History - A.A. University Transfer Track


Is a degree in history in your future?

As a rule, students who pursue a degree in history know that studying the past can help them make better decisions in the present. Students learn valuable critical thinking and research skills through analyzing past events, and drawing connections to pressing issues of today.  

Gulf Coast State College's History University Transfer Track is a popular degree program, because it is broadly designed to allow students to cater the major to their own interests.  History touches upon all forms of human endeavor - from arts and languages to economics and science.   A history graduate is  prepared for a wide variety of career options including research, teaching, politics, law, marketing and communications.

The study of history is more than learning "a bunch of stuff that already happened".  The study of history remains vitally important to today's society, to not only remember the past, but also to use that insight to shape the future. Find out more about Gulf Coast State College's History Liberal Arts A.A. degree transfer track program, and start shaping your future today!

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Dr. Richard Baldwin

Teaching isn’t merely about spouting information, it’s about inspiring students to develop their potential and making material relevant to them.
– Professor, Social Sciences Division, Gulf Coast State College

How much can I earn with a degree in history from a university?

A bachelor's degree in history can prepare you for a variety of careers.  This is because history majors develop skills that employers seek, such as solid writing skills; effective speaking skills; the ability to ask relevant questions; research ability; the ability to analyze information critically, and the ability attend to details, while viewing problems in a larger context.  These are transferable abilities, that may be applied across a variety of occupations.

According to, the average annual salary for employees with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History ranged from $47,500 (history teacher), to $68,400 (operations manager).  An article published by discusses five jobs that pay over $100,000 annually, and are available to history majors:

  • Lawyer - $133,470 per year (2014)
  • Operations Manager - $115,400 per year (2014)
  • Judge or Hearing Officer - $106,420 per year (2014)
  • Political Scientist - $104,000 per year (2014)
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator - $101,910 per year (2014)

Once I get a degree in history from a university, what jobs are available to me?

Archivist Historical Consultant Attorney/Lawyer
Educator Dramatic Arts Historian Campaign Manager
Software Engineering & Design Museum Curator Professor
Legislative Staff Member Paralegal Novelist/Writer
Advertising/Marketing Public Relations Postsecondary Education Administrator
Operation Manager Judge/Hearing Officer Political Scientist

 Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
 +*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History EUH1000, Western Civilization I 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
 EUH1001, Western Civilization II 3
 AMH2010, U.S. History 3
 •AMH2020, U.S. History II 3
 Electives 15

Recommended elective: 

GEO1000, Introduction to Geography, 3 crs.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


My Academic Plan (MAP)

Be in charge of your academic plan!  Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (HIST-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

To register for your classes, check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

Learn More

Ready to apply?  You'll need to complete the general admissions application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast State College admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Visit the Gulf Coast State College's course catalog for specific general education class requirements, course prerequisites, admission requirements, and additional information for academic program university transfer tracks.


Contact an Advisor

Dr. Richard Baldwin, Program Manager
Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 6005

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Dr. Patrick Brennan
Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2828

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Jennifer Linn Hamilton
Associate Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 5850

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Dr. John Phillips
Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2827

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Tara VanNette
Associate Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2830

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Wes Keene
Chair, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 3826

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