Jun 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Policies Requirements and Standards History

Special Requirements

Students who major in history are required to complete nine semester hours of a foreign language sequence, or demonstrate a proficiency in a foreign language offered by the university, through the second intermediate course. Students should begin their language sequence as soon as possible and certainly not later than their junior year. Students who change majors or transfer may find it necessary to enroll beyond the traditional eight semesters if the degree requirements including foreign language cannot be fulfilled within that time. Students should plan their program of study carefully in consultation with a faculty advisor

In addition to meeting minimum requirements, students contemplating graduate work in history are strongly advised to continue foreign language study beyond the 2002 level. Students with a double major in which computer science is a language choice may substitute computer science for a foreign language in history.

The program requires HIST 3500 Introduction to Historical Methods ; two of HIST 4020 Research Seminar in World History  and/or HIST 4030 Research Seminar in American History . In choosing the remainder of their advanced courses students may choose to concentrate in one particular area of history (e.g. American, World or Pre-modern), but it is highly recommended that students take courses in all three areas.

Special Programs

Honors. Completion of an undergraduate research paper or project approved by the department. Such projects could be, but are not limited to, the product of HIST 4900 (Senior Thesis), an edited and expanded capstone paper from HIST 4020  or HIST 4030  (Research Seminars), or a project approved by the department. See department for policies and application. With distinction awarded for completion of HIST 4990  (Senior Thesis) with grade of A.

Progress Requirements

Completion of the major requires students to complete the major field courses with a grade of C or better. A grade of C or better is also required in Foreign Language 1002, 2001, and 2002. Students minoring in history must complete each history course with a grade of C or better.

Program of Study

General Requirements

Core Areas A, B, C, D.I, and E: 42 hours

See listing of requirements. 

Area F: 18 hours

Foreign Language 1001 Elementary Language I

Foreign Language 1002 Elementary Language II (If taken to satisfy core area B2, substitute a humanities or social science Global Perspectives course at the 1000 or 2000 level.)

Foreign Language 2001 Intermediate Language I (If taken to satisfy core area C1, substitute a Literature or Philosophy course at the 2000 level.)

Foreign Language 2002 Intermediate Language II OR GEOG 2120  

Physical Education: 3 hours

First-Year Seminar: 1 hour

Seven other history courses

At the 3000 level or above (it is highly recommended that students take courses in American, World, and Pre-Modern history)

Portfolio requirement

Related Field Courses: 12 hours

  • Twelve semester hours chosen from the social sciences and/or the humanities at the 2000 level or above, excluding history.
  • Six of the hours must be at the 3000 level or above.
  • Only three hours may be study abroad fieldwork, i.e., a course with fewer than three contact hours in the classroom.

Electives: 15 hours

Total Semester Hours: 124 hours

Major Field Exit Exam

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