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BA in History

The study of history is a well-established and widely respected foundation for a liberal education. By studying American, European and world history, you'll gain a broad perspective on the diversity of the human experience and achieve a better understanding of your place in the world.

Many of our students pursue internships at local historical societies, museums, libraries and civic organizations. A major in history helps you develop the skills employers value most: critical thinking, independent research, written expression and an understanding of human diversity. Our graduates pursue careers in business, education, law or continue on to graduate study in a wide range of fields.

Curriculum + Requirements

Students normally apply for admission to the major during their sophomore year. Applications must be made to, and approved by, the chairperson. Acceptance usually is approved for all applicants in good standing academically. Continuation in the major is dependent upon a satisfactory level of performance in all courses, with special reference to work in history. In addition to the college requirements, students majoring in history must meet the following departmental requirements:


  • European History (6 credits)
  • American History (6 credits)
  • Global History (6 credits)
  • Four electives at 200 level or above (12 credits)
  • HS 303: Historiography & Historical Methods (3 credits)
  • HS 408: Seminar in History (3 credits)

No more than three courses may be at the 100 level

The minimum requirement (36 credits) must be met with grades of C or better in all courses.

Note about internships: The department is able to provide student internships with area historical societies and also attempts to place qualified students in credit-related internships with area governmental organizations.

Minor in History

A minor in history will be recorded upon completion of at least 18 credits with grades of C or better in all courses. The student must select at least three credits from each of the following areas of history: American, European and non-Western. At least nine credits of the 18 must be at the 200-level or above and should be chosen with the consultation of the department chair.