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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

History (B.A.)

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Program: B.A.
Department of History  
College of Liberal Arts 

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 secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach History in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Liberal Arts.  See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Through completion of this degree, students will:

  1. Build historical knowledge.
  2. Develop historical methods.
  3. Apply the range of skills it takes to decode the historical record because of its incomplete, complex, and contradictory nature.
  4. Create historical arguments and narratives.
  5. Use historical perspective as central to active citizenship.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

To earn the B.A. with a major in History, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above.  To become eligible for the History Honors Program, see requirements listed below under Honors in History.

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Program Requirements:

History (B.A.) 4-Year Plan :

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

History (B.A.) with Secondary EDUC/ECON Minor 4-Year Plan :

History (B.A.) with Secondary EDUC/POLS Minor 4-Year Plan :

History (B.A.) with Secondary EDUC/PSY Minor 4-Year Plan :

History (B.A.) with Secondary EDUC/SOC Minor 4-Year Plan :

History (B.A.) With Secondary EDU/OTHER Minor 4-Year Plan :

  • Students pursuing a double degree (BSED and BA/BS) in Secondary Education with History, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology require a minor.  They may choose a minor in any of the following programs, provided the minor is different than the major: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Spanish.   See links above for examples of 4-year plans.  Contact your History or Education advisor for assistance choosing your specific minor.

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

College of Liberal Arts Course Requirements

Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for detailed information on college requirements.

Introduction to the Liberal Arts: Credits 3

Second Semester Writing, Research, and Methods Class: Credits 3

International Language: Credits 12

You must complete two courses at the first-year level and two courses at the second-year level in a single international language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for more details.

Thematic Requirements: Credits 15

Students will take one course in each of these five areas to ensure that they have an opportunity to deepen their traditional liberal arts education while also preparing for a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and increasingly globalized and complex world:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, Race, and/or Ethnicity:  Credits 3
  2. Conflict and Cooperation:  Credits 3
  3. Institutions and Behavior:  Credits 3
  4. Regional/Geographic Study:  Credits 3
  5. Digital Humanities/Public Humanities:  Credits 3

List of Courses and Stipulations for the COLA Thematic Requirements 

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses

Supporting Courses

For the following sections: United States History, Western European History, World History, and Additional History Course:

  • No more than six credits can be at the 200-level.
  • At least three credits must be from a transregional class as noted below by an asterisk ( * ).

Additional History Course: Credits 3

  • HIST 23200 may be used to fulfill this requirement
  • Choose one additional course from the following list:
    • HIST prefixed course
    •  MARS 20100 *

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 ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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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