Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

History Transfer Pathway

Learning about the past can lead you toward a four-year degree in the future.


If you are curious about the past, you will find great rewards in the study of history.

What happened a decade ago? A century ago? A thousand years ago?

In the History Transfer Pathway program at Minnesota State College Southeast you will learn about the events of the past that brought us to where we are today.

This 2-year Associate of Arts degree is designed for direct transfer to any of the seven universities in the Minnesota State System.

History is more than memorizing the "facts," like dates, times, and places. History is how we discover and tell the story of the past.

In your history classes, you will analyze texts critically, evaluate and form judgments on past historical events, and communicate your conclusions in spoken and written form.

In our program, advanced courses in Minnesota, American Indian, and music history will help you build skills in courses at the sophomore level, using historical research, writing, and museum experience.

The study of history is part of a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. Skills in research, writing, and critical thinking are relevant to all careers and professions.

Major Offerings

Download the Program Plan

Transfer Pathways

The History Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to related bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.

All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The History Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer University4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversityHistory, BA
History, BS
Metropolitan State UniversityHistory, BA
Minnesota State University, MoorheadHistory, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoHistory, BS
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityHistory, BA
St.Cloud State UniversityHistory, BA
Winona State UniversityHistory, BA

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the History Transfer Pathway will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of history in core areas of U.S. and world history;
  2. Make use of historical thinking;
  3. Analyze historical sources, distinguishing primary from secondary sources;
  4. Communicate effectively using historical evidence and methods;
  5. Analyze and understand the diversity of peoples within their distinctive historical contexts.

History Transfer Pathway Job Placement: TBD

View placement information for all majors

Important Documents
History Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Students will generally go on to complete a bachelor's degree or higher. A degree in history can lead to a wide variety of career fields, including:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Historic Preservation
  • Documentary/Multimedia Editors
  • Cultural Resources Management

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Provides foundational coursework for continuing onward to a major in history at a 4-year college or university.
  • Advanced special topic courses at the sophomore level involve historical research into primary source material and museum experience.
  • Along with a variety of courses offered in the social sciences, the History Transfer Pathway can provide preparation for working toward a social studies teaching license.


History Transfer Pathway Lead Instructor - Christopher Stout

Christopher C. Stout has been a tenured history faculty member for the past decade at Minnesota State College Southeast. With his academic research in Minnesota history and yearly speaking schedule at local historical societies, he is uniquely qualified to teach this program which emphasizes primary sources and research. As a former certified Minnesota 5-12 teacher with years of experience teaching middle and high school, he models teaching techniques for future educators.

Additional instructors in the program come from the college's Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty.

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