An understanding of the historical context of human existence is central to a liberal arts education. Studying history requires the ability to interpret texts and documents of great variety, and to develop critical evaluation and writing skills. These skills are highly valued in today’s job market.
The History Program explores ideas, institutions, and patterns of behavior that develop over time. Many history majors transfer to four-year programs, pursuing further study in fields such as history, sociology, law and international relations, education, ethnic studies, and political science.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multidisciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
- Recognize cultural, religious, artistic, economic, political, and social forces that have shaped society up to present times.
- Analyze change over time as it relates to key events, ideologies, or themes (cultural, religious, economic, political, and social) in various geographic areas.
- Apply basic historical research skills to locate primary and secondary sources, including (as appropriate) the effective use of libraries.
- Evaluate the reliability of primary and secondary sources using the historian’s methods.
- Create an historical argument using both primary and secondary sources.
Students must demonstrate Algebra I competency before taking courses in the major. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completing the appropriate class. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.