History

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Penn 301 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1196

The study of history and the practice of historical reasoning assist the development of higher level thinking - an intellectual ability with academic and everyday applications. Through research and writing, history majors at Bucks County Community College constantly develop higher level thinking by exercising their critical and analytical muscles. With an eye towards identifying the relationship between the past and present, and the world and nation, the history program immerses students in the perspectives of past civilizations and cultures and leads them to debate and assess the historical genesis of contemporary issues.

This program provides a broad range of transferable courses that inspires students to examine and explore historical knowledge while developing the skills necessary to seek answers that enhance a greater understanding of our nation and world.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the American historical heritage;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Western historical heritage; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical heritage of at least one Non-Western culture;
  • Analyze recent historical literature in the discipline’s major journals; and
  • Write historical reports using the University of Chicago style.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4,10
3
HIST151
U.S. History I 1,2,3
3
HIST152
U.S. History II 1,2,3
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilization I 1,2,3
OR
HIST112
History of Western Civilization II 1,2,3
3
HIST113
Global History: Ancient and Medieval World 1,2,3
OR
HIST114
Global History: Modern World 1,2,3
3
HIST290
History Seminar E,9
3
GEOG110
World Geography 2,3,8
3
History Elective F 3
Social ScienceB 6
Arts/Humanities B 6
General Electives G 12
Quantitative Literacy A,C,6 3-4
Scientific Literacy D,7 3-4
Total Credit Hours 60-62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full time students who average l5 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
HIST151
U.S. History I 1,2,3
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilization I 1,2,3
OR
HIST112
History of Western Civilization II 1,2,3
3
Scientific Literacy D 3
General Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4,10
3
HIST152
U.S. History II 1,2,3
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,4,5
3
HIST113
Global History: Ancient and Medieval World 1,2,3
OR
HIST114
Global History: Modern World 1,2,3
3
Quantitative Literacy A,C 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
GEOG110
World Geography 2,3,8
3
History Elective F 3
General Elective G 3
Social Science B 3
Arts/Humanities B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
General Elective G 6
Social Science B 3
Arts/Humanities B 3
HIST290
History Seminar E,9
3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Choose from MATH101,MATH115, MATH117, MATH120, MATH122, MATH125 and MATH140.
D Choose from BIOL101,CHEM101, CHEM121, SCIE101, SCIE102, SCIE103.
E Course requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.
F Choose from HIST 100, 101, 121, 126, 131, 136, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 146, 149, 153, 154, 155, 156, 159, 160, 170, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 190, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 214, 216, 218, 219, 239, 281, or 288.
G Can be any course, but six consecutive credits of a foreign language are recommended.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing