2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs


College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
(907) 474-7126

B.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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The history department seeks to make students aware of the human cultural heritage, the great problems that have faced humans throughout history and how we have sought to solve them.

The department also trains students to apply the historical method which offers analysis based on the dimension of time. Discussion, focused on concrete, specific events, persons and judgments, explains why things are as they are. Students learn effective historical research and writing.

Through the study of history, students prepare for careers in public service agencies; as members of management teams, particularly in the area of policy analysis; for careers in teaching; or for advanced work in history and other social sciences.

Major--B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete HIST 100X.)*
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete three of the following:
      HIST 101--Western Civilization--3 credits
      HIST 102--Western Civilization--3 credits
      HIST 121--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST 122--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST 131--History of the U.S.--3 credits
      HIST 132--History of the U.S.--3 credits
    2. Complete the following:
      HIST 275--Perspectives on History--3 credits
    3. Complete 5 HIST courses at the 300- or 400-level, at least 2 of which must be at the 400-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 475W--Historiography--3 credits
      HIST 476W/O--Senior Thesis--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Student 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 300-level or above--6 credits
  2. Complete HIST electives--12 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--18 credits