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Degree Requirements | History (B.A.)

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Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 10015  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 10025  3
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences Elective8  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts Elective2  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FORL 2001/10015 3  Non major Electives 3000+ level4  6
FORL 10025 3  Social Sciences Elective8  6
Literature 3  General Electives  21 or 24
    Total 45
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
HIST 1001  3  HIST Electives, any level6  6
HIST 1002  3  HIST Electives, 3000+ level  15
HIST 2501  3  HIST 48007  3
HIST 2502  3    
    Total 36
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  4. Students can fulfill this requirement with courses from the subject areas listed as Liberal Arts Approved Electives, or by taking courses at the 3000+ level in social sciences or arts, thereby fulfilling two requirements at once. The application of a course to two requirements, however, does not reduce the total number of hours required for graduation.
  5. The nine hours of foreign language must be in the same language. Alternately, students may opt to take 12 hours in two foreign languages (six hours in each of two languages.) If the 12-hour option is chosen, students may reduce approved electives by three hours. Advanced courses in foreign language are recommended for students anticipating graduate study.
  6. At least six hours of history electives must be from history courses with a geographical focus other than the United States.
  7. This course satisfies the liberal arts oral competency requirement.
  8. Must include two different social science subject areas and six hours at the 2000 level or above.


ENGL 1152 1158 (or 1159) with C or better. Credit will be awarded for skipped courses for those who place directly into ENGL 1158 (via placement exam), and earn C or better. Those who do not earn a C or better must take ENGL 1158, regardless of prior credit. Note: ENGL 1156 does not count toward the degree.


Six hours in literature courses from ENGL or Foreign Languages. Note: Writing or linguistics courses will not count toward the degree. Check prerequisites with these departments before choosing courses.


Six hours above the remedial level (no credit for 1021 or 1022). Placement in MATH courses by ACT score. Credit will be awarded for 1115, 1125, and/or 1126 courses for those who pass higher level courses in the sequence with a C or better.


Nine hours in two sciences (choose from BIOS, EES, CHEM, or PHYS): six hours in one science, plus three hours in another science. Three of the required hours must be in biology (BIOS 1053 and BIOS 1063, the non-major biology courses, are recommended).


Three hours of arts courses from FA, MUS, or FTCA.


There are two paths to satisfying the language requirement: either successful completion of a three-semester sequence in a single foreign language (9 hrs.), or two semesters each in two different foreign languages (12 hrs.). Students with prior knowledge of a language may take a placement test to place into the second, third, or fourth semesters. Bypass credit will be awarded for all skipped courses if the student earns a C or better in the advanced courses.


Twelve hours in ANTH, ECON, EDUC, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, URBN, WS. Six hours of credit at any level, plus six hours of credit at the 2000+ level. Students must take courses in at least two different subject areas.


HIST 1001, 1002, 2501, 2502, and 4800 plus twelve hours of elective 3000-4000 level HIST courses, and nine hours of elective HIST courses at any level. Elective hours must be organized as follows: nine hours in a field of concentration (US, European, or Non-Western History) and six hours outside the concentration (including 3 hours of Non-Western History).


Thirty (30) or 33 hours of electives. Students may take no more than 9 hours of “non-approved” electives, including a maximum of 3 hours of EDPE and EDHS. (See College of Liberal Arts catalog for a list of approved electives.)



While completing the requirements for a degree (above), students must include six hours of credit at the 3000- or 4000-level in any non-history field. This requirement can be met from the General Education Requirements (see History Major Checklist) or from elective courses. Note: Non-approved electives cannot be used for this requirement.