The history faculty at Montgomery College offer courses designed to teach students a variety of skills that will make them “wiser for all time.” History teaches us how to think critically, how to place events in context, how to reason, how analyze data, and how to write.
Many of the history courses we teach at MC can be used by students to satisfy the humanities distribution requirements (HUMD). Some courses can also be used to fulfill the general education global and cultural perspective requirement (M). For General Studies majors, history courses can be placed in either the HACL or SSAH cores. The history faculty offer traditional face-to-face, online, and blended classes. Many of our instructors offer accelerated courses and honors modules as well.
History interprets and analyzes the total life record of humankind and for this reason is interesting in and of itself. It has long been recognized as one of the core disciplines in the liberal arts. It draws together into a coherent whole a diversity of specialized courses in the social sciences and humanities and provides the student with the background needed to integrate the college experience. Whether you just take one or two courses or focus on history by pursuing a General Studies (HACL/SSAH) degree, the study of history helps the student link the past with the present, and so gain a greater insight into the human condition. Montgomery College does not offer a degree or certificate in history.
History courses are a good preparation for many professions. Here is just a sample of potential areas of employment: archaeology, archives-related work, cultural preservation, education, government, graduate school (especially for journalism), museum-related careers, public communication, public relations, research, teaching, and writing.
History courses are taught on all three campuses.
The full list of History courses is found below. Students should be advised that 100-level courses tend to be broader geographically and chronologically, while 200-level courses will focus on a particular time, region, or theme.
Degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. All students should consult an advisor.
The academic advisor can play a key role in a student's college career. Advisors work with students to select appropriate classes and choose a transfer institution. They can provide students with a sense of what to expect in their intended career area, and may also help them find internships. For these reasons, students should consult an advisor as soon as they think they're interested in a particular major. Once they've selected a major or discipline, students should visit their advisor at least once a year, if not every semester. For more information about the history program or to get in touch with an academic advisor, use the Contact Us menu to email the history coordinator on your campus.
Related Programs and Courses
The Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages Core in General Studies allows students to begin their studies in the following areas: English, film, history, linguistics, philosophy, women’s and gender studies, and world languages.
Find out more about Workforce Development and Continuing Education's history and current events courses.