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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Career Area: Liberal Arts & Transfer Studies
Program: History Transfer Pathway
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing

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.

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Transfer Pathways

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 College4-Year Degree Name
Metropolitan State UniversityHistory, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoHistory, BS
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityHistory, BA
Winona State UniversityHistory, BA

Download the Program Plan


Associate of Arts Degree General Requirements for History Transfer Pathway

Download the History Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)

  1. A minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  3. A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0.
  4. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken at Minnesota State College Southeast.
  5. Completion of the specific degree requirements below:

MnTC Requirements

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.



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 been completed)

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- like experience.)

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)


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.

Additional Courses

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)

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$13,675


Career Opportunities

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:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Historic Preservation
  • Documentary/Multimedia Editors
  • Cultural Resources Management

Career Information


Graduates of the History Transfer Pathway will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of history in core areas of U.S. and world history;
  2. Make use of historical thinking;
  3. Analyze historical sources, distinguishing primary from secondary sources;
  4. Communicate effectively using historical evidence and methods;
  5. Analyze and understand the diversity of peoples within their distinctive historical contexts.

Important Documents
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.


Christopher Stout
B.S., Theology, Crossroads College
M.A., History, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Chris Stout has been teaching a wide range of history and culture classes at Southeast at both campuses and online since 2007. Before coming to Winona, Chris taught middle school, high school, and college in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota region for four years. His graduate research focused on southeastern Minnesota and the history of mental illness, which adds a great local perspective to his history classes. He also tries to include Bruce Springsteen in every class period. Chris has two boys and an adorable wife and has lived in Southeast Minnesota for the past 20 years.




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