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2021-2022 Catalog
History (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for History

Major: History Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Prerequisites (6 credits)

Requires grades of C or higher.


(may be 1000, 2000, or 3000-Level):

  • AFH AMH ASH EUH HIS LAH WOH (6 credits)

Major Requirements (18 credits)

Required grades of C or higher. Student following the Honors in the Major and/or the Accelerated BA-MA Pathway must have a GPA of 3.33 in the major or A- or higher in HIS3051 or A- or higher in one 4000-level seminar.

SELECT 1 course from each

of the following: U.S., European, and Global Categories

  • U.S.: AMH 3000 or 4000-Level (3 credits)
  • European: EUH 3000 or 4000-Level (3 credits)
  • Global: AFH/ASH/ASN/LAH 3000 or 4000-Level (3 credits)

HIS3051 (GW)Craft Of The Historian (3 Credits)

HIS3051 is ONLY offered in the fall and spring semesters

SELECT 2 Designated History Seminars

4000-level (6 credits)
HIS 3051 must be completed with at least a "C" before taking 4000-level courses.
Internships and independent study courses do not satisfy 4000-level requirement.
Important note: 4000-level seminar courses are offered only fall and spring semesters.


Major Electives (12 credits)

Requires grades of C or higher

SELECT 4 from 3000 or 4000-level

(12 credits)

    Students earning Honors in the Major and/or the Accelerated BA to MA pathway must:
  • Take 9 credits 3000/4000 level major electives along with 3 credits of 5000/6000 level Graduate History electives (not Readings Seminar)
  • Research Project Presentation: Students following this option will also publish or present a history project in a public academic forum during their graduating term, either fall or spring.

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 credit hours of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your Advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Latin, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (7 credits)


3000 OR 4000-level
This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000 or 4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).