Sauk Academic programs


Students wanting to major in history may have a choice of earning a B.A. or a B.S. degree, depending on the school they attend. History majors normally pursue a B.A. degree, but students should consult their Academic Advisor on the differences between degrees. A history major may also pursue a program leading to state certification as high school (6-12) history teachers. To transfer as a junior, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits (64 for the Associate degree). Community college students seeking a bachelor's degree in history are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree before transferring.


  1. Students pursuing history as a major are advised to take non-history courses to fulfill the GECC Humanities and the GECC Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirements. Consult with your advisor frequently as you take courses in General Education. These courses may impact your major/area plan of study (this is especially important when pursuing a major in History Education).
  2. Students who have decided upon a minor field are encouraged to complete one or more courses in the minor. Students planning to seek high school (6-12) teacher certification are encouraged to complete one or more recommended professional education courses. Students should select courses in consultation with an advisor.
  3. As disciplines within the History major are writing intensive, students pursuing the major may want to consider taking history courses which have a significant writing requirement (approximately 15 pages in total of writing). This will assist students with requirements as they work towards their bachelor's degrees at universities.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Students planning on careers as high school history or social science teachers need to meet with an academic advisor.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2023-24 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required minimum number 64 credit hours.

Tuition $9,408.00 $23,040.00 $25,728.00
Fees $1,024.00 $1,024.00 $1,024.00
Course Fees * $540.00 * $540.00 * $540.00
Total Tuition and Fees $10,972.00 $24,604.00 $27,292.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.