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History B.A.

History
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 45 to 54
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The study of history is vital to a liberal arts education, because it provides a holistic approach to knowledge; it broadens students' understanding of commonality and diversity, development of cultures, and drama of human experience. History touches on the whole range of the human heritage. While focusing on the past, it also helps students understand the present and provides a strong foundation for the future. It prepares students for careers that demand analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural breadth. These careers include law, business, journalism, teaching, government, and the ministry. This program introduces students to major world cultures and provides experience in the critical use of historical literature and other source materials. It offers concentrations in five geographical areas (Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States) and three chronological periodizations (Ancient, Pre-Modern, and Modern). Honors Requirements: Candidates must have a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.30 in the major. An honors paper or project must be completed in a 5xxx course. Students who wish to have such work considered for honors must complete a departmental form the first semester of their senior year. Completed projects and papers must be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and one other member of the faculty. Language Requirement: Students must complete the sequence in the intermediate-level courses of one second or foreign language. Students may be exempt from this requirement if they have previously completed an equivalent language at this level. The History Department Head reviews exemptions. Students should consult the Departments of American Indian Studies, Education, or Foreign Languages and Literatures about placement.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. Students must complete the sequence in the intermediate-level courses of one second or foreign language. * Internship option: In consultation with the department's internship adviser, students may participate in HIST 3097, a learning experience either on or off campus that introduces them to practical applications or other methodological issues of history as a discipline.
Program Core (15 cr)
Take one 1xxx or 2xxx course from each of the five geographical areas. Students are advised to take two 1xxx and three 2xxx courses to satisfy this requirement. Two special topics (HIST 2xxx) courses are applicable to this area and degree.
Africa
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· AAAS 1102 - Introduction to Atlantic Slave Trade [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2515 - Precolonial Africa [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
East Asia
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 1400 - Modern World History from 1500 to present [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2410 - Modern China, Japan, Koreas, Vietnam and East Asia (3.0 cr)
· FORS 2030 - HIST 2030: China An Ancient Civilization (3.0 cr)
Europe
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 1207 - Dawn of Modern Europe [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 1208 - Europe in the Modern Age [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2345 - Science and Society: 1500 to Present [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2365 - Russia in the 20th Century [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· FORS 2025 - HIST 2025 History in Greece (3.0 cr)
Middle East
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 1027 - Introduction to Islam [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2325 - Muslim Societies [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07] (4.0 cr)
United States
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 1304 - US History Part I: 1607-1877 [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 1305 - US History Part II: 1865-Present [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2355 - United States Military History [LE CAT7] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2357 - Women in American History [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07] (3.0 cr)
Special Topics in History (only two courses)
Proper placement in an area requires departmental approval.
Take no more than 2 course(s) from the following:
· HIST 2095 - Special Topics in History (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
Language Requirement (0 - 8 cr)
Students must complete the sequence in the intermediate-level courses of one second or foreign language. Students may be exempt from this requirement if they have previously completed an equivalent language study at this level. The History Department Head reviews exemptions. Students should consult the Departments of American Indian Studies, Education, or Foreign Languages and Literatures about placement.
American Sign Language
ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or Chinese
CHIN 1103 - Beginning Chinese III: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1104 - Beginning Chinese IV: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or CHIN 1201 - Intermediate Chinese I: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or Foreign Language
LANG 1201 - Intermediate Foreign Language I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
LANG 1202 - Intermediate Foreign Language II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or French
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or German
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or Ojibwe
AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or Russian (choose one of the following)
a) Intermediate Russian Language sequence at the College of St. Scholastica (8 cr) (through inter-institutional cross-registration)
b) Abroad Experience
FORS 1210 - RUSS 1210 Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
or Spanish
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Core Requirement (5-6 cr)
Colloquium requirement: Majors attend a series of colloquia, HIST 3505, in their senior year. These colloquia showcase research by both students and faculty, and focus on problems of methodology in the discipline. Participation is S-N. Students making a presentation earn 2 credits. Seminar requirement: HIST 5905 is a capstone course. As an alternative, students may complete HIST 5094, which also requires a research paper.
HIST 3505 - Colloquium for Majors (1.0 cr)
HIST 5094 - Directed Research (4.0 cr)
or HIST 5905 - History Seminar (4.0 cr)
Elective total between Chronological Periodizations and Geographical Areas (21 cr)
A minimum of 21 credits must be completed between the chronological periodizations and geographical areas. Courses may satisfy both areas, but will only be counted once in this total. HIST 3095-Special Topics courses (2 courses maximum) apply to this total; however, proper placement in an area requires departmental approval. HIST 3091 may apply with departmental approval.
Upper Division Chronological Periodizations
Take one course from each chronological periodization. Courses satisfying the chronological periodizations may also apply to the geographical areas.
Ancient
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3035 - From Alexander to Mohammad (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3038 - History of Christianity: Origins to 1054 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3055 - The Ancient Near East (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3107 - The World of Late Antiquity: From Constantine to Justinian (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3121 - The Age of the Heroes: Homer and his World (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3131 - The Roman Republic (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3133 - From Homer to Alexander: Archaic and Classical Greece (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3141 - The Roman Empire: The Imperial Republic and Imperial Age to Marcus Aurelius (3.0 cr)
Pre-Modern
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3825 - Islamic History from Muhammad to the Ottomans (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3939 - Europe in the Age of Renaissance and Reformation: 1348-1648 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3940 - Early Modern England: 1485-1689 (3.0 cr)
Modern
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3244 - History of Holocaust (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3257 - Modern France (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3264 - Imperial Russia (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3310 - Colonial America: The American Revolution (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3315 - Religion in Colonial America (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3318 - Slavery, Lincoln and the Civil War (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3320 - American Popular Culture, 1929 to the Present (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3346 - History of Hollywood (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3361 - The American City (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3365 - American Culture and Globalization (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3396 - The Vietnam War (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3462 - History of Modern Japan (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present (4.0 cr)
· HIST 4727 - Middle Eastern History Through Film [LEIP CAT07] (4.0 cr)
· FORS 3006 - Hist 3235, History and Soccer (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Geographical Areas
Take one course from at least three of the five different geographical areas. Courses satisfying the geographical areas may also apply to the chronological periodizations.
Africa
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa (3.0 cr)
East Asia
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3462 - History of Modern Japan (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (3.0 cr)
Europe
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3107 - The World of Late Antiquity: From Constantine to Justinian (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3121 - The Age of the Heroes: Homer and his World (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3131 - The Roman Republic (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3133 - From Homer to Alexander: Archaic and Classical Greece (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3141 - The Roman Empire: The Imperial Republic and Imperial Age to Marcus Aurelius (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3244 - History of Holocaust (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3257 - Modern France (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3264 - Imperial Russia (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3939 - Europe in the Age of Renaissance and Reformation: 1348-1648 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3940 - Early Modern England: 1485-1689 (3.0 cr)
· FORS 3006 - Hist 3235, History and Soccer (3.0 cr)
Middle East
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3035 - From Alexander to Mohammad (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3038 - History of Christianity: Origins to 1054 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3055 - The Ancient Near East (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3728 - Her Story: Women, History and Islam (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3825 - Islamic History from Muhammad to the Ottomans (4.0 cr)
· HIST 4727 - Middle Eastern History Through Film [LEIP CAT07] (4.0 cr)
United States
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3310 - Colonial America: The American Revolution (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3315 - Religion in Colonial America (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3318 - Slavery, Lincoln and the Civil War (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3320 - American Popular Culture, 1929 to the Present (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3346 - History of Hollywood (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3361 - The American City (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3365 - American Culture and Globalization (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3396 - The Vietnam War (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
 
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