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Bachelor of Arts in History

We offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History as well as a state-approved Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science that prepares students to teach in secondary schools. Both of these offer a broad introduction to the history of the world's peoples and civilizations. Students who major in history are required to study the history of the United States, Europe, and one area outside the Western tradition. After introductory survey courses, students enroll in a Historical Methods course that provides an introduction to the basic methodologies and perspectives in history. In their senior year they enroll in a capstone course that includes intensive writing and combines the investigation of a particular area or theme from the perspective of different theoretical frameworks.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

This program prepares students broadly for careers in business, government, and teaching, or for post-graduate study in history, law, library science, business, or education. The major requires 36 hours of course work, including 9 hours of survey courses (chosen from HIST 101H: Asia in a World Setting, 102H: Europe in a World Setting, 103H: Latin America in a World Setting, 104H: United States in a World Setting, 105H: Africa in a World Setting), and two other required courses: Hist 201: Historical Methods and 402W: Research Seminar in History and Theory. Students choose at least 3 hours from each of 3 areas: (1) U.S., (2) Europe, and (3) Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, or Russia, and, in addition to HIST 402W, must take at least 6 hours of history electives at the 400 level. Approved topics courses can satisfy these requirements, but students may not enroll in Hist. 395 for credit toward their major or minor.

Requirements

Thirty-six hours in history, including:

  1. 9 hours from HIST 101H, 102H, 103H, 104H and 105H
  2. HIST 201, 402W
  3. Six hours at the 400 level
  4. At least one 300 or 400 level course in each of the three areas:
    1. U.S.
    2. Europe
    3. Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East of Russia

Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies

The College of Arts and Letters and of Education cooperate in providing a Bachelor of Arts degree that prepares students to teach at the secondary level in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To gain admission to the teacher education program, students must pass the Praxis I examination or achieve a specific score on the SAT. To gain licensure, students must pass the Praxis II examination. Most states honor the Virginia license.

Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.75 and maintain it to graduate. Entering students must declare their intention to take their degree in the History Department, whereupon they will be assigned an advisor. The student should also have a secondary advisor in the College of Education. It is the responsibility of the student to see an advisor regularly. Students in this program major in history but need fewer hours (30) than other history majors. However, they must successfully complete the same distribution requirements and complete an additional 18 credit hours in political science and geography. Thirty-three hours of course work in professional education satisfy the university requirement for a minor. Students are also required to complete either ECON 201S and 202S or ECON 200S and SOC 201S or ANTH 110 in satisfying the Social Science General Education requirement.

Students majoring in History with a license in History/Social Sciences must meet all the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters, including two years of foreign language on a collegiate level or its equivalent, and two semesters of English composition. They must also complete the following:33 hours of professional education courses (including 12 hours of student teaching), ECI 301, 304 (satisfies computer skills requirement), 360, 408, 455, 484, and ESSE 406 and 413. Students should be aware that completing this BA degree will likely require at least 126 semester hours.

History/Social Studies Requirements

  1. Thirty hours are required in history , including:
    1. 9 hours from HIST 101H, 102H, 103H, 104H and 105H
    2. HIST 201, 402W
    3. Six hours at the 400 level
    4. At least one 300 or 400 level course in each of the three areas:
      1. United States
      2. Europe
      3. Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East or Russia
  2. General Education: (Program Specific Requirements)
    1. Either: ECON 201S and202S or ECON 200S and SOC 201S or ANTR 110S
    2. ECI 304
  3. Additional Requirements
    • POLS 101S
    • POLS 331 or 334
    • POLS 309, 320, 322, 314, 316, 323, 328, 350T, 407, 409, 410, 415, or 425
    • GEOG 100S, and GEOG 300
    • GEOG 305 or 320
  4. Professional Education (33 hours): ECI 301, 304 (satisfies computer skills requirement), 360, 408, 455, and 485. ESSE 406 and 413.

Advanced Placement
Students may earn advanced placement credit for HIST 104H or 102H with a qualifying score on the American or European History Advance Placement of the College Board exam, or from a qualifying score (including a department essay test) on the CLEP exam.

Practicum
The History Department's Practicum program is a component of Old Dominion University's Career Advantage Program which guarantees any student practical work experience related to their major.  History majors with junior or senior standing can participate in an internship which is tailored to an individual's interest and skills.  Our students have been historical interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg and the National Park Service's Colonial National Historical Park.  They have helped to create exhibits at the MacArthur Memorial Museum, Mariner's Museum, and the War Memorial Museum of Virginia.  They have researched the architectural and historic significance of local landscapes for Virginia's Department of Historic Resources.  Participants must be highly motivated! Students are expected to work 8-15 hours a week for a semester for which they will earn 3 credits towards their major.

For more information contact:
Career Management Center
2202 Webb Center (Second Floor North)
Career Management Center Website (Arts & Letters Students)