Degrees & Requirements

  • Applied History & Social Sciences

    One course from: (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861
    HIST 112 American History Since 1861
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 105 World History to 1500 CE
    HIST 110 Modern World History
    HIST 122 Modern Europe

    HIST 205 Historical Methods (3)
    HIST 305 Approaching World History (3)
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 450 Seminar
    HIST 470-471 Internship
    HIST 490-491 Honors Thesis
    One History elective Minor in a social science discipline* (18)
    Four courses from:** (12-13)
    ECON 151 Principles of Economics I (3)
    ECON 152 Principles of Economics II (3)
    GEOG 111 Human Geography (3)
    GEOG 316X History and Geography of Virginia and Tennessee (3)
    GEOG 331 Geography of the U.S. and Canada (3)
    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations (3)
    PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (3)
    SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    SOCI 330 Methods of Social Research (4)
    Total48
    Additional Requirements:
    One course from:
    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 PreCalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)
    One course from:
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    *Minor in economics, geography, international and area studies, political science, psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

    **Course selections may not overlap with the courses chosen for the above major or minor requirements.

  • History (B.A.)

    HIST 205 Historical Methods (3)
    HIST 305 Approaching World History (3)
    Three courses, including at least one U.S. Survey from: (9)
    HIST 105 World History to 1500 CE
    HIST 110 Modern World History
    HIST 111 American History to 1861
    HIST 112 American History Since 1861
    HIST 122 Modern Europe
    HIST 123 America and the World
    HIST 162 China
    HIST 164 The Modern Middle East
    Two courses from: (12)
    HIST 210 Archaeology and Prehistory
    HIST 220 Economic History of the U.S.
    HIST 232 Myth, Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World
    HIST 234 Comparative Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas
    HIST 251 Perspectives in History
    HIST 306 The Old South
    HIST 307 Civil War and Reconstruction
    HIST 309 Studies in U.S. Women’s History
    HIST 310X History of Christianity
    HIST 316 History and Geography of Virginia and Tennessee
    HIST 318 Appalachia HIST 319 Colonial and Revolutionary America
    HIST 320 Middle Period of America
    HIST 321 Ancient Greece
    HIST 322 Ancient Rome
    HIST 324 Medieval Europe
    HIST 335 The History of Race in the United States
    HIST 336 International Cold War
    HIST 340 History of England
    HIST 350 Special Topics
    HIST 352X Jesus
    One course from:* (3-6)
    HIST 450 Seminar
    HIST 460 Independent Study
    HIST 470 Internship
    HIST 490 Honors Thesis
    Two History electives**
    Total36-39
    Additional Requirement
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    *Double majors may substitute a 400-level capstone course in their other major, but must take an additional 200 or 300 level history course if they make this substitution.

    **Students majoring only in history.

    As many as two of the elective courses may be chosen from Social Sciences disciplines (Business Administration, Economics, Geography, Mass Communications, Political Science, and Public Policy and Community Service) and applied to the B.A. in History degree provided those courses are not counted toward another major and are approved by the advisor and the department chair.

  • Interdisciplinary History & Integrative Social Sciences & Teacher Preparation–PK-6, 6-8

    Requirements: 
    One course from:
     (3)
    ECON 151 Principles of Economics I
    ECON 152 Principles of Economics II
    HIST 220 Economic History of the U.S.

    ENGL 200 Reading and Writing About Literature (3)
    GEOG 111 Human Geography (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861* (3)
    HIST 112 American History since 1862 (3)
    HIST 305 Approaching Global History (3)
    HIST 316 History and Geography of Virginia and Tennessee (3)
    One additional 200- or 300-level History course** (3)
    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    Total27

    *Met as Modes of Inquiry Core Requirement.

    **Chosen in consultation with the advisor.

    Professional Requirements: 
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 310 Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 340 Contemporary Teaching of Science and Mathematics in Elementary and Middle 3 Schools EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2)
    EDUC 410 Practicum in Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
    EDUC 420 Seminar: Teaching in Elementary and Middle Schools (2)
    EDUC 421 Supervised Teaching in Primary, Elementary or Middle School (10)
    EDUC 430 Contemporary Teaching of Social Studies and Writing in Elementary and Middle Schools (3)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    Total40
    Additional Requirements:
    One course from: (3)
    RELG 111 World Religions*
    RELG 131 Old Testament Survey*
    RELG 132 New Testament Survey*
    RELG 200 Introduction to the Christian Faith*
    ENGL 317 Literature for Children (3)
    One course from: (3-4)
    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 PreCalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 311 Fundamentals of Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools (3)
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    One course from: (4)
    BIOL 105 Introduction to College Biology**
    BIOL 117 General Biology**
    One course from: (4)
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
    ESCI 111 Physical Geology
    ESCI 201 Weather and Climate
    PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics
    PHYS 101 Astronomy
    One course from: (3)
    ART 111 Introduction to Art & Design
    ART 241 Crafts I MUSC 318 Music, Learning, and Culture
    THRE 105 Introduction to Acting
    Total94-95

    *Met as Religion Core Requirement.

    **Met as Modes of Inquiry Core Requirement.

    The senior project is met by either History 450, or 470-471, or 490-491.

    For teacher preparation students not enrolled in the Five-Year Teacher Education Program, student teaching is the senior project.

  • Interdisciplinary History & Social Sciences & Teacher Preparation–Secondary 6-12

    Departmental Requirements: 
    HIST 105 World History to 1500 CE (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861* (3)
    HIST 112 American History Since 1861 (3)
    HIST 122 Modern Europe (3)
    HIST 205 Historical Methods (3)
    HIST 305 Approaching World History (3)
    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations* (3)
    POLS 202 State and Local Government in the United States (3)
    POLS 217 Constitutional Interpretation (3)
    POLS 240 History of Political Philosophy* (3)
    GEOG 111 Human Geography (3)
    GEOG 201X Weather and Climate (3)
    GEOG 316X History and Geography of Virginia and Tennessee (3)
    GEOG 331 Geography of the U.S. and Canada (3)
    ECON 151 Principles of Economics I (3)
    ECON 152 Principles of Economics II (3)
    Total51 

    *Met as Mode of Inquiry Core Requirement.

    Licensure Requirements:
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 440 Seminar: Teaching in Secondary School (2)
    EDUC 441 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School (10)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    EDUC 449 Reading, Writing and Instruction in Content Areas (3)
    EDUC 450 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary School (3)
    Total32
    Additional Requirements
    Laboratory Science* (4)
    One course from: (3-4)
    MATH 121 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 123 PreCalculus (3)
    MATH 151 Calculus I (4)
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    Recommended
    One course from: (3)
    HHP 231 Personal Health
    HHP 232 School and Community Health
    HHP 251 Safety Education
    For middle school endorsement:
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2) 

    *Met as Mode of Inquiry Core Requirement. Psychology 101 recommended.

    The student should select core courses to meet state licensure requirements while fulfilling college graduation requirements..

    Education 440, 441, and 450 are taken in the professional semester.

    Student Teaching is the senior project for teacher preparation, but individual departments may have additional senior project requirements.

  • Minor in History

    A student may minor in history by completing History 111 or 112, 205, 305, and three additional courses selected in consultation with the department.

  • Minor in African-American Studies

    A student may complete this minor with History 234, 335, and another history course chosen in consultation with the department; English 364 when the topic is African-American Literature; and two courses chosen from the following: History 220, 306, 316, Geography 111, Political Science 103 or 117, and Sociology 270.


  • This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.

    For Current Students, you may check your individual degree requirements using Self-Service. More information in regards to this can be found on the Registrar’s page.