History Pre-Major Program - Southwestern Illinois College


Associate in Arts Degree (0001) – History Pre-Major

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in History should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC counselor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

  • HIST 101-World Civilization I
  • HIST 102- World Civilization II
  • HIST 180- U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 181- U.S. History Since 1865

At least one year (101 and 102) of a foreign language
The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate History major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC counselor regarding their applicability.

  • HIST 286 History of Religion
  • POLS 150-Intro to American Government
  • Other history classes

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.


For more information about the History program, please contact Prof. Ray Webb for World History at 618-235-2700, ext. 5584 or raymond.webb@swic.edu, Prof. Van Plexico for American History at 618-235-2700, ext. 8123 or van.plexico@swic.edu.

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