Liberal Arts: 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‚Äôs major journals; and
  • Write historical reports using the University of Chicago style.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking G,3
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,G,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
HIST151
U.S. History I
3
HIST152
U.S. History II
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilization I
OR
HIST112
History of Western Civilization II
3
HIST113
Global History: Ancient and Medieval World
OR
HIST114
Global History: Modern World
3
HIST290
History Seminar G
3
GEOG110
World Geography
3
History Elective H 3
Social Perspectives C 6
Cultural Perspectives C 6
General Electives I 6
College Level Math A,D 3
College Level Science E 3
Personal Health B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge F,G,4
3
Total Credit Hours 60

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,1
3
HIST151
U.S. History I
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilization I
OR
HIST112
History of Western Civilization II
3
College Level Science E 3
Personal Health B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
HIST152
U.S. History II
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking G,3
3
HIST113
Global History: Ancient and Medieval World
OR
HIST114
Global History: Modern World
3
College Level Math A,D 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
GEOG110
World Geography
3
History Elective H 3
General Elective I 3
Social Perspectives C 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
General Elective I 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Social Perspectives C 3
HIST290
History Seminar G
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge F,G,4
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 Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
D Choose from MATH101, MATH102, MATH115, MATH117, MATH120, MATH122, MATH125 and MATH140.
E Choose from BIOL101, BIOL102, BIOL110, CHEM101, CHEM121, SCIE101, SCIE102, SCIE103.
FAny INTG course may be chosen.
GCourse requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.
HChoose 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.
ICan be any course, but a foreign language is recommended.

1 Satisfies College Level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

*Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied,” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except credits in social perspectives, mathematics or science, English and three credits in integration of knowledge.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.