College of Liberal Arts
Department of History

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 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

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