History Pathway Associate in Arts

Study the past to make a difference in your future. Careers in history are wide-ranging and intellectually captivating. With the potential to pursue archaeology, academics, archiving or museum curation, this Associate in Arts program gets you started traveling back in time, so you can quickly jump forward to a four-year university.

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Getting Started: Summer 2023

March 13:  Financial Aid

May 1:  Application

May 8:  Classes Begin

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History Pathway
Type: Associate in Arts
Major Code: HIS-HIST
CIP: 1192401010

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Summer 2023

Choose 6 credits from the following list:

6 Credits
Credit for this course is awarded to entering students with appropriate scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in United States History.
This course begins with European arrival in the New World and moves on to colonial America, examining early America regionally. Pre-revolutionary America warrants special attention, including the French and Indian War leading to the Stamp Act and the activities of Boston's "Sons of Liberty." The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are examined in detail. Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, westward expansion and the events and issues leading to the American Civil War conclude the course. The role of women and various ethnic groups in the development of America are considered throughout the course. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course begins with the "Reconstruction" period and examines the problems of reunifying America. The nation's industrial period gets close attention, as does the rise of American cities and their accompanying social and political problems. U.S. Imperialism and the Spanish-American War are examined. The "Progressive" period, which includes emphasis on the American Labor Movement and the demand for women's rights are included. World War I and its aftermath in the "Roaring Twenties" are analyzed. The Great Depression and World War II are detailed. The conflicts of the late twentieth century, including the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam and the American Civil Rights Movement are examined. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for degree seeking students and satisfies the Florida State Civic Literacy requirement per Florida Statutes.
This course examines the major political, social, economic, cultural, military and diplomatic development that shaped the development of the modern American nation since 1945, including World War II, the Cold War, the McCarthy Era, the complacent fifties, the turbulent sixties, the disillusioning seventies and the search for new directions since, to include the 1980's. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course presents the history of Florida from the pre-Columbian era to the present with a special focus on Central Florida. Topics include pre-contact, colonial and modern periods with emphasis on political developments, population growth and associated social, economic and environmental issues.
This course will cover the role of women in American history from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed upon the contributions of women to the development of colonial America and their role in pre-Revolutionary times. A separate section will analyze women during the War of Independence and the writing of the U.S. Constitution. Women during the early Republic on the eve of the Civil War and their role in the Reconstruction of America will likewise be discussed. Also addressed is the topic of women as leaders of the "Progressive" movement and during World War I and World War II. The "Women's Lib" movement of the 1960s and 1970s is examined and the role of women in America today concludes the course. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course analyzes the tribal and national background of Africans before their forced migration to Latin and North America. It examines the so-called "Triangle Trade," Africans in colonial and revolutionary America and the lives of free Black Americans as well as those held in bondage. A close look at the Abolitionist Movement and the American Civil War is included. Prominent African Americans from Benjamin Banneker and Phyllis Wheatley to Martin Luther King and Maya Angelou will be studied. The political, social, economic and religious positions and circumstances of African Americans in the twentieth century will conclude the course. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
In this course, topics of current interest are presented in group instruction. This course may be taken four times for credit.
This course covers topics of current interest.
This course traces the rise of Western civilization from 1000 B.C.E. to the Renaissance, c. 1600. It emphasizes Greek civilization, including drama, mythology, philosophy and the origins of Greek democracy and then examines the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire followed by the rise of Christianity, Islam, the Byzantine Empire, the "Flowering of Medieval Culture" and the Christian Synthesis of the late Middle Ages. The European Renaissance and the Reformation including social, political and philosophical issues will be discussed. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course covers the period from c. 1600 to the present. Topics include the scientific revolution, the rise of absolute monarchy in Europe, the 18th-century Enlightenment and the French Revolution. The impact of Napoleon is addressed as is the Industrial Revolution and the advent of socialism, including Marxism. Cultural ideas from Romanticism to social Darwinism are analyzed. European imperialism, World War I and the rise of fascism lead to a discussion of World War II. The impact of western civilization on Asia, Africa and the Middle East are also considered. The Cold War and the modern period conclude the course. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course is scheduled for individual students who wish to explore topics not covered in the curriculum. The student must present a design of study (learning contract) to the faculty member who is to direct the work. Approval from the dean or director is required prior to registration.
This is a travel/study course combining preparation on campus, foreign travel and study abroad in the discipline of European History. Variable content depending on the program in which the student enrolls and the specific topics to be covered. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure and permission of instructor or dean is required.
This course will cover the history of Latin America from 1492 to the present, emphasizing the multi-racial origins of Latin American countries, the development of political institutions, the relationship between Latin America and the U.S.A. and the response of modern Latin America to the challenges of democracy and economic development. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
Taking both a thematic and chronological approach, this course explores the ways in which peoples across the world have engaged, conflicted and cooperated with one another since 1500 CE. We will emphasize the ways in which individuals and groups have experienced and influenced larger historical trends, including exploration and colonization, the rise of capitalism and challenges to capital, decolonization and globalization. Throughout the semester, we will learn how historians create knowledge and practice historical thinking and skills.
This survey course traces the historical background and development of Christianity from the first century to the Medieval period. There is an emphasis on the Hebraic roots of Christianity, the political and social setting of Palestine during the time of Jesus of Nazareth and the problems involved in the so-called, "Quest for the Historical Jesus." The missionary work of St. Paul is closely examined, as is emerging Christian doctrine between 100 and 500 C.E. Philosophical and spiritual alternatives to Christianity are also analyzed, as is Christianity's relationship to the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Everyday life and forms of worship among Christians are studied, as is Christianity as a political institution. While matters of faith and doctrine are discussed, the course perspective is historical rather than religious. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course covers topics of current interest.
Total Credits: 60

Gen Ed Core   Denotes that a class is a State of Florida General Education Core Course.

Beginning in the 2022-23 academic year and thereafter, students entering associate in arts, associate in science or associate in applied science, or baccalaureate degree programs must complete at least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed in this section prior to the awarding of their degree. Please refer to this catalog's Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the General Education Core Courses .

Civic Lit   Denotes that a class counts toward the course Civic Literacy Requirement.

The State of Florida requires that all students graduating from Seminole State College of Florida and other institutions in the Florida College System (FCS), as well as from any State University System (SUS) institution, fulfill a Civic Literacy Competency requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. Requirements vary based on admit term and program. Please refer to this catalog’s Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the Civic Literacy Proficiency Requirement.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Per Florida Statute 1007.25, "Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language." Please refer to this catalog's Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on Foreign Language Proficiency.

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