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History curricula is an integral part of the many degree and certificate programs at Berkeley City College, including Liberal Arts, the IGETC Transfer Program, and the PACE Program. History courses in Native American, United States, California, Women’s History in the U.S., European Civilization, Peace Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Current World Problems are some of the current courses taught by renowned and dedicated instructors at Berkeley City College.

Many instructors share their breadth of knowledge by teaching in other social science disciplines such as Political Science, Sociology, African-American Studies, Asian-American Studies, the PACE Program, and the Arts and Cultures Department, to name a few. The History Department at Berkeley City College encourages you to explore the variety of mind-expanding classes we offer, and to pursue the course of study best suited to your goals.

 

History @BCC

History is the study of the human past.  It is commonly acknowledged that an understanding of the past is fundamental to an understanding of the present. The analysis and interpretation of history provide an essential context for evaluating contemporary institutions, politics, and cultures.  Likewise, historical education and the craft of the historian emphasize that the past must be understood on its own terms; any historical phenomenon—an event, an idea, a law, or a dogma for example—must first be understood in its context, as part of a web of interrelated institutions, values, and beliefs that define a particular culture and era.  History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging events and outcomes.

The benefits of historical study at Berkeley City College are manifold.  History students develop increased analytical aptitude, composition skills, and learn research methods used by historians; these skills have numerous job applications in fields such as education, law, politics/government, museum curatorship, and/or non-profit administration.  History students also acquire some usable habits of mind while becoming more fully aware of the involved forces that affect the composition of their communities and the content of their own lives.  Through engagement in historical studies, students garner relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and social awareness.

History curricula is an integral part of the many degree and certificate programs at Berkeley City College, including History Associates in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T), Liberal Arts Associates in Arts Degree, and the IGETC Transfer Program.

 


History Faculty

 

Tim Rose, Faculty Lead

trose@peralta.edu

B.A.: History, University of Colorado, Denver
M.A.: History, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D.: History, University of California, Berkeley

 

Jennifer Helton

jhelton@peralta.edu

Education:
B.A.: History, Stanford University
M.A.: History, Stanford University

 

Susan Khan

skhan@peralta.edu

Education:
B.A.: History, Oberlin College
M.A.: History, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D.: History, University of California, Berkeley

 

Richard Kim

rkim@peralta.edu

Education:
B.A.: Classics, Amherst College
M.A.: History, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D.: History, University of California, Berkeley

 

Robert Michael Noonan

rnoonan@peralta.edu

Education:
B.A.: History, University of California, Berkeley
M.A.: History and Political Science, San Francisco State University