Jul 23, 2024  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, A.A.

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Associate of Arts Degree in History

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in History and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution. 

The History Transfer Major provides a foundation for students interested in the life sciences. Graduates of the History Transfer Major will receive an Associate of Arts Degree in History.  This degree 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 four year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how societies change over time. 
  2. Students will be able to differentiate between primary and secondary sources and identify and analyze different types of primary sources. 
  3. Students will deconstruct historical arguments to separate historical fact from interpretation. 
  4. Students will establish the historical context of events, analyzing both short-term and long-term causes and effects. 

Career Possibilities

The Associate of Arts Degree in History Transfer Major graduate has two major options:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Recommended Courses

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.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 64 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 9 Credits

Term IV

Total: 11 Credits

Term V

  • History/Political Science Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Math/Science Elective- Credits: 2.00

Total: 11 Credits

Term VI

  • Core Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective - Credits: 3.00
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective- Credits: 3.00


Total: 9 Credits

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