At a Glance

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
120 Total Credits
39 General Education Credits
54 Program Credits
27 Elective Credits

Students of history study how the world was, in order to better understand how the world is. The political, cultural, economic, religious, intellectual, and social aspects of our development, as well as the different interpretations of those historical events, are the key areas of our study.

Students will take foundation courses in American, Regional, and World History, as well as courses in historical research. These, combined with the courses in the core curriculum, give the history student a strong base for both their undergraduate and future study. Our tools, which are found through the use of historical research, are written sources of a published and unpublished nature, recorded and digital sources, and interview sources. The program is designed so that students are able to minor in areas of their choosing and select electives that will help prepare them for graduate school in History, Law, or Teaching.  Students interested in law or teaching would work closely with the program director in choosing the proper electives or minor to prepare them for advanced study.

    • The student will demonstrate proficiency in historical information (“facts”) across a wide spectrum of areas (political, social, intellectual, economic, religious), a wide range of societies and nations, and a wide span of historical time. This information will come both from extensive reading of the sources, as well as the development of the ability to find those sources through historical research.
    • The student will demonstrate an ability to critically interpret the vast array of historical facts that come with advanced reading in the subject (i.e., critical thinking toward developing their own thesis), an ability which may lead to their challenging a prevalent historical perspective.
    • The student will demonstrate an ability to present and defend their historical thesis both in oral presentation, digital format, and writing.
    • History students study both American and Regional History.
    • History students have the option to participate in an internship (e.g., law office, social studies classroom, museum, archives, public history setting).
    • History students have a flexible foreign language requirement.
    • History students have the option to choose a number of minors (e.g., pre-law, education, economics, business, English, communications, gender studies) that fit their career goals.
    • History students are advised with an eye toward both their future career goals and their graduate and professional school aspirations (e.g., teaching certification, law school, doctoral program in history).

    After studying in a field that requires rigorous critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills, history students are employable in virtually every field of endeavor. You will find history students working in business, communication, publishing, and research settings – all of which are available to the Cazenovia College history student through internship opportunities. History students also go on to graduate school to gain their certification in Secondary History/Social Studies, and to law school—planning for both of these opportunities, through minors and work with academic advisors, are available through the Cazenovia College History program.


    Course (Credits) 

    First Year Seminar (3)
    Written Communication (6)
    Spoken and Interpersonal Communication (6)
    Computer Literacy (0)
    Ethics (3)
    Quantitative Literacy (3)
    Cultural Literacy (3)
    Scientific Literacy (3-4)
    Diversity and Social Consciousness (3)
    Visual Literacy (3)
    Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy: HG 375 Historical Methods (3)
    Senior Capstone: HG 499 (3)

    Total General Education Credits - 39

    Course (Credits) 

    HG 101 World Civ I (3)
    HG 102 World Civ II (3)
    HG 121 U.S. History to 1877 (3)
    HG 122 U.S. History 1877 to Present (3)
    SB 201 Multicultural Contributions (3)
    LG ___ Language Course* (6)
    SB 130 Introduction to Sociology or SB 110 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    PS 120 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    HG 141 U.S. Government and Politics (3)
    HG 131 Microeconomics or HG 132 Macroeconomics (3)
    HG 315 Historical Theory (3)
    HG 100-200 World/European History (3)
    HG 300/400 World/European History (6)
    HG 300/400 U.S. History (3)
    HG 300/400 History (6)

    Total Program Credits - 54

    Course (Credits) 

    100-400 level open electives (6)
    300-400 level arts and sciences (21)

    Total Elective Credits - 21