History, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Requirements for Majors

History majors are required to maintain a major GPA of 2.0 or higher. The GPA in the major is calculated from courses in the major based in the major department only, and that have been taken at City College or through ePermit, including all courses in excess of the minimum required for the degree. In addition, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and above to graduate with a BA in History. Students must take a total of 11 History courses for a total of 33 credits.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST 21300The Historian's Craft

3

10 electives (of which no more than 4 shall be 200-level)

Up to two related courses (6 cr.) may be taken outside the History Department, subject to the approval of an advisor or the department Chair.

Choose 2 Courses Each from among the Following 3 Categories:

  • The Americas (Latin America and U.S.)
  • Asia, Africa, the Middle East
  • Europe
Course NumberTitleCredits

The Americas

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST 24000The United States: From Its Origins to 1877

3

HIST 24100The United States: Since 1865

3

HIST 28000Latin America in World History

3

HIST 28100Colonial Latin America

3

HIST 28200Modern and Contemporary Latin America

3

HIST 32100Early America: From Settlement to the Great Awakening

3

HIST 32200The Era of the American Revolution

3

HIST 32300The New Nation, Slave and Free

3

HIST 32400The Era of Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840-1877

3

HIST 32501The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1920

3

HIST 32600The U.S. from 1914-1945

3

HIST 32700The U.S. Since 1945

3

HIST 36100The Writing of American History

3

HIST 36300African-American History to Emancipation

3

HIST 36500African-American History from Emancipation to the Present

3

HIST 36600U. S. Women's Movement

3

HIST 37000American Legal History

3

HIST 37500U.S. South

3

HIST 37800American Liberalism

3

HIST 44000Labor, Technology, and the Changing Workplace

3

HIST 44100The History of American Labor

3

HIST 44800American Urban History

3

HIST 44900Power, Race, and Culture: The History of New York City

3

HIST 45100Comparative Slavery

3

HIST 47700The Vietnam War and U.S. Society

3

HIST 48100Power and Resistance in Latin America

3

HIST 48200Women and Gender Relations in Latin America

3

HIST 21001-21999Special Topics in History

3

HIST 31100-32000Selected Topics in History

3

Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST 25100Traditional China

3

HIST 25300Modern China

3

HIST 25400Traditional Japan

3

HIST 25500Modern Japan

3

HIST 26200The Middle East Under Islam

3

HIST 26300Traditional Civilization of India

3

HIST 26400Modern India

3

HIST 27600Africa And The Modern World

3

HIST 27700Africa Since Independence

3

HIST 33350Twentieth-Century China

3

HIST 33450China's "Cultural Revolution," 1966-1976

3

HIST 33550Japanese Society since WWII

3

HIST 33800Islamic Political Movements

3

HIST 34450The Modern Middle East

3

HIST 37600Women of the African Diaspora

3

HIST 43000France and Francophone Africa

3

HIST 45100Comparative Slavery

3

HIST 45400Science and Technology in China

3

HIST 46400Science and Technology in China

3

HIST 46600The Japanese Empire in the 20th Century

3

HIST 46700The Pacific War, 1931-1945

3

HIST 46800Architecture in Modern India

3

HIST 46900Indian Cinema and Popular Culture

3

HIST 47000Religions of India

3

HIST 47100Pakistan: Religion, Military, and the State

3

HIST 48500Women and Gender in the Middle East

3

HIST 48600Arab-Israeli Conflict

3

HIST 48700Islamic Poilit Mvmt

3

HIST 48800History of African Nationalist Thought

3

HIST 49100Decolonization in Africa and the Caribbean

3

HIST 21001-21999Special Topics in History

3

HIST 31100-32000Selected Topics in History

3

Europe

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST 20100The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece

3

HIST 20200The Ancient World: Rome

3

HIST 20400Early-Modern Europe

3

HIST 20600Modern Europe

3

HIST 32500The Age of the Renaissance

3

HIST 32850The French Revolution

3

HIST 32950History of the Soviet Union

3

HIST 34200The History of Medicine

3

HIST 35000The Scientific Revolution

3

HIST 35100The Age of Enlightenment

3

HIST 35101Science, Technology, and Modernity

3

HIST 35200Intellectual History of Modern Europe

3

HIST 35700History of Socialism

3

HIST 37900The Collapse of Communism and Post-Soviet Europe

3

HIST 41201Law & Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

3

HIST 41600The Early-Modern European City

3

HIST 42000The Modern European City

3

HIST 42100Work and Welfare in Modern Europe

3

HIST 42300Psychiatry, Madness, and Society

3

HIST 42400The Great War

3

HIST 42500Age of Dictators

3

HIST 42900Minorities in Modern Europe

3

HIST 43000France and Francophone Africa

3

HIST 44500European Land Empires

3

HIST 49300Einstein and His World

3

HIST 21001-21999Special Topics in History

3

HIST 31100-32000Selected Topics in History

3

4 Additional Electives of the Student’s Choosing

Course NumberTitleCredits

Total Credit Hours: 33

Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Students wishing to teach history in secondary schools must be certified in the area of Social Studies. Major requirements are listed below. Students should also consult Professor Shira Epstein (School of Education).

Required Courses

Two courses in American History 6
Two courses in European History
6
One course in two of the following areas: Asian History, African History and Latin American History 6
Additional History courses in one area (American, African, Asian, European) 12
Additional History Elective 3
Upper division course in Economics or Political Science 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:36

Total Credit Hours Required for obtaining a B.A. degree: 120, at least 90 of which must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (RLA).


General Education Requirements ("Pathways")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students. See the General Education Requirements (“Pathways”) section of the Bulletin for more information.