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history Overview

Simply put, you study history to fully understand the complexities of this modern, globalized world. Every person has a history, and to truly know them, we must know their history. At San José City College, our History program invites you to embark on a captivating journey through time, exploring the narratives, events, and individuals that have shaped the course of human history.


why study history?

To know and learn from history you must go far beyond the simple memorization of dates and events.  You will develop critical thinking skills, learn to write persuasively, and increase your cultural awareness.  These skills are the foundation of any profession.  The study of history can lead to professional fields such as law, business, government, foreign service, journalism, and teaching. 

Department Contacts

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Division
  • (408) 288-3785

History Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the distinction between primary and secondary sources, understand how each is used to make historical claims.

  • Recognize the Connections between the Past and Present; that is, locate both self and others in time and space.

  •  Acquire familiarity with the uses and the limitations of historical comparison as an analytic tool.