Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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Historians study the past (as it is described in written documents) in order to provide insight to the present. As a student in History you will learn writing and communication skills, methods to analyze source materials, research, how to utilize digital collections and learn how to clearly present evidence. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in History includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History. With a degree in History you may be employed in one of the following career areas: public service, law, research, politics, publishing, historical site interpretation, archival records collection analysis, historical consulting for public/private business, library management, marketing, media or education.

Students may follow the degree with designation in History or transfer guide in History to a particular four-year college/university. Consult your Faculty Advisor to assist you in determining the best pathway for you.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Three GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours GT Pathways History course (HI1)

HIS 101

Western Civilization:Antiquity-1650: HI1


HIS 111

The World: Antiquity-1500: HI1


  • University of Colorado Boulder requires either HIS 101 or HIS 102 to fulfill this requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2). One course must be with required lab.

Additional Required Courses

Fifteen (15) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking





COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


HIS 102

Western Civilization:1650-Present: HI1





HIS 112

The World: 1500-Present: HI1


HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1


HIS 122

U.S. History since the Civil War: HI1


One (1) additional gtPathway History (HI1) course



Eleven (11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Note: Students planning to transfer to CSU-Ft. Collins are advised to complete at least two semesters of one college-level foreign language.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the History Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degrees-certificates/History.