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The Associates in Arts Degree in History is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the study of the historical past in order to transfer to a California State University. It is an excellent starting point for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in history. The core course work is designed to provide undergraduate preparation leading to knowledgeable individuals who recognized that society cannot deal with the present or prepare to cope with the future without an understanding of the past. Students will examine contemporary problems and issues from a historical perspective.

Program Overview

As a history major, you will:

  • Study a comprehensive introduction to the field of history through courses that are academically rigorous and content appropriate.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to apply the “historical perspective” to your own life and to the social environment of which you are a part.
  • Analyze the news of the day as well as changes in the global economy and other major social institutions within a historical context.
  • Identify an area of specialization in history.

Program Highlights

Lassen Community College offers its History by way of traditional classroom study, online, or by correspondence delivery. Associate Degree in History can be completed within two years


Associate in Arts in History for Transfer

Career Preparation

The Associates in Arts Degree in History for Transfer prepares the student for transfer to a California State University.

Two-Year Advising Plans

​​​Degree Type ​Degree Name
​Associate in Arts for Transfer History-AA-T

Employment Opportunities

Government Service



Military Officer

Museum Curator


Degrees and Certificates

Total Units for the Associate in Arts Degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.0: 60 Units
Required Core Courses minimum grade 2.0: 18-19 Units
Complete the following 12 Units:

HIST-16 U.S. History3
HIST 17  Post Civil War - U. S. History3
HIST-14  World History, Beginning to 15003
HIST-15  World History, 1500 to Present3
HUM 1  Western Civilization: Prehistoric to 16003
HUM 2  Western Civilization: 1600 to Present3

Completion of either the CSU General Education or IGETC
Remaining Units to Total 60 Units may be selected from
courses numbered 1 – 49.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associate in Arts Degree in History for Transfer student will be able to:
1. Explain four transitions that the United States has undergone from colonization to the present. Examples may include but are not limited to: the colonial period to the revolutionary period; launching a new government to the growth of a union; the civil war to reconstruction; the U.S. industrial revolution to the U.S. as a world power; WWI and WWII; or WWII to the age of affluence.
2. Analyze the American political system including the reasons behind the separation of power and the constant struggle between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
3. Given a current historical topic, demonstrate the ability to conduct research using traditional and technological skills to write an organized, factually correct, well-documented paper.
4. Develop an appropriate and factually correct theme on a specific topic comparing and contrasting works, events or values of two eras or cultures of Western Civilization.
5. Given an era in time, explain the differences between the ideas and cultural values of Western and non-Western societies.

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