Major in History
Austin Allen, PhD, Interim Coordinator
A Bachelor of Arts in History provides students with the intellectual discipline as well as the research, analytical, and communication skills that will prepare them for careers in teaching, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Students interested in pursuing a professional degree in law, history, library studies, public history, or other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities will find the skills offered by the History Degree to be particularly useful to them in their future studies.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates who earn a BA in History will be able to:
- Recognize and identify the significance of historical development in the United States.
- Recognize and identify the significance of historical global change.
- Recognize context and make careful generalizations based on factual evidence.
- Use research skills to effectively locate and present competing historical interpretations of a subject.
- Apply academic conventions of historical writing, including the development of clear and convincing compositions and the application of proper source attribution.
- Communicate effectively and succinctly through informed spoken discourse.
NOTE: Students must select either the standard concentration or the education concentration in order to complete a BA in History.
To complete a BA in History with a Secondary Education Concentration, students must satisfy the “Requirements for CHSS Majors ” and fulfill the coursework listed below. Note that Student Teaching courses, SED 4301 and SED 4302 , require 15-week full-time supervised work in grades 8 - 12 (may be one or more grades). Courses identified as belonging to the same Professional Development (PD) series must be taken concurrently.
Students majoring in History/Social Studies Secondary Education Concentration or the History Secondary Education Concentration must be admitted to the Department of Urban Education’s Teacher Candidacy program (at UHD) in order to take required courses in Professional Development I, II, and III. Admission to Teacher Candidacy at UHD for students pursuing either of these history tracks requires (1) core completion, (2) preparatory requirement completion; (3) a minimum of 24 earned SCHs of HIST courses; and (4) an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.