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The Department of History (HY)

The Department of History offers a major and a minor in history. It also offers departmental honors to those who qualify for this program.

History Major (BA)

Department of History, 202 ten Hoor Hall
www.as.ua.edu/history
history@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in history must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the student’s higher education career.

Major courses. The major in history requires successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:

CoursesHours
HY 101 or HY 105 (or HY 1101)3
HY 102 or HY 1063
HY 203 or HY 2053
HY 204 or HY 2063
Field requirement29
HY electives15
Total36

1HY 101 or HY 105 is preferred, but HY 110 can substitute.
2Fields: A minimum of 3 hours from each of the following fields must be completed for a total of 9 hours.
  1. United States History: HY 225, HY 226, HY 295, HY 311, HY 312, HY 313, HY 314, HY 315, HY 316, HY 318, HY 319, HY 320, HY 323, HY 324, HY 325, HY 326, HY 330, HY 331, HY 337, HY 341, HY 408, HY 409, HY 412, HY 413, HY 416, HY 417, HY 421, HY 422, HY 423, HY 428, HY 429, HY 468, HY 469, or HY 480. Depending on the content, HY 300 and HY 400 can also fulfill this requirement.
  2. European History: HY 235, HY 236, HY 247, HY 248, HY 289, HY 321, HY 353, HY 355, HY 357, HY 358, HY 361, HY 362, HY 385, HY 386, HY 390, HY 393, HY 442, HY 443, HY 444, HY 446, HY 447, HY 450, HY 490, HY 491, HY 493, HY 494, or HY 495. Depending on the content, HY 300 and HY 400 can also fulfill this requirement.
  3. African, Asian, or Latin American History: HY 237, HY 238, HY 243, HY 244, HY 306, HY 309, HY 310, HY 377, HY 384, HY 401, HY 402, HY 403, HY 404, HY 405, HY 470, HY 471, HY 472, HY 473, HY 474, HY 475, or HY 476. Depending on the content, HY 300 and HY 400 can also fulfillment this requirement.

Upper-level requirement. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 300- and 400-level courses in this major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. The history major does not require ancillary courses. However, it is recommended that students, especially those considering graduate work in history, study at least one foreign language.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The department sponsors a history club that is open to all students. It also sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society. Phi Alpha Theta is open to both majors and non-majors who have junior standing or above, have completed at least 12 hours in history with a GPA of 3.3 or above, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

Honors program. The history honors program is open to history majors who have a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.3 GPA in history, and at least 12 hours of history courses completed. The program requires 9 hours of honors work, including HY 399 History Honors Colloquium (usually taken in the junior year) and a 6-hour thesis (HY 498 and HY 499) completed (usually in the senior year) under the direction of a tenured or tenure-track member of the department. Graduation with honors in history requires a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.3 GPA in history, and satisfactory completion of a thesis judged to merit an honors designation.

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