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History, B.A. major

Required Credits: 43
Required GPA: 2.50

Note: All History and non-history courses required for the major must reflect a letter grade of C- or better. In addition, HST 1898 and HST 1899 must reflect a letter grade of B- or better.


Complete the following courses with a B- or better:

*HST 1898 taken concurrently with either HST 1304 or HST 1305
*HST 1899 taken concurrently with either HST 1114 or HST 1115


Complete three of the following courses:

Complete the following courses:

*HST 3500 must be taken with any 3 credit 3000 level topical History course taught
by same instructor as HST 3500 or another appropriate course approved by instructor.

Complete one of the following courses:


A. American/United States
Select 1 of the following courses:

B. European
Select 1 of the following courses:

C. Non-Western
Select 1 of the following courses:


Select 15 credits of History or Allied courses as indicated:
a. History courses numbered 3000 or above (minimum of 6 credits)
b. History courses numbered 2000 or above
c. Allied courses from the following list (maximum of 6 credits)

Program Learning Outcomes | History, B.A.

1. Introductory Level: Students will identify and explain major historical events, including their sequence and causes. In doing so, they will recognize the diversity and interconnectivity of human experiences across both geography and time.

2. Introductory Level: Students will narrate change over time, both orally and in writing. In doing so, they will accurately interpret both primary and secondary sources to substantiate their accounts of the past. They will also use prose styles and organizational structures in their essays that effectively convey their ideas.

3. Introductory Level: Students will recognize the value of historicization and identify its use in historical scholarship. In other words, they will recognize that historians interpret current issues by evaluating their relationships to past events.

4. Intermediate Level: Students will demonstrate intellectual empathy when assessing the values and choices of past peoples. Intellectual empathy is the recognition that although past peoples held cultural ideals with which we may disagree, the diversity of historical human perspectives is worthy of respect and of being studied.

5. Intermediate Level: Students will demonstrate the ability to think historically. They will evaluate causation, appraise historical significance, analyze contested interpretations of the past, and defend arguments using historical evidence.

6. Intermediate Level: Students will exhibit the ability to historicize. In other words, they will interpret present-day issues by evaluating their relationships to both past events and the choices of historical actors.

7. Advanced Level: Students will critically engage with historical discourse. Students will evaluate the evidence, theories, assumptions, and methods underlying historians’ arguments. In doing so, students will recognize that historians’ interpretations have changed over time because they were shaped by the cultures and societies in which the historians lived.

8. Advanced Level: Students will author original research, both by effectively investigating and interpreting primary and secondary-source evidence and by appropriately situating their work within pertinent historiographical debates.

9. Advanced Level: Students will analyze and investigate the applications of historical thinking to multiple careers located either within the field of history education and research or beyond it. Careers that utilize historical thinking include museum and archival curation, cultural resource management, creative writing, publication, law, public policy and advocacy, and other fields that are based on informational research, analysis, and synthesis.