History

Why study history?

In the study of history, we use a wide variety of methods to uncover the story of the past by developing skills in investigative techniques, creative problem solving, and data analysis. The skills you will learn in unraveling the mysteries of the past are the same skills that employers tell us are most in demand in the job market today. Of course, some people who study history go on to become history teachers or work in museums or for the park services, but many more use their background in history as a foundation for a successful career in business, law, or the public sector. 

At Parkland, you'll have the advantage of small class sizes, taught by master faculty—never teaching assistants. Your success is our priority.

Classes

Parkland College offers a variety of history classes to prepare you for a transfer degree or to fulfill general education requirements.

Elective History Courses

The History of Illinois (HIS 107): Covers the history of Illinois including political, economic, social, cultural, educational, and constitutional developments. 

African American History to 1865 (HIS 120**): History of the African American people in the United States from the African past to 1865.

African American History from 1865 to Present (HIS 121**): History of the African American people in the United States from 1865 to the present.

History of the Labor Movement (HIS 145): Effects of labor on economic, political, and social systems of the United States. 

Austrian Civilization (HIS 165): Survey of Austrian history from the seventeenth century to the present. Only available as part of the Salzburg, Austria program.

British History I (HIS 166) and British History II (HIS 167): Survey of British history including the Roman and Anglo-Saxon invasions, Norman Conquest, growth of the British Empire, American Revolution, and modern day Britain. These classes are also available as part of the  Canterbury, England program.

Modern Europe in Transition (HIS 168): Examines the state of European affairs and political discourse since modern revolutions. Only available as part of the  Salzburg, Austria program.

England in the Middle Ages (HIS 169): Study of Medieval history focusing on the evens surrounding the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Only available as part of the Canterbury, England program.

History of Women in America (HIS 203): A survey of the roles, experiences, and problems of American women from the colonial period to the present. 

Topics in History (HIS 289): Study of selected topics in history; varies by semester.

*Satisfies non-Western culture requirement
**Satisfies U.S. Minority course requirement for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
General Education History Courses

History of Western Civilization I (HIS 101) and History of Western Civilization II (HIS 102): Examines the origins and development of major social, political, economic, and intellectual institutions of European civilization. 

History of the U.S to 1877 (HIS 104): Survey of American history from its European and Native American origins through reconstruction. 

History of the U.S., 1877 to Present (HIS 105): Survey of American history from post-Civil War reconstruction to the present. 

World History I (HIS 108*) and World History II (HIS 109*): Examination of the economic, social, cultural, and political history of global peoples and cultures.

History of the Middle East (HIS 123*): Examination of the origins and development of geographic, social, political, economic, and religious forces that have contributed to the formation of major institutions in the Middle East. 

History of Asia and Pacific Region (HIS 128*): Political, social, economic, and cultural history of Asia and the Pacific Region from ancient times to the present including responses and adaptations to Western influence, modernization, and transformations. 

History of Africa (HIS 129*): Origins and development of major geographical, social, political, economic, and religious forces that have contributed to the formation of major institutions in Africa from the appearance of humankind to modern times. 

History of Latin America (HIS 140*): Covers the origins of Latin America beginning in the era of Teotihuacan and the Olmec, May, Inca, and Aztec to the modern age. 

*Satisfies non-Western culture requirement
**Satisfies U.S. Minority course requirement for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Will my classes transfer?

HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 108, 109, 120, 121, 123, 128, 129, and 140 will fulfill the Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement at Illinois public universities as well as Parkland College. Parkland College classes with an even middle digit (such as ENG 101, MAT 128, and BIO 141) are accepted for transfer as general education classes, major courses, or electives as determined by the transfer institution. 

For more information about transferring, speak with an academic advisor and visit the Parkland Course Matrix.

Curriculum

Learn more about how these courses fit into a transfer degree or the general education core curriculum (GECC).

History

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
Course Sequence

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