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What is History?

History is both a science and an art which explains the past. As a science, history works to verify what really happened….the facts.   As an art, history endeavors to construct interpretations of these facts which help to understand who we are and how we became what we are. As we study the history of other countries and cultures, we learn to understand and appreciate the extent of diversity in the world. In many ways, history is the basis of a solid college education.

What can history do for you?

Studying history will provide the facts of the past and give several interpretations about the significance of this past. Since history deals with both facts and interpretations, it can teach how to judge the adequacy and appropriateness of these facts and interpretations and how they relate to each other. Studying history will teach how to separate fact from fiction, how to think critically, and how to understand the nature of controversy. Studying history will enable students to form judgments on many questions dealing with values:

  • What is the place of people in the world?
  • Should all aspects of all cultures be accepted and allowed?
  • Are we supposed to be better off than our parents or grandparents?


Historians as Educators
Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
Historic Sites and Museums

Historian as Researchers
Museum and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation

Historian as Communicators
Writers and Editors
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Other history graduate and professional areas are:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Social work
  • Archival
  • Museum work

Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards - Soren Kierkegaard

Learn more about the world of history through Sinclair’s program. With a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree, graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university of their choice. Sinclair makes it easy to transfer with the approved transfer module.


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Associate of Arts
An Associate of Arts in History introduces students to broad periods of the human experience. History, though, is more than just the study of the past. Students will also develop cultural literacy, critical thinking, and other skills that inform global citizenry. These skills can prepare students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue a baccalaureate degree in history or a related field, providing a foundation for careers in teaching, journalism, archival work, government, politics, and law. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer 36 in order to graduate. View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate
This short-term East Asian Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary program consisting of five courses on East Asian history, language, culture, and business in the global context. The program is designed to provide students with in-depth study and training in the listed areas to complement their major field of study. The program prepares students for multiple academic and career paths with useful skills and worldly perspectives. View Full Program Details

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