History

Humanities

History courses teach students the necessary skills to evaluate and interpret complex information and recognize the importance of the past in contemporary society. These skills allow students to better understand complex political and social organizations, appreciate cultural diversity and recognize the value of an equitable society.

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As part of the history major, students are required to take courses in American history and world history as well as study the populations of historically underrepresented minorities. Students will have the opportunity to study with professors who specialize in political, economic, cultural, intellectual, and/or social history. Students who are interested in careers in government, public policy, journalism, law, education (K-12 and higher education), and non-profit work might consider majoring in history, as the skills learned in this discipline support skills necessary for continued graduate study or occupations related to the above areas.

 

Students interested in history may take a variety of courses in US, European, and world history. Additionally, courses in women's history, Californian history, and Chicanx history are offered. Students will learn about political, social, intellectual, economic, and cultural histories. In studying the historical past, students will improve their academic writing, academic literacy, and interpretation of complex information, skills which are transferable across all disciplines and careers.

Transfer Options

All of the courses in the history program at Irvine Valley College have been designed for a transfer model to area UCs, CSUs, and private colleges. Each course offered is accepted by all UC and CSUs and most of the core required courses in our local degrees articulate as major requirements in neighboring programs. The high standards and rigor of these courses will prepare students to excel in upper division history courses.

Program Specific Support

Students may enroll in a humanities and social science writing center course for support with academic writing in history. Students may also sign up for course specific tutoring in the Student Success Center.

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Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course1C3-5
HIST 20American History through the Civil War8 & Major3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 21C & Major4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
HIST 21American History Since the Civil War6 & Major3
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
History MajorHistory Major Course from List AMajor3
History MajorHistory Major Course from List BMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
History MajorHistory Major Course from List BMajor3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course1C3-5
HIST 1 or 1HHistory of World Civilizations to 15006 & Major3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 21C & Major4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
HIST 2History of World Civilizations Since 15005 & Major3
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
HIST 10Western Civilization: Beginnings to the Reformation6 & Major3
History MajorHistory Major Course from List AMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
HIST 11West and the World since the Renaissance6 & Major3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.  
  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10*Statistics Course2A3
HIST 1/1H or HIST 10World Civilization to 1500 or Western Civilization Beginnings To The Reformation (Fall Only)3B & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course3A3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
HIST 2 or HIST 11World Civilization since 1500 or The West And The World Since The Renaissance (Spring Only)3B & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundalmentals1C3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
HIST 20 or 21American History Through the Civil War or American History Since the Civil War4 & Major or Elective3
History MajorHistory Major Preparation Course (if necessary)4 & Major3
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Science LabScience Lab GE Course5C1
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)2-3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
HIST 20 or 21American History Through the Civil War or American History Since the Civil War4 & Major or Elective3
PhysicalPhysical Science GE Course5A3
Social and Behavior SciencesSocial and Behavior Sciences GE Course (Non-History Course)43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or other math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
HIST 20**American History Through the Civil WarD & Major3
Learning & Self DevelopmentLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
HIST 21**American History Since the Civil WarD & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
HIST 1 or 1H**History of World Civilizations to 1500C2 & Major3
History MajorHistory AA-T Major Course from List B: Area 1Major3
PhysicalPhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
HIST 2**History of World Civilizations Since 1500C2 & Major3
History MajorHistory AA-T Major Course from List B: Area 1 or 2Major3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement.in CSU GE Area B4.
  2. Students can take History 1, 2, 20, or 21 in any order.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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