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Degree Requirements


History Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Transfer students: You may apply up to 6 credits (two courses) toward program requirements, with the approval of the program director.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Learn about degree requirements for the Law School Early Entry Option.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

History Program Requirements
(39 credits)

These requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for students to qualify for graduation.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • The Historian's Toolkit (HIST 295)
  • Introduction to Historiography (HIST 395)
  • Senior Seminar in History (HIST 495)

Major Requirements (30 credits)

Complete two of the following courses:

  • World History to 1500 (HIST 101)
  • World History Since 1500 (HIST 102)
  • Early America (HIST 111)
  • Modern America (HIST 112)
  • World History of Art to 1500 (HIST 121)
  • World History of Art From 1500 (HIST 122)

and one of the remaining 100-level courses above or one of the following courses:

  • Conflicts in History (HIST 197)
  • Everyday Lives (HIST 240)
  • Great Issues in History (HIST 290)

Complete four of the following Topics in American History courses:

Topics in American History (12 credits)

  • American Legal History (HIST 340)
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations (HIST 350)
  • Old South and Slavery (HIST 370)
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 375)
  • New South and Civil Rights (HIST 377)
  • The Chesapeake World (HIST 380)
  • American Cities (HIST 381)
  • History of Baltimore (HIST 382)
  • Community History (HIST 383)
  • America Since 1940 (HIST 420)
  • American Constitutional History (HIST 434)
  • American Political History (HIST 468)
  • U.S. Women's History (HIST 473)
  • History of American Business (HIST 478)
  • Introduction to Public History (HIST 480)
  • Introduction to Historical Preservation (HIST 482)
  • Seminar in Public History (HIST 496)

Complete three of the following Topics in History of the Wider World courses:

Topics in History of the Wider World (9 credits)

  • Emergence of Europe (HIST 311)
  • Age of Revolution (HIST 312)
  • Europe, 1815-1914 (HIST 313)
  • Europe, 1914-45 (HIST 314)
  • Europe Since 1945 (HIST 315)
  • English Law to 1689 (HIST 331)
  • English Law Since 1689 (HIST 332)
  • History of Common Law (HIST 440)
  • History of Germany (HIST 463)
  • Topics in East European History (HIST 465)
  • History of Africa (HIST 466)
  • Modern China (HIST 470)
  • Modern Japan (HIST 472)
  • Women and the Family in European History (HIST 474)

The following courses, depending on the instructor's preference, may be taught either as Topics in American History or Topics in the History of the Wider World courses and may be applied to those requirements as appropriate:

  • Ancient Civilizations (HIST 310)
  • World War II (HIST 344)
  • Film and History (HIST 390)
  • HIST 438 Great Trials in History (3)
  • HIST 445 Topics in the History of Religion (3)
  • HIST 460 The Cold War, 1945-90 (3)
  • HIST 477 Technology and History (3)
  • HIST 490 Internship (3)
  • HIST 492 Independent Study (1-3)
  • HIST 493 Honors Seminar (3)
  • HIST 494 Honors Project (3-6)
  • HIST 497 Special Topics in History (3)

Optional Specialization in Public History (optional 15 credits)

You can choose to complete this specialization in public history, which is the professional application of historical methods, skills, research and presentation in settings outside the classroom. Public historians work in museums, archives, government, historical societies, living history sites, preservation groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations of all kinds, either independently or in partnership with academic institutions.

You can fulfill this specialization through Topics in American History core courses or general electives; this does not require completion of additional credits beyond those of the History program.

Foundation Requirement (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • The Chesapeake World (HIST 380)
  • History of Baltimore (HIST 382)

Public History Core Requirements (6 credits)

  • Introduction to Public History (HIST 480)
  • Internship (HIST 490)

Specialized Electives (6 credits)

Choose two of the following with advisement from the program director:

  • Seminar in Public History, highly recommended (HIST 496)
  • Writing for Digital Media (WRIT 361)
  • Digital Video (CMAT 369)
  • Representing Reality: News & Documentary (CMAT 381)
  • Hypermedia (CMAT 455)
  • American Political Institutions (GVPP 300)
  • Bureaucracy and Public Policy (GVPP 322)
  • Urban Politics and Public Policy (GVPP 326)
  • State and Local Government (GVPP 348)
  • Maryland Government Processes and Politics (GVPP 461)
  • Human Resource Management (MGMT 315)
  • Management and Organizational Behavior (MGMT 301)
  • Marketing Management (MKTG 301)
  • Interviewing Psychology (PSYC 355)
  • The American Family in Perspective (SOCI 302)
  • Urban Sociology (SOCI 303)
  • Writing, Editing & Publishing (WRIT 330)

General Electives

  • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
    freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)
  • The Historian's Toolkit (HIST 295)
as of fall 2014