History

The study of history is the endeavor to understand the present by becoming knowledgeable about the past. As the context of all human activity, history gives students the depth needed to understand society and their place in it. Students may take courses to prepare for a major in history or to fulfill general education requirements. A bachelor's degree in history can lead to a career in business administration, law, teaching, social services, journalism, finance, law enforcement, public relations, advertising, or government service.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Brad Byrom

Dean: Alketa Wojcik

www.miracosta.edu/HIST

Department: History

Office: Building OC3100, 760.795.6871

Full-Time Faculty

Brad Byrom
Lesley Doig
Lisa Lane
Christopher Sleeper

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts in History for Transfer Degree

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation for a history degree, an emphasis or option within a history degree, or a degree considered similar to history at a California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a history major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

 To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) CSU transferable units
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or better
  • Complete the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern
  • Achieve a minimum CSU transferable GPA of 2.0
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.
     
Required Core:
HIST 110United States History to 18773
or HIST 110H United States History to 1877 (Honors)
HIST 111United States History Since 18773
or HIST 111H United States History Since 1877 (Honors)
List A: Complete 6 units6
World History to 1500
World History to 1500 (Honors)
World History Since 1500
World History Since 1500 (Honors)
List B: Complete 7 units. Select one course from each group.7
Group 1 - Complete 4 units
Elementary Chinese (First Semester)
Intermediate Chinese (Third Semester)
Elementary French (First Semester)
Elementary French (Second Semester)
Intermediate French (Third Semester)
Intermediate French (Fourth Semester)
Elementary German (First Semester)
Elementary German (Second Semester)
Intermediate German (Third Semester)
Elementary Italian (First Semester)
Elementary Italian (Second Semester)
Intermediate Italian (Third Semester)
Intermediate Italian (Fourth Semester)
Elementary Japanese (First Semester)
Elementary Japanese (Second Semester)
Intermediate Japanese (Third Semester)
Intermediate Japanese (Fourth Semester)
Elementary Spanish (First Semester)
Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)
Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)
Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)
Group 2 - Complete 3 units.
Western Civilization to 1648
Western Civilization to 1648 (Honors)
Western Civilization Since 1648
Western Civilization Since 1648 (Honors)
History of England
History of England (Honors)
East Asian Societies
History of the Middle East
History of the Americas to 1830
History of the Americas Since 1830
Mexican American History Through 1877
Mexican American History Since 1877
African American History to 1877
African American History Since 1877
California History
Total Units19

All courses listed above can also be used in specific general education categories on the CSU-GE (Plan B) or CSU-IGETC (Plan C) general education patterns. To insure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select courses for required general education categories that may also be used to complete the degree requirements.

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Courses

HIST 100: World History to 1500

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 100H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course traces the historical development of the world to 1500. It emphasizes the interaction between the environment and people, the development of religious and philosophical systems, and the internal evolution and interaction within and among cultures. Students experience a variety of learning techniques designed to promote greater cross-cultural understanding.

HIST 100H: World History to 1500 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course emphasizes the historical interaction between the environment and people, the development of religious and philosophical systems, and the internal evolution and interaction within and among cultures from early civilizations to 1500. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 100 or HIST 100H.

HIST 101: World History Since 1500

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course traces the historical development of the world since 1500. It emphasizes the relationship between technology and society, the development of rationalism and imperialism, and the movement toward independent nationhood and global interdependence.

HIST 101H: World History Since 1500 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course emphasizes the historical interaction between the environment and people, the development of religious and philosophical systems, and the internal evolution and interaction within and among cultures from 1500 to present. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 101 or HIST 101H.

HIST 103: Western Civilization to 1648

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 103H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of western civilization from earliest times to 1648 with an emphasis on western culture and humanities. It explores social, economic, political, and artistic trends as well as the history of gender, sexuality, and ideas during the ancient and medieval eras.

HIST 103H: Western Civilization to 1648 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 103.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of western civilization from earliest times to 1648 with an emphasis on western culture and humanities. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 103 or HIST 103H.

HIST 104: Western Civilization Since 1648

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 104H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of western civilization from 1648 to contemporary times with an emphasis on western culture and humanities. It explores social, economic, political, intellectual, and artistic trends as well as the history of gender, sexuality, and culture during the early modern, modern, and contemporary eras.

HIST 104H: Western Civilization Since 1648 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 104.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of western civilization from 1648 to contemporary times with an emphasis on western culture and humanities. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 104 or HIST 104H.

HIST 105: History of England

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 105H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course examines the cultural, social, political, economic, intellectual, and diplomatic history of England from earliest times to the present. Topics include the creation of Britain, Viking and Roman influence, feudalism, commercialism, empire, world wars, Soviet relations, and contemporary developments.

HIST 105H: History of England (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 105.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course examines the cultural, social, political, economic, intellectual, and diplomatic history of England from earliest times to the present. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 105 or HIST 105H.

HIST 107: East Asian Societies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ASIA 107.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2201.00)

This course examines the social and political foundations of East Asia through historical, religious, and literary documents.

HIST 109: History of the Middle East

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of the Middle East from origins to contemporary times. Topics include the political, social, and economic development of early Mesopotamia, the Persian Empire, the development of monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Abbasid Caliphate, the Crusades, the Ottoman and Safavid empires, European imperialism, and modern Middle Eastern states.

HIST 110: United States History to 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 110H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of the United States from the early cultures to Reconstruction. It emphasizes political, economic, social, and cultural developments. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110/HIST 110H & HIST 111/HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146. C-ID HIST130.

HIST 110H: United States History to 1877 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of the United States from the early cultures to Reconstruction. It emphasizes political, economic, social, and cultural developments. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110/HIST 110H & HIST 111/HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146. C-ID HIST 130.

HIST 111: United States History Since 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 111H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110 & HIST 111; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 111H: United States History Since 1877 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the political, social, economic and cultural history of the United States since reconstruction. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110/HIST 110H & HIST 111/HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 113: American Military History

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 113H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course surveys American military history from the colonial period to the present. It emphasizes the institutional, technological, social, political, and cultural contexts in times of peace and conflict. The course reviews all major American conflicts and emphasizes the military's influence upon foreign policy, domestic affairs, and diplomacy.

HIST 113H: American Military History (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HIST 113.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course surveys American military history from the colonial period to the present. It emphasizes the institutional, technological, social, political, and cultural contexts in times of peace and conflict. The course reviews all major American conflicts and emphasizes the military's influence upon foreign policy, domestic affairs, and diplomacy. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format, challenging course work, emphasis on the use of sources as evidence, and the development of analytical historical theses. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HIST 113 or HIST 113H.

HIST 116: History of the Americas to 1830

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course surveys the histories of the American continent as an integrated whole. It examines major pre-Columbian Indian cultures, Native American heritage, European exploration, conquest, and colonization, and the growth of independence movements. It also studies the diverse cultures, societies, economies, political structures, and constitutions of Latin America, Canada, and the United States from a comparative perspective.

HIST 117: History of the Americas Since 1830

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course presents an integrated history of American nations in the 19th and 20th centuries. It emphasizes the Latin American wars of independence, U.S. foreign policy with Latin America, Canada's relations with the Western hemisphere, Latin American society in the 20th century, and the impact of globalization on the American continent.

HIST 141: Mexican American History Through 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This study of United States history emphasizes a Chicano/a, Latino/a perspective through the Mexican-American War and the late 19th century. This course focuses on major political, social, economic, and cultural factors; it explores the roles played by the diverse peoples and cultures who shared in the development of U.S. history. The course emphasizes the contributions of ancient Indians and civilizations and the influences of Spanish institutions and cultures. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110 & HIST 111; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 142: Mexican American History Since 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present emphasizes the Chicano/a, Latino/a experience. It explores the economic, social, cultural, and political developments and impacts on diverse peoples of the U.S. emphasizing the Mexican American experience. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110 or HIST 110H & HIST 111 or HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 145: African American History to 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the historical development of the role of African Americans in United States history from colonial origins through Reconstruction. It emphasizes the black experience within political, social, economic, and cultural frameworks. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110/HIST 110H & HIST 111/HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 146: African American History Since 1877

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course covers the historical development of the role of African Americans in United States history from Reconstruction to the present. It emphasizes the black experience within political, social, economic, and cultural frameworks. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for one series: HIST 110/HIST 110H & HIST 111/HIST 111H; HIST 141 & HIST 142; or HIST 145 & HIST 146.

HIST 165: California History

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course addresses the social, economic, political, and cultural history of California. It begins with an overview of the indigenous Native American population, and continues through the Spanish, Mexican and American eras. The topics covered in this class include studies of the mission era, the pastoral era, the gold rush, the railroad era, the development and modification of California's constitution, and the rise of the modern industries such as aerospace and information technologies.

HIST 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

HIST 296: Topics in History

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (2205.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in History that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

HIST 298: Directed Study in History

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (2205.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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