Undergraduate Studies

The Department of History offers both a minor and the BA in history. Students majoring in history are likely drawn to the study of the past through their enjoyment of reading and research, curiosity about the past and the people who inhabited it, and desire to use the past as a laboratory of experience though which to view present problems and opportunities. The curriculum in history at Auburn endeavors to teach students both knowledge of the past and skills in the research and communication of that knowledge. As such, the history degree can serve as a sound foundation for graduates to pursue a number of career options.

History majors learn about the past and its relevance to the present, discover how to find answers to complex questions, and develop the ability to communicate the results of their research in oral and written forms. The department faculty is comprised of thirty top scholars who have justly been awarded many honors for their outstanding teaching. Students can take courses in a range of specialties from ancient Greece to modern America, from the history of early modern European material culture to the history of the automobile, as well as the history of 20th Century world wars, modern Latin America, religion in North America, and many more subjects.

The History Major

The requirements for a BA in History include 120 hours of coursework, divided as follows:

  • The Auburn University Core Curriculum, including COMM 1000 (41 hours)
  • Two semesters of a foreign language (8 hours)
  • Electives within the College of Liberal Arts (18 hours)
  • Two history courses at the 2000 level. At least 3 hours of history courses at the 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 level must be on a non-US and non-European topic. (6 hours)
  • History 3800: Historian's Craft. You must complete HIST 3800 before taking 5000 level courses in HIST and you must pass HIST 3800 with a grade of C or better before taking HIST 4950. (3 hours)
  • Four courses at the 3000 level. You are only allowed 6 hours in HIST 3970. At least 3 hours of history courses at the 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 level must be on a non-US and non-European topic. (12 hours)
  • History 4950: Senior Thesis (9 hours)
  • Three courses at the 5000 level. You are only allowed 6 hours in HIST 5970. At least 3 hours of history courses at the 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 level must be on a non-US and non-European topic. (9 hours)
  • General electives (20 hours)
  • History majors should consult the Plan of Study to determine how best to meet these requirements. Students who declared the History Major before Fall 2011 should use this Curriculum Sheet instead.

The History Minor

History minors are required to take 15 hours above the core requirement. These include 6 hours of 2000 level courses and 9 hours at the 3000 - 5000 levels. Please make an appointment with the department advisor to discuss or complete the Minor.


Donna Bohanan Undergraduate Program Officer
Donna Bohanan
Joseph A. Kicklighter Professor of History and History Department Undergraduate Program Officer
Department of History
Thach 321
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-6631

Dr. Bohanan's Office Hours
  • By appointment

Last Updated: March 12, 2015