Oct 20, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

History (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of History  
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686


The courses and programs offered through the Department of History can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and your world as you prepare for a career in teaching, library work, law, public service, or a related profession. 

For details on pursuing a second degree in secondary education to teach History in middle school/high school, see the School of Education Secondary Education  section in this catalog.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • Possess broad knowledge and some specialized understanding of the diverse historical pasts of America, Europe, and the World
  • Understand the basic scientific and humanistic methodology of history as an intellectual discipline including the direct experience of evaluating primary sources and secondary literature
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, analyze, and write about historic topics
  • Recognize historical analyses of human experience as the basic outlook of modern culture
  • Be equipped to continue historical studies throughout life.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • A grade of C- or higher for all courses required in the major and a GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken.

To earn the B.A. with a major in History, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details
  • A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne College Requirements link above for details.  Go to Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6


International Language: Credits 14


  • See Part B in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Distribution: Credits 9


  • See Part C in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Choose courses other than HIST

Cultural Studies: Credits 6


  • See Part D in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree for course choices to fulfill the Non-Western Culture requirement

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses: Credits 39


HIST 23200 may not be used to fulfill the Western European History or World History requirement in the categories below:

  • American History courses at the 300 level or higher:  Credits 6
  • Western European History  courses at the 300 level or higher:  Credits 6
  • World History courses at the 300 level or higher:  Credits 6

Additional History Course: Credits 3


  • An additional three credits in HIST or MARS 20100 are required.  HIST 23200 may be used to fulfill this requirement

General Elective Courses


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Honors in History


As an entering student, you could become eligible for the History Honors Program by scoring above 600 on the SAT I verbal test or the CEEB history achievement test; thereafter, you must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher or be recommended by a member of the department for admission. Admission to the degree program requires that you submit a written petition to  the department no later than the end of your junior year.

In addition to fulfilling the B.A. requirements, completion of this honors program requires:

  • a GPA of 3.3 or higher in history and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • 9 credits of Honors courses, including 6 credits in History
  • satisfactory completion and defense of an honors thesis

Total Credits: 120


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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