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Bachelor of Arts in History

History provides knowledge about the human condition and enriches cultural literacy. History readies you for a deeper engagement with the world, and it gives you skills that are in high demand.

Leaders in American professional and business life, and leaders in foundations, government and nonprofit institutions are imploring colleges to teach students to read efficiently, write clearly, reason logically, and analyze problems against a background of wide-ranging societal information. The national and world economy increasingly will reward these generalist skills of literacy, reasoning, and synthesis over training in particular job categories. No major is more effective at cultivating those skills than a history degree.

At a more fundamental level, historical knowledge is vital, and historical ignorance is dangerous. In individuals, amnesia is a shattering condition; if we do not know where we have come from, we cannot know who we are or where we should be headed. The same is true for societies: ignorance or willful distortion of the past is closely linked to injustice, war, and catastrophic miscalculations.

In short, history majors acquire an education that promotes knowledgeable, effective citizenship and personal enrichment, while preparing them for a wide range of professional career goals. Our history program can lead to graduate or law school as well as public service and private sector careers.

Opportunities include law, appointive or elective political office, Congressional staffing, historical societies and museums, business, television, public relations, social work, teaching, journalism, and professional genealogy. Additional career information is available from the American Historical Association. Internship opportunities are available.

Department

History, Philosophy and Political Science Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • For a general education course listing click here. For general education requirement information click here.
  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement: 6 sem. hrs

  • For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement found here.

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here.

Core Requirements 18 sem. hrs

  • (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  • HIST 111 World History to 1500 3 hrs
  • HIST 112 World History Since 1500 3 hrs
  • HIST 121 American History to 1877 3 hrs
  • HIST 122 American History Since 1877 3 hrs
  • HIST 294 Introduction to the Historian's Craft 3 hrs
  • HIST 494 Historical Research & Methods 3 hrs

History Electives 21 sem. hrs

  • Global History Emphasis 9 sem. hrs
  • Students will take 9 credit hours of courses in the Global History emphasis:
  • HIST 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science 3 hrs
  • HIST 304 History of Latin America* 3 hrs
  • HIST 314 Modern China* 3 hrs
  • HIST 316 Modern Japan* 3 hrs
  • HIST/ANTH 319 History and Democracy of the Modern Middle East* 3 hrs
  • HIST/WMST 322 Women and Gender in World History 3 hrs
  • HIST 329 Warfare, Witches and the Outlines of Modern Life: Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700 3 hrs
  • HIST 332 The European Renaissance 3 hrs
  • HIST 334 The European Enlightenment 3 hrs
  • HIST 335 19th Century Europe 3 hrs
  • HIST 336 20th Century Europe 3 hrs
  • HIST 337 Fascism in Europe, 1900-1945 3 hrs
  • HIST/ANTH 339 History of Modern Africa* 3 hrs
  • HIST 340 Philosophy of Revolution 3 hrs
  • HIST 348 World War II 3 hrs
  • HIST 358 The Making of Modern Britain 3 hrs
  • HIST 359 Rise and Fall of the British Empire* 3 hrs
  • HIST/RELI 381 History of Christianity: The Early Church 3 hrs
  • HIST/RELI 382 Christianity in the Modern World 3 hrs
  • HIST 391 Imperial Russia 3 hrs
  • HIST 392 History of Russia 1825 to Present 3 hrs
  • HIST 394 Modern Historiography: the West and the World 3 hrs
  • United States History Emphasis 9 sem. hrs
  • HIST 312 Twentieth Century American Diplomatic History 3 hrs
  • HIST 318 The U.S. and the Vietnam War 3 hrs
  • HIST 321 History of the Modern U.S. 3 hrs
  • HIST 342 American Civil War 3 hrs
  • HIST 350 American Revolution 3 hrs
  • HIST 352 American Environmental History 3 hrs
  • HIST 353 Missouri History 3 hrs
  • HIST 362 History of the American West 3 hrs
  • HIST 370 American Military History 3 hrs
  • HIST 371 History of American Business 3 hrs
  • HIST 372 American Indian History* 3 hrs
  • HIST 373 Women and Gender in American History 3 hrs
  • HIST 374 African American History 3 hrs

Additional Major Area Electives 3 sem. hrs

  • Students will take one 300- or 400- level history elective of their choosing. For this category, History majors are especially encouraged to explore History Internships, HIST 399 or HIST 499.

Other Electives 28-31 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 120 hrs

  • HIST 494, Historical Research and Methods, is the culminating evaluative course that assesses the outcomes of the major. Students (majors) must pass the course with a grade of C or higher prior to graduation.

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