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Connecting our past with our future.

Whether you choose to major in history at a 4-year institution or pursue another area of study in the liberal arts, the study of history gives you a window into the arts, politics, significant events, and social customs of the past. History can help you understand where we came from, how we got to where we are now, and even where we might be going next.

Why Study History?

From the American Historical Association website:

HISTORY HELPS US UNDERSTAND PEOPLE AND SOCIETIES: History offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave. History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. Any time we try to know why something happened we have to look for factors that took shape earlier.

HISTORY CONTRIBUTES TO MORAL UNDERSTANDING: History also provides a terrain for moral contemplation. Studying the stories of individuals and situations in the past allows a student of history to test his or her own moral sense, to hone it against some of the real complexities individuals have faced in difficult settings.

HISTORY INFORMS GOOD CITIZENSHIP: History provides data about the emergence of national institutions, problems, and values. Further, studying history helps us understand how recent, current, and prospective changes that affect the lives of citizens are emerging, and what causes are involved. More important, studying history encourages habits of mind that are vital for responsible public behavior, whether as a national or community leader, or an informed voter.

What Skills Does A Student of History Develop?

THE ABILITY TO ASSESS EVIDENCE: The study of history builds experience in dealing with and assessing various kinds of evidence. Learning how to combine different kinds of evidence—public statements, private records, numerical data, visual materials—develops the ability to make coherent arguments based on a variety of data. This skill can also be applied to information encountered in everyday life.

Careers in History

The number of explicit professional jobs for historians is considerable. Professional historians teach at various levels, work in museums and media centers, do historical research for businesses or public agencies, or participate in the growing number of historical consultancies. Employers often deliberately seek students with the kinds of capacities historical study promotes. The reasons are not hard to identify: students of history acquire a broad perspective required in many work situations. They develop research skills, the ability to find and evaluate sources of information, and the means to identify and evaluate diverse interpretations. Study in history also improves basic writing and speaking. Historical study is unquestionably an asset for a variety of work and professional situations. Historical training applies directly to many careers and can clearly help us in our working lives.

 

History Program

Whether you aspire to major in History at a 4-year institution or are simply interested in exploring the study of history, the TCC History Department offers a variety of courses to fit your plan.

TCC History Program Mission:

The mission of the TCC History Department is to offer courses (in U.S. history and world history) that help to put the present into context. Through analysis of past political, economic, social, and cultural factors, faculty are committed to aid students in their cultivation of critical thinking skills, as well as their development of research and communication (written and oral) skills as they progress through their academic studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Fortenbery, Program Chair.


Degree Options: Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, Option A or Option B

Catalog Course Descriptions

Current Term Course Offering: Social Science Offerings for Fall 2016

Faculty: History Faculty Directory

 

Program Planning

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year history program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Advising:

Please seek advice from a professional in this career field.  Our faculty are available to meet with you for general and detailed advising and career counseling.  Reach out to one of the History Faculty Advisors (see links below) the moment you sense a career in History may be of interest to you. Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will meet with you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!

History Faculty Advisor Team:       Dr. Bernard Comeau, Dr. Brian Duchin, Dr. Yi Li

 

Recommended Planning Schedule:

The history department suggests the following schedule of courses for students who want both to earn TCC's Associate in Arts and Sciences (college transfer) degree and to begin a history major that can be completed at a four-year college or university.  Substitutions may be made for any of these courses, provided that the degree plan is followed for the Arts & Sciences Option A degree.  (Students who wish to transfer should check the specific requirements of the four-year institution of their choice, as many colleges and universities require courses in non-western history.)

First Year

Fall Winter Spring 
HIST&126 or
HIST&146*
5HIST&127 or
HIST&147*
5HIST&128 or
HIST&148*
5
ENGL&1015ENGL 102 or 1035Humanities Distribution5
Multicultural5MATH 1075NAT.SCI Distribution5

Second Year

Fall Winter Spring 
HIST (b or c)*5HIST (b or C)*5NAT.SCI Distribution5
POLS& 2035SOC& 1015College-level Elective5
Humanites Dist.5NAT.SCI Distribution5Humanities Distribution5
P.E. Activity1P.E. Activity1P.E. Activity1

Bold type indicates required courses.

* (a) Offered each Fall, Winter, and Spring in three-quarter sequence are:

  • 126,127,128, World Civilization I, II and III
  • 146,147,148, US History I, II and III

*(b) Upper Level History courses offered regularly (approximately once a year):

  • HIST 210 - History of Modern Europenative american  couple
  • HIST 211 - Chinese History
  • HIST& 214 - Pacific NW History
  • HIST& 219 – Native American History
  • HIST 231 - American History, American Film

* see course catalog for class details

*(c)Other Upper Level History courses offered less frequently:

  • HIST&220 – African American History
  • HIST 230 – Japanese History
  • HIST 240 - Religion in America and the Modern World
  • HIST 244 – A Decade: The 60's
  • HIST 249 - America and the Rise to Globalism

* see course catalog for class details

Consult with a history advisor for additional help.
Dr. Brian Duchin or Dr. Bernard Comeau

TCC HISTORY COURSES

Focus in United States History

HIST& 146 US HISTORY I: The course will explore the key political, social, cultural, and economic events in the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Discussions will focus on the individuals, issues, ideas, and events most responsible for shaping modern America.

HIST& 147 US HISTORY II: The course will explore the key political, social, cultural, and economic events in American society in the 19th Century. Discussions will focus on the individuals, issues, ideas, and events most responsible for shaping modern America.

HIST& 148 US HISTORY III: The course will explore the key political, social, cultural, and economic events in American society in the 20th Century. Discussions will focus on the individuals, issues, ideas, and events most responsible for shaping modern America.

HIST& 214 PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORY: The course will examine the exploration, settlement and growth of the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on Washington State. Topics will include the settlement and creation of Washington Territory, as well as the social, economic and political issues that have shaped Washington State in the 19th and 20th centuries.

HIST& 219 NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: This course will examine the history of Native American cultures in the United States. Through readings, lectures, and class discussions, students will explore the unique histories of several specific Native cultures, as well as the impact that these cultures had in shaping the course of American history. (Multicultural Course)

HIST& 220 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: The course will examine the history of African-Americans in the United States, tracing the African-American experience from colonial times to present-day America. Topics will include the development of the institution of slavery in America, the post-Civil War experience of African-Americans, and the struggle for civil rights and social justice in America in the 20th Century. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 231 AMERICAN HISTORY, AMERICAN FILM: This course will examine U.S. History, society and culture since 1929 through the lens of Hollywood feature films. Topics include: the Great Depression, the Cold War at home and abroad, gender roles and the American family, and the civil rights movement. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 240 RELIGION IN AMERICA: The course will examine the history and impact of different religions and religious ideas in the modern world, with a focus on how these various religions and ideas have impacted the social, political, and cultural history of the United States. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 244 THE 1960s: This course will examine key political, social, cultural, economic, and diplomatic trends in American society from 1960 to 1974. Topics covered will include John F. Kennedy and the "New Frontier," Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society," the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the war in Vietnam, the anti-war movement, and Richard Nixon and Watergate. Particular focus will be on the individuals, issues, ideas and events most responsible for shaping this period and our understanding of it.

HIST 249 AMERICA AND THE RISE TO GLOBALISM: This course will survey the United States' rise to world power from 1898 to the present, with particular attention given to the causes and consequences of increased U.S. participation in world affairs, America's initial reluctance and ultimate acceptance of the responsibility of world leadership.

Focus in World History

HIST& 126 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I: Historical study of human societies in the world, with emphasis on their interactions with each other and the continuous transitions of their traditions from antiquity to the 9th century. (Multicultural Course)

HIST& 127 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II: Historical study of human societies in the world, with emphasis on their interactions with each other, and the continuous transitions of their traditions from the 9th to the 18th century. (Multicultural Course)

HIST& 128 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS III: Historical study of human societies in the world, with emphasis on their interactions with each other, and the continuous transitions of their traditions from the 18th century to the present. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 210 HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE: An introduction of the common heritage, global dynamics, and historical components that crafted the making of modern Europe. The course will assess the unfolding historical events from the 17th century up to the present, examining major societies in the region, including British, French, German, Italian, and Russian societies, among others. The focus will be on the interactions among Europe's different societies, and between Europe and the larger world. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 211 HISTORY OF CHINA: Historical study of human societies in China, with emphasis on their interactions with other societies in the greater world, and the continuous transitions of their traditions from antiquity to the present. (Multicultural Course)

HIST 230 HISTORY OF JAPAN: Historical study of human societies in Japan with emphasis on their interactions with other societies in the greater world, and the transitions of their traditions from antiquity to the present. (Multicultural Course)

 

BACHELOR DEGREE OPTIONS & TRANSFER INSTITUTIONS

At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In History, this typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher.  There are a number of 4-year institutions in and nearby Tacoma in which to transfer. To achieve successful transfer, it is important to plan early.  Find out what it takes here:

Pacific Lutheran University: History, BA

St. Martin’s University: History, BA

University of Puget Sound: History, BA

University of Washington, Seattle: Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies – General, Comparative History of Ideas, European Studies, French and Italian Studies, Germanics, History, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Washington Tacoma: American Studies, Global Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (major)

Western Washington University: American Cultural Studies, BA, East Asian Studies, BA, History, BA, History/Social Studies, BA, History—Elementary, BAE, Humanities—History of Culture, BA, Humanities—Religion and Culture, BA, Interdisciplinary Concentration, BA, Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies, BAE

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN HISTORY

Tacoma Community College and the History Program are well connected with our community. Become connected with us!

Student Clubs - Start networking at TCC!  TCC students organize many student clubs.  Every year there are new opportunities available to get involved: https://www.tacomacc.edu/campuslife/organizationsandactivities/

Social Media – Join us on Facebook and learn what’s happening in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at TCC: https://www.facebook.com/AHSSTacomaCC/

 

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