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Discover U.S. and world history at Columbia College.
What causes economic growth in a society over time? What are the conditions that foster social tolerance and cohesion? You learn these types of things by studying history. We offer a vibrant course of study that will help you become a resourceful and skillful thinker, researcher, writer, and communicator. At Columbia College, you’ll engage with the world’s peoples while developing cultural literacy and problem-solving skills.
You’ll explore history in the U.S. and across the world, and create your own individual focus. As you work with a variety of evidential sources, including technological- and web-based resources, you’ll build an important skill set that will serve you well after you gain your degree. Since you’ll take responsibility for much of your own learning and research, you develop the confidence of genuine independence.
Opportunities to study:
- War and society
- The history of women in the U.S. and globally
- Europe, Fascism and the Holocaust
- Native American history
- African American history
- The modern Middle East
- U.S. business history
- Sex and sexuality in the U.S.,
- History of science and technology
History graduates succeed in a wide variety of careers. Join them!
Nationally, some 20% go into the educational sector. Our history program integrates well with the CC’s certification program for teaching history and social studies at the middle-school or secondary level. Our graduates successfully gain teaching positions.
Other History graduates help businesses operate with a broad understanding of the world. Some 15% of History majors in the U.S. bring research, memory, and communication skills to fields like management, finance, or marketing.
Around 10% of History students in the U.S. go into the legal field. History is ideal training for law school, especially when coupled with a philosophy or political science minor. At CC, those programs share the same department, helping you succeed in aiming for a legal career.
Some possible paths include:
- Library sciences
- Museum curating and educating
- Financial services
- Public policy
- Social services
"[Students will] know how to write and express themselves verbally. They’ll know how to think critically about issues. They’ll be aware of what’s going on currently in the field."Read about Barry
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- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 18 credit hours
- Electives 60-63 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
This course traces the emergence of the British empire, which from the 1600s to the near-present facilitated a vast and violent movement of goods, peoples, technologies, diseases, cultural artifacts, and cultural practices. Attention is paid to issues of negotiation, domination and resistance; the effects of gender across cultures; politicization, identity formation, and nationalism; the complications and uses of race; and the empire's effects on Britain. Prerequisites: Any 3 hours of a HIST course; and ENGL 133.
This course offers an introduction to the ways in which humans have practiced science and used technology to alter their world. The course historicizes such endeavors, exploring how human social and cultural values have interacted over time with the practice of science and with technological change. In doing so, it asks big questions about who we are and where we might be going. Prerequisites: Any 3 hours of HIST and ENGL 133W.
This course introduces students to the history of Europe since 1789. Between the French Revolution and the present, European society has undergone vast and sometimes violent changes, ranging from industrialization, to demands by excluded groups such as women and workers for membership in the political nation, to collapse into world war during the first half of the most recent century. Europe thereafter saw Cold War division and the loss of empires, before moving into a present era of pressures driven by globalization, immigration, and efforts to integrate while creating a more pluralistic society. Prerequisite: Any 3 hours of HIST; and ENGL 133W.
This course examines Western Europe in the years between 1095 and 1527, focusing on the two distinctive periods of remarkable social, intellectual, political, and cultural vitality: the "long twelfth century," and the Italian Renaissance of the mid-fourteenth through the early sixteenth centuries. Prerequisites: Any 3 hours of a HIST course; and ENGL 133W.
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