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.
Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in history must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), 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 declare a major formally 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.
Major courses. The major in history requires successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:
|HY 101 or HY 105 (or HY 110¹)||3|
|HY 102 or HY 106||3|
|HY 203 or HY 205||3|
|HY 204 or HY 206||3|
|¹HY 101 or HY 105 is preferred, but HY 110 can substitute.|
|²A minimum grade of “C” is required to receive credit for HY 430.|
|³Fields: A minimum of 3 hours from each of the following fields must be completed for a total of 9 hours.|
Upper-level residency. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the 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. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.
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.