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Why choose History at PPCC?

When studying history at PPCC you learn from the best. Our instructors have both real-world experience and degrees from leading institutions. But not only are they leaders in their fields they are highly committed to student success, ensuring PPCC history students achieve both in the classroom and can also move on to prestigious four-year colleges and fulfilling careers.

What will I study?

As a PPCC history student, you will learn about a wide variety of historical events, everything from Ancient Rome to U.S. Civil Rights. As part of your studies you will:

  • Develop skills in written and oral communication
  • Critically analyze historical times and events
  • Research, research and more research
  • Interdisciplinary thinking

You’ll discover a deeper understanding of society and yourself through learning to think and write clearly, critically and persuasively.

Example Classes I Might Take

Explores a number of events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline
Explores events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in North America and United States history, including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity, between the period when Native American Indians were the sole inhabitants of North America, and the American Civil War. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline.
Explores a number of peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped World History from 1500 to the present. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups in a broad global sense. Focuses on the common denominators among all people. This approach goes beyond political borders to provide a better appreciation for different cultures. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline.

Career Options

The skills you learn in history—critical thinking, careful reading, well-crafted writing—are essential tools for a wide range of careers. History trains you broadly and opens up possibilities rather than narrowing your focus to a single career.

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Politics and government work

Careers in History

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Max's Story

"Every Instructor at PPCC pushed me...I took a daring leap and applied to Colorado College. I was accepted with a full scholarship and advanced academic standing".
-Max Rubenacker, PPCC Student
"The History department taught me how to read, interpret and write history, not just names and dates."
-Chris Bairn, alumnus, current professor
Glenn Rohlfing

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Glenn Rohlfing

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