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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Program Roadmap



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.
– Former History 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 $34,000 (marketing coordinator), to $79,250 (contracts 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)
  • Public Relations 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)

 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.



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.



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.



There are many options available to help you pay for college.  Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.



social sciences scholarships are available until March 15th!



Contact an Advisor


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


MON - 9:30am to 11am & 1:30pm to2:30pm  ¦   TUE - 11am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 2:30pm ¦  WED - 9:30am to 11am & 1:30pm to 2:30pm
THU - 11am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 2:30pm ¦  FRI - No Office Hours

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

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MON - 8am to 9:30am & 2pm to 4pm   ¦   TUE - 8am to 11am & 2pm to 3pm  ¦   WED -  8am to 9:30am & 2pm to 4pm  ¦  THU - No Office Hours
FRI - No Office Hours

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

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MON - 8:15am to 9:30am & 2pm to 5:30pm   ¦   TUE - 8:15am to 9:30am & 12:15pm to 1:45pm  ¦  WED - 8:15am to 9:30am 
THU - 8:15am to 9:30am  ¦  FRI - No Office Hours

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Division Chairperson

Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences Division
850-872-3826 or
850-769-1551, extension 3826

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MON - 12:30pm to 1:30pm   ¦   TUE - 12:30pm to 1:50pm   ¦   WED - No Office Hours  ¦   THU - 12:30pm to 1:50pm  ¦  FRI - No Office Hours

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