Liberal Arts: History & Political Science

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The Liberal Arts Degree with a History and Political Science Concentration 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 LIBERAL ARTS - HISTORY & POLITICAL SCIENCE
FIRST YEAR
Fall SemesterCLLABCR
LIBA102N Liberal Arts Seminar 2 0 2
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
HIST101N Western Civilization from Ancient Times to 1700 3 0 3
MATH106N Statistics I 4 0 4
GEOG110N World Regional Geography 3 0 3
        16
Spring SemesterCLLABCR
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
POLS101N Introduction to Political Science 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
MATH206N Statistics II 4 0 4
HIST285N Introduction to Historical Research Methods* 3 0 3
        16
SECOND YEAR
Fall SemesterCLLABCR
ECON202N Macroeconomics 3 0 3
General Education Core:  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
General Education Core:  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Science 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Global Awareness*** 3 0 3
        16
Spring SemesterCLLABCR
General Education Core:  History/Political Science** 3 0 3
Open Elective 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Science 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Global Awareness*** 3 0 3
        16

Minimum 64 Credits

A student graduating with a Concentration is 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.

* 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.