History Department

History Department Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to History Department's most commonly asked questions.

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Can History 105 and 106 be used as partial substitutes for UNR's western tradition requirement?

Yes, with some restrictions. Be aware that UNR will not accept these as partial replacements if you have taken a course at UNR before or during your registration in TMCC's courses. This applies to you even if you took only one UNR class at any time, even 15 years ago! Otherwise, the courses still transfer and will continue to transfer for the immediate future. UNR's president confirmed UNR's commitment to a continued acceptance of these transfers in a letter to the TMCC President in the Spring of 2000.

Do I need to take history courses in numerical order?

You can take history courses in any order. However, it is best to take history courses in chronological order. This helps you to understand the development and evolution of human societies. For example, it would be difficult to fully comprehend the 20th century civil rights movement in the United States without an understanding of the institution of slavery.

Why study history?

Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, individuals share no common memory of where they have been, what their core values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. Without history, individuals cannot undertake any sensible inquiry into the political, economic or social issues of today. Historical knowledge and inquiry contribute to the skills necessary to be informed citizens, who function effectively in the democratic process of a diverse society.

The complexities of modern life place a premium on those who transcend stereotypical thinking and examine what happened in the past, why it happened, what the consequences were, and how improvements can be made in the future for the betterment of society. It is imperative in today's global economy for Nevada students to understand the history of their community, state, nation and the world.

Knowledge of one's roots and a sense of one's place in humanity allow the individual the fullest sense of self and shared community on which both personal development and responsible citizenship depend. Through the study of history, TMCC students will develop an appreciation of the contributions made by all nations as the humanities are integrated with political science, economics and geography.