LIBERAL ARTS
History
2-year AA degree

History is the study of human experience of all kinds, considered in relation to particular times and places. It is also a method of thinking characterized by its attention to the contexts in which people have lived and worked. By mastering this method of thinking, students of history gain invaluable skills and techniques. They learn to analyze and interpret many different kinds of evidence--cultural, social, economic, and political--to organize it into a coherent whole and present it clearly with style in written or oral form. In so doing, students also learn to justify and to question their own and others’ conclusions, for history is always an argument about what actually happened. Indeed, rethinking and revising accepted historical conclusions is one of the most important--and most interesting--tasks of the historian.

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The skills and techniques learned in studying history--the ability to analyze, interpret, and organize data of any kind and to communicate conclusions, particularly to write well--are invaluable in every profession. History students develop these skills and go on to use them in many careers, including law, teaching, business, film, international affairs, and even medicine and science.

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year school and major in History can take related course work at Kirkwood as part of a Liberal Arts degree. Students enrolled in Liberal Arts complete general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer and allow them to sample a variety of courses before choosing a major. As a Kirkwood student, you will work with your advisor to determine which history courses are appropriate for you and your transfer college choice. Check EagleNet to see which history courses are offered each semester.


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