Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

History is the study and interpretation of past human events and their connection to the present day. The great issues of the present—war, racism, class and gender inequity, economic conflict, etc.—have many parallels in past events. Careful study of how earlier generations dealt with those problems can shed light on the critical questions of the present and can help us to resolve those issues more effectively. In short, a broad understanding of History is a necessary prerequisite for a citizen to participate effectively in a democratic society.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in history, the classes are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. History courses may transfer as:

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  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.


Portland Community College offers a wide variety of History courses covering different areas, eras, and topics in History. In addition to United States, Western Civilization, and Eastern Civilization survey courses, the PCC History department has specialty classes on Russia, the Holocaust, Women, Native Americans, Religion in the United States, and Oregon. Specific course offerings vary by campus and term, but every PCC campus offers History courses.

What's Next?

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  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Meet with an academic advisor.