Jul 12, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.A.

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History training sharpens skills such as critical thinking, logical argumentation, archival research, data analysis, oral communication, and written communication. These skills are invaluable for a meaningful and productive life beyond college. The study of history also integrates different modes of thinking: students examine complex issues that shape societies and institutions (the social sciences), as well as the ways individuals and groups understand their experience through culture and ideas (the humanities). Students learn to study the past from many approaches and to relate their findings in formats geared toward a variety of audiences. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers in fields such as business, education, government, diplomacy, law, non-profit organizations, and cultural heritage institutions. 

Students start with our signature course for history majors, followed by three introductory courses that emphasize the breadth and diversity of the human experience. Next, students take electives in five themes that include several world regions and periods (ancient to present): local and public history, social and cultural history, war and diplomacy, political and economic history, and transnational history. In the final year students concentrate on a specific theme and develop a sophisticated research project in the senior seminar. As they progress, students receive skills-based training specific to the discipline of history, and they learn how to apply these skills to professional contexts through internships and other experiential learning opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in history are expected to:

  • Evaluate core assumptions about historical thinking and the discipline of history;
  • Apply historical skills and knowledge to a variety of career options;
  • Produce historical scholarship integrating ethical and civic values, as well as professional standards;
  • Analyze historical events and processes;
  • Compose historical narratives integrating varied modes of expression.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   Social and Behavioral Sciences
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

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University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Arts & Sciences Requirements

World Languages and Cultures (_____ yrs of HS_______) 

Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook regarding approved course options in the different language and culture areas. 
​   ________1010_________________    ________ 
​   ________1020_________________    ________ 
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Lab Science  

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Multidisciplinary Component

Select from approved offerings, in consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor. Four courses total, each with a different subject prefix. At least two courses at 3000/4000 level. Courses applied to the Arts & Sciences MDC may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.   
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Major Requirements

II. History Content Core

(9 Hours)

III. History Themes

(18 Hours)

Choose six of the following courses distributed in three themes. A minimum of two 4000-level courses is required. Taking three courses in one theme is recommended.

Note: HIST 1910 , HIST 2910 , HIST 3913 , and HIST 4000  count in the area appropriate to the course topic. See History advisor.  

Total Hours: 33

Minor Requirements

(Usually 21 Hours)

Electives and Non-Credit Courses

For Graduation You Will Need:

  1. 122 credit hours minimum.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.00.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of BGSU course work.
  4. 40 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level.
  5. Completion of all degree requirements, including the BG Perspective Core.
  6. A major, and if required, a minor, specialization or emphasis.

Any substitution or waiver of courses required for your major or minor program must originate in the department/school offering the major or minor and must be approved by the College Office.

To ensure a timely graduation, see a College Advisor during the semester prior to your intended graduation.

Remember to complete an Application for Graduation by the end of the second week of classes during the fall semester or spring regular session, or by the end of the first week of the summer semester. For the specific dates, check your DARS. You may log onto MyBGSU to complete the online application. After the deadlines, you will need to complete an application in person in the College Office.

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