History

Program Purpose: The History program is designed to assist students graduating with a degree in history to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of time and place on shaping and molding the human experience. Whereby students, will be able to appraise the significance of specific people, places and events in understanding the larger trends and themes of history. Additionally, students will be able to assess and evaluate the causes and effects of trends and historical developments over time.

Program Description: Through the critical evaluation of the causes and significance of events in the past, students of history learn about the individuals, ideas, actions, and events that have shaped our present. History teaches students to find and interpret relevant information and to evaluate the authority and bias of information. It promotes an understanding of cultures and societies from the past while it helps students consider their own identities in the world of today. A student graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in History will usually transfers to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor's Degree. History is an excellent preparation for careers in teaching, law, business, communications, journalism, librarianship, archival and research work, public administration and a wide variety of public service and government careers. Professional schools in these and related fields are looking for students who can weigh conflicting evidence, evaluate alternative courses of action or divergent points of view, and express conclusions logically and clearly. For students that are not majoring in History, this subject area meets important transfer requirements and promotes a basic understanding of the world.

Program student learning outcomes and mapping

Department Chair: Mayo de la Rocha
Phone Number: 805-289-6000 x 6222
Office: LRC-341

Area Dean: Dr. Gwendolyn Lewis-Huddleston
Phone Number: 805-289-6000 x 6388
Office: LRC-353


History teaches students to find and interpret relevant information and to evaluate the authority and bias of information. It promotes an understanding of cultures and societies from the past while it helps students consider their own identities in the world of today. Through the critical evaluation of the causes and significance of events in the past, students of history learn about the individuals, ideas, actions and events that have shaped the present. History serves as a core transfer requirement and is a valuable component in a general education.

Full-Time Instructors

Name Phone Number Office
Colleen Coffey 805-289-6000 x 6164 LRC-303
Mayo de La Rocha 805-289-6000 x 6222 LRC-341
P. Scott Corbett 805-289-6000 x 6214 LRC-330
Michael Ward 805-289-6000 x 6226 LRC-348

Part-Time Instructors

Name Phone Number Office
Gary Cunningham 805-289-6000  LRC-120
Jeanne Miller 805-289-6000 x 50710 LRC-120
Rick Murray 805-289-6000 x 50837  
John Pendleton 805-289-6000 x 50711  
Benjamin Saiz 805-289-6000 x 50630  
Ray Tracy 805-289-6000 x 50603  
Ola Washington 805-289-6000 x 50446 LRC-120

 Student Learning Outcomes for Individual Courses