History B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Diana Kelly, Administrative Assistant

Location: Ross Hall 3270

Telephone: 970.351.2905

Fax: 970.351.2199

Website: www.unco.edu/history

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Required Minor Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

Historical study is concerned with the record of the human past and forms the indispensable background for all other areas of knowledge in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. A well-rounded curriculum of American and world history courses is provided in which students are encouraged to be critical and analytical in thought as well as to be incisive and cogent in their writing. The capstone of a student's study is a seminar during the senior year, which includes an extensive research paper as the central component.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in history generally enter teaching or affiliated academic professions. They also go into law, government service or medicine, or occupy various positions in the business world; additionally, they are qualified to do graduate study in history.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • History majors must obtain a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all history courses taken at UNC. Majors receiving a grade of "C-" or lower must retake the course -- or an equivalent approved by the academic advisor -- and receive a grade of "C" or better to have the course counted toward the major.
  • All history courses numbered 300 or higher include a research and writing component.
  • Only 6 credits of HIST prefixes may be counted toward the LAC.
  • History majors must complete a minor of at least 18 semester credits, preferably within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. (History Education majors seeking elementary or secondary licensure are exempted from this minor requirement.)

Program Recommendations:

The study of a foreign language is recommended for those majors who plan to pursue graduate study in history

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required LAC — 34 credits

2. Required Major — 18 credits

Take all of the following courses:

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877


HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present


HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689


HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present


HIST 480Seminar in History


HIST 100 and HIST 101: LAC area 4.

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 110African Civilization


HIST 112Asian Civilization I: From Prehistory to 1500


HIST 113Asian Civilization II: From 1500 to the Present


HIST 118History of Mexico


Remaining Major

Take 24 credits

  • In addition to the required credits, each major will also take twenty-four hours of electives.
  • Twelve of these must be in a concentration area (Europe; United States; Africa/Asia/Latin America).
  • Of the remaining twelve credits, six must be in each of the other areas.
  • For example: if the major's concentration area is Europe, the student must take six credits in African/Asia/Latin America and six credits in United States history.
  • At least eighteen of the twenty-four credits must be taken from courses numbered 300 or 400.

3. Required Minor — 18 credits

4. University-Wide Credits — 26 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 26 credits