BA in History
History offers a major that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor for students majoring in other disciplines. The major consists of 39 credit hours in history plus a language requirement. The minor consists of 15 credit hours in history. In addition, the Department offers an internship program (HTY 300) in cooperation with area historical societies, museums, libraries, and other institutions.
College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) examinations are available in both Field I and Field II. Unusually well-prepared entering students who pass one or more of these examinations may substitute 300-level course(s) for the HTY 101/102 and/or HTY 131/132 introductory surveys.
A history major or minor must achieve at least six credits of B or better grades in history courses. No grade of D will count toward fulfillment of a history major or minor. Majors and minors are reminded that, in addition to History requirements, they must also meet those of the University Core curriculum.
To graduate with a bachelor of arts in history, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 39 credits in history courses as follows:
HTY 101 Origins of Mediterranean Civilizations to 750 CE
HTY 102 World History 750 CE to Present
Field II (select two):
HTY 131 United States History to 1877
HTY 132 United States History Since 1877
HTY 141 African American History to 1865
HTY 142 African American History Since 1865
HTY 143 Native American History, 1450-2000
Field III (select two)
HTY 144 Indigenous Peoples in the Atlantic World
HTY 152 The Islamic Near East
HTY 161 Medieval Africa (Course coming in 2022)
HTY 162 Modern Africa
HTY 171 Traditional East Asia
HTY 172 Modern East Asia
GEO 170 Global History: Mapping the World Across Cultures
Research Methods Course
HTY 200 Reference, Research, and Report Writing
Advanced Elective History Courses
Select five 303-399 level courses in consultation with your History major advisor.
Capstone: HTY 400 Senior Seminar
Other courses in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences have historical interest. With prior approval from the Department, majors may apply one such upper level course toward their Advanced History Elective requirements. Majors also are encouraged to take such courses as supplementary electives.Language Requirement
This requirement can be fulfilled by achieving a grade of at least C in the final semester of a beginning level language course or by examination.
Completion of one of the following courses at USM with a grade of at least C fulfills the language requirement:American Sign Language: ASL 102; Arabic: ARA 102; Chinese: CHI 102; French: FRE 102; German: GER 102; Italian: ITA 102; Spanish: SPA 102, or another 102 language course
History students are encouraged to pursue language study beyond the first year, and to take advantage of USM's Study Abroad programs. Graduate programs in History frequently require intermediate level language proficiency. Students intending to pursue graduate study should take additional language courses.
For the best overall Financial Aid package, submit your USM application and complete your FAFSA by January 15. However, you can apply at any time. Undergraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
History graduates work in a variety of areas including business, law, politics, communications, museums, libraries, social service, and education.
History majors frequently pursue advanced degrees in a number of fields. Many careers do not require a specific degree but depend on a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. History majors learn to collect, evaluate, organize and interpret evidence.
The training, education, and experience you develop through the pursuit of a history degree at USM will prepare you well for a number of career choices.