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History

What is History?

History majors study and analyze human experiences of the past. By doing so, they become better able to understand other societies in addition to their own. History majors develop strong critical thinking, reading and writing skills as they master research methods and historiography.

Success Factors

History majors must possess the ability to learn how to analyze primary sources and historical facts, to participate in informed discussion of conflicting historical perspectives and to appreciate the diversity of human experience over space and time. In addition, history students must be committed to developing skills in critical thinking, research methods and the integration of that knowledge in writing and oral communication.

Career Possibilities

In addition to being well-prepared for graduate, law or medical school, graduates of the history program pursue careers as:

  • Archivists
  • Academic advisors
  • Librarians
  • Educators
  • Diplomats
  • Filmmakers
  • Museologists

Minoring in History

The history minor requires 18 credit hours in history as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in survey courses, which may be taken in any combination of 1000 and/or 2000-level HIST classes.
  • 3 credit hours of HIST 3000: Introduction to Historical Thinking
  • 9 credit hours of upper division courses, which may be taken in any 3000-level HIST classes.

Historic Preservation Certificate
Students interested in public history and historic preservation can also pursue a certificate in history preservation, an interdisciplinary program between the department and UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

Programs that share courses and other similarities with history include classics, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, Asian studies and political science. Students might consider combining history with one of these programs or another as a second major or minor.

Click here to declare the minor online

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Contact either Dr. Isaac Campos-Costero (contact information included in the "Quick Info" section on this page) or Dr. Susan Karr, Undergraduate Advising Director for History. Dr. Karr is located in 353A McMicken Hall and can be reached either by phone; (513) 556-5102 or by e-mail;  susan.karr@uc.edu.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

320D McMicken Hall
PO Box 210373
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
Phone: 513-556-2527
Isaac Campos-Costero
camposip@uc.edu