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2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

History (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2205.00

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The broad mission of the Utica University 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 University 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.) - Hegis Code 2205.00 .

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

History students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe cause and effect within historical context  (This goal also serves as Core Goal 9: History and Heritage)
  • Identify and use relevant research materials
  • Identify and formulate an argument based on critical thinking and contextual analysis
  • Analyze and compare historical events and contexts across international and temporal boundaries. 
  • Communicate clearly

Academic Requirements

Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

Major Course Requirements

History & Global Citizenship (12)

The study of history offers a critical area of inquiry into the ways that the past shapes the current world and the individual’s place in it. Global citizenship demands our knowledge and awareness of a complex and integrated past. This component of the History Curriculum fosters engagement with essential international, multi-contextual historical content. Global Citizenship courses, at their core, examine how transnational contexts complicate  and transform matters of heritage, identity, and power.

History Electives (18) at the 200, 300-, 400-, 500-level

Take 6 credits in each area: European, NonWestern, U.S. At least 12 credits must be taken at the 300-level or above.

18 credits

Total Major Credits: 45


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/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 27 Credits
Major Electives 18 Credits
College Electives 20-41 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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