The study of history provides the world with an understanding of, and ability to interpret, the past. The goal of our History program is to give you a strong foundation to pursue further education in the discipline. By completing the requirements for this degree, you will earn an Associate of Arts degree in History and meet the general education requirements for all Idaho public universities. As a History major, you can take your passion down a number of different career paths, including becoming a teacher. You may also choose to pursue a career as a professional editor, work in museums or archives, or take a position with state or federal government agencies. An academic focus on history can also provide excellent preparation for law school.
Students of history learn to find, interpret and evaluate historical and historiographical information about the individuals and groups, ideas and ideals, actions and events, and values and virtues that have shaped civilization’s past and present.
Why This Program
By completing the requirements for this degree, you will earn an Associate of Arts degree in History and meet the general education requirements for all Idaho public universities. As a History major, you can take your passion down a number of different career paths, including becoming a teacher. You may also choose to pursue a career as a professional editor, work in museums or archives, or take a position with state or federal government agencies. An academic focus on history can also provide excellent preparation for law school.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Demonstrate knowledge of key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped civilizations throughout history
- Demonstrate effective writing skills in such specific applications as journals, essays, reports and reviews, and original research papers
- Understand different points of view in primary and quality secondary sources, including in images, media resources, and cartographic representations
- Construct historical arguments based on primary sources and the historical method
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts Degree in History
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
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Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The following websites are an excellent source of information for careers in history:
- Elementary Schools
- Secondary Schools
- Postsecondary Education
- Historic Sites and Museums
- Museums and Historical Organizations
- Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
- Think Tanks
- Writers and Editors
- Documentary Editors
- Producers of Multimedia Material
- Records Managers
- Information Managers
- Lawyers and Paralegals
- Litigation Support
- Legislative Staff Work
- Contract Historians
- Historians and Nonprofit Associations