BA in History

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in History prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. Students are exposed to the discipline of weighing evidence and evaluating interpretations of great events and significant personalities of the past.  In doing so, they develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in history.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in American history and either world history or Western civilization
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of at least one non-Western region
  • Articulate the distinctiveness and interconnectedness of different periods of history
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and identify their appropriate use in research projects
  • Apply the main approaches and methodologies within the field of history

BA in History Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: History 33
A. Required Courses 15
  • Western Civilization I & II (one year)
  • World History I & II (one year)
  • American History I & II(one year)
  • Non-Western/Non-U.S. History (e.g., Africa, Asia, Latin American, Middle East) (one semester)
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. History Electives*
  • African-American History
  • American Labor History
  • American Social History
  • American Urban History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Classical Greece & Rome
  • England in the Middle Ages
  • History of Mexico
  • History of New Jersey
  • History of Religion
  • History of the Vietnam War
  • Male and Female in American History
  • Modern Britain
  • Modern France
  • Modern Germany
  • The American South
  • The Cold War
  • The Reformation
  • The Renaissance
  • The Supreme Court in American History
  • War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other history courses my be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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