A.A.-T, History

A.A. History


History is the study of all human experience. It examines the people, institutions, ideas, and events of the past. The study of history contributes to cultural literacy, global awareness, and develops critical thinking skills, while helping students understand the present. Historical study provides a solid, fundamental preparation for careers in education, government, and business. It also serves as excellent preparation for law school, the diplomatic service, international work, urban affairs, and library science. History is an academic discipline offering both breadth and focus. History graduates will find that their critical and analytical thinking skills prepare them for a wide variety of employment opportunities.


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field. To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a "C" grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.


Archivist Librarian
Businessperson Market Research
Communications Museum Curator
Consultant Researcher/Research Analyst
Foreign Service State Park Historian
Historian Social Work
IHistorical Societies Travel
Journalist Writer

Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer