B.A. in History

Minimum 120 total hours, 36 hours of Major Program Requirements

General Requirements for Majors in Catalog Years 2019-2020 to Present

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History requires 36 hours of coursework.  These hours must be distributed in the following way:


1) Lower-Division Electives: Choose any three (9 credit hours) of the four history courses in the Kent Core, all of which meet the University Diversity Requirement:


HIST 11050: World History: Ancient/Medieval

HIST 11051: World History: Modern

HIST 12070: Early America: From Pre-Colonization to Civil War and Reconstructions

HIST 12071: Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization


2) Upper-Division Requirements (6 credit hours): All majors are required to take the following two courses (6 credit hours) in addition to the required seven courses (21 credit hours) of upper-division electives:


HIST 32050: Historical Research Methods in their second or third year as majors.  Historical Research Methods is designed to serve as an introduction to the methods and theories of History in order to prepare majors for more advanced study in the discipline. HIST 32050 is a prerequisite for HIST 49091, Senior Seminar in History and must be completed with a grade of C or better.


HIST 49091: Senior Seminar in History during their final undergraduate year. Senior Seminar in History is the capstone in history where majors will research and write a piece of original historical research. This course allows students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in their earlier coursework. It fulfills the University’s Writing-Intensive (WIC) Requirement.


3) Upper-Division Electives: At least seven upper division history courses (21 credit hours) in which students take at least two courses (6 credit hours) from the Area Studies Electives, at least two courses (6 credit hours) from the Thematic Studies Electives, and at least three (9 credit hours) additional upper division courses (30,000 or 40,000 level) of their choosing. HIST 32050 and HIST 49091 do not count toward upper-division electives. HIST 49002: Internship in History (3 credit hours) only counts once towards the upper-division electives. Because course offerings change from year to year, students should check the University catalog for the most up-to-date list of which courses may be applied to the Area Studies or Thematic Studies Electives.