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The study of history informs majors and non-majors alike about how to make sense of the world by comprehending how the past influences the present and how the past can shape the future. Students learn about individuals, groups, communities, nations, or empires from every perspective. The study of history is one of the best ways to challenge our ideas and assumptions about the world, because it leads us to question the simplified accounts of the world and of its problems that we all encounter in our daily lives.

Historians research, analyze and interpret the past through writing, teaching and research. Historians often specialize in the history of a specific country or region or period of time. They study and preserve archival materials, artifacts and historic buildings and sites. Historians are included in a larger group called social scientists which include anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, political scientists and sociologists, whose general job description is the study of all aspects of society.

MCC Associate of Arts Transfer Degree

This program provides a solid foundation of freshman and sophomore coursework that’s fully transferable, so you can complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. In MCC’s courses, you’ll be exposed to the world of family and consumer science through lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and group activities.

  • A two-year Liberal Arts Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.

The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our course requirements.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!

History Job Outlook

Job prospects vary greatly with advanced degrees and proficiency in specialized areas such as communications, teaching, and many of the sciences. Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:

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Cecil Holland

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