History at Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College offers an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in History.

The study of history is the analysis of cultures from the beginning of time to the present. History involves looking at cultures through the changes in social, political and religious institutions. Historians have traditionally used the written word as their main source, but increasingly also use art, artifacts, music and film to illuminate their subject.

The Red Rocks History program approaches our subject matter from a multi-disciplinary stance, teaching through lecture, discussion and technology. Our full and part-time instructors are trained in American History, Western Civilization, Anthropology and the Humanities.

History Degree

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Associate of Arts: History Designated Degree

In collaboration with Colorado 4-year schools, Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer program called "gtPathways" to create seamless transfer. Click here for a list of courses that are guaranteed transfer to any Colorado public college or university.

This AA History Designated Degree will transfer seamlessly to Colorado public colleges or universities.

Career Paths/Options

History teacher
Historian
Political position
Museum consultant

History Department Mission Statement

The mission of the History department is to introduce students to the craft of the historian by teaching historic literacy through research and critical thinking skills. Central to this mission is introduction to the use of sources in construction and analysis of historic narratives. Students who successfully complete an RRCC History course are better prepared to function in academic and employment environments requiring History associated literacy, communication and analysis skills.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will engage in reading primary and secondary sources including textbook.
  2. Students will engage in constructing historic narratives. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of a source analysis activity students will be able to incorporate source evidence into a historical narrative or analysis. (LEAP Critical Thinking competency 4a)
  2. Upon completion of a source analysis activity students will be able to summarize the source as well as consider relevance to research question, currency, authority, audience and bias when evaluating the source. (LEAP Information Literacy competency 3b)

Common Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of a source analysis activity students will be able to analyze ideas from multiple perspectives and articulate a historic argument based on their analysis. (RRCC CLO Critical Thinking)
  2. Upon successful completion of a source analysis activity students will be able to identify the need for source information as well as to identify, locate, evaluate and responsibly use information. (RRCC CLO Information Literacy)