History pathway (AA)

History pathway, AA

Studying history opens doors to understanding the human past, interactions between cultures and our environment, and how processes take place. Students in history learn how to examine and analyze sources, build arguments, engage in debates of divergent viewpoints, and understand whose stories are told and whose are left out. Understanding the modern world and our potential future requires understanding what came before. History is a field that is constantly changing: there are always new perspectives and new discoveries, as well as vital conversations about how to understand what took place and understand where we fit in the narrative. Students of history interact with new and old media, perform quantitative and qualitative analyses, and strive to present material in innovative and compelling ways for audiences of all backgrounds.

Program Information

Courses in History prepare students to analyze the past and compare it with the present world; history courses help prepare students to learn about other groups and histories to create a well-rounded citizen. In history courses, students recognize patterns and changes over time; contextualize primary and secondary sources; conduct independent research and build effective arguments; think critically, and argue and write clearly and persuasively.

Historians work to help their communities understand the importance the past plays in the present. Students can combine history degrees with work in archival management or library and information science and pursue careers in archives, museums, and libraries. Of course, many history majors choose to share their love of history with others as teachers at the secondary or college level.

History Faculty



Lead Faculty, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Professor of History

Office: Superstition Mountain F 125

Stephen McCullough


Professor of History

Office: Signal Peak Campus T 220