History, B.A.

Overall Requirements

  • 122 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • Minimum 30 credits above the 100 level. The department divides its undergraduate offerings into three fields: Western Europe, United States, and the Wider World. The minimum of 30 credits must include courses as provided below.
  • ​History majors must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in history courses to qualify for a degree in History.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Core Requirements (GEC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

Major Requirements

Core Courses28
Select 3 credits in Western Europe at the 200 level
Select 3 credits in United States at the 200 level
Select 3 credits in Wider World at the 200 level
Select 9 credits at the 300 level
Historical Skills and Methods
Select 9 credits at the advanced (400-500) level, which must include the following:
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing

Courses by Field

To ensure that each major has breadth in his or her program, of the 30 credit hour minimum, a student must take at least 6 credits from each of the three fields (Western Europe, United States, Wider World). In addition, at least 3 credits of the 6 credits from each of the three fields must be at the intermediate (300) or advanced (400 and 500) level.

Field I: Europe6
Topics in Premodern Western History
Topics on the West and the Modern World
The Ancient World
Medieval Legacy
Europe 1400-1789
European Revolutions, 1789-1989
The History of Western Science: A Survey
HIS 252
Unity and Unrest in Medieval Towns
Daughters of Eve: Women in the Middle Ages
Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
The Crusades
The Modern British Empire, 1750-Present
Witchcraft and Magic in European History
The World at War, 1914-1918
The World at War, 1939-1945
History of Greece, 2000 BC-31 BC
Athens in the Fifth Century BC
The Roman Republic, 754 BC-44 BC
The Roman Empire, 44 BC-AD 337
The Structure of Scientific Change: Topics in the History of Science
European Economic History
The French Revolutionary Era
Modern France
Medieval Thought and Learning from 300 to 1500
History of Spain
Europe since World War I
English History to 1660
British History 1688-Present
Germany in the Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914
German History, 1914-1945
The Holocaust: History and Meaning
Medieval Church and State
Modern European Thought
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Honors Work: European History
Historiography
Ancient World: Selected Topics
Middle Ages: Selected Topics
Early Modern Europe: Selected Topics
Nineteenth-Century Europe: Selected Topics
Twentieth-Century Europe: Selected Topics
Early Modern England: Selected Topics
Modern Britain: Selected Topics
French History: Selected Topics
Modern European Thought: Selected Topics
Modern Germany: Selected Topics
Field II: United States6
The United States: A General Survey to 1865
The United States: A General Survey Since 1865
Race and Slavery
Race and Segregation
Interpreting American History
Creating a Public Past: History beyond the University
The Frontier in American Culture
History of the American Home
HIS 326
American Cultural History
U.S. Women's History to 1865
U.S. Women's History Since 1865
American Popular Music and Social Change Since 1900
Civil Rights and Black Freedom, 1940-1980
United States Environmental History
The American Colonial Period, 1607-1763
The Age of the Democratic Revolution, 1764-1789
The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1848
Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848-1896
War, Society, and Reform: America, 1896-1945
The United States since World War II
Gender, Sex, and Health in the 20th Century US
The Old South
The New South
History of North Carolina
HIS 359
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Honors Work: American History
African American History: Selected Topics
Public History
American Diplomatic History: The Twentieth Century
American Economic History
Southern History: Selected Topics
Early American History: Selected Topics
Twentieth-Century U.S. History: Selected Topics
The Civil War and Reconstruction: Selected Topics
HIS 530
The American Revolution
HIS 536
Southern History and Southern Material Culture in a Museum Context
American Cultural History: Selected Topics
American Social History: Family and Religion
Gender and History: Selected Topics
HIS 559
Research Methods in Historical Archaeology
Field III: Wider World6
History of Africa to 1870
History of Africa since 1870
Topics in Premodern World History
Topics in Modern World History
The Civilizations of Asia
The Civilizations of Asia
The World in the Twentieth Century
The World since 1945
The First America: Latin America, 1492-1830
(Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810
South Africa and Its Neighbors
Gender, Family, and Wealth in African History
HIS 306
Navigating World History
Sugar, Soccer, Samba: History of Brazil
History of Mexico and Central America
Latin America and the United States
American Indian History: 1840 to the Present
American Indians and Nature
American Indian History to 1840
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
Revolution and Reform in Modern Latin America
Russian History to 1900
Russian History since 1900
Topics in the Near and Middle East
HIS 381
Chinese History to 1800
The Modern Transformation of China: 1800 to Present Day
HIS 385
Creating Modern Japan, 1867 to the Present
History of the Chinese Frontier
West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
HIS 399
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Honors Work: Wider World History
Latin America and Caribbean: Selected Topics
Modern Russian History: Selected Topics
African History: Selected Topics
Southern African History
East Asian History: Selected Topics

Other

Individual study courses will vary according to subject taught each time.

History Internship
Individual Study
Individual Study

Courses in Teaching

Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
Principles and Practices for Teaching History

Courses in Public History

Introduction to Archival Management
Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice
History Museum Curatorship: Collections Management
Architectural Conservation
HIS 552
Field Methods in Preservation Technology

Related Area Requirements

Because history is closely related to many other disciplines, we strongly recommend that history majors consult their advisors about using their liberal education requirements and electives to build a coherent series of related courses. Students interested in the various national histories may wish to pursue language and literature courses in the same area; students interested in social and institutional history may wish to pursue courses in the social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics; students interested in cultural and intellectual history will profit by work in philosophy, religious studies, and art and music history.

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 credit hours required for degree.

History as a Second Major

Students who wish to declare a second major in History must complete all requirements listed above for the History major.

History as a Second Academic Concentration for Elementary Education Majors

  • 18 credit hours

Requirements

Required18
The United States: A General Survey to 1865
The United States: A General Survey Since 1865
Select 12 credits of the following:
Race and Slavery
Race and Segregation
HIS 326
American Cultural History
U.S. Women's History to 1865
U.S. Women's History Since 1865
The American Colonial Period, 1607-1763
The Age of the Democratic Revolution, 1764-1789
The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1848
Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848-1896
War, Society, and Reform: America, 1896-1945
The United States since World War II
The Old South
The New South
History of North Carolina
The World at War, 1939-1945

History as a Second Academic Concentration for Special Education Majors

  • 18 credit hours
The United States: A General Survey to 1865
The United States: A General Survey Since 1865
History of North Carolina
Select 12 credits of which two courses are at the 200 level and two courses are at the 300 level