What Can You Do With a History AA Degree?

This degree is often used as the first two years of a four-year degree at a non-CSU college. Most of the careers listed here require more than an associate degree; some require a master’s or doctorate.

After studying history, many people go on to professional work in related careers:

  • Academic researcher
  • Historian
  • Corporate historian
  • Architectural historian
  • Archivist
  • Heritage manager
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Museum educator
  • Museum curator
  • Secondary school teacher
  • and more!

If you decide to go to work full-time after earning your History AA, you’ll find your critical thinking and communication skills very useful in running a small business or a sales role, and as an active citizen or volunteer.

Learn More Than History

Studying history helps you identify and make patterns out of a larger picture, one that at first glance defies interpretation. These skills are vital in many fields, including business and medicine. Whether you continue as a historian or move to another field, the skills you gain here will stay with you for years.

If you do transfer, these are likely majors:

  • History (of course!)
  • Public history (like museums, archives, etc.)
  • Political science
  • Global studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Political economy
  • Liberal arts

Or any other major that matches your goals. Your AA takes you through many of the general education requirements for most four-year degrees.

Combine Your Interests

When you study history, you gain an intellectual edge that will serve you in many careers. Any field that requires critical thinking, research, and effective verbal and written communication benefits from a history degree. Whether it’s the law or film production, a history degree from Copper Mountain College gets you there.

Your History AA Program Map

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Sample electives shown — other options available. Download a PDF Program Map

History AA: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 24 units of required courses
    • 60 total units
    • A grade of C or higher in all required courses
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Required Courses

    Intro to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 001) | 3.00

    History of World Civilizations I (HIST 003) | 3.00

    History of World Civilizations II (HIST 004) | 3.00

    U.S. History Through Reconstruction (HIST 017) | 3.00

    U.S. History from Reconstruction to Present (HIST 018) | 3.00

    Native American Studies (HIST 020) | 3.00

    General Logic (PHIL 010) | 3.00

    Intro to Government (PS 001) | 3.00

  • What You Learn
    1. How American political culture developed
    2. Developing and communicating a well-reasoned position
    3. Analyzing and evaluating primary and secondary historical sources
    4. Communicating respect for cultural diversity within the complexities of the modern world

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