history degreeHistory (Associate of Arts)

History is a story, a window, into events that happened yesterday, the year you were born, or in ancient times. By studying history you can explore complex processes of war, invention, plagues, discovery, and social change, including the factors that are causing change around us today. The History concentration offers an array of classes involving human interaction, such as history, world civilization, and government.

The program’s goals include understanding and appreciating the past, improving the present through better decision making, and building a future less tolerant of human suffering. Objective thinking, thoughtful analysis, and the free and unfettered exchange of ideas are stressed.

Why history?

In addition to preparing students for careers in government service, law, teaching, business, human relations, insurance underwriting, advertising, and journalism, an education in history can lead to a variety of enriching careers. Positions that attract history degrees will likely require some of the following qualifications: experience, extensive knowledge of a particular time period or region, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, and good writing and research skills.

It is an ideal degree for students at two-year colleges who have not yet decided on an exact career path.

Suggested Schedule of Classes

Concentration requirements in bold type

First Semester

HIST 144 History of the US to 1877 –  3 credit hours
COMM 115 Public Speaking –  3 cr. hrs.
CS 135 Computer Literacy -  3 cr. hrs.
ENGL 110 Writing I -  3 cr. hrs.
HUM 101 Freshman Seminar -  1 cr. hr.
ECON 250 Microeconomics -  3 cr. hrs.

Second Semester

HIST 145 History of US since 1877 -  3 cr. hrs.
PSCI 160 US National Government -  3 cr. hrs.
ENGL 212 Writing II -  3 cr. hrs.
SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology -  3 cr. hrs.
a Religion or Philosophy Course* -  3 cr. hrs.

Third Semester

HIST 255 World Civilization to 1660 -  3 cr. hrs.
PSY 115 General Psychology -  3 cr. hrs.
Humanities Course* -  3 cr. hrs.
Science Course** -  5 cr. hrs.
Literature Course -  3 cr. hrs.

Fourth Semester

HIST 256 World Civilization since 1660 -  3 cr. hrs.
MATH 110 College Algebra or higher -  3 cr. hrs.
Science Course** -  5 cr. hrs.
Concentration Elective*** -  3 cr. hrs.

Concentration Requirements: 18 credit hours
General Education Requirements: 44 credit hours
* Two areas must be represented from Fine Arts, Modern Language, Religion or Philosophy
** Students must take two 5 credit hour science courses
*** Concentration Elective: HIST/COMM 240 Cinema History, HIST 275 Presidential History, HIST 290 History of American Women