History

HISTORY

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his "I have a dream" speech in Washington, D.C.

The History program at Lake Tahoe Community College helps students improve their reading comprehension, and analytical thinking and writing skills. Studying History also helps to foster a deeper understanding of the human condition in all its complexity. History is more than just a chronological list of events cohesively linked together in a palatable narrative. It is often layered and confounding because humans are complicated beings engaged in a perpetual struggle for power and control over the world around us. We cooperate and compete. We build and destroy. We incorporate and alienate. Our narrative is composed of consistency and contradiction, awareness and ignorance, fairness and injustice – and we have a social responsibility to address all of this.

Students interested in studying History at LTCC can earn an AA degree in Social Science, which requires coursework in History, Psychology, and Political Science. You'll also be exposed to classes in Sociology, Anthropology, Business, Criminal Justice, and more, providing a well-rounded education.

To assist our History students with college expenses, the department has adopted some Open Educational Resource textbooks for courses such as U.S. History (HIS 111, 112, and 113) and History of World Civilizations (HIS 127A). These titles have been authored by credentialed professionals in the field. We believe that the integrity of the instruction we offer is vital and that includes the materials we use in the classroom. We adopt books and class materials that save our students money whenever possible. Sometimes that means an OER title and other times an earlier, less expensive, edition of a textbook title is acceptable.

 

28-30 units distributed as follows:

One course from the following (4 units):
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 102/ECE 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development 
PSY 103 Adult Development
 
One course from the following (4 units):
HIS 111 History of the United States from the Colonial Period through the 18th Century
HIS 112 History of the United States in the 19th Century
HIS 113 History of the United States from the 20th Century to the Present
HIS 127A History of World Civilizations to 1000
HIS 127B History of World Civilizations from 1000 to 1800
HIS 127C History of World Civilizations from 1750 to the Present
POL 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics
POL 107 Introduction to Political Theory
POL 204 Introduction to International Relations
POL 206 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
 
One course from the following (4 units):
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
 
A minimum of 16 units from the following (4-5 units):
ANT 101 Introduction to Archaeology (4)
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (4)
ANT 106 Visual Anthropology (4)
ANT 107 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (4)
ANT 108 Introduction to Language and Culture (4)
BSN 100 Introduction to Business (4)
BSN 101A Business Law: Introduction to Law and Business Transactions (5)
BSN 107 Business Law: Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (5)
BSN 120 Human Resource Management (4)
BSN 125 Business Management (4)
COU 120 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders (4)
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
CRJ 102 Criminal Law (4)
CRJ 105 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice (4)
ECE 101 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (4)
ECE 102/PSY 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (4)
ECE 103 Child, Family, and Community (4)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (4)
ECO 102 Principles of Economics (Micro) (4)
GEG 102 Human Geography (4)
GEG 103 World Regional Geography (4)
GEG 106 California Geography (4)
GEG 114 Economic Geography (4)
HIS 104 Early California History (4)
HIS 105 Modern California History (4)
HIS 109 Women in American History (4)
HIS 110 Multicultural History of the United Sates (4)
HIS 127A History of World Civilizations to 1000 (4)
HIS 127B History of World Civilizations from 1000 to 1800 (4)
HIS 127C History of World Civilizations from 1750 to the Present (4)
POL 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics (4)
POL 107 Introduction to Political Theory (4)
POL 204 Introduction to International Relations (4)
POL 206 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (4)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
PSY 102/ECE 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (4)
PSY 103 Adult Development (4)
PSY 104 Social Psychology (4)
PSY 107 Theories of Personality (4)
PSY 109 Lifespan Development (4)
PSY 113 Psychology of Human Relations (4)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (4)
SOC 102 Marriage, Families, and Intimate Relationships (4)
SOC 103 Social Problems (4)
SOC 104 Deviance (4)
SOC 106 Crime and Society (4)
SOC 107 Race and Ethnic Relations (4)
SOC 114 Gender (4)
 
Elective units to bring the total to 90 units.

There are a number of student scholarships that you can apply for each spring. Scholarships make it possible to earn money for college that does not ever need to be repaid. While some of LTCC's scholarships are competitive, there is a wide variety available you can apply for for free that are awarded based on all kinds of qualities and interests.

Greetings! My name is John A. Duerk and I’m the full-time history instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College. While I started teaching here on the South Shore in September of 2018, I’ve been an educator for almost 20 years. My interest in the discipline began long ago when I enrolled in a history class at the local community college near my parent’s home in the Chicago suburbs. My professor, David Hill, inspired me with his knowledge, anecdotes, and humor. I will never forget him. When I transferred to Illinois State University, I knew that history would be my chosen field of study.

What might a student of history do for a career? Well, there’s always teaching at the secondary or college level. However, if a person is not interested in that path, they might enjoy working in a museum, for a historical society, or a public records archive. Others might consider going to law school to become an attorney, or attend graduate school to become a librarian. Moreover, the skills you learn from taking history courses would be very useful in the non-profit sector because research and writing are central to many positions with nongovernmental organizations. Your career could involve advocacy work on reproductive health, the environment, animal protection, or civil liberties. Check out the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook’s page on History, where you can learn more about the current and future job market.

Have a question about the History program at LTCC? Contact the instructor!

 
History
Faculty
  • Dr. John Duerk
    John A. Duerk, Ph.D.
    History/Political Science Instructor