History & Political Science

Day/Evening Program

The Liberal Arts Degree in History and Political Science has been developed to provide the first two years of preparation for a student wishing to complete a bachelor degree with a major in history or political science.  The study of these disciplines is necessary to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as informed and responsible citizens of the local community, the nation, as well as the world.

The coursework is designed for transfer to a four year institution where students may follow a pathway leading to a career in education, government, historic preservation, public policy, or law.

An academic advisor will work with each student to design a specific program of courses that best meets the needs of the student.  An early decision by a student as to the four-year college/university to which he/she plans to transfer will make the advising process more effective.

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN ARTS - HISTORY & POLITICAL SCIENCE
FIRST YEAR
Fall SemesterCLLABCR
ANTH105N Ethnography of Work -OR-
General Education Core Requirement: Behavioral Social Science
3 0 3
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
HIST101N Western Civilization from Ancient Times to 1700 3 0 3
MATH106N Statistics I 4 0 4
        14
Spring SemesterCLLABCR
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  English/Communications 3 0 3
POLS101N
POLS106N
Introduction to Political Science -OR-
The Citizen and Society
3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Science 3 0 3
GEOG110N
GEOG130N
World Regional Geography-OR-
Human Geography
3 0 3
HIST102N Western Civilization From 1600 to the present 3 0 3
        16
SECOND YEAR
Fall SemesterCLLABCR
ECON202N Macroeconomics* 3 0 3
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement:  Science 3 0/2 3/4
General Education Core Requirement:  Global Awareness*** 3 0 3
        15/16
Spring SemesterCLLABCR
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  Behavioral Social Science 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement:  Humanities / Fine Arts 3 0 3
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  Global Awareness*** 3 0 3
 HIST285N  Introduction to Historical Research Methods 3 0 3
15

Total 60/61 Credits

A student graduating with a degree in History and Political Science will be able to:

1.  Utilize knowledge of historical trends, political institutions and processes to evaluate contemporary problems/issues.
2.  Practice collaborative skills that prepare individuals to engage in the democratic society.
3.  Employ the historical method of inquiry as a problem-solving tool.
4.  Identify frame of reference and context when evaluating evidence.
5.  Differentiate between facts and interpretations.
6.  Synthesize multiple perspectives when problem-solving.
7.  Support hypotheses with credible evidence.
8.  Communicate hypotheses effectively - both orally and in writing.
9.  Cite sources using the Chicago Manual of Style.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.

* HIST285N - Introduction to Historical Research Methods will be offered once every two years during the spring semester.  For students who
plan to take historical research methods during their second year, they will choose an open elective in the spring of their first year.

** A minimum of 16 credits must be earned at Nashua Community College, and 8 of those 16 credits must be earned in courses at the 200 level.

*** Depending on a student's transfer pathway, it may be recommended that he/she study two semesters of the same world language.

Program Outcomes

After completion of general education courses, the student will meet the following outcomes:


  1. The student will communicate effectively and fluently; read with comprehension; listen, speak and write competently.

  2. The student will develop skills in reflection, analysis, logical reasoning, and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach conclusions, and solve problems.

  3. The student will evaluate and utilize quantitative and qualitative data and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.

  4. The student will utilize technology to locate, evaluate, organize, and utilize information accurately and responsibly.

  5. The student will acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively as informed and responsible citizens.

  6. The student will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable respect for diversity as well as an awareness of global interdependency.