May 11, 2021
The History program is committed to preparing undergraduate students to understand their historical and cultural heritage. It supports the University’s mission by emphasizing excellence in teaching with courses grounded in the liberal arts and sciences tradition, a curriculum designed to foster knowledge of human cultures and instill intellectual and practical skills involving inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork, and problem solving. The history discipline supports the General Education program at the University. In cooperation with the College of Education and Human Performance, the department prepares students for teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools, and it works to qualify majors for graduate study and advanced administrative specialization. In keeping with the University’s mission, the program emphasizes personal and social responsibility by requiring students to complete projects involving civic engagement, experiential learning, and service learning that elevate students’ civic knowledge, intercultural competence, and ethical reasoning, experiences that together provide foundations for engaged citizens and lifelong learning.
General Education Requirement (32-36 Credits)
See General Education .
- Core Course Requirements 12-13 credits
- Knowledge Area Requirements 20-23 credits
Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)
NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the EDGE courses for graduation.
See Experiential Education .
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)
B.A. Degree - Foreign Language Requirement (16 credits)
** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult a Student Success Advisor for details.
History Major Curriculum Summary (B.A.)
History Major Requirements (36 Credits)
Required Courses (6 Credits)
Also required (6 Credits)
One of the following (3 Credits)
Must take one of the following courses that emphasize diversity:
History Elective Credits (21)
- A student must take at least 21 hours of elective credit.
- No more than 12 lower division credits will be accepted toward a History or History Teaching Major.
- A history major must pass HIST 4990 with a “B-” or better grade.
- No Grade below a “C-” is acceptable in the major.
Other Electives (33 Credits)
Free Electives (33 Credits)
- Free Electives may be taken (to complete BA/BS requirements, recommended free electives from the Department, etc.) as required to reach 120 total credits.
Total Credits, B.A. degree: 120