College of Liberal Arts
Department of History

B.A. Degree; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The History Department prepares students to critically analyze and interpret cultural heritage, the great problems that have faced humans throughout history and how we have sought to solve them.

If you enjoy studying and researching major cultural, social, economic and political events of the past, then a B.A. in history may be for you. Through our program you will develop skills in oral and written presentation, research and critical thinking, and gain a greater awareness of the human condition. Our students also acquire an appreciation of the complexity of the discipline, an understanding that historical narratives are constructed, contested and always changing, and the recognition that there are varied perspectives on the past.

As liberal arts majors, history prepares students for a multitude of careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. History graduates may find work as educators, researchers and analysts, public relations representatives, advocates, and businessmen and -women.

Major -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete HIST F100X.)*
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete three of the following:
      HIST F101--Western Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F102--Western Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F121--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F122--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F131--History of the U.S.--3 credits
      HIST F132--History of the U.S.--3 credits
    2. Complete the following:
      HIST F275--Perspectives on History--3 credits
    3. Complete 5 HIST courses at the F300 or F400 level, at least 2 of which must be at the F400 level.--15 credits
    4. Of the courses for the major, at least two (at any level) must be taken in each of the following three fields. These courses must be approved by an advisor.
      1. United States history
      2. European history
      3. Other areas, such as
          Northern history (including Alaska)
          World or non-western (non-U.S., non-European) history
          Women's history
    5. Complete the following:
      HIST F475W--Historiography--3 credits
      HIST F476W/O--Senior Thesis--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

Note: Students who are considering graduate work in history are strongly urged to take at least two years of a foreign language.

Note: History majors are strongly urged to consult with the history department regarding the selection of a minor.


  1. Complete HIST electives at the F300 level or above--6 credits
  2. Complete HIST electives--12 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--18 credits