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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Pre-History, A.A. (General Transfer)


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Academic Program Code:  540

The purpose of studying history is to better understand the complex cultures as well as the historical systems and events that have driven the past, produced the present, and guide the future of our world. This crucial discipline reveals human connections across time and place; it teaches us about past human experiences and their influence upon our present lives.  It encompasses every dimension of human interaction, including social life, economics, gender, culture, philosophy, conflict, and politics. Students of history study individuals, communities, and nations from every conceivable perspective, and they employ all the techniques of the humanities and social sciences to raise important questions and probe for answers about how our world has developed over time. In particular, this discipline is about analyzing evidence in order to better understand the causation and significance of historical phenomena. In this way, history leads us to better understand the complexities and problems of our modern world. Only after we understand the historical causation of a problem can we hope to solve it effectively. In the process of carrying out this crucial field of study, students trained in history develop the critical skills of research and analysis, creative methods for recognizing patterns in information, and techniques for effective and persuasive writing. This combined skill set will enhance students’ marketability and success in any professional career.

 
This program is designed to offer a clear pathway for students wanting to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in history at a senior institution. Among the jobs you can consider are: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher, educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson. By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and transfer to a 4-year college or university to major in history.

General Education Courses


Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communciations


All students must take EN 101.

Humanities


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences


Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Natural Sciences


Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education courses from two (2) different subject areas; one (1) must be a lab.

Mathematics


Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours


30 (minimum)

Program Elective Courses


Open Elective Courses


Select a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours to be used toward your minor, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or elective requirements at the 4 year institution you are transferring to.  If you are seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree, a foreign language is often required.

  • Open Elective - 3 Credit Credit Hours: 3
  • OR

  • Foreign Language Elective - (min. of 4) Credit Hours: 4
  • Open Elective - 3 Credit Credit Hours: 3
  •        OR

  • Foreign Language Elective - (min. of 4) Credit Hours: 4
  • Open Elective - 3 Credit Credit Hours: 3
  •          OR

  • Foreign Language Elective - (min. of 4) Credit Hours: 4
  • Open Elective - 3 Credit Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Elective - 3 Credit Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours


61

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