2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 18, 2022  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History [HIS]


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In addition to the required 100-level history courses in Western Civilization and/or World History and the 200-level American history survey courses, all students must take HIS 280: Introduction to Public History, HIS 290: Historical Methods, HIS 490: Seminar (a research seminar), at least three credit hours of experiential learning (for adolescence education students, student teaching will count toward experiential learning) and at least 18 credit hours of 300-level or above history classes with a minimum of three credit hours in each of the four categories — United States, Europe, Africa/Asia/Latin America/Middle East, Global/Transnational (and an additional six credit hours distributed across two of the four categories).

For more information, contact the History Department .

Note: The bachelor of arts degree requires intermediate level (202) proficiency in a foreign language.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Source and closely read primary sources and explain their significance for an historical problem.
  2. Identify historical themes and develop relevant questions in order to carry out inquiry about an historical problem.
  3. Find and select appropriate primary and secondary sources to address an historical problem.
  4. Develop an evidence-based argument based on one's own original research in primary sources.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in any HIS course
  • History Major Requirements
    • 42 credits in any HIS course

Career Potential

  • Public history (museum, archives)
  • Social work
  • Government and nonprofit agencies and organizations
  • Public school teacher
  • Business
  • Law

Major Requirements: 42 credit hours


A. Introductory Courses: 12 credit hours


100-level history courses in Western Civilization and/or World History and the 200-level American history survey courses are required.

B. Research and Methods: 9 credit hours


C. Upper-Division Courses: 18 credit hours


Eighteen credit hours of 300-level or above history classes with a minimum of three credit hours in each of the four categories:

  1. Europe
  2. Africa/Asia/Latin America/Middle East
  3. United States,
  4. Global/Transnational

and an additional six credit hours distributed across two of the four categories.

3. United States, 300 level or above: 3-6 credit hours


Take at least three credit hours.

D. Experiential Learning: 3 credit hours


Hands-on historical experience and an introduction to the work of professional historians in public history, teaching or research.

Foreign Language Requirement: 12 credit hours


Foreign language through the 202 level.

General Education Courses: 30 credit hours


Upper-Division Electives: 21 credit hours


Choose 21 credit hours in HIS or general electives at the 300 level or above. Those electives could include study abroad or build toward a minor or a second major in another department.

General Electives: 18 credit hours


Choose elective courses from the 100-500 levels.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Example of the B.A. in History over four years


 Link to General Education (GE); Link to Foreign Language 

Total credit hours for semester: 13


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 17


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Fourth Year Fall


HIS 300 or 400 level (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


  • (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 300 or 400 level (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (1 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 13


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