History, Secondary Education, 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 (LEC)

Major Requirements

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 200 level *
Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers 1
300-Level Courses9
Select 3 credits from Field I: Western Europe at the 300 level *
Select 3 credits from Field II: United States at the 300 level *
Select 3 credits from Field III: Wider World at the 300 level *
400-Level Courses9
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) level.

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
European Revolutions, 1789-1989
HIS 251
Unity and Unrest in Medieval Towns
Daughters of Eve: Women in the Middle Ages
HIS 311
The Crusades
The Modern British Empire, 1750-Present
Witchcraft and Magic in European History
Creating a Public Past: History beyond the University
The World at War, 1914-1918
The World at War, 1939-1945
History of Greece, 2000 BC-31 BC
HIS 353
The Roman Republic, 754 BC-44 BC
The Roman Empire, 44 BC-AD 337
HIS 360
HIS 363
HIS 364
HIS 365
HIS 368
History of Spain
HIS 371
English History to 1660
British History 1688-Present
HIS 375
German History, 1914-1945
The Holocaust: History and Meaning
HIS 393
HIS 397
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Twentieth-Century Europe: Selected Topics
Early Modern Englnd:Selct Tpcs
Modern Britain: Selected Topics
Modrn Europn Thought:Selc Tpcs
Modern Germany:Selected Topics
Honors Work: European History
Ancient World: Selected Topics
Middle Ages: Selected Topics
Early Modern Europe:Sel Tpcs
19th Cen Europe:Selectd Topics
French History: Selctd Topics

Field II: United States 

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
HIS 324
HIS 325
Using Photographs as Historical Evidence
HIS 327
U.S. Women's History to 1865
U.S. Women's History Since 1865
HIS 330
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
HIS 343
The New South
History of North Carolina
HIS 359
African American His: Sel Tpcs
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
Public History
Amer Diplmtc Hist - 20th Cntry
American Economic History
Southern History: Selected Topics
Early Amer His:Selctd Topics
20th Cen US His:Selctd Topics
Sel Tpcs:Civil War / Recnstrct
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 / History: Sel Topics
Research Methods in Historical Archaeology
Honors Work: American History

Field III: Wider World

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
HIS 303
HIS 304
HIS 306
Navigating World History
Sugar, Soccer, Samba: History of Brazil
History of Mexico and Central America
HIS 321
American Indian History: 1840 to the Present
American Indians and Nature
American Indian History to 1840
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
HIS 318
Russian History to 1900
Russian History since 1900
Topics in the Near and Middle East
The Near and Middle East since World War I
HIS 383
HIS 384
HIS 385
HIS 386
HIS 387
West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
HIS 399
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing
African Hist: Special Topics
Southern African History
East Asian History: Selected Topics
Honors Work: Wider World History
Lat Am / Carribean Select Top
Modern Russian History: Selected Topics

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.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

Additional credits beyond those listed below are required for completion of the degree. See teacher licensure requirements in School of Education Licensure Programs.

Introduction to Economics
Navigating World History
Interpreting American History
Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
Principles and Practices for Teaching History
Select one additional 300-level history course
Select an additional 15 credits of social studies electives
Select five courses from at least three different disciplines from the following: *
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
Cultures of North American Indians
Latin American Societies and Cultures
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Geosystems Science
GES 106L
World Economic Geography
The Geography of World Affairs
Geography of the United States and Canada
Current Topics in Regional Geography
Seminar in Regional Geography
May also select any other regional course
American Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
The Politics of the Non-Western World
General Psychology
Biological Psychology
Principles of Learning
Developmental Psychology
Psychological Perspectives on Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
IQ and Intelligence
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems in Global Context
Deviance and Social Control
Marriage and the Family
Global Society
Sociological Perspectives on Education
SOC 365
Family Violence


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