History: Skills and Jobs

What Skills Can I Learn From Taking History?

  • Critical thinking
  • Investigative
  • Ability to research
  • Library skills
  • Information literacy
  • Web research skills and tools
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze sources
  • Understanding of chronology, cause and effect, and cultural diversity
  • Organizational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing analytical essays
  • Writing for general audiences


Do History Classes Address Any of Shoreline's General Education Outcomes?

Yes, history courses address the following General Education Outcomes:

  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • General Intellectual Abilities
  • Global Awareness 
  • Multicultural Understanding


Do History Courses Meet AA Degree Distribution Requirements?

Yes, history is a social science and all history courses fulfill the social science distribution requirement. Some history courses may also meet additional requirements.


Which courses Do I Take for a History Major?


Do Shoreline History Courses Transfer to Four-Year Schools?

Check with your advisor. Generally, all history courses taught at Shoreline transfer to four-year institutions for social science credit. Most history courses also meet degree, major, and minor requirements at transfer institutions. 


What Kinds Of Jobs Can Historians Get?

A background in history can be a great platform for many careers, including  law, the foreign service, politics, intelligence, non-profits, publishing, consulting, journalism, business, and, of course, teaching and research. You can find more information about careers for historians at these sites:


As a student at SCC, you will have the opportunity working directly with our outstanding, award-winning faculty who are interested in your education goals.  History Department Faculty Members