If you love history and want a high-quality, low cost option for studying this field, Montco has a great program for you. In our History Associate of Arts degree program you can explore world civilizations, political and social structures and complementary disciplines such as anthropology and sociology. Delve into American, African, Latin American or women's history, among others, learn from respected scholars and discover careers enhanced by a background in history. 

Upon earning your associate degree, you can work in federal, state and local government or at historical sites. You can also transfer to a four-year college to pursue such majors as education, history, social or library sciences, law, foreign service, journalism and information management. The program meets the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Transfer Agreement Oversight Committee (TAOC) for a seamless transfer to schools in the Pennsylvania State Systems of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Program outcomes
  • Engage in historical inquiry, research and analysis;
  • Craft historical narrative and argument through the use of primary and secondary historical evidence;
  • Analyze historical topics, trends and issues;
  • Apply historical knowledge to analyze contemporary geopolitical and social trends.

Program Curriculum

Program effective Fall 2018
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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective MAT 103, MAT 106, MAT 140 or MAT 190 3
Electives Foreign Language 6
ANT 104 or SOC 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
Elective BIO 121, CHE 121 or PHY 121 4
Elective BIO 122, CHE 122 or PHY 122 4
Elective Technological Fluency Elective 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
Elective GEO 110, GEO 130 or GEO 135 3
Electives History Electives 6
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3
HIS 102 or HIS 122 History of Western Civilization II or World Civilizations II: From 1500 3
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
HIS 205 History of the U.S. from 1877 3
POL 101 or POL 124 Introduction to Political Science or American National Government 3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 103, MAT 106, MAT 140 or MAT 190 Foundations of Mathematics I, Math Applications, MAT 140 or Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 3
Language Elective Foreign Language Elective 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 102 or HIS 122 History of Western Civilization II or World Civilizations II: From 1500 3
ANT 104 or SOC 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HIS Elective Any History Elective 3
Language Elective Foreign Language Elective 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
POL 101 or POL 124 Introduction to Political Science or American National Government 3
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
BIO 121, CHE 121 or PHY 121 General Biology I, General Chemistry I or General Physics I* 4
HIS Elective Any History Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 205 History of the U.S. from 1877 3
GEO 110, GEO 130 or GEO 135 World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, or Physical Geography 3
BIO 122, CHE 122 or PHY 122 General Biology II, General Chemistry II or General Physics II* 4
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective 3
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 102 or HIS 122 History of Western Civilization II or World Civilizations II: From 1500 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 103, MAT 106, MAT 140 or MAT 190 Foundations of Mathematics I, Math Applications, MAT 140 or Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ANT 104 or SOC 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
Language Elective Foreign Language Elective 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
HIS 205 History of the U.S. from 1877 3
Language Elective Foreign Language Elective 3
GEO 110, GEO 130 or GEO 135 World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography or Physical Geography 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
POL 101 or POL 124 Introduction to Political Science or American National Government 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
HIS Elective Any History Elective 3
BIO 121, CHE 121 or PHY 121 General Biology I, General Chemistry I or General Physics I* 4

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
HIS Elective Any History Elective 3
BIO 122, CHE 122 or PHY 122 General Biology II, General Chemistry II or General Physics II* 4

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective 3
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective

*The lab science in the fourth semester should be in the same discipline as the lab science in the third semester.