Bachelor of Arts in History

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

HIST A101Western Civilization I3
HIST A102Western Civilization II3
HIST A131History of the United States I3
HIST A132History of the United States II3
Complete 6 credits of the following non-Western history courses:6
East Asian Civilization I
East Asian Civilization II
Modern China
Modern Japan
Northeast Asia in 21st Century
Russia in East Asia
Latin America to 1800
Modern Latin America
Themes in World History *
The Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of the Samurai
"Communist" China
Complete 15 credits of upper division History electives15
HIST A377Historiography: The Uses and Abuses of History3
HIST A477Senior Seminar3

May be repeated once with a change in subtitle.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Honors in History

The award of honors in History recognizes distinguished achievement by undergraduate majors in the study and writing of history.

To be eligible for departmental honors a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be a declared History major.
  2. Satisfy all the requirements for a BA in History.
  3. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  4. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses specific to the History major.
  5. Complete HIST A377 with a grade of A.
  6. Complete HIST A477 paper with a grade of A.

Honors designees in History must submit a typographically correct, formal copy of their senior paper to the department for deposit in the departmental archives. This must be done before graduation day of the year in which the paper is completed.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The desired student learning outcomes for the Department of History are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to write clear and precise English.
  • Demonstrate advanced level historical research skills (proper use of historical citation style, critical use of primary and secondary sources, adequate research base, ability to frame a good historical question).
  • Demonstrate advanced historical skills (recognition of significance, cause and effect, continuity v. discontinuity, historiographical conversancy and perspective, critical and integrative thinking).



Paul E. Dunscomb
East Asian History


Elizabeth Dennison
Russian History

William Myers
Modern European History

Songho Ha
Early American History

Associate professors

Ray Ball
Early Modern European and Latin American History

Ian Hartman
American History

Term Professor

Deirdre Bryan
European History

Adjunct professors

David Woodley

Katie Ringsmuth

Professors emeriti

Ron Crawford

Steve W. Haycox

Will Jacobs

Don Mohr