A specialization in History provides a global perspective on the social, political, and intellectual development of civilizations.  It allows students an opportunity to reflect on the past, gain a historical perspective on the present, and acquire a knowledge and understanding of human behavior.  A History specialization may choose courses that deal with Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

The History program offers a curriculum that is designed to prepare graduates to function in and contribute to an expanding society, enhance critical thinking  skills,  to develop  an  appreciation  and understanding of history research methodologies, to make students aware of the contributions of diverse cultures to our global society, be able to internalize and integrate this  information  into  their total  knowledge base, and to prepare students  for  advanced  professional studies as well as varied career opportunities.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a Specialization in History, a student must complete a minimum  of  120  semester credit  hours including  30 semester credit hours in History.   The required courses are HIS 101, 102, 201, 202;  314  or  316;  333  or  366,  and  HIS  499.    The remaining  12  semester  credit  hours  of  300/400  level History courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s  advisor. In  lieu of HIS 103, majors are required to take HIS 101 and 102.

Additionally, the student must complete a minor.  A minor in History requires the completion of 21 semester credit hours.  Specific course requirements include HIS 102, 201, and 202.  The remaining 12 semester credit hours must be selected in consultation with the student’s minor advisor from 300/400 level History courses.   In addition, students must complete HIS 103 as part of the Liberal Studies requirement.

History students have local opportunities to participate in internships.  Check out some of the links below:

Kentucky Historical Society, contact Phyllis Gilman

Liberty Hall, contact Kate Hesseldenz

Shaker Village, contact Jill Malusky