May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1)  Identify and locate appropriate primary sources
2)  Analyze primary evidence
3)  Present an argument based on primary evidence
4)  Identify and locate appropriate secondary sources
5)  Evaluate the arguments of other historians/scholars
6)  Engage in historiographical analysis and interpretation
7)  Present orally a clear and organized analysis of issues, ideas, and texts
8)  Present in writing a clear and organized analysis of issues, ideas, and texts
9)  Draw on discipline-specific skills within the context of a seminar research paper
10)  Follow the conventions of historical writing, especially adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style
11)  Grasp course-specific content in terms of accuracy, nuance, specificity, and context
12)  Learn course-specific content from analyzing primary and secondary sources
13)  Draw on course-specific content to effectively analyze primary and secondary sources evidence

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 36*

Electives: (28 Credits)

12 Credits:  Three lower-division (100 or 200-level HIST courses) with a maximum of four credits at the 100-level.

16 Credits:   Four upper-division (300 or 400-level HIST courses) with at least twelve credits at the 400-level

(Every semester the department offers multiple sections of 200- and 400-level courses in U.S., European, and LACAANA topics)

Students should complete the following geographic major requirements as part of their elective coursework:

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses taken for the major.

Department Writing Requirement

The entire History curriculum emphasizes a variety of writing skills and forms. To demonstrate writing proficiency, all history majors will complete a significant writing assignment in their 400 level courses. The student will produce a finished written work of substantial length, which reflects the application of diverse writing skills (including planning, pre-writing, revision, etc.).

Honors in History

*Students who enroll in the Departmental Honors program will complete 40 credits in history.

Available for history majors who meet Department eligibility criteria (see course description for HIST 493). Senior history majors who accept a Departmental invitation will complete research and writing of an undergraduate Honors Thesis over the course of two semesters. Special arrangements may be made for students seeking secondary education certification

Four credits of the thesis can be applied towards the 400-level credit requirement.


Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

HIST elective 200 Level Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3
S/ Credit(s): 3
Foreign Language Credit(s): 3

Second Year

Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (14 Credit Hours)

HIST elective 200, 300 or 400 Level Credit(s): 4
N/ Credit(s): 4
Electives Credit(s): 6

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

HIST elective 300 or 400 Level Credit(s): 4
R/ Credit(s): 4
Electives Credit(s): 6

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

HIST elective 400 Level Credit(s): 4
Electives Credit(s): 11*

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

HIST elective 400 Level Credit(s): 4
HIST elective 400 Level Credit(s): 4
Electives Credit(s): 7


*May include the first four credits of HIST 493, Honors Research/Writing , for the Departmental Honors program.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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