BA - Program Requirements

Greg A. Phelps, PhD, Chair, Division of Social Science & Interdisciplinary Studies

J. L. Turner Leadership Center, Room 207

270-384-8234     phelpsg@lindsey.edu 

David Moore, PhD, Program Coordinator
W.W. Slider Humanities Center, Room 307

Full-time program faculty:  David Moore, PhD; Elizabeth Tapscott, PhD

Mission Statement

The history faculty is committed to a program which stresses academic excellence.  The history curriculum seeks to prepare students for graduate or professional school and focuses on the development of historical literacy, critical thinking, and proficiency in primary historical skills.

The History program offers a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in History for students majoring in another discipline.  History courses also help students fulfill general education requirements and provide elective courses for all students.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Students should note that the major provides only 18 of the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.

Entrance Criteria

Students must complete 45 hours or more of coursework with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and file a Declaration of Major form with the Registrar’s Office.  In addition, students must have completed at least one introductory-level history course required for the major.

Program Requirements:  30 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s core requirements and select program electives as indicated.

A.         Core Requirements:  15 hours

  • U.S. History: 1492 to 1865 (HIST 1033) – 3 hours
  • U.S. History: 1865 to Present (HIST 1043) – 3 hours
  • World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 (HIST 2233) – 3 hours
  • World Civilization II: 1500 to Present (HIST 2243) – 3 hours
  • History Seminar (HIST 4903) – 3 hours

B.         Program Electives:  15 hours

  • Select at least two of the following advanced courses in American history – 6 hours
  • Colonial America (HIST 3033) – 3 hours
  • Age of Jackson (HIST 3053) – 3 hours
  • A History of the Old South (HIST 3063) – 3 hours
  • Civil War & Reconstruction (HIST 3073) – 3 hours
  • Diplomatic History of the United States (HIST 3093) – 3 hours
  • Women in the American Experience (HIST 3143) – 3 hours
  • Colloquium in American History (HIST 4013) – 3 hours

  • Select at least two of the following advanced courses in non-American history – 6 hours
  • Ancient & Medieval Europe (HIST 3213) – 3 hours
  • History of Christianity to the Reformation (HIST 3223) – 3 hours
  • The Reformation (HIST 3253) – 3 hours
  • Tudor & Stuart Britain (HIST 3273) – 3 hours
  • Modern Europe Since 1789 (HIST 3303) – 3 hours
  • Revolution in the Modern World (HIST 3323) – 3 hours
  • International History & Film (HIST 3433) – 3 hours
  • Women in World History (HIST 3633) – 3 hours
  • Colloquium in European History (HIST 4003) – 3 hours


  • Select one additional 3000-4000 level HIST course – 3 hours 

Exit Assessment

Students applying for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in History must schedule an exit interview with the History program coordinator.  Exit interviews must be scheduled by midterm of the final semester of work.  Prior to the exit interview, each student will prepare written responses to questions drawn from the History program Student Learning Outcomes.  (These questions are available from the History program coordinator.)  The program coordinator must indicate to the Registrar’s Office that the student has achieved the program’s Student Learning Outcomes for graduation approval.