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Given that history is the study of the human past, college-level history is valuable for any major. It's especially helpful with figuring out what subject and majors interest you.  

Why study History?

Have you ever wanted to ...

  • better understand the world around you?
  • better understand the people around you?
  • better understand why people behave the way they do?
  • learn more about other cultures?
  • learn more about history than dates, names and wars? 

You'll learn aspects of history that fit with just about every subject:

  • The origins of social work
  • The birth of the field of psychology and its impact on society
  • The evolution of business and capitalism
  • The labor history of the United States (mining, agriculture, machines)
  • The progression of science
  • The advancements of medicine
  • The innovation of technology
  • The history of Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East and much more!

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Degree in History


Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of history. It provides students with the background in history and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students should check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor for any other requirements.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)

ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

HIST 1101 Western Civilization I 1 (3)

MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics 1 (3)

Elective – Science with Lab (5)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)

GEOG 1101 Introduction to Geography (3)

HEA 1101 Health Education (2)

HIST 1102 Western Civilization II (3)

PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology

SOCI 1101 or Introduction to Sociology (3)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)

COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

HIST 2101 American History I (3)

MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics (3)

Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)

HIST 2102 American History II (3)

Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

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SIUC Articulation

This articulation agreement allows students to complete an associate of arts degree in history at RLC and transfer seamlessly into SIUC’s History program. Successfull completion of the agreed upon coursework for the associate degree is required.



Faculty & Staff

Dean of Liberal Arts
Phone Extension: 1790
Building: North Oasis
Office: 145
Administrative Assistant for Liberal Arts
Phone Extension: 1263
Building: North Oasis
Office: 134
History Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1792
Building: North Oasis
Office: 151

Liberal Arts Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Liberal Arts
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Liberal Arts

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