History

The baccalaureate degree in history is designed to prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities. In addition to teaching, a history major is a preferred background for many careers: Law (a history B.A. is a preference of many law schools); federal, state and local government positions -- especially the Foreign Service, the National Park Service, and military careers; museum direction, library and archival work; the business fields of public relations and advertising; journalism and other media; and public policy and planning agencies. These fields are open to history graduates because their degree indicates to future employers they possess writing and research skills and a basic understanding of the world and its people.

Admission to the Program:

Two years of a foreign language may be required for an undergraduate degree in history and for entry into most law schools. Students should check with the school to which they intend to transfer.

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
ECON 110 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS  3
GEOG 113 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY  3
POLITICAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE * 3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 4
PHIL 110 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY  3
FINE ARTS * 3
HUMANITIES *** 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
HISTORY ** 12

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVES **** 11

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** HIST 117, 118, 201 and 202 are Social Science courses in the General Education core for the Associate in Arts Degree. (HIST 110, 125, 203, 204, 219 and 250 are History Electives that transfer but do not satisfy requirements in the General Education core.)
*** HIST 111 or 112 fulfills part of the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement for the Associate in Arts Degree.
**** Suggested Electives: ECON 111; GEOG 112, 114; LIT 110; INTST 130-134; PHIL 211; POLSC 115, 119, 122, 124; PSY 110; SOC 110, 114.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; GEOG 113; Physical Science; History; Humanities
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; PHIL 110; Life Science; Mathematics; History
Fall Semester 2COMM 110; ECON 110; History; Electives
Spring Semester 2Political Science; Fine Arts; History; Electives

Program Contact Information

English, Humanities and Language Studies Department

Room 314C
(309)694-5342

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training