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Learning about the past is among the oldest and most rewarding of human endeavors. Studying history can develop one’s capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and awareness of the forces that shape the lives of individuals and societies.

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Did You Know?

  • Eight U.S. Presidents -- including Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Joe Biden -- were history majors.
  • Only about 20% of history majors go into the teaching profession.
  • The California Historical Society was founded in 1871.

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Program Highlights 

NVC’s History program offers a core based on United States and World history, while electives are available in the history of American women, African Americans, Modern Latin America, Mexico, California, the Middle East, and the Napa community. All classes require students to become familiar with historical developments, critically assess primary source evidence, and research and use sources to effectively argue a historical thesis. The AA-T in History degree prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate History programs in the CSU system. Individual class credits may be applied toward general education requirements for transfer to a four-year institution.


Studying History is an excellent preparation for careers in education, law, journalism, public relations, technical writing, fundraising and nonprofit work, consulting, museum and archival management, government service, and many other fields.

  • Educators
  • Journalists
  • Lawyers
  • Government workers
  • Research analysts
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After NVC

Sonoma State, San Francisco State, Sacramento State, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis are among the campuses closest to Napa that offer history undergraduate degrees, as do many other campuses in the UC and CSU systems. Use the resources at NVC Counseling and the Transfer Center to plot your course (and start making history for yourself).