Program Description

BSC’s history curriculum is designed to offer pre-professional training for public school social studies teaching, graduate studies in history, civil service careers, museum/archival work, journalism, and other allied fields. The study of history also serves as pre-professional training for other professions such as law or the ministry.

Traditionally, historians research and analyze the past, with the goal of making history relevant to the present. In addition, historians attempt to prepare students to understand themselves and society.


Students with interest in history should consider high school courses in history, writing, and the social sciences.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course substitutions, if needed. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

History Professor, Historian, Curator, Genealogist, Archivist, Biographer, Researcher, Ethnographer, Market Research Analyst, Anthropologist, Archaeologist.



Dr. Perry Hornbacher • Schafer Hall 319E


Associate in Arts

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60-62
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
Select one of the following pairs: 6
Western Civilization I
and Western Civilization II
United States to 1877
and United States Since 1877
World Civilizations to 1500
and World Civilizations since 1500
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Philosophy  
Religion in America  
First Year Spanish I
or First Year Spanish II
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 3-4
College Algebra  
Elementary Statistics  
Lab Science Elective  
BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology (Recommended) 3
BIOL 111L Concepts of Biology Lab (Recommended) 1
Social & Behavioral Science  
Select two of the following: 6
American Government  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
2nd Year
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Business, Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Computers  
Physical Geography  
Social and Behavioral Science  
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Microeconomics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Cultural Diversity  
American Indian Studies  
Select 21 credits from the following: 21
North Dakota History  
History of the Western Frontier  
American Studies I  
American Studies II  
State and Local Government  
World Religions  
Second Year Spanish I  
Second Year Spanish II  
 Total Credits60-62