Dec 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

History, B.A.

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Every person, every place, everything on earth has a history, a story of its past that can help us understand human existence and human behavior. The History Program’s major and minor draw upon a broad curriculum that encompasses regional, national, and international history, as well as such special topics as the revolutions in history and diplomatic history. The History Program offers two types of majors. The Bachelor of Arts degree has the traditional emphasis on language skills, especially through study of a foreign language. It is a good choice for students thinking about postgraduate study. The Bachelor of Science degree develops basic capabilities in statistics and computer science. It is a good choice for students interested in the modern social science approach to historical understanding.

The great advantages of historical study are:

  1. Emphasis on developmental and evolutionary aspects of human experience.
  2. Examination of many different fields of human activity.
  3. Use of insights and methods of many other fields.

Students completing a bachelor’s degree in history may enter professional practice in academic history (teaching and writing), public history (archives and special research, consultancy) or publishing (print, electronic, film and television documentary). The history major also provides excellent preparation for careers in law, government, politics, foreign service, historical preservation and journalism.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements (30-33 Credit Hours)

For details on the required courses, refer to the Core Curriculum   program. 

Major Electives (27 Credit Hours)

Selected with advisor’s approval. Advanced electives may be taken only when prerequisites are met or with the instructor’s permission.

Foreign Language Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Department permission to substitute 12 hours of other language study

Free Electives (26-30 Credit Hours)

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to ensure any electives are in line with the student’s career goals. Students will determine in consultation with an advisor whether the pursuit of a double major or minor(s) would be appropriate. Majors/minors that complement a history degree well and are commonly pursued by history students include, but are not limited to: Social Studies Education, National Security and Intelligence, Political Science, English, Museum Studies (minor only), Women’s and Gender Studies (minor only), Philosophy (minor only).

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