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History is the study of the people and events of the past, especially their social and political effects.   History ranges from the study of wars, religion, technology, industrialization and urbanization to social movements, political movements and cultural developments.
History majors find jobs in national and state parks, in museums and archives and in various government agencies.  Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include teaching, law and research.   Even students who choose not to major in History find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think critically, appreciate diversity, understand the world in which we live much better and, as a result, be better citizens.
College of the Desert’s history curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline as well as specific courses in the history of the United States and of world civilizations.  The College offers an Associate of Arts degree in History as well as courses leading to transfer. 
Students earning an associate’s degree in history have a choice of pursing positions with the national park system, state park system, other government agency or continuing their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  COD has transfer agreements with the UC and C SU systems in History.   However, since transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution, students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.
Advisor: C. Kroll
and Transfer Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
HIST 3 History of World Civilization I 3
HIST 4 History of World Civilization II 3
HIST 17 United States History 3
HIST 18 United States History 3
Electives: 9 units to be chosen from the following
ANTH 2 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 3
HIST 21  History of California 3
PHIL 10 General Logic 3
PS 1 Introduction to Government 3
  Required Subtotal 12
Elective Subtotal 9
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 38-41
  Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2