The History major requires a total of 120 credit hours, with 33 hours in the major above the 1000 level. The major chooses elective courses in HIST among the lower level--2 courses at the 2000 level and 4 courses at the 3000 level--and 3 courses at the upper (5000) level. Additionally, all majors are required to take (and pass with a grade of "C" or better) Historian's Craft (HIST 3800) before they can take Senior Thesis (HIST 4950).

Undergraduate degree offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History
  • Minor in History

Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Joseph Kicklighter, e-mail: kicklja@auburn.edu

Dr. Charles Israel, Chair e-mail: israeca@auburn.edu

Department of History
310 Thach Hall
phone: 334-884-4360
fax: 334-844-6673

  • Africana Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Religious Studies

History majors have popularly been associated with careers in law or higher education, but the fact is that many majors choose careers in a variety of other fields, including Public Administration, the Civil or Foreign Services, Business or the Military. In whatever career one chooses, such important skills as critical thinking, research and writing experience, as well as reading comprehension are highly important, and all are emphasized in the program for history majors. Additionally, persons who major in history develop informed perspectives on current conditions both at home and abroad that many consider essential to many careers in today's world.

Some general information on careers in history is available at the American Historical Association: http://historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm Interested students should also speak with the Undergraduate Program Officer in History and their individual professors.

Examples of Job Titles for History Majors:

Some of these jobs require education beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Clergy
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • FBI / CIA Agent
  • Foreign News Corresp.
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government Official
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff
  • Indicter
  • Insurance Agent / Broker
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Assistant / Paralegal
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Tech. & Specialist
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps / Vista Worker
  • Political Scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher, Social Studies
  • Technical Writer
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Administrator
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer / Author

Curriculum in History


ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language l (College Core) 4Foreign Language ll (College Core) 4
Core History 3Core History to complete the sequence3
Core Mathematics3Core Fine Arts3
 13 13
Core Literature3Core Social Science3
Approved Humanities Choice13Core Science ll 4
Core Social Science3Free Electives33
Core Science l 4Liberal Arts Electives33
Group 1 course23Group 1 course23
 16 16
HIST 3800 Historian's Craft43Group 2 courses26
Group 2 courses26Liberal Arts Electives36
Liberal Arts Elective33Free Electives34
Free Elective33 
 15 16
COMM 1000 Public Speaking53HIST 4950 Senior Thesis: Historical Research and Writing3
Group 3 courses26Group 3 course23
Liberal Arts Elective33Liberal Arts Elective33
Free Electives34Free Electives36
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 15
Total Hours: 120


One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.


Group 1 courses consist of any 2000-level history course; Group 2 courses consist of any 3000-level history course; Group 3 courses consist of any 5000-level history course. One three-hour course must cover topics outside of European and United States history.  The following courses will meet this one-course requirement: HIST 2100, HIST 2120, HIST 2130, HIST 3630, HIST 3640, HIST 5600, HIST 5620, HIST 5640, HIST 5650, HIST 5660, HIST 5670, and HIST 5680. The history adviser may also approve specific sections of HIST 3970 and HIST 5970 if they are focused on non-European and non-United States topics.


Students must meet with their advisers to identify liberal arts and free electives.


Students must successfully complete HIST 3800 before they can take 5000-level courses in history.  In addition, they must complete HIST 3800 with at least a C to enroll in HIST 4950.


COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.



Last Updated: March 13, 2014