Welcome to the History Department 

The world Ortelius' Typus Orbis Terrarum, first published 1564. Library of Congress.

History is the study of past individuals and societies viewed from every possible angle: biographical, social, political, economic, religious and other.

Historical research is a form of critical reasoning by which historians mentally reconstruct past reality from careful examination and study of primary evidence such as historical documents and artifacts.  

Many diverse careers can be pursued by students of history. For more information, please see the "Careers in History" page.

Students of history learn to “think historically” and see themselves and society developing across time, thus attaining deeper and richer self-understanding.

Our faculty offer a wide range of interesting history courses from which to choose, including:

  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Western Civilization
  • California History
  • Women's History

We also offer courses cross-listed with ICS (Intercultural Studies), including:

  • African History
  • Asian History
  • Latin American History
  • African American History

Please see the Course Catalog for a full description of each of our courses, and check the college's online schedule for the days and times that these courses are being offered. 

All of the courses above fulfill General Education (GE) requirements.

Please see Degrees and Certificates for more information regarding General Education (GE) areas. 

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