Bachelor of Arts in History

In a world transformed by the powerful tides of globalization, history provides an intellectual toolkit for dealing with complex national and international realities. Every aspect of the present is rooted in aspects of the past. Immersion in place-based knowledge and an understanding of how unintended consequences shape our lives help students to understand an increasingly complex world.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the History program will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate historical sources and utilize them in the creation of written and/or oral narratives and analyses;
  • Interpret events, institutions, and human communities in their historical contexts;
  • Explain historical phenomena in terms of causation, agency, significance, and consequence;
  • Distinguish between history and other ways of thinking about the past;
  • Practice historical scholarship in an ethical manner;
  • Utilize chronology appropriately; and
  • Relate historical phenomena to their geographical contexts.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits

  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits

  • Major Requirements: 42-43 credits

  • Electives: 28-29 credits

Major Course Requirements:

Four Survey courses (12 credits):
HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits)
HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits)
HIS 203 American History to 1865 (3 credits)
HIS 204 American History Since 1865 (3 credits)

Choose one Methodology Course (3 credits) from the following:
HIS 378 Historiography & Historical Methodologies (3 credits)
LIB 307 Social Science Seminar (3 credits)

Choose eight upper-level content courses (24 credits):
Choose eight courses from available courses. LIB 325 The Civil War in American Culture (3 credits) may be counted. At least two courses must be in American history and at least two courses in non-American history.

Capstone (3-4 credits):
HIS 497 History Capstone (3 credits) OR
LIB 498 Senior Thesis/Project I (2 credits) AND
LIB 499 Senior Thesis/Project II (2 credits) OR
Students will designate a research paper written in an upper-level content course to demonstrate mastery of major learning outcomes. Those choosing the last option will take an additional content area course.

You also have the opportunity to complete a specialization, which will enhance your Bachelor of Arts in History. The specialization available for this major is Political Science & Government.

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