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Mission College History

History is the study of the past through the examination of biographical, social, political, economic, religious, and cultural information. In history,  students learn about how the past and present are connected.

History classes at Mission College not only satisfy a transfer requirement but also teach students how to research and use primary source material, develop their critical reasoning, and deepen their understanding of the modern world.

  • Can earn an associates in arts degree (AA-T.)
  • Take courses that satisfy UC and Cal State transfer requirements.
  • Expand your knowledge of historical events and the "why" behind modern societies.

Women In Leadership

Mission College annually hosts a women in leadership conference, this year's event is a 30 minute show features California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray, the first female commissioner in its history; Women's Rights without Frontiers Founder Reggie Littlejohn, who is an expert in China's one child policy and Palo Alto University CFO June Klein, an advocate for mental health in Santa Clara County.

History Courses

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U.S. History

Study the history of the U.S. before 1877 or after the Civil War Reconstruction with HIS 017A and HIS 17B.

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World History

Study World History before and after 1500, which is regarded as the century when Western exploration began with HIS 015 and HIS 016.

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East Asian History

Study the history of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other countries in East Asia with HIS 031.

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Western Civilization

Explore the time before and after 1600 in HIS 004A and HIS 004B.

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Women in Leadership

Mission College hosted "Women in Leadership: Changing the World" focusing on female leaders making a difference.

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History Club & USS Hornet

 The History Club took a tour of the USS Hornet in Alameda.

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Join the Honors Program

Reach your full potential with advanced Honors courses in Western Civilization, U.S. History or World History.

Honors Program

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The Politics Behind History

Interested in the reasons behind the policy? Take a Political Science class.

Political Science Courses

Career Options
  • Administrator
  • Archivist
  • Business Consultant
  • Foreign Service
  • Government Service
  • Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Attourney
  • Researcher/Research Analyst
  • State Park Historian
  • Educator
  • Writer

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program. Find out where your career could lead with our Transfer Center.