Why study history? The obvious reason is the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires all Associate Degree-seeking students to complete two courses (six semester credit hours) in the subject. History, however, is an essential course for the intellectual development of all students.

At Midland College, the History program is devoted to the study of ideas and culture in the historical and modern worlds. In each course offered, students are broadly engaged in lecture, discussion, and text. Beyond facts and dates, professors seek to make the material relevant by linking the past to the present.

Midland College offers history courses in a variety of areas, including: U.S. history (I & II), Mexican- American history (I & II), Texas history, and African American history (I & II). These courses are offered in online and face-to-face formats (some can be taken in either format). See the Course Schedule for more details.

History is essential to teach us to think critically about the world around us. History courses at Midland College will help students develop an understanding of the complex nature of human interaction over time and make them more conscientious judges of an often confusing present.

In addition, the study of History at Midland College prepares students in career and technical areas for the entry into the workforce by giving them the skills necessary to be successful anywhere: reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking.

History students presenting at West Texas Symposium of History. Living history volunteers in Fort Stockton History instructor speaking at West Texas Symposium of History.

Program Details

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Geraldine Box, Jack Scannell & Charles Simmons History Scholarship

Students who are interested in transferring to major in history and have completed 6 semester credit hours in history at Midland College, may apply for an award of $250 each semester.

To be considered for a scholarship, please follow the link below:

General Scholarships


Midland College does not offer the AA degree in any specific major. Instead, students who wish to transfer to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree are place on a “University Bound” path that includes 42 semester credit hours in the Core Curriculum and 18 additional semester credit hours in transfer coursework. The Core Curriculum is a set of courses that provide the knowledge, skills and educational experiences needed to succeed in higher education. The Midland College Core Curriculum will transfer to any Texas state college or university and satisfy core requirements at the receiving institution.

Your Pathways Advisor can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact your Pathways Advisor for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.

Students with an interest in History as a major Can choose one of the following paths:

  • History – Transfer/Graduate School – Know your institution

      • Semesters 3 and 4 choices based on transfer
      • Majors must have 6 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) in Western Civilizations I and II and 6 SCH 1301, 1302, or 2301
      • TTU/ASU have 6 SCH language requirement at sophomore level or above – get that done at MC.
  • History – Texas Teacher Certification

  • History – Law School

History Curriculum Pathway @ MC

With a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in History, you may choose to pursue an advanced degree: MA, PhD, or JD. With a BA, though, you can be an educator, researcher, communicator, information manager, advocate, or entrepreneur.

Midland, Texas is a community where a degree pays. Studying history at MC can prepare you for a career in a variety of fields. Among the jobs you may consider: teacher, archivist, librarian, researcher, landman, legal assistant, legal researcher, law enforcement (police, Border Patrol, US Marshals Service), personnel manager, broadcaster, and many more. Local employers to consider include:

  • Midland Independent School District (MISD)
  • City of Midland
  • Area Cultural Organizations

Historians as...


  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Libraries and Archives


  • Historians in Organizations
  • Cultural Resource Managers
  • Historic Preservation
  • Records Managers
  • Intelligence Analyst


  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Television Broadcasters
  • Documentary Filmmakers
  • Multimedia Producers

Public Servants and Advocates

  • Police Officers
  • Border Patrol Agents
  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Staffers
  • Nonprofit Associations

Political Leaders

  • George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States (Yale University)
  • W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP (Fisk University, first African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University)
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House (Emory University)
  • Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Whittier College)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (Harvard University)
  • Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (Harvard University)
  • Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice (Georgetown University)
  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (Princeton University)

Other Public Figures

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame basketball player, (UCLA)
  • Chris Berman, ESPN sports anchor (Brown University)
  • Wolf Blitzer, CNN news anchor (SUNY-Buffalo)
  • Janeane Garofalo, actress/comedian (Providence College)
  • Conan O’Brien, comedian and late night talk show host (Harvard University)

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information. 



Department Chair

Dr. Todd Houck
Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 161
(432) 685-6824


History Faculty Contact Information

Division Office

Social & Behavioral Sciences and Business

Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 152
(432) 685-6829
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