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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History B.A./B.S.

Students may earn a BA or a BS in history using one of the following three options: history major; double Major and teacher licensure; and advanced program in history.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

History major

Requirements for a history major consist of a final cumulative GPA of 2.2 and 36 hours distributed as follows:

II. Professional courses for the History Major (3 credit hours)

III. Upper-division courses (21 credit hours)

Upper-division courses (500-level and above) Credits: (21)

IV. Additional courses at any level (6 credit hours)

Courses taken to fulfill the requirements listed above must include:

  • At least two courses, 500 level or above, with a primary chronological emphasis prior to 1800.
  • At least one course, 300 level or above, from each of the following areas: U.S., European, and non-western.

Students are urged to consult with advisors and other faculty members in order to develop programs that best suit their interests and needs. Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration with their 500-level courses. These areas might involve a geographical focus (U.S., Europe, non-western) or a topical emphasis (such as military history, agricultural history, religious history, women’s history, and so on).

Double majors and teacher licensure

Students earning double majors may satisfy the requirements with 30 hours in history. The remaining 6 hours will be waived by the completion of an additional major. The distribution requirements are the same as for the standard history major with one exception: Requirement III is changed to read ‘‘upperdivision courses (500-level and above): 15 hours.’’

Students majoring in history may also prepare for teacher licensure in Secondary Education-Social Sciences (EDSST ) Teacher Licensure program. They must meet the same requirements as students earning double majors (30 hours in history with the modified requirements above). They should select their courses in consultation with advisors in both the history department and the College of Education  to ensure that they meet the requirements of both programs. See the Department of Secondary Education  for social science licensure requirements.

Advanced program in history

Certain highly qualified students may elect to define their own programs for the major in consultation with a committee of three faculty members chosen by the student and approved by the head. This program of study should be broadly conceived, not narrowly circumscribed. This option is available to students seeking a BA or BS degree in history. To enter this program a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 at the end of the freshman year or later, submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose, and receive approval from the undergraduate studies committee.

A student selecting this option must enroll prior to his or her senior year and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Write a senior thesis (6 hours credit over one or two semesters);
  • Pass an oral examination over a specific body of historical knowledge, the scope of which will be defined by the student in consultation with the faculty committee;
  • Enroll in 30 hours of history courses (24 hours for double majors and teacher education students) including the Junior Seminar to be selected by the student in consultation with the faculty committee. Students are encouraged to supplement regular course offerings with tutorial instruction.