History

Bachelor of Arts in History

Historians enjoy reading, are curious about people, and have a desire to use the past as a lens through which to view the present. Studying history gives students both the knowledge of the past and the skills necessary to communicate that knowledge for a better future.

A B.A. in history teaches students how to find answers to complex questions and to communicate their discoveries. Students can take courses in a range of specialties such as ancient Greece, modern America, early modern European material culture, technology, 20th Century world wars, modern Latin America, religion in North America, and many more topics.

A degree in history can prepare you for a variety of careers because it equips you with the ability to ask clear questions, to research the information necessary for a well-constructed answer, to write factually and persuasively, and to think historically. History graduates have gone on to a diverse range of careers, including public history and archives, historic preservation, secondary education, public administration, law, military service, politics, and business careers. They are prepared by their education to excel in an ever-changing world with a foundational knowledge of the past.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in history from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in History

A minor in history requires 15 hours of history courses above the core requirement. These include 6 hours of 2000 level courses and 9 hours at the 3000 - 5000 levels.

For more information about History

History Program Website


Careers in History

In whatever career one chooses, important skills such as critical thinking, research and writing experience, and reading comprehension are highly important, and all are emphasized in the history program. Additionally, history majors develop informed perspectives on current conditions both at home and abroad that is essential to many careers in today's world.

Examples of possible jobs for history graduates:

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Clergy
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • FBI or CIA Agent
  • Foreign News Correspondant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government Official
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff
  • Insurance Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Museum Curator
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps / Vista Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Administrator/Planner
  • Writer/Editor

BA Curriculum in History

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
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
 Free Electives2
 13 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core Social Science3
Core Humanities13Core Science ll 4
Core Social Science3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
Core Science l 4Group 1 course23
Group 1 course23HIST 3800 Historian's Craft3
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Group 2 courses26Group 2 courses26
Liberal Arts Elective36Liberal Arts Electives36
Free Elective33Free Electives34
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1000 Public Speaking53HIST 4950 Senior Thesis: Historical Research and Writing3
Group 3 courses26Group 3 course23
Liberal Arts Elective33Liberal Arts Elective33
Free Electives33Free Electives36
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

2

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 2110HIST 2120, HIST 2130, HIST 3630, HIST 3640, HIST 5600, HIST 5610HIST 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.

3

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

4

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.

5

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

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