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BA in History

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in History program offers students a solid liberal arts foundation intended to support them in their study of United States and world history. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in History program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in History

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Potential applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in History program should have a curiosity about the influence of history on modern times. They may also be preparing for careers in teaching or research. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in History program at Southern New Hampshire University offers coursework that connects history to modern times and helps students better understand the world in which they live through the context of its historical development. Students can study Western civilization from ancient times to present and U.S. history from the founding of Jamestown to present, while designing their curriculum around specific themes, such as political, religious, economic, and social. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical reading and written and oral analysis of historical literature and materials, library research, and resourcing archives.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in History:

History Major Courses

  • HIS 109: Western Civilization I: Prehistory to Renaissance
  • HIS 110: Western Civilization II: Renaissance to Present
  • HIS 113: United States History I: 1607 to 1865
  • HIS 114: United States History II: 1865 to Present
  • HIS 340: Historical Methods
  • HIS 460: History Colloquium
  • HIS ELE: Six History Electives 200- to 400-level

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT ELE: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Liberal Arts Core Courses

  • FAS 201: Intro to the Humanities I: Greece Through the Renaissance
  • FAS 202: Intro to the Humanities II: Baroque Through Modern
  • LIT ELE: Literature Elective (200 Level)
  • HIS ELE: History Elective (200 Level)
  • Choose One:
    • ATH, GEO, GST, POL, PSY, SCS, or SOC Elective
  • Choose One:
    • MAT ELE: Math Elective
    • SCI ELE: Science Elective

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Depending on their professional goals, graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in History program may wish to continue their education with a master's degree. Graduates could pursue a master's degree in history, education, law, or other related fields. Examples of master's programs available include:

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Art History
  • Master of Arts in History for Educators
  • Master of Education in History
  • Master of Arts in History Education

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in History program at Southern New Hampshire University offers students a strong liberal arts education, preparing them for a wide range of industries and entry-level positions. Graduates of the program may pursue history-related employment opportunities in places such as:

  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Historical Societies
  • Schools
  • Research Institutions

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