Liberal Arts: History, AA

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The major in Liberal Arts: History is designed for those students who have a strong interest in learning about history — including the history of regions, nations, peoples, and more — and for students that plan to become history majors in four-year institutions.

Are You Interested In...

  • Understanding how the past has influenced the present?
  • Thinking about major moments in the development of a society?
  • Studying how social movements have shaped the world?
  • Gathering and analyzing evidence?

Skills You Will Learn

  • How to interpret conflicting ideas and evidence
  • Interpret and explain the significance of historical documents
  • Develop strong research skills
  • Critical thinking

What makes this major unique?

The Liberal Arts: History option is specifically designed for students who want to study history and historical topics. More broadly focused than the Women and Gender Studies option or the Political Science option, this option encourages students to investigate historic events and interpret them through a variety of contemporary lenses.

Career Possibilities

In most cases a Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum requirement for employment in the field of history. Many careers will require an advanced degree. As a liberal arts major, the History Option provides students with a broad education that provides in-demand skills, including critical thinking, communication in multiple modes, and global literacy. Any liberal arts student is well-positioned for transfer to 4-year colleges and eventually graduate or professional schools to pursue a variety of careers.

Transfer Possibilities

  • All CUNY Senior colleges offer a BA in History
  • BA in Art History
  • BA in Education

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I* 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
HUA101 Introduction to Art
HUA103 Beginning Drawing
HUA110 Beginning Painting
HUA120 Beginning Sculpture
HUA130 Beginning Photography
HUC101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
HUC106 Public Speaking
HUC150 The Art of Film
HUC270 American Film
HUM101 Introduction to Music
HUM155 Voice I
HUM170 Guitar I
HUM210 American Music
HUN195 Art in New York
HUP101 Introduction to Philosophy
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues
HUP105 Philosophy of Religion
HUP106 Social and Political Philosophy
HUT101 Art of Theatre
HUT110 Acting I
Social Science: 18 Credits
Select four of the following courses: 12 Credits
SSH101 Themes in American History to 1865
SSH102 Themes in American History since 1865
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
SSH113 Modern Chinese History
SSH114 Modern Japanese History
SSH121 Ancient Greek Civilization
SSH122 History of the Roman State and People
SSH131 Latin American History 1
SSH132 Latin American History 2
SSH151 Women and Gender in US History
SSH153 History of US Foreign Policy & International Relations
SSH171 The World Since 1900
SSH231 Afro-American History
SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
Select two of the following: 6 Credits
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE103 Introduction to Microeconomics
SSE104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics
SSP250 Political Ideas and Ideologies
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
SSY101 General Psychology

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