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History AOC

History is Life’s Teacher
History focuses on the study and interpretation of humanity, from the analysis of political, social, and economic aspects of society, to the study of cultural and intellectual movements. As a History student, you will analyze human existence from antiquity to the current time.
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Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences
301-784-5208
Location: HUMANITIES (H) 22

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What will you learn?
  • Critical Thinking

  • Organizational

  • Research

  • Interpersonal and Teamwork

  • Oral/written communication skills 

What will you do?
  • Local, state, and federal government:
    • National and state park ranger, researcher for federal agencies such as the Smithsonian Institute, National Archives and Records, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, or the Foreign Service.

  • Law
    • Lawyer, Judge

  • Non-profit:
    • Historical Associations, charitable organizations, community organizations, Museums, archives, libraries: archivist, and curator.

  • Education:
    • Teacher (secondary, post-secondary)

  • Media:
    • Journalist


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Program Details
The History AOC is designed to better your understanding of the world.  In our classes, you will analyze key historical events that have shaped the past, present, and future.  Our courses focus on the study of World History and United States History.  You will develop critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills that will help you fulfill your educational and personal goals. The program is appropriate for students intending to pursue a bachelor's degree in history, and it is also great preparation for numerous careers and fields of study beyond history.

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will read critically both primary and secondary sources and use them properly in their work.

  • Students will communicate effectively and clearly.

  • Students will understand the concept of change over time.

  • Students will become familiar with the key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped the United States and the Western Civilization.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will identify historical sources in their proper historical context.

  • Students will identify different types of primary and secondary sources.

  • Students will summarize, analyze, and evaluate information from different types of sources.

  • Students will properly use evidence from primary and secondary sources to construct and support a thesis/historical argument.

  • Students will formulate clear well-organized and well-supported historical arguments.

  • Students will appraise the cause and effect of major events in the history of the United States and Western Civilization.

  • Students will evaluate similarities and differences of various historical periods across the regions studied.

  • Students will identify and analyze major social, economic, cultural, and intellectual ideas and facts appropriate to course content.

  • Students will analyze the relevance of past events for the present time.


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty and staff are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of History.

Stephen Gibson 
Professor of History, Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences

301-784-5208
Humanities 22

B.A., Illinois College
M.A., University of Illinois-Springfield
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Mihaela Wood 
Associate Professor of History

301-784-5301
Humanities 6

B.A., M.A., University of Bucharest
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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