Bachelor of Arts in History
For more detailed information, read our history catalog information to learn about courses in more detail, including prerequisites.
History offers three major options: the Bachelor of Arts Degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Education, Secondary, and the Bachelor of Arts in Education, Elementary. For students with a general interest in history, the Bachelor of Arts is the most appropriate degree, while students with a specific interest in professional education are encouraged toward the other two programs, as appropriate. The department encourages students to declare their majors as soon as possible.
Bachelor of Arts in History
The department divides historical studies into five areas: the United States, the Western Hemisphere (Canada and Latin America), Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and East and South Asia. To satisfy the requirement for the Bachelor of Arts major, the student must complete at least four courses in a single area, at least three courses in a second area, and at least two in a third. The student must also complete the following requirements: History 499 (the senior research seminar--the department's writing intensive course), at least 60 credits in history, and at least 30 upper division credits in history (classes numbered 300 and above). The student must also maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in courses counted in the major; no course with a grade lower than C- may be included in the major.
The Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies requires both a major in history and a minor in social studies. For the history major, the student must satisfy the following requirements: three courses in United State history; two courses in European history; two courses in a single non-United States, non-European area of history; History 391, History of the Pacific Northwest; and History 499. The student must also complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in history, and at least 30 of these must be upper division. The student must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in courses included in the major and may not count any course with a grade below C (2.0). The Social Studies minor must include the following courses: Geography 201; Political Science 101 (introductory), Political Science 250 (American Government), Economics 206 and 207 or Economics 446 and 447. Work in the minor must total at least 30 credits. Courses from Geography, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology also may be counted in the minor. A middle-level endorsement is now available.
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires 45 credits in History, which must include the following: at least two courses in United States History (the department recommends History 103 and 104); two courses in European history (the department recommends that one of the courses be History 113); two courses in a single non-United States, non-European area of history; and History 391. At least 15 credits must be in upper division work. The student must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses counted in the major, and no grade below C (2.0) may be included in a student's program.