Columbia College

History (B.A.)

General Education 

Following the CSU General Education pattern is recommended:

Area A1:

Speech 101 or 102


English 101


English 103 or Philosophy 112 or 114 or Speech 106 (English 103 preferred)

Area B1:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern


As specified on CSU GE Pattern


Make sure one of your courses taken for B1 or B2 includes a lab


As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Area C1:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern


As specified on CSU GE Pattern


As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Area D-1:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Area D-2:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Area D-3:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Area E:

As specified on CSU GE Pattern

Special Notes: Columbia College will accept the IGETC pattern also, so if considering transferring to a UC as well, follow the IGETC pattern instead of the CSU General Education pattern. If considering transferring to a CSU, you must satisfy the U.S. History & American Ideals requirement. You may also choose to follow Columbia College's institutional general education/breadth pattern in lieu of CSU GE or IGETC. See a Columbia College counselor for information on this pattern.

Related Web site: To view the AHC CSU GE or IGETC patterns visit or you may view a list of AHC GE courses listed on our web site.

Major Coursework 

The following courses are recommended:

AHC Course


Number of Units

History 101 or

World Civilizations to 1600

3 or

History 104 

Western Civilization to 1650 

History 102 or

World Civilizations since 1500

3 or 

History 105

Western Civilization since 1650


History 107

US History - Colonial to 1877


History 108

US History - 1877 to Present


Special Notes: You may use the above courses to satisfy the appropriate CSU GE areas, but see admission tips section for unit needs information. 

Related Web site: Visit the Columbia College web site for more information on this major at

Additional Graduation Requirements

Columbia College has a foreign language requirement  (FLR)for graduation for Bachelor of Arts programs.  Students may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing 6 semester units of a single foreign language.  Courses at AHC that meet this requirement are SPAN 101, 102, 103, 104 OR FRENCH 101, 102 OR ITALIAN 101, 102 OR SIGN LANGUAGE 120, 121.  Conversational courses are not acceptable.  Columbia College also offers a two-sequence Foreign Culture course online that will fulfill this requirement.  The FLR may also be satisfied by receiving a letter grade of "C" or higher in 8 semester units of high school foreign language (4 semester units with a letter grade of "C" of higher will fulfill the first course in the language sequence).  To view other ways to satisfy the FLR, visit page 12 at

Related Web site: Visit the Columbia College web site for more information on graduation requirements at

Admission Tips

Students can transfer up to 81 semester units from a community college. Apply for financial aid between January 1 and March 2 prior to transfer if you can. Start researching scholarships early. It is a good idea to see a Columbia College counselor once you have completed 60 to 65 units. Make sure to petition for GE certification and an associate degree as soon as eligible. 

 Related Web site: For information on financial aid and scholarships visit and Visit the Columbia College web site for more information on admission requirements at

Allan Hancock College counselors are committed to providing students with quality transfer planning information. This pathway has been developed using a variety of resources provided by the four-year university. It is not an admission guarantee, but a recommendation intended to provide students with clear information about courses that they will need to take in order to successfully transfer. Every effort has been made to make this pathway as accurate as possible; however, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to stay aware of changes that may affect his or her transfer. Because of the dynamic nature of articulation information and admission policies, information provided within this pathway is subject to change.

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