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Why choose History at PCC?

The Portland Community College History department is filled with faculty who are passionate about their subjects. Their enthusiasm might inspire you to explore eras, societies, and events that will expand your perspective on the human condition and our world.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

In addition to United States, Western Civilization, and World History survey courses, the PCC History department has classes on the histories of Women in the United States, Native Americans, African Americans, Korea, Japan, and China, the Oregon Trail, Africa, and the Holocaust, among other topics. Specific course offerings vary by campus, but every PCC campus offers history courses. Likewise, History courses are available both online and in person every term.

PCC History courses award General Education Social Science credits towards all PCC-awarded Associate degrees, and PCC history credits are honored at all of our university transfer partners in the state. Want to deepen your knowledge? Consider the History focus award.

What will you do?

The study of history opens up a range of viable opportunities in important careers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, history majors are employed in education, management, social service, and legal professions.

Studying history also builds essential skills for working and living in the 21st century, from people and communication skills to knowledge of the global world and participative citizenship.

The great issues we face today – war, racism, class and gender inequity, economic conflict, etc. – have many parallels in past events. A careful study of how earlier generations dealt with those problems can shed light on the critical questions of the present and can help us to resolve those issues more effectively. By learning to analyze the past, we can collectively work toward a better future.

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