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Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major, BA

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Students who seek the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history must complete a total of 36 hours of history. Majors must take HIS 1301 and HIS 1302. HIS 1302 will not satisfy a core requirement for history majors. [History majors must take American Government (POS 2311), General Psychology (PSY 2301), and General Sociology (SOC 2301).] The six-hour United States survey courses (HIS 2306 and HIS 2307) are also required for all majors. The remaining 24 hours must be coursework on the junior and senior levels in the following areas: three hours of Black-American history; three hours of European history; three hours of Third World history—either Africa, Asia, or Latin America; a research course in the senior year—either Materials and Methods of Research in Black-American History (HIS 4347) or Historiography (HIS 4316); and 12 additional hours of history courses at the junior or senior levels. History majors not seeking certification in social studies at the secondary level are required to select a minor from another field. History majors must have a grade of C or higher in each class of the 36 semester hours of history classes in the major.

The following courses are required as support courses for those who choose a minor: three hours of geography; three hours of philosophy; three hours of political science beyond the core; Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 2312); and six hours of a research skill. The research requirement can be satisfied by taking six hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level or six hours of computer science-related courses.

Candidates for graduation with a history degree are required to participate in program assessment activities.

Courses for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History





Fall Semester (15)

Spring Semester (15)

HIS History Elective (3)
HIS History Elective (3)
Minor Electives1 (6)
Elective (3)

Total Hours: 122 Semester Hours*

(GE) General Education Core Requirements

*To graduate, history majors must have at least 122 semester hours and an overall grade point average of 2.0. They must also have a grade of C or higher in each class of the 36 semester hours of the history courses in the major. Each student must have at least 40 semester hours of upper division coursework.

Minor requirements vary. The paradigm above contains an 18-hour minor, the most common requirement. If, however, a minor requires more than 18 hours or if support courses satisfy a minor’s requirements, the free elective total in the paradigm will change.

Social Studies Certification Requirements:

The social sciences department offers students an opportunity to become certified as North Carolina high school (grades 9-12) social studies teachers. (The Social Studies Teacher Certification Program was discontinued May 15, 2009. No new students will be admitted to this program. Students who have been admitted to the program will be given an opportunity to complete the program over the next three years. Secondary Education programs were relocated to the Department of Secondary Education in the School of Education and Human Performance in fall 2010). To achieve certification, students must successfully complete the required courses, examinations, and procedures listed below:

  1. Interview with the social studies program coordinator during the first semester on campus. The social studies coordinator is advisor to all secondary social studies program students.
  2. Enroll in and complete EDU 2104 Introduction to Education before the end of the sophomore year.
  3. Enroll in and complete SPH 2341 Fundamentals of Speech and EDU 2304 Sociological, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (sophomore year).
  4. Apply for and complete all requirements and procedures for admission to teacher education (2.5 GPA or higher is required).
  5. Apply for student teaching during the senior year. Application should be made in the semester prior to the student teaching semester.
  6. Successfully complete a semester of secondary student teaching and pass the Professional Knowledge and Social Studies specialty area sections of the National Teachers Exam.

All students must complete courses required by the social sciences and education departments listed below:


Where appropriate, the courses listed above may be counted toward a student’s core curriculum or major requirements. Be sure to identify and complete prerequisites for courses. No minor is required for history majors completing the social studies certification program.

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