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Bachelor of Arts in
History

Courses

The Bachelor of Arts in History requires you to complete a minimum of 123 credits. You must successfully complete:

  • 36 credits of major requirements
    • 3 credits of prescribed courses
    • 6 credits of additional courses
    • 27 credits of supporting courses and related areas
  • 18–30 bachelor of arts credits
  • 46 General Education credits
  • 18–30 elective credits
     

Course List - Bachelor of Arts in History

Prescribed Course (3 credits)*

Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Undergraduate Seminar

HIST 302W

Involves a thematic or topical investigation with an emphasis on historical criticism and analysis; students will pursue the study of one historical topic in detail in this writing intensive course.

Prerequisite: 4th semester standing

3 credits
Additional Courses (6 credits)*
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
American Civilization to 1877 HIST 20 A historical survey of the political, social, and economic development of America from colonial settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 credits
American Civilization since 1877 HIST 21  A historical survey of the American experience from the emergence of urban-industrial society in the late nineteenth century to the present.  3 credits

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (27 credits)*

100-200 Level History Courses (12 credits)

Select 12 credits at the 100-200 level, one course from each of the following field categories: European History, United States History, Global History, and Pre-Modern History. Courses that appear in two categories (such as HIST 107) cannot be double-counted to be applied to two field categories. However, the student may choose to which category to apply the course.

European History
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Medieval Europe HIST 107 Covers the development of political, judicial and diplomatic institutions; the role of religion as a significant element of medieval society; the development of royal houses; and changes in economic and social life of medieval Europe. 3 credits
History of Modern Europe Since 1789 HIST 120N Political, social, and ideological developments; origin and impact of two World Wars; totalitarianism and democracy; changing role in the world. 3 credits
The World at War: 1939-1945 HIST 144 In-depth study of the origins and conduct of World War II. Political and economic aspects as well as military. 3 credits
United States History
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 HIST 130 Survey of the causes and consequences of America's deadliest conflict, the Civil War, from the end of the U.S.-Mexican War in 1848 through the end of Reconstruction in 1877. 3 credits
Global History
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Islamic States, Societies, and Cultures c. 600-1500 HIST 165 Introduces students to the history and culture of the Islamic world; develops a historical framework for understanding developments in religious and legal thought and practice, science, medicine, and technology, philosophy, and the arts. 3 credits

Latin American since 1820

Coming in fall 2022

HIST 179

Examines the history of modern Latin America, including the geographic and political development of the region, the development of various economic models, and the widespread extraction of labor focusing on African slavery and Indigenous exploitation.

3 credits
Introduction to the Middle East HIST 181 Origins of Islamic civilization; expansion of Islam; the Ottoman Empire; the Middle East since 1918. 3 credits

Society and Culture in the Pacific War

Coming in fall 2022

HIST 184

Looks at the origins, nature, and consequences of World War II in the Pacific; assesses different nations, political movements, ideologies, and empires that clashed across Asia-Pacific from 1931 to 1945.

3 credits
Pre-Modern History
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

The Roman Republic and Empire

HIST 101 History of the Roman Republic and Empire from the origins of Rome to the disintegration of the Empire. 3 credits

Medieval Europe

HIST 107

Covers the development of political, judicial and diplomatic institutions; the role of religion as a significant element of medieval society; the development of royal houses; and changes in economic and social life of medieval Europe.

3 credits

 

Islamic States, Societies, and Cultures c. 600-1500 HIST 165 Introduces students to the history and culture of the Islamic world; develops a historical framework for understanding developments in religious and legal thought and practice, science, medicine, and technology, philosophy, and the arts. 3 credits

Additional History Course (3 credits)

Title Abbreviation Description Credits

History of Madness, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry

 

or

 

TBD

HIST 130

 

 

or

 

HIST

Examines the ideas that have shaped European and American perceptions of madness, insanity, and mental illness; the changing experiences of those afflicted; the development of those professions designed to look after those deemed mad, insane, and mentally ill; and the social and cultural assumptions behind treatments, policies, and public opinions.

or 

Select an additional 100-400 level history course from any other category.

3 credits 

400-Level History Courses (12 credits)

At least one 400-level course should be in Global History.

Title Abbreviation Description Credits
The Holocaust HIST 426 In-depth study of the history of the Holocaust in Europe that puts special emphasis on primary sources. 3 credits
Recent American History HIST 447  Contemporary economic, social, and political aspects of the United States and its role as a world power since 1945. 3 credits

Constitutional History since 1877

HIST 450

Provides an understanding of the Constitutional developments from laissez-faire to the welfare state; imperialism, war, internationalism; the contemporary court, civil liberties, and civil rights.

Prerequisites: HIST 020 or HIST 021, plus 3 additional credits in history or political science.

3 credits
American Environmental History HIST 453 The history of the ways Americans have used and thought about the environment since 1500. 3 credits
History of Work in America HIST 458Y A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877. 3 credits

The Contemporary Middle East

HIST 473

Focuses on the political, economic, and social changes in Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab countries in the twentieth century; explores the Arab-Israeli conflict.

This course will fulfill the Global History requirement at the 400 level.

3 credits

History of Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa

HIST 479

Theories and types of imperialism; varied patterns of colonial administration; initial African responses; nationalism; decolonization and independence. 

This course will fulfill the Global History requirement at the 400 level.

3 credits
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (24 credits)
Description Credits
Foreign Language
(If foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination, these 0–12 credits may be completed from the electives)
12 credits
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Natural Sciences, Quantification 9 credits
Other Cultures 3 credits

For the Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements, 3 of the 24 credits may be from the requirements for the major, General Education, or electives.

General Education (45 credits**)
Description Credits
Arts – GA 6 credits
Humanities – GH 6 credits
Health and Wellness – GHW 3 credits
Natural Sciences – GN 9 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences – GS 6 credits
Writing and Speaking – GWS* 9 credits
Quantification – GQ* 6 credits
Integrative Studies (6 credits)***

*A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

**12 credits are included in the requirements for the major.

***This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. 

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