Curriculum - History, B.A.

Shown below are the curricula for both the liberal arts track and the social studies track of the B.A. in History.

Track I: History Liberal Arts

A. Liberal Education Curriculum

Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.

B. Major requirements 40 credits

[A minimum of 4 courses at the 4000 or 5000 level.]

1. European History: 4 credits (one course)

  • HI2681 Introduction to European History

2. American History: 4 credits (one course) from the following

  • AS2112 American People I
  • AS2122 American People II

3. History of Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

Africa
  • HI3091 African Cultures
  • HI3640 African History
East Asia
  • HI3080 Asian Cultures
  • HI3900 Modern China [study abroad]
  • HI4905 Chinese Civilization
South Asia
  • HI3080 Asian Cultures
  • HI4800 History of India
Middle East
  • HI3835 Islamic Cultures
  • HI4306 Golden Age of Islam
  • HI4308 History of the Modern Middle East
Latin America
  • HI3110 Latin American Culture
  • HI3700 Historical Geography of Latin America
  • PE4690 Politics of Latin America & Caribbean

4. Geography: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

  • HI2810 Geography, Earth, and People
  • HI3600 Global Geography
  • HI3700 Historical Geography of Latin America [if not used for #3 Above]
  • HI4600 World Regional Geography

5. Global Perspective: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

  • HI4001 Nineteenth Century
  • HI4011 Twentieth Century

6. Trans-regional Connections: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

  • HI3610 America’s African Heritage
  • HI3840 Crescent and Cross
  • HI4650 History of African Enslavement;
  • HI4850 Domesticity 19th/20th centuries
  • HI4910 Chinese Diaspora Across the Pacific

7. Historiography: 4 credits (one course)

  • HI4062 Making History

8. History Electives: 12 credits (three courses)

In consultation with an advisor three courses from any of the above courses or from the additional list below:

European and/or World History

  • HI3002 Rise of Reason
  • HI3011 Foundations of the Judeo-Christian Tradition
  • HI3021 Europe in the Middle Ages
  • HI3030 From God to Machine
  • HI3102 Hispanic Heritage
  • HI3455 Modern European Revolutions
  • HI3558 Classical Greco-Roman History
  • HI3703 Modern Philosophy
  • HI4308 History in the Modern Middle East
  • HI4395 Philosophy from the 20th to the 21st Century
  • HI4415 Europe of the Dictators
  • HI4420 Women and Witchcraft
  • HI4557 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • AS2262 African American History I
  • AS2263 African American History II

American History

  • AS2640 U.S. Latina/o History
  • AS3222 Urban History
  • AS3402 Women, Work, and Careers
  • AS3412 African-American Women’s History
  • AS3462 History of Women in the U.S.
  • AS4212 Early America
  • AS4215 Critical Ideas in American History
  • AS4218 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • AS4222 The Emergence of Modern America
  • AS4252 Immigration History
  • AS4282 America in War and Peace, 1898 to 1975
  • AS4283 America between the World Wars
  • AS4285 Vietnam and After
  • AS4290 Youth in America: A History
  • AS4292 America Since World War II: 1945-1989
  • AS4402 History of the Family in the U.S.
  • AS4420 History of New York City and State
  • AS4432 History of the Women’s Movement

ONE of the following with permission of advisor:

  • AS5000 U.S. History in Global Perspectives
  • AS5212 Narrative and History
  • AS5312 History of U.S. Culture
  • AS5350 History of the Slave Narrative
  • AS5412 Protest and Change
  • AS5800 Research in American History and Culture

C. General Electives

In consultation with Academic Advisor

D. Other Requirements

Candidates may not earn more than one grade below C- in the required courses for the degree, whether taken at Old Westbury or elsewhere.

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED           120

Track II: History Social Studies 

A. Liberal Education Curriculum

Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.

B. Major requirements 64 credits

[A minimum of 5 courses at the 4000 or 5000 level.]

1. European History: 8 credits (two courses)

  • HI2681 Introduction to European History [required]

And one course from the following:

  • HI3002 Rise of Reason
  • HI3011 Foundations of the Judeo-Christian

Tradition

  • HI3021 Europe in the Middle Ages
  • HI3030 From God to Machine [if not used for Science/Tech requirement]
  • HI3102 Hispanic Heritage
  • HI3455 Modern European Revolutions
  • HI3558 Classical Greco-Roman History
  • HI4415 Europe of the Dictators
  • HI4420 Women and Witchcraft
  • HI4557 Renaissance and Reformation Europe

2. American History: 16 credits (four courses)

  • AS2112 American People I [required]
  • AS2122 American People II [required]

Two courses from the list below. (Or one required course and three electives with History/Philosophy advisor’s permission)

  • AS2262 African American History I
  • AS2263 African American History II
  • AS2640 U.S. Latina/o History
  • AS3222 Urban History
  • AS3402 Women, Work, and Careers
  • AS3412 African-American Women’s History
  • AS3402 Women, Work, and Careers
  • AS3412 African-American Women’s History
  • AS3462 History of Women in the U.S.
  • AS4212 Early America
  • AS4215 Critical Ideas in American History
  • AS4218 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • AS4222 The Emergence of Modern America
  • AS4252 Immigration History
  • AS4282 America in War & Peace: 1898 to 1975
  • AS4285 Vietnam and After
  • AS4290 Youth in America: A History
  • AS4292 America Since World War II: 1945-1989
  • AS4290 Youth in America: A History
  • AS4402 History of the Family in the U.S.
  • AS4420 History of New York City and State
  • AS4432 History of the Women’s Movement

ONE of the following with permission of advisor:

  • AS5000 U.S. History in Global Perspectives
  • AS5212 Narrative and History
  • AS5312 History of U.S. Culture
  • AS5350 History of the Slave Narrative
  • AS5412 Protest and Change
  • AS5800 Research in American History and Culture
  • PE3850 State and Local Politics
  • PE4655 Constitutional Law and Politics

3. History of Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle

East, and Latin America : 12 credits (three courses) chosen from THREE (3) of the following five world areas:

Africa

  • HI3091 African Cultures
  • HI3640 African History

East Asia

  • HI3080 Asian Cultures [may be used for only one world area]
  • HI3900 Modern China [study abroad]
  • HI4905 Chinese Civilization 

South Asia

  • HI3080 Asian Cultures [may be used for only one world area]
  • HI4800 History of India
  • PE4660 Politics of India and the Region Middle East
  • HI3835 Islamic Cultures
  • HI4306 Golden Age of Islam
  • HI4308 History in the Modern Middle East Latin America
  • HI3110 Latin American Culture
  • HI3700 Historical Geography of Latin America
  • PE4690 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean

4. Global Perspective: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

  • HI4001 Nineteenth Century
  • HI4011 Twentieth Century
  • AS5000 Topics in U.S. History in a Global Perspective
  • PE4580 Origins of the Capitalist Economy
  • PE4590 Global Economy in the 20th Century
5. Trans-regional Connections: OPTIONAL

Majors may opt to replace ONE American (#2), European (#1) or Non-Western (#3) elective with a trans-regional course as indicated below.

  • HI3610 America’s African Heritage (Am OR NW)
  • HI3840 Crescent and Cross (Eu OR NW)
  • HI4650 History of African Enslavement (Am OR NW)
  • HI4850 Domesticity 19th/20th centuries (Eu OR NW)
  • HI4910 Chinese Diaspora (Am OR NW)

6. Science, Technology, and Society: 4 credits (one course)

  • CP2050 Nature & Development of Science
  • HI2200 Science in Western Civilization
  • HI3030 From God to Machine [if not used for European history elective]

7. Geography: 4 credits (one course) from the following:

  • HI2810 Geography, Earth, and People
  • HI3600 Global Geography
  • HI4600 World Regional Geography

8. U. S. Politics: 4 credits (one course)

  • PE2650 Intro to U.S. Politics

9. Economics: 8 credits (two courses) from the following:

  • PE2400 Intro to Political Economy
  • PE2420 Microeconomics
  • PE2430 Macroeconomics

10. Social Studies Senior Seminar 4 credits (one course)

  • HI5000 Social Studies Senior Seminar

C. General Electives

In consultation with Academic Advisor

D. Other Requirements

Candidates may not earn more than one grade below C- in the required courses for the degree, whether taken at Old Westbury or elsewhere.

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 120