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Given that history is the study of the human past, college-level history is valuable for any major. It's especially helpful with figuring out what subject and majors interest you.  

Why study History?

Have you ever wanted to ...

  • better understand the world around you?
  • better understand the people around you?
  • better understand why people behave the way they do?
  • learn more about other cultures?
  • learn more about history than dates, names and wars? 

You'll learn aspects of history that fit with just about every subject:

  • The origins of social work
  • The birth of the field of psychology and its impact on society
  • The evolution of business and capitalism
  • The labor history of the United States (mining, agriculture, machines)
  • The progression of science
  • The advancements of medicine
  • The innovation of technology
  • The history of Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East and much more!

Degree in History


Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of history. It provides students with the background in history and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students should check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor for any other requirements.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • HIST 1101 Western Civilization I 1 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (4)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Geography (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • HIST 1102 Western Civilization II (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology or
    SOCI 1101 or Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • HIST 2101 American History I (3)
  • MATH 1111 Statistics1 (4)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)
  • HIST 2102 American History II (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes


  • Identify basic historical concepts and time periods.
  • Apply sound historical research and writing skills.
  • Analyze various historical texts, interpretations and perspectives.
  • Identify the events of the past that have impacted history.
  • Develop, articulate and write their personal historical perspective on history.


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Faculty & Staff

History Professor
Phone Extension: 1792
Building: North Oasis
Office: 151
2010 PHI THETA KAPPA FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | PhD Southern Illinois University Carbondale | M.A. & B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Email: ArtsSciences@rlc.edu
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences


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