Bakersfield College



Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree is designed to provide students a clear transfer pathway to the CSU history major and completion of the history baccalaureate degree, to grant guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major, with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

Historians analyze the events and processes of the past, both to gain more understanding of human nature, in any place and at any time, and to explain the distinctive dynamics of particular societies, usually in regional and chronological contexts. Historical study is an important part of the liberal arts program and the development of critical thinking skills. Most careers in history require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree. The study of history can serve as preparation for graduate study in education, law, business, government and journalism. Many employers value the writing and critical thinking skills acquired by History majors.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree guarantees the student acceptance to a local California State University to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • analyze major forces, events, and people instrumental in shaping human history.
  • examine past social/cultural value systems which have formed a basis for human beliefs and challenges to those beliefs.
  • analyze the various racial, ethnic and social sub/groups which have played a role in the shaping of human history.
  • evaluate historical evidence using both primary and secondary sources.

Total Units: 18

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
HIST B17A History of the United States 3.0
HIST B17B History of the United States since 1870 3.0
List A - Select 6 units from the following:
HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600 3.0
HIST B4A European Civilization 3.0
HIST B2 History of the World (Since 1650) 3.0
HIST B4B European Civilization 3.0
List B - Select 3 units from each group:
Group 1
HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600 3.0
HIST B2 History of the World (Since 1650) 3.0
HIST B20A African American History of the United States 3.0
HIST B20B African American History/U.S. 3.0
HIST B30A Early Chicano History 3.0
HIST B30B History of Chicanos in the Southwest 3.0
HIST B33 Latin American History 3.0
Group 2
ECON B2 Principles of Economics-Macro 3.0
HIST B18 History of California 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0


Units in Major 18
CSU GE Breadth 37-39
Possible double counting of GE's 6-15
Degree Total 60
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