Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History engage with the human experience by studying the people, places, and events of our shared global past.
Students of history gain an understanding of the past as well as deeper insight into the present. Learning history isn’t about memorizing facts, it’s about conducting research, interpreting sources, making compelling arguments, and constructing intriguing narratives. These skills equip students of history for successful careers and enable them to participate in public life as informed, thoughtful, and articulate world citizens.
Majors in History take a class in historical research and writing and five advanced courses exploring specific regions, periods, and themes. Students complete their degree with an intense one-semester seminar in which they produce a work of original research.
Our students have numerous opportunities to make the most of their history education, including:
- Applying for special scholarships for History majors and minors
- Taking travel-study courses
- Pursuing independent research in libraries and archives in the US and abroad
- Presenting research findings at the Undergraduate Symposium
- Completing an internship at a museum, archive, or historic site
- Joining Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society
Our graduates go on to successful careers in education, business, law, and public service.
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Major Requirements: 33 hours
Required Courses: 15 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 15 hours
Select six credit hours in two of the following areas and three hours in the remaining area
A. The United States and Canada
- HIST 303 - History of American Religion 3 hrs
- HIST 305 - Native American History 3 hrs
- HIST 313 - Michigan History 3 hrs
- HIST 315 - History of Black Americans 3 hrs
- HIST 319 - The Civil Rights Movement in the United States 3 hrs
- HIST 325 - History of Sexuality 3 hrs
- HIST 336 - History of Women in the United States Since 1865 3 hrs
- HIST 337 - Women in North America to 1865 3 hrs
- HIST 350 - History of Canada 3 hrs
- HIST 360 - Civil War: Combat, Culture, and Place 3 hrs
- HIST 362 - United States Urban History 3 hrs
- HIST 364 - United States Military History 3 hrs
- HIST 365 - The Old South 3 hrs
- HIST 370 - History of American Sport 3 hrs
- HIST 379A - Topics in US History 3 hrs
- HIST 380 - American Colonies 3 hrs
- HIST 383 - The Age of Jackson 3 hrs
- HIST 385 - Civil War and Reconstruction 3 hrs
- HIST 414 - The Automobile Industry and Modern America 3 hrs
- HIST 415 - Sexual Communities in American History 3 hrs
- HIST 416 - American Environmental History 3 hrs
- HIST 424 - The United States from 1917 to 1941 3 hrs
- HIST 425 - The United States from 1941 to 1963 3 hrs
- HIST 426 - The United States from 1963 to the Present 3 hrs
- HIST 446 - History of African American Women 3 hrs
- HIST 452 - The Second World War 3 hrs
- HIST 461 - Foreign Relations of the United States 3 hrs
- HIST 463 - United States Labor History 3 hrs
- HIST 464 - The Old West, 1540-1890 3 hrs
- HIST 465 - United States Constitutional History 3 hrs
- HIST 466 - History of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps 3 hrs
- HIST 467 - Vietnam War 3 hrs
- HIST 468 - The American Mind to the Civil War 3 hrs
- HIST 469 - The American Mind Since the Civil War 3 hrs
- HIST 479A - Topics in US History 3 hrs
- HIST 480 - The American Revolution 3 hrs
- HIST 482 - The Age of Washington and Jefferson 3 hrs
- HIST 486 - The United States as an Emerging World Power 3 hrs
B. Europe (includes Russia and ancient Greece and Rome)
- HIST 309 - France to 1789 3 hrs
- HIST 310 - France since 1789 3 hrs
- HIST 316 - History and Geography of Modern Europe 3 hrs
- HIST 321 - Women and Gender in the Ancient World 3 hrs
- HIST 323 - Greek History 3 hrs
- HIST 324 - Roman History 3 hrs
- HIST 327 - Europe in Early Middle Ages 400-1050 3 hrs
- HIST 328 - Europe in Late Middle Ages 1050-1400 3 hrs
- HIST 329 - Power, Place and Image in Florence and Rome 3 hrs
- HIST 330 - Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation 3 hrs
- HIST 332 - Modern Europe 1815-1919 3 hrs
- HIST 333 - Europe since 1919 3 hrs
- HIST 334 - Early Christianity 3 hrs
or RLST 334 - Early Christianity 3 hrs
- HIST 335 - History of Women in Europe 3 hrs
- HIST 338 - German History Since 1815 3 hrs
- HIST 343 - Russia to 1855 3 hrs
- HIST 344 - Russia since 1855 3 hrs
- HIST 379B - Topics in European History 3 hrs
- HIST 411 - England to 1689 3 hrs
- HIST 412 - England 1689 to Present 3 hrs
- HIST 427 - Europe from Absolutism to Revolution, 1648-1815 3 hrs
- HIST 435 - Italy since 1815 3 hrs
- HIST 438 - Nazi Germany 3 hrs
- HIST 450 - European Military History, 1815-1945 3 hrs
- HIST 451 - History of the First World War 1914-1918 3 hrs
- HIST 452 - The Second World War 3 hrs
- HIST 456 - Europe since 1945 3 hrs
- HIST 471 - Social and Intellectual History of 19th-Century Europe 3 hrs
- HIST 479B - Topics in European History 3 hrs
C. Africa, Asia, Latin America (includes the Middle East and ancient Near East)
- HIST 304 - Early Judaism 3 hrs
or RLST 304 - Early Judaism 3 hrs
- HIST 306 - Hinduism 3 hrs
or RLST 306 - Hinduism 3 hrs
- HIST 307 - Buddhism 3 hrs
or RLST 307 - Buddhism 3 hrs
- HIST 311 - History and Geography of the Modern World 3 hrs
- HIST 317 - History and Geography of Spanish America 3 hrs
- HIST 326 - History and Geography of Modern Asia 3 hrs
- HIST 339 - Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 hrs
- HIST 341 - Modern Middle East History 3 hrs
- HIST 342 - North Africa, 1798 to the Present 3 hrs
- HIST 347 - Sub-Saharan Africa to 1885 3 hrs
- HIST 348 - 20th-Century Africa 3 hrs
- HIST 349 - South Africa, 1500-Present 3 hrs
- HIST 352 - East Asia to 1800 3 hrs
- HIST 355 - Latin America: Colonial Period 3 hrs
- HIST 356 - Latin America: National Period 3 hrs
- HIST 375 - Modern India 3 hrs
- HIST 379C - Topics in African History 3 hrs
- HIST 379D - Topics in Asian History 3 hrs
- HIST 379E - Topics in Latin American History 3 hrs
- HIST 379F - Topics in Middle Eastern History 3 hrs
- HIST 379G - Topics in Global History 3 hrs
- HIST 442 - Modern China 3 hrs
- HIST 443 - Modern Japan 3 hrs
- HIST 444 - China and its Nomadic Neighbors 3 hrs
- HIST 452 - The Second World War 3 hrs
- HIST 457 - History of Mexico 3 hrs
- HIST 479C - Topics in African History 3 hrs
- HIST 479D - Topics in Asian History 3 hrs
- HIST 479E - Topics in Latin American History 3 hrs
- HIST 479F - Topics in Middle Eastern History 3 hrs
- HIST 479G - Topics in Global History 3 hrs
Elective Courses: 3 hours
All HIST classes numbered 100 to 499, except HIST 481 .
This major requires a minor | For a list of available minors, please see Academic Programs or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.