2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in History

Note: Students in this curriculum may tailor their electives to include an emphasis on African and African Diaspora Studies. See corresponding certificate program below.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Subject Area Credits
General Education Core 40
Major Requirements 57
Electives 23
Other Requirements 0
Total Credit Hours 120


Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
SEM 101
SEM 102
Spartan Seminar 101
and Spartan Seminar 102
BIO 100 Biological Science 3
BIO 100L Biological Science Lab 1
CSC 150 Computer Literacy 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
HIS 100 History of World Societies I 3
HIS 101 Hist of Civilizat 3
HED 100 Personal and Community Health 2
HIS 102 United States History to 1865 3
HIS 103 United States History Since 1865 3
MTH 103 Mathematics in General Education 3
PED 100 Fundametals of Fitness for Life 1
Second Year
SEM 201 Spartan Seminar 201 1
ENG 207
Introduction to World Literature
or Basic Art Appreciation
or Music Appreciation
SPN 111
Elementary Spanish
or Elementary French I
GEO 130 Principles of Geography 3
SPN 112
Elementary Spanish II
or Elementary French II
SCI 101 Physical Science for Non-Science Majors 3
POS 100
American National Government
or Introduction to Business & Entrepreneurship
or Basic Principles of Economics
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
HIS 205 Introduction to the Study of History 3
ENG 285 Public Speaking 3
HIS 335
African-American History
or African-American History Since 1865
or Early African History and Cultures, From the Beginning of Humankind to 1600
or Modern African History & Cultures 1600-PRESENT
ENG 383
African-American Literature, 1940-PRESENT
or African-American Music
or African/Afro-American Art
Third Year
XXX-XXX Electives ( See Advisor or Department Chair) 5
HIS 305 The Three R's of History: Reading, Writing and Research 3
Geography Elective 3
Select two History Electives at the 300-400 level 6
United States Early National Period, 1788-1815
Antebellum America, 1815-1850
History of Virginia
United States Women's History
Black Leaders, Then and Now
American Military History
Recent American History From 1932 to Present
Special Topics: Black Lives Matter
The History of Love and Marriage
Select two Atlantic World History 6
Age of Encounter, 1415-1607
Independent Latin America
Twentieth-Century Europe
Borders and Moving People
Latin America: Readings in Latin-American History
Caribbean History
African Diaspora History and Culture
Special Topics
XXX XXX History Elective (300-400 Level) 3
XXX XXX Skill-based Elective 3
Advanced Computer Concepts
or Introduction to Gis
or History of the English Language
or any POS 3XX or 4XX
Fourth Year
GEO 430 Geography of Atlantic World Slavery 3
XXX XXX Electives (See Advisor or Department Chair) 6
GEO XXX Geography Elective 3
HIS 497 Historical Research 3
HIS 494
or Interdisciplinary Studies Internship
HIS XXXHistory Electives (300-400 level) 9
 Total Credits120

Twenty-one semester hours of History at the 300-400 level are required for a major in the Department, with a minimum of six credit hours of non-Western history.