If you are curious about the past, you will find great rewards in the study of history.
What happened a decade ago? A century ago? A thousand years ago?
In the History Transfer Pathway program at Minnesota State College Southeast you will learn about the events of the past that brought us to where we are today.
This 2-year Associate of Arts degree is designed for direct transfer to any of the seven universities in the Minnesota State System.
History is more than memorizing the "facts," like dates, times, and places. History is how we discover and tell the story of the past.
In your history classes, you will analyze texts critically, evaluate and form judgments on past historical events, and communicate your conclusions in spoken and written form.
In our program, advanced courses in Minnesota, American Indian, and music history will help you build skills in courses at the sophomore level, using historical research, writing, and museum experience.
The study of history is part of a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. Skills in research, writing, and critical thinking are relevant to all careers and professions.
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The History Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to related bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.
The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.
All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.
The History Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:
|Transfer College||4-Year Degree Name|
|Metropolitan State University||History, BA|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||History, BS|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||History, BA|
|Winona State University||History, BA|
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Associate of Arts Degree General Requirements for History Transfer Pathway
Download the History Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)
- A minimum of 60 semester credits.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
- A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0.
- A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken at
Minnesota State College Southeast.
- Completion of the specific degree requirements below:
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Requirements - A minimum of 40 credits to complete all 10 goal areas. A MnTC course may satisfy more than one goal area; however, the credits only count once.
CORE GOAL AREAS:
Goal 1 Communication (Three courses) - 9 credits
- ENGL1215 - College Writing 1 (3 credits)
- ENGL2525 - College Writing 2 (3 credits)
- COMM1218 - College Speech OR COMM1228 Interpersonal Communications
Goal 2 Critical Thinking (met when 40 MnTC credits satisfying all 10 goal areas have
Goal 3 Natural Science - 6-8 credits (Two science courses from at least two different
subject areas. One course must have a traditional lab and the other must have a lab or lab-
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning - 3 credits
- MATH1230 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits) or MATH1220 College Algebra (3 credits) (Social Studies Teaching Majors)
Goal 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences - 9 credits
- HIST1110 U.S. History 1865 - Present (3 credits)
- HIST2525 Minnesota History (3 credits)
- Elective from a different subject area
Goal 6 The Humanities and Fine Arts - 9 credits
- HUMA1435 Multicultural America (3 credits)
THEME GOAL AREAS:
Goal 7 Human Diversity (One course) - 3 credits
*Fulfilled by HUMA1435 Multicultural America (3 credits) See Goal 6
Goal 8 Global Perspective - (One course) - 3 credits
Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility - (One course) - 3 credits
Goal 10 People and the Environment -- 3 credits
*Fulfilled by HIST2225 Minnesota History (3 credits) See Goal 5
Total minimum credits to complete the MnTC ten goal areas: 40 credits
*While a course may meet more than one goal, credit hours may only be counted once.
In addition to completing the MnTC, the remaining 20 credits will include:
- INSP1525 Career and Education Planning (1 credit)
- HLTH Any health and wellness course (2 credit)
- COMP Any computer course (2 credits)
- HUMA1430 Exploring World Cultures (3 credits)
- HIST1108 U.S. History - 1865 (3 credits)
- HIST1228 World History to 1500 (3 credits)
- HIST1230 World History 1500 - Present (3 credits)
- HIST2535 American Indian History (3 credits)
Students will generally go on to complete a bachelor's degree or higher. A degree in history can lead to a wide variety of career fields, including:
- Historic Preservation
- Documentary/Multimedia Editors
- Cultural Resources Management
Graduates of the History Transfer Pathway will:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of history in core areas of U.S. and world history;
- Make use of historical thinking;
- Analyze historical sources, distinguishing primary from secondary sources;
- Communicate effectively using historical evidence and methods;
- Analyze and understand the diversity of peoples within their distinctive historical contexts.
History Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)
- Provides foundational coursework for continuing onward to a major in history at a 4-year college or university.
- Advanced special topic courses at the sophomore level involve historical research into primary source material and museum experience.
- Along with a variety of courses offered in the social sciences, the History Transfer Pathway can provide preparation for working toward a social studies teaching license.
History Transfer Pathway Lead Instructor - Christopher Stout
Christopher C. Stout has been a tenured history faculty member for the past decade at Minnesota State College Southeast. With his academic research in Minnesota history and yearly speaking schedule at local historical societies, he is uniquely qualified to teach this program which emphasizes primary sources and research. As a former certified Minnesota 5-12 teacher with years of experience teaching middle and high school, he models teaching techniques for future educators.
Additional instructors in the program come from the college's Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty.