Embark on a Historical Odyssey

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Program Overview

Embark on an enlightening journey through time with College of Western Idaho (CWI)'s History program. Here, your fascination with the past opens doors to understanding the intricate stories of human societies. This program offers you a broad perspective on historical events and cultures, enriching your global awareness. You will develop essential skills in critical thinking, research, and communication, preparing you for diverse career paths. Whether you aspire to a profession in education, law, government, or beyond, the History program provides the foundational knowledge and practical skills to help you succeed.

In this program, you will engage with historical sources, learning to craft and articulate well-reasoned arguments. Your journey at CWI includes extensive writing and research projects that not only deepen your historical knowledge but also enhance your ability to communicate complex ideas effectively. This program is not just about understanding history; it is about empowering you with skills and insights that are valuable in today's ever-evolving world.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Critical Analysis: Develop the ability to analyze historical sources and construct well-reasoned conclusions.
  • Cultural Perspectives: Gain insights into a wide range of cultures and historical periods, enhancing your global understanding.
  • Effective Communication: Improve your writing and communication skills through extensive coursework and research projects.
  • Historical Argumentation: Learn to construct and articulate historical arguments using a variety of sources.
  • Research Proficiency: Master the skills of academic research and paper writing, essential for success in higher education and professional careers.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

History – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements
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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Managers, All Other

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  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.


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  • Historians

    Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

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2016 Graduate, Anthropology, Geography & History


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Students in their final semester of College of Western Idaho’s History program enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Idaho State Archives facility in March.

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Congratulations to the inaugural group of CWI faculty who now hold the rank title of Professor.

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Students looked through historical documents, firsthand accounts, and personal papers as part of their History Capstone class.

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Congratulations to Reggie Jayne, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for January 2019.

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"CWI empowered me by showing me I am smart, outgoing, and able to do so many more things than I thought I could.”

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Department Chair of History, Culture, and Politics, Dr. Justin Vance, has been named to the National Geographic Idaho Advisory Council. 

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Students discuss themes in historical American documents as part of Common Read Series. 

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Clayton Cramer, an adjunct instructor of History at the College, releases his tenth book.

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Over the course of two days, 14 CWI students and two faculty members participated in an event at Celebration Park.

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Without a doubt, Amber Shoopman has done a little bit of everything. Once quiet and very reserved, the College of Western Idaho (CWI) alumnae now spends her time interacting with a variety of people...

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