Major Requirements

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Major in History

As a History major, you will acquire both context and perspective and specialist knowledge of Western and Non-Western history.  In addition, you will learn how to analyze, evaluate, and determine the reliability and importance of sources and events.  Upon the completion of the degree, you will be able to conduct independent research, form balanced opinions, develop critical contextual analyses, and formulate compelling arguments in oral and written form; essential skills for successful well-rounded professionals.

 A major in history consists of 30 hours of history coursework and satisfaction of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language competency requirement.  Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in history, as well as obtain a C or higher in History 2600 and 4000/1/2/3/4.

 Foundational Studies

  • History 1121 European History since 1660
  • History 1160 or 1161 US History to or since 1865
  • History 2600 History Skills Seminar (o,w)

 Electives: (two electives must be in non-western history: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East)

  • 1000/2000/3000 level elective
  • 2000/3000 level elective
  • 2000/3000 level elective
  • 3000 level elective
  • 3000 level elective
  • 4000/1/2/3/4 level elective (prerequisite: Hist 2600)

 Senior Seminar:

  • History 4600 Senior Research Seminar (w)

 Foreign language

  • Forl 1202 level competency; or three consecutive semesters of the same foreign language in high school; or Associate of Arts degree

 Major in History with Comprehensive Social Studies Teacher Licensure

The History major with comprehensive social studies is the recommended path towards high school teacher licensure since an advanced command of history is essential for a successful social studies teaching career.  As a History Licensure major, you receive solid grounding in the core areas of study with opportunities for specialization.  In addition, the department offers discipline-specific didactical electives to hone your teaching skills.

In addition to the History major with both sections of the US survey, high school licensure candidates take 12 hours of Social Studies coursework, and 33 hours of educational requirements stipulated by the College of Education. 

 Foundational Studies

  • History 1121 European History since 1660
  • History 1160 US History to 1865
  • History 1161 US History since 1865
  • History 2600 History Skills Seminar (o,w)

 Electives: (two electives must be in non-western history: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East)

  • 2000/3000 level elective
  • 2000/3000 level elective
  • 3000 level elective
  • 3000 level elective
  • 4000 level elective (prerequisite: Hist 2600)

 Senior Seminar:

  • History 4600 Senior Research Seminar (w) (prerequisite: HIST 4000/1/2/3/4)

 Foreign language

  • Forl 1202 competency; or three consecutive semesters of the same foreign language in high school; or an Associate of Arts degree

 Social Studies Coursework:

  • Economics Elective
  • Political Science 1110 American Politics
  • Political Science 1130 or 1150 Comparative or International Politics
  • LBST 2102 GEOG or GEOG 1101 World Regional Geography

For entry requirements to the licensure program and Minor in Secondary Education requirements.

Honors in History

The B.A. in History with History Honors is the highest distinction the Department offers.  This University Honors Council-sanctioned accolade attests to a candidate's exemplary grade point average in their major, the completion of honors course work; as well as the successful defense of a distinguished undergraduate thesis.  Honors in History is a great preparation for graduate school, and/or a stellar addition to your resume.

History Honors consists of 3 hours of preparatory course work and 3 hours of thesis research and writing.  Successful candidates must have a grade of A for History 2600, and maintain a 3.5 History GPA, and a 3.0 overall GPA; as well as receive an A for the thesis.  The honors courses are counted to the 30 hours in history required for the major. 

  • History 4797 Davenport Honors Seminar (replaces HIST 4000/1/2/3/4) 
  • History 4799 (w) (prerequisite: HIST 4797; replaces HIST 4600)

For more information contact Dr. Oscar Lansen, Director of Undergraduate and Honor Studies: oelansen@uncc.edu

Early Entry M.A. in History

The Department offers accomplished undergraduates the opportunity to apply for early admission to its Master's program, and earn graduate credit for the senior historiography and research seminar courses.  Early entry M.A. may be combined with undergraduate honors.  For more information contact Dr. Christine Haynes, Director of Graduate Studies: chaynes@uncc.edu

History Studies Abroad

The Department has direct study exchange affiliations with the following universities:

  • University of Warwick in the U.K.
  • University of Heidelberg in Germany  
  • University of Limoges in France
  • Pontifical Catholic University - Rio de Janeiro (PUC- Rio) in Brazil