School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)
History is the study of change over time, encompassing a wide range of recorded human experiences. While every field of study has a history, the history discipline falls mainly within the humanities. A bachelor’s degree in history prepares students for careers in law, public service, foreign affairs, teaching, and similar fields that value critical thinking, research, and writing skills coupled with knowledge of history.
Students of History at CNM will read the work of published historians and documents from the past to understand historical change and how the world we live in came to be. They will develop the abilities to assess historical evidence and conflicting interpretations, and to analyze both the changes and the continuity of the past. Students will gain a better understanding of why history is important and how learning about the past provides us with the background to compare our times and our concerns with those of people who lived before us, learning to evaluate their ideas and interpret their historical meaning.
Our faculty have expertise in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, religious and social history and interests ranging from ancient history, through the medieval and early modern era, to the present.
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Educational Option Information
- This educational option is designed for: Meeting the requirements for an Associate of Arts in History from CNM and preparing a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in History from a 4-year college or university.
- This educational option can be started: Any term.
- This educational option can be completed: Part-Time or Full-Time.
- Primary course location: Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside campuses. Some courses are offered online.
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History courses satisfy humanity requirements for some programs of study and also are accepted as electives.
This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in History from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in History from a 4-year college or university.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Students planning to transfer to UNM should keep in mind that the UNM History Program offers four regional concentrations of study: United States, Latin America, Europe, or Asia. Regardless of concentration, History majors at UNM must all complete the Western Civilization courses, which at CNM are numbered HIST 1101 and HIST 1102.
A bachelor’s degree in history prepares students for careers in law, public service, foreign affairs, teaching, and similar fields that value critical thinking, research, and writing skills coupled with knowledge of history.