History, B.A.

The History, B.A. major is available in traditional as well as online formats.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level.
  • ​Minimum 30 credits at or 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 Requirements (MAC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

Major Requirements

100-200-Level Courses9
Select 3 credits from Field I: Western Europe at the 200 level *
Select 3 credits from Field II: United States at the 200 level *
Select 3 credits from Field III: Wider World at the 100 or 200 level *
Intermediate/Advanced Requirements6
Historical Skills and Methods
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
300-Level Courses9
Select an additional 9 credits the intermediate level (300) *
400-Level Courses6
Select an additional 6 credits at the advanced level (400) *
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) level. *

Selection must be made according to the Courses by Field table below.

*Courses by Field

Field I: Western Europe

Topics in Premodern Western History
Topics on the West and the Modern World
The Ancient World
Medieval Legacy
Europe 1400-1789
The Making of Modern Europe
Unity and Unrest in Medieval Towns
Daughters of Eve: Women in the Middle Ages
The Crusades
The Viking Age
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
Roman Republic 754 BC - 44 BC
The Roman Empire, 44 BC-AD 337
History of Spain
English History to 1660
British History 1688-Present
German History, 1914-1945
Nazi Germany & the Holocaust
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Ancient World: Selected Topics
Middle Ages: Selected Topics
Early Modern Europe:Sel Tpcs
19th Cen Europe:Selectd Topics
Twentieth-Century Europe: Selected Topics
Early Modern Englnd:Selct Tpcs
Modern Britain: Selected Topics
French History: Selctd Topics
Modrn Europn Thought:Selc Tpcs
Modern Germany:Selected Topics
Honors Work: European History
Senior Honors Project

 Field II: United States

The United States: A General Survey to 1865
The United States: A General Survey Since 1865
Topics in American History
Race and Slavery
Race and Segregation
Interpreting American History
Introduction to Public History
Using Photographs as Historical Evidence
U.S. Women's History to 1865
U.S. Women's History Since 1865
Civil Rights and Black Freedom, 1940-1980
United States Environmental History
America Before the Revolution
The American Revolutionary Era, 1763-1789
Emerging Nation: US History 1789-1848
Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848-1896
From Civil War to Superpower: America 1896-1945
The United States since World War II
Gender, Sex, and Health in the 20th Century US
The New South
History of North Carolina
American Immigration: Newcomers and Gatekeepers
African American His: Sel Tpcs
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Public History
Amer Diplmtc Hist - 20th Cntry
Southern History: Selected Topics
Early Amer His:Selctd Topics
Twentieth-Century U.S. History: Selected Topics
The Civil War and Reconstruction: Selected Topics
The American Revolution: Selected Topics
Southern History and Southern Material Culture in a Museum Context
Americn Cultrl His:Selct Tpcs
Amer Soc Hist:Family / Religon
Gender and History: Selected Topics
Research Methods in Historical Archaeology
Honors Work: American History
Senior Honors Project

Field III: Wider World

Contemporary World
History of Africa to 1870
History of Africa since 1870
Topics in Premodern World History
Topics in Modern World History
Human Rights in Modern World History
The Civilizations of Asia
The Civilizations of Asia
The World, 1900-1945
The World since 1945
The First America: Latin America, 1492-1830
(Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810
Navigating World History
Sugar, Soccer, Samba: History of Brazil
History of Mexico and Central America
American Indian History: 1840 to the Present
American Indians and Nature
American Indian History to 1840
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
The Making of the African Diaspora
Russian History to 1900
Russian History since 1900
Topics in the Near and Middle East
The Near and Middle East since World War I
Chinese History to 1800
The Modern Transformation of China: 1800 to Present Day
History of the Chinese Frontier
West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
Latin America and Caribbean: Selected Topics
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Topics in World History
Modern Russian History: Selected Topics
African History: Selected Topics
Southern African History
East Asian History: Selected Topics
Honors Work: Wider World History
Senior Honors Project

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.

Optional Concentration

The optional concentration as detailed following the major requirements may be added, but is not required.

  • Public History


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Public History Concentration Requirements

Introduction to Public History
Select one course from the list below:
Topics in Historical Memory
Public History
Americn Cultrl His:Selct Tpcs
Select one course from the list below if not already taken as a course for the History major requirements or electives: * , **
Managing and Leading in the Arts
Arts Marketing
Fundraising in the Arts
Introduction to Art Museum Studies
Intro to Art Museum Collections
The Portrayal of African Americans in Film
Black Music as Cultural History: 1960-1980
Methods in Archaeology
Historical Archaeology of the Modern World
Applying Archaeology in the Real World
Colliding Worlds: Forming America
Using Photographs as Historical Evidence
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
Topics in Historical Memory
History of North Carolina
History Internship
Intro to Archival Management
Public History
Historicl Presrv:Prin / Prac
Americn Cultrl His:Selct Tpcs
Field Methods in Preservation Technology

Note that some of the electives other than HIS courses may have prerequisites.


The following special topics courses may be substituted with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies when the topic contains Public History content: HIS 380, HIS 403

Disciplinary Honors in History 


  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • A grade of at least B in all course work used to satisfy the Honors in History requirement
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Contract Honors Course6
300-level Contract Course
400-level Contract Course
Senior Honors Project6
To be planned in one of the following courses: *
Honors Work: American History
Honors Work: European History
Honors Work: Wider World History
Senior Honors Project

Taken before the Senior Honors Project.


Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in History; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

See Lisa Tolbert at lctolber@uncg.edu for further information and guidance about Honors in History. To apply: http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/forms/disc-application.pdf