History is the study of past human experiences. Only by learning about that past can we come to know the fullness of humankind's ideas and actions, tragedies, and triumphs. But, while we learn of the past, we are also learning about the present. The History department at WWCC provides courses to meet general education needs in the first two years in American history and World history. In addition to these introductory courses specialty courses are offered in a number of different areas. These courses have no academic prerequisites and are open to all interested persons.


Career Opportunities

History provides a wide range of career opportunities which may include: government agencies (archives, libraries, museums, parks) politics, law firms, nonprofit organizations, journalism and education.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.


Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).


Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.


Preparation For Success

History is a study that emphasizes interpreting past human experiences through evidence such as written record, oral histories, and cultural materials. As such it is a useful to take additional courses in the social sciences and humanities. Strong reading, research, and writing skills are required for success in this discipline.



John Van Slyke

Phone: (509) 527-4493