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History AA

An interest in the past can help you select a path to your future. In a History program, you will develop a foundational understanding of historic trends and movements by analyzing the economic, political, and cultural significance of specific events. Through this process, you will grow research, writing, and critical thinking skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields, including government service, law, education, and business. A History degree can lead to a career as an academic researcher, archivist, museum curator, or history teacher.

In an associate program in History, you will learn about different eras of world history, including the rise of western civilization, and how to construct historical arguments and narratives. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in History.

The first year of a History program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences.

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of historic periods and trends will grow and deepen. Coursework will include The World: Antiquity to 1500, Western Civilization: 1650 to Present, and U.S. History to Reconstruction. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees. 

History - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (35 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics 3 One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT
120/1240 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Arts & Humanities  9 Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses from the following AH Categories: GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3 or GT-AH4)
History  3 HIS 101/1310 Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650 OR HIS 111/1110* The World: Antiquity-1500
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences 7 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2), one must be with laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses & Electives (26 credits)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3 HIS 102/1320 Western Civilization: 1650-Present OR HIS 112/1120* The World: 1500-Present
3 HIS 121/1210 U.S. History to Reconstruction
3 HIS 122/1220 U.S. History Since the Civil War
One additional GT Pathways HISTORY (HIS) course (GT-HI1)
3 COM 115/1150 Public Speaking OR COM 125/1250 Interpersonal Communication
Electives*** Select 11 Credit Hours

*Students planning to transfer to the University of Colorado Boulder must take either HIS 101/1310 or HIS 102/1320 to fulfill this requirement.
**Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective
credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.
***Students planning to transfer to CSU-Ft. Collins are advised to complete at least two semesters of one college-level foreign language. 

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed History AA degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.A. History, Anthropology & Political Science: History]

Colorado Mesa University
[B.A. History; History or Secondary Education concentrations]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. History; General History concentration]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.A. History; General emphasis; B.S. History; General emphasis]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. History; United States option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. History]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. History]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. History]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.A. History]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.A. History; Liberal Arts emphasis]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. History]