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History, American Transfer AA

Last updated 3/17/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1010

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Mark Esposito, 309-796-5427, espositom@bhc.edu
Jay Pearce, 309-796-5412, pearcej@bhc.edu
James Larrabee, 309-796-5634, larrabeej@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in history at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a history major, students should contact an advisor on the history/political science faculty.

This program provides a broad perspective on the human condition and skills essential to any educated person. Students will study the growth and development, triumphs and tribulations of the human race over the last five thousand years. Students may specialize in American or European history. Whichever choice is made, students should emerge from the program with a much better understanding of how earlier generations created and shaped the civilizations and societies in which we live today. Students who complete this program will have a solid foundation upon which to build a history major at a four-year school.

All history courses at Black Hawk College have significant reading and writing components. Successful completion of these courses requires students to demonstrate college-level abilities in these skill areas.

Students who complete a degree in history may be employed as teachers, college professors, museum workers, archivists, public officials, government employees, corporation executives, etc.

Courses for this program include: »

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HIST 105 History of the United States to 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the history of the United States from the discovery of America through 1865, including settlement and westward expansion, the development of the American government, the growth of the American economy, the evolution of an American style of life and thought, and the development of sectionalism culminating in the Civil War. IAI: S2 900

HIST 106 History of the United States Since 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 105 not required for enrollment.
Examines history of the United States from close of the Civil War through the present, including the rise of the U.S. as a major world power, the continued growth and development of the federal government, efforts to improve the status of minorities and women, the growth of the economy, and the changing pattern of American life. IAI: S2 901

HIST 125 Western Civilization I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the foundations of Western civilization in the ancient near east and the Greco-Roman world, and traces the transmission of ideas from these early cultures to the Medieval world, from the first feudal monarchies to the Protestant Reformation. Among the cultures studied are those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. IAI: H2 901

HIST 127 Western Civilization II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 125 not required for enrollment.
Surveys expansion of Western civilization since the 17th century. Examines the age of kings, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the development of nationalism and industrialism, and the rising tide of violence in the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the spread of Western ideas and institutions throughout the world. IAI: H2 902

HIST 141 History of Asia I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the foundations of Eastern civilization beginning with its origins in the River Valleys of India and China. Particular emphasis is given to the development of major Asian societies, noting the creation of stable political and economic systems, and the stimulation of significant cultural achievements. Among the cultures studied are those of India, China, and Japan. IAI: S2 908N

HIST 142 History of Asia II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the continued development of Eastern civilization in the modern period, noting not only the richness of its cultural achievements, but also the impact of and the responses to the Western imperial presence. Particular emphasis is given to the gradual transformation of Asian societies and the variety of influences which led to political independence in the 20th century. Among the cultures studied are those of India, China, and Japan. IAI: S2 909N

HIST 151 History of the Middle East Since 1700
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys Middle Eastern civilization with an emphasis on the period between 1700 and the present. Includes an examination of political, economic, social and religious development and the current condition of the Middle East. IAI: S2 919N

HIST 222 Comparative Religions
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course compares and contrasts the great religions of the world from the scholarly point of view as they emerged in Asia and developed throughout the world; the course focuses on their beliefs, practices, and work of inspiration. IAI: H5 904N

POLS 122 American National Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the development and operation of the U.S. national system of government; evolution of the Constitution; the organization, powers, and functions of the three branches of government; the practice and limitations of American politics; and the interrelationships with state and local governments. IAI: S5 900

POLS 191 Introduction to Political Science
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to the academic discipline of political science that focuses attention on the nature and scope of political science, the political process, political theories, and the interrelationships of various elements of a political system. IAI: S5 903

POLS 252 State and Local Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the organization and functions of state and local
governments with an evaluation of their roles in the U.S. federal system of government. IAI: S5 902

POLS 262 Intro to Comparative Govt: Non-European
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Comparative analysis of the governmental systems of various non-western nation-states with emphasis on the similarities and differences between the selected governments and the government of the United States. IAI: S5 906N

POLS 271 International Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the basic principles and systems that govern relationships among nation-states as they attempt to cope with problems of the contemporary world. IAI: S5 904

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
POLS 191 — Introduction to Political Science (3)
HIST 125 — Western Civilization I (3)
Physical Science (3-4)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
HIST 127 — Western Civilization II (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Life Science (3-4)
Elective (3)

Third Semester
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
HIST 105 — History of the United States to 1877 (3)
Mathematics (3)
1Non Western Studies (3)
Electives (6-7)

Fourth Semester
POLS 252 — State and Local Government (3)
HIST 106 — History of the United States Since 1877 (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
Electives (4)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Recommended: POLS 262, POLS 271, HIST 141, HIST 142, HIST 151, or HIST 222