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An educational emphasis in History lends great value in understanding society and its institutions. History students develop skills in research, writing, and organizing thoughts, and they gain a unique perspective and judgment that’s valuable in all kinds of decision making. An interest in and curiosity about the events, people and ideas of the past are characteristics of someone involved in a career dealing with History. Historians research, analyze and interpret the past through writing, teaching and research. Historians often specialize in the history of a specific country or region or period of time. Historians study and preserve archival materials, artifacts and historic buildings and sites. They are included in a larger group called social scientists, which includes anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, political scientists and sociologists, whose general job description is the study of all aspects of society.

There are many career paths from which a person with a History degree can choose. Only a small percentage of History students go on to be professional historians. Rather, most become lawyers, librarians, educators, researchers, communicators/editors, information managers, advocates, businesspersons, and even entertainers. Leaders in every industry, from business to the arts, can point to their training as History students as the starting point for their success. You’ll recognize the names of some of these “famous” History majors: John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Joe Biden, Newt Gingrich, Bill Bradley, Lee Iacocca, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Hughes, Julia Child, Malcolm Gladwell, and more!


History-related careers include educator, museum curator, researcher, historic preservationist, writer/editor, producer, archivist, records manager, librarian, information manager, lawyer, paralegal, foundation staff member, corporate historian, minister, journalist, politician, legislative analyst, legislative aide, biographer, genealogist, historical society director, history professor, urban planner, intelligence officer, political campaign worker, and more.

NOTE: Most archivist, curator, and conservator positions require a master’s degree related to the field. People often gain experience by working or volunteering in archives and museums. Museum technicians must have a bachelor’s degree.


ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • Outside of the classroom, there are lots of opportunities to explore new interests and participate in activities that you’ll not only enjoy, but that will look great on a resume: dramatic arts, One Book project, Panther Service projects, Phi Theta Kappa, student government, and more.
  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

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