Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Education programs. History is also an excellent major for graduate studies in business, education, law and politics.

History — What is it?

History examines the complexity of and relationship between past events in order to understand the meaning of human experience over time. Far from being an exercise in remembering facts and dates, historical study is dynamic and forever new. In exploring the lives of diverse peoples in different times and places, historians interpret a wide range of evidence from various perspectives. Through such inquiries, history seeks to make sense of the present and the future as well as the past.

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising

Amy Kinsel
Room 5329

Terry Taylor
Room 5343

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Areas of Study in History:

African and Asian History, Ancient/Medieval History, Economic/Political History, Ethnic/Immigration History, Environmental History, European and Middle Eastern History, Gender/Women’s History, Intellectual History, Modern/Contemporary History, Social/Cultural History, U.S. and World History.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in History?

Historians develop transferable skills that can be applied in a variety of workplace settings. From critical thinking, to
research, analysis, writing, teaching and public speaking, History majors develop valuable skills that employers seek.

Potential employers include:

National Archives and Records, Library of Congress, Foreign and Intelligence Services; Museums, National and State Parks and historic sites; Government Agencies, Elected Officials, Political Campaigns, Law Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Curatorial and Archival Management, Historical Societies, Libraries, Universities and Colleges, Corporations, Journalism: News Departments, Newspapers, Radio and TV stations, Publishing Companies, Education: Public and Private Schools. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyze, interpret, and explain historical sources, including written, oral, visual, and multi-media sources, and evaluate their credibility and importance.

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze historical change over time from multiple historical perspectives, and formulate credible interpretations to explain historical developments.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, approaches, and theories used in gathering and analyzing historical info.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate credible historical interpretations clearly and logically in written forms using historical methodologies.

Transfer Possibilities —   Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the  AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has  conditional admission agreements  that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits, Completion Award: A.A. Degree