History (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in History (HISTBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: History

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Program Information

The University of Louisville Department of History offers a comprehensive undergraduate program. Our course offerings include an extensive array of classes covering American, South American, European, African, South Asian, and Asian history. Courses are taught by an internationally recognized faculty.  Students who choose to pursue a history major or minor receive extensive, one-on-one advising with the department's faculty.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 142
Track Requirements26
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/MA in History Program

History majors who are already thinking about pursuing an MA in history can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a master's degree.  Students take three graduate level courses/nine hours (either 500-level with the additional graduate level assignments, or 600-level) while still an undergraduate, and then have those credits apply both toward the undergraduate degree and towards an eventual master's degree from UofL.  

Interested students should:

  1. Complete an application for admission to the History Department's Master of Arts program (including GRE scores, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose) no later than the end of their junior year.
  2. Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.35, a history GPA of 3.35, and meet all other requirements for admission to the History Department's Master of Arts program (including at least 21 hours of history courses).

Students must retain a 3.35 GPA in history during their senior year to remain in the program.  Once admitted to the accelerated BA/MA program and starting the graduate work, students are expected to maintain a full graduate load of 9 credit hours.

 

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in History requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA/MA in History Program

Interested students should apply for entry into the accelerated program no later than the end of their Junior year.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
American History I - D1, SBH
Courses above satisfy the SBH, D1 and D2 requirements; students will need to complete an additional course designated SB or SBH to complete the Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement.

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of History 4
HIST 101
HIST 102
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH
6
HIST 211
HIST 212
American History I - D1, SBH
American History II - D1, SBH
6
Pre-Modern World
Select one of the following: 3
Early Political Thought
Ancient Mediterranean World
The Ancient Near East
Ancient Greece
The Roman World
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Greek and Roman Culture
Origins of Christianity
Medieval Europe I
Medieval Europe II
Islamic Middle East
African History Before 1800 - D2, SBH
Modern Japan: Imperialism and Democracy
Studies in Graeco-Roman History
Studies in Medieval History
English Medieval History, 1066 to 1500
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
United States Area
Select one of the following: 3
Historical Geography of the United States
United States Economic History
Comparative Environmental History
History of US Foreign Relations II
United States Constitutional History I
United States Constitutional History II
African American Experience in Wartime
U.S. in the Sixties
African-American History I - D1, SBH
African-American History II - D1, SBH
Black Culture and U.S. Democracy
The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present
Modern American Social Movements
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America - D1, SBH
History of the New South
Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
The United States and the Middle East
United States Military History
Women in 19th Century America
American Environmental History
Studies in American History
History of the Old South
History of the Jews in America
U.S. Social Justice Movements
United States Peace Movement
History of American Civil Liberties
Antebellum United States, 1800-1860
Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States, 1877-1929
Colonial America to 1765
The American Revolution and the Confederation
United States Civil War and Reconstruction
Recent American History, 1929-1945
Recent American History, 1945 to Present
The U.S. and Latin America
Black Radicalism
U.S. and the Cold War Policy
U.S. and Vietnam
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
American Image of the Middle East
Introduction to Public History
Oral History
European Area
Select one of the following: 3
Modern Political Thought
Europe from 1500 to the French Revolution
Europe from 1800 to the Present
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
Ancient Mediterranean World
Ancient Greece
The Roman World
Greek and Roman Culture
Medieval Europe I
Medieval Europe II
Europe in the Sixteenth Century
Renaissance Culture
European Ideas and Ideologies: Selected Topics
The Scientific Revolution
The Origins of Islam
Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
Russian History I
Russian History II
English History: Tudor Age to Welfare State
British Imperialism
History of France, 1598-1799
History of France, 1799 to Present
Russian Cultural History
Modern Germany, 1848-1945: The Struggle for Unity
The Holocaust, Genocide, and Global Imagination - D2, SBH
Western Military History
Studies in Graeco-Roman History
Studies in Russian History
Studies in Medieval History
English Medieval History, 1066 to 1500
The Renaissance
Age of the Reformation
The French Revolution and Napoleon
History of European Ideas: Selected Topics
Contemporary Europe 1945-Present
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
The Russian Revolutions
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
Principles of Cultural History
Asia, Africa, Latin American Area (AALA) 5
Select two of the following: 6
Comparative Environmental History
Colonial Latin America
Latin America, 1820 to Present
Women in Latin American History
The Ancient Near East
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Origins of Christianity
Islamic Middle East
Middle Eastern History, 1453 to the Present
The United States and the Middle East
British Imperialism
War in the Modern Middle East
The Ottoman Empire to 1800
The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey from 1800
African History Before 1800 - D2, SBH
African History Since 1800 - D2, SBH
Contemporary Africa
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Twentieth-Century Latin America
The U.S. and Latin America
The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present
The Middle Eastern Wars
Women and Sexuality in the Middle East
Women in East Asian History
Studies in African History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Civilizations of Modern India
American Image of the Middle East
Studies in Middle Eastern History
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
HIST 304Historical Methods 6,73
History electives at the 300 level or above3
History electives at the 500 level 86
Track Requirements 926
Minimum Total Hours65

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Once a student has declared a History major, the student must enroll in HIST 304 as 3 of the next 12 History credit hours.  A grade of C or better must be earned in HIST 304.

Six hours of required 500-level history courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Cooperative Internship in History
Philosophy of History
American Environmental History
History of the Old South
History of the Jews in America
Antebellum United States, 1800-1860
Colonial America to 1765
The American Revolution and the Confederation
United States Civil War and Reconstruction
Recent American History, 1929-1945
Recent American History, 1945 to Present
Twentieth-Century Latin America
The U.S. and Latin America
The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present
Advanced Studies in History
Studies in Graeco-Roman History
Studies in Russian History
Studies in Ancient History
Studies in Medieval History
U.S. and the Cold War Policy
U.S. and Vietnam
The Middle Eastern Wars
Women and Sexuality in the Middle East
The Renaissance
The French Revolution and Napoleon
History of European Ideas: Selected Topics
Contemporary Europe 1945-Present
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
Studies in African History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Civilizations of Modern India
American Image of the Middle East
History of the Future
Oral History

Tracks

Track in Humanities (HISTBA HUM)

Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture 1
Perspectives on Medieval Culture 1
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture 1
Perspectives on Modern Culture 1
Principles of Cultural History 1
Selected Perspectives in Humanities 1
Electives in the Division of Humanities at the 300 level or above15
Minimum Electives11
Minimum Total Hours29

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. 


Track in Social Sciences (HISTBA SSC)

Electives in one department in the Social Sciences Division, other than History 16
Electives in a second department in the Social Sciences Division, other than History 16
Electives in Social Sciences Division, other than History, at the 300 level or above6
Minimum Electives11
Minimum Total Hours29

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Flight Plan

Flight Plans for History (BA)

Track in Humanities

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HIST 101 History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HIST 102 History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - S+SL or B 4
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 3 4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HIST 211 American History I - D1, SBH 3
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 212 American History II - D1, SBH 3
History: Premodern World Area (300 level or above) 3
History: Asian/African/Latin American Area (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
History: European Area (300 level or above) 3
History: Asian/African/Latin American Area (300 level or above) 3
History Elective (500 level) 3
History CUE Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
History Elective & WR (500 level) 3
History Elective (300 level or above) 3
History: US Area (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Social Sciences

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 101
Arts and Sciences Orientation
or Student Success Center Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HIST 101 History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HIST 102 History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab - S+SL or B 4
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HIST 211 American History I - D1, SBH 3
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
Social Science Elective (other than History at 300 level) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 212 American History II - D1, SBH 3
History: Premodern Area (300 level or above) 3
History: Asian/African/Latin American Area (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History at 300 level) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
History: US Area (300 level or above) 3
History: European Area (300 level or above) 3
History: Asian/African/Latin American Area (300 level or above) 3
History Elective, WR (500 Level) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
History Elective (500 level) 3
History Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
History CUE Requirement 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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