History - A.A. Degree

Studying History Can Help You Carve a Future in a Variety of Careers

 

"History…does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past…History is literally present in all that we do." — James Baldwin

Historians study, analyze, and interpret the facts and timelines of the past. They use any recorded source of information to perform this task, including government records, newspaper articles, photographs, institutional records, articles from periodicals, interviews, films, personal diaries, and letters.

Most historians have a specialty. This specialty could include a particular state or country, a certain time, or a particular person or group of persons (such as a presidential historian). A historian may also specialize in a less tangible field such as intellectual, cultural, political, or diplomatic history. 

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Career Opportunities

Only a small percentage of history majors go on to be professional historians. Instead most go on to become lawyers, librarians, businesspersons, writers, archivists, museum guides, researchers, teachers, politicians, and even entertainers. Leaders in every industry, from business to the arts, can point to their training as history majors as the starting point for their success. Indeed, historical study plays an important part in fostering well-rounded intellectual development as well as developing valuable career skills in research, writing, argumentation, and documentation.

For more information on career opportunities in History, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Associate of Arts degree in History from ACC is intended to provide you with the first two years of general requirements and a foundation in History that will prepare you for transfer to a 4-year college or university. You will develop research skills, learn to interpret and analyze historical issues, appreciate cultural diversity and development, and create arguments using historical evidence.

Your journey through the History degree program will allow you to take core courses in mathematics, humanities, and the following history courses: 

  • World Geography
  • U.S. History
  • Federal Government
  • Texas Government
  • World Civilizations
  • Mexican American History
  • and more!

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HISTORY
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

+GEOG 1303 - World Regional Geography

3

+HIST 1301 - United States History I

3

+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework

3
SECOND SEMESTER

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3

+HIST 1302 - United States History II

3
THIRD SEMESTER

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

3

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

3

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

3

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum

3

PHIL 1301 - Introduction to Philosophy

 SECOND SEMESTER 

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

 3

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

 3

>Select from History Degree Path (based on major)

 3

+Select from Component Area Options – Core Curriculum Group I

 3

PHIL 2306 - Introduction to Ethics

 3
HISTORY (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

 +Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection. 

>History Degree Paths

Path 1: FOS Mexican-American Studies

Second Year Fall:

HUMA 1305 - Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
HIST 2327 - Mexican-American History I or
HIST 2328 - Mexican-American History II
GOVT 2311 - Mexican-American Politics

Second Year Spring:

ENGL 2351 - Mexican-American Literature
HUMA 1311 - Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation
SPAN - Select any Spanish course

Path 2: History

Second Year Fall:

GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
HIST 2321 - World Civilizations I
HIST 2301 – Texas History

Second Year Spring:

HIST 2322 - World Civilizations II
HIST 2328 - Mexican-American History II
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Costs for the History A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are approximately $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for out-of-district students, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $1350.00.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

History is part of our Liberal Arts Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other Liberal Arts programs that may interest you.