A Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of New Orleans will give you the tools to make sense of our past, gain a deeper understanding of the present, and help to shape a better course for our future. You’ll be immersed in the practice of historical studies, starting with foundational knowledge of historical eras and narrowing down to a focus area of your choice. By learning about the historical narratives that we construct as a people, you’ll see how critically interpreting those narratives can shift our perspectives of the world and our place in it.
During your studies, you’ll learn all about the historical research process: combining primary and secondary sources, evaluating evidence, identifying biases, interpreting contradictory or incomplete information, and so much more. These skills—along with a heightened ability to communicate your ideas—will serve you well in any field you choose. With a bachelor’s degree in history from UNO, you’ll have everything you need to understand our past and build your own future.
When you enroll in UNO’s Bachelor of Arts in history program, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of broad historical periods, and a more nuanced knowledge of the specific national, regional, or thematic topics you choose to specialize in. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your passion for history, pursue the questions and narratives that energize you, and actively participate in historical research. The B.A. in history will leave you well equipped for a future career as a historian, an educator, an archivist, a museum curator, or any number of other paths.
The Bachelor of Arts in history is a 120-credit-hour program, including 39 general education credits, 45 other required credits, and 36 history-specific credits. At least six credit hours of history electives must have a geographical focus outside the United States.
To be admitted into the UNO Honors Program in history, incoming students must have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350. For transfer or continuing students, the requirement is a 3.50 GPA or better. To graduate with a B.A. in history with honors, students must maintain a 3.50 GPA, complete six credit hours of History 3999, and successfully complete and defend their senior honors thesis.
Non-majors can earn a minor in history by completing 18 credit hours of history coursework with a 2.0 GPA or better. At least half of those credit hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above.
You can tailor your B.A. in history to focus on any of these concentrations:
Trace and examine the development of the United States, from before European settlement through early exploration, expansion, and modern times.
Challenge established narratives of history by studying a variety of non-Western cultural perspectives: African, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American.
Learn about the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that shaped Europe’s history—and, by extension, our larger world.
The skills you’ll develop through the study of history are the practical, critical capabilities that are highly sought after in practically any career path. Evaluating evidence, sourcing reliable information, clearly communicating complex narratives, and understanding conflicting points of view are all essential to historical studies—and they’re also the skills that future employers are looking for.
When you complete your B.A. in history, you’ll have the skill set and foundational knowledge to excel in a graduate program, a career as a historian, or anywhere else life may take you.
Research is a cornerstone of historical understanding, and we want you to have as many opportunities as possible to engage in original research while at UNO. Students working toward a B.A. in history can access our numerous historical research centers around campus, home to countless primary and secondary sources to guide your exploration.
You’ll also be able to participate in numerous types of hands-on or field research, including:
The Center promotes connection and communication between universities in Austria and the University of New Orleans. Scholarly and artistic activities, as well as academic partnerships, allow for cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Central Europe.
The mission of the Eisenhower Center is to study the causes, conduct, and consequences of American national security policy, as well as the political use of force, in the twentieth century.
The Ethel and Herman Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies is home to research material about New Orleans history, politics, culture, and public policy, particularly civil rights. The center sponsors and participates in events that bring scholars together to share their findings, including lectures, publications, performances, exhibits, and documentaries.
This regional database collects stories, emails, oral histories, digital photos, audio, and video relating to Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Special collections include photographs from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Louisiana State Museum, and others.
Few cities in the country maintain such a close connection to their history as New Orleans does. When you work toward a B.A. in history at UNO, you’ll be immersed in a community that offers countless opportunities to explore history firsthand, and you’ll feel how it resonates through the present moment.
New Orleans is home to numerous major museums that offer our students research opportunities and internships, including the National WWII museum and multiple branches of the Louisiana State Museum. B.A. in history students frequently volunteer at city festivals and historical organizations, including the French Quarter Festival: the largest free festival in the South. And national and international conventions regularly pass through New Orleans, giving you the chance to meet with today’s leading historians, become part of the ever-evolving historical conversation, and even present your own work.
Gunter Bischof, Ph.D.
Specialization: 20th Century Diplomatic History
· American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize recipient
· Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Class I
· Gordon “Nick” Mueller International Leadership Medallion
· Cross for Science and the Arts, 1st Class
· Grand Cross of Austria
Allan Millett, Ph.D.
Specialization: 20th Century Wars and Military Policy
· National World War II Museum, Presidential Counselor
· Korea Foundation Distinguished Scholar
· Fulbright Distinguished Professor, Korea
· Doctorate Honoris Causa, Royal Military Academy, Belgium
· Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing
· Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal for Civilian Service
· First Vice President and Trustee, International Commission of Military History
Mary N. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Specialization: Early American History
· Author of Raising Freedom’s Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery
· Member of Humanities Action Lab, Rutgers-Newark, 2015–Present
· Edward R. Murrow Regional Award recipient for Excellence in Journalism
· Fulbright Lectureship in American Studies, University of Innisbruck, Austria
· Constance Rourke Prize, American Studies Association
Phi Alpha Theta has been a premier national honor society for history for nearly 100 years. The society has a long, rich legacy at UNO—and you’re invited to be a part of it.
To apply to Phi Alpha Theta, you must have completed 12 credit hours of history courses, maintaining at least a 3.1 GPA in history and a 3.0 GPA overall. The society is open to all students, not just those pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history.
As a member of Phi Alpha Theta, you can participate in social and service activities with other students interested in history, while adding a mark of distinction to your resume. The society also publishes the journal Historian, which members have the opportunity to publish in. Finally, Phi Alpha Theta sponsors regional and national conferences where you can present your work—a major achievement as an undergraduate.
Questions about membership? Contact Robert Dupont, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.