Liberal Arts AA – History Option

Code: AA.LA.HIST

The Associate in Liberal Arts with History Option is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing the knowledge, values, and skills that are unique to the study of history and who intend to transfer to a 4-year history or liberal arts program. Coursework requirements include two survey courses in Western Civilization, European History, US History, or Latin American History. Students also take at least three History electives and a Geography course in addition to courses in general education. An AA degree with a History Option is easily transferable to all public and private colleges that accept transfer students. Those who continue on to earn a BA in history often pursue careers in education, government and non-profit, international relations and security, law, journalism and literature, film and entertainment, museums and historic preservation, business and finance.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate, in both written and oral discussion, the ability to consider a diversity of viewpoints, construct and defend a thesis, and revise it effectively as new evidence demands.
  • Read and comprehend a variety of primary and secondary sources, evaluate their perspective and bias, and contextualize them with appropriate detail.
  • Develop a methodological practice of identifying, gathering, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and citing historical evidence.
  • Narrate, in written or oral form, an event from the past in a way that recognizes different perspectives and multiple causation and rejects inevitability.
  • Recognize the important political, intellectual, social, and cultural forces that have shaped our past.
  • Identify examples of historical change and continuity over time and evaluate their historical significance.
  • Temper moral judgment in historical interpretation with an understanding of historical perspective and the significance of changing cultural context.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

HIS  History Core Survey* 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective**† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

GEO-101World Geography

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS  History Core Survey* 3
HIS  History Elective 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective**† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective†
  Humanities Elective (but not in History [HIS])*** 3
  Social Science Elective**‡ 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
PHR  Philosophy or Religion Elective 3
  Humanities Elective (but not in History [HIS] & not in Philosophy & Religion [PHR])**** 3
  Natural Science Elective** 4
  Social Science Elective**‡ 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective** 4
  Social Science Electives‡ 6
  Free Elective‡‡ 2-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

MAT/CIS/INF   Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Core Survey*

One of the following 6-credit sequences is recommended:

HIS-101West Civilization to the Reformation

3

-and

HIS-102West Civilization since the Reformation

3

-or

HIS-111US History to the Reconstruction

3

-and

HIS-112US History since the Reconstruction

3

However, one of the following 6-credit sequences is also acceptable:

HIS-106Modern Europe to the French Revolution

3

-and

HIS-107Modern Europe since the French Revolution

3

-or

HIS-11320th Century US History to WWII

3

-and

HIS-11420th Century US History since WWII

3

-or

HIS-130Latin American History to the Independence

3

-and

HIS-131Latin American History since the Independence

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

  Philosophy or Religion (PHR) Elective 3
  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS])*** 3
  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS] and not in Philosophy & Religion [PHR])**** 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives**‡

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field:

Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) & Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics** 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology** 0-3
  Natural Science Electives** 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course:

GEO-101World Geography

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Three electives in History (HIS) 9
  Social Science Electives‡ 6
  Two courses (6 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) & Anthropology (ANT).  

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*History concentrators must complete 15 credits in history. This includes a one-year, 6-credit core sequence in a single field of study. HIS-101 & HIS-102 or HIS-111 & HIS-112 is recommended, but any one of the following is also acceptable: HIS-113 & HIS-114, HIS-120 & HIS-121, or HIS-130 & HIS-131. Students are encouraged to take a broad range of history courses, both chronologically and geographically.

**General Education Elective(s)

***General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

****General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN), Literature (LIT), or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: courses in Anthropology (ANT), Sociology (SOC), and Economics (ECO).

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another History course.