Associate in Arts (Transfer)

Studying history contributes to active, responsible citizenship. History not only provides factual knowledge of the past that is often highly relevant to the present and future, but also develops writing, research, and critical thinking skills that are broadly applicable to almost any aspect of life.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

History provides education that is broader and deeper than training for any specific occupation. ICC history faculty are knowledgeable, accessible, and sincerely concerned with the needs and interests of students. Small class sizes offer greater opportunities for discussion than at a larger university.

A Quality Education

Graduates of this program typically transfer as juniors to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history or a related field at a 4-year college or university, greatly reducing the total cost by having completed general education requirements at ICC.

Get Involved

Network with other students through ICC student organizations including the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Career Opportunities

Teacher, Attorney, Archivist, Researcher, Writer, Civil Servant, Military Officer, Museum Director, Journalist, National Park Service Ranger


24 Months

if Full Time

4 Semesters60 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


25 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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“Everything has a history.” (American Historical Association)

Dr. David Thompson, Professor, History
Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the History Program?

A bachelor’s degree in history is designed to prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started with a History Associate in Arts degree.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. High school coursework in English, history, social studies, and communications are beneficial.
  5. Experience with high school newspaper, yearbook, and speech or debate club is helpful.

What Can I Expect As a History Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Thur: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm