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Why study History?

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.

 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.


What are your career options?

  • Anthropology
  • Civil Service
  • College Professor
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • And More!  

At A Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 -62 credit hours

  • General Education: 42-44
  • Major/Concentration: 18

Standard Completion Time

2 years



Usual first semester courses

  • History of the US to 1877
  • Public Speaking
  • Computer Literacy
  • Writing I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Microeconomics


Usual third semester courses

  • World Civilization to 1660
  • General Psychology
  • Humanities Course
  • Science Course
  • Literature Course


Usual second semester courses

  • History of US since 1877
  • US National Government
  • Writing II
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Religion or Philosophy Course


Usual fourth semester courses

  • World Civilization since 1660
  • College Algebra or higher
  • Science Course
  • Concentration Elective


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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