Department of History

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

  1. History majors will demonstrate understanding of the history discipline by interpretation of primary source documents.
  2. History majors will exhibit the skills necessary for historical analysis via written and oral narrative.
  3. History majors will produce scholarly material by demonstrating the use of both primary and secondary sources.

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*  6  Literature  3
     Social Sciences  
     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
Social Science 2000+ 6  FORL 2001/1001  3
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6  FORL 1002  (3)5
Electives 21-24  ENGL Literature  3
PHIL Elective 3    
    Total 45
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
HIST 1001, 1002, 2501, 2502, 3002  15  HIST Electives, any level  6
History Electives (Upper Level)  15    
    Total 36
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
*See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in the Liberal Arts Section.
  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.

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.

MATHEMATICS: 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.

SCIENCE: 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).

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

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 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.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: 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.

HISTORY: HIST 1001, 1002, 2501, 2502, and 3002 plus 15 hours of elective 3000-4000 level HIST courses, and six 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).

PHILOSOPHY: 3 hours of PHIL at any level.

ELECTIVES: 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, Education and Human Development catalog for a list of approved electives).

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
Philosophy  3  HIST (any level)  3
MATH 1031, 1115, or higher  3  MATH 1032, 1116, or higher  3
HIST 1001  3  HIST 1002  3
Social Science  3  Social Science  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature  3  Literature  3
FORL 1001  3  HIST 3000+  3
Social Science  3  FORL 1002  3
BIOS 1053 or 1063  3  HIST 2502  3
HIST 2501  3  BIOS/Physical Science  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
HIST 3002  3  HIST any level  3
FORL 2001  3  Non - HIST 3000+  3
HIST 3000+  3  Social Science 2000+  3
Physical Science 3 Arts  3
Electives  3  Electives  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
HIST 3000+  3  HIST 3000+  3
Non- HIST 3000+  3  HIST 3000+  3
Social Science 2000+  3  Electives  5
Electives  6  PHIL Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in History

To achieve a Minor in History the student must complete 18 hours credit in history with a 2.0 average. At least 50% of the credit hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. Students should consult with a history advisor in planning a minor.

Honors in History

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance.  The cumulative grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. History majors who wish to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in all history courses taken, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.50
  2. Successful completion, with an oral defense, of a Senior Honors thesis, which includes earning six hours of credit for History 3999 (Senior Honors Thesis). No more than three hours of credit in History 3999 may be included in the minimum 36 hours of history required for the major.

Successful completion of the above requirements will carry the designation With Honors in History on the student's diploma.