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What Will I Learn?

As a student studying History at Heartland Community College, you will have an opportunity to discover Western Civilization from the first millennium B.C. to 1500; the development of the modern West in terms of the great movements of the past five centuries; US History; major political, social and economic events in African-American history; Illinois history from its earliest times; and, the cultural, political, economic, and social roots of the non-western civilizations.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Professional historians research, analyze, and interpret the past. Job seekers with a background in history often find jobs in secondary education, public policy, conducting archival research for cities or public entities, working with or for historic preservation societies operating in the public interest in preserving and restoring historical sites, or for private or commercial firms as interest in preservation and restoration increases.

Studying history can prepare one for specific careers in history after the bachelor's degree often in secondary education; internships can help prepare a history major for museum or public policy work. Other careers often require graduate degrees in history, museum curator, museum management, public administration and certification in particular areas. Most history majors at major universities go on to attend law or professional schools. The emphasis on research and the use of and interpretation of evidence is an excellent preparation for legal studies.

In 2009 in the State of Illinois, median annual wage and salary earnings for historians was $42,726.1

What Are My Options?

The Associates Degree with emphasis in History is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in history at a four-year college or university.

  1. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2010, on the Internet at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/publications/Publications/WageData.pdf (visited June 1, 2012)