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Why choose History at PCC?

The Portland Community College History department is filled with faculty who are passionate about their subjects. Their enthusiasm might inspire you to explore eras, societies, and events that will expand your perspective on the human condition and our world.

Degrees and certificates

PCC offers many options to meet your goals: short-term certificates, two-year degrees, and university transfer options.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

Portland Community College offers a wide variety of history courses covering different areas, eras, and topics. 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.

Want to deepen your knowledge? Consider the History focus award.

What will you do?

The study of history opens up a range of viable opportunities in important careers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, history majors are employed in education, management, social service, and legal professions.

Studying history also builds essential skills for working and living in the 21st century, from people and communication skills to knowledge of the global world and participative citizenship.

The great issues we face today – war, racism, class and gender inequity, economic conflict, etc. – have many parallels in past events. A 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. By learning to analyze the past, we can collectively work toward a better future.

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