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History helps us understand people and societies. It also enables us to critically examine the past as a way to develop informed approaches to the social and cultural challenges we face today. As a student of history at HCC you'll investigate key figures, movements and major events in civilizations starting from the first millennium B.C. and learn how to develop your own historical interpretations.

Many HCC history faculty members are leaders in local and state historical societies and have significant expertise in a wide-range of topics including the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. Classes range from Western Civilization and British History, to African-American History and Non-Western Civilization.

Professional historians research, analyze and interpret the past. Equipped with these skills, many history majors attend law or professional schools after earning a bachelor's degree. Internships can help prepare you for museum or public policy work. As a job-seeker with a background in history, you may also find a fulfilling career as a(n):

  • Archivist
  • Anthropologists/Archeologist
  • Demographer
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher

Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in History

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a history major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.