History (HIS)

 "History is on every occasion the record of that which one age finds worthy of note in another.”    Jacob Burckhardt 

What is History?

History is both a science and an art which explains the past. As a science, history works to verify what really happened….the facts.   As an art, history endeavors to construct interpretations of these facts which help to understand who we are and how we became what we are. As we study the history of other countries and cultures, we learn to understand and appreciate the extent of diversity in the world. In many ways, history is the basis of a solid college education.

What can history do for you?
Studying history will provide the facts of the past and give several interpretations about the significance of this past. Since history deals with both facts and interpretations, it can teach how to judge the adequacy and appropriateness of these facts and interpretations and how they relate to each other. Studying history will teach how to separate fact from fiction, how to think critically, and how to understand the nature of controversy. Studying history will enable students to form judgments on many questions dealing with values:
  • What is the place of people in the world?
  • Should all aspects of all cultures be accepted and allowed?
  • Are we supposed to be better off than our parents or grandparents?
  • What are the elements of a good or even great society?
History is much more than memorizing dates and facts and reading about the past.   It is a discipline that will help everyone understand the present and help plan the future-if it can be anticipated.

A historian can be:
  • A teacher at the elementary or secondary level
  • With graduate degrees, he or she may teach and do research at the college or university level.
Other history graduate and professional areas are:
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Social work
  • Archival
  • Museum work
"Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards"
 Soren Kierkegaard
What can history courses at Sinclair do for you?
By taking the Western Civilization sequence and the American History sequence and courses in area history, graduates from Sinclair may earn an emphasis in history which can be applied to a four-year degree. Upon the advice of instructors and counselors these courses will help meet the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module and also the Associate of Arts degree. History courses also help fulfill many of the requirements in the various career degrees at Sinclair, especially the humanities requirement.
"The essential matter of history is not what happened but what people thought or said about it.”  Frederic W. Maitland
Learn more about the world of history through Sinclair’s program. With a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree, graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university of their choice. Sinclair makes it easy to transfer with the approved transfer module.

For more information:
Office of Admissions
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, OH45402-1460
(937) 512-3000
1-800-315-3000 (Ohio)