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History (B.A.)

  • Opportunities for undergraduate research with renowned faculty
  • Courses in American, European, African, Asian, Latin American, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern history
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Preparation for careers in business, government service, publishing, teaching, consulting, medicine, law, museums and more

Faculty Contact: Dr. Kevin Uhalde

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

History majors at Ohio University have the opportunity to work with full-time faculty who are noted for their exceptional teaching abilities and have reputations as accomplished scholars. Faculty seek to inspire their students to explore important and fascinating aspects of the discipline of history.

Courses in US, European, African, Asian, Latin American, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern history are offered, presenting students with a wealth of possibilities not found in many history departments.

History majors benefit from requirements that ensure chronological and geographical breadth and depth of knowledge while allowing for considerable flexibility and an individualized course of study.

Majors must take three introductory courses covering three geographical areas. They will take one course in World History (select fromHIST 1320, 1330, 2270, 2460, 2905); one course in European History (select from HIST 1210, 1220, 2300, 2530); and one course in US History (select from HIST 2000 or 2010). Majors are also strongly encouraged to take HIST 2950: Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in the spring semester of the first or second year of study.

At the advanced level, students take a research and writing course (HIST 3111J) and 21 additional semester hours in upper-division courses (at or above HIST 3000) in three geographical areas (U.S., Europe, and World) and three chronological areas (pre-modern, early modern, and modern). A list of numerous and diverse courses can be found below. Majors should consult their departmental adviser for assistance in selecting classes. Graduation with a B.A. in history requires the successful completion of College of Arts & Science requirements, 30 semester hours in history (+ the HIST 3111J course, which also meets the university J requirement), and a 2.0 overall minimum G.P.A. in the major.

Careers and Graduate School

The study of history at the undergraduate level, if pursued with vigor and dedication, gives students the ability to work successfully in any setting that puts a premium on analysis, strategic thinking, written communication, and information gathering.

History majors at Ohio University have gone on to successful careers in business, government service, publishing, teaching, consulting, medicine, law, and museum work. Several recent generous donations given to the department by former students further testify to the fact that being a history major at Ohio University can be a key to future success.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

History Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 33 semester credit hours of HIST coursework, including all of the requirements below.

Introductory History Courses

Complete one of the following courses in European History:

  • HIST 1210 - Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500 | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 1220 - Western Civilization: Modernity from 1500 | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2300 - Capitalism and Its Critics | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2530 - Life, Love, and Death in the Medieval World | Credit Hours: 3

Complete one of the following courses in World History:

  • HIST 1320 - Introduction to World History Before 1750 | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 1330 - Introduction to World History Since 1750 C| redit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2460 - Rise of Modern Asia | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2270 - Middle East and the World | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2905 - Technology in World History | Credit Hours: 3

Complete one of the following courses in United States History:

  • HIST 2000 - Survey of United States History, 1600-1877 | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History, 1865-present | Credit Hours: 3

Historical Research and Writing

Complete the following course at the beginning of the junior year:

  • HIST 3111J - Historical Research and Writing | Credit Hours: 3

Chronological History Course Requirement

Courses taken at or above the 3000-level to meet the Chronological History Course requirements will also count toward the elective requirement. Complete one course from each of the three components.

Component 1: Pre-Modern History

Complete one of the Pre-Modern History courses.

Component 2: Early Modern History

Complete one of the Early Modern History courses.

Component 3: Modern History

Complete one of the Modern History courses.

Geographical History Course Requirement

Courses taken above the 3000-level to meet the Geographical History Course requirements also will count toward the elective requirement. Complete one course from each of the three components.

Component 1: European History

Complete one of the European History courses.

Component 2: United States History

Complete one of the United States History courses.

Component 3: World History

Complete one of the World History courses.

History Electives

Complete a total of 21 hours of history courses at or above HIST 3000. Courses taken above 3000 to meet the Chronological and Geographical requirements also will count toward the elective requirement. Some courses may meet both a Chronological and Geographical requirement.

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