McClain

Associate Professor, 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

(714) 892-7711 x51048

Office: ADMIN 228

Justin Smith

Instructor, History

B.A. in History at California State University, Long Beach; M.A. in History at California State University, Long Beach

(714) 892-7711 x58264

Office: ADMIN 225

Department Co-Chair: Noah Levin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

(714) 892-7711 x51062

Office: ADMIN 213


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