Why choose NPC?
At NPC you’ll receive a high quality college education with small class sizes and dedicated professors who are committed to your success.
NPC History Courses:
U.S. History to 1877 (HIS 105)
Study the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from pre-European contact through post-Civil War reconstruction. Explore the interactions between Native Peoples, Africans, Europeans, and the developing creole Americans in colonial and national contexts.
U.S. History Since 1877 (HIS 106)
Study the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from the Civil War up to the present. Focus on the lives of individuals who were active in making the history of the United States in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Southwestern History (HIS 110)
This course explores the multiple histories of the U.S. Southwest. Connect prehistory to the historic Pueblo cultures, study the arrival of the Spanish, the development of the Republic of Mexico, the Mexican-American War, arrival of the Americans, the establishment of U.S. territories and end with exploring the 20th century character of the Southwest.
Western Civilization to 1700 (HIS 155)
Learn about the beginnings of "civilization" with the first known agricultural societies of Mesopotamia and Egypt, as the foundations for what is considered "Western" civilization. Then study early European-centered civilizations, Greece and Rome, the "Middle Ages" and into early modern Europe with the Renaissance and Enlightenment.
Western Civilization since 1700 (HIS 156)
Study the changes in Europe that resulted from the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and the exploration and "discoveries" of places outside of Europe, which, once conquered, provided the resources and wealth that allowed Europeans to further dominate and either shape, acquire or limit the potential of the rest of the world.
Why Study History?
- always searching for "the facts"
- never content to just accept what someone else says, but have to look it up yourself
- insatiably curious
- able to look at events in context
- a lover of oral history and remembering
Then you'll love studying history!
History is the study of the past which is a vast and vital laboratory of human experience. Informed citizenship, critical thinking, and awareness of far-reaching social and political issues are the basic benefits of studying history.
Northland Pioneer College history classes emphasize building communication, writing, analytical, and research skills vital for success in college and careers. The study of history is an ideal foundation for the pursuit of careers in education, business, politics, public administration, law, journalism, libraries, archives, museums, and parks.
Studying history provides essential training in basic research and communication skills that are central to so many careers today. If you decide to continue on to a university and major in history, career path options vary from education, law, journalism, public relations, technical writing, fund-raising, administration, researchers, domestic and foreign government service and politicians – just to name a few!
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).