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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Baseball and American Culture (HIS-408)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

May 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: achieve familiarity with the evolution of modern baseball: identify leaders of organized baseball and the impact they had on the game; identify baseball players who made a major impact on the game and why; trace various styles of play in baseball history, reasons for changes in style, and the impact of the various styles on the game; deduce inferences about American culture from its relationship with baseball; assert the role of economics on the development of baseball; explain the historic changes in the relationship between labor and management in baseball and the consequences of these changes; explain reasons for the popularity of baseball over the years; discover the causes of failure for various historical baseball leagues; and illustrate the effect of trends in American society on the game of baseball.


Baseball and American Culture assesses students’ knowledge of the history of baseball and its relationship with American culture. The course traces the evolution of  baseball from various bat and ball games through the beginnings of organized baseball in the 1800s until the modern major leagues of today.  Students examine how wars, drugs, and changes in economic conditions, racial views, and labor relationships affected the game.  Students become acquainted with how baseball is represented in American culture, from its role in uniting the nation to its role in literature and film.  Other topics focus on important players and management figures and their impact on the game, and how they fit into the American culture of their times.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, American History, Liberal Arts, or Social Sciences (5/23).