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Bachelor of Arts


Are you interested in studying various aspects of humanity’s recorded past, the rise and fall of empires or the everyday lives of men and women? Would you like to understand the forces that have structured human life and the ideas that have shaped the way people perceive and experience their worlds? History can teach us many lessons, not simply about our past but also about the paradoxes and potentials of our present.

Here in the History Department, we offer a wide range of courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, United States, Southern and world history. Arranged in three levels—introductory, intermediate and advanced—you will have the opportunity to become familiar with a body of historical knowledge and explore the world through a variety of perspectives.

How do I Apply?

You can officially declare history as your major through the College of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Academic Assistance, and Change of Major forms may be obtained online.

Please follow the links at right for further information, including Phi Alpha Theta and our advisement checklist.


2012-2013 Catalog - Program Requirements

Students should complete the freshman courses in history in the core curriculum and Hist 3000 (Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW) before enrolling in other history courses numbered 3000 and above. In all lower-division history courses the department requires that majors attain a minimum grade of C.

The department requires a total of 30 hours in upper-division history. At least one course must be taken from each of the areas of American, European, and African/Asian/Latin American/Middle Eastern History. All majors must take Hist 4990 (Historical Research-CTW) after completing Hist 3000 and at least four other upper-division courses. No more than 15 hours of upper-division history may be transfer credits.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

1. Hist 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
2. Hist 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
3. Foreign Language (3) The Department of History recommends that all majors complete the foreign language sequence Lang 1002, 2001 and 2002. (See "Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors," previously described.)
            Required Course:
            o Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)

4. Electives (9) AAS 2010, Anth 1102, Anth 2010, Anth 2020, Anth 2030, Econ 2105, Econ 2106, Engl 2110, Engl 2120, Engl 2130, Lang 1001 (if different from foreign language taken in high school), Lang 2001, Lang 2002, Geog 1101, Hist 1140, Jour 1000, Math 1070, Phil 2010, PolS 2101, PolS 2401, Psyc 1101, Soci 1101, Soci 1160, WSt 2010

Area G: Major Courses (30)

Unless otherwise specified, Hist 1111, 1112, and 2110 are prerequisites for all advanced course work in history. History majors may complete no more than eight hours of 3000/4000-level history courses before completing History 3000.

A minimum total of 30 hours must be taken from courses at the 3000-4000 level, and must include one course from each of the following:

1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (8)
           oHist 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
           oHist 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: Hist 3000 and at least four other upper-division courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.)
2. U. S. History (one course)
3. European History (one course)
4. African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History (one course)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

1. History majors must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours in one department other than history, including at least nine hours at the 3000 level or above. The requirements for a minor must be fulfilled in a department that offers a baccalaureate degree and with courses at the 3000-4000 level, unless the courses are otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.

2. Additional courses from departments other than the major must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010. The department strongly recommends that majors take the fourth semester of a foreign language: Lang 2002.

Minor in History


Students who wish to minor in history must take 15-18 hours in history courses, including at least three courses at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in history may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

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