This focus area provides the necessary background for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in history or history education. The curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to satisfy the general education requirements for history majors in most fouryear institutions.
Students who take the courses recommended in the history focus area will acquire:
substantial familiarity with the vast amount of historical information;
intense exposure to the historical interrelationship of political, social and economic processes; and
comparative analysis of nations and civilizations.
The history focus area graduate has two major options:
transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in history. Job and career opportunities extend over a large spectrum embracing governmental, corporate, and private elements. Generally, more than 50 specific careers are listed for history graduates. Some of these include: archivist, curator, historian, politician and researcher.
transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in history education. Most of the job and career opportunities listed above also apply to a degree in history education. A history education degree would be required in order to become a teacher of history.
Preparation for IHCC:
Students considering a degree in history or history education should have good reading and writing skills. Students also should take all available history, English, and government courses in high school. Students are strongly urged to routinely read as many newspapers and periodicals as possible.
Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the history/history education program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.