History B.A.

Degree Requirements

A major in History is achieved by completion of the following requirements, in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:

Required Core Course

HIS 200Intro to Historical Study

1 Course Credit

Required Capstone Course

HIS 406Senior Seminar in Global Hist

1 Course Credit

NOTE: In extraordinary circumstances, a student may petition to substitute HIS 490A or HIS 490B for HIS 406

Required Distribution Courses

Seven (7) additional HIS course credits selected by the student in consultation with the Academic Advisor and ensuring that the following distributive criteria are met:

Minimum of four (4) HIS courses at the 200- to 400- level, two of which must be at the 300- or 400- level. (Neither HIS 200 nor HIS 406 may be used to fulfill any of these.)

Minimum of two (2) course credits from the American area, one of which must be African-American (see list below).

Minimum of three (3) course credits in Regional history from two different areas:  European, African, Middle East, and Asian areas (see list below).

Minimum of one (1) course credit in Global history (see list below).

Minimum of two (2) course credits in which the bulk of the course content is pre-1700 (see list below).

It is the intention of the Department that a single course can meet one or more of these distributive requirements. For example, HIS/REL 215: History of Christianity to 1600 could serve as a 200-level class and meet the European and pre-1700 requirements, thus fulfilling three of the seven required distribution courses.

American Distribution

Minimum of two (2) course credits from the American area, one of which must be African-American (see list below).
American Courses
HIS 161American History to 1865

1 Course Credit

HIS 162American History Since 1865

1 Course Credit

HIS 201/PSC 201Amer Political Thought(PSC)

1 Course Credit

HIS 250Patriotic Gore

1 Course Credit

HIS 253/APS 253Appalachian America (APS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 310Seminar in U. S. History

1 Course Credit

HIS 355/REL 355Sem in American Rel Hist (REL)

1 Course Credit

African American Courses
HIS 165/AFR 165Intro to Afr Amer His(AFR)

1 Course Credit

HIS 245/AFR 245Black Urban History (AFR)

1 Course Credit

HIS 356/AFR 356Sem: African-Amer History(AFR)

1 Course Credit

HIS 242/AFR 242African American Cinema (AFR)

1 Course Credit

or

AFR 242/HIS 242African American Cinema (HIS)

1 Course Credit

Global Distribution

Minimum of one (1) course credit in Global history (see list below).
Global Courses
HIS 22420th Century World History

1 Course Credit

HIS 229/AST 229Modern Imperialism (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 232The Vikings

1 Course Credit

HIS 320Topical Seminar in Global Hist

1 Course Credit

Pre-1700 Distribution

Minimum of two (2) course credits in which the bulk of the course content is pre-1700 (see list below).
Pre-1700 Courses
HIS 101Western Civilization I

1 Course Credit

HIS 130Albion & Eire: British Isles

1 Course Credit

HIS 202/REL 202Christians & Pagans (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 209Classical Greek Civilization

1 Course Credit

HIS 210/CLS 210Classical Roman Civ (CLS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 215/REL 215Christianity to 1600 (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 223Hist of Pre-Modern Middle East

1 Course Credit

HIS 240/REL 240Islam (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 311Seminar: Medieval History

1 Course Credit

HIS 314Renaissance and Reformation

1 Course Credit

Regional History Distribution

Minimum of three (3) course credits in Regional history from two different areas:  European, African, Middle East, and Asian areas (see list below).
African Courses
HIS 260/AFR 260Survey of African His (AFR)

1 Course Credit

Asian Courses
HIS 122/AST 122History of China (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 123/AST 123History of Japan (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 322/AST 322Sem in Chinese History (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 323/AST 323Sem in Japanese History (AST)

1 Course Credit

European Courses
HIS 101Western Civilization I

1 Course Credit

HIS 102/WGS 102West Civ II:Std in Gendr (WGS)

1 Course Credit

or

WGS 102/HIS 102West Civ II:Std in Gendr (HIS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 130Albion & Eire: British Isles

1 Course Credit

HIS 131Britain & the Emp, 1688 to Pre

1 Course Credit

HIS 140/SPN 140History of Spain (SPN)

1 Course Credit

HIS 202/REL 202Christians & Pagans (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 209Classical Greek Civilization

1 Course Credit

HIS 210/CLS 210Classical Roman Civ (CLS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 215/REL 215Christianity to 1600 (REL)

1 Course Credit

or

REL 215/HIS 215Christianity to 1600 (HIS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 221Scribe and Manuscript

1 Course Credit

HIS 311Seminar: Medieval History

1 Course Credit

HIS 314Renaissance and Reformation

1 Course Credit

HIS 335Topic Sem-Modern European His

1 Course Credit

Middle Eastern Courses
HIS 175/PSC 175His & Pol of Arab-Isr (PSC)

1 Course Credit

HIS 223Hist of Pre-Modern Middle East

1 Course Credit

HIS 240/REL 240Islam (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 270Recent History of Middle East

1 Course Credit

Required Collateral Courses

A foreign language through the third (103) level. 

 

Exploring the Major Students considering History as a major should begin exploring the discipline through any of the several introductory courses by choosing one or more that appeals to them. Most 100-level courses can serve this purpose. Students also should begin the study of at least one foreign language as early as possible.

Admission to the Major Successful completion with a C or higher of foreign language to 102 level (or equivalent).

Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms) HIS 200 should be completed by the end of Fall Term of the sophomore year. HIS 406 requires senior standing and is offered only once a year.

Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major In addition to completing specified course requirements, each student must satisfy departmental standards for effectiveness in written and oral communication.

Teaching Certification – Students interested in gaining certification to teach in the area of Social Studies (Grades 8 – 12) must meet all requirements for admission to the History major as well as admission to and completion of the Teacher Education Certification requirements. (See Teacher Certification Requirements)