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"Study history, study history," Winston Churchill once said. "In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."

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Although statecraft is not the keystone of most careers, studying history at Inver Hills is smart for several more reasons, including:

  • Understanding society
  • Understanding change
  • Gaining a sense of identity
  • Preserving stories from the past
  • Finding inspiration for the future
  • Learning from tough lessons
  • Becoming a better person

Coursework at Inver Hills includes the study of modern civilizations from ancient Egypt to modern East Asia. You can analyze world religions, world wars and the world of Latin America. By exploring topics as diverse as Minnesota history, the history of family, civil rights and international politics, you will both increase your cultural intelligence and complete courses with a strong record of transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Earning your A.A. with Emphasis is not required to take history classes. You can add courses in this discipline to your academic palette to broaden your worldview while enhancing your career options. All history courses at Inver Hills transfer within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


Associate of Arts (A.A.) with Emphasis, History – 60 credits

More than facts and dates, history is the effort to make sense of change in our lives by studying the way time and space reshape our values, our institutions and our perceptions. The history department at Inver Hills offers a wide range of courses in historical study that will help you develop the critical-thinking skills and global perspective essential to a liberal arts education and your own personal insights into world affairs.

Note: To earn the A.A. with Emphasis in History, you need to complete all requirements for a general A.A. degree, incorporating the specific requirements of your chosen emphasis. You should plan carefully with an academic counselor or advisor, representatives from your intended transfer school and faculty in the History department to tailor the emphasis to meet the requirements of your chosen four-year college or university.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

History Curriculum

Incorporate the following history coursework into the requirements of an A.A. degree as part of the MnTC or within the elective category.

Course Number Title Credits
Choose at least two (8 cr)
HIST 1106 World Civilization to 1500 4 cr
HIST 1107 World Civilization since 1500 4 cr
HIST 1114 History of the United States to 1877 4 cr
HIST 1115 History of the United States since 1865 4 cr
Choose from the following courses (8 cr)
HIST 1106 World Civilization to 1500
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr
HIST 1107 World Civilization since 1500
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr
HIST 1108 Introduction to Latin American History
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr
HIST 1114 History of the United States to 1877
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr
HIST 1115 History of the United States since 1865
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr
HIST 1118 Wartime: The Great War to War on Terror
(MnTC Goals 5, 9)
3 cr
HIST 1122 The United States Since 1945
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
3 cr
HIST 1130 Minnesota History
(MnTC Goals 5, 10)
3 cr
HIST 1135 History of the Family
(MnTC Goals 5, 7)
3 cr
HIST 2120 Civil War, Reconstruction, Age of Business
(MnTC Goals 5, 7)
3 cr
HIST 2125 World Religions, Ancient to Modern
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
4 cr

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) – 40 credits

You can apply courses from the History curriculum to the MnTC requirements. The specific requirements for the MnTC are outlined as part of the A.A. degree. To learn more about the requirements, visit Associate of Arts or contact an Inver Hills counselor or advisor.

Electives – 18 credits

You can take courses from any department numbered 1000 or higher. Courses from the History emphasis not applied to the MnTC should be incorporated into the elective category.

Health/Physical Education – 2 credits

You can learn about the specific requirements for Health/Physical Education by visiting Associate of Arts or contacting an Inver Hills counselor or advisor.

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HIST 1106  World Civilizations To 1500   4.0 cr

Considers world civilizations from prehistoric roots, to Sumer, Egypt, Assyria, Israel, China and Southeast Asia, India, Greece, Rome, Africa, and Europe to the Renaissance. Topics include political, cultural, religious, economic, intellectual and artistic development across regions and time.

HIST 1107  World Civilizations Since 1500   4.0 cr

Explores world civilizations to the present from the Reformation and Enlightenment in Europe, to Modern East Asia; the rise of transatlantic and transpacific societies to industrial revolution; and from the emergence of nationalism, and the age of ideologies, to the global marketplace.

HIST 1108  Introduction To Latin American History   4.0 cr

Introduces students to Latin American history from before European contact and through the 20th century. Surveys the major historical forces contributing to the development of modern Latin America with an emphasis on the blending of Native American, European, and African cultures of people who have lived, and continue to live, in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

HIST 1114  History Of The United States To 1877   4.0 cr

Surveys the emergence of the American nation from the colonial period to revolution, the early national period Jacksonian Era, sectional conflict, Civil War and reconstruction emphasizing social, political, and intellectual developments reflecting American diversity.

HIST 1115  History Of The United States Since 1865   4.0 cr

Surveys the New South, the industrial revolution, Progressive era, roaring twenties, Great Depression, World Wars, Cold and post-Cold War eras to the present. Emphasizes political, social, economic and intellectual developments in the United States, reflecting American ethnic and cultural diversity.

HIST 1118  Wartime: The Great War To The War On Terror   3.0 cr

Provides a historical study of the cultural, political, economic and military forces and events that shaped the modern age of total war from the origins of World War I through the 21st century War on terror.

HIST 1122  The United States Since 1945: The Consequences of Power   3.0 cr

Examines the United States since 1945, with an emphasis on the rise and fall of the Cold War; arts, entertainment and popular culture; the Civil Rights movement and its legacies; the technological revolution; religious and political revivalism; and international economics and politics.

HIST 1130  Minnesota History   3.0 cr

Examines the historical development of the State of Minnesota, from its prehistoric origins through the territorial period, and to the present. Surveys social, political, economic and geographical forces, with emphasis on the interaction of people and environment, that have shaped Minnesota's history.

HIST 1135  History of Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective   3.0 cr

Explores the social, political and cultural history of the modern family, emphasizing the transformation in the structure, values and economic basis of family life from the 16th century to the present. Particular attention is placed on the relation between social science, literature and the immigration experience of Africans, Europeans, Asians and Native Americans in the cultural crossroads of colonial to contemporary American history.

HIST 2120  Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Age of Business   3.0 cr

Surveys the political, economic and racial origins and implications of the U.S. Civil War; the rise and fall of Reconstruction; the growth of transportation and industrial economies, Indian removal and resistance; the New South and Populist revolt; the Progressives, urbanization, and the emergence of the modern corporation.

HIST 2125  History of World Religions: Ancient to Modern Time   4.0 cr

Compares and contrasts the history of the values, beliefs and world views associated with world religious faiths, practices and institutions from ancient to contemporary times. Topics include: Views of creation, time and death, good and evil, the relation to art, relation to political power, and role in social and cultural conflict. Prereq: HIST 1106 or HIST 1107 recommended.

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The A.A. with Emphasis in History at Inver Hills has an articulation agreement with the following four-year institution:

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Lord Acton summed up the importance of history when he said: "History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul." Although only a fraction of history majors become professional historians, most launch successful careers in any number of fields, working as attorneys, diplomats, librarians, business leaders, authors, archivists, researchers, journalists, educators, politicians and more. A solid foundation in historical study promotes intellectual excellence along with exceptional competence in key transferable skills, including:

  • Writing, editing and presentation
  • Critical analysis
  • Rigorous research
  • Interdisciplinary thinking
  • Cultural appreciation
  • Big-picture viewpoint

As a history major you will:

  • Maximize your ability to interpret past events
  • Maximize your comprehension of current cultural trends and issues
  • Maximize your capacity to develop your own theories and insights
  • Maximize your global perspective

Occupations pursued by history majors

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Community relations director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer advocate
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Historic preservationist
  • Historic site tour guide
  • Historical society staff
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media consultant
  • Museum curator
  • Museum technician
  • Political scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
  • Technical writer
  • Travel agent
  • Urban administrator
  • Urban planner
  • Writer
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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.A. in History degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with history faculty
  2. You will get experience working History faculty to understand the human condition from a historical perspective
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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