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History

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

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David Riggs
History Instructor

DRiggs@inverhills.edu
651-423-3308
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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).


Degree

History Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree – 60 credits

The History Transfer Pathway A.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated History bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing the pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State Universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field. The History Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), and the Health and Physical Fitness Requirement, to bring your credit total to 60 credits.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Required History Pathway Curriculum - 12 credits

History courses beyond the four recommended courses are not guaranteed to transfer into a history major at a Minnesota State university. The courses below must be completed successfully according to the university’s grade standards AND address the required outcomes in the transfer pathway for history.

Course Number Title Credits
Introduction to US History
Choose 1
HIST 1114 OR
HIST 1115
US History to 1877 OR
US History since 1865
4 cr
Introduction to World History
Choose 1
HIST 1106 OR
HIST 1107
World History 1 OR
World History 2
4 cr
One additional survey course to complete a sequence
Choose 1 to complete sequence
HIST 1114 OR
HIST 1115 OR
HIST 1106
HIST 1107
US History to 1877 OR
US History since 1865 OR
World History 1 OR
World History 2
4 cr

Electives - 18 credits

It is recommended students take one additional history survey course to complete the other sequence, or an additional history course (please check with the receiving university to understand how it will transfer; a fourth history course may transfer into the major program in history or it may transfer only as an elective toward the bachelor’s degree). Electives may be any course numbered 1000 level or higher from any discipline. This may include additional courses from the MnTC.

Additional General Education Requirements - 28 credits

The MnTC requires a minimum of 40 credits, some of which will be satisfied by the required pathway curriculum. You must complete the MnTC courses that are specifically designated below, such as ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills for MnTC Goal Area 1. You may choose the other courses from each goal area from the list located at: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

To streamline your degree, you are encouraged to choose MnTC Goal 1-6 courses that also meet MnTC Goal areas 7-10.

Goal Description Courses
Goal 1 Communication
  • ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills
  • ENG 1111 OR 1114 OR 1130
  • COMM 1100, COMM 1110 OR COMM 2230
3 cr
Goal 2 Critical Thinking
  • Satisfied by MnTC completion
0 - 1 cr
Goal 3 Natural Science
1 course must include lab
  • Goal 3a Life Science course
  • Goal 3b Physical Sciences course
2 cr
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 4 course
1 cr
Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences
  • History course - Satisfied by Transfer Pathway
  • History course - Satisfied by Transfer Pathway
  • Goal 5 non-history course
3 cr
Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
  • Goal 6a (Fine Arts) course
  • Goal 6b (Humanities/Literature) course
  • Goal 6 course
3 cr
Goal 7 Human Diversity
  • Goal 7 course
1 cr
Goal 8 Global Perspective
  • Satisfied by Pathway
1 cr
Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility
  • Goal 9 course
1 cr
Goal 10 People and the Environment
  • Goal 10 course
1 cr
Total Credits: 28

Health/Physical Education – 2 credits

For a list of the requirements and courses that you can choose from, go to: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Course Number Title Credits
Health   1 cr
Physical Education   1 cr
Total Credits: 2

Recommended Course Of Study For History Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Here is the recommended course of full-time study for the History Transfer Pathway A.A. degree. Note that not all courses will be available every semester. In many instances, you will be able to choose a specific course from a MnTC Goal Area. For a complete list of MnTC Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

History Transfer Pathway Semester 1 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (first in a sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (MnTC Goal 1, 2) 4 cr
MnTC Goal 4   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 5, not HIST   3-4 cr
Total Credits: 15

History Transfer Pathway Semester 2 - 15-16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (second in the sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing in the Disciplines OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing & Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication (MnTC Goal 1, 7) OR
Public Speaking (MnTC Goal 1, 2) OR
Small Group Communication
3 cr
MnTC Goal 6a   3 cr
MnTC Goal 91   3 cr
Total Credits: 15-16

History Transfer Pathway Semester 3 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (first in the sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
MnTC Goal 3a   3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b   3 cr
MnTC Goal 71   3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness (Health & PE) 2 cr
Total Credits: 15

History Transfer Pathway Semester 4 - 14-15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (second in the sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
MnTC Goal 3b   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 6a OR 6b   3 cr
MnTC Goal 101   3 cr
General Electives   1-2 cr
Total Credits: 14-15

* Course required for major
1These credits may be taken as electives if Goal Areas 7, 9, and 10 are completed as part of another course.

Recommended Part-time Course Of Study For History Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Here is the recommended course of part-time study for the Communication Studies Transfer Pathway A.A. degree. Note that not all courses will be available every semester. In many instances, you will be able to choose a specific course from a MnTC Goal Area. For a complete list of MnTC Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

History Transfer Pathway Semester 1 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (first in a sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (MnTC Goal 1, 2) 4 cr
Total Credits: 8

History Transfer Pathway Semester 2 - 9-10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (second in a sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing in the Disciplines OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing & Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication (MnTC Goal 1, 7) OR
Public Speaking (MnTC Goal 1, 2) OR
Small Group Communication
3 cr
Total Credits: 9-10

History Transfer Pathway Semester 3 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (first in a sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
MnTC Goal 3b   4 cr
Total Credits: 8

History Transfer Pathway Semester 4 - 10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
History Survey (second in a sequence of US or World)* 4 cr
MnTC Goal 5, not HIST   3 cr
MnTC Goal 6a   3 cr
Total Credits: 10

History Transfer Pathway Semester 5 - 9-10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 4   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 3a   3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b   3 cr
Total Credits: 9-10

History Transfer Pathway Semester 6 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 6a OR 6b   3 cr
MnTC Goal 71   3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness (Health & PE) 2 cr
Total Credits: 8

History Transfer Pathway Semester 7 - 7-8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 91   3 cr
MnTC Goal 101   3 cr
General Electives   1-2 cr
Total Credits: 7-8

*Course required for major
1These credits may be taken as electives if Goal Areas 7, 9, and 10 are completed as part of another course.

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Course Descriptions

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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Transfer Pathways

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following programs:

  • Bemidji State University: History – BA, BS
  • Metropolitan State University: History – BA
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: History – BS
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: TBD
  • Southwest Minnesota State University: History – BA
  • St. Cloud State University: History – BA
  • Winona State University: History – BA
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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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