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Given that history is the study of the human past, college-level history is valuable for any major. It's especially helpful with figuring out what subject and majors interest you.  

Why study History?

Have you ever wanted to ...

  • better understand the world around you?
  • better understand the people around you?
  • better understand why people behave the way they do?
  • learn more about other cultures?
  • learn more about history than dates, names and wars? 

You'll learn aspects of history that fit with just about every subject:

  • The origins of social work
  • The birth of the field of psychology and its impact on society
  • The evolution of business and capitalism
  • The labor history of the United States (mining, agriculture, machines)
  • The progression of science
  • The advancements of medicine
  • The innovation of technology
  • The history of Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East and much more!

Degree in History


Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of history. It provides students with the background in history and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students should check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor for any other requirements.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)

ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

HIST 1101 Western Civilization I 1 (3)

Elective (3)

Elective – Science with Lab (4)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)

GEOG 1101 Introduction to Geography (3)

HEA 1101 Health Education (2)

HIST 1102 Western Civilization II (3)

PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology or
 SOCI 1101 or Introduction to Sociology (3)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)

COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

HIST 2101 American History I (3)

MATH 1111 Statistics1 (4)

Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)

HIST 2102 American History II (3)

Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes


  • Identify basic historical concepts and time periods.
  • Apply sound historical research and writing skills.
  • Analyze various historical texts, interpretations and perspectives.
  • Identify the events of the past that have impacted history.
  • Develop, articulate and write their personal historical perspective on history.


Articulation Agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or university and their academic programs.

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Faculty & Staff

History Professor
Phone Extension: 1792
Building: North Oasis
Office: 151
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Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences


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