Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 63 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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Historical studies place students into the vast arena of what it was like to have lived in the past, how those experiences affect our present times, and how our present times may affect the future. The Associate in Arts History program draws on various disciplines in the arts and sciences to create an appreciation of our common, and uncommon, heritages.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your studies.


 Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Evaluate the contribution of historical figures at critical historical points.
  2. Defend the actions of a specific population in terms of historical context.
  3. Compare non-linear historical events.


Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
HIST 101Western Civilization I 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Second Semester - 17 Credits

LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
HIST 102Western Civilization II 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
FINE 101Art History I 3.00
GEOG 101World Geography 3.00
HIST 111US History I 3.00
LITR 262British Literature 3.00

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

HIST 112US History II 3.00
HIST 216Vietnam 3.00
LITR 260American Literature 3.00
LITR 217World Literature 3.00
MUSI 101Introduction to Music 3.00
PSYC 105Social Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (PSYC) - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

HIST 101 - Western Civilization I

This is a survey course of the civilization of the West, focusing on the development from Paleolithic man to 1500. Political and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

HIST 102 - Western Civilization II

This is a survey course of the civilization of the West concerned with the development from 1500 to present. Political and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

FINE 101 - Art History I

This survey class explores visual images and concepts from the Paleolithic Period to the Renaissance, placing special emphasis on the development of order and the use of space in Greek and Roman art and the religious application of art in the Early Christian Period as well as its influence through the Early Renaissance. 3-0-3

GEOG 101 - World Geography

This course surveys the geographic regions of the world by examining various types of natural environments and man’s interrelationships with physical and cultural factors. 3-0-3

HIST 111 - US History I

This is a survey course of the history of the United States from the discovery of America to 1865. Political, social, and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

LITR 262 - British Literature

An introduction to British literature as a reflection of British culture is experienced through selections ranging from the Middle Ages through contemporary major British writers. Honors Option Available British Literature Honors is designed for honor students to explore British Literature through British history and culture, including evolution of the language. The global impact of British colonialism, post-colonialism, world view and industrialization which created loss of human diginity and hardships among their ruled nations will be a reoccuring theme. The changing literature of the twenty-first century will also be highlighted. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of instructor 3-0-3

HIST 112 - US History II

This is a survey course of the history of the United States from 1865 to the present. Political, social, and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

HIST 216 - Vietnam

This course traces the United States’ involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II through its collapse. Particular attention is given to the containment and domino theories, the attempts to quantify warfare, the disparate cultures, domestic politics, and psychological demoralization 3-0-3

LITR 260 - American Literature

Students will encounter American literature from the Colonial to the Contemporary Periods, with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary texts, that reflects the American experience of both mainstream and emerging cultures, represents major American literary movements, genres, writers, and works, and explores such issues as the human experience, the American political arena, and common American ideologies. Prerequisite LITR210 3-0-3

LITR 217 - World Literature

World Literature focuses on the literature of cultures other than those normally discussed in traditional, Western-based courses. The literature of Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Africans and less represented cultures will be studied. Examining their poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songs, and oral traditions will nourish an appreciation of the social and cultural contributions of these cultural groups. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

MUSI 101 - Introduction to Music

The student approaches the perception of thought and idea through a study of musical forms. Introduction to general musical terminology is supplementary. 3-0-3

PSYC 105 - Social Psychology

This is the study of the individual’s interaction with his/her environment. Culture; socialization processes; attitudes; values; roles; and communication will be investigated as well as other factors, which influence personality development. 3-0-3