Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” With a history degree you will be prepared with the knowledge to teach the next generation, advise government agencies on political policies or guide companies into new eras.

Program Overview

Irish Minister of State for the Diaspora talks with Christine Kinealy near art pieces depicting Ireland's Great Hunger.

Embracing history

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of State for the Diaspora (left) talks wtih Christine Kinealy, Professor of History and Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, after touring the Grey Nuns Exhibit in the Special Collection Room of the Arnold Bernhard Library.

As a history major, you’ll gain a broad understanding of past events, plus critical thinking skills and writing expertise, all of which will prepare you for a number of careers, from curator of a museum exhibit on Middle Eastern art to grant writer for a large teaching hospital. If you have a talent for languages, you could become an intelligence officer with the FBI, or you can choose to continue your education with a graduate degree in education, law or medicine. 

You’ll learn through hands-on experience with professors who are genuinely excited about their subject matter. Our students have traveled to Hungary for archaeological digs and participated in building a classroom in a rural area of Guatemala. Many of our history graduates who went into the field of education have earned Teacher of the Year honors in their respective school districts. 

We offer intriguing courses that let you explore specific periods in world history, as well as unique topics including piracy in the 18th century, witchcraft beliefs and superstitions, and the complex history of medicine and healing.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in History Curriculum

Students majoring in history must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
History Core Requirements 3,4,5
European History6
American History6
Global History6
Select four electives 300 level or above12
HS 201Historical Writing3
HS 303Historiography3
HS 408Seminars in History3
Free Electives14-17
Total Credits120-126

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


No more than three courses may be at the 100 level.


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


Some courses will fill more than one requirement. Students take a total of 36 history credits.

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.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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