May 28, 2022  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Honors, BA

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 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.

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (33 credits)

Other Departmental (31-55 credits)

The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.

Core I: Disciplinary Diversity (6-18 credits)

Choose 1 course in 6 different disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.

Note: Disciplines are differentiated by course prefix. Undistributed credit does not count to satisfy this requirement.

Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)

Culture, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity all play a role in how others perceive us and how we experience the world, and as such, are meaningful categories for analyzing social change and social problems past and present. The purpose of this category is to acquaint students with the pluralistic nature of the world and foster an appreciation and awareness of the diverse range of lived human experience. Courses in this list will expose students to important aspects of human diversity and foster understanding about different world views.

Choose one course from this list: Social Diversity Selective List .

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives.

Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes. Many of these can also be used to fulfill Core I, Core II, or Core III.

  • Humanities - all approved courses accepted.
  • Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted.
  • Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted.
  • Written Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Oral Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted.


  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Electives (32-56 credits)

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

  • Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00 (CLA Core I: 1 of 6)
  • History Area A: U.S. History Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00
  • History Area A U.S. History (CLA Core I: 2 of 6) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Behavioral/Social Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • History Area B European History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • History Area D History Prior to AD 1500 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core II: Social Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • History Area B European History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level IV (CLA Core I: 3 of 6 & CLA Core III: Linguistic Diversity) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 4 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • History Area C: Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern, or African History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 5 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • History Area C: Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern, or African History - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 6 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • History Area E: History 40000 or 50000 level - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in each History course.  The P/NP option is not available.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for graduation.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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