Bachelor of American History (BA)

Bachelor of American History (BA)

School of Social and Human Studies

The Bachelor of American History (BA) program objective is to provide students with a rich and complex understanding of U.S. history, society and cultures of the past and present; focusing on literature, social science or history. The degree prepares students for opportunities in business, politics, law, education, government, journalism and other related careers. The Bachelor of American History (BA) program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience (CSUNY) staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Bachelor of American History (BA) curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor.

It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of (CSUNY)’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as (CSUNY) programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at (CSUNY)? (Course and Curriculum)

Core Courses and Topics in American History:

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Colonial America
Early National United States
Civil War and Reconstruction
Emergence of Modern America
Recent America
Vietnam War
the American West
American Foreign Policy
Arkansas and the Southwest
American Constitutional Development
History of American Labor
American Women’s History
Social and Political Thought


Research Project in American History:

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Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of American History graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of American History

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Skills for Success
Interpret complex social issues
Communicate with diverse audiences and constituencies
Engage the public for social change
Research, synthesize and write effectively
Apply skills to conflict, mediation, collaboration, problem-solving and policy-making

Employment Opportunities for American History field
  • Teacher
  • Archival Manager
  • Librarian
  • Records Manager
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Paralegal
Professional Associations

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American Historical Association (AHA)
Urban History Association (UHA)
US History Associations and Societies

Resources and Tools

History – Research Tools | Richland County Public Library
Virtual Library: United States History