The curriculum is designed to give students exposure to the foundations of the modern world by examining trends, patters and themes from the past. Students work with their faculty academic advisor to create a curriculum suiting their interests and goals. Students may select courses in American History, European History, World History or a specialization of their own such as focusing on political, social or cultural history. Students will also research and write a senior thesis and are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship at a number of different local museums, archives, libraries, and companies.
The study of history can lead to various career fields such as government, law, business, legislation, political lobbying, information management, education, writing (books, journals, film), museum and archival work.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation with a B.A. degree in History, USF students will demonstrate:
- A basic understanding of the major themes, subfields, and persistent questions in the study of world and U.S. history.
- Competency in social science research.
- The ability to analyze and interpret research data.
- The ability to present their research in a clear and concise manner.
The B.A. in History degree requires 120 credit hours:
- 47-49 credit hours of general education courses,
- 39 credit hours in history
- elective courses as needed
Program of Study
The B.A. in History requires:
- Major core, 39 credit hours:
- 6 credit hours of 100-level survey courses
- 27 credit hours of 200 or 300 level courses
- 3 credit hours – HIST 231 Research Methods
- 3 credit hours – HIST 440 Senior Thesis
- Recommended electives: HIST 499 (Internship) and two upper level courses in Political Science
Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.
History majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required by the major.
History majors must meet USF graduation requirements.