Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Arts in History for students who want to develop an understanding of human society, and the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics that influence modern society. Students will develop critical and creative thinking and writing skills in order to understand and analyze history and learn how to navigate and evaluate conflicting pieces of information. The curriculum is based on the humanities and involves critical, historical, and comparative study of texts, practices, and contexts.  

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to philosophy, English composition, west civilizations to the reformation, west civilization since the reformation, women in history, modern Europe to the French revolution, modern Europe since the French revolution, U.S. history to the reconstruction, U.S. history since the reconstructions, women in American history, modern Asian history, African American history, anatomy of piece, Vietnam, contemporary American issues and problems, history of the middle east, and history of the labor movement.  

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to analyze different sources of historical data and create an understanding, to evaluate conflicting information to create historical insights, to develop encyclopedic knowledge of historical events, individuals, and concepts, and to develop the academic requirements to pursue graduate degrees.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.


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