A history degree is offered at Arizona Western College for students who would like to continue, at the university level, to pursue history as a teaching or research career or as an adjunct discipline to other majors. An Associate in Arts degree in History will provide students with a basic understanding of U.S. and world history. Students also have the opportunity to learn about geography, the history of Arizona, women in American history, Western civilization, and the history of Mexico.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical period and subject under study
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills though 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. 

Programs

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AA in History

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Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. 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.
$31,210
Tour Guides
Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
$32,130
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.
$35,130
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.
$41,790
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
$46,010
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.
$53,990
Curators
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.
$55,540
Historians
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.
$59,160
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.
$61,340
Conservation Scientists
Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.
$66,530
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.
$75,790
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.
$78,210
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.
$84,090

Contact Information

Social Sciences Division Staff

Monica Ketchum
Division Chair, Social Sciences
928.344.7646
Trini Carr
Administrative Secretary
928.344.7689
Office: BA 222

Social Sciences Division Faculty

Aryca Arizaga-Marron
Professor of Family Studies
928.317.6421
Monica Ketchum
Professor of History
928.344.7646
David Burris
Professor of Philosophy
928.344.7714
Joseph Vielbig
Professor of Sociology
928.344.7585
Brooke Ayars
Professor of Sociology
928.317.6341
Dubia Zaragoza
Professor of Family Studies
928.344.7556
Kenneth Dale
Professor of History
928.317.7600
Adam Ekins
Professor of Political Science
928.344.7736
Nicolas Byle
Professor of Philosophy
928.344.7728