BA with a Major in History

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of History degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements33
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours87
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
100-level history courses a3-12
200-level history courses a9-15
300-level history courses, including HIST 300 (3) b3-9
400-level history courses, including HIST 4409
Courses above must be distributed across the following fields:
African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American:
Minimum of 6 hours
European:
Minimum of 6 hours in Ancient, Medieval, or Modern European history
United States:
Minimum of 6 hours in U.S. history
Total Hours33
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for 100- and 200-level history courses approved as General Education courses. 

b

HIST 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. 

History majors, in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, shall define a field of concentration consisting of at least 12 semester hours (four courses) beyond the 100-level.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3-5
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
HIST 1xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
HIST 1xx 3
HIST 2xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
HIST 2xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
HIST 2xx 3
HIST 4xx 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
HIST 300 History Methods Colloquium 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
HIST 440 History Research Seminar 3
HIST at any level 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
HIST 4xx 3
Electives 8
HIST at any level 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours120

Note: Students majoring in history are encouraged to consult with the department advisor for history during the fall semester of their second year to plan a concentration.