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Bachelor of Arts in History

The study of history increases our capacity to think critically and to form independent judgments. Examination of various ages and cultures helps students understand the present world  and intelligently anticipate the future.
The History Department encourages its majors to involve themselves in off-campus programs of study and internships, particularly the Department’s Great Cities Program, which gives students the opportunity to experience directly and to enjoy the history and culture of some of the great cities of the world, such as London, Paris, Dublin, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Quebec City, Seoul and Mexico City.


Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in history must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete the 14 courses listed below and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.
HIST 101 History of Western Civilization I  
HIST 102 History of Western Civilization II  
HIST 151 United States History I  
HIST 152 United States History II  
HIST 203 Dimensions of History and Lab  

History Electives:

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in European History
Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in U.S. History
Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in African, Asian and/or Latin American History
Two Upper Level (300 or above) History courses
HIST 420 Senior Seminar  

Note: Upper-level American Studies courses may be used to satisfy United States History degree requirements.