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Dutchess Community College Transfer Planning Guide

For students wishing to major in History

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 transferred for major credit from Dutchess Community College and other academic institutions.

Recommended Transfer Equivalencies from Dutchess Community College

The History Department awards credit for Dutchess Community College history courses within the above guidelines and recommends taking a course from each of the 4 geographic areas listed below:

United States

HIS 103 – History of the United States I

HIS 104 - History of the United States II

HIS 121 – The American National Experience

HIS 209 – The History of the African American

HIS 214 – The History of Women in the U.S.

HIS 215 – The History of the City of New York

HIS 216 – The History of Dutchess County

HIS 220 – The War in Vietnam

HIS 225 – History of American Culture


HIS 101 – Western Civilization: Greece and Rome to 1700

HIS 102 – Western Civilization From 1700 to Present

HIS 207 – History of Russia and the Soviet Union

HIS 210 – The Holocaust in History

Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America

HIS 206 – The Latin Americans

World History or Inter-regional Comparative

HIS 107 – History of World Civilizations before 1700

HIS 108 – History of World Civilizations since 1700

Please note: Overseas Study through HIS 181 and HIS 182 credit equivalency depends upon the country.

In addition Binghamton University accepts all General Education requirements awarded at Dutchess Community College and encourages students to concentrate on the writing requirement described below.

Numerous other courses taken at Dutchess Community College can be used as electives at Binghamton University . Other courses from Dutchess may be approved for transfer on a case-by-case basis. All transferred courses must have a letter grade of C- or better.

General Education and the Harpur College Writing Requirement

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.

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For further information on required courses and electives, see the History Department Major Requirements.

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 associate 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

Last Updated: 8/12/16