Apr 23, 2019  
2019 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2019 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING)

History (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2205

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The broad mission of the Utica College History program is to provide an essential foundation that supports the goals of the liberal arts curriculum, prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and professional employment in any field, and fosters informed citizenship. We seek to cultivate in our students a spirit for life-long learning predicated on a habit of inquiry into the human experience, free exchange of ideas rooted in evidence, and appreciation of diverse cultures and perspectives. The Utica College History faculty seeks to fulfill its critical mission by preparing students to gather information, think critically and contextually, conduct and evaluate original research, and to communicate clearly. 

The major in history offers one of the broadest and most flexible liberal arts fields at the College. It is intended for those who seek an understanding of the human condition through its historical development, and it has special relevance to those wishing to prepare themselves for fields such as secondary school social science teaching, elementary school teaching, government service of all varieties, graduate study of history, and other careers requiring a liberal arts preparation. It also is an excellent undergraduate background for those contemplating professional training in law, library science, and similar fields.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog. Please see the description of the Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12, Dual Degree Program with BA in History (M.S.) .

Students who are majoring in History who intend to student teach need an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and no grade lower than C (2.0) in their major or major-related courses in order to receive a positive recommendation for student teaching.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the B.A. will be able to:

  • Identify a thesis in another’s written work;
  • Formulate an original thesis;
  • Acquire substantial knowledge of a historical topic;
  • Gather relevant research materials;
  • Reach sound conclusions that are based on critical thinking and contextual analysis.  

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours


The student must compete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.


Students in the education program who intend to student teach history or social studies should note that they must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) and have no grade lower than C (2.0) in any required major course in order to receive a favorable recommendation.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 24 Credits
Major Electives 27 Credits
College Electives 14-35 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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