2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History (B.A.) - J

History is recognized as a field central to the liberal arts tradition. Its study of the variety and diversity of human experience through time is vital to developing an educated perspective on the world today.

A history major is an appropriate and useful one for students planning to enter the fields of teaching, public service, museum work, historical preservation and law, as well as those intending to study at the graduate level.

Learning Outcomes for History Majors

Each graduate will:

  1. Have a general knowledge of the human past and geographical literacy, including events, ideas and individuals that have shaped the world through time.
  2. Have an understanding of the economic, political, social, cultural and religious historical forces and the complexity of events that reflect the diversity of human experience.
  3. Have specific regional and temporal knowledge of “Western” and “non-Western” cultures.
  4. Be competent in locating, evaluating, synthesizing and analyzing historical evidence from primary sources and/or documents.
  5. Be capable of understanding, defending, critiquing and developing historical interpretations.
  6. Successfully communicate, in oral and written form, his or her findings and interpretations, using proper documentations and scholarly conventions.

Required Courses

Electives (24 credits)

Take eight upper-level elective courses from Categories II and III below. Electives must include at least two courses from Category II and a minimum of 5 must be HIS designated.

Total: 42 credits

Secondary Teaching License in Social Studies

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach Social Studies in grades 7-12 must successfully complete either the History (B.A.) - J  or the Political Science (B.A.) - J , as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement - J  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .