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History is the study and research of major social, political, cultural, and economic events of the past that shaped the contemporary world. In its broadest sense history is the study of the human experience. The study of history contributes to cultural literacy and develops critical thinking and other useful skills while helping students use the past to understand today and plan for tomorrow. The History curriculum prepares the students for transfer to a university to complete a Baccalaureate degree in a related discipline. In addition, the History curriculum makes an excellent supplement to any number of other majors because it enhances an individual’s ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and provides an understanding of the human experience which will enrich any profession. Please check with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Transfer successfully to a four-year institution with a history program.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in writing.
  • Find links between the past and the present and demonstrate the ability to apply historical perspectives to contemporary issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social, political, cultural, and economic issues within historical context.

Career Options

The following is a sample of the many career options available for the history major. Most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, high school or college teacher, foreign service officer, state park historian or technician, writer, historian, travel journalist, archivist, research analyst, museum curator or director, lawyer, banker, market researcher, business person, public administrator, and historical society personnel.


Chris Vancil

Chris Vancil
Phone: (530) 938-5564


For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Email: Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: (530) 938-5201