Take the first step toward a career in education, law, journalism, public service, business, media and publishing, information and archival studies, museum curation, and the arts and culture sector with an Associate of Arts Degree in History.
As a History student, you will develop a deeper understanding of the social worlds, economies, cultures, patterns of thought and politics of people in the past in their historical context; explore common themes and patterns across regions and time periods; and expand your understanding of the complexity of contemporary human experience.
During the program, you will develop and enhance your critical-thinking, writing, research and presentation skills, and your ability to communicate your ideas to different audiences. You will also hone your ability to construct historical arguments, evaluate and interpret historical evidence, analyze historical problems and participate in informed historical debate. Independently, and cooperatively, you will investigate the ways that history is created, preserved and disseminated through public memory and commemoration.
Transfer your credits to university
In most cases, an Associate of Arts Degree in History will allow you to transfer into the third year of a four-year program of study at a university, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor, major or honours in History, or a joint degree in History and a second discipline. The Associate of Arts Degree in History may also fulfil some of the lower-division prerequisites for a Bachelor of Arts degree in other related disciplines, as well as some of the prerequisites for teacher education programs.
- Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
- Require a minimum GPA of 2.00
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in History, students must complete:
- 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in History
- nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
- 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
- 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives
* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).
- An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
- A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
- The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
- A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
- A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
- A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
- A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:
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