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West Chester 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 transfer red for major credit from West Chester Community College and other academic institutions.

Recommended Transfer Equivalencies from West Chester Community College

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:

United States

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.

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 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

Last Updated: 8/12/16