Discover your future in History
Enroll in the History Program at Skyline College for an enriching academic experience that will allow you to discover the depth and breadth of human historical experience while helping you to find and focus your interests in a specific path of study within the field of History.
We offer a Certificate of Achievement which provides a head start on the road to employment and an Associate Degree for a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.
History is the study of the human past and how it emerged out of the traditions and customs that produced it. It is only by studying the history of other people, civilizations and cultural traditions that we can hope to gain perspective on our own unique story.
To succeed in the History Program, students will develop strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as demonstrate a strong desire for self-discovery through a comparison of their personal historical experiences with those of others.
Working in the field of History provides a unique opportunity to study the past and, through implementing and sharing this knowledge, help to influence our present and future. A degree or certificate in History provides a broad base of knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of careers including teaching, government service, business administration, law, communications, journalism, finance, and more. The demand for jobs and the pay for these careers varies widely across the nation and the State of California.
The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.
Looking for a list of classes offered this semester?Check out the current class schedule.
HIST 100 History of Western Civilization I (3 units)
The cultural, political, and economic survey of Western history from the beginnings in the Near East to the Renaissance. Emphasis on the intellectual, artistic, and institutional foundations of Western Civilization.
HIST 101 History of Western Civilization II (3 units)
Western civilization from 1600s to the present, with particular emphasis on European cultural, political, and socio-economic developments in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. A study of the various Western civilizations is encouraged as a means of acquiring a broad comparative perspective.
HIST 104 World Civilizations I (3 units)
A global and historical survey of civilizations from ancient times to 1500. Emphasis on the origins and development of diverse cultures, political systems, major religions, noted empires, artistic/intellectual achievements and technological breakthroughs. A study of various world civilizations is encouraged as a means of acquiring a broad comparative perspective.
HIST 106 World Civilizations II (3 units)
A global and historical survey of world civilizations from 1500 to the present. Emphasis on the origins of global interdependence, revolutions and nationalist movements, the global economy, cultural and religious issues, technological advancements, and current social issues.
HIST 108 Survey of American History (3 units)
Explores major social, political, and cultural developments in the history of the United States. Examines selected events, personalities and trends from the colonial period to the present.
HIST 109 Europe Since 1945 (3 units)
History of Europe from the end of WWII through the present. A comparison of the political, social, economic and cultural elements.
HIST 201 United States History I (3 units)
U.S. History to the mid-19th century, emphasizing the development of U.S. political, social, economic and cultural foundations. Partially satisfies the American History and Institutions requirement.
HIST 202 United States History II (3 units)
U.S. History from Reconstruction (1877) to the present. Topics include the political, economic, and social development of the U.S., the contributions of ethnic and racial groups, the issue of immigration, and U.S. role in the world community.
HIST 203 The United States Since 1945 (3 units)
Explores issues of American national identity and the changing boundaries of American citizenship, with emphasis on the intersection of politics, economics, culture, and society in modern U.S. history.
HIST 235 History of Ethnic Groups in the United States (3 units)
A survey of the social, economic and political history of ethnic groups in the United States, with particular emphasis on minoritized communities. In addition to examining the histories of individual ethnic communities, the class will explore the historical relationships between different groups.
HIST 240 History of Ethnic Groups in California (3 units)
A survey of the social, economic, and political history of ethnic groups in California, with particular emphasis on minoritized communities. In addition to examining the histories of individual ethnic communities, the class will explore the historical relationships between different groups.
HIST 244 African American History (3 units)
A history of the African American community, beginning with an introduction to West African societies and continuing through colonial times to the present. Emphasizes the ancestral traditions, cultural capital, and intellectual contributions of African Americans as they shaped and developed the history of the United States through resistance and resilience.
HIST 248 Women and the American Experience (3 units)
The history of the contributions of American women from various socio-economic classes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and geographical regions that influence American society. Analysis of the legal, political, economic and social developments affecting American women lives in the past and the 21st century.
HIST 310 California History (3 units)
A historical survey of the social, economic, political, and cultural development of California including the pre-Spanish indigenous periods, Hispanic period through American acquisition, to the present.
HIST 335 History and Politics of the Middle East (3 units)
Examination of the historical, political, economic and social issues of the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and U.S. foreign policy in the area.
HIST 410 The Holocaust (3 units)
A study of the history and events of the Holocaust, including the birth of Antisemitism, the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party, WWII, the Final Solution, the Nuremberg Trials and aftermath.
HIST 420 Survey of Latin American History (3 units)
A comparative, chronological and thematic history of regional Latin America, including geography, indigenous people, early contact with Europeans, conquest, movement of people, and the struggle for independence. The development of modern Latin American Nations, cultural uniqueness, economics, politics, religion, society, and cultural histories will be explored as well.
HIST 429 History of Latin@s/x in the United States (3 units)
Examination of the impact of the Latin@s/x Diaspora on the culture, identity and politics in the United States from Indigenous peoples in the Americas to the contemporary period. Emphasis on the Latin@s/x effect on American political, cultural, and economic systems and institutions.
HIST 435 History of the Philippines (3 units)
A historical and cultural survey of the Philippines from the origins to the present. Emphasis will be on a critical evaluation of the main social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual and historical trends which have shaped the Philippines.
HIST 436 Filipinos in America (3 units)
A historical and cultural survey of Filipinos in America from early settlements in Louisiana, Hawaii and the West Coast to the present. Emphasis will be on a critical evaluation of the main social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual and historical trends that shaped the various Filipino communities in the United States.
HIST 453 History of China (3 units)
A historical and cultural survey of China from its legendary creation to the present. Emphasis will be on a critical evaluation of the intellectual, cultural, political, socio-economic, and historical trends that have shaped China. A study of China and the various Asian civilizations surrounding China is encouraged as a means of acquiring a broad comparative perspective.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to understand, analyze and evaluate historical processes that affect the United States and other nations, such as nation building, social change, economic development, consolidation of power and geopolitical conflict