History is the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools. As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place. As a public pursuit, history requires effective communication to make the past accessible; it informs and preserves collective memory; it is essential to active citizenship. As a discipline, history requires a deliberative stance towards the past; the sophisticated use of information, evidence, and argumentation; and the ability to identify and explain continuity and change over time. Its professional ethics and standards demand peer review, citation, and acceptance of the provisional nature of knowledge.

Our Program

The History Program at AWC is designed to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students will complete a variety of courses that provide a foundation in global, national, and local histories, including world history, and the histories of Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Arizona. Through the study of the past, students develop critical thinking skills and the ability to conduct historical research, evaluate primary and secondary sources, craft historical arguments, and write effectively.  The program articulates with all three Arizona state universities, fulfilling all lower-division requirements for the major.

Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical period and subject understudy
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills through evaluation of major historical events
  • Improve research methods, analysis, oral communication, and writing skills through the completion of a research paper
  • Identify and recall key information from a historical text and/or documentary film
  • Define and discuss the historical significance of key historical terms and concepts
  • Identify the underlying causes, explain the historical significance, and analyze the lasting impact of an event and/or how it changed the course of history
  • Evaluate a primary or secondary source
  • Summarize findings in an oral presentation 
  • Research an assigned topic and synthesize information in a research paper, citing all sources using appropriate style and format. 


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Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty Advisor.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
HIS 121 US History to 1877 3 Major Requirement
HIS 240 Western Civiliation 1 Departmental Requirement
GEO 105 World Regional Geography 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
SSC 101 Student Success Course 1  


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
HIS 122 US History Since 1877 3 Major Requirement
HIS 241 Western Civilization 2 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (recommended--see other options) 3 GE-Humanities
BIO 100 Introduction to Biology (recommended--see other options) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
HIS 110 World History to 1500 3 Departmental Requirement
HIS 280 History of Mexico 3 Departmental Requirement
ARH-141 Survey of World Art (recommended--see other options) 3 GE-Arts
ENV 101 Environmental Science (recommended--see other options) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
SPA 101
FRE 101
Choose a course from Second Languages/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP World Languages exam)
4 General Elective


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
HIS 111 World History Since 1500 3 Major Requirement
HIS 220 History of Arizona * 3 GE-Additional Course
HIS 230 Women in American History  3 GE-Additional Course
ANT 130 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 GE-Social & Behavioral
SPA 102
FRE 102
Choose a course from Second Languages/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP World Languages exam)
4 General Elective

HIS 220 is only offered during Winter Session


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

Transfer Paths and Requirements

Arizona State University  BA History (multiple program options) depends on program
Northern Arizona University  BA, BS, BSED History (multiple program options) depends on program
University of Arizona  BA History 4th Semester Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.  

Career Overview & Job Outlook

To pursue a career in history and its related fields requires a bachelor’s degree or higher. The top five professional fields history majors pursue are education, management, law, administration, and sales, however, the skills acquired through the study of history are transferrable to professions in a variety of sectors.  Explore the many career options for history majors here.

Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Clerical Library Assistants
Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
Tour Guides
Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
Library Technicians
Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library's media equipment.
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
Anthropologists and Archeologists
Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.
Postsecondary History Teachers
Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
Teach courses in anthropology or archeology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Contact Information

Social Sciences Division Staff

Monica Ketchum
Division Chair, Social Sciences
Trini Carr
Administrative Secretary
Office: BA 222

Social Sciences Division Faculty

Aryca Arizaga-Marron
Professor of Family Studies
Monica Ketchum
Professor of History
David Burris
Professor of Philosophy
Joseph Vielbig
Professor of Sociology
Brooke Ayars
Professor of Sociology
Dubia Zaragoza
Professor of Family Studies
Kenneth Dale
Professor of History
Adam Ekins
Professor of Political Science
Nicolas Byle
Professor of Philosophy