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History Department and Degree Overview

The Associate in Arts in History degree earned at Rose State College fulfills all of the requirements necessary for students to transfer to a history baccalaureate program at a four year college or university. Our general education history degree curriculum includes required course work in U.S., European, and Ancient and Medieval History and is supplemented with related coursework in the areas of African American, American Indian, American West, LBGT, Oklahoma, and Women’s History.

Students who successfully complete the 62 credit hour degree program will not only have familiarized themselves with the complex cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social dynamics and processes that constitute the past, but through critical analysis and inquiry students will develop a greater appreciation of how that past continues to shape the present as well as the future.

Why Choose to Pursue a History Associate in Arts Degree at Rose State College

Not only is Rose State College an affordable and convenient education option for students in the central Oklahoma area, but the College boasts a highly diverse and extremely educated group of historians committed to excellence in teaching. In addition, the small class size, typical of Rose State College, permits students and history faculty to interact on a much more personal level. Indeed, faculty are readily available to help students beyond the limitations of the classroom because Rose State College faculty are committed to and place a high priority on instruction. 

History Faculty

Aaron Bachhofer
B.A. History/Political Science Oklahoma City University
M.A. History University of Central Oklahoma
Ph.D. American History Oklahoma State University

Office: SS113
Phone: (405) 736-6237
email: abachhofer@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:
U.S. History
Modern European History
History of the American West
Oklahoma History
Historical Geography
American Sexuality

Michelle Brockmeier
B.A. History University of Central Oklahoma
M.A. History University of Central Oklahoma

Office: SS121
Phone: (405) 733-7533
email: mbrockmeier@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:
European History
Russian History
Women’s History
U.S. History
Hitler and Nazi Germany
Women’s Studies

Carolyn Cuskey
A.A. Liberal Studies, Rose State College, 1997​​
B.A. History, University of Oklahoma, 1999
M.A. American History, University of Oklahoma

Office: SS119
Phone: (405) 733-7504
email: ccuskey@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:
Social U.S. History
American West
Environmental History
Race Relations

S. Matthew DeSpain
B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Office:SS 120
Phone: (405) 736-7527
email: sdespain@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:
History of the United States
Oklahoma History
History of the American West
Native American History
Federal Indian Policy
Native American Philosophy
Colonial Latin America
American Popular Culture
History of Masculinity

James Hochtritt
B.A. American Studies California State University, Chico
B.A. History California State University, Chico
M.A. American History University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. American History University of Oklahoma

Office: SS136D
phone: (405) 733-7523
email: jhochtritt@rose.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:
U.S. History
African American History
American Indian History

The Value of a History Degree

Numerous opportunities are available for those who earn undergraduate or advanced degrees in history. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Archivist/librarian for a library, museum, or a depository containing history-related collections
  • Consultant or preservationist who advises cities, states, or private contractors who restore historical buildings and sites
  • Corporate historian who catalogs and maintains a company’s history
  • Curator who manages or works at a museum or historical society
  • Editor who works at a press that publishes historical monographs and studies
  • Employment as a researcher for a government agency, the foreign service, or law enforcement
  • National and state monument and park ranger or guide
  • Professor/Teacher employed at public and private schools, colleges, and universities
  • Research Assistant for a publishing company
  • Research/Technical Advisor for the film industry
  • In addition, many students use an undergraduate degree in history as a springboard to law school.

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