College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

History Class 1

Bachelor of Arts


The discipline of history provides context for and insight into past events, interpreting change over time and explaining factors of causation and contingency. Historians analyze the complexity nationality, class, race and ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and a host of other factors have created in the interactions between peoples, cultures, and nations. The Bachelor of Arts degree in History serves to expand a student’s knowledge of the past through research, analysis and interpretation, and hands-on experience. 

If you would like to become or add a History Major, complete the electronic Declaration of Curriculum form and email it to


The Bachelors of Arts degree in History requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate with 43 of those credit hours dedicated to History requirements.

Core Courses: 16 hours

All History majors must successfully complete the five core history courses listed below. In addition, all History majors must successfully complete all three humanities courses (HUM 1021, 1022, and 1023) or their equivalent.* 

  • HIST 1010 Introduction to the Study of History (3 hours)**
  • HIST 1011 Corequisite: Field Experience: Public History (1 hour)**
  • HIST 1110 United States History to 1877 (3 hours)***
  • HIST 1120 United States History since 1877 (3 hours)***
  • HIST 4000 Senior Seminar (3 hours)

* Not all transferred Humanities courses that meet Liberal Arts Core requirements also fulfill the History requirement. Transfer students must check with their advisor to be sure the requirement for HUM 1021, HUM 1022, and HUM 1023 has been met.

** These courses must be taken immediately after the major is declared and must be taken in the same semester. 

*** Must be taken by the end of sophomore year

Prescribed Electives: 18 hours

In order to introduce students to the broadest array of subjects within the discipline, History majors are required to take courses from the following categories at the 3000/4000 level:

European History: 6 hours

  • Category A: Studies in ancient and medieval European History*
  • Category B: Studies in modern European History*

* Must include at least one course from this category
For more information on specific European History courses in either Category A or B, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

Non-Western History: 6 hours

These courses span the histories of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information on specific Non-Western History courses, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

US History: 6 hours

These courses span the history of the United States from the colonial era to the present and include classes on specific regions and topics. For more information on specific Non-Western History courses, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

Unprescribed Electives: 9 hours

History majors can choose an additional 3 courses in either European History, Non-Western History, United States History, or Public History at the 3000/4000 level. For more information on all History courses, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

Additional Considerations

  • Proficiency in a foreign language is strongly recommended. (particularly for students planning to do graduate work)
  • Courses used to meet the Liberal Arts Core or other degree requirements may not be used to meet the requirements of this major. Ungraded credit will not be counted on the major or minor.

UNI History majors also have the opportunity to participate in an Accelerated Master of Arts in History program, which allows students to complete their MA a year after the completion of their BA. See here for additional details: