The History major is an important component of the liberal arts curriculum. Historical inquiry provides broad understandings of the institutional and cultural foundations of contemporary civilizations.
In its attention to research, writing, and critical analysis, the history major prepares the student in the lifelong habits of a self-educating person. History graduates pursue a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors: teaching, business, government, public administration, and archival and museum work. History is also an excellent preparation for a career in law. Successful completion of a senior thesis is a requirement for graduation.
|General Education Program|
|Quantitative Literacy (QR)||3-4|
|Oral Communications (OC)||3|
|Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)||3|
|Religious Studies (RS)||3|
|Freshman Seminar (FS)||1|
|Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)||6|
|Natural & Physical World (NPW)||6-10|
|Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)||6|
|Environment & Human Experience (SEH)||6|
|World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)||6|
|Select one Humanities course 2000 level or higher||3|
|Select any six credit combination of the following:||6|
Foreign language courses in sequence
Information Technology (IT) courses in sequence 1
|HIS-1201||US History 1896 to Present||3|
|HIS-1302||Survery of World History Since 1500||3|
|Select five 2000 level HIS courses (At least one course from each geographic category: Europe, Global, United States)||15|
HIS 2101-2199 Lecture Series
|World in the 20th Century|
|Latin American History|
|Modern European History: 1560-1763|
|Modern European History: The Long Nineteenth Century|
|New York on Location: Walking Tours in The City|
|US History Age of Discovery 1789|
|History of the United States 1789-1896|
|Select five 3000 level HIS courses (At least one course from each geographic category: Europe, Global, United States)||15|
|Women in the Twentieth Century World|
|Survey of United States Foreign Relations|
|The Atlantic World|
|Renaissance and Reformation|
|History of Britain|
|Race and Ethnicity in American Life|
|History of the African American|
|History of American Labor|
|Survey of United States Foreign Relations|
|American Cultural History - Colonial Era To Present|
|New York City in the American Urban Experience.|
|Famous Trials: Landmark Legal Cases In American History|
|HIS-3998||Historical Methods and Historiography||3|
|HIS-4998||Historical Seminar 2||3|
|ECO-1201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|PSC-1204||American National Government||3|
|Liberal Arts 3||9|
in addition to IT-1001 Computer Tools Computer Tools
The successful completion of HIS-4998 Historical Seminar satisfies the College’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis requirement.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete 2/3 of their degree credits (i.e. minimum 90 credits) from courses in the Liberal Arts category. For specific academic subjects, see here.
The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.
As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly-based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines intersect and differ, and assists in cultivating a disposition for lifelong learning.
Institutional Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate sensitivity to creative expression
- Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
- Employ critical and analytical skills
- Value diverse perspectives of the human experience
- Implement information, technology and media literacy
- Demonstrate quantitative literacy
Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)
To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of any college degree program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Each student is required to successfully complete one course in each of the areas of the First Year College.
Bodies of Knowledge (30 credits)
A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Each student is required to successfully complete two different courses in each of the five Bodies of Knowledge.