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History 101, 102, 103: What's the Difference? Which Should I Take?

HIST 102 Political & Social History of the United States, to 1877

A study of United States history tracing the development of American ideals and actions from the Pre-Revolutionary Period through the Civil War Era. Major political, social, economic, and cultural factors will be presented focusing on the roles played by the diverse peoples and cultures who shared in the development of United States history. An emphasis may be placed on one or more of these factors. (Formerly HIST 201)
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC*
*UC credit limits may apply. HIST 201, HIST 202 and HIST 101 combined: maximum credit, 2 courses.

HIST 103 Political & Social History of the United States, 1877-Present

A survey of cultural, diplomatic, economic, ethnic, political and social trends in recent United States history from 1877 to the present, focusing on the roles played by the diverse peoples and cultures who shared in the development of the United States. An emphasis may be placed on one or more of these factors. (Formerly HIST 202)
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC*
*UC credit limits may apply. HIST 201, HIST 202 and HIST 101 combined: maximum credit, 2 courses. HIST 202 and HIST 210 combined: maximum credit, one course.

HIST 120 History of California

This course is an historical examination of the cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped contemporary California. It focuses on the roles played by the diverse people who shared in its development from early Native American societies through the Spanish and Mexican periods and U.S. conquest to the present.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 20 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 43 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 204 Women in American History

This lecture/discussion course will survey women's history in the United States from colonial times to the present. It will focus on defining the similarities and differences in historical experiences of women based on their social class, race, and ethnicity. Topics of concentration include the changing roles of women in the private and public spheres; an analysis of the agendas, strategies, and consequences of the women's movements; and the historical evolution of the definitions of feminism and social construction of gender. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit in WS 204.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of an American history survey course, the Reading Placement Process or READ 54, and the English Placement process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU

HIST 210 Post-World War II History

This lecture/discussion course examines and analyzes the development of the United States from 1945 to the present. Attention is given to the political, social, intellectual, cultural, and economic changes in American society. Included as areas of inquiry will be the impact of the Cold War on foreign and domestic policies and society; the effect of social protest movements on society; the interconnected influence of economic, demographic, and cultural changes on policy and society; the expansion and contraction of the social welfare state; the ways that the Vietnam conflict, emergence of multiculturalism, and the new environmentalism have shaped contemporary policy and attitudes, and the pervasive and lasting influence of mass culture, technology and media.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher and satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC*
*UC credit limits may apply. HIST 202 and HIST 210 combined: maximum credit, one course.

HIST 230 History Of Mexico

This course is an examination of the origins and evolution of the cultural, social, economic and political institutions, trends, events, issues, and leading personalities of Mexican History from the Pre-Columbian period to contemporary society.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 20 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 43 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 235 History Of Latin America

This course is a study of the history of Latin America from the development of pre-Columbian cultures to the present. The experiences of individual countries are studied as an integrated whole focusing on the roles played by the diverse peoples and cultures who shaped their development. Major political, economic, social and cultural factors and issues are presented.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or ìCî or higher and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Credit or ìCî or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 242 Western Civilization

History 242 is a survey course in the history of modern Europe and the Western world from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. It emphasizes broad economic, social and changing political trends, with special attention given to the role of science, the arts and technology in creating the modern world.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 245 World Civilizations: Antiquity to 1500

This is a survey course of the roots and development of civilizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe from the Neolithic Revolution until the age of European exploration of the Americas (1500). The civilizations of Ancient, Classical, Postclassical, and Early European periods will be studies, emphasizing interaction between civilizations and major cultures.
Recommendation: READ 54 and ENGL 52 or equivalent with grades of Credit or ìCî or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU;UC

HIST 250 History of England/Britain/Comwealth

History 250 is a survey of the history and institutions of Britain, the British Empire and The Commonwealth from the Norman Conquest to the present. It will focus upon medieval and early modern England, the creation of the first and second British Empires, and upon the development of Britain's economic, political and social institutions since the Glorious Revolution. The evolution of The Commonwealth and developing relations with the United States will also be studied. This course is not open to students who have credit in both HIST 5.1 and HIST 5.2.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 260 Survey of the History of Asia

This course presents a general survey of the historical evolution of cultural, social, economic and political institutions and customs of the nations of Asia. The pre-19th Century sections of the course will emphasize institutions such as family, philosophies, religious viewpoints and life style. The post 18th Century periods will emphasize Western imperialism in Asia, nationalism, the independence movements, and the development of modern Asian states and societies.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 20 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 43 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

HIST 270 Special Topics in History: Global Issues in a Post-9/11 World

This course will expand on subjects and themes introduced in the core history curriculum offerings. Each topic will focus on themes, perspectives and issues of special interest to students. The specific focus of a particular offering will be decided by the course instructor and announced in the Schedule of Classes. This course may be taken for a maximum of 2 times.
Transfer Credit: CSU, UC TBD after admit.

HIST 101 American History & Constitution

History 101 is a survey of the history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the present. Major political, social, economic, and cultural factors will be presented focusing on the roles played by the diverse peoples and cultures who shared in the development of United States history. An emphasis may be placed on one or more of these factors.
Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC*
*UC credit limits may apply. HIST 201, HIST 202 and HIST 101 combined: maximum credit, 2 courses.  American History 


 American History General Education Requirements: What's the Difference?

Most academic programs at Cerritos College, whether for the AA degree or to transfer to a four-year university, require students to take one course in United States history. You have your choice of any of three courses to fulfill this requirement: History 101, History 102,orHistory 103.

All three courses introduce the history of the United States, and are intended for first- or second-year college students. For non-history majors, any one of the three will be the only American history course you need for your requirements. You don't have to (and most students won't) take History 101 before History 102, or History 102 before History 103. The prerequisites are the same for all three classes: readiness for college-level reading and writing, as demonstrated by classes (Reading 54 and English 52) or placement tests. None of the three classes require, or expect, prior knowledge of either history or United States history.

So what's the difference?

History 101 covers the entire timeline of American history, from colonization to present.
History 102 covers the first half of American History, from colonization to after the Civil War.
History 103 covers the second half of American History, from 1877 to the present.

So choose one based on what's most interesting to you. If you're interested in American Indian life before colonization, or in George Washington and Abigail Adams and the other founders, or in African American slavery, or in the Revolutionary War or the Civil War, then History 102 is the course for you. If you'd rather learn about Teddy Roosevelt and Jane Addams, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement, Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton, then History 103 is the course for you.

History 101, on the other hand, moves you very quickly through all of American history. Most colleges today do not offer a single-semester United States history course, because such a compressed course may sacrifice depth and understanding to cover the whole time period. If you are planning to transfer, you will find that History 102 and History 103 match up with similar courses in almost any college catalog. History 101, however, may not.

There are a couple of exceptions to this advice. If you are planning to major in American History or Political Science at a four year university, you will likely be required to take both parts of a two-part survey, either before you transfer or after, so it's probably wise to take either 102 or 103. (Check the requirements for history majors at the institution you plan to attend.) If you are in the Teacher TRAC program or planning to become a K-6 teacher, you will need History 102.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the History faculty.

--George Jarrett, Instructor, History