The Department of History offers a wide variety of courses exploring human societies over time and across the globe. For a major, History requires a minimum of 10 courses distributed as follows:
Four courses: one from each of the following areas: (1) United States , (2) Europe, (3) a third area, e.g., Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America , and (4) world history or inter-regional comparative history.
At least five 300 or 400 level courses, one of which must be a senior seminar.
At least one other history course. However 100 level or introductory courses do not count if taken in the junior and senior year. Only four 100 level (including no more than two courses numbered 101, 102, 103 or 104) may be considered toward the major.
Only one independent study (HIST 397) may satisfy the major requirements
Only one major requirement may be taken under P/F
Advanced Placement credit does not count toward the major.
Honors courses do not count toward the major (HIST 498-499)
No more than four courses may be transfer red for major credit from West Chester Community College and other academic institutions.
The History Department awards credit for West Chester Community College history courses within the above guidelines and recommends taking a course from each of the 4 geographic areas listed below:
HIS 110A – U.S. History Colonial-1800
HIS 111A –19 th Century U.S. History
HIS 112 – Twentieth Century United States History
HIS 112H – Twentieth Century United States History
HIS 113 – US Constitutional History
HIS 121 – African-American History
HIS 123 – The American Presidency
HIS 101A – western Civilization to 1648
HIS 102A – Western Civilization II 1648-1914
HIS 115 – Modern Europe
Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America
HIS 119 – Modern Latin America
HIS 128 – African History to 1600
HIS 129 – Caribbean History
HIS 131 – Modern Africa
World History or Inter-Regional Comparative
HIS 104 – Global History to1648
HIS 106 – Global History from1648
HIS 107H – Topics Global History - Honors
In addition Binghamton University accepts all General Education requirements awarded at West Chester Community College and encourages students to concentrate on the writing requirement described below.
Numerous other courses taken at West Chester Community College can be used as electives at Binghamton University . Other courses from West Chester may be approved for transfer on a case-by-case basis.
All transferred courses must have a letter grade of C- or better.
Numerous courses in the History major will help you complete the Global Inter-dependencies (G) requirement, Pluralism in the United States (P) and the Social Science (N) requirements. We recommend completing other General Education requirements before transferring to Binghamton .
The Harpur writing requirement consists of 4 writing intensive courses. Students may transfer in a maximum of one composition course (C) and two writing (W) courses.
Review frequently-asked questions here.
Download the most recent Gen Ed checklist at http://gened.binghamton.edu.
For further information on required courses and electives, see the History Department Major Requirements here.
Please note: This transfer guide outlines a plan of study that allows for efficient completion of the bachelor's degree program with full recognition of transfer credit equivalencies. Admission to Binghamton University is very competitive and satisfactory completion of equivalent courses or an Associates Degree is not a guarantee of admission.
If you have any questions about the History major, please contact:
Professor Elisa Camiscioli, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History
607 777-6716 or UHISTORY@binghamton.edu
Last Updated: 7/12/10