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  • B.A. in History

    Learn how societies and cultures of the past help us understand present day events
    Majoring in history builds your critical thinking skills.
    Degree:
    B.A.
    School:
    School of Liberal Arts
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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History B.A. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits

 Major Concentration

History 39 Credits
Open Electives 21 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who Choose the Major Concentration in History Must Complete:

Students must take 10 major courses under the five fields of study: United States; Europe; Asia; Atlantic World; and Ideas, Theories and Practices. For these 10 courses, students must take at least 2 courses in 3 fields of study. No more than 3 courses in each field of study will count towards the major. The 10 major courses must include one 100-level course (designated either HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 105, HIST 106, HIST 117, HIST 118 or HIST 119), three 200-level courses, and six 300-level courses. 

In addition to the 10 fields of study courses, History majors are required to take 3 courses on historical methodology. The first, HIST 220: "Method in the Madness": An Introduction to Historical Research, requires successful completion of ENGL 111 as a prerequisite. The second, HIST 320: Historiographical Methods, may only be taken after the successful completion of 18 credits in history. The final course, HIST 495: Senior Seminar, may only be taken after successful completion of HIST 320. It is recommended that majors should not take more than one additional history course in the same semester as 320 and 495 because these courses require students to create a piece of original research. HIST 320 and HIST 495 may not be taken in the same semester.

Introductory Fields

Students must take at least two course in three fields of study. No more than 3 courses in each concentration will count towards the major.

  • HIST 101 European History to 1500
  • HIST 102 European History Since 1500
  • HIST 105 American History Through 1877
  • HIST 106 American History Since 1877
  • HIST 117 Introduction to Asian History
  • HIST 118 Introduction African History
  • HIST 119 Intro Latin American History

Fields of Study

Students must take at least tow courses in three fields of study. No more than 3 courses in each concentration will count towards the major

American History

  • HIST/ENGL 239 American Studies I
  • HIST 252 African American History to Reconstruction
  • HIST 253 African American History since Reconstruction
  • HIST 254 Latinos/as in the US
  • HIST 321 Amr Gld Age/Prog Era 1877-1920
  • HIST 322 The American Revolution
  • HIST 324 History of the US Since 1941
  • HIST 342 The Early American Republic
  • HIST 344 Slavery & the Civil War
  • HIST 355 Amer Cultural/Intellect Hist
  • HIST/POLS 365 The American Presidnecy
  • HIST/POLS 367 American Foreign Policy
  • HIST 379 History of Family in America
  • HIST 295 Topics in History
  • HIST 395 Advanced Special Topics in History

European History

  • HIST 232 Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 303 The Enlightenment
  • HIST 304 Medieval Culture & Society
  • HIST 308 Europe: Frn Revolt - Great War
  • HIST 309 Europe Upheaval: 1914-Present
  • HIST 310 The History of Central Europe
  • HIST 311 World War II in Europe
  • HIST 314 History of England
  • HIST 327 Twentieth Century Russia
  • HIST 318 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIST 295 Special Topics (as applicable)
  • HIST 395 Advanced Special Topics in History

Asia

  • HIST 223 History of the Middle East
  • HIST 332 China Hist:Antiquity to Presnt
  • HIST 333 Asia in Revolution
  • HIST 295 Special Topics (as applicable)
  • HIST 395 Advanced Special Topics in History (as applicable)

Atlantic World

  • HIST/ENGL 263 The Black Atlantic: Literature/History
  • HIST 336 Africa: Colonial/Independence
  • HIST 295 Special Topics (as applicable)
  • HIST 395 Advanced Special Topics in History (as applicable)

Ideas, Theories and Practices

  • HIST 228 Problems in Gender & Women's History
  • HIST 250 The Immigrant Experience
  • HIST 295 Topics in History
  • HIST 395 Advanced Special Topics in History (as applicable)

Topics Courses (HIST 295 and 395)

Topics courses are offered on occasion in special areas. Topics courses will be slotted under certain fields of study and can be used to fulfill the requirements in those fields

Required

  • HIST 220 "Method in the Madness": An Introduction to Historical Research
  • HIST 320 Historiographical Methods
  • HIST 495 Senior Seminar in History

The major concentration in history has a 21-residency requirement.

The History Minor (15 credits)

Students Who Choose to Minor in the History Concentration Must Complete

Students must take 4 courses at the 200 level and above slotted under the five fields of study: United States, Europe, Asia, Atlantic World and Ideas, Theories and Practices. 

In addition, History Minors are required to take HIST 220: "Method in the Madness" : An Introduction to Historical Research, a course focused upon historical methodology. This requires successful completion of ENGL 111. History minors are not required to take HIST 320 or HIST 495.

The Four-Plus-One Program

History majors planning on pursuing a career in teaching Social Studies at the Middle Childhood and/or Adolescence Education level may apply to the Four-Plus-One Program, offered jointly by the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts. The program is designed to allow majors to begin their Graduate Education coursework during their upper junior year. These courses will be counted jointly toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees. For specific program eligibility and requirements, please refer to the School of Education of this catalog.

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Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Jude Aguwa Professor, Humanities
Robert Murray Chair, Humanities
Andres Matias-Ortiz Associate Dean, Assistant Professor, History
Benjamin Abelson Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Maureen MacLeod Assistant Professor, History

History Overview

We are all historians. From remembering your name to where you parked your car, your sense of what has occurred in the past makes it possible for you to find the right words and make well informed personal and work decisions. 

The value of history cannot be overstated. Without it you cannot understand a culture, a country or the world. Not to mention yourself.

For those who want to make a career in history, Mercy College is a great place to start. Our award-winning full-time faculty hold prestigious degrees and have published scholarly books in several fields. They teach required courses - so you get the attention you deserve. 

Courses for the History major are offered at the Dobbs Ferry and Yorktown campuses every Fall and Spring semester in both day and evening sessions. Selected major level courses are also available online.

History FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

History Fast Facts

  • One of the most affordable private colleges in the nation
  • 30 minutes from Manhattan by car or train
  • Metro North station right on campus
  • Ability to apply to be in our 5-year Education program
  • Award-winning faculty 

Career Opportunities

In addition to the content of history, students are taught to read, write, speak, and think with increased imagination, sophistication, and precision. The History major also provides special training in research and analysis, opening up opportunities in business, law, paralegal work, educational administration, and teaching at the primary, secondary, or college levels.

Five year B.S./M.S. Teacher Education Program

Interested in becoming a teacher? Take a look at our B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program which allows students interested in the teaching profession to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree at an accelerated pace.

If you are interested in becoming an English teacher, you are already part way there, students who major as undergraduates in English may receive certification in Secondary Education, Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education

To learn more please visit the School of Education website.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Critically analyze primary and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geography by identifying counties, capitals, and bodies of water of major geographic regions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical reading and thinking by providing written evaluations of texts
  • Demonstrate historical knowledge of various and specific time periods and geographic regions through quizzes, exams, oral, and written assignments
  • Cite and document sources properly
  • Demonstrate mastery of historical methods, analytical skills, and critical writing by producing an original research project that is well argued, makes use of adequate sources, and uses appropriate citation format (Chicago style)
  • Demonstrate improved writing skills (proficiency in appropriate grammar and syntax)
  • Evaluate primary and secondary sources through an array of writing and oral assignments (reading responses, critical book reviews, class participation, online discussion boards, and research)