History is the examination of humanity’s past through the written word and various material evidence. By using these resources, historians study the people, events, processes, and conditions of past times. Reading and interpreting the past exposes the dynamic between cause and effect, which gives us insight not just into the “why” and “how” of past events but which allows us to better understand the present world in which we live, as well as give us a sense as to what the future might hold for us. 

Students in the History program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their History studies.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.

Program Code

8400 Associate in Arts (AA) - Pre-Majors/Transfer
8114 Associate in Arts (AA) - History

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

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Program Contacts

Dr. Mark Klobas, History Lead
Office: SBE-149
Phone: (480) 423-6420

Dr. Jaakko Puisto, History Lead
Office: SBE-121
Phone: (480) 425-6326

Department Office
Office SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax: (480) 423-6298

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Historians obtain careers in:

  • archives
  • colleges and universities
  • community development
  • foreign service
  • governmental organizations
  • intelligence analysis
  • international trade
  • law offices
  • museums
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • parks departments
  • teaching

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment will grow 7 percent by 2026, which is the same as the average anticipated job growth across all occupations. Possible career choices for history majors:

Career Name Median Salary
Lawyer $115,820
Research Analyst $80,310
Geographer $74,260
Post-secondary History Instructor $66,780
Anthropologist $61,220
Elementary/High School Teacher $58,030
Librarian $56,880
Historian $55,800
Archivist $46,710
Curator $46,710
Event Planner $47,350
Editor, Journalist, or Writer $44,120
Museum Conservator $39,800
Administrative Assistant / Office Manager $36,500