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History

About the Department

Studying history gives individuals the skills and perspective needed to think about and understand the complex world in which we live. Courses in history will ask questions about why and how the world’s people, institutions, ideas, economies and cultures developed and changed over time. History students will read current scholarship, engage in discussions, view films and documentaries, and research topics of interest.

A degree in history can open the door to a multitude of careers: *Educator, Researcher/Writer, Archivist, Records Manager, Information Manager, Legislative Staff, Foundation Staff. Editing and Publishing, Lawyers, Paralegal, and Museum Curator are just a few of the professions employing individuals with history degrees. Visit www.historians.org/jobs/index for more career information from the American Historical Association

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Our goal is to promote the understanding of the historical past. Studying history gives individuals the skills and perspective needed to think about and understand the complex world in which we live. Courses in history will ask and answer questions about why and how the world’s people, institutions, ideas, economies and cultures developed and changed over time. History students will read current scholarship, engage in discussions, view films and documentaries, and research topics of interest.

Special Department Information

Special Department Information: College-level reading and writing skills will help students be more successful in all history courses.

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and apply alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Identify and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary social issues.
  • Identify the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral sciences use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods or cultures.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: History courses fulfill a number of requirements for the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, as well as Central Lakes College graduation requirements. Students who plan on majoring in History at a four year institution would be well-advised to take both the US and World History survey courses. This will be good preparation for upper division work in whatever area of history you might choose to make your area of concentration.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: A liberal arts degree in history can open the door to a multitude of careers. Education, Journalism, Business and Law are just a few of the professions employing individuals with history degrees. Listed below are some of the possible career categories. Visit www.historians.org/jobs/index for more information.

Career Titles

Career Titles: Educator, Researcher/Writer, Archivist, Records Manager, Information Manager, Legislative Staff, Foundation Staff, Editing and Publishing, Lawyers and Paralegal, Museum Curator

Instructors

Bob Brekken
History Instructor at CLC since 2004.
Attended CLC B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead , MN.
M.A. University of Minnesota
Doctoral Studies, University of Minnesota
Honors Program Coordinator, 2011-2013
Member of the Organization of American Historians
Local speaker on historical topics.

Enjoys outdoor silent sports: running, biking, skiing and kayaking In addition to a passion for history, has been a retail business owner since 1981 Email Bob for more information

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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