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2017-2018 University Catalog

History Honors, BA


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About the Program

The Department of History’s Honors Program offers students the opportunity to engage in challenging courses, research, and sustained historical writing.

The program is a total of 6 credit hours. In the fall semester, students enroll in HIST 42100 - Honors Historical Methods  . This course introduces students to the tools of the historian’s craft. They investigate various interpretative approaches to history and discuss the work of several leading historians, examining how they build their arguments, the sources they use, and their contributions to our knowledge of the past. It is also during this semester that students choose their Thesis topic, their faculty mentor and begin their research.

In the spring, students register for HIST 42200 - Honors Thesis In Historical Research , which offers them 3 credit hours but is not actually a class. Rather, students work closely with their faculty mentor and write a 45-to-50 page historical essay based on their research. At the end of the spring semester, students provide an oral defense of their thesis and present their work to their families and to the History faculty at the annual History Honors Forum.

The History Honors Program has much to offer aspiring History Majors:

  • fellowship with other like-minded students
  • the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member
  • special opportunities to join conferences, seminars, and faculty receptions
  • road trips to conduct research at major libraries and archives
  • assistance with graduate school applications, statements, and letters

Our Honors students have earned prestigious fellowships and admittance to first-rate graduate programs across the US and abroad, including the doctoral programs in history at The College of William and Mary, University of North Carolina, Emory University, New York University, and The London School of Economics. Many of our Honors alumni have earned degrees in Law, Public History, and Foreign Service.

Visit History Honors for more information.

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum


Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)


Area A


At least 6 hours in U.S. History (See Selective List)

  • U.S. History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • U.S. History - Credit Hours: 3.00

Area B


At least 6 hours in European History (See Selective List)

  • European History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • European History - Credit Hours: 3.00

Area C


At Least 6 hours in Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern or African History (See Selective List)

  • Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern or African History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern or African History - Credit Hours: 3.00

Area E


At least 12 hours at the 40000 or 50000 level (excluding HIST 49900 ) 3 hours of which MUST be HIST 42100  and 3 hours of which MUST be HIST 42200 . HIST 59000  may be taken only one time to satisfy Requirement E.

Note


Students must take a least 3 hours of HIST 39500 - Junior Research Seminar . This course may be used to satisfy Area A, B, C, and/or D requirements.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)


  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
  • or

  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
  •  

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication (UCC: Oral Communication)  
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000  or POL 22300  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400  or HIST 38700  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (30 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • STAT - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


15 Credits


Notes


Students must earn a “C-” or better in each History course.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

History Honors must earn a “B” or better in HIST 42100 and HIST 42200

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all other HIST courses

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


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