The bachelor of arts degree in history as of the 2012-2013 academic year - see undergraduate catalog for full description.
In addition to requiring successful completion of the liberal learning curriculum, the bachelor of arts degree in history requires successful completion of the following
1. Select three from the following: HIST 111, 112, 121, 122;
2. A minimum of 24 additional credit hours. At least six credits must be taken at the 400-level and no more than three credits may be taken at the 200-level. A student selects a minimum of
a. six credits of American history at the 300-level or higher;
b. six credits of European history at the 300-level or higher;
c. six credits of the history of other regions of the world (African, Asian, Latin American, Caribbean, Middle Eastern) at the 300-level or higher;
d. three credits of electives at the 200-level or higher of the student’s choice, excluding
HIST 200, 390W, 490W, and 499;
3. HIST 200, 390W, and 490W;
4. A maximum of six hours of HIST 295/395/495 courses may be applied to the history major.
The minor in history (21 credits)
The minor program in history requires successful completion of the following 21 credits in history courses:
a. three credits of HIST 111 or 112;
b. three credits of HIST 121 or 122;
c. HIST 200;
d. twelve credits at the 200/300/400 level
The pre-law program - see undergraduate catalog for full description.
The bachelor of arts degree in history represents an excellent schedule of rigorous analytical courses recommended for both admission to and success in law school. History majors routinely score higher on the Law School Admissions Test than other majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The American Bar Association recommends courses to develop your analytical, research and writing skills rather than courses with subject matter about the law specifically. Therefore, history majors seeking careers in law should take as many 400-level history seminars as possible because they emphasize skills over content. For additional information on law school preparation, see the pre-law program.
The history-business program - see undergraduate catalog for full description.
The bachelor of arts degree in history may be taken with a minor program in business administration to attain a liberal arts education plus preparation for a career in business. The total program of study must satisfy all requirements for the bachelor of arts degree in history and the minor program in business administration. For details, see the minor in business administration in the undergraduate catalog.
Public history focus - see undergraduate catalog for full description.
The bachelor of arts degree in history can help prepare students for a career in public history, material culture and museum studies. Students should meet regularly with their advisor to prepare an appropriate course of study. They should study abroad, take HIST 348 with field work in historical archeology, HIST 435 course in public history and the HIST 491 Practicum. The practicum is a three-credit, semester-long internship working in an historical agency such as a museum, archive and national historical park.
Teacher preparation in history / social science
Those students who wish to become teachers should apply to the five-year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Application to the program must be made in spring of the junior year and will require: 3.0 GPA; passing scores on the PRAXIS I exam or SAT score of 1100 with at least 530 in critical reading and mathematics subtests; essay specifying the reason for applying to the program; and two letters of recommendation. Students will earn a BA in history after the first four years and then complete an additional year of study leading to an MAT degree. See the graduate catalog for more details.