Why History?

The study of history acquaints students with the major themes, forces, and people that have shaped the human experience. It also strives to understand the process by which historians discover, analyze, and interpret the past. The curriculum seeks to prepare history majors for graduate study or a career in a history-related field and to develop critical thinking and communication skills within a historical context.

History Requirements

The major with a B.A./B.S. degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, of which at least 21 must be upper level. Requirements for secondary teacher certification are different. Please refer to School of Education section for complete requirements.

The following courses (36 hours) are required for the History major:
HIST 1303 – World Civilization to 1500
HIST 1304 – World Civilization since 1500
*HIST 2301 – United States History to 1877
*HIST 2302 – United States History since 1877
HIST 3301 – Historical Methods and Philosophy
Six hours from upper-level US History courses
Six hours from upper-level non-US History courses
Nine hours from upper-level History electives courses

* Six hours are included in the general education core curriculum.