General Description

History is the study of all human experience. History examines the people, institutions, ideas, and events of the past and present. This department provides the basic information necessary for analyzing the major political, economic, and social conditions affecting contemporary society. Historians usually specialize in a chronological, geographical, and/or topical area that constitutes an academic field for inquiry and research, such as U.S. history, ancient Greece, Africa, medieval Europe, Mexico, Islam, China, Latin America, or women in history.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the history major. A few of these require an associate in arts degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, high school or college instructor, foreign service officer, state park historian or technician, writer, historian, travel journalist, archivist, research analyst, museum curator or director, lawyer, banker, market researcher, business person, public administrator, and historical society personnel. 

Degree/Certificate Options

Major Code History 01790

Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Full-time Faculty:

Victor Chavez vchavez@swccd.edu

Stanley James sjames@swccd.edu

Dr. Gerardo Rios grios@swccd.edu

Laura Ryan lryan@swccd.edu

Felix Tuyay ftuyay@swccd.edu

Department Chair

Marie Vicario mvicario@swccd.edu