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

  • 36 credits of major requirements
  • 18–30 bachelor of arts credits
  • 46 General Education credits
  • 18–30 elective credits

Course List - Bachelor of Arts in History

Sequence courses (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
American Civilization to 1877 HIST 20 An 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  An historical survey of the American experience from the emergence of urban-industrial society in the late nineteenth century to the present.  3 credits

One history course at 100-level or higher in each of the following areas (12 credits)

You can fulfill this requirement by taking any additional history course (i.e. beyond those with specific applications) at the 100–400 level in European History, United States History, Global History, and Pre-Modern History.

European History - One course at the 100–200 level (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Europe Since 1848 HIST 120 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 - One course at the 100–200 level (3 credits)
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 - One course at the 100–200 level (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description 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
Pre-Modern History - One course at the 100–200 level (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

The Roman Republic and Empire

*Course will be available in a future semester.

HIST 101 History of the Roman Republic and Empire from the origins of Rome to the disintegration of the Empire 3 credits
Seminar (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Undergraduate Seminar

*Course will be available for Fall 2020.

HIST 302W TBD 3 credits
Four courses at the 400 level with One in Global History (12 credits)
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
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

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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