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Academic Program


The history program guides you to research, explore and interpret the past to uncover cause and effect relationships in people and events to better understand the world. Through TCC’s history program, you will be well-prepared for a career teaching history, working in museums and media centers or serving in various governmental departments, including Federal Civil Service and the intelligence community. You will also have a great foundation if you choose to enter law school or public administration.

TCC’s history program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college history program (college-level courses designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level History courses. Most courses offered can be applied to meet social sciences distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Our Mission

The mission of the TCC history program 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.

Contact and Advisor Information

Ø  History Program Chair: Dr. Craig Cowden

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



Associate in Arts Degree (Option A) (PDF) The Associate in Arts degree - History track - is a 90 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a 4 year university.

Guided / Recommended Pathways

·         Fulltime (under construction)

·         Part time (under construction)

Students should check the specific requirements of the four-year institution of their choice, as admission and degree requirements vary across colleges and universities.  Also see World Language Requirements for Bachelor Programs in the region (WA).



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

Our history faculty advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in History interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!



The history program enables students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of some major empirical findings of the social sciences.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the concepts, theories, and methods used within the social sciences to understand human behavior/events.
  3. Objectively identify some social variables that have shaped one's own point of view.
  4. Engage with or accurately represent a point of view that is different from one's own.
  5. Apply concepts and tools from the social sciences to explain or analyze a social phenomenon, process, event, conflict, or issue.
  6. Evaluate the quality/credibility of information from various kinds of sources
  7. Present social science information according to appropriate academic standards.

Catalog credit course descriptions

The history program includes courses with a focus in United States history and courses with a focus in world history. History courses are offered under two prefixes, HIST& and HIST.

Focus in United States History

US history sequence: HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST& 148: This three-course sequence explores the key political, social, cultural, and economic events in the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, the 19th century and the 20th century respectively. Discussions focus on the individuals, issues, ideas, and events most responsible for shaping modern America.

HIST&146 utilizes free online historical documents to complement the text:


native american coupleHIST& 214 PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORY: The course examines the exploration, settlement and growth of the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on Washington state. Topics 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 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, HIST& 127 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I, 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 antiquity to the 9th century, the 9th to the 18th century, and the 18th century to the present, respectively. (Multicultural Courses)

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)



At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In History this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available: 

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



Program Overview: Introduction to the Academic Program, Associate Degree Options

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

Academic Resources: Faculty and Advisor Contact Information, Community Engagement, Scholarships

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*      History Program Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Fortenbery

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

*      Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

*      Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

*      Faculty Support: Deborah Lewis


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