History (BA)

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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.


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.

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).

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
History of Civilizations II
The World Since 1900
American History I
American History II
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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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
Take two (2) of the following courses: 6
History of Civilizations I
History of Civilizations II
The World Since 1900
American History I
American History II
HIST 304Historical Methods 3
Pre-Modern World 4
Select one of the following: 3
Early Political Thought
Studies in History
Women in the Ancient World
Ancient Mediterranean World
The Ancient Near East
Ancient Greece
The Roman World
Introduction to Ancient Egypt.
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Greek and Roman Culture
Origins of Christianity
Medieval Europe I
Medieval Europe II
European Ideas and Ideologies: Selected Topics
Islamic Middle East
The Origins of Islam
Russian History I
African History Before 1800
History of India
Traditional China
Research Seminar in World History
The Americas (US, Caribbean/Latin America) 4
Select three of the following. Courses must come from at least 2 fields: 9
Modern Political Thought
Historical Geography of the United States
Studies in History
United States Economic History
History of US Foreign Relations I
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
African-American History II
Black Culture and U.S. Democracy
The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present
Modern American Social Movements
History of Childhood in America
American and U.S. Military History to 1877
American and U.S. Military History Since 1877
History of the New South
Colonial Latin America
Latin America, 1820 to Present
Women in Latin American History
History of Modern Science
Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
The United States and the Middle East
Research Seminar in the Americas
The World 4
Select three of the following. Courses must come from at least 2 fields: 9
Early Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Europe from 1500 to the French Revolution
Europe from 1800 to the Present
Studies in History
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
Women in the Ancient World
Ancient Mediterranean World
Ancient Greece
The Roman World
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Greek and Roman Culture
Origins of Christianity
Medieval Europe I
Medieval Europe II
Europe in the Sixteenth Century
Renaissance Culture
European Ideas and Ideologies: Selected Topics
Islamic Middle East
Middle Eastern History, 1453 to the Present
The Scientific Revolution
History of Modern Science
The Origins of Islam
Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
The United States and the Middle East
Russian History I
Russian History II
English History: Tudor Age to Welfare State
British Imperialism
History of France, 1598-1799
French Empire
Golden Age of Spain
War in the Modern Middle East
The Ottoman Empire to 1800
The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey from 1800
Modern Culture
Russian Cultural History
Modern Germany, 1848-1945: The Struggle for Unity
The Holocaust, Genocide, and Global Imagination
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan: Imperialism and Democracy
Research Seminar in World History
History elective at the 300 level3
HIST 504Research Seminar in the Americas 3
HIST 505Research Seminar in World History 3
Minimum Total Hours39
Track Requirements (see the Track Requirements tab) 529

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
Research Seminar in the Americas
Research Seminar in World History
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Courses numbered HIST 310, HIST 410, HIST 498, HIST 499, HIST 501, HIST 502, HIST 503 and HIST 540 may at times also fulfill area requirements; consult History Department

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Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Tracks

Track in Humanities 

Academic Plan Code(s): HISTBA_HUM

Supporting Courses
HUM 590ST: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Humanities 3
or HUM 595 Principles of Cultural History
Electives in the Division of Humanities at the 300 level or above15
Minimum Electives11
Minimum Total Hours29

Track in Social Sciences 

Academic Plan Code(s): HISTBA_SSC

Supporting Courses
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
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In addition to courses counted toward General Education

Flight Plan


Track in Humanities

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
or The World Since 1900
or American History I
or American History II
3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
or The World Since 1900
or American History I
or American History II
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
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 3 4
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
300 Level History Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
History: The Americas Area (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
History: Premodern World Area (300 level or above) 3
History: The World Area (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
History: The World Area (300 level or above) 3
History: The World Area (300 level or above) 3
History: The Americas Area (300 level or above) 3
HIST 504
Research Seminar in the Americas
or Research Seminar in World History
3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 505
Research Seminar in World History
or Research Seminar in the Americas
3
History: The Americas Area (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
ST: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Humanities
Principles of Cultural History
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Social Sciences

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 101
Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
or Student Success Center First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
or The World Since 1900
or American History I
or American History II
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 3
Foreign Language 2 4
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
or The World Since 1900
or American History I
or American History II
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab - S+SL or B 4
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
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
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
300 level History Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
History: The Americas Area (300 level or higher) 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
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
History: Premodern Area (300 level or above) 3
History: The World Area (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History at 300 level) 3
Social Science Elective (other than History) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
History: The Americas Area (300 level or above) 3
History: The World Area (300 level or above) 3
History:The World Area (300 level or above) 3
HIST 504
Research Seminar in the Americas
or Research Seminar in World History
3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 505
Research Seminar in World History
or Research Seminar in the Americas
3
History: The Americas Area (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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