Major Details

A history major consists of 36 credits and is structured to reflect the department's philosophy and pedagogical goals.

Students begin with two survey courses chosen from among European, U.S., Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, African and world history. Building on this broad overview, students take a gateway course, Introduction to Historical Thinking (HIST 3000), where they are introduced to historiography, critical thinking and intensive writing and rewriting.

Five upper-division elective courses give students the freedom to develop their own field of special interest, while one course (at any level) on any areas other than American or European history, and one course (at any level) from pre-1800 history ensures a breadth of knowledge. The capstone History Research Seminars (HIST 5000) offers history majors experiential learning, allowing the students to integrate their training in critical thinking, research skills and writing to produce an original piece of scholarship.

All history majors should consult with the department's director of undergraduate studies when they declare their major.

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements which encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • International human rights
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Political science
  • Security studies
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

History Major Requirements

Transition Students: Any Student Enrolled @ UC before Semester Conversion

12 Hours

1000-2000 Level Electives

  3 Hours

HIST 3000*; Majors must take this before HIST 5000

  3 Hours

HIST 5000**

18 Hours

3001-6099 Level Electives

TOTAL: 36 Hours


New Semester Students: Any Student Enrolled @ UC after Semester Conversion***

9 Hours

1000-2000 Level Electives

Three Courses

3 Hours

HIST 3000*

Must take before HIST 5000**

15 Hours

3001-6099 Level Electives



4000-4099 Level Elective

One course; must take 3 credit hours of 4000-4099 Level Elective before HIST 5000**

3 Hours


Must be 3001 or above; cannot fulfill other major requirements

3 Hours

Pre-1800 History

Must be 3001 or above; cannot fulfill other major requirements

3 Hours

History 5000**

One Course

TOTAL:   36 Hours



*Students must earn a C or higher to earn a History minor or to move on to HIST 5000.
**Students must earn a C or higher to earn a History Major
***Approved November 2014


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school, use u.select to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC. See course descriptions by college.

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History Curriculum Guide