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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.

Prescribed Course (3 credits)

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

  • 3
    credits

    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

Additional Courses (6 credits)

A student enrolled in these courses must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    An historical survey of the American experience from its colonial beginnings through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

  • 3
    credits

    An historical survey of the American experience from the emergence of urban-industrial society in the late nineteenth century to the present.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (27 credits)

A student enrolled in these courses must receive a grade of C or better.

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
  • 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 (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    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

    Political, social, and ideological developments; origin and impact of two World Wars; totalitarianism and democracy; changing role in the world.

  • 3
    credits

    In-depth study of the origins and conduct of World War II. Political and economic aspects as well as military.

United States History (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    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.

Global History (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    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

    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

    Origins of Islamic civilization; expansion of Islam; the Ottoman Empire; the Middle East since 1918.

  • 3
    credits

    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.

Pre-Modern History (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    History of the Roman Republic and Empire from the origins of Rome to the disintegration of the Empire.

  • 3
    credits

    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

    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.

Additional History Courses (select 3 credits)

Select an additional 100–400 level history course from any other category or

  • 3
    credits

    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.

400-Level History Courses (select 12 credits)

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

  • 3
    credits

    In-depth study of the history of the Holocaust in Europe that puts special emphasis on primary sources.

  • 3
    credits

    Contemporary economic, social, and political aspects of the United States and its role as a world power since 1945.

  • 3
    credits

    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.

    • Prerequisite

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

  • 3
    credits

    The history of the ways Americans have used and thought about the environment since 1500.

  • 3
    credits

    A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.

  • 3
    credits

    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.

    • Note

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

  • 3
    credits

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

    • Note

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

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • 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
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    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. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Some Bachelor of Arts requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major, General Education courses, or electives. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Foreign Language: 0–12 credits
    Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language.
  • B.A. Fields: 9 credits
    Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (cannot be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)
  • Other Cultures: 0–3 credits
    Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

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