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BA in History - American History

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program explores the history of Western civilization and the evolution of America, from colonial New England to present times. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program should be interested in developing critical-thinking and research skills through reading, analyzing, and discussing key events that have influenced society. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program at Southern New Hampshire University have the opportunity to study Western civilization. Major courses also explore the history of the United States, including the founding of Jamestown, the Civil War, and the economic, political, and ideological developments that led to the United States becoming a world leader. Concentration courses examine the first colonists, the relationship they had with Native Americans, the struggle against Great Britain, the development of the Constitution, the Cold War period, and the civil rights movement. Additionally, students can learn about African American history through the Civil War, including the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slave life, and emancipation.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Concentration in American 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

American History Concentration Courses

  • Select three of the following:
    • HIS 245: United States History Since 1945
    • HIS 330: Civil War and Reconstruction
    • HIS 332: Colonial New England
    • HIS 357: African American History Through Civil War

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

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 200: Sophomore Seminar
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • SNHU 303: SNHU Experience: Life After SNHU
  • SNHU 404: SNHU Experience: General Education Capstone
  • Choose two of the following:
    • MAT 101: Culinary Mathematics (Culinary Majors Only)
    • MAT 106: Math for Elementary Education I (Education Majors Only)
    • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
    • MAT 140: Precalculus
    • MAT 200: Mathematics for the Humanities
    • MAT 210: Calculus I
    • MAT 230: Discrete Mathematics
    • MAT 240: Applied Statistics
    • MAT XX: Mathematics Elective

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:

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program, students could be prepared to pursue graduate studies in a range of areas. Students who earn a master's degree may be better prepared for more advanced career opportunities or increased responsibilities in their current position. Depending on their professional goals, graduates may be interested master's degree programs such as:

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in American History
  • Master of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in History
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American History program offers students the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in general studies and develop critical-thinking, research, and communication skills that can be applied to a variety of careers. Below are just a few of the career paths graduates of the program could pursue, depending on their professional interests:

  • History Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Political Scientist
  • History Teacher
  • Operations Manager

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