Liberal Arts: History Concentration, Associate in Arts



The Liberal Arts program offers students planning to complete a bachelor's degree a strong foundation in both general education and a selected field of concentration. The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements for the first two years of BA programs at many of the schools to which Northampton students commonly transfer. Northampton has also negotiated a number of Liberal Arts transfer agreements, including dual admissions agreements, with many regional colleges and universities.

Liberal Arts majors often go on to careers in communications, management, public relations, marketing, and the arts. Their generalist background makes them readily employable at many levels in a wide range of career choices.


The program is both solid and flexible and provides an excellent, tailored preparation for transfer. Students who are undecided about their future major can explore different options by taking elective courses in various departments. Or electives can be chosen to concentrate in English, History, Philosophy, Sociology, or Women's and Gender Studies, in order to prepare to major in these disciplines at a transfer institution. Students are encouraged to start taking classes in the chosen concentration in the first semester.

Freedom of choice in this major extends to scheduling as well: courses are available both day and evening, on campus or online.


English Concentration

Students may begin their path to a BA in English or a related field by using the elective credits in the Liberal Arts program toward a concentration in English. To complete the concentration students may select four courses from any of the 200 level English courses.

In English courses students learn how to read and analyze pieces of writing and to respond critically in their own words. A major in English is widely applicable to future careers in journalism, publishing, teaching, business and government. 

History Concentration

Students may begin their path to a BA in History by using the elective credits in the Liberal Arts program toward a concentration in History. Students may select 12 credits from any of the history courses.

History is a way of studying the past in order to understand the present. It focuses on how societies, cultures, institutions, and even ideas change over time. The richness of a concentration in this field might include learning Ancient, Modern, European, Eastern, and various aspects of American history. Intellectually, historians subject evidence, such as documents and secondary sources, to critical analysis. The reading, thinking, and writing required in the history concentration provide an excellent foundation to a wide range of majors and occupations that value these skills.

Philosophy Concentration

Students may prepare for a BA in Philosophy, or begin a pathway to a variety of degrees and careers including law, teaching, and public service, by using the elective credits in the Liberal Arts program toward a concentration in Philosophy. Students need to complete Introduction to Philosophy, and select three additional courses from the following: On Death and Dying, World Religions, Ethics and Moral Problems, Asian Philosophies, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy or Existentialism.

Philosophy makes life more intellectually interesting, deeply meaningful, and ultimately rewarding. Training includes analysis, argument, interpretation, judgment, creative and critical thinking. Students learn reading, reasoning, speaking, and writing at advanced levels - all transferable skills, for further academics and employment. 

Sociology Concentration

Students may begin their path to a BA in Sociology or a related field by using the elective credits in the Liberal Arts program toward a concentration in Sociology. Students must take Cultural Anthropology and Principles of Sociology, and may select the remaining two courses from American Ethnicity, Sociology of Families, Issues in Genocide & Mass Violence, Deviance, Sociology of Gender, and Social Problems.

Sociology allows students to study the society they live in by examining various groups within societies, cultural traditions, and social problems. Students learn the skills of observation, critical thinking, and writing.

Women's and Gender Studies Concentration

Students may begin their interdisciplinary work in Women's and Gender Studies by applying the elective credits in the Liberal Arts program toward this concentration. To complete the concentration, students may take any four of the following: 20th Century Literature by Women, Psychology of Sex and Gender, Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, and Women and Politics.

Courses in Women's and Gender Studies allow students to understand and develop an awareness of the impact of gender on the human condition as reflected in the sciences and arts as well as in day-to-day life. Students will be able to communicate and use critical thinking skills in evaluating gender theory as they apply it to disciplines including psychology, sociology, literature, political science and others. Given that gender is a universal human condition, a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies is appropriate for students on virtually any educational path, but is especially valuable for those interested in pursuing a career in the social sciences.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.

Transfer to majors in: English, History, Philosophy, Sociology

NCC students have transferred to: East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, West Chester University, Moravian College, DeSales University, Albright College, Cedar Crest College, Penn State, Temple University


Graduates of the program will:

  • Understand the historical and cultural contexts of contemporary civilization.
  • Evaluate and discuss diverse points of view.
  • Communicate ideas effectively.
  • Speak and understand a modern language other than English.
  • Retrieve, evaluate, and apply information from a range of sources.
  • Develop strategies for solving both abstract and practical problems.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

HISTHistory Elective ++

3 credits

MATHMathematics Elective (QL)

3/4 credits


SOCA102Cultural Anthropology

3 credits


SOCA103Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Second Semester

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

PSYC103Introduction to Psychology

3 credits


Science Elective (SCI)

3/4 credits


THEA110Introduction to the Theatre

3 credits


MUSC101Introduction to Music

3 credits


ARTA101Art History Survey

3 credits


DANC101Dance History

3 credits


Concentration Elective*

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Third Semester

MDLAModern Language +

3 credits

PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective

3/4 credits

Concentration Elective*

3 credits

Elective ++

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Fourth Semester

Concentration Elective*

3 credits

MDLAModern Language +

3 credits

ENGLLiterature Elective ++

3 credits

Directed Elective +++

3 credits

Elective ++

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 61-64

The Mathematics (QL) and Science (SCI) electives must be selected from the list of approved general education courses in each of those categories.

One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).

Two courses must be completed as Writing Intensive (WI).

+Modern Language Elective:  Six (6) credits of the same modern language are required for graduation.


*Concentration Electives

HIST103, HIST113, HIST121, HIST123, HIST140, HIST153, HIST163, HIST165, HIST166, HIST168, HIST173, HIST183, HIST210, HIST211


++History Elective, Literature Elective, and Electives

History Elective: HIST103, HIST113, HIST121, HIST123, HIST153, HIST163, HIST165, HIST166, HIST168, HIST173, HIST183, HIST210, HIST211

English Literature Elective:  ENGL201G, ENGL203G, ENGL205G, ENGL250G, ENGL251G, ENGL255G, ENGL256G, ENGL257G, ENGL260G, ENGL264G, ENGL265G


Biological Science: any BIOS except not both BIOS105 and BIOS107

Chemistry:  any CHEM except CHEM011, CHEM121, CHEM135

Communications:  all CMTH except CMTH180, CMTH182, CMTH185, CMTH240, CMTH252

Computer and Information Science:  CISC101, CISC115

Economics:  only ECON201

English:  only ENGL201G, ENGL203G, ENGL205G, ENGL211G, ENGL250G, ENGL251G, ENGL253, ENGL255G, ENGL256G, ENGL257G, ENGL258, ENGL260G, ENGL264G, ENGL265G, ENGL267

Geography:  any GEOG

Geology:  only GEOL201

History:  any HIST

Humanities: any HUMA

Journalism:  JOUR101, JOUR204

Mathematics:  any MATH except MATH020, MATH022, MATH026, MATH028, MATH103, MATH118, MATH119

Modern Languages: any MDLA

Music: any MUSC

Philosophy: any PHIL

Physical Education: any PHED to a maximum of 2 credits

Physics:  any PHYS except PHYS215, PHYS225

Political Science: any POLS

Publishing: any PUBL

Psychology: any PSYC

Sociology/Anthropology: any SOCA


+++  Directed Electives

ECON201, GEOG121, GEOG140, GLBL130, HUMA140, INTS250, POLS101, POLS105G, POLS150, POLS110, POLS202, POLS205POLS251