What is 'History? (HIST)'

History is the study of the past with special attention to the written record of the activities of human beings over time. Scholars who write about history are called historians. It is a field of research which uses a narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of events, and it often attempts to investigate objectively the patterns of cause and effect  that determine events. Historians debate the nature of history and the lessons history teaches. A famous quote by George Santayana has it that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Is it for you?

History Instruction at Metropolitan Community College should improve participant abilities in the following areas:

Outcome 1. Understanding people and societies

Outcome 2. Understanding change and how the society we live in came to be

Outcome 3. Valuing the importance of history in our own lives

Outcome 4. Testing our own moral sense, by comparing it against some of the real complexities individuals have faced in difficult historical settings.

Outcome 5. Forming a personal identity based on a rich past

Outcome 6. Developing habits of mind that are vital for responsible public behavior, whether as a national or community leader, an informed voter, a petitioner, or a simple observer.

Outcome 7. Assessing evidence

Outcome 8. Assessing conflicting interpretations

Outcome 9. Assessing past examples of change

Outcome 10. Evaluating how history is useful in the world of work and how it applies directly to many careers and can clearly help us in our working lives.

Our outcomes are based on the article “Why Study History” by Peter N. Stearns  at the American Historical Association web site.  The full article can be reviewed at the link below.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

Archivist-public and private sector


Museum Curator/Guide

Consultant for historic restoration contractors


Research Assistant for publishing companies

Tourism Bureau Manager

National Park Assistant


Researcher for Historic Preservation Societies

Corporate Historian

Film Research Technical Advisor

Program Faculty

  • Stewart Brewer
  • Amy Forss - Program Coordinator
  • Joy Schulz
  • James Van Arsdall

Course Descriptions

  • HIST 1010 United States History to 1877
  • HIST 1020 United States History from 1865 to present
  • HIST 1050 Introduction to Black History
  • HIST 1060 The History of Black Women in America
  • HIST 1070 Traditional and Modern China
  • HIST 1080 Traditional and Modern Japan
  • HIST 1110 World Civilization from Prehistory to 1500
  • HIST 1120 World Civilization from 1500 to Present
  • HIST 2050 Modern Europe Since 1815
  • HIST 2200 Latin American History
  • HIST 2220 U.S. Global Military History

Credit classes and Registration

Sources for this information include The American Historical Association and

History Area Webpage

History Resources