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History is the study of the past as it is described in written documents. Events occurring before written record are considered prehistory.​

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in history include: academic librarian, archaeologist, broadcast journalist, business consultant, editor, genealogist, historian, lawyer, librarian, museum archivist, museum curator, park ranger, public relations manager, political scientist, researcher, and teacher.​

​​Student Voice

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Luis Enrique Velazco Miranda Luis Enrique Velazco Miranda

Luis Enrique Velazco Miranda remembers one of his teachers surprisingly telling him that he was smart, didn’t look like it, but he was smart. That gave him motivation to continue his education. He applied to four universities, but was not accepted. He decided to enroll at Norco College not knowing that his life goals would go through a series of changes. Just when he thought everything was coming together, Velazco Miranda hit a slump his second year of college. He became disengaged and dropped out for three months. It was his time to reflect and figure out his next step. He came back to college full force and became the RCCD student trustee. He also changed his math major to history because he realized he was intrigued by pre-colonial and Civil War history.

“I took a French class and then had an epiphany of a career in history. I spoke to Professor Hitchcock and she encouraged me to follow my heart,” Velazco Miranda said. On June 8, 2017, Velazco Miranda graduated with three associate degrees and will transfer to Humboldt State University. He plans on becoming a high school history teacher in the areas of Rubidoux or Mira Loma. “My education at Norco College is valuable. It is the foundation of who I am today. My impossibilities became possibilities at this campus and I will forever be grateful.”

To read more of Luis​'s story, click here​.​

Academic Programs in History

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

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Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Social & Behavioral Sciences - CSU Pathway

History for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School

Additional Resources

What can I do with this major? (History)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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