Bakersfield College

History

History 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.

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 subgroups which have played a role in the shaping of human history.
  • evaluate historical evidence using both primary and secondary sources.

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.

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:

Course # Name Units
HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600 3.0
or
HIST B4A European Civilization 3.0
and
HIST B2 History of the World (Since 1650) 3.0
or
HIST B4B European Civilization 3.0

List B - Select 3 units from each group:

Group 1

Course # Name Units
HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1601 3.0
HIST B2 History of the World (Since 1650) 1 3.0
HIST B15 Civilizations of the Middle East 3.0
HIST B20A African American History of the United States 3.0
HIST B20B African American History/U.S. 3.0
HIST B25 Introduction to Women In American History 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
HIST B36 History of Native Americans 3.0

Group 2 OR any course in List B, Group 1 not already counted toward degree.

Course # Name Units
HIST B18 History of California 3.0
ECON B2 Principles of Economics-Macro 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
POLS B3 International Politics 3.0
ANTH B2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
ANTH B5 North American Indians 3.0
GEOG B2 Human Geography 3.0
MUSC B27 History of Rock and Roll 3.0
PHIL B18 History of Ancient Philosophy 3.0
PHIL B37 Introduction to World Religions 3.0
SOCI B2 Problems of Modern Society 3.0

1. If used for List A requirements, cannot be used again.

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (12-13 units*)

Course # Name Units
GE Arts/ Humanities1 - Choose from GE C1 or C2, or IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3.0
GE Phys Science2 - Choose from GE B1/B3 or IGETC 5A 3.0/4.0
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
  Transferable Elective 1.0
HIST B15,
HIST B20A**,
HIST B20B**,
HIST B25**,
HIST B30A**,
HIST B30B**,
HIST B33**
or
HIST B36**
Civilizations of the Middle East
African American History of the United States
African American History/U.S.
Introduction to Women in American History
Early Chicano History
History of Chicanos in the Southwest
Latin American History
or
History of Native American Indians
3.0

Semester 2 (16-17 units)*

Course # Name Units
GE Lifelong Learning – Local GE area E 3.0
ENGL B1/B2/B3 Expository Composition / Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking / Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking through Literature 3.0/4.0
or
PHIL B9/B7 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition / Introduction to Logic 3.0
or
COMM B5 Rhetoric and Argumentation 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
or
PHYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
HIST B17A** History of the United States 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0

Semester 3 (15-16 units)

Course # Name Units
GE Arts/Humanities1 – Choose from GE C1 or C2, or IGETC 3A or 3B 3.0
GE Life Science2 – Choose from GE B2/B3, or IGETC 5B 3.0/4.0
  Transferable Elective 1.0
HIST B17B History of the United States (post-1865) 3.0
HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1601 3.0
or
HIST B4A European Civilization 3.0
HIST B15,
HIST B20A**,
HIST B20B**,
HIST B25**,
HIST B30A**,
HIST B30B**,
HIST B33**
or
HIST B36**
Civilizations of the Middle East
African American History of the United States
African American History/U.S.
Introduction to Women in American History
Early Chicano History
History of Chicanos in the Southwest
Latin American History
or
History of Native American Indians
3.0
HIST B30B History of Chicanos in the Southwest 3.0
HIST B33 Latin American History 3.0
HIST B36 History of Native Americans 3.0

Semester 4 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
GE Arts/Humanities1 – Choose from GE C1 or C2, or IGETC 3A or 3B 3.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
or
COMM B4 Persuasive Communication 3.0
or
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 3.0
GE Non-History Social Science – Choose from GE area D or IGETC area 4 3.0
HIST B2** History of the World (Since 1650) 1 3.0
HIST B4B4 European Civilization 3.0
HIST B18
POLS B1
POLS B3
ECON B2
ANTH B2
ANTH B5
GEOG B2
MUSC B27
PHIL B18
PHIL B37
SOCI B2**
History of California
American Government
International Politics
Principles of Economics–Macro
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
North American Indians
Human Geography
History of Rock and Roll
History of Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to World Religions
Problems of Modern Society
3.0

*It is recommended that students complete additional GE units prior to entering the program if they choose not to take more than 15 units per semester.

Note: Additional information to consider for BC:

** Students must complete at least one class identified with an (*) to satisfy the Multicultural Requirement for graduation.

1 Arts/Humanities: 9 units to be earned, from both groups.

2 Students must have a life science and a physical science course. Only one must be a lab class. If the science taken does not include a lab, that term a 1 unit transferable elective should be taken.

3 Any course from BC GenEd B2 or CSU Breadth B4 areas count, but Psych B5 encouraged.

4 Hist B1 must be paired with Hist B2, and Hist B4a must be paired with Hist B4b.

Note for those pursuing Single-Subject Credential in Social Sciences at CSUB:

CSUB will accept BOTH Econ classes we offer toward an Econ Minor, leaving only 2 upper division courses to complete at CSUB for said minor.

Note for History Majors pursuing graduate studies in History:

  • Translation ability of primary sources in the foreign language of their origin is frequently required.
  • Many universities use either a transcript evaluation of 2 collegiate years of B or higher in the language, or successful completion of a translation exam.
    • CSUB encourages foreign language skills, but does not have a foreign language requirement for the M.A. in History.
    • UC’s generally require translation fluency in a minimum of 1 foreign language for Doctoral work.
  • As such, History Majors interested in graduate programs are encouraged to use foreign language classes for 2 of their Arts/ Humanities area requirements
Category Units
Units in Major 18
CSU GE Breadth 37-39
Possible double counting of GE’s 6-15
Degree Total 60
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