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History and Government Concentration

Associate in Arts -  History and Social Sciences Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society Area 2 satisfied by program
World View Area 3 satisfied by program
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Western Civilization to the Renaissance or World Civilization to 1500 HIS101 or HIS111 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Western Civilization from the Renaissance or World Civilization from 1500 HIS102 or HIS112 Choose Sequential Course 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG 095 or placement
State/Local Politics GOV103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Government/Politics in US GOV101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
US History: Colonization through the Civil War HIS151 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
US History: Reconstruction to the Present HIS152 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Foreign Language Elective 3
Foreign Language Elective 3
Literature in America I or Masterpieces of World Lit I LIT203 or LIT211 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature in America II or Masterpieces of World Lit II LIT204 or LIT212 Choose Sequential Course 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Learning community or Elective see note* 3
Elective see note** 3
Total Credits 62
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Behavioral, Social Sciences & Global Learning

Department: History and Social Sciences

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

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*Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

**Note: ECO201 and GOV111 strongly recommended; ECO202, GEO101, and REL111 recommended.

Concentration Overview

This concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities and provides a foundation for advanced studies for students who major in history or political science. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus.

For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer to four-year colleges or universities as juniors. The concentration is excellent preparation for careers in law, teaching, government, museums, or similar public service fields.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry into many of these fields.

Graduate work may be necessary, as well.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand how societies change over time and the implications for today. 
  • Understand the social, political and economic developments of specific societies at specific moments in history. 
  • Use the critical thinking and writing skills developed in the classroom in a variety of academic and employment situations.


Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.