• History


  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    History majors systematically observe and document the past. A history degree can lead to a career teaching history, or to founding or managing a business, or reporting the news, or managing an archive, or government, law and other professions.

    Corporate management trainers report liberal arts majors advance further in business careers than students with other majors, and recent figures show that students majoring in history score especially well in entrance examinations for Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs and law school.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Identify and analyze major events and developments of significant cultures and civilizations
    • Identify and analyze the interrelationships of selected social, cultural, political, economic and geographic systems
    • Recognize the effects of historical events upon subsequent issues and situations
    • Demonstrate basic competence in geography and discuss the effects of geography upon historical events
    • Use basic tools of historical inquiry - especially the practice of finding evidence, weighing its importance and validity and applying it to a historical problem
    • Recognize different interpretations of historical events

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a history degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    Nine MHCC history courses (the Western Civilization series: HST101-103; the World History series: HST110-112; and the American History series: HST201-203) will transfer directly to Oregon’s public universities as history credit; each may be taken individually or as part of a sequence. All other MHCC history courses transfer as social sciences distribution requirements or as social science electives. As transfer policies differ, it is vital to check with the transfer institution directly for specific information.

    Each of the history courses listed below is offered at least once a year at MHCC and several are available in an independent study format.

    MHCC History Courses that Transfer as History Credit:
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST101 Western Civilization: Ancient and Classical Europe 4
    HST102 Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern Europe 4
    HST103 Western Civilization: Modern Europe 4
    HST110 Ancient World History 4
    HST111 Medieval World History 4
    HST112 Modern World History 4
    HST201 U.S. History: Pre-Colonial - 1840 4
    HST202 U.S. History: 1840 - 1917 4
    HST203 U.S. History: 1910 - Present 4
    OTHER MHCC HISTORY ELECTIVES
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    World History  
    HST195 History of the Vietnam War 3
    United States History - specialized
    HST237 America in the 1960s 3
    Women's History
    HST204 Women in U.S. History 4
    HST225 Women in World History 4
    *Courses offered only as Independent Study options
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST103 Western Civilization: Modern Europe or
    HST110 Ancient World History
    4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Mathematics requirement2 4
    17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST101 Western Civilization: Ancient and Classical Europe or
    HST111 Medieval World History
    4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5 0
    Oral Communication requirement2 3
    16
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST102 Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern Europe or HST112 Modern World History 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 3
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    15-16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST201 U.S. History: Pre-Colonial - 1840 4
    PHL201 Introduction to Philosophy 4
    Humanities requirement2 3-4
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    18-21
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST202 U.S. History: 1840 - 1917 4
    MTH243 Statistics I 4
    Humanities requirement2 3-4 0
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5 0
    15-17
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HST203 U.S. History: 1910 - Present 4
    Humanities requirement2 3-4
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement2 4
    15-17

    1 First-year language electives may be satisfied with the following course sequences: ASL101-103, FR101-103, GER101-103, ITAL101-103, JPN101-102, RUS101-103 or SPAN101-103.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree; refer to requirements, page 10.

    Useful History Web Links
    School Link
    American Historical Association historians.org
    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    Eastern Oregon University eou.edu/history
    Portland State University pdx.edu/history/welcome
    Oregon State University liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/shp
    Southern Oregon University sou.edu/history/index.html
    University of Oregon history.uoregon.edu
    Western Oregon University wou.edu/history/