Apr 21, 2024  
2016 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2016 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

History (B.A.)

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

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 BA in History and MS in Adolescence Education Dual Degree  program.

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 will be able to demonstrate:

  • substantial knowledge of the historic literature.
  • the ability to formulate effective research questions.
  • the ability to acquire relevant materials and data.
  • the ability to reach sound conclusions based on an analysis of the data.
  • the ability to consider alternative interpretations.
  • the ability to foresee and address questions.
  • the appropriate use of research references and resources.
  • the ability to identify a thesis in another writer’s work.
  • the ability to formulate a thesis.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

13 Credit Hours

6 Credit Hours

History Electives at the 200-, 300-, 400-, 500-level

History Courses

At least 9 hours must be taken in history courses in each of the following areas:

46 Total Credits

History majors are required to take HIS 155  during the first semester of the freshman year. Transfer students enroll in HIS 155  during the first semester on campus. At least 18 credit hours in the History major must be at or above the 300-level.


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.

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