The study of the trials and accomplishments, deeds, and aspirations of past generations is an excellent way to obtain the kind of broad education needed in our constantly changing world.

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The Associate in Arts with an emphasis in history is designed to prepare students to major in history when they transfer to a four-year college or university.

Through the study of history students systematically examine the past and gain an opportunity to explore human nature and contemporary concerns. Historians work from the written records (cultural, economic, political, and scientific) of past generations to discover the kinds of lives led and problems faced.

History Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: History

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition - 5 credits
  • HIST& 116 Western Civilization I - 5 credits
  • HUM 110 Ethics & Cultural Values - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II - 5 credits
  • HIST& 117 Western Civilization II - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credit

Spring Quarter

  • ECON& 202 Microeconomics - 5 credits
  • HIST& 118 Western Civilization III - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credit

Fall Quarter

  • ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology - 5 credits
  • HIST& 146 US History I - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL 260 Non-Western World Literature - 5 credits
  • HIST& 147 US History II - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distibution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • HIST& 148 US HIstory III - 5 credits
  • POLS& 202 American Government - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution* - 5 credits

* These humanities courses would be particularly valuable: Speech, Art History, and Music of the World.


History Classes

An examination and analysis, through reading and film, of intolerance in America’s history. Particular attention will be paid to historical events which demonstrate intolerance based on: religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and age.
Analysis of the development of major political, economic, social and cultural characteristics of Antiquity and Medieval Europe.
Analysis of the modern state with emphasis on the Renaissance, the Reformation, Absolutism, Scientific and Political Revolutions.
Analysis of the late 19th and 20th centuries with special attention paid to the development of political, social and economic trends and events. 
Focuses on the origins, development, and features of societies in the ancient and classical world. This course examines the political, social, and cultural contours of societies and the interactions and relationships among different historical cultures. 
Examines the progression of world history in pre-modern and early modern period. Topics include the development of mercantile capitalism, the Columbian exchange, revolutions in science, philosophy and politics, and the impact of colonialism and slavery. 
Examines the issues of modern world history including role of warfare, empire, diplomacy, and revolution in shaping international events and interactions taking place when cultural values, ideas, and technologies of multiple societies interact over time. 
Analysis of American history from the pre-invasion to the Antebellum Era. Emphasis will be on the political, social, and economic changes. 
Analysis of American history from Antebellum Era to the Progressive Era. Emphasis will be on the political, social, and economic changes. 
Analysis of American history from World War I to the present. Emphasis will be on the political, social, and economic changes.
Description and analysis of emergence of modern nations of Pacific Asia. Gain understanding of historical and geographical context of the political and economic development of the region. 
Study of the early exploration and settlement of the Pacific Northwest. Emphasis will be on the economic, political and social developments. The course is designed to meet state certification requirements for teachers. 
Exploration of female experiences in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries by looking at class, race and ethnicity and study women in the context of the major historical developments in their time. 
Examines the history of the continent from the pre-colonial era to the present. Topics include pre-colonial lineage, patterns of ethnic identity, colonialism and tribal identity, urbanization and its impact, and apartheid. 
Overview of the Vietnam Conflict, including the Vietnamese culture, and history; U.S. foreign policy; roots of the war; effects on world politics media conduct during and after the war; and impacts on American society. 
Survey of American foreign relations from the 17th to the 21st centuries focusing on such issues as national security, economic needs, capitalism democracy and imperialism. 


Christian Bruhn (he/him/his)
Dean of Instruction – Arts & Sciences
Office: WSC 118-A
Email Christian Bruhn