Course instruction will be offered via online and hybrid distance learning modes of instruction for the Summer II Session, with courses meeting synchronously at scheduled times via Zoom or Teams. For the safety of our students and community, the May 2020 Graduation Ceremonies will be provided in a virtual format via YouTube on Saturday, July 11th. Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information. SWTJC will observe summer hours through Friday, July 31st. Office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The current work from home environment is still in place unless instructed otherwise.

Start a Pathway Toward a Career with a Focus on Government and History

Earning an associate’s degree with coursework in government/history provides the foundation for work in the private or public sector. This degree provides the foundation for further study in law, politics, or education.

Government Class

Continue Your Education

An associate’s degree with course work in government/history from Southwest Junior College provides the foundation for transfer to a university. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a major in history/government provides an educational foundation for continued study in areas such as education, law and political science. Completion of a master’s degree opens the door for higher education jobs in colleges and universities.

Career Opportunities

Government and history graduates are found in great numbers among high school and college teachers. Additionally, opportunities exist in the areas of public service, governmental affairs, criminal justice, and law.

Earning Potential

• Attorney - $149,402*
• Postsecondary teacher - $63,116*
• Historian - $69,961
• Secondary school teacher - $57,832

*Source:, 2017 annual median salaries statewide for Texas