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BA in History

Degree Program Description

History is the chronicle of humanity’s activities throughout the ages. The study of history offers a means of understanding the present by investigating and analyzing the past. Students can choose from a wide selection of course work including courses in the history of the United States, Latin America, Europe (from ancient Greece to the present), Africa, and East Asia. The curriculum provides course work in political, cultural, social, intellectual, environmental, and diplomatic history. Beyond the classroom students gain hands-on experience by working as interns at partner institutions throughout mid-Missouri. Students skilled in research, analysis, and writing are attractive to graduate schools in history, museum studies, and public affairs as well as law schools and business schools. Many history majors obtain their teaching certificate to allow them to teach in public schools. History majors are highly recruited in many fields of business, including management, marketing, and finance. Libraries, museums, archives, publishing companies, and local history and preservation projects all offer careers with the possibility of continued specialization in history. A number of our majors have also found rewarding work in city, state, and federal government, including city planning, historic preservation, and working on political campaigns locally and in Washington DC.

Major Program Requirements

A student majoring in history must complete a total of 33 history credits. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses taken for the major. In addition to University, general education, and College of Arts and Science requirements, students must also meet the following major program requirements. All major requirements in the College of Arts and Science must be completed with grades of C- or higher unless otherwise indicated.

Major core requirements33
I. Introductory Courses. Choose 1 course in at least 3 of the following 5 areas. At least one course must be a "Pre-modern/Early Modern" course and one course must be a "Modern" course. (Please contact the department for a list of approved courses)9
Areas: U. S. History, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Asia
II. Research Skills: HIST 2950 Sophomore Seminar3
III. Area Specific Courses 9
Choose 3 courses, 1000 level or above, from 3 of the 6 areas listed (not to include HIST 1100, HIST 1200, HIST 1500, HIST 1510)
Areas: United States, Europe, Africa/Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Transnational
One course must be a 3000 level or above
IV. History Electives6
Choose any 2 history courses, 3000 level or above
V. Capstone (Required Prerequisite: HIST 2950) Choose one option6
A. One seminar (HIST 4970, HIST 4971, HIST 4972) and one 4000 level history course
B. Undergraduate Thesis: HIST 4980 & HIST 4981
C. Honors Thesis: HIST 4995 & HIST 4996
VI. U.S. History Requirement
All students are required to take at least one 3 credit course in U.S. history (excluding HIST 1100 & HIST 1200). This course can be used to fulfill one of the requirments above.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan will vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003
Behavioral Science Course3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course with lab5
Social Science Course3Minor3
Humanities Course3History Course3
History Course3 
 15 14
Second Year
Second Language5Second Language5
Behavioral Science Course3Minor3
Humanities Course3Humanities Course3
Social Science Course3History Course3
History Course3 
 17 14
Third Year
Second Language3Humanities Course3
Biological/Physical/Math Science Course4Minor3
History Course3History Course3
History Course3History Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 16 15
Fourth Year
Minor3Social Science Course3
Minor3History Course3
History Course3History Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 121

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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