Oct 02, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022

Social Sciences, History Option, B.A.

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History is one of the most ancient academic disciplines and includes the study of every form of human endeavor. Historians depend primarily on written sources for evidence, but incorporate other types of physical evidence as well. Historians apply analytical and interpretive skills in order to first determine what happened in the past and then explain why it happened. Knowledge of history provides understanding of how and why societies and institutions evolved to their present condition. This knowledge and understanding is critical in determining the likely results of contemporary trends and policies in a society. Thus, reasoned judgments can be made as to whether current trends should be allowed to continue or an alternative course of action should be taken.


  1. To provide a broad base of knowledge and understanding of American, Western, and Non-Western history
  2. To develop skills that will enable students to distinguish between facts and opinions, and to think rationally, logically, and critically
  3. To provide knowledge and understanding of other disciplines and how they contribute to the work of historians
  4. To provide knowledge and understanding of the methods historians use in historical research, and develop a high level of skill in writing
  5. To provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in a graduate or professional program or to find gainful employment in the public or private sector

General Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences: History track requires a minimum of 120 hours.

  1. Majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses in history as specified in the degree plan.
  2. Majors in history must meet all of the institutional requirements of the university. Requirements listed below in areas other than history supplement, but do not supplant, institutional General Education requirements.

Major Requirements

Total Hours: 18

Upper Division History Electives

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

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